March 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

Jokisch Fosters Scholarly Connections, Leads Conference of Latin American Geographers

Artisan Market in Antigua Guatemala

Artisan Market in Antigua Guatemala

Dr. Brad Jokisch serves as chair of Conference of Latin American Geographers, a network of geographers working throughout the region on topics as diverse as environmental sustainability, mining, migration, rural development and human rights.

Jokisch is Associate Professor of Geography and an affiliate faculty of the Latin American Studies program at Ohio University.

Brad Jokisch, profile

Dr. Brad Jokisch

As CLAG chair, Jokisch provides leadership to an international network that fosters connections among scholars and activists working in more than 15 countries. CLAG supports interdisciplinary Latin Americanist scholarship and provides support for student field research in the region. Additionally, CLAG publishes a newsletter, field reports, a book series, and a journal through the University of Texas Press, the Journal of Latin American Geography.

The CLAG  held its 50th anniversary conference in Antigua, Guatemala, in January, bringing together more than 200 participants from numerous countries in the Americas and Europe.

In addition to the talks, panels, and field trips, the 50th anniversary of the organization provided an opportunity to reflect on how area or regional studies has changed since 1970. Although area studies does not hold the same place in academia as it once did, regional expertise is more critical now than ever. The range of subjects examined by geographers is more expansive, but the most important change may be how the field of practitioners has diversified to include many more women, including many scholars from institutions across Latin America. Perhaps the biggest selling point of CLAG is the supportive community and lifelong networks it provides for students of Latin America.

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