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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 …

GeoCurrents’ Summer Initiatives and Revised Description

By Martin W. Lewis | July 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents is pleased to announce the addition of two summer interns, Chris Kremer and Nick Baldo. Chris and Nick will be cataloging the various maps that have appeared on the site and will be contributing occasional GeoNotes and news posts.
Nick Baldo is a native of Westmont, Illinois, who recently completed a BA degree in economics at Stanford. His main …

GeoCurrents: Next Steps

By Martin W. Lewis | May 30, 2012 | 8 Comments

Dear Readers,
The GeoCurrents series on Siberia is now finished, the various posts in the sequence bundled together for future access. The main section of the website will now take a two-week vacation; the Stanford University academic year is coming to an end, generating a mounting backlog of grading. During this brief period, GeoNotes and news-map posts will continue to appear …

Short News Post Break

By Martin W. Lewis | April 3, 2012 |
Short News Post Break

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents news posts will take a one-week spring break.  News posts will resume next week; other GeoCurrents posts will continue without interruption.
As always, feel free to enjoy more news posts using the icons on the map above (full screen here), or using list view.
Martin Lewis

GeoCurrents’ Comments Policy

By Martin W. Lewis | February 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
GeoCurrents - A Geography Blog

Shortly after yesterday’s post introduced the new features of GeoCurrents, the site was subjected to a malware attack and had to be taken down for a security fix. Such are the challenges of web-based publishing: constraints are lifted but vulnerability increases. I do wonder whether the strike could have been related to any of a number of people whom we …

New GeoCurrents Look and Features

By Martin W. Lewis | February 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

GeoCurrents was initiated a little more than two years ago as a general forum for geography in the news, illustrating current events with maps and providing geohistorical background. It was also used to showcase interesting maps and items of geographical significance. Since then the blog has undergone several transformations, both conceptual and cosmetic. Individual posts have grown longer and appear …

GeoCurrents Break and Renovation

By Martin W. Lewis | December 20, 2011 | 3 Comments
World Map of Per Capita GDP, with Large Countries Divided

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents will be taking an end-of-the-year break; regular postings will resume in the second week of January. During the break, plans will be made for renovating and expanding the site. In January, blog postings will increase from the current two or three per week to four or five per week. New features will also be added, focused on providing …

Short GeoCurrents Break

By Martin W. Lewis | November 3, 2011 |
Short GeoCurrents Break

Dear Readers,
GeoCurrents is taking a short break this week, due to the demands of writing and grading mid-term examinations. Regular posts will resume next week.
Thank you for your patience,
Martin Lewis

GeoCurrents Advertising Policy AND British Slang in The Economist

By Martin W. Lewis | October 17, 2011 | 9 Comments

Attentive readers may have noticed a small “advertise on GeoCurrents” banner on the website. This feature was added after the blog was approached by several firms interested in posting ads on specific pages that pertain to tourism. In accommodating advertisers, GeoCurrents seeks not to become a profit-making venture, but rather merely to

GeoCurrents Fall Schedule

By Martin W. Lewis | September 8, 2011 |
Map of GeoCurrents Posts

Dear Readers, The Demic Atlas is now in suspension; although the project may recommence at a later time, we have largely exhausted the possibilities of the existing database. The various posts that constitute the atlas will, however, be collated and posted on this website as an on-line resource.

Concluding Posts on the Demic Atlas

By Martin W. Lewis | August 29, 2011 |
Map of Island Assignments in the Demic Framework

Dear Readers,

The Demic Atlas project will conclude at the end of this week; next week’s posts will return to the standard GeoCurrents model, examining local issues of geographical significance. Today’s map merely shows which island groups are associated with which regions in the demic framework. As the map is self-explanatory, no further comment

The Demic Atlas Project: Toward a Non-State-Based Approach to Mapping Global Economic and Social Development, by Martin W. Lewis, Jake Coolidge, and Anne Fredell

By Martin W. Lewis | August 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

GeoCurrents has taken a summer hiatus to create a new cartographic framework for analyzing socio-economic development. This project is a collaborative effort involving three team-members: Jake Coolidge, a geospatial historian at Stanford University’s Spatial History Lab; Anne Fredell, a Stanford University undergraduate; and myself. The Spatial History Lab at Stanford, which has provided extensive technical

New Comment Features On GeoCurrents

By Kevin Morton | July 23, 2011 | 8 Comments

Dear Readers,This is Kevin Morton, GeoCurrents’ web tech. Several months ago, Professor Lewis and I set out to create a look, feel, and organizational structure for GeoCurrents that matched the same quality standard of its posts. After the labor-intensive Master Map release yesterday, I just put the finishing touches on our revamp today with an

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