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.

Geography Colloquium Series

A Stirring Place: Indigenous Resistance in the Mariana Islands

Sept. 16, 2016

Abstract: This project examines local responses to challenge US militarization and colonization in Guåhan (Guam). I argue that efforts to “protect and defend” Guåhan’s sacred sites focus on issues of ancestral land, language, sovereignty, and environmental justice. They also rely primarily on actions that both depend on and reinforce communicative... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

vonDreden Stacey fellow presentations

Sept. 9, 2016

Presentations by the undergraduate recipients of the vonDreden Stacey Fellowships "The Hydrology of Betasso, a closer look at an intermittent tributary to Boulder Creek" presented by Kristina Cowell "Queering Spaces: Being Gay in Rio de Janeiro" presented by Brooke Long "Lenin Down, a look at Ukraine's Nationalist Revival" presented by... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Homelessness in Cambodia: The Violence of Beautification

Aug. 26, 2016

This talk examines the plight of homeless peoples in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a consequence of their enmeshment in a new logic of urban governance being effected by city officials and municipal planners. The widespread adoption of free market economics has produced conditions of globalized urban entrepreneurialism, from which Phnom... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Sidetracks

April 29, 2016

Come hear ideas, stories, events, and experiences that don't make it into the final academic cut. Presenters will discuss outtakes from field work, notes and thoughts jotted down in the interstices of our more "serious" work, stories concocted, or theories developed.Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Business and Belief among Han Chinese Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism in the People's Republic of China

April 22, 2016

Abstract: In the context of a perceived spiritual and moral crisis in Chinese society, growing numbers of Han Chinese are turning to Tibetan Buddhism for ethical guidance. This talk is based on an ethnographic study of a group of wealthy, urban Han Chinese who have become followers of Tibetan Buddhism... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Tree-mendously important? Defining and quantifying relationships between people and forests

April 15, 2016

Abstract: The relationship between forests and people is of substantial interest to peoples and agencies that govern and use them, private sector actors that seek to manage and profit from them, NGOs who support and implement conservation and development projects, and researchers who study these relationships and others. The term... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

The contested geopolitics of US drone warfare

March 11, 2016

Abstract: This paper argues that drone warfare is transforming the security logics of U.S. geopolitics. Crucial to this argument is the idea that technologies like drones can bend, distort, and fold their surrounding environment, producing hybrid “technogeographies” that lock uneven power relations into the planet. While geopolitics may have long... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Sowing New Seeds: Prisoner Reentry and Restorative Food Justice

Feb. 19, 2016

Abstract: The current system of mass incarceration entrenches inequality and segregation. Before, within, and after people enter prison, they experience a range of structural barriers and institutional biases that make it difficult to break out of the prison pipeline. This talk investigates a network of food justice and restorative justice... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

Changes to the Global Value of Ecosystem Services: A Market Failure?

Feb. 12, 2016

Abstract: In 1997, the global value of ecosystem services was estimated to average $33 trillion/yr in 1995 $US ($46 trillion/yr in 2007 $US). An updated estimate based on updated unit ecosystem service values and land use change estimates between 1997 and 2011 is presented. Some critiques of the 1997 paper... Read more »
Geography Colloquium Series

A Land Made From Water: Appropriation and the Evolution of Colorado's Landscape, Ditches, and Water Institutions

Feb. 5, 2016

Former water resources administrator for the city of Boulder's open space program, Robert R. Crifasi has written a deeply researched, deftly written guide that is both informative and entertaining, even for lay readers. Widely regarded as one of the area's bona fide water experts, Crifasi sat on the boards of... Read more »

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