Geography Colloquium Series

Remote Killing: Drones, Democracy and War

March 3, 2017

Abstract: "There has been little debate about U.S. drone policy in Congress and in the mainstream media, but drones are changing the practice of war. Drone warfare has turned soldiers into commuter killers while establishing a new mode of killing that is simultaneously remote and intimate. And, by making it...

Geography Colloquium Series

Performing Humanity: Violence and Visuality in Kashmir

Feb. 20, 2017

Abstract: This paper will examine a selection of visual texts that seek to intervene in the optical regime that supports the Indian occupation of Kashmir, one that succeeds in eliciting widespread support within India, in part by effecting a systematic erasure of the humanity of Kashmiris. I consider the visual...

Geography Colloquium Series

The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements

Feb. 17, 2017

Geography Colloquium Series

Building a computationally intensive science program at CU Boulder - Earth Lab’s Earth Analytics Initiative

Feb. 10, 2017

Abstract: The deluge of readily available, large spatio-temporal data from both air- and space-borne sensors, high fidelity in situ sensor networks, citizen science-driven in situ observations and social media platforms, combined with increased availability of high performance and cloud computing resources has yielded new opportunities to advance both science and...

Geography Colloquium Series

Glacial changes on the Tibetan Plateau since the 1970s and their hydrological effects

Dec. 9, 2016

Geography Colloquium Series

Infrastructures of Eviction: Indonesian Migrant Labor in the Transnational City

Dec. 2, 2016

Abstract: This paper examines the multiple scales and spaces of eviction that shape Indonesian migrant workers' journeys from urban margins to work sites in global cities. It traces migrants' life histories as a lens onto the spatial struggles that animate their marginal positions across multiple landscapes of urban redevelopment. The...

Geography Colloquium Series

Remote sensing of global terrestrial seasonal snow water equivalent: the role of microwave-observing systems

Nov. 18, 2016

Abstract: A decline in the northern hemisphere terrestrial seasonal snow extent has been observed from satellite observations, especially in the springtime at high latitude. Snow mass or snow water equivalent (SWE) is an important variable in the annual water budget of river catchments in cold regions, especially in places that...

Geography Colloquium Series

Mining Development, Resource Conflicts, and El Niño Migrations in Highlands New Guinea

Nov. 11, 2016

Abstract: In this talk, I examine the interaction of multinational resource extraction, intergroup violence related to resource entitlements, and migrations to mitigate El Niño-caused droughts and frosts on people in the west-central highlands of Papua New Guinea. Despite 25 years of mining development in the Porgera valley resulting in severe...

Geography Colloquium Series

Offshoring the border: The evolution of bilateral approaches to controlling irregular migration

Oct. 28, 2016

When the EU signed an agreement with Turkey last Spring to “end the irregular migration” from Syria using containment and return measures, it was framed as a radical departure from normal border control practices. But in fact, countries that attract high volumes of irregular immigrants have increasingly come to rely...

Geography Colloquium Series

Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Himalaya and the Andes: New Challenges for the 21st Century

Oct. 21, 2016

Alpine ecosystems throughout the world have been heavily impacted by human activities, especially during the past 20 to 30 years with the exponential growth of mountaineering, trekking, and adventure tourism to remote mountain regions. The most common impacts include the removal of slow-growing alpine shrubs and cushion plants by lodge...