Conference theme

Technology is reshaping landscape of our cities, villages, and natural areas, more than ever before. Distance is still shrinking, and our understanding
of geography, space and place, has been completely inflected. Geography has been transformed not only in terms of how we study the world,
but also what we study.

On the one hand, the widespread use of digital devices (computers, satellites, GPS, digital cameras, audio and video recorders, smartphones, etc.) and software packages (statistic programs, databases, spreadsheets, GIS, qualitative analysis packages, word processing) is changing our discipline by offering new ways for data collection and analysis, which opens up new research perspectives for geographers.

On the other hand, proliferation of internet, smartphones, social media, etc., is reshaping landscapes, spaces and places that we study. The digital revolution is changing our daily life and people’s behaviours in space. It influences where and how we live, work, and spend our free time. It also produces new types of inequalities in space based on the digital exclusion (across different generations, social groups, etc.). Finally, it stimulates flows and encourages mobilities. These constant changes and their consequences on natural, rural and urban environments, can be also analyzed with “traditional” methodological and analytical tools.

In this way, the digital turn in geography brought a huge change of what and how geographers study. However, it also created a new challenge, namely how to use the digital transformation and what for. In this seminar, we invite you to the discussion about the place of geography in today’s digital world, with a special (but not only) focus on Central Europe. What new research avenues does the digital turn open up for us? We welcome presentations addressing, but not limited to, these issues.