[GEO] Global Regions: World Regional Geography for a Globalizing World [lead: Kris Olds, UW-Madison]

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    Title: Global Regions: World Regional Geography for a Globalizing World
    Lead author/editor(s): Kris Olds, UW-Madison; Kramer Gillin, UW-Madison; John Agnew, UCLA
    Subject: Human Geography
    Target audience: Undergraduate college/university courses; primarily for world regional geography courses, but also targeting introductory courses on globalization, international studies, or area studies
    Single author or multiple authors: Multiple
    Rebus project manager(s): Hugh McGuire, Zoe Wake Hyde
    License: CC-BY


    Book description:
    This will be the first open world regional geography textbook for university courses, one of the largest textbook markets in human geography. However, the text will also stand out among its competitors for its overarching framework that explicitly incorporates the often unequal political-economic relationships that characterize interactions within and between world regions. In contrast to competing texts—which often simply carve up the earth into regions and list facts about each one in encyclopedia-level density—this book wrestles with how we define regions, justifies the regional divisions used in the book, and explains why the information provided in each chapter is significant to understanding past and present global political-economy.

    After three introductory chapters to introduce the book’s framework, a series of ten chapters—each written by a different regional expert—takes students through the world’s regions. First drafts of 11 of the 13 chapters have already been written. Each chapter includes key concepts and review questions. We tentatively plan to add example case studies from other specialists with regional experience to bring each region to life and illustrate with more texture and detail the concepts presented in each chapter.

    Help needed:

    • Copy editing & proofreading
    • CC image sourcing
    • Locating data (to use for tables, charts, and maps that we will create ourselves)
    • Feedback on draft visualizations (especially maps, figures, tables)
    • Marketing/promoting adoption

    Timeline (Preliminary):

    • Completed:
      • Develop project scope and table of contents
      • Gather first drafts of chapters (11 out of 12)
      • Reviews completed of two chapters
    • Feb-March 2017:
      • Identify what online Pressbooks Textbooks platform enables and constrains in comparison to a traditional world regions textbook. Note that this text was originally in development for Oxford University Press
      • Develop graphics guidelines.
      • Develop sample graphics for one chapter
      • Develop sample case studies for two chapters
      • Source and identify author for South Asia chapter
    • April-May 2017:
      • Complete reviews of 10-11 chapters
      • Develop draft case studies for remaining chapters
      • Commission full suite of graphics for 3-5 chapters
    • Summer 2017:
      • Chapter revisions by authors
      • Review full suite of graphics for 3-5 chapters
    • Fall 2017:
      • Complete development of draft graphics
      • Review draft graphics
      • Develop promotion plan
    • Spring 2018
      • Trial OER in course at UW-Madison
      • April 2018: Publish and launch at AAG annual conference

    Table of Contents:
    NOTE: Many chapters list both a region and a primary actor (e.g. a specific country) within the region. This is part of the “core-periphery” framework of geopolitical power that is used throughout the textbook.

    1. Introduction: Producing and Circulating Knowledge about Global/World Regions (Danya Al-Saleh, Dr. Kris Olds, Kramer Gillin, UW-Madison
    2. Why Study Global Regions in World Regional Geography? (Introduction) – Dr. John Agnew, UCLA
    3. Global Political Economy – Dr. John Agnew, UCLA
    4. The United States and North America – Dr. Emily Gilbert, University of Toronto
    5. The European Union and the Rest of Europe – Dr. Alun Jones, University College Dublin
    6. Russia and Its Hinterland – Dr. Edward Holland, University of Arkansas
    7. China and Vicinity – Dr. Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology Sydney
    8. The Pacific Rim (including Japan and Australia) - Dr. John Agnew, UCLA
    9. Southeast Asia – Dr. Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    10. Africa – Dr. Garth Myers, Trinity College (CT)
    11. India and South Asia – TBD
    12. From the Mediterranean to the Gulf – Dr. Adam Ramadan, University of Birmingham (UK)
    13. Brazil and Latin America – Dr. Brian Godfrey, Vassar College

    How to participate:
    Sign up to the forum and post below with some information about your background, areas of expertise, and how you see yourself getting involved. We’ll be following up with more concrete requests as we proceed.

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