The AAG is pleased to announce three themes for the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in New Orleans from April 10-14. Each year, the AAG Council and Executive Director identify theme areas of geography for the annual meeting in order to provide a fresh take on some of the more pressing and timely issues facing the discipline. While any topic is accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting, the themes are used to establish a way to focus the breadth and variety of geographic scholarship the Annual Meeting has to offer.

Contributions to the Black Geographies theme will address the meaningful role of Black communities and individuals as they advance the production of geographic knowledge and space-making practices. Likewise, contributions will encourage the critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape Black lives and geographies on local, national, continental, and international scales.


Geographers are uniquely situated to address the myriad challenges presented by hazards due to the interdisciplinary nature of our discipline. The Hazards, Geography, and GIScience theme will approach these issues from multiple perspectives, with the goal of using the research and tools of Geography and GIScience to learn from past events and plan for future hazards.


The Public Engagement theme will create and open spaces for demonstrating, debating, and improving how geographers engage public groups through their research, teaching, and other professional practices. This theme seeks paper, panel, and workshop sessions that explore the practical strategies, ethical considerations, and challenges of geographers interacting with a broad array of communities.



More information about each of these themes will be forthcoming. To submit your abstract or session for consideration as part of one of these three themes, please select the relevant theme name in the “Theme” dropdown in the abstract/session submission console. If you have already submitted your abstract or session, you can log into the console and edit your submission. All submissions to the themes are due by November 8, 2017.