CFP AAG 2017: Interdisciplinary research on past environments

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**Call For Papers**

What does it mean to do interdisciplinary research on past environments? Exploring mixed methods in geography through the lens of critical physical geography.  

AAG, April 5-9 2017, Boston, MA

Organizers: Kirsten Greer (Nipissing University) Adam Csank  (University of Nevada), Kirby Calvert (University of Guelph), and Margot Maddison MacFadyen (Memorial University)

Discussants: Rebecca Lave (Indiana University) and Maria Lane (University of New Mexico).

What does it mean to be interdisciplinary and integrative in the geophysical sciences and humanities? Can a project be considered interdisciplinary if it only involves disciplines within the sciences or the humanities or does it need to cross those boundaries? To what extent, and how, can asymmetrical research improve interdisciplinary research projects? Through case studies, this session seeks to highlight how geographers are bridging the divide between human and physical geography and more generally between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The inspiration for this session proposal emerged from discussions and challenges experienced during field work in ‘critical dendrochronology’ to understand the role of the timber trade in the British Empire, involving historians, human geographers, an environmental scientist and an archaeologist. We have organized a group of papers that will highlighting some of the results of this project but we also welcome submissions on the topic of interdisciplinary studies that cross the boundary between the humanities, sciences and social sciences.  We are particularly interested in papers that involve collaborations between geophysical scientists and historical geographers/environmental historians.

This session is sponsored by the AAG Historical Geography Specialty Group.

We invite interested participants to send their title, 250-word abstract, and affiliation to Kirsten Greer ( by October 15, 2016. As this session has adiscussants, we will ask participants to circulate their papers several weeks prior to the conference.


Lave, Rebecca, Matthew W. Wilson, Elizabeth Barron, Christine Biermann, Mark Carey, Martin Doyle, Chris Duvall, Leigh Johnson, Maria Lane, Jamie Lorimer, Nathan McClintock, Darla Munroe, Rachel Pain, James Proctor, Bruce Rhoads, Morgan M. Robertson, Jairus Rossi, Nathan F. Sayre, Gregory Simon, Marc Tadaki, and Christopher Van Dyke. 2014.”Critical physical geography.The Canadian Geographer 58(1): 1-10.

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Kirsten Greer is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geography and History at Nipissing University, and the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies. Her CRC program addresses specifically reparations “in place” from Northern Ontario to the Caribbean through interdisciplinary, integrative, and engaged (community-based) scholarship in global environmental change research. As a critical historical geographer, she is interested in human-environment relations in the past; the environmental histories and legacies of the British Empire; and the politics of biodiversity heritage in the global North Atlantic. Greer is the past chair of the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2016-2019). She is of Scottish-Scandinavian descent, from the unceded lands of Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. She currently lives and works on the traditional territory of the Nbisiing Nishnaabeg, and the lands protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850.

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