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UTK GeoSym 2023

GeoSym 2023 call for papers and posters:

Biodiversity loss, the warming of cities, increasing cost and demand of housing with limited supply, and many other topics are issues relating to spatiality and sustainability. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Geography and Sustainability seeks to highlight Spatiality and Sustainability as meeting points for a broad range of disciplines exploring the changing distribution of both human and natural elements on our planet across space and time. We invite the submission of abstracts from undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from all disciplines with a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of space/time research. We aim to highlight ongoing research and work to build on sustainability and the spatiality/geography of that work. 

Suggested Topics Include (but are not limited to): Physical Geography and environmental science (paleoenvironments, climate change, geomorphology, human-environment interactions, environmental studies), Human Geography and the study of people and society (qualitative methods and social, cultural, political, economic, and historical studies), and GIScience and information technology (remote sensing, transportation, geovisualization, modeling, space/time GIS). Others may include Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, Landscape Architecture, Sociology, Film, and Popular Culture.

Please register/submit a 250-word abstract about your work to the organizing committee using the Google Form:

We welcome participation from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and professionals from all institutions. 

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 6, 2022

Please contact for any questions.


Keynote Speaker:

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Christy Hyman to GeoSym 2023: Spatiality and Sustainability as our keynote speaker on February 10th. 

Christy Hyman is an Assistant Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. She is also a digital humanist, environmental advocate, griefworker (as a bereaved mom) with a PhD in Geography from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her research focuses on African-American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the Great Dismal Swamp region during the antebellum era as well as the attendant social and environmental costs of human/landscape resource exploitation. Hyman uses Geographic Information Systems to observe to what extent digital cartography can inform us of the human experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems in society threatening sustainable futures. She has been invited to share her work at a range of humanities centers including the Dave Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Digital Dialogues series to name a few. Hyman is also the Southeast Division Director for the American Association of Geographers Rural Geography Specialty Group and the Communications Director for the AAG Black Geographies Specialty Group. Find her in archives, in swamps, grasslands, and the seashore.