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Chair: Alain L'Hostis
Co-chair: Don Janelle

The idea that distance is a central concept for geography can be attributed to the quantitative and theoretical geography revolution in the 1950s–1960s (Bunge, Tobler). The cartographic developments – heralded under the term of plastic space (Forer, 1978) during this period – illustrate and feed the reflection on geographical distance. During the past decade, supported by the ramping-up of Geographic Information Science, a significant and growing stream of contributions on the issue can be identified. The session has for its goal to gather and provide visibility to this scientific community, and to contribute to developing the understanding of geographical distances. We invite • empirical – mainly related to but not limited to transportation –, • methodological – including cartography – and • analytical – including epistemological – contributions in this session from geography, spatial economy, and computer graphics. References • Dusek, Tamas, and Gabor Szalkai. 2017. « Time- spaces in Hungary ». Raportul spatiu-timp in Ungaria. 16 (2): 161-70. • Forer, Pip. 1978. A Place for Plastic Space? Progress in Human Geography, 3: 230-267. • Han, Su Yeon, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, and Keith C. Clarke. 2017. « Revisiting the Death of Geography in the Era of Big Data: The Friction of Distance in Cyberspace and Real Space ». International Journal of Digital Earth, mai. • Hong, Sungsoo (Ray), Min-Joon Yoo, Bonnie Chinh, Amy Han, Sarah Battersby, and Juho Kim. 2018. « To Distort or Not to Distort: Distance Cartograms in the Wild ». In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 628:1-628:12. CHI ’18. New York, NY, USA: ACM. • Janelle, Donald G. 2014. « Time-Space Convergence ». In Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science, 43-62. Edward Elgar Publishing. • L’Hostis, Alain. 2016. « Misunderstanding geographical distances: two errors and an issue in the interpretation of violations of the triangle inequality ». Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography, no 793. • Ullah, Rehmat, and Menno-Jan Kraak. 2015. « An alternative method to constructing time cartograms for the visual representation of scheduled movement data ». Journal of Maps 11 (4): 674-87.