Participatory Geographies Away Weekend 24th & 25th May 2019 BOOK NOW

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Second Call for participation

All Bursaries have now been allocated but some regular places are still available.

A call to all those interested in participatory geographies (both faculty and students). The PYGYRG annual away weekend will be held at the ‘Fortwilliam Backpakers’ hostel in Fort William – Scotland – a stunning location . The tradition of this event is that it is welcoming, supportive, non-hierarchical, collegiate and fun while at the same time being intellectually stimulating and critically engaged.    

  • Places still available (first come first serve).
  • Cost £80 (which covers accommodation and food x2 nights and includes some PYGYRG subsidy)
  • Accommodation and food – Rooms are shared & food is collective self-catering (usual hostel etiquette applies)
  • Regular busses and trains via both Edinburgh and Glasgow (the train journey across Rannoch Moor – is ‘to die for’/‘magic’ cf. Skyfall & Harry Potter).

Those who book early can approach the hostel independently to extend their stay beyond the 25th to explore the highlands and/or can include partners and family (depending on numbers/availability) who can be included in our catering and activities if they wish.

To Book

Email Eve Buck-Matthews copied to . Eve will take your details, Janet will send bank transfer information and take payments. Places are secured on the basis of payment not the email expressing interest (book/pay early to avoid disappointment).

Send Eve: Your name, contact details (institution, email, and mobile phone), information about any additional needs; dietary requirements etc., and ideas for contributions or suggestions for activities.


Thanks to the support of the RGS/IBG – we can offer 5 bursaries of £90 (£40 for accommodation + up to £50 for travel expenses). Sorry all have been allocated

Below is a suggested programme (thanks to all who contributed to the earlier call for ideas). It is subject to attendees’ approval and suggested contributions. Please note, if you need to ‘present’ in order to secure departmental funds, there is opportunity to do so. This said, the format will be very informal, casual, welcoming and friendly.

Provisional timetable

Friday 24th May
Time Activity Facilitator
3 – 4 Arrive settle in
4 – 5 ‘Meet & greet’ – general chat & introductions
5 – 6 ‘Show & tell 1’ – opportunity to give 10 mins chat on whatever you want. Not compulsory – tell Org Comm. If you want a slot.
6 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 ‘Show & tell 2’ – see above
8:30 Pub – questions on the show and tell sessions
Saturday 25th May – morning
7:30 – 9 Breakfast
9 – 10 ‘Methods Q&A’ (all methods) – opportunity to ask colleagues how they use/employ, develop/adapt various methods
10 – 10:30 ‘Methods Q&A’ (all methods) – see above – transition to next session
10:30 -12 ‘Talking PAR & tech’ – opportunity to discuss digital methods, GIS, big data – big projects – social media  
12 – 1 ‘Walk & talk’
1 – 2 Lunch – sandwiches
Saturday 25th May – Afternoon
2 – 3 ‘Walk & talk’
3 – 3:30 Boots off & change
3:30 – 4 Talking PRA & tech – round up/transition to next session
4:30 – 6 Talking politics – the academy – engaging with policy makers
6 – 7:30 Dinner
7 – 8 ‘Film night’ – opportunity to screen & discus short PAR films PAR confessional – open session on problems – ethics – paradoxes & solutions  
8 – 9 ‘Film night’ – see above PAR confessional – see above
9+ Pub
Sunday 26th May – morning
7:30 – 9 Breakfast
9 – 10 Clean-up & pack
10 Check out time
10 – you choose Pub/coffee shop/walk to continue the discussion until: … your train/you start your short break/the cows come home….