Expanding the Community of Geography
This theme looks at how we can increase the active participation of geographers, at the AAG and elsewhere, who may have otherwise felt excluded, moved away from geography as a discipline, or may not realize their kinship with geography. One factor of this exclusion lies with geographers who work in often underrepresented institutions. This includes stand-alone geographers, community college stakeholders, those who work and study at Historically Black and Tribal institutions, and geographers who work outside of the academy. Most people who go on to get a Masters or Ph.D. in geography do not end up working as academics. They may have drifted away from the AAG, and we need to find ways to increase their contribution and interest in our society. As part of this theme, we seek papers and other forums that involve coping with limited resources, enhancing geography at minority serving institutions, community engagement, outreach to geographers beyond the academy, alternative ways of knowing, fostering interaction among stand-alone geographers, and many other related aspects.
Please direct all theme-related queries to ExpandingGeography_Theme@aag.org. Theme participants are encouraged to share via social media using the hashtags #aagDENVER.
Grand Rapids Community College, Mich.
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Tennessee State University
Nicole Reiz, University of
Northern Michigan University
Arizona State University
Indiana State University
Angeline Johnson, University of
Columbus State University
Clark College, Vancouver, Wash.