What world do you live in? Blurred boundaries between physical and digital spaces

Scot Le Vine, Jacek Pawlak and John Polak are inviting submissions to a TGRG-sponsored session entitled “What world do you live in? Blurred boundaries between physical and digital spaces”. This will take place at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference, 26-29 August 2014. See below for details.

Outline

The emergence of richly functional and pervasive Information and Communication Technologies has disrupted many of the spatio-temporal constraints that traditionally bound human behaviour. For instance, the growing sophistication of mobile devices has enabled the emergence of mobile professional workers who operate largely without a traditional fixed workplace and the development of sophisticated online retail portals is fundamentally changing the nature of shopping behaviour and shopping-related travel. Moreover, cyberspaces themselves have a unique set of quasi-spatial characteristics with which researchers are now beginning to grapple.

These developments challenge geographers’ traditional understandings of time and space in distinctive ways. The aim of this session is to encourage discussion and reflection on the inter-relationship between the physical and digital through contributions dealing with the following (or closely linked) topics:

* The inter-relationships between ICT use, transport geography and time use

* Changing human and economic geographies associated with the rise of virtual networks

* Regional and international variations (esp. North v. South) in patterns of ICT engagement, as well as social inequalities

* Geographies of virtual reality environments

* ICT-enabled data collection methods

* Geographical consequences of disruptions to virtual networks

* Comparative analyses of business vs. personal ICT usage

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via e-mail to
jacek.pawlak09@imperial.ac.uk no later than 31 January 2014.

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