Newsletter – October 2022

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Climate Justice Demands an Integrated Geography

By Marilyn Raphael

In geography, there is an is an emerging body of work called Critical Physical Geography, which may be used as a lens and guiding framework for bringing climate justice into climate science. Critical physical geography advocates paying more reflexive attention to how knowledge is produced – how we conceptualize our research and the methods that we use. It argues that social inequalities and power relations are implicitly woven through what we study and should not be ignored if a thorough understanding of our science is our goal.

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Toward More Just Geographies: AAG 2023 Theme

within our discipline and in the world, AAG invites abstracts, panels, posters, and discussions that examine the spatial dimensions, scope, and scale of racial and social justice, as well as obstacles to its realization.

AAG welcomes presentations and sessions that will confront injustice in its many forms, offer ways to embrace and support diversity, and contribute to a welcoming environment for all. In recognition that these concepts extend beyond the human realm and across the breadth of geographical study, we welcome presentations that examine ecologies and habitats through the lens of inclusiveness, equity, diversity, and justice.

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Upcoming Deadlines for #AAG2023

Several important dates are forthcoming for registering and submitting abstracts to the 2023 AAG Annual Meeting. Attendees wishing to submit an abstract for a paper presentation must do so before the deadline on November 10, 2022. Abstracts can be edited until February 9, 2023. As a reminder, the AAG accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation. Note: all abstracts for all presentation types are due on the same date – November 10.

Register and submit your abstract today

Support the AAG Student Travel Fund

How can you help the next generation of geographers? One way is to support the AAG Student Travel Fund. Your gift at any level will be a tremendous boost to a student who is keen to make a difference through this profession that we love and is eager to present their research, network with geographers from around the world, and connect with potential employers.

Make your gift now to help students offset their travel expenses to attend the AAG 2023 Annual Meeting. We hope to support at least 25 students with $500 grants, plus the cost of in-person registration. The more money that is raised, the more students we can support.

Thank you to all of those who have already made a gift and we invite many more of you to invest in the future of the discipline. Consider making a recurring donation that will have an even greater impact. Today’s the day to make a difference in the career trajectory of a young geographer.

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Are you a student seeking funds for attending #AAG2023 in Denver? Apply for AAG’s student travel grants by October 17, for a chance to receive $500 for travel and free in-person registration.

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Be a Career Mentor at #AAG2023

career-mentors-300x200-1AAG currently seeks volunteers encompassing a wide range of professional backgrounds, interests, and experiences to participate as Career Mentors during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Career mentoring provides an open forum for students and job seekers to receive one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. To volunteer, please contact us at with a brief note indicating your interest by December 1, 2022.


New Paper and Educator’s Guide on Ethics of Locational Data

AAG has released a new white paper, “Locational Information and the Public Interest,” culminating an effort of more than a year by its Organizing Committee, and bringing together the insights of scholars and professionals in a breadth of disciplines throughout the humanities, social and computer sciences. Developed alongside our partners at the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Esri, as well as participants in a June 2022 summit, this white paper, and a companion Quick Start guide for educators, are a response to growing concern within the research community about the ethical implications in the application of geospatial technologies.

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Broadening Participation in Geography

Faculty at geography programs in the U.S. regularly reach out to the AAG to ask which strategies they can use to attract more students, and especially how to reach students who have been underrepresented in their program(s). AAG worked on projects and efforts over the years to help us answer these questions… What these efforts have not been able to do yet is measure our overall progress toward including more perspectives and identities in our geography community and the effectiveness of certain strategies.

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Planning an Event for Geography Awareness Week? Get on the Map!

Share your Geography Awareness Week events on AAG’s GeoWeek map. The 35th annual Geography Awareness Week is November 14-19, 2022. Fill out our form to share your plans. Use hashtags #GeoWeek and #GeoWeek2022 so we can follow your posts.

Help AAG tell the world about geography. Sign up now to become a GeoAdvocate (individuals) or a GeoWeek partner (institutions and organizations). We’ll send you materials beginning in October to share with your networks on social media, your students, and your colleagues.

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Upcoming AAG Grants and Awards Deadlines – October 15 and November 1

Image showing AAG award pin and certificatePlease consider submitting applications or nominations to four AAG grants and awards with approaching deadlines, two for students and one for career geographers. The AAG Marble-Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Awards aim to recognize excellence in academic performance by undergraduate students from the U.S. and Canada who are putting forth a strong effort to bridge geographic science and computer science. The AAG Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism in Research and Practice honors geographers who have served to advance the discipline through their research, and who have also had an impact on anti-racist practice.

Lastly, the AAG Community College Travel Grants support outstanding students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions to attend the next AAG Annual Meeting. Community College Travel Grant applications are due November 1, 2022 while nominations and applications for the two awards are due October 15, 2022.

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NEW Annals Alert: Articles with topics ranging from health care data privacy to COVID-19 among migrant workers to the digital village

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All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Journals section of the . Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read  by Adam Moore and Nour Joudah for free.

Questions about the Annals? Contact .

NEW The Professional Geographer Issue Alert: Articles with topics ranging from flexible qualitative methodologies to housing discrimination

The Professional Geographer Cover FlatThe most recent issue of The Professional Geographer has been published online () with 15 new research articles on current geographic research. Topics in this issue include ; the ; and . Locational areas of interest include ; the ; and . Authors are from a variety of research institutions including ; and .

All AAG members have full online access to all issues of the Annals through the Journals section of the . Each issue, the Editors choose one article to make freely available. In this issue you can read  by Alida Cantor, Bethani Turley, Charles Cody Ross & Mathern Glass Burnett for free.

Questions about The Professional Geographer? Contact .

African-Geographical-Review-cvr-212x300-1New 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.  is available online for subscribers and members of the Africa Specialty Group. This issue contains 8 new research articles on topics such as health emergency response vehicles; COVID-19; soil fertility assessments; electricity access; and more.

Note about AAG Journals

Beginning in 2023, both the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and The Professional Geographer will be increasing the number of issues published annually. The Annals will publish ten issues per year, beginning with Volume 113. The Professional Geographer will publish six issues per year, beginning with Volume 75. As part of this increase, the Annals will add a fifth ‘General Geography’ editor. AAG will issue a call for this editorship later this year, with the term for this editorship to be January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2027.

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Member News

October Member Updates

Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate, a new book edited by Jennifer Collins and James Done, and inspired by the AAG-sponsored Symposium on Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate, was recently published. The book contains 14 chapters, eight of which are available in open access format, and details the outcomes of new research focusing on climate risk related to hurricanes in a changing climate.

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Join American Geographical Society in New York City in November

The annual AGS Fall Symposium, Geography 2050, is back in person in New York City at the Columbia University campus after two years of hosting their symposia online. The event will be held November 17 and 18, 2022 and the AAG is one of the event’s sponsors. For the 9th installment of Geography 2050, the theme will be The Future of Food. The Symposium will explore how geography and the use of geospatial technology will affect and transform global food systems.

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National Council on Public History Award Deadlines

The National Council on Public History offers several upcoming opportunities for acknowledgement of work in public history. Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted for the NCPH Book Award through November 1, 2022. All other awards (the Outstanding Public History Project Award, Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis, Grassroots Public History Award, New Professional Award, Excellence in Consulting, and Student Awards) are due December 1.

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AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference

Registration for the 2022 AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference is now open. The conference will be held online October 17-19.

GISCI Exam Period Opens in December

The next testing window for the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® is December 3-10, 2022. Part of the GISP Certification, the exam will once again be administered by PSI Online through its worldwide testing facilities in a computer-based testing (CBT) format.

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In Memoriam

The AAG is saddened to hear of the passing of 50 year AAG member  this past month.


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