Past Colloquia

Past Colloquia

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Spring 2021 Colloquia

Wednesdays, Zoom, 12:00-1:30pm or 3:30-5:00pm 

Date Time Name Title
February 3 3:30 PM Amy Griffin, RMIT University In Maps We Trust?
February 10 3:30 PM Pao Wang, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica Climate of China in 1368-1911 Reconstructed from Historical Documents and Impact on Chinese Society
February 17 3:30 PM Michaela Biasutti, Columbia University Climate Change in the Sahel: What happened? What will happen? How should we prepare?
February 24 12:00 PM Mae Miller, UC Berkeley "All Guitars and I played the Piano:” The Blues Geographies of Black Cardiff in the Early Twentieth Century
March 3 3:30 PM Ruben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria Erasing History? Decolonizing the Cultural Landscapes of Settler Colonialism and White
March 10 3:30 PM Destin Jenkins, University of Chicago The Bonds of Racial Inequality in Postwar America
March 17 3:30 PM Jack Scheff, UNC Charlotte Causes of the gap between dryness-index and dryness-impact trends under climate change
March 24 Spring Break
March 31 -
April 7 3:30 PM Ricado Jacobs, UC Santa Barbara Agrarianization of Urban Space: Anti-Neoliberal Urban Planning from Below
April 14 3:30 PM Ross Doll, UC Berkeley From Place to Landscape: Agricultural Modernization and the Cultural Politics of Dispossession in Rural China
April 21 3:30 PM Youjin Chung, UC Berkeley Governing Liminality: The Gendered Politics of Life and Death in Tanzania’s New Enclosures
April 28 3:30 PM Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto

Abolition Infrastructures, Alimentary Infrastructures 
(Event co-sponsored with Global Metropolitan Studies)

May 5 3:30 PM Ellora Derenoncourt, UC Berkeley Can you move to opportunity? Evidence from the Great Migration
May 7 (Friday) 1:00 PM [Event] A Panel Conversation on the Centenary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
(feat. Geography Professor Jovan Scott Lewis)
May 12 3:30 PM Gabe Eckhouse, UC Berkeley The dysfunctional political economy of oil during the renewable energy transition: North American hydraulic fracturing, carbon purgatory, and US petroimperialism in the Persian Gulf

Fall 2020 Colloquia

Wednesdays, Zoom, 12.00-1.30pm or 3:30-5:00pm 

Sep 23
Rob Dull, Cal Lutheran University
 The Ghost of Ellsworth Huntington: How a Volcano in El Salvador Could Have Changed the World.
Sep 30
Sage Ponder, Florida State University
“Cuando Colón baje el dedo”: infrastructural repair and social reproduction in the time of financialization
Oct 7
Manu Karuka, Barnard College
 Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad
Oct 14
Hilary Faxon, UC Berkeley
 Welcome to the Digital Village: online practices and agrarian change in Myanmar
Oct 20
Matthew Shutzer, UC Berkeley
Law, Capital, and Subterranean Property in India’s Energy Frontier, 1870 – 1975 (more info)
Oct 21
Rebecca Lave, Indiana University
 Bridging the gap: Integrating critical human and physical geography in practice
Oct 28
Kristen Wilson, The Nature Conservancy
Planning Forest Management to Increase Socio-Ecological Resilience to Fire, Drought, Beetles, and Climate Change in the Central Sierra Nevada: Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative
Nov 4
Loretta Lees, University of Leicester
Beverley’s Story: survivability on one of London’s newest gentrification frontiers
Nov 4 - 5
Post Imperial Oceanics Conference
For more information, click here.
Nov 11
Jason Hackworth, University of Toronto
"Manufacturing Decline: The economic consequences of anti-Black reaction in the American Midwest"
Nov 16
Xiaowei Wang, UC Berkeley
Commons Conversation — Xiaowei Wang and An Xiao Mina, "Blockchain Chicken Farm and Grass Mud Horses" (more info)
Nov 18
Laura Lo Presti, Università degli Studi di Padova
On the Migritude of Maps: tracing connections between mapping and the European migrant crisis
Dec 2
Sayd Randle, UC Berkeley
Holding Water for the City: Emergent Geographies of Storage and the Urbanization of Nature
Dec 9
Luis Alvarez Léon, Dartmouth University
Spatial reflections on the construction of an autonomous vehicle market

Spring 2020 Colloquia

 Wednesdays, 575 McCone Hall, 3:30-5:00pm 

Jan 29

Dan Ibarra, Miller Institute and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley

Drivers of hot and cold past wet states recorded by lakes in the western United States

Feb 5

Paola Bachhetta, UC Berkeley Co-Formations, Co-Productions: Notes on Space, Power, and Subjects Together

Feb 12

Javier Arbona, UC Davis, Landscapes of Explosivity Landscapes of Explosivity:  San Francisco’s Parrot Block and the 1866 Nitroglycerine Explosion

Feb 19

Anna Brand, UC Berkeley

Re-Membering Claborne Avenue: Mapping the Past Toward Black Mecca Futures

Feb 26

Sarah White, Newly appointed UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

Long-term controls on the strength of El Nino

Mar 4

Vince Brown, Harvard

Tacky's Revolt and the Martial Geography of Atlantic Slavery

Mar 11

Cancelled, read more

Mar 12

Black Geographies Conference

Mar 18

Cancelled, read more

Mar 25

No colloquium, Spring Break

Apr 1

Cancelled, read more

Apr 8

Cancelled, read more

Apr 15

Cancelled, read more

Apr 22

Cancelled, read more

Fall 2019 Colloquia

Wednesdays, 575 McCone Hall, 3:30-5:00pm 

Sept 18

David Bates, UC Berkeley
Spaces of decision in the cybernetic age

Sept 25

Colleen Lye, UC Berkeley

Maoism and Identity Politics

Oct 2

Diana Negrín da Silva, University of San Francisco

Decolonizing the City: An Exploration of Guadalajara’s Contested Racial Landscape

Oct 9

Cancelled, read more

Oct 16

Hillary Angelo, UC Santa Cruz

The greening imaginary: Urbanized nature and the making of cities and citizens in Germany’s Ruhr region

Oct 23

Judith Carney, UCLA
Sauer Memorial Lecture, read more
4pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

Oct 24

Melinda Cooper, The University of Sydney
Cosponsored event, read more
4pm, Barrows Hall, MATRIX/Room 820

Capitalism and the Question of Genealogy

Oct 30

Michael Polson, Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley

Equity and Erasure: Cannabis, Legalization, and the Legacies of Prohibition

Nov 6

Mark Waldrop, USGS
Microbial and Geophysical Insights into the Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon

Nov 13

Cancelled, read more

Nov 20

David Wahl, UC Berkeley

Fire on the Mountain: Paleoenvironmental Evidence of Classic Period Warfare in the Maya Lowlands

Nov 27

No colloquium, Thanksgiving

Dec 4

Ugo Nwokeji, UC Berkeley
African Global Landscapes of New Slavery

Spring 2019 Colloquium

Wednesdays, 575 McCone Hall, 3:30-5:00pm

Jan 30 Gökçe Günel, University of Arizona  Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi
Feb 6 Desiree Fields, University of Sheffield Automated Landlord: Digital Technologies and Post-crisis Financial Accumulation
Feb 13 Christina Heatherton, Barnard College The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution and Convergence Spaces of Global Radicalism
Feb 20 Brandi Thompson Summers, Virginia Commonwealth University Unmaking a Chocolate City: Spatial Aesthetics of Race and the Gentrifying Urban Landscape
Feb 27 Lucia Cantero, University of San Francisco Olympic Afterlives: Global Spectacles of Race and Inequality in Rio de Janeiro

Mar 7

Leah Meisterlin, Columbia University Critical Distance and Cartographies of Difference

Mar 13

Erin McElroy, University of California, Santa Cruz Mapping Techno-Imperialism in the Bay Area and Beyond

Mar 20

Clancy Wilmott, University of Manchester Mobile Mapping: Space, Cartography, Digitalities

Apr 10

Patrick Ellis, Georgia Institute of Technology
"On the Whole": City Models, Cartography, and Aerial Vision

Apr 17

Margaret Zimmer, UC Santa Cruz

More soil, less storage: The role of the critical zone in influencing runoff across high to low relief landscapes

Apr 24

Christina M. Patricola, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Characterizing El Niño’s Diversity and its Climate Implications

May 1

Xiaoli Dong, UC Davis Spatial Self-organization in Fluvial Landscapes

Fall 2018 Colloquium

Wednesdays, 575 McCone Hall, 3:30-5:00pm

Aug 29            Karla Slocum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Sept 5             Lucia Cantero, University of San Francisco 

Sept 12            Itay Fischhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Sept 19            Brett Story, Ryerson University

Sept 26            Richard Walker, UC Berkeley

Oct 3                Susan DeMasi, The Living New Deal

Oct 10              Sheryl-Ann Simpson, UC Davis 

Oct 17              Daniel Swain, UCLA & NCAR

Oct 24              Adrian Harpold, University of Nevada, Reno 

Oct 31              Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, Director, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA

Nov 7               Michele Koppes, University of British Columbia 

Nov 13             Earth-Writing Symposium: Lenore Manderson (Brown and Witwatersrand), Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke), Kath Weston and Geeta Patel (Virginia), and Amita Baviskar (IEG Delhi) 

Nov 14            Katherine Verdery, CUNY 

Nov 21            No colloquium, Thanksgiving

Nov 28            Ikuko Asaka, University of Illinois