Newsletter – April 2019


Harassment-Free AAG: Moving Forward

By Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

“I am writing to assure our community that Harassment-Free AAG does not end at the boarding gate for the flight home from the Annual Meeting. In fact, avoiding workplace discrimination and harassment all weeks of the year is the first concern in AAG’s current Statement of Professional Ethics (see section II and II.A.). The AAG launched Harassment-Free AAG at the 2019 Annual Meeting, which members did use.”

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Thank you for joining us at #aagDC!

With over 6,100 abstracts submitted, including a record high of over 1,000 poster presentations, you helped to make the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC one to remember! Look for a photo gallery of meeting highlights soon.


Save the Date for AAG Denver!

Join us for the mile high meeting. Mark your calendar for the AAG Annual Meeting in Denver on April 6-10, 2020. We invite you to organize and participate in sessions, workshops, field trips, special events, and activities. Look for the call for papers in July 2019. We look forward to seeing you in the Rocky Mountains!

Learn more about #aagDENVER.


NEW Annals issue alert:
The 2019 Special Issue of the Annals on Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era

The Annals publishes a special issue each year to highlight research around a specific theme of global importance. The eleventh annual special issue includes 31 articles on environmental governance in a populist/authoritarian era and is guest edited by James McCarthy. The articles are divided into six sections: Historical and Comparative Perspectives; Extractivism, Populism, and Authoritarianism; Environment as Political Proxy and Arena for Security and Citizenship; Racialization and Environmental Politics; Politics of Environmental Science and Knowledge; and Progressive Alternatives. Throughout the issue, the authors explore the differences it makes when environmental research, knowledge construction, and decision making occur in the context of such political formations as the populist and authoritarian regimes that have been growing increasingly widespread throughout the past several years. The 2019 Special Issue begins with an introduction by McCarthy outlining how geographers are “especially well equipped, and indeed have an obligation given our disciplinary history, to continue to remind publics of the moral and intellectual bankruptcy and consequences of conflating physical environments and social identities.”

Read more about the 2019 Special Issue.

Questions about the Annals? Contact annals [at] aag [dot] org.

NEW The Professional Geographer Issue Alert:
Research featuring Public Intellectualism to Pokémon Go, Creative Cities to Communication

The latest issue of The Professional Geographer is now available (Vol 71, Issue 1, February 2019) with 19 new research articles on wide-ranging topics in geography plus a focus section on The Need for Public Intellectuals in the Trump Era: Strategies for Communication, Engagement, and Advocacy. Topics include agingentrepreneurial activitiesJewish communitiesresearch associateslocation spoofingenvironmental sense of placeforeign aidactivist scholarship, and public intellectualism. Study areas include BotswanaBelizeBaltimore, and Athens, Georgia. Authors are from a variety of global institutions including: Heidelberg UniversityUniversity of Alabama, the University of TorontoMacalester College, and Florida State University.

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of The Professional Geographer through the Members Only page. In every issue, the editors choose one article to make freely available for two months. In this issue you can read Environmental Perception, Sense of Place, and Residence Time in the Okavango Delta, Botswana by Amelia C. Eisenhart, Kelley A. Crews Meyer, Brian King, and Kenneth R. Young for free for the next three months.

Questions about The PG? Contact profgeog [at] aag [dot] org.

In addition to the most recently published journal, read the latest issue of the other AAG journals online:

• Annals of the American Association of Geographers
• The Professional Geographer
• GeoHumanities
• The AAG Review of Books

New Books in Geography – March Available

ATTACHMENT DETAILS New-books1-1-1The March list of new books in geography and related disciplines contains 22 recently published titles. Explore locals as far ranging as the Alps, the Caribbean, and New England. Get lost in cities such as Detroit, Lisbon, and São Paulo.

Browse the whole list of new books.


2019 AAG Election Results

Election-buttonThe AAG members have spoken and the candidates running for various AAG governance positions have been selected. Election results for the 2019 AAG Election have been posted. Congratulations to all who will be assuming their new roles on July 1st. The AAG thanks those whose terms will be concluding later this year.

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AAG Now Accepting Listings to the 2019 Edition of The Guide

Guidecover1718babyThe AAG’s Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas serves as a complete and invaluable reference for faculty, prospective students, government agencies, and private firms in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and throughout the world. Listing your geography program in the Guide ensures that geographers and prospective students will be able to learn about your program and how to reach you. Your program will also appear alongside hundreds of other top geography programs in our Interactive Map that students can use to explore and discover geography programs, with easy-to-use search tools to filter programs by degree type, region, program specialization, and more. The deadline for submitting a listing is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

For more information and to list your program, please contact Mark Revell at guide [at] aag [dot] org.


April Member Updates

The latest news about AAG Members.

Routledge and CRC Press are giving two geographers the Taylor and Francis Lifetime Achievement Award an award given to “authors who have made truly outstanding contributions to the scientific literature due to their exceptional competence in publishing and writing”. Dr. Qihao Weng has made significant and pioneering contributions in the field of geography, and his extensive publication record includes books, book chapters, and articles in prestigious Taylor and Francis journals. Professor Noel Castree has made significant and pioneering contributions in the discipline of geography and allied fields. Read more from Routledge about this honor.

Editors Jennifer Collins and Kevin Walsh published a new book Hurricane Risk, which covers new research focusing on climate risk related to hurricanes. This book brings together leading international academics and researchers, and provides a source reference for both risk managers and climate scientists for research on the interface between tropical cyclones, climate and risk. More.


Transformative Research in Geography Education: Request for Proposals

The National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) invites proposals to develop new collaborative and interdisciplinary research networks in geography education. Through this program, NCRGE aspires to strengthen geography education research processes and promote the growth of sustainable, and potentially transformative, lines of research.

View the Request for Proposals.


Take Time Out This Summer for Professional Development

The AAG’s Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) will once again offer a valuable in-depth opportunity for early career professionals and department leaders in Geography to learn and engage during its annual workshops June 23-29, 2019, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The shorter four-day workshop for department leaders (June 26-29) will overlap with the week-long conference for early career attendees providing a full career spectrum of exercises and activities.

Register before May 15!

Nominations Open for the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The Geosciences Division of Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annually recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research. Applications are being accepted until May 1, 2019 from a variety of institutional and geoscience settings.

More information on nominating yourself or others.

Fellowships Available for Research in India

AIIS-logoThe American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2019 fellowship competition, and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to Ph.D. candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree for up to nine months of research in India. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. The application deadline is July 1, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to 773-702-8638 or aiis [at] uchicago [dot] edu.

Download the application.


AI and GIS: Finally Delivering on the promise

With a 40-year history and a failure to live up to the hype, things appeared bleak for AI. Then something happened. In the last decade, due to the advent of massive volumes of data gathered from the Internet and powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) capable of supercomputer-like performance on certain tasks, a particular type of AI algorithm has seen massive resurgence…

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