NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF GEOGRAPHY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF TANZANIA 20th-21 March 2015
A stronger community of Geographers has a greater influence on how geography is taught in schools and higher learning institutions, on geographical research that is capable of explaining patterns of resource use and misuse, allocation and re-allocations which characterise the contemporary world of resource grabbing. As such, a stronger geographical research community can inform policy for a better world. Yet, Tanzania has no an active community despite having trained many geographers within and beyond the borders.
Geography Department as an integral part of Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE) has taken a responsibility to pull geographers in a national conference as a starting point for initiating an active Geographical Association of Tanzania. The Department has a duty of fostering the core functions of the College including knowledge exchange. It is in this regard that the Department of Geography at MUCE in collaboration with Geography Department at JK Nyerere Mlimani Campus is organizing a National Conference on Geography and Development. The main objectives of the Conference are as follows:
- To creating a platform for knowledge sharing among academics, researchers and practitioners within Geography discipline.
- To reflect on the progress of Geography as a discipline and the contribution of Tanzanian Geographers in learning and practicing geography for sustainable development
- To contribute to the academic debates on issues related to human development and sustainability in Tanzania
- To revive the Geographical Association of Tanzania which is a base for academic and professional debates and a cog in building networks with other associations worldwide
Based on the current socio-economic conditions and status of Geographical Association in Tanzania, it is proposed that the main theme should be “The advancement of Geography for sustainable development of Tanzania”. The conference will be held at Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE) in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania (about 500km from Dar es Salaam). The conference will last for two days, i.e. 20th and 21st March, 2015
Papers are therefore sought from academics, practitioners, and researchers on any of the following and related sub-themes
- Natural resource management
- Nature and development in the contemporary world
- Climate change
- Geopolitics and conflict management
- Disaster & Environmental Management
- Teaching and Learning Process and Professional development
- Geographical space, Research and knowledge exchange
- Contemporary issues in Rural & Urban systems
- Population, Health and cultural dynamics
- Space, Energy and communication networks
- Economic geography and Livelihoods
The Organizing Committee calls for extended abstracts that do not exceed 500 words on the above and other related sub-themes.
The abstracts will be reviewed and authors of selected abstracts will be informed to develop and submit full papers before February, 28th 2015.
Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 30th December, 2014
Submission of full papers: 28th February, 2015
Conference Date: 20-21 March, 2015
Postgraduate students are also encouraged to apply and present their papers or preliminary findings. The papers will undergo peer review and be published as a special edition of the Journal of Geographical Association of Tanzania.
For inquires write to firstname.lastname@example.org or to members of the committee