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

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: Sessions will run from approximately 8 am – 5 pm

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

Paper presenters: Paper titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with PAPER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:

Poster presenters: For the first time, PGSG is welcoming poster proposals. Preconference participants may only present in one medium (paper or poster, but not both). Poster titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:

Registration: 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.

Evening events: In addition to the annual group dinner after the preconference, PGSG will coordinate a social hour on Monday night for early arrivals. More details to follow.

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.

AAG scheduling: Should you have any concerns about the scheduling of your main conference presentation, coordinate with your session organizers and AAG administrators.

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