Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress

Type: Poster
Theme: Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: The American Association of Geographers

Call for Submissions

AAG is a Founding Organization of the Science and Human Rights Coalition, partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and 24 other professional and academic science and social science organizations. This Special Theme builds on this cross-disciplinary partnership to promote human rights through the benefits of science and our disciplines, and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the SHR Coalition in 2019. Building on the prior AAG theme of Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography, this Special Theme of the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting will explore Geographies of Human Rights. In the same way as we consider the broader impacts and intellectual merits of our work, this Theme is intended to ask ourselves to be introspective and deliberate in discussing how Geography has enhanced Human Rights, how Geography has hindered Human Rights, and how we can move forward with a commitment and determination to include Human Rights in our collective research, teaching, and policy making. There are three main goals of the Right to Science, enabled by Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR):
“recognize the right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications; conserve, develop, and diffuse science; respect the freedom indispensable for scientific research, and recognize the benefits of international contacts and co-operation in the scientific field.”

The Theme intends to bring together national and international scholars, educators, and policy makers from diverse sectors to present and consider how AAG and Geography contribute to these goals of Human Rights. This theme encourages sharing of ideas, technologies, case studies, innovations, and networking for problem solving at spatial scales ranging from local to global relating to one or more of these goals of the ICESCR. This will help to reinvigorate AAG institutional and individual participation in the broader Science and Human Rights Coalition, and to plan our second decade of active participation in this important collaboration.

We welcome participation from geographers; GIScientists; environmental, geoscience, social, communications, and humanities researchers; and other scientists, humanitarians, and policy makers working at the intersections of geography, science, and human rights at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 3-7, 2019. Research on all aspects of human rights and its connections with geography are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:

The Right to Clean Water and Clean Air
Geospatial Technologies to Monitor for Human Rights Abuses
Protecting Cultural and Natural Heritage
The Right to International Collaborations
Rapid Response to Natural Disasters
Refugee Assistance
Communicating Climate Change
The Rights of Nature
Human Rights and Health
Incarcerated Populations
The Right to Benefit from Science
Academic Freedom
Scientific Freedom and Responsibility
Harassment-Free Workplaces
Access to Health Care
Human Rights Curriculum
Environmental Justice
Human Impacts on the Environment
Environmental Security
Food Security
The Rights of Scientists
Protecting Science in a Politically-Charged World
Black Lives Matter
Violence Against Women

Geographers throughout the world traveled to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to show their support for the March for Science, which AAG was a formal partner. They carried the banners, which were signed two weeks before by attendees during the annual meeting in Boston. Despite the rain, Geographers and scientists from many other disciplines and their supporters rallied in D.C. and also satellite marches around the globe. AAG marchers pose for a photo at the end of the march in front of the Capitol. (Photo courtesy Brooke and Dick Marston)To participate in the sessions, please register and submit your abstract. When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to:

For more information, please contact members of the Theme organizing committee at The Theme symposium organizing committee members are:

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, (University of Texas at Austin) Co-Chair
Timothy Beach (University of Texas at Austin) Co-Chair
Audrey Kobayashi (Queens University), Co-Chair
Douglas Richardson (American Association of Geographers), Co-Chair
Jessica Wyndham (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Co-Chair



ID Title Participant
085 The Household Context of Disability Christiane Von Reichert
University of Montana
086 The Braided River as Borderscape: Land Tenure and Disaster Relief in the Brahmaputra River Valley Kevin Inks
University of Wisconsin - Madison
087 The Sanctuary Movement in Orange County Youjin Kim
UC Irvine
088 Kurdish Refugee Resettlement and Kurdish Communities in the United States Johnathan Walker
James Madison University
089 Analysis of Refugee Resettlement Patterns in the United States Maxwell N
SUNY - Geneseo
090 Aging Out: Unaccompanied Minors at the Border Jessie Yin
University of Texas - Austin
091 Preliminary View of GIS and Refugee Resettlement Christopher Pierce
University of Northern Iowa
092 (Re)Producing English Dominance: Linguistic Landscape and Invisibilization on a Multilingual Campus Jason Sarkozi-Forfinski
Oregon State University
093 Mapping the Geographic Effect of Sex Offender Housing Restrictions Wendy Dorman
Eastern Michigan University
094 Unpacking the human rights implications of adolescent childbearing: examples from Angola and Brazil Germaine Tuyisenge
Simon Fraser University

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