CGSG Executive Board Seeking Nominations

This spring, we will have a few vacancies to be filled for the board position on the Cultural Geography Specialty Group. The positions (each two-year terms) are:

  • CGSG Program Director
  • CGSG Nominations Director
  • Two CGSG Graduate Student Representatives

If you wish to nominate yourself or a qualified individual for these vacancies, please notify me at on or before February 9, 2022. Please make sure that your nominee is willing to serve if appointed. Include contact information for your nominee as well as a brief paragraph describing their suitability for the position. Elections will occur online February 10th-24th, and results will be publicly announced at the annual CGSG Business Meeting on February 25th. All CGSG members are eligible to vote and serve in any position. We ask that only graduate students be nominated for the graduate representative positions, but graduate students may also serve in any other board position.

Following previous discussions of the CGSG Board and broader membership, we would particularly encourage nominations and self-nominations from BIPOC or other underrepresented members, as well as from more senior faculty members. 

I would like to express sincere gratitude to our current board members. Your work during this very challenging time is much appreciated. 

I look forward to seeing many of you during AAG!

Mark Rhodes

Description of positions that need to be filled:

  • The Program Director will be responsible for organizing, arranging, or sponsoring (or co-sponsoring with other specialty groups) cultural geography sessions at the annual meetings of the AAG. Also, the Chair of the Program Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, will determine the speaker, the speaker’s honorarium amount, and convene the annual CGSG Marquee Presentation at the annual AAG meeting.
  • The Nominations Director will conduct the annual election of officers of the CGSG Executive Committee following the procedures described in the CGSG Bylaws. 
  • The Graduate Student Representative(s) will be responsible for engaging student participation in the specialty group, managing the group’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and, based on sufficient interest, organize and chair at least one student-only paper session at the annual AAG meeting and help to meet the needs of the students presenting papers or engaging in research. Additionally, the Student Directors will, at their discretion and availability, encourage paper sessions at regional meetings under the auspices of the CGSG. Traditionally, Grad Student Representatives have hosted a CGSG Breakfast paid for by the CGSG. In addition, Graduate Student Representatives will organize a Photo Exhibition and competition where the winning photo(s) will undergo review for publication. All AAG Meeting attendees are invited to these events. 

AAG 2022: Call for Virtual Posters – “From Sea to City: Navigating (Extra)ordinary Landscapes of Nature, Labor, and Culture”

Now seeking virtual poster abstract submissions for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers that will take place in a hybrid format from Friday February 25, 2022 to Tuesday March 1, 2022.

The focus of the session is “From Sea to City: Navigating (Extra)ordinary Landscapes of Nature, Labor, and Culture.” While we welcome any work across the depth and breadth of cultural geography and landscape studies, those whose work intersects with the meeting’s themes ( of Climate Justice, Geographies of Access: Inclusions and Pathways, Ethnonationalism and Exclusion around the World, the Changing North American Continent, and Expanding the Community of Geography are particularly welcome. This session is sponsored by the Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Landscape Specialty Group, and the Study of the American South Specialty Group.

Additional topics at the cultural geographies-landscape studies nexus may include:
• Contested spaces and places
• Cultural ecology
• Cultural landscapes and ecosystem services
• Adapting and modifying landscapes and lived experiences due to COVID-19
• Habitat and ecosystem services
• Landscapes of labor, work and the workforce
• Impacts of human modifications to environmental systems
• Socioecological systems
• Material culture and place
• The role of landscape in decolonizing and land control
• Heritage and cultural histories of particular landscapes
• Landscape identities and representations
• Creative methodologies involving cultural landscapes
• Landscapes of the arts, including visual arts, theatre, film, television, music, and dance
• Spectral geographies and haunting

We welcome all interested submissions, and hope to be a supportive home for scholars, students in particular, to have a rewarding and engaging conference experience given its unique delivery and current circumstances. If we believe a submission is better suited for a different organized poster session, we will be sure to communicate that with you and connect you to that particular session’s organizers.

Posters will follow the same design principles of an in-person conference. Abstracts of less than 250 words are due to the meeting submission portal ( by Thursday January 6, 2022. You must be a registered AAG member and registered for the annual meeting to submit an abstract.** Posters will be uploaded prior to the conference and can remain published through the conference website for as long as the presenter would like. The poster session will take place virtually via Zoom. Each poster presenter will have their own breakout room in which they can engage with a free-flowing audience to participate in the traditional browsing and questions/answers. This session will not be recorded at the discretion of the session organizers.

After registering for the meeting and submitting your abstract, please send your PIN and poster abstract to Josh Merced at for inclusion in this virtual poster session by Friday January 7, 2022. Please reach out to him with any questions you may have about the session.

**Resources available to alleviate registration costs (Thank you to the American Association of Geographer for providing these opportunities for vulnerable individuals such as students to be active participants in the organization and the annual meeting):

• AAG Enrichment Fund (for meeting registration costs assistance) – AAG is pleased to announce the return of the AAG Enrichment Fund. This year, the fund is enhanced to welcome applications from geographers, non-geographers, and students. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to those who would benefit from attending the annual meeting, but would be unable to do so without the financial support. Please see this website for more information – Priority deadline is November 4, 2021. Submit application here:

• One-Year Fee Waiver (for AAG membership fee assistance) – As part of the AAG COVID response effort, they invite current members to apply for a one-year fee waiver if they belong to any one of these membership categories:

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students and Postdocs
  • Members with income at or under $75,000/year
  • Members of one of the AAG Developing Regions
    Please complete this form as soon as possible before registering for the annual meeting –

• Graduate Student Affinity Group Research and Support Award (for assistance with any related costs) – GSAG is a professional organization committed to representing graduate students within the American Association of Geographers, and to supporting their advancement in the field of Geography. Awards will be made in the amount of $250 USD, and applications will be received by the GSAG Awards Committee. This award is intended to support graduate students in their research, and your graduate student experience (whether field, university or home-based). We encourage all graduate students, Masters and Ph.D., to apply. For more information, visit this website ( Submit application by December 1, 2021 (Link to application:

Photo Competition Organized by the Cultural Geography Specialty Group

We are inviting all AAG members to submit a photograph for the annual CGSG Photo Competition for this year’s hybrid AAG Annual Meeting to be held virtually and in New York City.

Participants are invited to submit one (1) photo of a cultural landscape with a 250 word caption. The image and caption will be judged together. The image should be of high enough quality (resolution) to fit on a 8″x10″ print out (approximately 300 dpi).

The top photograph – as judged by a panel – will be published in Material Culture: The Journal of the International Society for Landscape, Place, & Material Culture. Thus photos submitted for this competition should not be considered for publication in a journal and cannot already be formally published elsewhere.

Submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time (PT) on Friday January 28, 2022.

Please visit this form to complete your submission (Alternate link: Direct any questions to Josh Merced at

Please see attached document for more details.

Josh Merced, Muriel Marseille, Gabriel Espinoza Rivera
Graduate Student Representatives
Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Facebook: @culturalgeogSG | Twitter: @culturalgeogSG