Newsletter – June 2022
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Locating Ourselves, and Our Purpose, in Time
By Emily Yeh
As I wrap up my year serving as AAG president, I find myself experiencing a disorienting swirl of temporalities…. As geographers, we know that time is inseparable from space, and vice versa. As Doreen Massey famously argued, “the spatial is integral to the production of history, and thus to the possibility of politics, just as the temporal is to geography.” History is always spatial and as such it does not literally repeat, stay still, or move backwards.
Save the Date for AAG 2023 in Denver
Join us for the Mile-High meeting. Mark your calendar for the hybrid AAG Annual Meeting in Denver, CO on March 23-27, 2023. We invite you to organize and participate in sessions, workshops, field trips, special events, and activities. Look for more information throughout the summer to help you plan. We look forward to seeing you online and in the Rocky Mountains.
NEW Annals Alert: Articles with topics ranging from low carbon energy transition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative to urban sprawl
The most recent issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers has been published online (Volume 112, Issue 4) with 17 new articles on contemporary geographic research plus an obituary for Ronald John Johnston. Topics in this issue include El Niño; telecommuting; mental health access; COVID-19 risk; bicycle sharing systems; education deserts; maroon communities; dragon fruit cultivation; and waterborne diseases. Locational areas of interest include China; rural northern India; Columbus, Ohio; and Sri Lanka. Authors are from a variety of research institutions including King’s College; University of British Columbia; University of Kentucky; and the University of Melbourne.
All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Journals section of the AAG Member Dashboard. Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read An Unthinkable Politics for Multispecies Flourishing within and beyond Colonial-Capitalist Ruins by Kathryn Gillespie for free.
Questions about the Annals? Contact email@example.com.
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
• The AAG Review of Books
• African Geographical Review
New Books in Geography — Summer Available
The AAG compiles a quarterly list of newly published geography books and books of interest to geographers. The list includes a diversity of books that represents the breadth of the discipline (including key sub-disciplines), but also recognizes the work which takes place at the margins of geography and overlap with other disciplines. While academic texts make up most of the books, we also include popular books, novels, books of poetry, and books published in languages other than English, for example.
Some of these books are selected for review in the AAG Review of Books. Publishers are welcome to contact the AAG Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Debbie Hopkins, as well as anyone interested in reviewing these or other titles.
Browse the full list of new books
New issue of African Geographical Review
The latest issue of the journal of the Africa Specialty Group of the AAG, the African Geographical Review, has recently been published. Volume 41, Issue 2 is available online for subscribers and members of the Africa Specialty Group. This issue contains eight research articles on topics ranging from food and water security to development to environmental management.
Make a Difference, Support the AAG Student Travel Fund
You make the AAG so extraordinary, and when members and friends come together, our collective support becomes part of something much bigger. Your support of the AAG Student Travel Fund will make so much possible for a geographer who is starting their career and dreaming of making a difference through this profession that we love. Your contribution will go directly to helping undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students attend the AAG 2023 Annual Meeting in Denver. Our goal is to offer at least 100 students a travel award of up to $500.
Your gift at any level will be a tremendous boost to those who are completing their education and entering the job market. Building their network, making connections with potential employers, and having the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to present their research in person, could not be more important.
Don’t let the summer slip away. Please give today to support the next generation of geographers.
Registration Open for Summer Series for Grad Students and Recent Graduates
The AAG 2022 Virtual Summer Series is back. Sign-ups are open for our Graduate Forums and Seminars, which will continue throughout the summer.
Our Graduate Forums are led by the AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group and will offer graduate students with sessions that enable them to network and feel a sense of community.
Our Seminars target Master’s or Doctoral students in Geography programs and recently graduated geographers, and cover a wide range of practical topics.
Take Part in the AAG’s Graduate Faculty Development Alliance Workshops, June 13-17
Two summer professional development workshops from the AAG’s Graduate Faculty Development Alliance will continue online in 2022. Registration will be filled on a first come, first served basis and is free for AAG Members and $150 for non-members.
Department Chairs, Heads, new Deans, and other emerging leaders — develop the tools you need to do your job, network with peers, and learn from top leadership professionals in an inclusive, innovative, and interactive series.
The AAG Geography Faculty Development Alliance for early career geographers, as well as non-AAG members who are graduate students or teaching geography in higher education, offers an innovative, new online approach to the highly successful early career workshops that have been offered since 2002.
Learn More about AAG Membership with June Webinar
AAG is wrapping up the spring Professional Development webinars with How to Make the Most of AAG Membership as a Student or Young Professional. Hear the experiences and perspectives of four AAG members who have been active in the AAG while pursuing their education. From establishing a professional network, to keeping informed of the latest research and industry trends, to methods training and learning about career opportunities, the AAG is there to help you succeed!
This webinar will be on Tuesday, June 7th from 4-5:15pm ET. Visit here to register. Once registered, visit here and click “Join Session” on the day of the event to attend.
Call for Nominations for AAG Honors and AAG Fellows
Please consider nominating outstanding colleagues for the AAG Honors, the highest awards offered by the American Association of Geographers, and the AAG Fellows, a program to recognize geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing geography. Please note that both of these programs are now operating under recently revised guidelines. Individual AAG members, specialty groups, affinity groups, departments, and other interested parties are encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues by September 15.
More information about AAG Awards
Nominations Sought for Candidates to 2023 AAG Council
The AAG Nominating Committee for the 2023 AAG Election seeks nominations for Vice President (one to be elected) for National Councilor (two vacancies), and for International Councilor (one vacancy) for the 2023 election. Those elected will take office on July 1, 2023. Nominations are due no later than September 15, 2022. The AAG encourages nominations of a broad range of colleagues who reflect different disciplinary specialties, regional locations, gender, race, ethnicity, diverse ability, stage in career, and institutional diversity (e.g., candidates at non-PhD-granting or 2-year degree-granting institutions, and/or candidates who serve in Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and tribal colleges).
Nominations for Vice President should be directed to Sarah Blue, Nominating Committee Chair. Nominations for National Councilor should be directed to Danielle M. Purifoy, Nominating Committee Member. Nominations for International Councilor should be directed to Sara Smith, Nominating Committee Member.
AAG Sponsoring New Books Network Geography Channel
AAG is pleased to announce our new collaboration with the New Books Network (NBN), a consortium of author-interview podcast channels covering a range of scholarly topics. As the Geography channel sponsor, we have an opportunity to showcase the wide array of new publications across geography. Know of a recent title? NBN is a crowdsourced entity, and the content is supplied by hosts. The best news – anyone can be a host. Hosts select their book and receive guidance about contacting the publisher and author (if needed), and event get a $25 stipend per interview. Explore NBN, and listen to Emily Yeh’s recent interview about AAG. Happy listening (and hosting)!
Visit the New Books Network Geography channel
June Member Updates
Bowie State University geography professor Dr. Sumanth Reddy and nine students are on the adventure of a lifetime: a 10-day camping trip in the Four Corners area of the U.S. Southwest, covering 1,500 miles and visiting five national parks. The group will take a close look at sites of historic significance in Black and African American history, and will also apply their diverse skills—from computer science to biology to history—to examining the impacts and remedies for climate change in the landscapes they visit. This experience was made possible through AAG’s Bridging the Digital Divide fund, in partnership with Esri and our members to bring more tech, tools, and great learning experiences to HBCU and MSI institutions.
RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Help AGI with COVID-19 Study Focusing on Permanent Changes from the Pandemic
Thanks to continued support by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570), the American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce that their study on the impacts of COVID-19 on geoscience workplace and instructional environments has been extended into a third and final phase. This final phase of the study will track the transition of instructional and work intervention strategies used during the pandemic into their adoption as permanent approaches used within academia and the workforce.
The study will continue to accept new participants through December 2022 and is open to all geoscientists, including students, retirees, and those not currently employed, who reside in the United States and are at least 18 years old. We also encourage company, organization, and academic leaders to participate on behalf of their organizations to elucidate the organization-level changes underway. Share your specific experiences in how your life as a geoscientist has been transformed because of the pandemic by participating in COVID-19 Impact monthly surveys; through an oral history interview; and/or joining your colleagues in a panel discussion as part of a Fall 2022 webinar series.
June virtual events hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is hosting the “Data Dive: Indicators of Entrepreneurship” webinar at 11 a.m. CT on June 7. This spring, the Kauffman Foundation released updates to their entrepreneurship indicators, highlighting the latest entrepreneurial trends in both the New Employer Business series and the Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship. The upcoming free webinar is a time to continue those conversations and learn about how these studies impact the entrepreneurial field — informed directly by the researchers themselves. Register here
The next virtual Early-Stage Researcher Professional Development session will take place on Friday, June 24 at 1 p.m. CT with mentors Jon Carr (North Carolina State University) and Jeff York (University of Colorado, Boulder). This series is open to 18 early-stage researchers, providing an opportunity to connect with research mentors to discuss research approaches, professional development, and the research career trajectory. Register for Professional Development Series
June 30 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT is the next Entrepreneurship Issues forum: Designing and Disseminating Research with Communities in Mind: Exploring Community-Engaged Research Translation. Community-engaged research translation and knowledge co-production are approaches to research that value community voice and make meaningful contributions to solving problems and changing systems. Join to learn about these methods and consider how you can begin to work with communities and stakeholders, apply these methods in your own research, and explore the use of these approaches in entrepreneurship research and economic development research more broadly.
The AAG is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Gina Crivello this past month.
Resources for Climate Action
By Michael Gould
Esri offers a huge collection of resources related to climate and sustainability topics. In 2022 we will publish a collection of learning/teaching resources to help non-climate-specialists at universities (primarily) to introduce climate action topics into their classroom or research activities, with a focus on solutions and opportunities to take action.
- June 7, 4:00PM ET – How to Make the Most of AAG Membership as a Student or Young Professional webinar
- June 10, 11:00AM ET – Social Justice as Praxis in Academia webinar
- June 13-17 – ONLINE 2022 Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) Early Career and Department Leadership Workshops
- June 14, 11:00AM ET – How to Build a Teaching Portfolio webinar
- June 17, 11:00AM ET – Best Practices for US Government and Private Sector Job Applications & Interviews: Owning Your Story webinar
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