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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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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Earthquakes, Landslides and the Critical Zone in Tectonically Active Mountains

Sept. 21, 2018

Author: Sean F. Gallen Affiliation: Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University Abstract: The Critical Zone is the thin layer of terrestrial Earth where interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere occur. Through these interactions, the Critical Zone sustains most terrestrial life and is a part of the various feedbacks...

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von Dreden Stacey Fellowship Fellows Presentations

Sept. 14, 2018

Hattie Houser (advised by Joe Bryan) Documenting Femicide In Mexico: Connecting the Disappeared to a Larger Body Politic Abstract : Femicide, the disappearance and death of women due to their gender, is occurring throughout Latin America and increasingly within Mexico. In Mexico, this issue has been connected to a myriad...

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The CESM Large Ensemble Project: Inspiring New Ideas and Understanding

Sept. 7, 2018

While internal climate variability is known to affect climate projections, its influence is often underappreciated and confused with model error. Why? In general, modeling centers contribute a small number of realizations to international climate model assessments [e.g., phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5)]. As a result, model...

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The Implementation and Effectiveness of GIS in Education

Aug. 31, 2018

How is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) taught in formal and informal educational institutions? How should it be taught? Due to the advent of web GIS, the open data movement, citizen science, mobile field apps, maps as a storytelling medium, and other forces, spatial thinking through geotechnologies is being increasingly valued...

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Michael Dwyer: Territorial affairs: Legacy and invisibility in the global land rush

April 27, 2018

Over the last decade, transnational farmland deals in the global South have become increasingly prevalent and controversial. Framed by scholars as a new global land rush, these deals have highlighted the link between the shifting geopolitics of development cooperation and intertwined problems of food security, climate change, and global trade...

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American Association of Geographers Preview: Student Talks

April 6, 2018

Four Geography graduate students will present a preview of the talks they will give at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting in New Orleans April 10-14, 2018: Sarah Tynen : State Territorialization through Bureaucratic Control: Authoritarian Governance at the Neighborhood Level in China By building on the concept of...

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David O'Sullivan: Reimagining GIScience for relational spaces

March 23, 2018

A visualization of openflights data using graph drawing A mismatch between largely absolute Newtonian models of space in GIScience and the relational spaces of critical geographies has contributed to mutual disinterest between the fields. Critical GIS has offered an intellectual critique of GIScience without substantially altering how key geographical concepts...

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Andrew Grant: Ethnopolitics and the Chinese City: Urbanizing Tibetans during the era of Commodity Housing

March 16, 2018

This talk explores how China's urbanization program is recasting the politics of place in the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau, Xining. Urban development discourse and practice is transforming increasing numbers of China’s ethnic population into de-ethnicized urban citizens under the the sign of the Civilized City. The state deploys...

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