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Call For Papers

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG)

The Geography of the Corona Virus

Starting in China, the Corona Virus – or Covid-19 – has spread quickly across 
the globe. The contemporary geography of travel, and in particular air travel, 
has profoundly impacted its rapid spread. Tijdschrift voor Economische en 
Sociale Geografie (TESG) invites early geographical investigations into the 
geography of the corona virus, including but not limited to contributions on:

  *   The entangled geographies of viruses, travel and globalization
  *   Geographies of health and environment, including political ecological 
  *   Demographics of the virus outbreak and potential long-term demographic 
  *   Political and legal geographies of responses to the crisis
  *   Social and cultural analyses of (local) responses and initiatives, 
including geographies of social innovation and action but also the impact of 
the time-space geography of home (working, caring, living, …) or on the 
othering of social groups
  *   Economic and financial geographies of the virus’s impact, including the 
potential long-lasting effects on socio-economic practices
  *   Impact of the virus on educational practices and (digital) geographies of 
education (in tertiary, secondary or primary education)

We welcome research articles and notes. We are not interested in op-ed pieces 
in general but are open to informed commentaries about the emerging digital 
geographies of geography education that result from measures to stop the virus 
from spreading.

Please follow the author guidelines that are available at: 
 We expect many contributions to be shorter than 8,000 words (all-inclusive), 
but as we are looking for research notes and informed commentaries we don’t 
expect any contributions of less than 2,000 words. Otherwise the usual 
guidelines apply.

Please submit your draft article through 
 Considering the tight deadlines, there is no need to submit an abstract for 
this special issues but please include one in your article. If you like, you 
can contact the editor-in-chief prior to submitting your article: 

Deadline for submissions: April 19. (If you were planning to attend the AAG, 
you can now devote your time to drafting a paper.)

We will then invite 2 reviewers and plan to get their suggestions to you by 
April 27. You then have until May 4 to resubmit your article, provided we ask 
you to resubmit your paper. Accepted articles will be published online within a 
few weeks of acceptance and we plan to publish the special issue in TESG volume 
111, issue 3 (July 2020). Due to the impact of the virus, our publisher may of 
course face some delays, but we remain optimistic about a relatively fast 
publication in TESG.


Manuel B. Aalbers, Ph.D.

KU Leuven / University of Leuven

Department of Geography & Tourism

Celestijnenlaan 200e -- bus 2409

3001  Heverlee




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