I/we acknowledge the Mouheneenner people as the Traditional Owners of this land and waters. I/we recognise present day Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the continuing Custodians of this land and waters and pay respect to their Elders past and present, and their emerging leaders.

On behalf of the 2019 Local Organising Committee, it was our great pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to our Island home of Hobart, for what was extremely rewarding, diverse and invigorating Institute of Australian Geographers Conference.

‘Geographies of Emergence, Divergence and Convergence’

Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison

Co-Convenors of the Local Organising Committee

GEOGRAPHIES of EMERGENCE, DIVERGENCE and CONVERGENCE

[Signpost]

“Then the track falters in reeds and pocked mud,
and the forest steps close.
Darkness peeps through the legs
of its towering guard as we flounder and point.
There’s a faded plastic pennant nailed to a tree:
“To Cape Raoul”. It has the malicious look
of a bad joke pointing away from the cleared land
and familiar beasts.
But we move in under the still gums”Margaret Scott, Walking to Cape Raoul

[Definitions]

Emerge, emerged, emerging. 1. to rise or come forth from or as from water or other liquid. 2. To come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity. 3. To come up or arise, as a question or difficulty.Diverge, -verged, -verging. 1. to move or lie in different directions from a common point; branch off. 2. To differ in opinion or character; deviate. 3. To digress, from a plan, discussion, etc.Converge, -verged, -verging. 1. to tend to meet in a point or line; incline towards each other, as lines which are not parallel. 2. to tend to a common result, conclusion, etc. 3. to cause to converge.Convergence 1. A condition brought about by a net flow of air into a given region. 2. similarity of form or structure caused by environment rather than heredity.The Macquarie Concise Dictionary, 3rd. edn.

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