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.

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Nature and Nation: Political Ecologies of Extraction and Belonging in Bolivia

March 1, 2019

Resource nationalism is everywhere. From the potent symbolism of American coal jobs, to the constitutional protections afforded to Chile’s national copper company CODELCO, to Russia’s resource-centered development strategy (as laid out in Vladimir Putin’s doctoral dissertation), forms of nationalism are commonly expressed through the idiom of nature and natural resources...

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PhD Dissertation Topics

Dec. 14, 2018

Cross-Scale Analysis of Surface-Adjusted Measurements in Digital Elevation Models by Mehran Ghandehari Digital terrain data forms the basis for geospatial analysis and modeling in many disciplines. Terrain is commonly modeled on a grid of pixels, assuming that elevation values are constant within any single pixel of a Digital Elevation Model...

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Risky subjects: vulnerability and uncertainty in the global pesticide boom

Nov. 30, 2018

Globally, pesticide use is increasing significantly faster than food production. The vast majority of the world’s food producers depend on pesticides, and most of those users live in the global south. I present data from Northern Laos, until recently among the world’s lowest per capita pesticide users, to explore the...

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“Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia

Nov. 9, 2018

In the Brazilian Amazon, the long-distance river trading system known as aviamento has linked commodity producers in remote areas to markets in urban centers since the colonial period. Based on a case study from the rural municipality of Lábrea, this presentation explores continuities and changes in river trading from the...

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‘‘Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia.

Nov. 9, 2018

In the Brazilian Amazon, the long-distance river trading system known as aviamento has linked commodity producers in remote areas to markets in urban centers since the colonial period. Based on a case study from the rural municipality of Lábrea, this article explores continuities and changes in river trading from the...

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Accounting for high-frequency climate variability in adaptation and planning: An interdisciplinary approach combining natural and human archival data

Nov. 2, 2018

High-frequency climate variability is one of the most common features associated with climatic zones and yet, one of the least understood aspects of climate sciences, and unsurprisingly, one of the least implemented aspects of climate sciences in the realm of climate adaptation and policy. Semi-arid belts of the world, characterized...

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Unnatural Succession: Rocky Flats and the Future of Conservation

Oct. 26, 2018

For four decades, Colorado’s Rocky Flats plant served as the core facility producing plutonium triggers for the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Military production halted in 1992 and fifteen years later the site was designated a national wildlife refuge. Despite a $7 billion dollar cleanup, Rocky Flats remains controversial both for...

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Commodity Regions and extractive economies, territorial configurations of Chile’s neoliberal ecologies

Oct. 19, 2018

Over the past 30 years Chile has implemented neoliberal policies on the promise that open and free access to global markets through commodity exports will lead the country to its development. These policies have had tremendous territorial and economic effects, materially altering the country’s environment. Along with its historical role...

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“The best of both worlds?” Birth centers and narratives of out-of-hospital birth

Oct. 5, 2018

The US has seen a recent resurgence in interest in alternative birth, and a slow but steady increase in out-of-hospital labor and delivery. Although most out-of-hospital births occur at home, there is a growing movement towards birth centers and other places that fall somewhere between home and hospital. Such places,...

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Climate Crises Aboard Slaveship Earth: Geography, Geohistory, & the World-Historical Imagination

Sept. 28, 2018

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of...

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