Geography conference at York U will focus on top global and local challenges


TORONTO, October 21, 2014 – Geographers from within and outside Ontario will meet at York University this week to discuss topics ranging from climate change and sustainable development to urban social movements.

The Department of Geography at York University will host the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT), a two-day event that will feature 120 research papers, 20 poster presentations, a number of roundtables, and keynote speakers.

The theme of the conference, ‘critical geographies’, reflects the serious global social, economic and environmental challenges that will be discussed by close to 200 Geography faculty, students and practitioners.

WHAT: ‘Critical Geographies’ - CAGONT 2014 @ YorkU

WHERE: Vari Hall, York University, Keele Campus,

WHEN: Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25


Program highlights:

October 24, 3pm-5pm − Opening address “Massive Convergence” by Jennifer Keesmaat (York MES ‘99) Chief Planner, City of Toronto, presented by the York Geography Alumni Association (YGAA) Speaker Series in association with CAGONT.

October 25, 9am-10am − Morning plenary features Prof. Katherine McKittrick (PhD ’03) Women’s Studies, Queen’s University, “On Undisciplined Black Geographic Thought and Deep Middle Passage Electronica.”

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York U's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.


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