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Geographer Kathryn Yusoff honored for creativity

Brunn Creativity Award given to Professor Kathryn Yusoff.

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) announced the recipient of its 2022 Brunn Creativity Award, Professor Kathryn Yusoff.


Professor Kathryn Yusoff, a Professor of Inhuman Geography in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, is widely published in prominent geography journals as well as interdisciplinary journals of the humanities. Her research addresses political aesthetics, social theory, and questions of ‘Geologic Life’ within the proposed geologic epoch of the Anthropocene. Her 2019 book, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (University of Minnesota Press) examines the relationship between geology and subjectivity and seeks to recenter the question of race in the context of the Anthropocene.

Dr. Yusoff’s research draws from contemporary feminist philosophy, critical human geography, and the earth sciences. She is particularly interested in the opportunities that the Anthropocene presents for rethinking the interactions between the earth sciences and human geography in the “geo-social formations” of Anthropogenic change.

Dr. Yusoff has been actively engaged in the arts as a Curator of "POLAR: the Art & Science of Climate Change," a multi-disciplinary project about the curation and production of climate change knowledge in the polar regions; and "Weather Permitting," a collaborative creative research group that investigates weather and climate change at the intersection of arts and sciences. She's also made an appearance as "Time Traveller" in a film/installation by the Otolith Group, entitled INFINITY MINUS INFINITY, which draws on and is inspired by her theorization of the racial formation of geology.

Professor Kathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London said: “I am honoured to accept this award and happy to see creative geographies recognized as crucial to the critical development and decolonization of the discipline. Thank you to the judges and my colleagues, postgraduates and students within the School of Geography at Queen Mary for bringing their everyday creative energies to work.”

The AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography is given annually to an individual geographer or team of geographers that has demonstrated originality, creativity and significant intellectual breakthroughs in geography. The award includes a prize of $1,000.

For more than 100 years, The American Association of Geographers (AAG) has contributed to the advancement of geography. Our members from nearly 100 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographerthe AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities) , and the online AAG Newsletter. The AAG is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1904.

To find out more about the Brunn Creativity Award, please visit the American Association of Geographers (AAG) website.



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