Pre-AAG IGU Gender Commission Conference (19-20 April 2015)

Gendered Rights to the City: Intersections of Identity and Power

Sunday, April 19 – Monday, April 20

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at the Golda Meir Library

Organized and hosted by the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and GeographyGeographic Perspectives on Women AAG Specialty Group, and the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, this conference will promote exploration of gender, difference, and power relations in contemporary and historical urban landscapes. Topics for papers and panel sessions will focus on the intersections of gender, identity, and power across diverse and contested spaces. The conference is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse city with a rich immigrant and industrial history shaped by labor activism and socialist politics.

For more information, please see the conference website:

Call for Papers, International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, 5-10 July 2015

Call for Papers, International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, 5-10 July 2015



Mona Domosh, Dartmouth College

Karen M. Morin, Bucknell University

Tamar Rothenberg, Bronx Community College-CUNY

It’s been over a decade since Domosh and Morin (2003*) reported on the status of feminist historical geography – a field which the authors argued, ‘”rarely traveled under its own name.” It seems appropriate to check back in and see where and how feminist historical geographers have traveled over the last decade. The International Conference of Historical Geographers in London provides us with an opportunity to regroup, to see where we’ve come as well as to claim space for feminists within historical geography. What spaces, knowledges, and practices have caught the attention of those whose work crosses the nexus of feminism-history-geography? Broadly we envision both paper sessions as well as panel discussions around a wide range of theoretical and applied topics, and aspire towards international inclusiveness.

Suggested topics within this theme of Feminist Historical Geography include (but are not limited to) the following:

  •  What are the connections between history and geography from a feminist perspective?
  • What is happening in feminist historical geography in various sites around the globe?
  • How have feminist historical geography theories, methods and insights been applied within various research programs?
  • What recent interventions have we seen in including women and gender in the history of geography?
  • What are the possibilities for collaborative work between women’s history and feminist historical geography?
  • How have scholars explored connections among feminist historical geography, environmental history, and science studies?

Submissions: Please submit 250-word paper abstract or panel session proposal to Tamar Rothenberg (, Mona Domosh (Mona.Domosh@Dartmouth.EDU) and Karen M. Morin ( by Friday. August 29th, 2014.

For further information on the International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015:


Mona, Karen, and Tamar

* Mona Domosh and Karen M. Morin, “Travels with Feminist Historical Geography,” Gender, Place and Culture Vol. 10, No. 3 (2003): 257-264.

Announcing the GenderGeog Hackathon 2015!

In the fall of 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!


The Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Specialty Groups of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is again honoring recently published titles in feminist geography at the 2014 AAG Meeting in Tampa. Our aim is to celebrate and promote books being written within feminist geography and by feminist geographers at a wine a cheese reception during the Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2014 (date and venue of reception to be announced).

If you would like to nominate a recent feminist geography book published between February 2013 and April 2014, please send the details of your nomination by March 1st, 2013 to me at:

Please limit your nominations to publications that were not honored at last year’s event.

Book authors will be asked to coordinate with their publishers to provide a copy of the book for display and any other relevant promotional materials, as well as to request that publishers assist with funding.

We look forward to celebrating you work and seeing you in the spring!


Sya Buryn Kedzior
GPOW Secretary

CFP: Feminist Geograpy: Who we are, what we do, why we do it


“Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it.”

MAY 15-18, 2014

University of Nebraska at Omaha

We are excited to invite submissions for a wide range of stimulating, interactive and in-depth sessions. We encourage participants to consider submissions that differ from traditional conference presentation formats. To make submissions, please visit our website at 

The deadline for submissions is: January 15, 2014

Research-oriented sessions

We envision this conference as a place to share research in different ways, especially those that encourage conversation across research topics. Session formats might include:

  • Research panels: 4-5 presenters give short (3-5 minute) introductions to their research, and a discussant asks questions across the panel.
  • “Issues in research” panels or roundtables: Participants might focus on different dimensions of feminist geographical research such as methodology, ethics, political issues, access to information etc., and use their own research experiences as examples.
  • Cross-talk panels: 3-4 researchers in different sub-fields share their research, and then the audience is invited to draw connections amongst all of the papers, encouraging “cross-talk.”

Topical or thematic sessions

These sessions might focus on a topic or theme in feminist geography (either major themes or those that need more attention) and encourage a wide variety of voices to participate through formats such as:

  • Knowledge cafes: A facilitator introduces a topic for 10-15 minutes, and then small groups of 4-5 engage in close conversation for the remaining time. (
  • Panels: Encouraging a mixture of voices across career stage, geographic region, theoretical orientation etc.

Visual or performance-oriented sessions

We invite creative submissions in formats such as:

  • Film or video
  • Posters or art works
  • Performances
  • Any of the above may be submitted virtually, if the creator cannot attend in person.

Professional development sessions

We seek proposals for sessions that will allow participants to share their experiences in and beyond academia in formats such as:

Roundtables or panels on issues including but not limited to:

  • Academic publishing 
  • Job interview strategies
  • Non-academic career possibilities
  • Surviving your first years of full-time work
  • Work-life balance
  • Issues facing women of colour in geography/academia
  • Surviving as a feminist in geography/academia
  • Addressing mental health issues
  • Advocating for equality in the workplace
  • Writing strategies
  • Advice sessions: We seek volunteers (particularly more experienced academics) to lead individualized or small-group advice sessions (for example, on CVs, cover letters, interview skills, and so on).


On the Submissions page of this website, please indicate which category your proposal falls into, and include a 250-word description of the proposed session. If possible (and relevant to your proposal), include names and contact information for session participants. Attendees are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Please also indicate if you are willing to help out with professional development advice sessions.

You may also submit a description of a presentation for a single participant. The conference organizers will connect you with others in a similar field.

Please visit the website for the conference at to submit proposals, register, and keep up to date connections with other participants!

AAG Awards and Deadlines

Please take note of the following AAG awards and see if you know someone– perhaps yourself?– who might be deserving of such an award. The links haven’t translated properly, but you can go to the AAG website to look up the award. You’ll find additional awards and grants on that page as well. If you have further questions, you can contact Patricia Solis,

September 15, 2013 – AAG Enhancing Diversity Award

The AAG Enhancing Diversity Award honors those geographers who have pioneered efforts toward or actively participated in efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years.

September 15, 2013 – Honorary Geographer

Every year the AAG designates an individual as that year’s AAG Honorary Geographer as a way of recognizing excellence in research, teaching, or writing on geographic topics by non-geographers.

September 20, 2013 – AAG Brunn Creativity Award

The AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography is given annually to an individual geographer or team that has demonstrated originality, creativity, and significant intellectual breakthroughs in geography.

October 10, 2013 – Nystrom Award

The J. Warren Nystrom Award, established by former AAG Executive Director J. Warren Nystrom, supports an annual prize for a paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography.

October 15, 2013 – AAG Rose Anti-Racism Award

The Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice honors geographers who have a demonstrated record of the type of research and active contributions to society that have marked Harold Rose’s career. The award will be given to those who have served to advance the discipline through their research, and who have also had an impact on anti-racist practice.

December 31, 2013 – AAG Glenda Laws Award 

The Glenda Laws Award recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues. This award is named in memory of Glenda Laws-a geographer who brought energy and enthusiasm to her work on issues of social justice and social policy. Early to mid-career scholars involved in geographic research on one or more social issues are eligible for this award. (This is distinct from GPOW’s Glenda Laws Dissertation Award).

IUCN Global Gender Office announces the Environment and Gender Index

First-Ever Environment and Gender Index Will be Available in November
For the first time in history, there is a tool to monitor progress toward
gender equality in the context of global environmental governance. The
Environment and Gender Index (EGI) – a project of IUCN
<>  – provides the best quantitative data to date on how
nations are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy
and planning. Comparative data across 72 developed and developing countries
will help decision-makers, civil society, and others evaluate progress while
identifying where the gaps lie in achieving gender equality in the
environmental context. The index will be particularly useful for those
working on issues related to environment, livelihoods, governance,
education, health and security.

The EGI will be launched on November 19 during the UNFCCC COP19
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information: <>  . To ensure you receive
announcements about the Index, as well as an electronic version upon
completion, please sign up on the website. If you have questions, please
contact us at