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To foster research, teaching, and scholarly interaction on the geography of Europe, broadly defined; to promote work on all parts of Europe and to advance scholarship that moves beyond the traditional East-West bifurcation of the continent; to promote the study of Europe within the discipline of geography; and to encourage contacts between its members and those working on Europe in other disciplines, government, and private agencies.

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Kara Dempsey
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Planning
Appalachian State University


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  • CFP: European Migration Crisis

    Call for Papers: AAG 2016 San Francisco, CA

    Title: The European Migration Crisis

    Photographs, interviews and news reports covering the rising number of international migrants who are arriving along the European Union's border or have died trying to reach Europe are now ubiquitous. This recent and unprecedented increase in the number of migrants destined for Europe is so startling it has been identified as a migration "crisis". While internally the European Union's Schengen common border agreement purports freedom of movement for its citizens, international migrants arriving at the border face numerous challenges and the European Union has increased spending for its border patrol operations since April 2015. Discrepancies between various member-states responses' to migrants and their willingness to accept asylum applications complicate matters further.

    The aim of this session is to critically examine this migration from a theoretical and/or empirical perspective. We are interested in investigating a variety of factors surrounding this crisis including conflicts at the EU border, local and/or national responses (e.g. resistance or support for migrants), and media portrayal of the crisis. In this CFP, we invite papers that investigate the aforementioned topics as well as topics including, but not limited to:

    -Contestation surrounding EU or member-state regulations governing migration and refugee status, including external pressure on EU member-states to accept refugees

    -Conflicts at borders and challenges faced by both migrants and receiving member-states

    -Policies or beliefs (real or mistaken) that make certain member-states more desirable destinations than other EU member-states for migrants

    -Investigation of geographic tropes, discourse(s) and global imaginaries that contribute to perceptions of this surge of migrants as a "crisis"

    -Motivating factors that are driving many of these migrants out of their homeland

    This session is organized by the President of the European Specialty Group and sponsored by the Political Geography, Cultural Geography, and European Specialty Groups. Reece Jones will serve as discussant for this session. Please send proposed titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words by email to Kara Dempsey ( by Monday, October 19th, 2015.

  • ESG Graduate Student Paper Competition

    European Specialty Group Graduate Student Paper Competition

    The European Specialty Group is pleased to announce the 2013 ESG Graduate Student Paper Competition. We are inviting submissions of conference papers from graduate students who presented (or are going to present) at a regional or national geography meeting (or related interdisciplinary conference) between March 2015 and April 2016. This award is a great opportunity for up-and-coming geographers with research interests in Europe to bring attention to their work and to offset the costs of conference travel. The winner will receive a cash award of $300 and a complimentary ticket to the AAG Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon to be held on the last day of the San Francisco AAG meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

    To make this competition a success, we ask that faculty members encourage their graduate students at all levels to enter the competition. Papers must focus on European geography and students must be members of the ESG in order to be eligible. Papers should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and not more than 15 pages in length (including everything). Please submit two files. One file should consist of the paper without the author’s name. A separate file should include the author’s name, institution, level of study (MA, PhD), when and at what conference the paper was/will be presented.

    Those interested in participating should send a copy of their paper by email as a Word attachment to Christian Sellar at by Friday, March 4th 2016. Early submissions are encouraged; late submissions will not be considered. Please direct any questions you may have about the paper competition to Christian Sellar.

  • Chair's message

    Greetings ESG members! As the new chair of ESG I can be reached via email at: and our Vice President, Christian Sellar at: