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Geography Speakers Bureau

Themes

To reflect the intellectual diversity of the field of geography and to address themes that have recently arisen in importance within political, scientific, and advocacy circles, the AAG Speakers Bureau will begin by structured around three major themes:

  • Social and Spatial Justice
  • Climate and Environmental Change
  • Power of Mapping & Geographic Information

Social and Spatial Justice

The “Social and Spatial Justice” theme capitalizes on several decades of innovative geographic research on social justice.  Geographers have found that social (in)justice has important geographical outcomes and patterns and that space and place play a fundamental role in constituting and structuring the broader processes of discrimination or equality. Recent restrictions on civil and human rights by US federal and state governments and other countries’ authorities make this a highly important theme.   

Climate and Environmental Change

The ”Climate and Environmental Change” themes builds upon the AAG Clearinghouse by the same name and seeks to expose the wider world to the important scholarship and outreach that geographers have done (and continue to do) on the causes, consequences, and mitigation strategies and policy dimensions related to climate change.  Recent efforts by the US government to de-prioritize climate change data and science—even as the global community sees the value of such work—raises the stakes for geographers to be available on this matter. 

Power of Mapping and Geographic Information

The “Power of Mapping and Geographic Information” theme features the many generations of groundbreaking work in the area of mapping, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and the analysis of geographic information to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. The theme is wide enough to encompass those doing vibrant applied work, developing new techniques and data, as well as theorists who examine the role that mapping and geographic information play as social and political technologies of power, governance, and resistance.  This theme offers a means for geographers to inform larger publics and policy makers about the discipline and its legitimacy in the face of legislative and industry efforts that might suggest otherwise.  

The Speakers Bureau is created with the understanding the identification of themes should be a fluid process that adapts to intellectual changes in the discipline and varying social and political needs and challenges as they arise.