Geography of Religions and Belief Systems

Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers

This specialty group was created to further the geographic study of religious phenomena, including but not limited to religious groups, behavior, material culture, and human-environment relations from a religious perspective.



Gorabs has recently published the final issue of it's journal Geographies of Religions and Belief Systems.


CLICK HERE to read the latest newsletter - Spring 2015

Please send any news, details of new publications, conferences or sessions that you would like included in the next GORABS newsletter. We are also interested in receiving conference reports, short commentaries or details of new research projects.





The purpose of the David E. Sopher New Scholar Award is to promote intellectual enquiry from new scholars into geographies of religions and belief systems through the presentation of papers at the AAG meeting. Papers will be judged on potential contribution to the field of Geography of Religions and Belief Systems, organization, and written composition.


Both graduate students and untenured faculty who are not serving on the GORABS board can apply for the award. Award: The amount for the 2015 award is a travel grant of $250. The recipient will also be given an official certificate at the AAG awards luncheon.


A check will be disbursed to the winner at the 2015 Geography of Religions and Belief Systems annual business meeting at the AAG event.


The paper and application form must be emailed to the GORABS chair in rich text or Microsoft Word format by March 22, 2015. The paper must subsequently be presented at the national AAG meeting, though it does not have to be in a GORABS sponsored session. A panel of previous GORABS chairs will judge the papers and determine a recipient. The winner will be announced in time to attend the awards luncheon with a GORABS representative. GORABS reserves the right to not make an award in a given year.

Access the application form here in html or MS Word.