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AAG Specialty and Affinity Groups

AAG Specialty and Affinity Groups are voluntary associations of AAG members who share interests in regions or topics. To date, there are more than 60 specialty/affinity groups in the AAG. Each group sponsors professional activities and networking opportunities.

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Africa

To enhance geographic research and scholarship on matters relating to Africa by encouraging effective communication of knowledge and information and supporting innovative approaches to geographic education on Africa.
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Animal Geography

The AnGSG strives to enhance geographic research and scholarship on matters relating to human-animal studies by: (a) encouraging the exchange of ideas among geographers studying biological, cultural, ecological, economic, political, and technical aspects of the myriad ways humans co-exist with other animal species, (b) promoting research in these areas, (c) facilitating collaboration between existing AAG specialty groups and committees to promote common interests and develop intra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects.
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Applied Geography

To increase the visibility of applied geography in the profession and the general population and facilitate communications among the Group members; promote and recognize individual excellence in applied geographic research.
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Asian Geography

To promote geographic research and to facilitate teaching the geography of Asia through professional meetings, publications and establishing contacts with Asian geographers, and developing an agenda for research and teaching grants.  
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Bible Geography

To use the Bible as a source of geographic information for the study of the geography of ancient Israel.
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Biogeography

To promote interactions between biogeographers, stimulate active research and teaching development in biogeography, and facilitate the exchange of ideas.
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Business Geography

The purpose of the BGSG is to bring together individuals who have mutual professional interests in business geography. Business geography is the application of geographic knowledge and information and geospatial techniques that assists businesses in making specific real-time decisions.
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Canadian Studies

To stimulate a more visible series of activities and increased research on Canadian Topics.
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Cartography

To encourage cartographic research, promote education in cartography and map use, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information about cartography, promote interest in and correct utilization of maps and other cartographic products, promote and facilitate the cartographer's role within the geographic profession, promote and coordinate activites and directions with other professional organizations involved with cartography.
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China

To promote the study of the geography of China, including Taiwan, and to serve as a clearinghouse of information for persons interested in Chinese geography. To increase contacts with Chinese geographers and encourage professional activities, including the development of research projects.
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Climate

To encourage climatological research, to promote climatological education, to promote the exchange of climatological ideas and information, to promote the interests of climatology within the discipline of geography; and to develop contacts and coordination with other climatological organizations.
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Coastal and Marine

To encourage the intellectual exchange of knowledge related to coastal and marine environments and their resources. COMA's membership is composed of both physical and human geographers who have a common interest in understanding how anthropogenic activities may impact coastal or marine environments.
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Communication Geography

To provide a forum for intellectual exchange between geographers studying communication issues within a political, economic, or cultural geography framework as well as geographers studying communication technologies and infrastructure.
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Community College

Seeks to give community college geographers a stronger voice within the discipline and within the AAG by disseminating information about funding opportunities for projects relevant to community college geography, enhancing research and professional development opportunities for community college faculty, and promoting curriculum development of GIS and other technical areas.
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Cryosphere

To foster communication between practitioners dealing with the various elements of the cryosphere, to establish linkages with related organizations, and to enhance research on and teaching of cryospheric topics.
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Cultural and Political Ecology

To promote scholarly activities on the cultural, economic, demographic and political dimensions of resource use and environmental change, focusing on these issues and their linkages at and across multiple spatial and temporal scales.
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Cultural Geography

To encourage and facilitate intellectual exchange between scholars of all ages working in every branch of the subfield of cultural geography.
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Cyberinfrastructure

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Specialty Group strives to enhance geographic research and scholarship on matters relating to cyberinfrastructure by: a) encouraging the exchange of ideas and experience among geographers studying technical, social, economic, policy, and cultural aspects of CI; b) providing a communication channel between CI funding agencies and geographic practitioners; c) promoting research and advancement in topics related to CI; d) encouraging reflection on the roles of geographers in CI.
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Development Geographies

The purpose of the Development Geographies Specialty Group (DGSG) is to provide a forum for research, education, and practice related to development studies and to developing areas. Our members are located around the world and engage in theoretical, applied, and critical work within the field of international development.
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Disability

To foster communication among members and to encourage research, education, and service that addresses issues of disability and chronic illness. The group will provide support and advocate with disabled members of the Association while working closely with other specialty groups to promote common interests and develop intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects.
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Economic Geography

To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among its members and other specialists; to stimulate research, teaching, and applications in industrial and economic geography; to aid in the advancement of its members and the field of industrial and economic geography; and to help represent industrial and economic geography within the discipline of geography and to related disciplines, agencies in government, the private sector, and the general public.
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Energy and Environment

To promote interaction and research among geographers interested in energy and environmental issues, to enhance the contributions of geographers to energy and environmental research and practice, and to assist in developing related educational curricula.
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Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography

To advance the theoretical and applied interests of environmental perception and behavioral geography within the discipline of geography, developing links to related disciplines through communication and organization.
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Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights

To support and encourage inclusive and informed discussion throughout the discipline on normative concerns including applied, theoretical, and professional. In equal measure and in combination, to sustain an interest in, and teaching/research on, human rights issues at all scales of analysis, in all parts of the world.
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Ethnic Geography

To promote the common interests of persons working in ethnic geography, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas within the AAG, and to encourage its members in their research and teaching of ethnic experiences from comparative, national/transnational and global perspectives.
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European

To foster research, teaching, and scholarly interaction on the geography of Europe, broadly defined; to promote work on all parts of Europe and to advance scholarship that moves beyond the traditional East-West bifurcation of the continent; to promote the study of Europe within the discipline of geography; and to encourage contacts between its members and those working on Europe in other disciplines, government, and private agencies.
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Geographic Information Science and Systems

To promote the development and practice of geographic information science and systems in all aspects of geographic inquiry.
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Geographic Perspectives on Women

To promote geographic research and education on topics relating to women and gender. 
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Geographies of Food and Agriculture

The purpose of the GFASG is to bring together AAG members who have mutual interests In the geography of food and agriculture.  The mission of the GFASG is to be instrumental in creating networking opportunities for students and faculty who study food and agricultural geographies but may be spread across disparate subdisciplines of geography. This specialty group will also provide an intellectual home for the multiplicity of exciting studies being conducted surrounding issues of food and agriculture in every type of space: rural, urban, exurban, and wild. The group will also facilitate the sharing of ideas and relevant information among its members and others; stimulate research and intradisciplinary partnerships; and provide awards to facilitate research In the geographies of food and agriculture. The GFASG will also encourage, facilitate, and sponsor the organization of paper sessions and discussion panels at the annual meeting of the AAG.
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Geography Education

To promote research, development, and practice in the learning and teaching of geography and to examine and strengthen the role of geography in education by focusing on the development of learners, teachers, curricula, and programs.
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Geography of Religions and Belief Systems

To further the geographic study of religious phenomena, including but not limited to religious groups, behavior, material culture, and human-environment relations from a religious perspective.
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Geomorphology

To foster better communication among those working in the geomorphic sciences, especially in geography.
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Graduate Student

To support the s of the AAG by increasing participation of graduate students in the life of the profession and by better preparing graduate students for careers in Geography.
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Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

To promote research, education, and the application of knowledge about natural, technological, and social hazards; to strengthen communication and collaborative activities among geographers pertaining to hazards; to encourage communication between geographers and the members of other disciplines and professions that share an interest in hazards.
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Health and Medical Geography

To provide an international forum for disseminating research on health and wellbeing, disease, illness, spatial epidemiology, disease ecology, population health, ethnomedicine and non-western understandings of health and medicine, spatial aspects of healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy and political economy. Further, to promote health geography within geography and related disciplines, and advocate its applications and service to public and private agencies and the general public in the developed and developing world.
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Historical Geography

To promote the common interests of persons in the field, provide a forum for the discussion of matters that pertain to the membership, and establish procedures for activities within the AAG.
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History of Geography

To promote research and the exchange of information pertaining to the history of geography and advance scholarship that contributes to a deeper understanding of the evolution of the discipline and its subfields.
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Human Dimensions of Global Change

To promote the varied interests of geographers who are united by research, teaching, or service that involves the human dimensions of global-scale processes that affect or are affected by environmental changes.
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Indigenous Peoples

To foster pure and applied geographic research and geographic education that involves the Indigenous people of the world, past and present. To encourage approaches to research and teaching that empower Indigenous peoples, and to help build relationships of mutual trust between communities of Indigenous peoples and academic geographers. To stimulate and enable direct participation of Indigenous peoples in geography.
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Landscape

The Landscape Specialty Group provides a forum for geographers across the discipline working on issues related to human/environmental interaction, broadly understood. The Group facilitates the exchange of ideas among human and physical geography to stimulate scholarship, research, and teaching development. The group sees landscape as an inclusive concept for investigating the human and non-human objects, patterns and processes across scales from the local to the global.
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Latin America

To promote education, research and other activity relating to Latin American geography and to advance communication among geographers and others with an interest in the region.
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Middle East

To facilitate research on and teaching about the Greater Middle East.
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Military Geography

To promote research and the exchange of information pertaining to military geography and advance scholarship that contributes to a deeper understanding of the subdicipline. This subfield is defined as the application of geographic information, tools, and techniques to solve military problems in peacetime or war. The subfield is broadly defined to include those interested in physical, cultural, political, historical, environmental, remote sensing, GIS, and other applications as they relate to military or security issues.
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Mountain Geography

To foster communication, promote basic and applied research, enhance education, and encourage service related to mountain peoples and mountain environments and their interactions.
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Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group

The purpose of the group is to carryout the mission of the AAG with a specific emphasis on Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change; to facilitate better communication among practitioners of the study of past landscapes, climates, ecologies, cultures, and their interrelationships; and to foster a greater spirit of collaboration among those geographers working on topics related to long-term (decadal to millennial-scale) environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic.
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Polar Geography

To promote geographic research about the world’s Polar Regions to include human and physical geography, human-environment interactions, geospatial techniques (e.g. remote sensing, GIS), and indigenous knowledge.
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Political Geography

To provide a central focus and organization for political geographers by which they can achieve scholarly growth and to improve the status and cohesion of the sub-discipline. 
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Population

The purpose of the Population Specialty Group is to (a) promote research, teaching and service in the general field of population geography; (b)stimulate the exchange of information among members of PSG; (c) encourage the development of population geography as a science and a profession; and (d) develop close relations and interchange with other sciences, especially those dealing with population.
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Public/Private Affinity Group

To provide a forum for those who apply geographic principles and practices in public and private sectors to discuss issues related to geographic research, applications, and education in these sectors.
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Qualitative Research

To promote the use and understanding of qualitative research approaches, methods, and tools for purposes of education, research, and public service in the discipline of geography. The groups aim is to work closely with other specialty groups to promote common interests and develop intra-disciplinary projects. The group is further charged with bridging the perceived gap between quantitative and qualitative research through dialogue, debate, and the establishment of common ground for the purpose of enhancing rigorous research across the spectrum.
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Recreation, Tourism, and Sport

To provide a forum and to encourage research and teaching of applied and academic aspects of recreation, tourism, and sport geography.
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Regional Development and Planning

To encourage and promote research, teaching, service and communication among members of the group; to publish and distribute newsletters twice a year featuring upcoming activities and other items of interest. Organize special sessions or events at AAG meetings.
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Remote Sensing

To foster an understanding of remote sensing science. Emphasis is placed on developing a meaningful dialogue among geographers interested in understanding and applying remote sensing technology in research, instruction, public service, and private enterprise.
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Retired Geographers

Provides opportunities for retirees to keep in contact with colleagues and professional friends through newsletters, distinctive travel opportunities, social activities, annual AAG Meetings event, and service projects.
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Rural Geography

To promote research and education related to contemporary rural landscapes, societies and economies in the developed world. Topics range from agriculture, land use, environmental governance and population, to rural health, crime, poverty, food systems, indigenous peoples' issues, and rural restructuring processes more generally.
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Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European

The RCEEE Specialty group is a diverse community of researchers brought together by regional interests in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Current and past research has revolved around political, social, economic and cultural geography, as well as regional research on issues of energy, environment or migration.
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Sexuality and Space

To promote and facilitate scholarly and other geographic inquiry into human sexualities and related issues.
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Socialist and Critical Geography

To promote critical analysis of geographic phenomena, cognizant of geographic research on the well-being of social classes; to investigate the issue of radical change toward a more collective society; and to discover the impact of economic growth upon environmental quality and upon social equity.
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Spatial Analysis and Modeling

To foster and maintain interaction, cooperation and community among individuals interested in the analysis of geo-referenced data, modeling of spatio-temporal processes and the use of analytical and computational techniques in solving geographic problems. The specialty group promotes the scientific study of physical, environmental and socioeconomic geography and the development, use and teaching of analytical cartography, GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistical, mathematical and computational techniques for spatial analysis.
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Stand Alone Geographers Affinity Group

To provide a forum for discussion and sharing of resources for geographers who work alone or in small programs or departments at their respective institutions and to increase their visibility in the discipline and in the Association of American Geographers.
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Study of the American South

The Study of the American South Specialty Group strives to create a national platform for: (a) promoting study of the social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological aspects of the American South; (b) encouraging critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape the region and its landscapes; (c) exchanging research and teaching ideas among scholars of the American South; and (d) building greater ties between geographers and the larger, cross-disciplinary southern studies community. Membership is open to any sub-field and not restricted to scholars based in the southeastern United States.
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Transportation Geography

To encourage and facilitate interactions among individuals who are interested in research, practice, and education of transportation-related topics.
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Urban Geography

To facilitate communication of information and ideas among urban geographers and other urban specialists through a newsletter, meetings, correspondence, website, listserve, and other media.
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Water Resources

To provide its membership with services that enhance professional opportunities to communicate research progress and results within the professional community and to announce events and discuss major developments in the fields of water resources.
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Wine

To encourage geographic research and knowledge about the geography of wine.
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