Appreciating Difference

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Université Laval, North America’s oldest French-language university, we are pleased to invite you to Quebec City to participate in the 2018 International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference - Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Annual Meeting - National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Annual Conference to be held in Canada from August 6 to 10, 2018.

The conference theme, Appreciating Difference, or Apprécier la différence, is a Quebec expression that invites participants to consider the world as a blank canvas that we must first decide how to depict before putting down images and words. Surely, the choice of those images and words is a matter of appreciation. To appreciate is not only a question of what we find significant and of value, it is also an awareness of differences and the ability to recognize them as meaningful to a more inclusive interpretation of the diverse world in which we live. Conference topics, as well as IGU commissions, CAG study groups and NCGE Sections will reflect on this thought-provoking theme. In addition, a wide variety of field excursions combining human and physical geography will provide participants with the opportunity to apprécier la difference that makes Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage City, a place of exceptional geographic interest.

The organising committee is making all the necessary efforts to offer you a stimulating, convivial, and environmentally friendly conference. Don’t miss this unique occasion to get to know the world’s geographers. Bienvenue au Canada in 2018!

Matthew Hatvany
Local Organising Committee

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Detailed preliminary program, 7 July 2018 version (PDF)


Important Dates

Submission of organised session proposals 1 November 2017 to 2 April 2018
Submission of individual papers and posters 1 December 2017 to 2 April 2018
Registration - Early Bird 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018
Registration - Regular 1 March 2018 to 31 May 2018
Notification of acceptance to authors and mailing of invitation letter  18 May 2018
Registration - Late 1 June 2018