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Unveiling the Antipodes: New RGSSA International Book Series

Shining a Light on Australasian Geography

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA) and leading international publisher Anthem Press are excited to announce a ground breaking new partnership that will rewrite the map (figuratively speaking) of geographical scholarship. This collaboration yields the "Antipodean Perspectives on Geography" book series, a platform dedicated to amplifying the voices and insights of geographers from Australia and New Zealand.

The Memoranda of Agreement (MoA) were formally signed today by RGSSA President, Mr. Leigh Radford OAM, and RGSSA Director, Emeritus Professor Iain Hay. This landmark agreement establishes a collaborative partnership between the Anthem and the 139-year old RGSSA and appoints Professor Hay, a distinguished geographer, as the Series Editor.

"The 'Antipodean Perspectives on Geography' series is a significant milestone for the RGSSA," said Mr. Radford. "It will provide a vital platform for Southern Hemisphere geographers, particularly those in Australia and New Zealand, to share their unique research and perspectives with a global audience."

This exciting series will focus on publishing monographs and edited collections of 20,000-30,000 words, aligning with Anthem Press' prestigious "Impact" series. Professor Hay explains the title's intriguing meaning: "Antipodean" signifies not only the series' Australian origin but also its focus on high-quality work from this region, while simultaneously welcoming contributions with strong Australia and New Zealand content. Furthermore, it embraces the geographical definition of "Antipodes" as opposing points on the globe, reflecting the series' desire for "oppositional" or thought-provoking ideas.

Professor Hay, Series Editor and RGSSA Director, adds, "I am delighted to be leading this initiative. The 'Antipodean Perspectives on Geography' series will offer a vibrant platform for innovative and thought-provoking geographical scholarship, fostering a deeper understanding of our planet's diverse landscapes and human interactions."

The signing of these MoA marks the beginning of a fruitful collaboration intended to enrich the field of geography. The "Antipodean Perspectives on Geography" series is poised to become a leading resource for geographers worldwide, contributing a fresh, Australasian perspective to this fascinating discipline.