GFASG 2016 Graduate Research Grant

2016 Graduate Research Grant Competition

The Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2016 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The competitions are designed to support graduate students’ ability to conduct preliminary research for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The awards are competitive; applications are judged on the basis of scholarly merit of the project, organization and clarity of the proposal, and qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work.

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Southeastern Geographer Call for Papers

The Southeastern Geographer, one of the premier regional geography journals in the United States, invites contributions from members of the AAG. The journal has published the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961. A substantive focus of the journal is to publish geographic research that engages with conditions and events in “the south”, broadly construed, as they relate to conditions and events that extend over broader geographical reaches.  The journal serves as a forum for exploring the social, cultural, economic, and political diversity and broad climate and ecosystem variability that links “the south” to processes, flows, and conditions that extend across the country, continent and globe.

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AAG 2016 Field Trip: Scholar-Activists/Activist-Scholars

Sponsored by the GFASG, this field trip will take participants to two sites where the line between scholarship and activism is deliberately being blurred by food justice activists. The two sites, Urban Tilth in Richmond and the Gill Tract Farm in Albany, are sites of learning, experimentation, and food production. Through discussions with farmers and activists at these two sites, participants will understand how the tension between academy-based and community-based scholarship and activism is being negotiated at two important food justice sites in the East Bay.

#2-2 Scholar-Activists/Activist-Scholars: Cultivating an Ongoing Community of Practice
Time: Tuesday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizers: Katherine Bradley (University of California, Davis) & Hank Herrera (C-PREP)
Trip Capacity: 35
Cost/person: $75.00

More information and registration: AAG Field Trip

GFASG Board Elections Nominations

Dear GFASG members,

A number of positions will soon be open on the GFASG Board. Elections will take place online in early March and be announced at our specialty group business meeting at the AAG in late March/April. The term starts after the meeting. The positions available are listed below. Each position is two years and the Vice Chair transitions to chair at the end of their term.

  • Vice-Chair
  • 1 Faculty at-large
  • 1 Student at-large
  • Website coordinator
  • Secretary/treasurer

All positions have the same voice in decision-making, and specific tasks are assigned to the individual roles. The board generally has two to three conference calls per year. In addition, members work in smaller working groups to organize conference events, our graduate student award, and other activities.

If you are interested, please send a short (150 words max) bio statement to me at by February 15, to be circulated before the ballot is made available. You must be a registered GFASG member by time you join the board.

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (GFASG Vice-Chair)