With apologies for self-promotion, I would like to flag-up a panel session taking place next week at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographer in Tampa: "Teaching the History of Geography: Review and Prospect".
The panel will offer a state-of-the-discipline review of current teaching in the history of geography and offer thoughts as to its future possibilities. The panel will consider the pedagogical challenges associated with teaching the history of geography, examine the role of such teaching in the "making" of the geographer, and discuss ways in which the topic might be enlivened through innovative teaching practices.
For the past two decades, innovative scholarship has challenged the primacy of national histories, providing graduate students with methodological and theoretical tools for research projects that transcend spatial boundaries. Atlantic, transnational, and global studies have changed the way history is written; nevertheless, they face their own challenges. As more and more graduate programs offer training in Atlantic and World history, it is important for students to critically engage with the benefits and limitations of their specialization.