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GeoCurrents Fall Schedule

By Martin W. Lewis | August 25, 2022 |

In roughly one month, GeoCurrents will turn its attention to examining the history and geography of current global events, beginning with the war in Ukraine. This focus will last for at least 10 week, during which I will be teaching a course in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program on the same topic. Weekly lectures and associated blog posts will vary …

The “Seduced by the Map” Project

By Martin W. Lewis | July 6, 2022 |

Ever since GeoCurrents was suspended in 2016 I have been working on a book project tentatively entitled Seduced by the Map: How the Nation State Model Prevents Us from Thinking Clearly About the World. This has been a valuable and enjoyable project, but the topic is so vast that the project has gotten out of hand, covering too much material …

GeoCurrents Summer Schedule

By Martin W. Lewis | July 5, 2022 |

GeoCurrents returns to publication this week. New posts are planned for each weekday going forward. Two themes will command our attention for the remainder of this summer. One is a GeoCurrents atlas of global human development, which will entail original maps based on the UN’s Human Development Index. Today’s post gives an indication of what this atlas will look like. …

GeoCurrents Resumption

By Martin W. Lewis | June 23, 2022 |

Dear Readers,
After a long hiatus, GeoCurrents will resume publication on July 1, 2022. I have officially retired from Stanford University, and I now have much more time on my hands for blogging about geography-related issues.
Martin Lewis

GeoCurrents Suspension

By Martin W. Lewis | June 17, 2016 | 21 Comments

Dear Readers,
I am sorry to say that I have decided to suspend the publication of new posts on GeoCurrents for at least one year.  I will reconsider this decision in June 2017, and I may begin posting again at that time.
I have very much enjoyed writing for this site, and I do hope to return to it at some time. …

Possible Topics for the Rest of the Quarter

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 3, 2016 |
Possible Topics for the Rest of the Quarter

Please select up to 5 topics that are most interesting to you:

Possible topics for the rest of the quarter

‘Tis the Season: GeoCurrents 2015 Year-in-Review

By Martin W. Lewis | December 30, 2015 | 9 Comments

After a hiatus in the Winter 2015 quarter (January through March), GeoCurrents came back with a wealth of posts on a variety of topics, ranging from major world news, such as the war in Syria and the Mediterranean migration crisis, to often-overlooked corners of the world, such as Socotra and Kiribati.

“Misled by the Map”—video lecture

By Martin W. Lewis | December 16, 2015 | 11 Comments

Dear Readers,
One of the main concerns of GeoCurrents is the thesis that the basic political map of the world, focused as it is on mutually recognized sovereign states, is a misleading document. This map purports to depict the existing global political configuration but does not actually do so. Instead, it essentially shows the world as it should be, according, that …

Free Customizable Maps of Africa for Download

By Martin W. Lewis | December 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

Over the past few years, I have created a number of customizable base maps that I subsequently used to make the original GeoCurrents thematic maps that have been posted on this site (which are themselves now searchable by country and by topic). These customizable base maps were initially created by hand in Keynote, the Apple presentation program that competes with …

GeoCurrents Suspension

By Martin W. Lewis | January 17, 2015 | 14 Comments

Dear Readers,
Due to a number of professional obligations and personal matters, I must suspend GeoCurrents until at least April 2015. At that time I will reconsider the future of the site. Many thanks to those who have read the blog, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to provide informative comments.
Best wishes to all,
Martin Lewis

GeoCurrents Changes and Fall Schedule

By Martin W. Lewis | September 15, 2014 |

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents will resume its regular publication schedule this week. Several changes have been made on the website. Most important, advertising is being eliminated, as GeoCurrents is transitioning into a non-revenue-generating mode. This change is primarily being made so that the website can be integrated into my teaching schedule, allowing me to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. For the …

GeoCurrents Summer Vacation

By Martin W. Lewis | June 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Dear Readers,
I am sorry to say that GeoCurrents will be taking its annual summer vacation for the next five or six weeks. During this time, several guest posts may be run, but I will not be contributing any posts myself. For the next two weeks, my attention will be focused on grading papers and examinations and on finishing the book manuscript …

GeoCurrents Changes: Departure of Asya Pereltsvaig

By Martin W. Lewis | April 28, 2014 | 24 Comments

Dear Readers,
I am sorry to say that Asya Pereltsvaig is leaving GeoCurrents, effective immediately, due to personal reasons. As Asya is going her own way, she has taken all of her posts with her. I wish her well in her new endeavors.
I will continue to post articles on GeoCurrents, although the frequency of posting will decrease, at least for the …

Whither GeoCurrents?

By Martin W. Lewis | January 6, 2014 | 36 Comments

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents has just completed its fourth year of publication and its second year as a joint production of myself and Asya Pereltsvaig. During that time it has undergone a number of changes, as we have sought various ways to increase our visibility and readership, relying on the technical expertise of Kevin Morton. Running this site has been an extremely …

GeoCurrents Schedule for November and December

By Martin W. Lewis | October 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

Dear Readers,
As long-term readers of GeoCurrents know, the site’s two authors (Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin Lewis) are currently working on a book on the origins of the Indo-European language family and the controversy that surrounds it (see the GeoCurrents “focused series” on this issue). Over the past nine months, we have been attempting to balance our work on the book …

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