The 30th Annual PGSG Preconference to the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

Schedule (updated 3/15/17)


Area map and bus stops direct from Sheraton.

The AAG Political Geography Specialty Group is pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Preconference will be held at Harvard University on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, hosted and supported by the Center for Geographic Analysis, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Department of Government.

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 [Please note that the AAG main conference begins on a Wednesday this year]

Time: Registration begins at 7:45 am and sessions will run from 7:20 am – 5:30 pm

Location: CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 [see map here]

Registration: Registration will be on the lower-level Concourse where most of our rooms are (circled in red on this map). As with our past pre-conferences, there will be a nominal $20 registration fee for faculty only. Faculty, please bring cash or checks on the day of the event.  If you plan to attend but are not presenting, sending your name, university affiliation, and student/faculty status to ahead of time will help registration run more quickly the day of the event (but is not required).

Evening events: PGSG will coordinate an unofficial social hour on Monday night (4/3) for early arrivals. Anyone interested should gather in Copley Marriott lobby at around 8pm to walk over to Clery’s or meet people there.  The annual group dinner will be held after the preconference on Tuesday at the Border Café 32 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (½ mile/11 min. walk) [walking directions].  A preliminary RSVP to organizers at would be helpful for planning purposes.

Lodging & transportation: The Harvard campus is easily accessible from the AAG venues in Boston via the MBTA’s Red Line. We suggest preconference attendees choose the same lodging they would for the main conference, but for those who would like more information about housing in the Cambridge area, click here.

PSGG organizers: Natalie Koch (, Kenneth Madsen (

Inquiries: Please do not contact local hosts. All inquiries should be directed to the PGSG organizers individually or at:


Past Preconferences
2016 Nikko Hotel, San Francisco
2015 DePaul University
2014 University of South Florida
2013 University of California, Los Angeles
2012 Vassar College
2011 University of Washington Tacoma
2010 Virginia Tech
2009 Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas
2007 University of California, Berkeley
2006 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign