"Innovation and Tradition in Cultural Geography: Session in Honor of Marvin W. Mikesell

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Iberville, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Alexander Murphy, Douglas Johnson
Chairs: Michael Conzen


Former AAG President and Professor Geography at the University of Chicago, Marvin W. Mikesell, was one of the leading cultural geographers of his generation. As a way of marking his life and career (he sadly died last spring at the age of 88), this session explores new issues and themes in cultural geography with a view toward considering how the subdiscipline has, and has not, changed over the last half-century. The session title plays off the title of Mikesell’s AAG Presidential Address: Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Geography. This first of two sessions in Marvin Mikesell’s honor focuses on cultural geography writ large—a project that was central to his interests and that he helped to shape through his work on the landmark book: Readings in Cultural Geography. Colleagues and students of Marvin Mikesell explore contemporary cultural-geographic approaches and themes against the backdrop of the personal and intellectual influences that flowed from Mikesell’s approach to the subdiscipline.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Alexander Murphy*, University of Oregon, Marvin Mikesell, Cultural Geography, and Cultural Conflict: Reflections of a Former Student and Co-Author 20 8:00 AM
Presenter James Wescoat*, MIT, Hinterland of a Hinterland: Past and Future Waterscapes of the Kolkata Region 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Shaul Cohen*, University of Oregon, At Home and Abroad: Doing Geography in the Prison Territories of America 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Risa Whitson*, Ohio University, Keeping the spirit and moving beyond: Reflections of a feminist geographer on the work of Marvin Mikesell 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Kenneth Foote University of Connecticut 20 9:20 AM

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