Joanne Norcup (2019 to 2022)
Dr Joanne Norcup is an interdisciplinary historical and cultural geographer whose research centres on the intersectional geographies of education, learning, knowledge-making and archives spanning visual and print cultures, popular culture, archives, public libraries, and learned societies. In particular, Jo's work concerns the histories of radical and anti-racist geographical knowledge within and beyond the academy.
Jo's current research (Honorary Research Fellow, Yesu Persuad Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick) attends to the Caribbean photographs of Sir Harry Johnston (1858 – 1927), focusing on an anticipatory 'decolonizing’ knowledge exhibition organised between the British Council and the Royal Geographical Society (Photos and Phantasms, 1998).
Jo is the conference officer of the Historical Geography Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society. Jo is also the founding director of the independent radio and education resource production company Geography Workshop, bringing key geographical ideas and debates to wider audiences. Recent broadcasts have been aired on Resonance FM ('Er Outdoors – 2016/17) and BBC Radio 4/BBC Sounds (The Art of Now: Women Who Walk 2018/2019).