Geographia Polonica

Geographia Polonica has been published since 1964; in the years 1964–1998 as a serial publication. Since 1999 – as a journal with two issues per year (Spring and Autumn), and since 2012 there are four issues per year (March, July, October, December). Contributions to the journal on both human and physical geography topics as well as related fields (e.g. urban and regional planning, ecology) should be submitted to the Editor. Papers dealing with Central and Eastern Europe are particularly welcomed.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Spatial conditioning and consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. An Opening Report


Edited by:                 

         Izabella Łęcka (University of Warsaw) – Guest Editor
Przemysław Śleszyński (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences) – Geographia Polonica – Guest Editor
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020
Planned publication: Issue 1/2021 
In a short period of time, an epidemic of infection with the previously unknown RNA virus, currently adopted the name SARS-Cov-2, which causes the new disease COVID-19 (although reminiscent of the incidence of SARS known in 2003, but much more difficult to stop), has affected many countries. For this reason, the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, or, in a sense, a global epidemic. The disease is characterized by ease of respiratory droplet transmission, and the development of a pandemic is closely related to social contact models. In each of these countries, however, this model is different, and therefore the methods and rate of infection spread vary. However, despite the otherwise difficult situation, geographers have an extremely interesting research field. Why are the models for the spread of COVID-19 varied? Which of the features of the human life environment, as well as behavioral and cultural features of societies are factors modifying the health situation in countries with an epidemic. These and other questions can be the core of the study of both physical geography and human geography.

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From 2020, the editors of Geographia Polonica use APA style formatting for citations and references. Therefore from now on authors are requested to conform to the changed rules. 

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Current Issue

Geographia Polonica

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Can a pandemic stop or slow the Anthropocene?

Marek Więckowski

Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 4, pp. 475-494 | Full text

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The entire Earth system consists of fully dynamic conditions. Humankind’s manifold large and small influences on the planet are now very well-documented. Changes are now so vast, their traces so significant, that we have come to term this as if it was genuinely a new Epoch in that history – as the Anthropocene. Recently, however,the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how an ostensibly small event at a single locality can take just a few weeks or months to change the world, and in some real sense to stop it. The author in this article in particular seeks to inject a further dose of far-reaching reflection on our pandemic, its influence on life on Earth, and its possible future consequences. Ultimately, then, it seeks an answer for a key question – as to whether COVID-19 is really in a position to stop, or at least slow, the runaway Anthropocene.With a view to encouraging reflectionon humankind’s potentially reduced impact on the planet the Author suggests priority areas of study in the near future.

Keywords: Geography, Anthropocene, pandemic, COVID-19, IGU, globalisation

Marek Więckowski [], Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania im. S. Leszczyckiego PAN