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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 …

GeoCurrents’ Reduced Schedule for Winter and Spring

By Martin W. Lewis | January 18, 2013 | 6 Comments

Dear Readers,
As many of you have probably noticed, GeoCurrents posts have substantially decreased in frequency over the past month. Unfortunately, this reduction in posting will continue for at least the next several months. Asya and I have been convinced that our series on Indo-European linguistics deserves to be expanded and turned into a book, which will take much of our …

GeoCurrents Talk—And Short Vacation

By Martin W. Lewis | November 20, 2012 |

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents will take a short vacation for the next week or so as Asya and I travel. I will be in Australia until the end of the month, and hence will not be posting. Asya will put up a few posts in the final week of November, but blogging will continue to be light for some time. We will …

Two More Weeks of Indo-European Linguistics

By Martin W. Lewis | October 15, 2012 | 12 Comments

Dear Readers,
We have received a few complaints that GeoCurrents is focusing almost exclusively on a specific controversy in historical linguists, and that as a result it is ignoring other issues of interest and concern. We will readily admit that we been somewhat obsessive of late, as we find this particular issue deeply fascinating and highly significant from an academic perspective—although …

Mapping Your World Travels – Personalized World Traveler Map Giveaway

By Martin W. Lewis | August 1, 2012 | 62 Comments
Travel is unquestionably one of the best ways to learn geography. Over my 25 years of college teaching, I have no doubt surprised many of my students—and distressed more than a few of their parents—by advising them to travel around the world, or at least to wander aimlessly for a spell in some distant destination, before heading off to graduate …
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