Past Colloquia

Past Colloquia

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Fall 2023 Colloquia Series

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm @ 575 McCone

Date Speaker/Event Title
Sept 6, 2023

Keston Perry, UCLA African American Studies

"Chanting Down Babylon!": racial capitalism, technologies of climate disaster and radical humanism in the Caribbean
Sept 13, 2023

Justin Hosbey, UC Berkeley City and Regional Planning

Angola Prison, Black Ecologies, and eco-fascism in Louisiana

Sept 20, 2023

Brandi Summers, UC Berkeley Geography

Archive of Urban Futures: Past, Presence, and Manifesting a Livable Future for Black Oakland
Sept 27, 2023 Bubbles on the Balcony (not a public event)
Oct 4, 2023

Trevor Jackson, UC Berkeley History

What was capital? Two centuries of conceptual misadventure

Oct 11, 2023

Charmaine Chua, UC Santa Barbara Global Studies

The Logistics Counter-revolution: Fast Circulation, Slow Violence, and the Transpacific Empire of Capital

Oct 18, 2023

Sharad Chari, You-tien Hsing, and Nathan Sayre, UC Berkeley Geography

Panel Discussion on Geographical Political Economy

Oct 25, 2023 The Black Geographic Book Release Party (not a public event)
Nov 1, 2023

Jin-Kyu Jung, University of Washington Geography

Critical and Creative Engagements with GIS and Geovisualization

Nov 8, 2023

Emma Fraser, UC Berkeley Media Studies

The Digital is a Ruin: Digital Space, Geography and the End of the World

Nov 15, 2023

Clancy Wilmott, UC Berkeley Geography

Before You Are Here: Rematriating the Map in the Ohlone Bay Area

Nov 22, 2023 No talk this week (Thanksgiving break begins Nov 23)
Nov 29, 2023 Bubbles on the Balcony (not a public event)

Spring 2023 Colloquia Series

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm @ 575 McCone

Date Speaker/Event Title
Jan 18, 2023

Maura Allaire, UC Irvine

Community Response to Water Insecurity
Jan 19, 2023

Fuschia-Ann Hoover, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Green Infrastructure planning for justice; myth, mystery, or the future?

Jan 25, 2023

Tianna Bruno, University of Texas at Austin

A Place Worthy of Being Honored: Black Ecological Life and Memory in the Face of Environmental Injustice
Feb 1, 2023 Geography Department Community Gathering - Rescheduled
Feb 8, 2023 Beer and Babble on Balcony (not a public event)
Feb 15, 2023 Geography Department Community Gathering (not a public event)
Feb 22, 2023

Tripti Bhattacharya, University of Syracuse

Understanding future regional hydroclimate through the lens of paleoclimate

March 1, 2023

Joel Wanek, UC Berkeley Geography Sonic Geographies of Oakland
March 8, 2023

Alan Rhoades, UC Berkeley Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Hydroclimatic change in the midlatitudes of the American Cordillera

March 15, 2023

Mia Bennett, University of Washington Inverted Worlds: Remote Sensing and the Reordering of Arctic Lands and Imaginaries
March 22, 2023

Savannah Shange, UC Santa Cruz

April 6, 2023
370 Dwinelle Hall, 5-7pm
Lisa Lowe, Yale University Colonial Domesticity (co-sponsored with Rhetoric)

April 12, 2023

Minkah Makalani, Johns Hopkins University Think about this Seriously’: C. L. R. James, New World Group, and Decolonizing Black Studies
April 19, 2023 Beer and Babble on Balcony (not a public event)
May 3, 2023 Orlando Patterson, Harvard University The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament (co-sponsored with Social Science Matrix)
May 10, 2023 Stephanie Pau, Florida State University Understanding climate change impacts on species and ecosystems with eyes in the sky and boots on the ground

Fall 2022 Colloquia Series

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm @ 575 McCone

Date Speaker/Event Title
Aug 31, 2022 Geography Department Welcome Back Reception (not a public event)
Sept 7, 2022 Geography Community Meeting (not a public event)
Sept 14, 2022

Madiano Marcheti

A Conversation with Brazilian Filmmaker Madiano Marcheti (co-sponsor Matrix & Latin American Studies)

Sept 22, 2022

(5:00-7:00pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall)

Anna Tsing, UCSC The History of Maluku in Relation to Enslavement (co-sponsor Rhetoric)
Sept 28, 2022

Tanya Matthan, UCLA and UCB Geography

Actuarial Politics: Navigating Risk and Responsibility in Rural India
Oct 5, 2022 Beer & Babble on Balcony (not a public event)

Oct 12, 2022

Gillian Rose, Oxford
Monica Montserrat Degen
Brandi Summers, UCB
The New Urban Aesthetic
Oct 19, 2022

Juan Herrera, UCLA

Social Movement Activism and the Production of Space (co-sponsor Center for Research on Social Change)
Oct 26, 2022 Camilla Hawthorne, UCSC Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean (co-sponsor with ISSI & Sociology)

Nov 1, 2022


Forrest Gander, Lenore Manderson, Brenda Hillman and Maya Khosla Water's Edge: Writing on Water
Nov 9, 2022 Nour Joudah Mapping Decolonized Futures
Nov 16, 2022 Beer & Babble on Balcony (not a public event)
Nov 23, 2022 Thanksgiving Break (no talk this week)
Nov 30, 2022 Event postponed
Dec 7, 2022 Event postponed

Spring 2022 Colloquia Series

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm @ 575 McCone (or join us virtually)

Date Speaker Title
Feb 9, 2022 Daniel Thompson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Merced Transversal borderwork and its agents: mobility regimes and urban divisions in two African cities
Feb 16, 2022

Adrienne Johnson, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco (Environmental Studies)

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and transnational hybrid governance in Ecuador’s palm oil industry
Feb 23, 2022

Riley Culberg, Stanford

Near-Surface Cryo-Hydrology from Greenland to Europa: Insights from Ice-Penetrating Radar
Mar 2, 2022
(Zoom only)
Laurel Larsen, USGS and Delta Stewardship Council From "complex" to "wicked": A complex system scientist's journey as Delta Lead Scientist
Mar 9, 2022

Caitlin Keliiaa, UC Santa Cruz

Settler Colonialism is a Sickness: How Federal Indian Health Failed Native Women
Mar 16, 2022 Community Session – Transfer student event with BUGS (Noelani Fixler)
Mar 23, 2022 Spring Break (no meeting)
Mar 30, 2022

Danielle Rivera, UC Berkeley (CED)

Planning for Just Environments Beyond "Greening"
Apr 6, 2022 Andrew Tucker, University of Cape Town What can the Geographies of Sexualities mean for the urban South? Considering human rights, HIV/AIDS and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa
Apr 13, 2022 Daniel Aldana Cohen, UC Berkeley (Sociology) Follow the Carbon: Climate Change and Inequality in 21st Century Urban Spaces

Apr 20, 2022, 4pm
(Register for Zoom info or attend in-person at 820 Social Sciences Bldg)

Catherine Hall, University College London (Hosted by Social Science Matrix, co-sponsored by Geography)

Racial capitalism: what's in a name?

Apr 27, 2022, 12pm
(Register for Zoom info)

Online panel discussion (Hosted by Matrix Research Team)

Digital Transformations in Global Land, Housing, and Property

Apr 27, 2022 Brian Jefferson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Engineering Capitalist States

Fall 2021 Colloquia Series

Wednesdays, 575 McCone, 3:30-5:00pm (or join us virtually)

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Date Speaker Title
Sept 8 Dept. Anti-Racism Working Group
Sept 22 Greg Niemeyer,
Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley
From Moses to Metaverse: The Role of Illusion in Environmental Representations
Oct 6 Don Tamaki, Reparations Task Force
The Legacy of Korematsu v. The United States: The Perils to Democracy When Racism Shouts Louder Than Facts, the Rule of Law, and the Constitution
Oct 13 Sogorea’Te Community Land Trust
Oct 20 Meg Mills-Novoa,
ESPM, UC Berkeley
After Adaptation - A participatory analysis of the enduring impacts of climate change adaptation projects in the Ecuadorian highlands
Nov 3 Desmond Jagmohan,
Political Science, UC Berkeley

What is Resistance?

Nov 17 Andrew F. Jones,
East Asian Languages, UC Berkeley
The Far East Sound in Jamaica
Nov 22
Terrell Carver,
University of Bristol (UK)
Masculinities, Gender and World Politics
Dec 1 Maya Carrasquillo,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
Green Infrastructure, Environmental Justice and Black America

Spring 2021 Colloquia Series

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 Series

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 Series

 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 Series

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 Series

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 Series

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