International Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop 2016

International Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop 2016
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The 9th Annual SSKW will be held at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham, on Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th May 2016.

The International Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop (SSKW) gathers UK, US and other international experts and practitioners from defence, academia, OGDs and NGOs to seek improvements in the delivery and use of geographical and socio-cultural analysis in developing an understanding of the human domain.

The 2015 theme was ‘Defence Regional Engagement – The Role of Human Geography in Enabling Defence Engagement’. In 2016 we will continue to develop the theme of Human Geography in Defence Engagement and provide a bridge in the workshop agenda to the Culture in Conflict event (running 25-27 May 2016) which follows themes of common interest such as Cultural Property Protection.

The goal of the 2016 workshop is to engage with policy makers, academics, practitioners and end-users involved in Defence Regional Engagement and the underpinning spatial and cultural analysis.

The Workshop provides attendees with an opportunity to deliver presentations and participate in discussions on:

• The collection, organization and sharing of the data, models and analytical outputs that will help us advance our understanding of the implications of human geography and its associated cultural factors for informing engagement activities.

• The development of best practices and case studies in order to promote enhanced research practice and to stimulate capability development.

These topics will be addressed through a combination of plenary speakers and breakout sessions. The plenary sessions will be oriented toward specific Workshop topics and will be composed of both academic and practitioner presentations. The breakout sessions provide opportunities for facilitated discussion that will be focused on specific questions dealing with understanding the human domain’s impact on engagement through regional, organizational, technical, functional, and practical considerations. Logistical and registration details and an outline of the combined SSKW and Culture-in-Conflict workshops

Call For Participation: Participation is invited for both presentations within the agenda and for a research poster session to be staged within the workshop facilities. Proposals for both presentations and the poster session based on one or more of the Workshop objectives/topics, are invited from interested parties. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length and posters should be a maximum of A0 size 84cm x 119cm (33” x 47”). Both should preferably focus on research emphasizing field work results or the successful application of technology.

Presentation abstracts with a maximum of 250 words and poster proposals or draft compositions should be sent to Mr Neil Peters (neil.peters864@mod.uk) by 18 March 2016.

Acceptance of presentations will be sent by 11th April 2016.

The workshop is part of the broader event: Understanding People and Places – Spatial Dynamics of Culture and Population in an Unpredictable and Conflict-Laden World
(incorporating the 9th International Spatial Sociocultural Knowledge Workshop (23-25 May) (above) and the 10th Culture in Conflict Symposium (25-27 May))

23 May 2016 – 27 May 2016
Event time: 08:30 – 17:00
Location: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham

As we continue the very successful series of events which focus on aspects of Human Geography and Culture in a Military and Humanitarian context – the Spatial Sociocultural Knowledge Workshop and the Culture in Conflict Symposium, this year we are doing a new thing. Hitherto, the two conferences have been run as two separate events. This year, recognising that there are several themes of mutual interest, we are linking the two under the overarching title ‘Understanding People and Places: Spatial Dynamics of Culture and Population in an Unpredictable and Conflict-Laden World.’ While each conference will be centred on their different but related subject areas we are merging them together in the middle of the week to form a combined day with a common theme (on Wednesday 25 May). This theme will be Cultural Heritage Protection.