Things don’t usually work out this like this but for once my teaching and research schedules have fitted together really neatly. This past week I’ve been busy with the IPPE 2015 students at University West introducing them to research principles and practices through recording their Time Geographical activities using Google Drive applications. Then on Thursday and Friday last week Per and I presented a paper on this collaboration to 2015’s Time Geography Days conference which was held at Gothenburg University. We examined the Time Geography work that our Rhodes University students have done to develop their understanding of Space and Place.
I haven’t seen the students since they began their studies last September and it was nice to be met by smiles and greetings: especially as I was there to give them some work to do! The conference participants were nearly all new acquaintances to me but they were easy to interact with and very interested in what we were doing. So it’s been a good week. Here’s the presentation we gave.
Tomorrow will be my last day in the classroom on this trip to Scandinavia. I’ll be showing the students how to map their Time Geography activities in Google Maps so that Per and I can examine whether their activities are more, or less, segregated than our South African students. This should be interesting and will provide a nice comparison for our paper at the December SANORD symposium in Windhoek.