Our Mission

The purpose of this association and its conferences is to foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue concerning the nature of place/space and the geographical moment of experience. 


John Murungi (left) and Gary Backhaus
John Murungi (left) and Gary Backhaus are two of IASESP’s founders. Photo by Jeff Webb, 2018

The International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place (IASESP) was first founded under the auspices of the Society for Philosophy & Geography in 1999. The Society for Philosophy & Geography continued to sponsor the annual meetings until 2003.

The Sixth Annual International Conference was held under the auspices of the The Geophilia Society. Beginning in 2005, the group reconstituted itself as the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place. Towson University has housed the IASESP and hosted a majority of the conferences since the association’s conception.

In 2013, the home of IASESP moved from Towson University to Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.

Conference Intentions and Design

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IASESP held its first international conference at Liverpool John Moores University in 2019. Photo by Jeff Webb

The conferences are intended to provide a crossdisciplinary venue for researchers to present their work and to be exposed to the many ways to investigate geographical themes. 

The conferences are also designed to provide the occasion for informal conversations amongst the participants in order to foster creative fecundity and future projects.

The conferences are open to all scholars, professionals, activists, and anyone who has something to contribute to our research of the placial/spatial features of the world and experience.

Encouragements of the Association

 The association encourages transdisciplinarians to develop their thought concerning place/space and to bring their reflective thought to specific cases, empirical phenomena, and practical problems.

The association encourages transdisciplinarians to raise questions and to uncover deeper issues (ethical, axiological, epistemological, ontological, and methodological) concerning their areas of expertise and the specific locales that they investigate.

The association encourages transdisciplinarians to focus upon the geographical component of the phenomena about which they are interested. And, they are encouraged to conduct their research in a philosophical manner by raising questions and by remaining critical towards all received notions and information.

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