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Tales from the Boston AAG 2017

Connecting and reconnecting with international researchers

Tales from the Boston AAG 2017

Before Easter, some UCLGeography PhD researchers and staff decamped from Bloomsbury to the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Boston, Massachusetts.

The five day conference, probably the largest geographical gathering in the world, brings together researchers from many countries to discuss and debate topics ranging from how to think about cities to neurogeography and mountain environments.

Three UCL PhD researchers sketch their conference highlights:

Chia-Yuan Huang saw the meeting as a good opportunity to present to an international geography conference for the first time. The greatest gain was getting insightful feedback from other attenders.

She had organised a session with fellow UCL PhD student Sarah Kunz. Being session organisers was not only an important step in their own academic development, but also an opportunity to showcase UCL Geography through a postgrad-organised session.

Living together and having funny conversations with other PhD students in Boston was also an unforgettable experience in her UCL PhD journey!

Hannah Fair had a fantastic first AAG experience. Her highlights included:

  • Running a very popular psychogeographical fieldtrip, exploring the landscapes of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest;
  • Participating in the inaugural Geographers against Trump demonstration;
  • Embarking on a new international collaboration, engaging with feminist climate fiction, and:
  • Presenting in a session focused on the violence of fossil fuel extraction.

Michael Nattrass thought that the conference was a fantastic opportunity to connect and reconnect with other researchers on topics directly and indirectly related to his research.

“It was great to get some really positive feedback on my current research from leading academics, and to use my work to contribute towards sessions in other parts of the discipline.

Beyond the conference, I enjoyed socialising with my fellow PhDers, whether playing American Football, eating together, or watching paint dry while the Boston Red Sox played at home!

A highlight for me was getting a Strava week best time with the November Project group and a quick sprint across the Boston Marathon finish line. Shame I was a week too early!’



UCL Geographers at the AAG

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