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Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Special Issue, March 2021
Call for Abstracts
The Annals of the American Association of Geographers is seeking contributions for a
Special Issue on “The Anthropocene”

The term Anthropocene was introduced in the year 2000 as a concept indicating that human modification of the environment had reached such a widespread and significant level that a geological epoch distinct from the Holocene had been initiated.  Increasingly embraced by physical and social scientists, as reflected in the recent establishment of specialty professional journals (Anthropocene: founded 2013; The Anthropocene Review: founded 2014), no universally accepted starting point for the onset of the Anthropocene exists.   In 2017 the Working Group on the Anthropocene recommended formalization of the Anthropocene with an Epoch rank based on a mid-twentieth century boundary associated with radionuclide fallout as a stratigraphic Golden Spike, but this recommendation has yet to be acted upon and is far from universally accepted.  This Special Issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers calls for papers examining all geographic aspects of the concept of the Anthropocene.

Themes for the special issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropogeomorphology
  • Biogeographic Impacts of the Anthropocene
  • Climate Change and the Anthropocene
  • Geomorphic Processes in the Anthropocene
  • Societal and Human Impacts of the Anthropocene
  • Political and Economic Geography of the Anthropocene
  • Spatial Variability in Anthropocene Impacts
  • Natural Hazards and the Anthropocene
  • Defining the Anthropocene

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Jennifer Cassidento (jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org) by March 31, 2019. The Editor will consider all abstracts and then invite a selection to submit full papers for peer review by May 15, 2019.

Papers will have a target maximum length of 5,000 words (including main text, abstract, references, tables, figure captions, etc.). First draft papers will be due (via Manuscript Central) by December 1, 2019 and final papers will be due in October 2020 for publication in 2021. For any questions about this Special Issue contact the Editor, David R. Butler (db25 [at] txstate [dot] edu). For questions about the abstract submission process contact the Annals Managing Editor, Jennifer Cassidento (jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org).