AAG 2018 New Orleans

I don’t remember if I’ve spoken about Jamey Essex on this site, but he was my first Geography TA way back in ’01 (pronounced ought-one). Here, he breaks down the gritty dynamics of AAG in a joking-enough manner. This may be helpful for those of you who are wondering what we talk about when we talk about AAG. If Raymond Carver had been from NOLA, that would have been a perfect title. Though Jamey and I only ran into each other briefly (he entering the Sheraton Hotel and I on the way out), we had a nice chat that broached a couple of the subjects he traverses here. Sometimes, it’s reassuring to know that even people much more advanced in their career than you are still fighting many of the same battles.

Jamey Essex

I recently returned from the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. I skipped last year’s meeting, the first one I had missed since I first attended in 2000, that year held in Pittsburgh and myself as a newbie MA student at Syracuse University. I passed on the 2017 meeting in Boston because I was on sabbatical, didn’t have much of anything in my research quite ready to present at that point, and just needed a break from the conference. (Also I had tickets to the Final Four in Phoenix, and took a jaunt to the Grand Canyon, which was far more fun than the conference anyway.) It was therefore rejuvenating to go to this year’s conference and see friends and colleagues I had not seen in a long time, and to present some original research. And it’s hard to pass…

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