Our Colloquia Series presents engaging research from around the world. Guest presenters cover varied topics from all aspects of Geography. This page lists abstracts from past and future colloquia.


Tibetan Pastoralists as Analytical Agents: Epistemic Diversity, Documentary Filmmaking, and Collaborative Theorization

March 8, 2024

Huatsen Gyal Assistant Professor Anthropology Department Rice University Abstract Drawing on a group of Tibetan pastoralists’ efforts to make environmental documentary films as a means of creating alternative narratives of their relationship to their ancestral land, this talk details how documentary films produced by Tibetan pastoralists subtly challenge the power/knowledge...

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“We are the twins of Komodo dragons”: Multispecies Kinship and Indigenous Spatial Politics in Indonesia’s Ecotourism Frontiers

March 1, 2024

Dr. Cypri Jehan Paju Dale Research Fellow University of Wisconsin Madison Abstract In Komodo National Park, the natural habitat of world’s largest living lizard known as Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and the indigenous people of Ata Modo, a zoning system has been instrumental in the process of commodification of the...

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Insurgent Cartographies

Feb. 19, 2024

Isaac Rivera Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Geography CU Boulder Abstract Insurgent cartographies are an expression of knowing the world from the standpoint of place. This talk delves into the concept of insurgency and its expressions as a modality of cartography and cultural memory, exploring the task for enacting anti-colonial...


Nature-society interactions and political instability

Feb. 16, 2024

Andrew Linke Department of Geography Associate Professor University of Utah Abstract Political instability and social conflicts vary geographically and in severity. Intense violence – leading to many civilian casualties – engulfs some regions of the world. Simmering economic instability and political tensions exist in other countries that are conventionally viewed...

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The Long Climate Crisis: Global Political Ecologies of Caste, Race, and Migration

Jan. 24, 2024

Malini Ranganathan​ Associate Professor in the Department of Environment, Development, and Health School of International Service Faculty affiliate of the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies American University in Washington, DC. Co-sponsored by: Department of Geography (GEOG) Center for Asian Studies (CAS) Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) Abstract...

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Towards Earth Data Science for Everyone (or, how I stopped worrying about developing global models and learned to love the local)

Nov. 27, 2023

Elsa Culler Earth Data Science Instructor Earthlab and ESIIL CIRES University of Colorado Boulder Abstract In situ Earth Data are unevenly distributed around the world. How can we then develop tools — resource planning, hazard warnings systems, climate adaptation plans — that benefit people around the world? We’ll start off...

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A People’s Atlas of Nuclear Colorado: Infrastructure, Interface, Art/Policy Intersections

Oct. 27, 2023

Shiloh Krupar Associate Professor Culture & Politics Program Core Faculty Georgetown University Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies and the Albert Smith Nuclear Age Fund at CU Boulder Abstract Operating in the tradition of the atlases and counter-maps developed by critical and activist scholars, A People’s Atlas of Nuclear...


Institutions and Individuals: Context and Conditions of Teaching Geography in the United States

Oct. 13, 2023

Rebecca Theobald Associate Research Professor Department of Geography and Environmental Studies University of Colorado Colorado Springs Editor, The Geography Teacher Oct 13, 2023 3:30 PM, GUGG 205 Abstract Who should come first in this discussion – institutions or individuals? In encouraging children from the earliest grades to explore the world,...

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At War with Women: Military Humanitarianism and Imperial Feminism in an Era of Permanent War

Sept. 29, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Greenburg Assistant Professor, International Relations University of Sheffield In Person Only (no Zoom): GUGG 205 Sep 29, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Abstract This talk will focus on the argument and findings of Jennifer Greenburg’s new book, At War with Women , which examines how the post-9/11...

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Changing Geographies Caused By Inherent Contradiction and Class Struggle

Sept. 22, 2023

Dr. Lionel D. Lyles GIS Analyst Cultural Geographer Social Scientist In Person Only (no Zoom): GUGG 205 Sep 22, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Abstract Historically, many research studies done in Geography, and other academic disciplines, have readily resorted to the use of various models and statistical formulas as...