Date(s) - 10/19/2018 - 10/21/2018
The conference will begin on the evening of Friday, October 19th, 2018, with a keynote by Dr. Carolyn Finney, as part of Temple’s 2018 Department of Geography and Urban Studies Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture.The main conference program, with paper and panel sessions, will be held on Saturday, October 20th. An optional workshop will be held on Sunday, October 21st for students and faculty who want to extend the attainments of the conference into active collaborations – e.g. publications and project writing, capacity building, coalition building, methods sharing, conceptual mapping, and regional resource exchange.
The Mini-Conference on Critical Human Geography began as an opportunity for faculty and students to informally exchange ideas and share their research in a collaborative learning environment. In 1994, Byron Miller (Calgary, formerly University of Cincinnati), Kevin Cox (Ohio State), and J.P. Jones (Arizona, formerly of University of Kentucky) held the first conference in the moot court chambers of the University of Cincinnati Law School. During the early years, faculty and students from a variety of programs including Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Kent State, Miami, Ohio State, and Toledo regularly participated. In 2001, the mini-conference’s official connection with the University of Cincinnati ended when the “mini” was held as a joint conference of the East Lakes Division of the AAG. Since 2001, the conference has migrated from campus to campus.
Today, the conference boasts participants from a variety of programs throughout the U.S., with a regional emphasis. Initially, the conference was structured as a day long plenary session. Over the years though, the popularity of the conference has grown and concurrent sessions have been organized. Despite the expansion of the conference, the mini organizers are committed to maintaining spaces for collective interaction to allow the conference attendees the opportunity to reflect on shared panel and paper themes.
This is a free conference, and therefore has a small operating budget. We do not have travel funds or scholarships, but in the forthcoming months will provide further information about how to make the conference more affordable for a variety of scholars.