Create Your Own Expert Topic Reading List

I’m writing to invite all of you to craft your own recommended reading lists on topics of your own expertise and share them here onthe Gender & Geography Bibliography. This is especially a great, easy project for grad students who are on the market and want to show contributions to a major AAG speciality group and represent their work in the field, all the while helping other scholars and students find out about their work. All are welcome to contribute!


  1. See our group:
  2. Join our group:
  3. Add a collection to the group:
  4. Name your collection with the topic of your expertise, for example: Lesbian-Queer Urbanisms.
  5. Drag and drop all of the citations you would like to add from the main library to your collection. I randomly grabbed some cites and dropped them in to make an example list:
  6. Send me an email to add this topic list to the GPOW site. (See below for the full list.)

If I just spoke gibberish, here’s more of a scoop: we have nearly 4,000 citations on the GGB ( that, thanks to the decation of volunteers for our Hackathon earlier this year, we have moved to Zotero. We always welcome the addition of more citations, especially materials not in English. Zotero is a free, open-source, citation management system; i.e. it stores your cites, let’s you share them via the web, and you can export them in any format (APA to MLA to Chicago in the click of a button = bliss).

If you are as of yet unfamiliar with Zotero or would like to learn more, check out the instructions (Part II) on this page:

A very Happy New Year to all of you!

Hackathon 2015, A Success!

During Geography Awareness Week in mid-November 2015, over 49 individuals and groups participated in the Gender & Geography Bibliography Hackathon! Over a 1,000 new entries–many of them sorely missing books, book chapters, and articles, a large number of which are blissfully not in English–now fill the GGB. Thank you to all!

For those of you who still want to take part in the Hackathon, head to our group at and request to join and Jack Gieseking (lead admin) will get a note to add you. From there, you and perhaps your friends–perhaps this is the new wild idea for wine night amongst the feminist dorks among us?? how fantastic–and follow the directions in previous posts. Email jack DOT gieseking AT trincoll DOT edu if you have any questions.

We will likely see you next year for GGBH2.0!


How do I run a node/gathering to contribute to the GGB Hack?

Much like the queries and my ideas about how to advertise and bring folks into the GGB Hack, I have been getting questions from folks about how to actually run a node/gathering of folks who want to contribute to the GGB Hack. Here are my ideas on how I will run a node with about 10-20 undergrads. Please share your ideas for this group and other sorts of groups (faculty, staff, librarians, citizens, grad students, hackers, etc.) in the comments below.

1. Hold the event for 2-3 hours and make sure folks know they can drop by for 30 minutes or stay the entire time.

2. Invite a librarian who loves Zotero and ask them to give a 15-20 minute intro. If your Hack asks for more than an hour and you expect folks to trickle in, make sure they’re prepped to do this more than once.

3. Invite someone from IT or a student assistant who knows Zotero to be on hand to walk between participants asking queries so that you and your librarian have more assistance.

4. Included in your intro, explain the production of knowledge, the limited voices of women in the academy, and the import of making this work public and searchable. If you’re in the US, please do mention the incredibly small number of geography programs and the import in recognizing this literature

5. Included in the librarian’s general intro re Zotero is the following:

  • How to use Zotero.
  • How to use Zotero groups.
  • How to make a Zotero id.
  • How to enroll in the group which will be fully public for this week for easier enrollment.

6. As for what to assign them, I have a few ideas as follows.

  • One route is to give them tons of anthro, soc, geog, polisci, area studies, American studies, ethnic studies, etc., etc., etc. journals by topic and then look through each.
  • Another idea for what to assign them is to have them focus on the leaders’ research area.
  • Yet another idea for what to assign them is to have them each pick a topic they’re interested in (subsea cables, war, 19th c. salons, gentrification, affect, Audre Lorde, queer parties, et al.).

7. As for how to lead participants in their searches, I recommend the following:

  • I would encourage you to have them search on Google Scholar, JSTOR, and/or WorldCat for relevant materials. We especially need books, book chapters, and multimedia, and most especially in languages other than English. We still have acres of journal articles that need to be included.
  • Once a participants finds a cite she/he/they think makes the grade–it’s about geography *and* gender (check!)–she/he/they would check to see if that cite is included already.
  • The leader asks folks to share the cites the participants have and the group discusses any that may not work and why.
  • After a few group check-ins, a participant can amass a few citations in different tabs, she/he/they then turn to a neighbor to confer.
  • As long as the neighbor doesn’t think it’s too off-base, they add it by clicking in the URL bar.

8. Happy Zotero-ing!


How do I advertise for the GGB Hack?

Many folks have asked how I am advertising to draw in students to the GGB Hack. Below you will find an 11″ x 17″ poster to edit to the specifics (college/university, location, date and time, and food provided) with the text below.

GGB Hack poster (Pages)

GGB Hack poster (Word)

Work for Social Justice + Hone Digital Skills

The GGB Hack involves over 50 committed scholars and hundreds of students who will work together to expand and organize the Gender & Geography Bibliography (GGB). Trinity will be one of the nodes contributing to this endeavor!

The GGB Hack contributes to public knowledge, while providing training in the citation management software, Zotero.

Skills and time involved are minimal. A faculty mentor will help guide the group to find more sources at each node.

How to Learn/Use Zotero for the GGB Hackathon

We are counting down the days until the Gender & Geography Bibliography Hackathon (sponsored by the Gendered Perspectives on Women Group of the AAG), which will take place from November 15th through the 21st, 2015!
For the very brief version,  sign up to participate here: Below are the detailed directions (to distribute these isntructions, the link to this post is
This post provides more details about  the following:
  1. a quick recap summarizing the hackathon
  2. how to learn/use Zotero for the GGB Hackathon
  3. how to join the GGB Hackathon Zotero group
  4. how to add to the citations

Step 1. What is the GGB Hackathon? A hackathon is a time when a group of people come together to work on a digital project together, usually by coding and creating content for an app or website. Skills and time involved are minimal and the outcome is a profound source of public knowledge for our various fields, as well as useful training in the citation management software, Zotero. We are eagerly seeking faculty, students, and staff who want to take part any time and anywhere during the 11/15-11/21 week in adding to and editing the now 3,000+ large online, citation database of feminist geographic sources. Folks can work on their own or form their own groups. This video below explains the gist of the GGBH:

Sign up to participate here:

Step 2. How do I learn/use Zotero for the GGB Hackathon? This post you are reading now explains the key steps in downloading and getting to know Zotero, both for everyday use and specifically for the Hackathon. Even for the non-tech oriented, Zotero is a simple piece of software to use. Once you learn it, you will probably use it for your own research!! A small group of dedicated folks have developed the GPOW Bibliography website with a citation management tool called Zotero. Why use Zotero? It’s easy to learn and use, and it formats, alphabetizes, the stores citations for us–we will never need to edit again! Hurrah! This means that to take part in our GPOW efforts, you need to do a few simple things:
  1. If you are not a Zotero expert, watch each of the following very short and very smart videos:
  2. Follow the steps in the video to download Zotero at We recommend using Zotero through Firefox because of the increased functionality but it’s up to you!
  3. Login to and create an account.
  4. Play around with Zotero for 15 minutes. Maybe add your present syllabus to a folder, or the publications for a paper you are working on. They will be useful forevermore in this state so this is great work.

Step 3. How do I join the GGB group on Zotero? And why is it members only? We have kept the Zotero GenderGeog group ( as members only so that everyone who wants to participate can be supported by name, and we can reach out to folks in the future with various interests. Also, trolling of feminist hackathons is common and while Zotero makes backups of deletions, better safe than sorry our first time out! At the same time, the Gender & Geography Bibilography is a project for and by the publics so that the materials we share are public. We expect these steps to take around 5-10 minutes of your time.

Step 4. Okay, I’m in! Now how do I add citations to the bibliography? Woohoo! We’re so excited to have you here! In the GGB sign-up page, specify on which area you would like to focus. We’ve narrowed it down to the following: languages, scholars, book publishers, research topics, and journals. We expect you to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours or even, for some who come to love it, hours and hours on the hackathon. Hack as you desire! Here’s how the GGB Hackathon works:

  1. In terms of languages, English is drastically over-represented. At the same time, Zotero is still working on moving beyond the Roman alphabet so we have constraints there for now.
  2. For scholars, we have many key folks who do gender and geog in the field of geography but we really need to broaden our approach. Also, younger scholars are underrepresented or absent. The best way to find these materials are by comparing online CVs to major article databases or Google Scholar.
  3. Regarding book publishers, we are missing entire years of key monographs and, especially, book chapters. We recommend using WordlCat, Amazon, and/or Google Scholar for these searches.
  4. When it comes to journals, we have some journals well addressed, such as Gender, Place and Culture but, still, many pieces are missing. If you want to just take up a few journals and add all gender-related selections, it’s an easy search and a huge help.
  5. Oh, and of course: research topics! From experts in political ecology to sexuality and space, from participatory youth environments to food economies, we need your wisdom! List the key topics you would search in major database engines or Google Scholar to include here.
  6. Finally, editing, editing, editing is always needed. Citations for books are missing places of publication, and many things are misspelled, missing page numbers, and so on. If you’re a detail-oriented person, have at it.
  7. Okay, but once you search how do you add to the Zotero library? The videos above give an overview of how to add to the library, but for a brief overview, please read on!

(i) Once you have found an article, chapter, etc, you need to capture the information using the Zotero extension you downloaded in Step 1. The extension of Firefox is in the upper right corner (a ‘Z’)

(ii) When you are on the page with the citation data (e.g. the journal page with abstract, the database with abstract), move your mouse over the Z and click on the pull down menu beside it. You will see several options (“Save to Zotero using <database> name”; save to Zotero using DOI”; etc). Do not save as webpage. The preferred way to save in using DOI or database. Once you save the data, it will go directly to the GPOW Library in Zotero (it is a group library called gendergeog that you have access to once you register – see instruction Step 1 above).

(iii) The library is organized with a folder for each letter of the alphabet. Once you capture the information with the Zotero extension, it will be stored in the library. You now need to add the citation to the appropriate folder (alphabetical by author last name). To do this, you check the box in front of the citation. Then click on the folder icon (with a + in a small green circle) to add the citation to a ‘collection’ (the letter folder).

(iv) Please make sure that all important information was captured. You can do this by clicking on the citation in the gendergeog library.

Thanks to all of those who have worked for years and years to get us to the place we are at today, and thanks to those who will join in and bring this work even further along! It is so very exciting to bring so much excellent work on geography and gender to the world! Sure, you can add before 11/15-11/21 but don’t forget to join in the fun when we are all in the same spacetime of Zotero during Geography Awareness Week (11/15-11/21)! See you soon.
Our very best,
For the production and sharing of knowledge in all things gender and geography,

Jack Gieseking & Laura Shillington

Gender & Geography Hackathon Date Set! Video Launched!

Our introduction video to the Gender & Geography Bibliography Hackathon, set for November 15th to the 21st, has launched! Watch below to learn what the Hackathon’s about and how you can join in!!! See more details below.

A hackathon is a time when a group of people come together to work on a digital project together, usually by coding and creating content for an app or website. Skills and time involved are minimal and the outcome is a profound source of public knowledge for our various fields, as well as useful training in the citation management software, Zotero. Please consider forwarding this post to those at your universities and beyond who may find it of interest.

We are eagerly seeking faculty, students, and staff who want to take part any time and anywhere during that week in adding to and editing the now 3,000+ large online, citation database of feminist geographic sources. We are particularly keen to have folks contribute books, book chapters, and multimedia citations, and we are completely desirous of contributions of non-English materials. Folks can work on their own or form their own groups. If you are looking for another assignment or are considering offering extra credit to students, participation in the GGBH would be a great learning opportunity and contribution!

Announcing the GenderGeog 2015 Hackathon!

In 2015, the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group (GPOW) of the Association of American Geographers is hosting the GenderGeog Hackathon 2015! A hackathon is a time when a group of people come together to work on a digital project together, usually by coding and creating content for an app or website. Come back for the date announcement.

How will I spend my time?

  • a computer with access to the internet
  • some basic experience learning programs such as Zotero (similar to EndNote / RefWorks) and GoogleDocs (similar to the MSOffice suite) (20-25 minutes) — no previous skills with these apps or geography and gender studies required
  • time to dedicate into clicking on–no typing needed! amazing!–and cleaning citations (min 30-40 minutes / max up to you)
  • in sum, for this hackathon, you will need these resources and skills, and a total of around 1 hour but can go as long as you wish

Our hackathon will focus on having folks from around the world add to, clean data from, and organize the Gender and Geography Bibliography in the citation management system Zotero. Created by two amazing women over a span of 20 years, the bibliography now hosts thousands of sources that were hard-typed in various citation formats and kept on one html page.

What would I be doing?

  • taking the bibliography went international by adding sources, journals, and books in languages other than English
  • adding missing citations based on your own knowledge base
  • cleaning citations (so that they all say, for example, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography instead of GPC, etc)
  • searching through known geography and geography-related journals as well as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies journals for related articles
  • curate you own recommended reading lists on your topic of expertise with the community

Can I work with others?

  • yes! You will be chatting with others via the GoogleDoc chat
  • we encourage universities and schools to host a space on the 20th or 21st to take part in the Hackathon–bring drinks, snacks, music, and friends
  • we also encourage our faculty colleagues to offer credit or extra credit for participation in order to make this an even wider community event

In this process, you will learn a great tool and help many others who follow in your path.

Check back throughout 2015 for the more details of the GenderGeog Bibliography Hackathon!

Help Contribute to the Gender and Geography Bibliography

With the relaunch of the Gender and Geography Bibliography, we’re keen to grow and share the site. You can help! We need volunteers to commit one to two days a year (really) to sorting information submitted by site visitors; if you’re interested: email us here.

And we always need more/your citations! Submit them as individual citations or paste a list by clicking here. We’re thankful for your contributions!

If you want to know more about the cite, contact us at gendergeogbibliog AT gmail DOT com.