Schedule of Presentations for AAG2015

Update: Times, locations and links to abstracts now available. Please see listings below

Our recent call for papers for two sessions at the 2015 Association of American Geographers meeting  (Apr 21-25 2015) yielded an excellent response. We received a large number of interesting outlines on the topics of  ‘Digital Connectivity, Inclusion and Inequality’  and ‘Geographies of Digital Production in Low Income Countries’. After much agonising we cut the submissions down to 24 which will be presented in the conference.

More details on abstracts and timings will come later, but we wanted to share a tentative schedule of presentations for those interested.

We warmly encourage you register for AAG2015. For those not able to come, we are hoping to bring together some the best papers in a collected volume (of some form) in the future…

Session: Digital Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality at the World’s Economic Peripheries (cfp)

Date: Tuesday, 21/4/2015

Location: Stetson G, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level

(chairs Mark Graham and Christopher Foster)

Session 1 –  8:00 AM – 9:40 AM – Abstracts

  • Rethinking digital disintermediation. Evidence from East Africa – Christopher Foster, Mark Graham
  • Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) in Bangladesh: A story of disconnected connectivity – Abureza Mohammad Muzareba, Bridgette Wessels
  • Accumulation by desperation: global crowdsourcing and online work platforms – Nancy Ettlinger
  • Digital inclusion, female entrepreneurship and the production of neoliberal subjects – views from Chile and Zambia – Dorothea Kleine, Hannah McCarrick
  • Geographies of exclusion in “Silicon Savannah”: digital mapping and the urban poor in Nairobi, Kenya – Lisa Poggiali

Session 2 – 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM – Abstracts

  • Mobile technologies and innovation at the peripheries: a case study of mobile money within Sub-Saharan Africa – Roseline Wanjiru
  • ICTs and Africa Rising? – Padraig Carmody, Jim Murphy
  • Digital oases in a digital desert – The heterogeneous spread of online service usage in Sub-Saharan Africa – Robert Wentrup, H. Richard Nakamura, Patrik Ström
  • Exploring the differences in broadband access speeds across Glasgow – Jason Whalley
  • The curator, the laggard, and the non-believer: a typology of voluntary information and communication technology non-users – Andrew Iliadis

Session 3 – 12:40 PM – 2:20 PM – Abstracts

  • Comparing Media Framings of Wireless Mesh Networks – Emma Slager
  • “Let the private sector take care of this”: Toward a Political Economy of Digital Humanitarianism – Ryan Burns
  • E-government and Digital Exclusivity in Asia – Barney Warf
  • Connect to Survive?: Technology Use of Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs in an Urban Economy – Muge Haseki
  • Mobile Guerrilla: Social uses of cell phone In Brazil – Adriana Braga, Robert K. Logan

Session: From Online Sweat Shops to Silicon Savannahs: Geographies of Production in Digital Economies of Low-Income Countries (cfp)

Date: Thursday, 23/4/2015,

Location: Stetson BC, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level

(chairs Mark Graham, Nicolas Friederici and Isis Hjorth)

Session 1 – 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM – Abstracts

  • Digital Labour and Development: New Knowledge Economies or Digital Sweatshops? – Isis Hjorth, Mark Graham, Vili Lehdonvirta
  • Online job marketplaces and impact sourcing: (in)compatible for reaching the bottom of the pyramid? – Niels Beerepoot
  • Working for Legitimacy: Unpacking the Gender Dynamics of Digital Production in the Lives of South Indian Women – Deepti Kulkarni, Mary L. Gray, Siddharth Suri
  • Silicon Enclaves: the Rise of New Special Economic Zones in the global South – Jana Kleibert

Session 2 – 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM – Abstracts

  • Discourses of Creativity and the Global Division of Digital Labour – Andi Burris
  • Knowledge creation processes and local communities: Living Labs as a tool for socio-economic resilience in Tanzania – Lauri Hooli
  • Digital entrepreneurship in emerging digital economies: a synthesis across 5 case studies – Bryan Pon. Marissa Drouillard, Jonathan Donner, Chris Locke, Emrys Shoemaker
  • From Hub to Hubris – the Liquid Demograpies of the Silicon Savannah – Marton Kocsev
  • Engines of Local Digital Production? Narratives of Technology Innovation Hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa -Nicolas Friederici, Tuukka Toivonen

Panel session: Institutionalizing local buzz and global pipelines? The Potential of Innovation Hubs and Labs to Stimulate Creativity and Entrepreneurship (Full details)

Date: Tuesday, 4/21/2015, 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM 

Location: Skyway 272, Hyatt, East Tower, Blue Level

(organisers Nicolas Friederici, Mark Graham)


Suntje Schmidt – Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning
Janet Merkel – WZB
Cheryl Butler – Eastleigh Borough Council
Nick Clifton – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tayo Akinyemi – AfriLab
(Chair) Brian J. Hracs – University of Southampton

Paper: Airline Hackers and Knowledge Sharing: The Destabilizing of Frequent Flyer (Full details)

Date: Friday, 4/21/2015, 08:00 AM – 09:40 AM (in the session on Global Translation and Creation of Knowledge and Practices

Location: Burnham, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level

(authors Matthew Zook and Mark Graham)

Chris Foster