Colloquium Schedule

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:30pm
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:30pm
"The Conflicts between Preservation and Development in the National Natural Preservation Area: Case of Shindu Coastal Dune and Specified Islands"
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

This talk examines the articulation of carceral power in the kitchenettes and the impact it had on identity formation.  I demonstrate this by highlighting how carceral power was expressed in the geography of kitchenettes.  Kitchenettes were small, tight, cramped spaces that many Black migrants were forced to live in once they arrived to Chicago.  I argue that the expression of police power that was operating in the Black Belt migrated into the homes of Black migrants.  Though not actual prisons, kitchenettes were amenable to the expression of carceral power—particularly containment and restriction—present throughout the Black Belt.  Kitchenettes absorbed the exercise of police power that functioned in the general space of the Black Belt and brought it closer to the skin.


Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

 "Difference at the Crossroads: Impovisation, Radical Writing & Risk-taking as Rigor"

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. Although Carolyn pursed an acting career for eleven years, a backpacking trip around the world and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, 

she returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Informed by her early life experiences, the aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn has appeared on Tavis Smiley, MSNBC, NPR and has been interviewed for numerous 

newspapers and magazines. Along with public speaking, writing and consulting, she serves on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board that is working to assist the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors explores the relationship of African Americans to the environment and the environmental movement (UNC Press).


Friday, September 26, 2014 - 3:30pm
"Sequestering Carbon: Commodity Definition, Liquidity, and the Limits to Commodification in California's Cap-and-Trade Market"
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 3:30pm

GeoJeopardy is an annual Geography department event (held each fall).

It is very similar to the popular television show “Jeopardy” in which contestants answer trivia type questions except that the questions have a distinct geographic flavor and the contestants are all geographers (undergraduate and graduate students primarily).

Three teams of three each compete for prizes that typically come from the National Geographic store (e.g. Concise Atlas of the World, NGS Road Atlas, The Answer Book, etc.).

Door prizes are raffled off after the competition!

Can you name the city that is at the intersection of Interstate 75 and Interstate 40?

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:30pm

"China Research: Social Media, Social Distance, and Memoryscapes"

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 3:30pm
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:30pm

"Drought busting tropical cyclones: Spatiotemporal patterns of drought amelioration in the Gulf and Southeastern Coastal United States"

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 3:30pm

Fast and Furious Feminism

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:30pm

"Confronting The Right to Food Through Abolition Ecology"

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 3:30pm

Into the arms of dolls: falling total fertility rates, Japan's fiscal crisis, and the comforts of the post human.

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:30pm
"Encounter, Intelligibility, Politics: Making Sense of Sexuality and Race in Sydney"
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

"Landscape Memory in a Time of Amnesia -- Recovering the Clark Fork River at Milltown, Montana"

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 3:30pm

Title: Massacres and Protesting Hateful Capitalism: Lessons to be learned from Mexico's activists

Abstract: Protests sparked by news of the September 26 massacre of rural students in Iguala, Mexico have spread across the country as people demand their return. Even with news of their deaths, the demand for their return, ALIVE, does not change. This demand echoes four decades of protest for the return of the desparecidos, those who were forced to disappear by corrupt governments. Such a declaration indicates the fight of the eternal revolutionary, that is of the one who will stop fighting once the dead can be brought back to life. The revolutionaty potential in this message explains, in part, the government's violent repression of this demand and of the refusal of the US government to acknowledge it. In Mexico, such protests have woven together with those against feminicidio (the killing of women with impunity) and against the juvencidio(the killing of youth with impunity) as part of the Mexican drug war funded by the United States. In this paper, I triangulate the struggles sparked by the Iguala massacre, feminicidio and juvenicidio to show how they seek to generate an international and activist public engaged in related struggles across the Americas, including in northern North America, where socially vulnerable populations battle the forces to disappear them from history and geography. Such struggles require a theoretical and activist openness to the lessons to be learned from Mexico and other struggles across the Americas where a vernacular of protest reveals insightful theorizations of these neoliberal times.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:30pm

"Living Care-fully: Understanding Interdependence in Livelihoods through Inter-generational Relationships in northern Ghana"

This talk will explore the potential contribution of a feminist ethics of care to livelihoods approaches. I argue that autonomy and independence frame our current approaches to understanding how people support themselves, obscuring the interdependent nature of connections that found our lives. Drawing on fieldwork in rural northern Ghana, I will explore interdependencies by focusing on the experiences of women engaged in intergenerational relationships as they encounter emerging dependencies associated with ageing and illness. I will briefly discuss the unfolding negotiations of strategies between an elderly woman and her daughter-in-law, examining the challenges of producing a morning meal. I will then move to explore how married women face constraints from strong patriarchal values that require her to focus labour and resources on her husband and his family. However, illness in an elderly parent may compel a daughter to provide end of life care. Women then work to legitimize a reorganization of their strategies to ensure that they can meet the needs of an ailing parent. These stories demonstrate how women's lives are deeply connected to others and their strategies address the needs of others. They highlight the need for consideration of an ethics of care in livelihood approaches, where interdependencies, dependencies and vulnerabilities can be acknowledged for their foundational roles in shaping strategies.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 3:30pm

Between the state and the home: Interpretations of violence within everyday life in Cairo, Egypt

This talk will explore the relationship between state violence and domestic violence amongst low-income residents of Cairo, Egypt. Building on work in feminist geopolitics, which has emphasized the importance of the corporeal within discussions of national and global politics, I interrogate narratives and interpretations of violence within everyday life. In doing so, keen attention is paid to the language used to define and explain violence by interlocutors. In these accounts, ‘violence’, is often understood as being devoid of care and is juxtaposed against ‘discipline’—understood as an act of care meant to correct inappropriate behavior. I ask: can interpretations about violence in the home contribute insights into patterns of violence practiced by the state against its citizens and what, if any, broader implications does this present for Egypt, a country still grappling with political transformation four years after the ‘Arab Spring.’

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:30pm

Practical Panarchy; Assessing Adaptive Capacity of Regional Water Systems in the United States to Changing Climate

During the 20th century, large public investments led to the development of complex regional scale water management systems across the United States.  Currently, these social-ecological systems are characterized by legal conflict, social gridlock and continued erosion of many ecosystem services. Changing climate may continue this trajectory, but it may also provide a catalyst for renewal of ecosystems and a window of opportunity for institutional change.  This presentation will review preliminary results and synthesis from an interdisciplinary team of legal scholars, geographers and ecologists who assessed the resilience of six regional water systems; the Columbia, Klamath, Rio Grande, Platte and Rio Grande river systems, along with the Everglades wetlands to changing climate.  Preliminary results indicate the value of an historical resilience assessment to understand patterns of abrupt and surprising patterns of development, to identify legal, social and ecological opportunities and obstacles to climate adaptation. Law and policies (such as Endangered Species Act or Clean Water Act) can establish boundaries or define ecological thresholds, and as a result, constrain actions designed to explore adaptation options.  In other cases, a reassessment of rights have led to the end of gridlock, and opened a window to new and collaborative approaches to water governance.  


Lance Gunderson is a systems ecologist who is interested in how people understand, assess, and manage large ecosystems.  He has worked as a research ecologist for National Audubon, as a botanist for the US National Park Service in south Florida, and as a research scientist at the University of Florida. He was the founding chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University and is currently a Professor in that department.  He is Co-Editor in Chief of Ecology and Society. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee on Ecological Effects of Road Density. He has also served as the executive director of the Resilience Network and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Resilience Alliance. He is a Beijer Fellow with the Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics, Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, and a Senior Fellow with the Agropolis Fondation for Sustainability in France.  He has been involved in the in environmental assessment and management of large-scale ecosystems, including the Everglades, Florida Bay, Upper Mississippi River Basin, and the Grand Canyon. 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 3:30pm

Health Justice and Ending the War at Home

Jenna M. Loyd

One of the forgotten gains of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s is in making a place for health as a right and means of politics. Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963–1978 situates the struggle over health in Los Angeles within the context of both the Vietnam War and domestic conflicts over the racial economy and social welfare. The book describes how Black freedom, antiwar, welfare rights, and women’s movement activists formed alliances to battle oppressive health systems and structural violence, working to define health as a matter of individual and collective self-determination. This talk reflects on the legacy of these movements for the contemporary moment of Black Lives Matter.

Jenna M. Loyd received her PhD in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, and is assistant professor of public health policy and administration at the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a coeditor of Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis.


Friday, April 3, 2015 - 3:30pm


(Re)Producing Citizenship through (Health)Care: Latina Immigrants’ Experiences of Reproductive Healthcare in Atlanta, GA

State and local immigration laws create an environment of insecurity for undocumented immigrants, with intensified policing at the level of social reproduction especially after 9/11. Focusing on Latina immigrants and their access to and experiences of reproductive healthcare, this talk examines how an environment of insecurity intermingles with deleterious notions about Latina sexuality and reproduction in order to create a gamut of obstacles that Latina immigrants must face in order to obtain reproductive healthcare. I explore how Latina immigrants navigate – and sometimes resist or subvert – these obstacles and “demand” good healthcare through tactics such as the use of assertiveness and informal medical information networks. I suggest that in exploring the ethics of care inherent in their actions, as well as the ethics of care lacking in the actions of health service providers, we can see how Latina immigrants are attaining the rights (health and healthcare) and enacting the duties (raising healthy families) of citizens, even as the treatment they receive often construes them as unworthy of such rights and turns their acts of duty into deviance. By interrogating the informal carework they must undertake to obtain formal (health)care, this talk highlights ways that undocumented Latinas “fight back” in ways that are often rendered invisible by virtue of their inextricable entanglement with the mundanity of everyday life. Such instances of resistance are often ignored in studies of citizenship and geopolitics, which tend to focus more on visible acts of both policing and resistance, like arrests and public protests. I contend that although immigrant policing has intensified at the level of social reproduction, strategies and tactics deployed by immigrants push back at the same level and allow Latinas to exist in a setting that wants them to do anything but. Further, Latina immigrants deploy carework to procure good healthcare even as they are characterized and treated as unworthy, thereby reworking citizenship at the intimate level of the body and subverting harmful stereotypes and treatment along the way.

Bio: Rebecca Lane is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography. Her work broadly looks at how discourses and actions surrounding biology, bodies, and health are caught up in cultural and political circuits of meaning.
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 3:30pm

Helen Lawton Smith

Helen Lawton Smith is Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London. Her research career has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, public policy and regional development in national and international contexts. She is the Founder and Research Director of the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University ( and is Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research ( She is the author of nine books and of over ninety journal articles and book chapters and is Associate Editor, Strategic Change:Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance. She is the UK principal investigator of a European Union project Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research  (TRIGGER) (2013-2017).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm

Clive Barnett is a professor of geography and social theory at the University of Exeter. He is an urban-political geographer whose main interests are in democracy, public life, and urbanization.

You can see his profile at

His work investigates the intersections between democracy, public life, and urbanization. His current research includes work conceptualising the relationships between democracy and urbanization; work on the contemporary ‘urbanization of responsibility’; and research on the geographies of contentious public action. 

He is the Editor for the Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics Series.Here is a link to details of how to submit a proposal to the Series.

He blogs about some of his research and teaching interests at Pop Theory. Downloads of some of his research and teaching publications can be found at

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