Editorial – Commission renewal – Publications – Conferences – Steering Committee
1. Editorial: Some reflections on the Covidian world in 2020
There is a year behind us, incomparable to any other in the recent past. Almost a year has passed since the world was hit by the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Back then one could not predict its real outreach and dimensions. It came sudden and fast and no one was really prepared to what was going to follow. Step by step a tiny but almighty virus conquered the whole world. At some points during the first spring wave, it seemed that some parts of the world were hit stronger than others, but the pandemic finally reached every corner of the world, it was just a matter of time. Global urban megalopolises with extremely high concentrations of people and with dense global communication networks were the first nodes of its spreading. A similar pattern may be found also in historical pandemics, e.g. with the plague that spread via major global trade routes of the time to major world ports as foci from where the disease spread further inland. At first, some more or less marginalized part of the world may have looked safe and their marginality an advantage. However, since we live in a globalized world where everything is connected to everything in many ways, no one could really be spared. They were swallowed as well, but simply a bit later.
Although, at the end, we may say that in front of the virus we are all the same, all tiny and vulnerable, regardless of social and political power, wealth, education, position, opportunities etc., indeed again, we are not. Since the 19th century onwards, following the European colonization of the world, the rift between the dominating North (the Centre) and the dominated South (the Margins) has widened and it still persists, even widening. Neoliberal economy and politics create a world of inequalities and injustice. They are based on the dualism of dominators/rulers and marginalized. In order to maintain their power, the former imperatively need the later (Fuerst-Bjeliš & Leimgruber, 2020, p.10). The limes between the powerful against the dominated exists on a global level as well as on regional and local scales (ibid., p. 4). In a global world no one is able to live on its own, to be self-sufficient, being that state, or a region or a local community. Marginalized areas, being weak in every possible term, often have no other solution than to comply with rulers (ibid., p. 5 after Dicken, 2015, p. 35). Many countries impoverished by colonial and neoliberal extractivism and exploitation have extremely weak health infrastructures. And COVID-19 is just one further devastating threat added to already existing ones, such as extreme poverty, lack of food, clean water and inefficient sanitization. On the other side, some research has shown that even within more favorable regions, there exist the unequal distribution of the virus, which seems to hit already vulnerable people more severely, including ethnic minorities, migrants and prison inmates (Armiero, 2020, p. 453 after Dyer, 2020 and Smith and Judd, 2020). More so, the pandemic has massively changed the world and our ways of life. Respecting the measures of social distancing and travel bans meant we had to rely on technology more then ever. Home-working and home-schooling has become our everyday routine. But this also put already marginalized regions into unfavorable and even more marginalized position. The less well-of segments of the population, already marginalized faced great difficulties in their survival efforts (Leimgruber & Fuerst-Bjeliš, 2020, p.201).
On the other side, the need of social distancing and isolation in order to stop the spread of virus, turned many of us to our internal, local and private environments and to outdoor activities, (re)evaluating and (re)experiencing the environmental values of our wellbeing. Slowness movement and travel into the isolated and quiet places of nature gained new importance. Does this perhaps make a new chance for marginal areas? There are many questions to be asked about how pandemic will ultimately change our world and affect marginal areas.
Commission’s new challenges and goals
Apart from the general focus of our Commission - that is to view globalization and regional/local development as interrelated processes, we are faced with a new challenge: the research on multiple dimensions of the impact of the pandemic on marginalization in a global context.
In this wake, and in new pandemic terms, we envisaged a virtual online workshop with the aim of questioning the implications of pandemic on marginalization and marginalized areas (working title: Quelle marginalité en Covidie? / What about marginality in Covidia?), planned for early 2021.
Also, the Commission will be represented at the special COVID-19 session to be held during the IGC in Istanbul (August 2021). With the general question in mind, the following topics are proposed: 1. Forces responsible for the dynamics and structures of marginality at various scales in the 2020 Covidian context. 2. The role of the various agents in those processes in the Covidian context. 3. Types of marginality in the Covidian context. 4. Responses to economic and societal problems with marginal people. 5. Development of theoretical and methodological tools.
And finally, an edited volume about the Covidian perspectives on marginality is under consideration as a project. We believe that planned workshop and special COVID-19 session at the IGU Istanbul IGC will produce a fruitful discussion and potential contributions to the book.
Armiero, M. (2020). Something I Have Learned from COVID-19. Environment and History 26 (3), 451–454.
Dyer, O. (2020) ‘Covid-19: Black people and other minorities are hardest hit in US’, British Medical Journal 369 10.1136/bmj.m1483 (Published 14 Apr. 2020), available online at https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1483)
Fuerst-Bjeliš B., Leimgruber W. (2020) Marginalization – The Dark Side of Globalization. In: Fuerst-Bjeliš B., Leimgruber W. (eds) Globalization, Marginalization and Conflict. Perspectives on Geographical Marginality, vol 6. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53218-5_1
Leimgruber W., Fuerst-Bjeliš B. (2020) Conclusion. In: Fuerst-Bjeliš B., Leimgruber W. (eds) Globalization, Marginalization and Conflict. Perspectives on Geographical Marginality, vol 6. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53218-5_13
Smith, J.A., Judd, J., (2020):‘COVID-19: Vulnerability and the power of privilege in a pandemic’, Health Promotion Journal of Australia 31 158–160. doi:10.1002/hpja.333, available online at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hpja.333
Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš, Commission Chair
Walter Leimgruber, Commission Secretary
2. Renewal of the Commission
The virtual Annual Assembly of the IGU of August 21, 2020 has renewed our Commission on the basis of the following objectives and accepted as our new chair Prof. Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš of Zagreb (Croatia) who succeeds Prof. Steve Déry of Québec (Canada) and will ensure our future activities with a partially renewed Steering Committee. Our new number is C20.32.
Present objectives of the commission and proposed objectives for 2020-24,
A. The name of the Commission
We propose to continue with the name: “IGU Commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Regional and Local Response”
B. A concise statement of the mission of the Commission
The mission of the Commission is to research marginality and the processes of marginalization from different perspectives and with a geographical basis. The main focus is to better understand multiscalar relations between the globalization process and how marginality evolves at the local and regional levels. Moreover, we seek to improve our understanding of local and regional responses to different forms of marginality and marginalization processes.
Given that, during the last four years, inequalities and marginality have increased instead of receding, the commission intends to continue to follow the objectives that were in its focus already in this period, that is:
1. To further the understanding of marginality and the processes of marginalization in our globalized world, through the study and analysis of the forces responsible for the dynamics and structures of marginality at various scales. They will include, among other variables, issues of ethnicity, technology, gender, social structure and the environment.
2. To analyze marginality as the result of power relations within societies, more precisely of human perceptions and decisions, leading to the understanding of the role of the various agents in those processes, and their response to prevailing conditions.
To develop comparative approaches in order to identify various types of marginality and to put them into perspective and assess their role in an increasingly globalized world. Emphasis in particular needs to be placed on the experience of the Global South.
To study policy/institutional/community responses to economic and societal problems where we can find marginal people – especially where they form clusters, at various scales in relation to local, regional and societal development; this includes to study human responses to global change, and their implications for marginalization.
The development of theoretical and methodological tools of understanding of marginality in itself, as well as for the processes of marginalization and demarginalization.
To improve the role of research, education and teaching in decision-making/politics in order to reduce inequalities et and marginality.
The use and development of appropriate theory and methodology is to be involved in each of the above.
Five major achievements for 2016-20 and five major activities to be undertaken during 2020-24.
A. Achievements for 2016-2020
1) Number of members. Our Commission counts now 352 members (January 2020), an increase of 15% from 306 members in December 2015, including 36 from developing Asia and 13 from Africa.
2) Conferences and scientific meetings: We have held six scientific activities (each can count as an achievement): 2016 (2), 2017 (1), 2018 (1), 2019 (2)
3) Publications: We started to edit a book series, published by Springer: “Perspectives on Geographical Marginality”. Since 2016, we have published four books. Each can also be seen as one achievement in itself.
4) Networking: We have published two Newsletter per year from 2016 to 2019 (total = 8) + several Newsflash bulletins to keep in touch with our members, depending of the needs.
5) Networking between commissions: In 2018 (Quebec), we have successfully organised panels with the Commission on “Regional development” and more talks were done with this commission and also the commission on “Geography of governance” for the 2020 conference (Romania) and congress (Istanbul). For now, these conversations and potential organisations have been postponed to next year (2021).
B. Activities for 2020-2024
1) One of the Commission’s special efforts is and will be to enlarge the participation of Geographers from the Developing World. This has been possible to a limited extent only when the IGU provided the commissions with adequate funding. Any reduction of these subsidies will make such initiatives impossible in the future. Moreover, in this wake, due to the lack of funding, it is also quite difficult for colleagues of poorer countries (like Lao PDR, Cambodia, or sub-Saharan countries) to organise any scientific meeting. Our last meeting (2019) in Nepal has helped to enlarge the participation from South Asian countries.
2) Conferences and scientific meetings: we plan to hold seven or eight scientific activities during the next four-year plan.
- 2020: virtual conference, organized by Laval University (Quebec) in December
- 2021: Romania (Commission conference) and Istanbul (IGU congress)
*Note: we also have commitments from Namibia and Bangladesh for commission conferences to be held between 2021 and 2023. However, the current Covidian pandemic has changed our plans. The next steering committee will take decisions on this matter.
- 2022: Paris (IGU regional congress)
- 2023: Malaysia (Commission conference)
- 2024: Ireland (IGU congress)
3) Publications: Two new books are expected to be published in our Series in 2020 or early 2021. And at least two more are planned for the rest of 2021-2024.
4) Networking between members: We plan to continue to send two Newsletters per year (June and December) as well as several Newsflashes to our members, in order to keep them informed of the various activities organised by the Commission or some of its members.
5) Networking between commission: We plan to continue the discussions and work with commissions which objectives are similar to our own, depending of the opportunities.
The fifth and sixth volumes of our series have been published by Springer in autumn 2020:
Stanko Pelc and Etienne Nel (editors), Responses to geographical marginality and marginalization. From social innovation to regional development, xiii + 183 pp.
Borna Fuerst- Bjeliš and Walter Leimgruber (editors), Globalization, marginalization and conflict – political and social processes, xvii + 202 pp.
Cooperation with Springer continues to be excellent. We are also preparing further books, looking forward to your announcements of single/double author or edited volumes. If you have a project, please contact a member of the series editors:
Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš (email@example.com), Walter Leimgruber (firstname.lastname@example.org), Etienne Nel (email@example.com), Stanko Pelc (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Publications signalled by Commission members
Kenneth Lynch, Etienne Nel, Tony Binns, ‘Transforming Freetown’: Dilemmas of planning and development in a West African City, Cities 101 (2020) 102694
Lehtonen Olli, Kotavaara Ossi, Muilu Toivo, Huovari Janne and Vihinen Hilkka (2020). Kausiväestö moninaistaa kuvaa aluerakenteen kehityksestä Suomessa (English abstract: Seasonal population diversifies the picture of the development of the regional structure in Finland).Terra 132:2, 69-84. DOI 10.30677/terra.85022
Alasalmi Juho, Busk Henna, Holappa Veera, Huovari Janne, Härmälä Valtteri, Kotavaara Ossi, Lehtonen Olli, Muilu Toivo, Rusanen Jarmo and Vihinen Hilkka (2020). Työn ja työvoiman alueellinen liikkuvuus ja monipaikkainen väestö (English summary: Regional mobility of work and workforce and multilocal population). Publication Series of the Government’s Analysis, Assessment and Research 2020:12.http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-287-928-8
Lehtonen Olli, Muilu Toivo and Vihinen Hilkka (2019). Monipaikkaisuus maaseudun terveyspalveluiden mahdollistajana (Multi-locality as an enabler of rural health services, in Finnish). Maaseudun uusi aika 2019:2, 7-29. http://www.mua-lehti.fi/monipaikkaisuus-maaseudun-terveyspalveluiden-mahdollistajana/
Lehtonen Olli, Muilu Toivo and Vihinen Hilkka (2019). Multi-local living – an opportunity for rural health services in Finland? European Countryside 11:4, 257-280. DOI 10.2478/euco-2019-0013
Vihinen Hilkka, Voutilainen Olli, Muilu Toivo, Lehtonen Olli, Niskanen Olli, Strandén Max and Knuuttila Marja (2019). Manner-Suomen maaseudun kehittämisohjelmien aluetalous- ja työllisyysvaikutukset - vaikuttavuusanalyysi kaudelta 2007-2013 (English summary: Impacts of Rural Development Programmes on regional economies and employment - impact analysis for the period 2007–2013). Publications of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 2019:16. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-366-005-2
Kotavaara Niina, Kotavaara Ossi, Rusanen Jarmo and Muilu Toivo (2018). University graduate migration in Finland. Geoforum 96, 97-107. DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.07.010
Camară, G. (2020) – Responses to Geographical Marginality and Marginalization. From Social Innovation to Regional Development. Papers in Regional Science, 99(6), 1827-1828
Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2019). Akuakultur Udang Harimau (Aquaculture of Tiger prawn). Kuala Lumpur: University Malaya Press.
Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2020). Geografi Pertanian (Agricultural Geography). Kuala Lumpur: University Malaya Press.
Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2020). Soil Geography (Soil Geography). Kuala Lumpur: University Malaya Press.
Firuza Begham Mustafa, M. Lokman Ali & Subha Bhassu. (2020). Akuakultur Udang Galah (Giant freshwater prawn aquaculture). Tanjung Malim: Penerbit Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.
Subha Bhassu, M. Lokman Ali &Firuza Begham Mustafa (2020). Nurseri Udang Galah (Giant freshwater prawn nursery). Tanjung Malim: Penerbit Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.
Firuza Begham Mustafa. 2019. Field work-based project paper assessment. In N.A. Hamzaid & F.A. Ghaffar (Ed.), Eyes on Learning, Hearts on Teaching (pp.146-153). Kuala Lumpur: Academic Enhancement and Leadership Centre (ADeC).
Benjamin Ezekiel Bwadi & Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2019). Site suitability analysis of infrastructure facilities for giant freshwater prawn farming. In Qian Lu, Emerging Technologies and Research for Eco-friendly Aquaculture, London, IntechOpen ISBN 978-1-83881-200-3.
Adamu Sani Jauro, Firuza Begham Mustafa & Umar Abdullahi Abba. 2019. An assessment of soil fertility management practices around Dadin-Kowa Town, Gombe-Nigeria. In Seow Ta Wee & Thennanoon, T.M.S.P.K.(Ed). Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Series 1. (pp.59-66) Batu Pahat: UTHM.
Didams Gideon, Firuza Begham Mustafa & Idakwo Victor (2020). The application of an expert knowledge‐driven approach for assessing gully erosion susceptibility in the subtropical Nigerian savannah. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Nov 2020. (ISI-Indexed)
Didams Gideon & Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2019). Investigation on physical factors influencing permanent gully development in Southern Gombe State, Northeast Nigeria. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. ISI indexed. (ISI-Indexed)
Godwin Aliagha, Firuza B Mustafa. J. Mohamad. (2020). Geochemical study of Ecological Risk Potential of Heavy Metal Contamination in Urban Lake Sediment -Malaysia - from the Context of Ecological Disturbance Theoretical Tradition. Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment. https://www.worldresearchesjournal.com/article/geochemical-study-of-ecological-risk-potential-of-heavy-metal-contamination-in-urban-lake-sediment-malaysia-from-the-context-of-ecological-disturbance-theoretical-tradition Vol - 13, Issue – 03. ISSN: 09720626. Volume 13, Issue 03, September, 2020 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
Haris, S.M., Mustafa, F.B. & Raja Ariffin, R.N. (2020). Systematic Literature Review of Climate Change Governance Activities of Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations in Southeast Asia. Environmental Management (Q1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-020-01355-9.(EMVM). 66:816–825 (ISI-Indexed)
Nur Syabeera Begum Nasir Ahmad & Firuza Begham Mustafa. (2019). Analisis perubahan guna tanah Negeri Sembilan melalui aplikasi Sistem Maklumat Geografi (GIS). Geografia - Malaysian Journal of Society and Space. Vol 15, No 1 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
Nur Syabeera BegumNasir Ahmad, Firuza Begham Mustafa, Safiah @ Yusmah Muhammad Yusoff & GideonDidams. (2020). A systematic review of soil erosion control practices on the agricultural land in Asia. International Soil and Water Conservation Research, Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages 103-115 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2019). Multivariate design estimations under copulas constructions. Stage-1: Parametrical density constructions for defining flood marginals for the Kelantan River basin, Malaysia. Ocean Systems Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2019) 287-328. DOI: https:// doi.org/10.12989/ose.2019.9.3.287 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). A nonparametric statistical framework using a kernel density estimator to approximate flood marginal distributions – a case study for the Kelantan River Basin in Malaysia. Water Supply ws2020081. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2020.081 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Bivariate flood distribution analysis under parametric copula framework: a case study for Kelantan River basin in Malaysia. Acta Geophys. 68, 821–859 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11600-020-00435-y (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Bivariate Hydrologic Risk Assessment of Flood Episodes using the Notation of Failure Probability. Civil Engineering Journal, Vol. 6, No. 10, October, 2020 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Bivariate joint distribution analysis of the flood characteristics under semiparametric copula distribution framework for the Kelantan River basin in Malaysia. Journal of Ocean Engineering and Sciences. (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Copula-based multivariate flood probability construction: A review. Arabian journal of Geoscience 13, 132 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-020-5077-6 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Multivariate design estimations under copulas constructions. Stage-1: Parametrical density constructions for defining flood marginals for the Kelantan River basin, Malaysia. Ocean Systems Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2019) 287-328 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Parametric Vine Copula Construction for Flood Analysis for Kelantan River Basin in Malaysia. Civil Engineering Journal (ISI or Web of science core collection). ISSN/eISSN- 2676-6957 / 2476-3055 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. (2020). Trivariate distribution modelling of flood characteristics using copula function—A case study for Kelantan River basin in Malaysia. AIMS Geosciences, 2020, 6(1): 92-130. doi: 10.3934/geosci.2020007 (ISI-Indexed)
Shahid Latif & Firuza Mustafa. 2020. A nonparametric copula distribution framework for bivariate joint distribution analysis of flood characteristics for the Kelantan River basin in Malaysia. AIMS Geosciences, 2020, 6(2): 171-198. doi: 10.3934/geosci.2020012 (ISI-Indexed)
Márcio Moraes Valença (2020), Urban crisis and the antivalue in David Harvey, Mercator, Fortaleza, v.19, https://doi.org/10.4215/rm2020.e19031 (also available in Portuguese: crise urbana e o antivalor em David Harvey)
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Jiménez Pelcastre, A. (2016). Organización del sector pesquero comercial ribereño en la Reserva de la Biosfera El Vizcaíno (México). Revista Geográfica Venezolana, 57(2), 236-259. Universidad de los Andes (Venezuela). Recuperado de http://www.saber.ula.ve/handle/123456789/42729
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Peyroti, G. F. (2016). Las áreas naturales protegidas de la provincia de Córdoba (Argentina): marco legal y ausencia de gestión territorial. Cuadernos Geográficos, 55(1), 33-58. Universidad de Granada (España). Recuperado de http://revistaseug.ugr.es/index.php/cuadgeo/article/view/3191
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Rivera, M. G. (2017). Organización y transformaciones de la pesca comercial ribereña en el Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (Baja California Sur, México). Ager. Revista de Estudios sobre Despoblación y Desarrollo Rural, 23, 59-96. Doi 10.4422/ager.2017.02
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Jiménez Pelcastre, A. (2017). Organización e impacto territorial de la actividad pesquera comercial ribereña en la Reserva de la biosfera Ría Celestún (México). Anales de Geografía de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (España), 37(2), 297-324. Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5209/AGUC.57727
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Jiménez Pelcastre, A. (2018). Orígenes y procesos territoriales del cooperativismo pesquero en la Zona Pacífico Norte de Baja California Sur (México), 1850-1976. América Latina en la Historia Económica, 25(1), 196-238. doi http://dx.doi.org/10.18232/alhe.841
Campos Flores, G. J., y Crespo Guerrero, J. M. (2018). Organización espacial de la pesca comercial ribereña en el Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Laguna de Términos, México. Investigaciones Geográficas, 96(0), 1-21. doi http://dx.doi.org/10.14350/rig.59558
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., Jiménez Pelcastre, A., y Nava Martínez, J. D. (2019). Tensiones y conflictos territoriales en la pesca ribereña del Estado de Campeche, México (2013-2018). Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles, 82, 1-53. Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.21138/bage.2764
Crespo Guerrero, J. M., y Nava Martínez, J. D. (2020). Configuración Territorial de la pesca comercial ribereña en la Reserva de la Biosfera Los Petenes, Estado de Campeche (México). Estudios Geográficos, 81(288) 1-27 doi https://doi.org/10.3989/estgeogr.202055.055
Please send information to the secretary to be included with the next Newsletter. Members are keen on being updated on your scientific activity. Thank you to all who have followed my appeal.
Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic is on the upsurge again. Physical meetings are subject to a return of our society to some sort of normalcy and will hopefully take place in 2021.
Commission conferences 2021
The planned virtual conference has been postponed to 2021 as the time scheduled was too tight. Further news will be published via a NewsFlash.
As a consequence of Covid-19 and the general lockdown, travel restrictions, and closed borders, also our Commission’s pre-congress meeting has been postponed. Our Romanian colleague Raularian Rusu of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) will receive us during week 32, August 8/9 – 13, 2021. The programme will include paper sessions, local tours, a one-day field trip and a business meeting. The timing is such that participants will be able to reach Istanbul on time. There are direct flights from Cluj-Napoca to Istanbul. https://georeg.conference.ubbcluj.ro
As you know, the 34th IGC in Istanbul has been postponed from 2020 to 2021 as well. It will take place during week 33 (August 16 – 20). Our Commission will participate with a paper session within the Covid-19 topic and therefore be officially represented (contrary to the information in the last newsletter). Abstracts can be handed in until January 11, 2021. https://www.igc2020.org/en (for a session description see https://www.igc2020.org/en/BRIDGING-IN-A-COVIDIAN-WORLD-(OF-STILL)-INCREASING-INEQUALITIES.html).
Commission conferences 2022-2024
The Coronavirus has, of course, upset all our planning (not only yours!) and we are now working on the conferences during the next three years.
The IGU will celebrate its centenary in Paris in 2022 with a Regional conference, and we shall ask our French colleagues for proposals. Our colleagues from Malaysia (Firuza and Jamal) proposed to hold a conference in their country in 2023. The 35th IGC will take place in Ireland in 2024, and we shall discuss our annual conference with our Irish colleagues.
We received an offer from our Steering Committee member Kenneth Mantengu in Windhoek (Namibia). He suggested to organize our 2021 conference in Namibia. A further offer for 2021 came from Bangladesh (Dhaka). The new steering committee will discuss these offers and see how we can honour our colleagues’ initiatives.
The 2021 EUGEO conference will be held in Prague from June 28 to July 1. Thanks to Covid-19, we missed the deadline to register for a session, but you can nevertheless participate (to date – 18 December – no list of sessions has yet been published on the congress website). Abstract submission deadline is January 31, 2021. https://www.eugeo2021.eu
Our former Commission chair, Prof. Etienne Nel (University of Otago, Dunedin), was recently bestowed the 2020 Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award and Medal for his sustained contribution to Geography and development. Prior to his engagement in New Zealand, he devoted his work to issues of local economic development in various parts of Africa, where he was based at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Apart from contributions to theory he studied policies and strategies with the aim to help the demarginalization of communities. His more recent investigations deal with the problems facing small and often isolated and marginalized towns in New Zealand.
We congratulate our friend and colleague Etienne on this distinction and hope he can continue to provide us with further insights into our core field of study.
6. Steering committee for 2020-2024
The virtual IGU General Assembly, held via Zoom on August 21, 2020, approved the commissions and task forces. We had handed in our proposal with a new chair (see below) in time. The approval means that this new Commission can be operational, although the IGU website still mentions Steve Déry as chair.
Prof. Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš
UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB
Faculty of Science, Department of Geography
Marulićev trg 19/II,10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 4895 428
Ass. Prof. Firuza Begham Binti Mustafa
Deputy Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Prof. Ruth Kark
Department of Geography Faculty of Social Sciences
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905,
Telephone Home: 972-2-643-4820
Prof. Daichi Kohmoto
Nara University of Education,
Takabatake-cho, Nara, 630-8528
Prof. Olli Lehtonen
Department of Geographical and Historical Studies
University of Eastern Finland
Prof. Shoba Shrestha,
Central Department of Geography,
Prof. Márcio Valença
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, IIP · Departamento de Políticas Públicas
Prof. Alain François Loukou,
Université Alassane Ouattara
Prof. Emeritus Walter Leimgruber
Université de Fribourg
Département de Géosciences, Unité de Géographie
Perolles, CH-1700 Fribourg, Suisse
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Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš, Commission chair