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On being technopositional in digital geographies

It was such an honor to give the 2017 cultural geographies Annual Lecture of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Boston. My lecture, "On being technopositional in digital geographies", has just been published, online first, and is free to access. Download the PDF directly, here. Many thanks to John Wylie, Dydia DeLyser, and Anna Secor and the editorial board for the invitation.

Wilson, Matthew W. 2018. "On being technopositional in digital geographies." cultural geographies. doi:

The rising interest in the digital within geography has created an opportunity to reassert the role and responsibility of academic inquiry – to study and to do, to understand and to intervene, to put thought into action, to be technopositional. Indeed, a groundswell of interest in what is termed ‘digital geographies’ across Anglophone human geography has been marked by the recent organization of working and specialty groups o…
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