Did you ever think people could get mad about geography studies? Never underestimate the left.

Breana Noble of the College Fix reports.

Professors protest ‘overwhelming whiteness and maleness’ of geography panels

Manifesto urges diversification at geography conference

About 140 geography professors have added their name to a “manifesto” calling on the Association of American Geographers to diversify its conference panels, decrying them as too white and male.

“Geography is still predominantly white and male, but there are far more women and people of color than in previous decades,” it states. “… Yet this shift in the racial and gender composition of the field is often not fully reflected at key sites and moments, including the composition of and attendance at conference panels, inclusion in syllabi and special issues, citations, and the hiring, evaluation, and promotion of faculty.”

The 111-year-old Association of American Geographers is a nonprofit scientific and educational society whose members hail from more than 60 countries and share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through its annual meeting and scholarly journals, its website states.

The manifesto asks those organizing panels at the association’s annual meeting to broaden their scope and advertise widely to seek out “women and people of color,” but clarifies “we are advocating relevant and broadening intellectual fit, not tokenism.”

Rebecca Lave, associate professor of geography at Indiana University and head author of the petition, titled “Manifesto on the gender and racial composition of AAG panels,” told The College Fix that the panels are crowded by white men, and organizers have not worked to better include more women and people of color.

At its annual meeting in April, for example, the panels did not ask geographers who were minorities to participate and the few women invited to take part refused as a matter of principle, Lave said in a telephone interview.

“It was the first time I’ve seen the audience get really angry about it,” Lave said. “It seemed like a moment in which people were really frustrated with the status quo and had the feeling to try to change it.”