If you’ve had chance to read Lucy’s article all about the legendary Durham fieldtrip, then you’ll already be excited for the end of semester two and will have noticed that us Human Geographers do indeed have our fair share of getting out in the field whilst at QM.
After first year, the fieldtrips here go global for human and physical geographers alike. From the USA to New Zealand, the options are vast and varied; just one of the many reasons students choose to come and study here.
Since enrolling at Queen Mary two years ago, I have had my sights set on gaining a place on one of those far afield trips. But which one with so many choices? As a fresher, I initially thought I would fancy the LA trip but as my studies progressed and I learnt what kinds of geographies interested me most, it became clear that as a human geographer with particular interests in gender development in the global south, there was a clear field trip winner.
I fell hook, line and sinker for Mumbai.
Having undertaken the necessary preliminary modules last year, I gained my place on the Mumbai fieldtrip; organised by two wonderful lecturers, Kavita Datta and Al James. In less than three months that pipe dream of undertaking research in a county I am yet to visit will become a reality as we board our plane from Heathrow on December 8th.
Being able to look forward to such a fantastic opportunity is most definitely giving me the motivation I need to get my head down and crack on until December when excitement levels will be rocketing.
I shall be sure to keep a diary whilst there which I will upload upon my arrival back in the UK.
Until then follow this link – http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/hss/94383.html and see if Mumbai takes your fancy.