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Karen Till named Association of American Geographers National Councilor


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 18, 2010 – Karen Till, associate professor of urban affairs and planning, and government and international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been elected a Association of American Geographers (AGG) National Councilor.

She has also been invited to serve on an National Endowment for the Humanities panel evaluating interpretive projects, such as exhibitions and other public history formats, centrally concerned with place.

Till's geo-ethnographic research explores place-making, personal and social memory, and creative and political practice in cities such as Berlin; Bogota, Colombia; Cape Town, South Africa; Minneapolis; and Roanoke, Va. She explores how places are experienced as thresholds of time-space in different societies, functioning as fluid mosaics of memory, metaphor, and matter that create and mediate social spaces and temporalities. "Places are haunted by past structures of meaning and human imprints; they may evoke or encrypt transgenerational phantoms in unexpected ways," said Till.