• Call for Submissions - 2019 AGSG Awards

    Dear Members of the Asian Geography Specialty Group (AGSG):

    This is the first call for your submissions/nominations for the AGSG 2019 awards below, which include service awards, student paper and poster competitions, and travel awards for students. Faculty, please encourage your students to apply where relevant.

    Please note: Winners will be named via AGSG listserv, AGSG Knowledge Communities forum, and AGSG newsletter as soon as results are ready.

     Asian Geography Distinguished Service Award

    Nominations for the AGSG 2019 Distinguished Service Award are solicited from the membership.  The AGSG established the Distinguished Service Award to honor outstanding scholars in the field of Asian geography who have demonstrated notable scholarship and/or service to the specialty group or field.  Please send nominations, including a paragraph about the nominee, to AGSG Chair Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy ( AND Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Michael Glass: no later than February 15, 2019.

    AGSG Graduate Student Paper Competition
    The AGSG solicits submissions of single or co-authored papers with a focus on Asia. Preference will be given to papers by students only (although papers written in collaboration with faculty members are considered) and to unpublished, fully developed academic papers. Papers must not be submitted to any other specialty group paper competitions, and must not have won a prize in any previous AAG-related paper competition. The best student papers will be awarded $250. On occasion, a runner-up is selected, who receives $150. Please send submissions to AGSG Chair Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy( AND Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Michael Glass: no later than February 15, 2019.

    AGSG Graduate Student Poster Competition
    The AGSG solicits submissions of single or co-authored posters with a focus on Asia. Preference will be given to papers by students only (although papers written in collaboration with faculty members are considered), and the poster must be displayed at the 2019 AAG meeting during the Asia Symposium on April 5th. The best student poster will be awarded $100. Please notify AGSG Chair Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy( AND Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Michael Glass: that you will be presenting a poster no later than February 15, 2019.

    The A.K. Chakravarti Awards for Best Student Paper and Best Student Research Proposal on South Asia-(2 Awards)
    These awards were kindly established by (late) Dr. A.K. Chakravarti, Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan, a noted researcher in the field of agriculture and nutrition focusing on South Asia. The awards are co-sponsored by the Asian Geography Specialty Group (AGSG) Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (RDPSG). The Best Student Paper Award carries a $200 prize and the Best Student Research Proposal Award carries a $150 prize.

    There are no topical restrictions to the paper and proposal, but the geographic focus must be on South Asia. Manuscripts must not be more than 25 pages in length (double spaced), including references, tables and figures. The paper/proposal must be scheduled for presentation at the AAG Annual Meeting in 2019, thus the abstracts must have also been submitted to the AAG Annual Meeting by the conference registration deadline, although exceptions may be made in case of mitigating circumstances.

    Manuscripts should be fronted by a cover page comprising:

    (i)      Paper title,
    (ii)     Abstract of the paper (100 words),
    (iii)    Name(s) of the author/co-author, academic affiliation, mailing address, email address and phone number.
    (iv)    Specific award category (paper or research proposal)

    Manuscripts must be forwarded by the head or chair of the department or program, with a letter certifying that the student meets the eligibility requirements (i.e., author(s) have graduate student status, and have not submitted the same paper for other specialty group awards).

    PLEASE READ AND ADHERE TO ALL THESE REQUIREMENTS. Any departure from these will result in automatic disqualification of the paper.

    Deadline for final paper submission is February 15, 2019.  Please submit papers to AK Chakravarti Award Chair, Dr. Vandana Wadhwa (, AND Co-Chair Dr. Nanda Shrestha (

    Student Travel Awards
    The AGSG provides student travel awards to facilitate and promote AAG Annual Conference attendance by students. Five $50 awards are made to students meeting eligibility criteria, which include:

     --Participation as presenter (paper/poster), panelist, or organizer at the AAG 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, DC; participation topic must relate to one or more of the Asian regions of Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or Southwest Asia (one award per region).
     --Student membership of the AGSG, or a pledge to join membership (student membership is only $1)

     Applications should be electronic but sent through Chair or Advisor confirming your student status, and membership of AGSG (or pledge to join AGSG). Also include confirmation of your participation at the 2018 AAG Conference, as well as a simple budget outline showing any matching funds (personal/grants/departmental support).

    Submissions should be made by February 15, 2019 to the respective Area Directors:

    For Central Asia:              Vincent Artman at

    For East Asia:                     Stanley Toops at

    For South Asia:                 Shrinidhi Ambinakudige at            

    For Southeast Asia:         Marion Sabrie at      

    For Southwest Asia:        Nadia Abu-Zahra at

  • Call for Nominations to the EGSG Board

    2 November 2018


    Dear EGSG members:

    It is that time of the year when we plan for new elections for the AAG’s Economic Geography Specialty Group Board.

    We have vacancies for the following positions:

    Vice Chair/Treasurer (Jan 2019 - Dec 2020 subsequently serving as Chair from Jan. 2021 – Dec. 2022)

    At-large board member (two-year term: 2019 and 2020)

    At-large board member (two-year term: 2019 and 2020)

    Student representative (one-year term: 2019)

    All terms begin in January 2019.

    Please send your nominations (specifying the position) directly to me at by December 1, 2018.  If you are nominating someone, please make sure the individual agrees to run for election.

    We ask that all candidates send in a brief statement (100-150 words) about themselves to be included on the ballot.

    EGSG’s current leadership includes:

    Chair: Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
    Vice Chair/Treasurer (2017 - 2018) and incoming Chair (2019 - 2020): Peter Kedron, Arizona State University, USA 
    At-large board members (Jan 2018 - Dec 2019): 

    Anthony Howell, Peking University, CHINA
    Kean Birch, York University, CANADA
    At-large board members (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018): 

    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, Newcastle University, UK 
    Student representative (Jan- Dec 2018): 

    Kyle Loewen, The University of British Columbia, CANADA
  • Instructions for Requesting EGSG Sponsorship of AAG Panels 2019


    The AAG's Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) is happy to sponsor relevant sessions at the upcoming AAG conference in Washington DC (April 3 - April 7, 2019).
    See: ualmeeting.  
    The AAG deadline for submitting paper abstracts is October 25, 2018 and organized sessions is November 8, 2018. Please see this link for further info on deadlines and organizing sessions:

    Just as a reminder (or for those new to the process), acquiring EGSG session sponsorship involves requesting approval of the session and registering sponsorship online. 
    Please send all session sponsorship requests to Peter Kedron:

    A session title and summary description or the full CFP will do.  
    Please send me these requests no later than November 1, 2018.

    After we approve the request, the session organizer MUST then remember to check the box indicating EGSG sponsorship when formally registering the session via the AAG's conference site. 

    Looking forward to seeing some great sessions in Washington DC!

    Jennifer Clark
    School of Public Policy 
    Georgia Institute of Technology 
    Atlanta, GA 30332-0345 USA
    tel. +1 404.385.7224 
    twitter: @GTCUI
  • CFP - Edited Volume - Historical Geography, GIScience and Text: Mapping Landscapes of Time and Place

    [Posting this on behalf of Charles Travis, apologies for formatting problems - HG]

    CFP - Historical Geography, GIScience and Text: Mapping Landscapes of Time and Place (Springer Press)
    Charles Travis (UT, Arlington) Alexander von Lunen (Huddersfield University) and Francis Ludlow (Trinity College Dublin)

    History is not the past, but a map of the past drawn from a particular point of view to be useful to the modern traveler.        Henry Glassie

    In the West, geography as a discipline emerged from the twin pursuits of Strabo’s poetic impressions of place, and Herodotus’ chronicles of events and culture. Eratosthenes, who calculated the spherical nature of the Earth while keeper of the Great Library at Alexandria, and Ptolemy brought to the methods of measurement, scale and geometry to the discipline. Thus literature, history and geographical analysis (discursive, cartographical, phenomenological and statistical) have long been interrelated pursuits. Contemporarily, historical geography possesses tributaries which fountain from the robust humanistic academic traditions of many countries: England, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, and lesser so in North, Central and South America. The practice of historical geography complements approaches in cultural geography through a triangulation of discursive, cartographic and visual narrative styles, and primary, textual and archival data explorations, with both calibrated by the development of qualitative and quantitative methods, models and theories.

    [1] Such approaches intersect with geographical history’s focus on physical landscapes, climate and topography, -interests commensurate with the geosciences. By focusing on scales of agency, interaction, scientific inquiry and causation, geographical history maps the multiple variables that have shaped human and natural history, in the longue durée-a scale of time traditionally neglected in history, geography and cognate disciplines.[2]  As W. Gordon East, in The Geography Behind Historyobserves:

    The familiar analogy between geography and history as the stage and the drama is in several respects misleading, for whereas a play can be acted on any stage regardless of its particular features, the course of history can never be entirely unaffected by the varieties and changes of its settings. History, again, unlike drama, is not rehearsed before enactment, and so different and so changeful are its manifestations that it certainly lacks all unity of place, time and action.[3]

    Although many historians, geographers and geoscientists regard geographical information science (GIS), as a mapping practice, its platforms have evolved into new types of visual database technology, and interactive media. As a database technology, GIS spatially parses and itemizes attribute data (as a row of statistics, a string of text, an image, a movie) linking coordinates to representations of the locations to which the data refers.[4]As a form of media, GIS holds the possibility to “transcend the instrumental rationality currently rampant among both GIS developers and GIS practitioners and cultivate a more holistic approach to the non-linear relationships between GIS and society.”[5]With the advent of the digital and coding revolutions “the idea of nature is becoming very hard to separate from the digital tools and media we use to observe, interpret, and manage it.”[6]In this light, historical geography methods can help address “the underlying complexities in the human organization of space that present methodological problems for GIS in linking empirical research questions with alternative theoretical frameworks.”[7]It has been recognized that if “we seek a rich and humanistic [digital humanities] capable of meeting more than the technical challenges of our massive geo-temporal datasets, we must develop design approaches that address recent theoretical merging’s of background and foreground, space, and time”.[8]

    In this regard, GIScience has broadened its domain, and is entering into the fields of gaming, journalism, movies and broadcasting. These new GIScience fields, paired with historical geography methods, can appropriate (post) and modernist narratives by incorporating avant-garde artistic and filmic techniques that employ flashback, jump cut and ensemble storylines to represent time-spaces as contingent, rendered fluid montages. Dynamically animated three-dimensional historical geography GIScience models, anchored by the coordinate grids of latitude and longitude, now allow us to synchronize phenomenological impressions with Cartesian perspectives.  John Lewis Gaddis, in The Landscape of History (2002), asks, “What if we were to think of history as a kind of mapping?”[9]Gaddis then links the ancient practice of mapmaking within the archetypal three-part conception of time (past, present, and future). Mapping and narrative are both practices that attempt to manage infinitely complex subjects by imposing abstract grids—in forms such as longitude and latitude or hours and days to frame landscapes and timescapes. If the past is a landscape and historical narrative the way we represent it, then pattern recognition constitutes the primary form of human perception, and can thus be parsed empirically, statistically and phenomenologically.[10]

    The aim of this collection is therefore to re-explore relations between historical geography, GIS and text. The collection will revisit, discuss and illustrate current case studies, trends and discourses in European, American and non-Western spheres, in which historical geography is being practiced in concert with human and physical applications of GIS (qualitative, quantitative, critical, proprietary, open-source, ‘neogeographic’ public-participation, geoscientific, human-centric) and text- broadly conceived as archival, literary, historical, cultural, climatic, scientific, digital, cinematic and media. The concept of time (again, broadly conceived) is the pivot around which the contributions to this volume will revolve.  By focusing on research engagements between historical geography, GIS and literary and textual studies, this volume aims to chart a course into uncharted interdisciplinary waters where the Hun-Lenox Globe, built in 1510 warned sailors of Hic sunt dracones (Here be dragons). Our aim is to explore new patterns of historical, geographical and textual perception that exist beyond the mists of our current ontological and epistemological shores of knowledge.

    This edited volume will consist of three sections that focus on the relations between historical geography, GIS and text (broadly conceived) 

    §  The first section's chapters will trace and re-evaluate historical geography, geographical history, cartography, textual practices over the past one hundred years or so. In addition, chapters will also focus on the emergence of GIS and the geospatial humanities / digital geo-humanities.

    §  The second section will feature standard case study chapters (as well as works in progress, in addition to alternative approaches- such as counterfactual studies, digital environmental humanities, etc.)

    §  The third section will feature chapters featuring emerging theoretical and  state of the art projects, It will also include chapters that consider prospective ways in which historical, GIScience and textual studies could create further bridges between the arts, humanities and sciences.

    CFP Possible subjects (Suggested Topics Also Welcomed):

    ▪   Re-evaluating Historical Geography in light of GIScience and Text (and vice-versa).

    ▪   Braudelianlongue durée, histoire conjucturelle, histoire événmentielle,

    ▪   Literature, natural history and GIScience.

    ▪   Travel writing, history, landscape, mapping.

    ▪   Art history, photography, cinematography.

    ▪   Cliometrics, Critical GIS and GIScience.

    ▪   Palaeography, prosopography, GIScience, place, landscape, environment, climate.

    ▪   Imaginaryexperiments: counterfactual historical GIScience modelling / counterfactual design / contrasting factual and counterfactualHistorical GIScience models.

    ▪   Three-dimensional, immersive, gaming virtual reality GIScience environmental models which allow the influence of human agency to operate within physical, climatic and historical landscapes projected upon the walls, floor and ceiling of  an enclosed space.  

    ▪   History,climate and landscape. 

    ▪   Physical geographies & cultural palimpsests.

    ▪   Historicalclimatology / climate history.

    ▪   Historicalcartography and global warming.

    ▪   Spatialhistory & geography.

    ▪   Medicalcartography, culture, epidemiology.

    ▪   Militarycampaigns, and human and physical landscapes.

    ▪   Historical geographies of space exploration.

    ▪   Planetary mapping, Sci-Fi and historical GIScience.

    ▪   Representations of GIS in fiction, movies, museums, amusement parks, zoos, eco-tourism.

    ▪   Geosophy, GIScience, text.

    ▪   GIScience chronology vs. GIScience chronometry.

    ▪   Topois of past, present future.

    ▪   Deep Mapping & Deep Charting

    ▪   Digital and environmental humanities.

    ▪   Nautical and maritime history, records and GIScience. 

    ▪   Geography as historical document & GIScience.

    ▪   Genography, GIScience, history, culture.

    ▪   Geology, natural history, GIScience and text.


    I.  1 September 2018: 250-500 word chapter abstracts (and curriculum vita) submitted to Charles Travis (, Alexander von Lunen           ( and Francis Ludlow (

    II.  15 September 2018: Notification of Abstract Acceptance.

    III. 1 December 2018: Contributor chapters due (5000 – 6000 words max).

    IV. 15 December 2018: Edited chapters sent back to contributors for revisions.

    V. 15 January 2019: Contributor revisions due.

    VI.  15 February 2019: Book submitted to publisher.


    [1]Phil Birge-Liberman, “Historical Geography” in Encyclopedia of Geography, Ed. Barney Warf,  Vol. 3.  Sage Reference, 2010, pp. 1428-1432.
    [2]  R. J. Mayhew, 2011. “Historical geography, 2009-2010: Geohistoriography, the forgotten Braudel and the place of nominalism.” Progress in Human Geography, 35(3), 2011, pp. 409-421. (pg. 410)
    [3]W. Gordon East. 1965. The Geography Behind History. New York: Norton & Company, Inc., pg. 2
    [4]Ian N. Gregory, and R.G. Healey, “Historical GIS: structuring, mapping and analysing geographies of the past.” Progress in Human Geography, 31(5), 2007, pp.638-653
    [5]D.Z. Sui, and M.F. Goodchild, “GIS as media?” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 15(5), 2001, pp. 387-390.
    [6]Finn Arne Jørgensen, “The Armchair Traveler's Guide to Digital Environmental Humanities.” Environmental Humanities4, 2014, pp.
  • Announcement: EGSG Student Awards 2018

    1) Best Student Paper: 
    Jessa Loomis, University of Kentucky
    Rescaling and Reframing Poverty: Financial Coaching and the Pedagogical Spaces of Financial Inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts 

    2) Student Research Award: 
    Araby Smyth, University of Kentucky
    Gender and Remittances: Lived experiences of women in Oaxaca, Mexico 

    3) Dissertation Award: 
    Aarti Krishnan, University of Manchester
    Re-thinking the environmental dimensions of upgrading and embeddedness in production networks: The case of Kenyan horticulture farmers 
  • Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG

    The Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG is scheduled for Friday, 4/13/2018, from 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM in Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton, 5th Floor.

    All EGSG members are welcome to attend.
    Learn about EGSG activities and initiatives and bring your new ideas!
  • AGSG Board Election

    The voting slate for AGSG Board positions is now finalized. All current members of the Asian Geography Specialty Group are eligible to vote for the candidates. The voting period runs until 11:59pm on Sunday, April 8th.


    Michael Glass, Secretary-Treasurer, AGSG
  • A few spaces left in the brewery field trip and wine tasting workshop!

    Hello Beer, Wine, and Spirits Scholars,

    We'd love to see you at the wine tasting workshop and the brewery field trip in New Orleans! 

    Although we know it's difficult to commit to a field trip, dinner, or workshop until you are at the conference, we ask that you please register as soon as you can so that we can coordinate with AAG planning staff. 

    Thanks again and we'll see you very soon!

    Christi Townsend

  • Final Call - AGSG Board Nominations

    Dear AGSG Members,

    At the close of the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the AGSG at the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting, the tenures of several of our current Board Officers will come to an end. Please send nominations for those who are willing to serve 2-year tenures (2018-2020) for the three positions below. Self-nominations are also welcome.

    Nominations should include the name, affiliation, and title of the nominee, and a brief (one paragraph) bio-sketch mentioning their credentials and other relevant information, such as their contributions to Asian studies and/or to the AGSG/AAG. If possible, please have the nominee add a line regarding potential plans for the AGSG if elected to the position. An accompanying photograph is desirable but optional.

    Please submit your nominations latest by March 23, 2018 to AGSG Chair Jennifer Pomeroy ( and Michael Glass ( for the following positions:

    1.     Southwest Asia Director: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Southwest Asia, and is responsible for selecting the winner of the Student Travel Award for the Southwest Asia Region.

    2.     Central Asia Director: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Central Asia, and is responsible for selecting the winner of the Student Travel Award for the Central Asia Region.

    3.     Student Representative: organizes and encourages sessions and scholarship on Asia, and is responsible for collaborating student participation.

    The electronic voting period for all three positions will begin on Monday, March 26th.
  • New Orleans Specialty Group Dinner!

    Wine, Beer, and Spirits Geographers,

    You are cordially invited to join us for our annual Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group dinner at The Palace Cafe, a classic New Orleans style restaurant serving scrumptious creole cuisine, located just steps from the conference hotels. 

    Our dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11th at 7:30pm. 

    Please RSVP as soon as possible or by April 4th to Christi Townsend at 

    Since this will be a private dinner, I will need a firm number to give to the restaurant for planning purposes. 

    Hope to see you there!

  • 2018 Board Election Results

    Congratulations to Ursula Lang, Kris Bezdecny, and Chad Steacy, who have been elected by the QRSG membership to serve on the specialty group's governing board, from May 2018 - May 2020.

    Dr. Ursula Lang will serve as secretary-treasurer.
    Dr.  Kris Bezdecny will serve as a faculty board member. 
    Chad Steacy will serve as a student board member.

    Thank you and we look forward to your service in the coming months.
  • 2018 elections: nominations due Weds Mar 7



    The Animal Geography Specialty Group is now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for the following board positions:


    1)    CHAIR. 3 year term, 2018-2021. Duties include: Overseeing the specialty group board; communicating updates and plans to group members; running the annual business meeting.

    2)    GRADUATE STUDENT OFFICER. 1-year term, 2018-2019. Two positions are available. Duties include: Producing the annual specialty group newsletter; encouraging student participation in the group; managing the group’s social media accounts.

    3)    GENERAL BOARD MEMBER. 2-year term, 2018-2020. Three positions are available. Duties include: Planning and promoting group events (e.g., annual social and mentoring event); assisting with paper competitions and elections; advising on group operations and plans. Graduate students are eligible to serve as general board members.


    Please review our group’s bylaws for full descriptions of these positions:




    Nomination procedures: Email nominations and self-nominations to the AnGSG Chair, Mona Seymour ( no later than Wednesday, March 7.  Please include “ANGSG NOMINATION” in the subject line.  The email should include a brief explanation of why the nominee is qualified for the position / would like to serve in this position, and any other information you would like fellow members to consider at the time of voting.  


    Election procedures: Online voting is the method for electing AnGSG board positions. Online voting will be open this year from March 14 - March 20. Election results will be announced in the AnGSG newsletter. However, if positions have not been filled by the closure of the online voting on March 20, the positions will be offered to eligible participants in our Friday, April 13, 2018 business meeting.