Storytelling in Critical Geography

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Latin America Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Rebecca Croog, Allison Hayes-Conroy, Alexis Saenz Montoya
Chairs: Alexis Saenz Montoya


In his provocatively titled essay, "A Call for Scholarly Propaganda: Or what can we Learn from Thomas Friedman," geographer Teo Ballvé makes the convincing argument that geographers must become better storytellers. Ballvé presents good storytelling as a method through which we as critically-oriented geographers (feminist, anti-racist, socialist, decolonial, etc) can invigorate social consciousness in the political realm. Like many others have argued both inside and outside of formal academia, he encourages scholars to focus our engagement beyond "established, like-minded audiences." He takes this critique a step further, however, by presenting stories as a potential nexus of this work. In this panel, we will take Ballvé's essay as a point of departure for asking the questions of: why storytelling in geography? What makes "good" storytelling in geography? How should these stories be told and in what contexts? We are interested in exploring these questions not only in relation to the urgent task of cultivating empirically- and conceptually-informed social justice ideals, as Ballvé stresses, but also for the purpose of enhancing public interest in and understandings of the discipline in general. In the United States context in particular, there is a dual urgency around political galvanization and geographic education.

This panel is sponsored by the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, and Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Rebecca Croog Temple University 15
Panelist Allison Hayes-Conroy Temple University 14
Panelist Dydia DeLyser California State University, Fullerton 14
Panelist Dylan Harris Clark University 14
Discussant Jenna Christian Pennsylvania State University 14
Discussant Ross Doll University of Washington - Seattle, WA 14
Discussant Teo Ballve Colgate University 15

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