For almost twenty years, the Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference has brought together diverse groups of scholars to facilitate research on race and ethnicity and has provided a critical gathering place of support and collaboration for underrepresented scholars. The REP Conference provides important opportunities for faculty, professionals, and graduate students to engage in discussions of timely and critical issues regarding race and ethnicity in multiple places and spatial contexts worldwide.

The Mid-Atlantic Division of the AAG (MAD-AAG), as the AAG’s oldest regional division, has been working for more than 70 years to facilitate inclusive community building among a diverse and collegial mix of professional and academic geographers, students, and community members. By collaborating with REP, MAD hopes to join an even larger community of scholars, activists, and engaged citizens who—working together—hold Baltimore and its residents as catalyzing leaders for a national dialogue on race, ethnicity, and place.

Under the current political climate, it is critical that scholars from a broad range of perspectives develop transformative research to foster inclusive policy, advocacy, and action. The 2021 XI REP/MAD Conference in Baltimore aims to create common ground across multiple ways of studying race and ethnicity and to broaden participation of scholars in geography and related social and spatial sciences whose research furthers scholarship relating to race, ethnicity, and place.

The theme of the 2021 REP/MAD conference, Justice and the City in an Age of Social Division, ties in strongly with current and ongoing struggles for civil and human rights in Baltimore. Consistent with this theme, we call for original papers, paper sessions, and panel submissions that further our understanding of social, environmental, and community justice issues that intersect with race, ethnicity, and diversity. Detailed suggestions are outlined below, but the range of possibilities should be as diverse as our participating community:

Key themes include but are not limited to:

  • Ethnicity (Pan-Africanism, Indigenous Identity, Ethnic Identity, Institutions and Neighborhoods, Census Geography)
  •  Race (National and Racial Identity, Intersectionality, Whiteness, Segregation, Racism, Anti-Racism, Racial Profiling)
  • Civil Rights (Policing, Justice, Diversity in Higher Education, Discipline of Geography, STEM)
  • Place (Geo-Narratives, Housing and Neighborhoods, Landscapes, Suburbanization, Urban Policy, Gentrification, Community Engagement)
  • Gender (LGBTQIA Rights, Gendered Intersections, Sexuality, Feminisms)
  • Human Rights (Human Rights and Science, Governance, Democracy, Civil Society)
  • Immigration (Immigrant Rights, Policing & Enforcement, Detention, Integration, Settlement, Gateways, Labor Migration, Transnationalism)
  • Health (Modeling, Racial Disparities in Access to Services, Health Outcomes)
  • Crime (Mass Incarceration, Prisons and the Criminal Justice System)
  • Environment (Climate Change, Community Ecology, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Water Access, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Critical Physical Geography)

Submissions deadlines:

August 1st, 2021


Mural : “Soul Queen” by artist Megan Lewis, along with the help of youth workers.
BOPA, at 1905 Division St. and 528 Robert St., Baltimore.