Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) is a university-recognized club dedicated to promoting the success and empowerment of women in the discipline of geography. Most of our members are graduate students in the Penn State department of geography. We support women in geography through professional development opportunities, academic support, and outreach opportunities. Our mission is inclusive; we aim to support not just women but diversity as a whole.
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Call for Participants
The field, feminist geographers remind us, is a messy site of emotions, difference, and power relations (Faria & Mollett 2014; Kobayashi 1994; Nast 1994). This panel will bring together faculty and students with varying amounts of fieldwork experience to discuss how we navigate “the field,” considering the field as either (1) a space that is entered to conduct research (e.g. a country, environment, mindset), or (2) the field of geography more broadly (e.g. a culture, network, department, knowledge center). Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to: overcoming challenges in the field; preparing for, experiencing, negotiating, or reflecting on fieldwork experiences; bringing feminist geographic methods into the field; bringing fieldwork back home, or bringing the home into the field.
This session is the 7th annual panel organized by Penn State’s Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG), a graduate student-run organization which aims to support women and other underrepresented groups through community service, professional development, and advocacy.
We invite new and returning participants to attend and participate in this discussion. If you are interested in serving on our informal panel, please submit a short explanation of how your contribution aligns with the session description by October 25, 2018, to Michelle Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Zonia Baber: University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf1-00303, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
SWIG Member and Geography PhD student Michelle Ritchie’s research path was shaped by her work mapping the Hurricane Sandy storm surge in Connecticut. Read her essay: Sandy Knocked, We Answered: Understanding the Geography of Hurricane Storm Surge Across Disciplines and Generations here.