CFP for the REP Conference and Advancing Geography at HBCUs/MSIs Workshop

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XI Race, Ethnicity, and Place and MAD-AAG Joint Conference 

Baltimore, Maryland
October 20-23, 2021
Hosted by Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore, and Towson University

For almost 20 years, the Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference has brought together diverse groups of scholars to facilitate research on race and ethnicity and has provided a critical gathering place of support and collaboration for underrepresented scholars. The REP Conference provides important opportunities for faculty, professionals, and graduate students to engage in discussions of timely and critical issues regarding race and ethnicity in multiple places and spatial contexts worldwide.

The Mid-Atlantic Division of the AAG (MAD-AAG), as the AAG’s oldest regional division has been working for more than 70 years to facilitate inclusive community building among a diverse and collegial mix of professional and academic geographers, students, and community members. By collaborating with REP, MAD hopes to join an even larger community of scholars, activists, and engaged citizens who—working together—hold Baltimore and its residents as catalyzing leaders for a national dialogue on race, ethnicity, and place.

Under the current political climate, it is critical that scholars from a broad range of perspectives develop transformative research to foster inclusive policy, advocacy, and action. The 2021 XI REP Conference in Baltimore aims to create common ground across multiple ways of studying race and ethnicity and to broaden participation of scholars in geography and related social and spatial sciences whose research furthers scholarship relating to race, ethnicity, and place.

The theme of the 2021 REP conference, Justice and the City in an Age of Social Division, ties in strongly with current and ongoing struggles for civil and human rights in Baltimore. We call for original papers and panel submissions that further our understanding of social, environmental, and community justice issues that intersect with race, ethnicity, and diversity.

We call for original papers, paper sessions and panel submissions relating to these subjects and the overall Conference theme. Detailed possibilities are outlined below, but the range of possibilities should be as diverse as our participating community:

  • Ethnicity (Pan-Africanism, Indigenous Identity, Ethnic Identity, Institutions and Neighborhoods, Census Geography)
  • Race (National and Racial Identity, Intersectionality, Whiteness, Segregation, Racism, Anti-Racism, Racial Profiling)
  • Civil Rights (Policing, Justice, Diversity in Higher Education, Discipline of Geography, STEM)
  • Place (Geo-Narratives, Housing and Neighborhoods, Landscapes, Suburbanization, Urban Policy, Gentrification, Community Engagement)
  • Gender (LGBTQIA Rights, Gendered Intersections, Sexuality, Feminisms)
  • Human Rights (Human Rights and Science, Governance, Democracy, Civil Society)
  • Immigration (Immigrant Rights, Policing & Enforcement, Detention, Integration, Settlement, Gateways, Labor Migration, Transnationalism)
  • Health (Modeling, Racial Disparities in Access to Services, Health Outcomes)
  • Crime (Mass Incarceration, Prisons and the Criminal Justice System)
  • Environment (Climate Change, Community Ecology, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Water Access, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Critical Physical Geography)

Register and submit your paper, paper session, panel or poster submission at before August 1st to get the early registration rate at

REP Advancing Geography Workshop

Positioning Geography at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions

The Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference (REP) invites scholars to apply for the 2021 REP Advancing Geography at HBCUs/MSIs Workshop. The workshop will provide a professional development opportunity for geographers—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues and faculty leaders from other HBCUs and MSIs, and creating networks and lasting professional connections to support advancing geography and their own professional development. Awardees are expected to attend the full REP Conference with the option to present scholarly work and/or organize and participate in themed sessions or panels, including panels that will carry the theme of the pre-conference workshop through the full conference. 

 The one-day pre-conference workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2021, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Workshop participants will continue their professional development by presenting their own research during the subsequent XI REP Conference, held from October 20 – October 23, 2021.  Participants will have registration, meals and hotel expenses covered for both the workshop and the subsequent REP Conference. Eligible workshop participants are PhD students with ABD status, recent PhD graduates, and assistant or adjunct faculty at US institutions who currently teach or are interested in teaching geography or geospatial sciences at an HBCU, MSI, or Tribal College.

 We invite you to learn more about the REP Conference and find the application information at; Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference 2021 –

 The application deadline is Sunday, August 1, 2021. Applicants will hear decisions by September 1, 2021.  Those applying for the workshop are welcome to organize panels or paper sessions for the REP Conference, which are due August 1st.  For questions about the REP Workshop, please contact Mark Barnes (, Sarah Blue (, or Joe Wood (

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