This is a long overdue post from back in April. Yikes. But here are some highlights!
A lot happened in Boston during that 1 week. First up was the 2nd FinGeo Global Seminar at MIT, organised by Janelle Knox-Hayes. A great programme of speakers and discussants focused on ‘Finance, Geography and Sustainability: Lessons for Urban Planning, Development and Beyond‘. FinGeo also held its very first Annual General Meeting to a good turnout. Plenty of interesting ideas and useful suggestions for taking the network forward. It was great to see the interest and enthusiasm, and not only among the Executive Committee members!
The 2-day workshop was followed by the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. I went to a number of good sessions, ranging from paper presentations and panel discussions, to book launches and plenaries. Also lots going on at the AAG. Not forgetting the numerous receptions of course! I particularly enjoyed the ‘Women in Economic Geography’ reception organised by Renee Tapp (Clark), Emily Rosenman (UBC), Jessa Loomis (Kentucky), and Kelly Kay (LSE/Berkeley).
FinGeo had its official website launch a few days before the AAG meeting. So we were making full blast publicity announcements at many financial geography themed sessions to get the word out about upcoming events, PhD dissertation prizes and working paper series. Many thanks to the sessions organisers for agreeing to the extra announcements!
There were lunches/dinners/coffees/drinks aplenty of course, especially with fellow colleagues from GPN@NUS and FinGeo, to discuss upcoming events, research plans, publications, and catching up on life in general. I had ‘extra baggage’ after that week of eating and drinking!