Innovation and Tradition in Cultural-Geographic Work on the Environment: Session in Honor of Marvin W. Mikesell

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Iberville, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Alexander Murphy, Douglas Johnson
Chairs: Julie Cidell


Former AAG President and Professor Geography at the University of Chicago, Marvin W. Mikesell, was one of the leading cultural geographers of his generation, with strong interests in in environmental matters. As a way of marking his life and career (he sadly died last spring at the age of 88), this session explores new cultural-geographic work on the environment with a view toward considering what 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 second of two sessions in Marvin Mikesell’s honor focuses particularly on environmental themes—a focus Mikesell helped to shape through his early cultural-ecology work in the Middle East and North Africa and his later co-editorship (with Ian Manners) of the volume Perspectives on Environment. Students of Marvin Mikesell explore contemporary c cultural-geographic work on the environment against the backdrop of the personal and intellectual influences that flowed from Mikesell’s approach to the subject.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jeffrey Allman Gritzner*, The University of Montana, The Past as Prelude: Historically Informed Environmental Restoration in the Middle East 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Chad Emmett*, Brigham Young University, Local Attitudes and Approaches to Tsunamis in Southern Indonesia 20 10:20 AM
Presenter John A Kirchner*, California State University, Los Angeles, History Repeats Itself: Panama Disease and the World Banana Economy 20 10:40 AM
Presenter James Schmid*, Schmid & Company Inc, Wetlands and Stream Protection As Observed by One Cultural Geographer 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Douglas Johnson Clark University 20 11:20 AM

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