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Ronnie Schumann awarded best paper at 2014 SEDAAG meeting

Ph.D candidate Ronnie Schumann was selected from five finalists as the winner of the doctoral student paper competition at the 2014 SEDAAG meeting held in Athens, GA.

Each year the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) holds several competitions for masters and doctoral students from the region. Among the most competitive and prestigious is the best paper by a doctoral student. Always a strong presence at SEDAAG meetings, this year the geography program at the University of South Carolina had two finalists, Kwame Owusu-Daaku and Ronnie Schumann. Ultimately, Schumann's paper "Commermoration Vesus Betterment: Geographies of Memory in Long-Term Recovery", was selected as the winner. Drawing on his fieldwork along Mississippi's Gulf Coast, Schumann's paper explored the dynamics of long-term recovery from disasters, and especially the important role of memory in the recovery process. In arguing for the importance of commemoration, Schumann brought to fore the contested nature of recovery processes, especially when rebuilding efforts significantly change the local landscape. More information on SEDAAG and the annual meeting can be found here.