Geography conference to focus on top global and local challenges

Jennifer Keesmat

Geographers from within and outside Ontario will meet at York University Friday and Saturday to discuss topics ranging from climate change and sustainable development to urban social movements.

Jennifer Keesmat
Jennifer Keesmat

York University’s Department of Geography 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.

Chief City of Toronto planner Jennifer Keesmaat (MES ’99) will give the opening address on “Massive Convergence” Oct. 24, from 3 to 5pm, presented by the York Geography Alumni Association (YGAA) Speaker Series in association with the Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario Division (CAGONT).

Women’s studies Professor Katherine McKittrick (PhD ’03) of Queen’s University will give a talk titled “On Undisciplined Black Geographic Thought and Deep Middle Passage Electronica” as part of the morning plenary Oct. 25, from 9 to 10am.

The theme of the CAGONT 2014 @ YorkU 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.

The event will take place Oct. 24 and 25 in Vari Hall, Keele campus.

For more information, visit the CAGONT 2014 @ YorkU website.