On 8-11 November 2011 the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography hosted the hugely successful inaugural Latin-American conference on ‘Space, Gender and Power’ at Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Organised by Dr Joseli Maria Silva and Dr Augusto César Pinheiro da Silva the conference attracted approximately 50 local delegates as well as delegates from a range of countries including Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, United States, Israel, and New Zealand. Simultaneous translations enabled Portuguese and English speakers to communicate about issues of geography and gender. The conference began on the evening of 8 November with a keynote address from Professor Janice Monk. This was followed over the next three days by various panel presentations and working groups on the topics of ‘School, sexuality and gender’, ‘Gendered spaces and power’, and ‘Geography, gender and sexuality’. Three prizes were awarded for Best Student Presentations. Emmanuele Ribeiro won the ‘Gender and power’ award, while Ana Paula Tatagiba received the award for ‘Education’ award, and Fernando Arcos took out the ‘Sexuality’ award.

Robyn Longhurst

Chair IGU Commission on Gender and Geography

Tireless organisers Joseli Maria Silva and Augusto César Pinheiro da Silva

Audience at panel discussion