On Monday, 18 November Drs. Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood will introduce their recently funded Relational Poverty Network (RPN) in a West Coast Poverty Center seminar event. The talk, titled ‘The Relational Poverty Network: Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions,” will take place in Parrington Hall, Room 308, from 12:30-1:30. Please find more details below:
West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar
“The Relational Poverty Network:
Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions”
Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood
Department of Geography, University of Washington
Monday, November 18th
Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308
Q & A until 2:00 p.m.
Abstract: This presentation will introduce the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted on the UW Campus. The RPN aims to enliven and expand poverty research by bringing together scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries into new conversations. This collaborative research network advances a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups. This open and evolving network of poverty scholars is connected by members’ commitment to:
- Focusing on new objects of study (such as middle class attitudes towards poverty, cross-class alliances, spaces of encounter)
- building collaborative research across national contexts and disciplines
- building resources for meaningful comparison across quantitative and qualitative studies
- fostering open conversations across different views of poverty
We will also discuss opportunities for faculty and students to get involved in RPN activities.
As you settle into the new school year, please mark your calendars for several great talks in the Department of Geography! You can look forward to the following speakers:
October 25: Amanda Hornby, Refreshing Your Research Techniques
November 1: Rick Schroeder
November 15: Gwen Ottinger
November 22: Lucy Jarosz
Colloquium lectures take place in Smith Hall, room 304 on Friday afternoons at 3:30pm. A reception with light refreshments follows each talk (upstairs in Smith 409). The current schedule of speakers is listed below. Additional information about these and past guests can be found on the Schedule of Guest Speakers & Workshops page. In addition, guests invited to talk at our colloquium series can find information about their visit here.
Mark your calendars for several great talks in the Department of Geography this quarter! You can look forward to the following speakers:
September 28: Steve Herbert
October 12: Mike Goodchild
November 2: Agnieszka Leszczynski
November 9: Lise Nelson
November 30: Leonie Newhouse
December 7: Sanjay Chaturvedi
Please check back closer to the talk for titles and abstracts. Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia take place in Smith Hall, Room 304 from 3:30-4:30.
This Friday, February 18th, Ron Smith will present a talk entitled “Processing a Peace and Strangling a Nation: The Siege on Gaza and the Occupation of the West Bank. The talk will take place in Smith 304 at 3:30, with a reception to follow in Smith 409. An abstract of the talk can be found below.
The Egyptian revolution has brought renewed attention to the effects of local, regional, and US foreign policy in the middle east. While commentators still mobilize geopolitical visions of the middle east, featuring besieged democracies and islamist terrorists held in check only by tyrannical regimes, there is a new generation of geographers that are taking up the call to challenge this conventional view. Palestine in particular represents a failure of the geopolitical imagination, where a status quo that is untenable for the occupied population is maintained through appeals to multiple moribund peace processes to satisfy the international community. Mobilizing approaches of critical geopolitics, this paper examines the very local and personal impacts of Israeli occupation policy on the people of the Gaza Strip. Contributing to Sara Roy’s theoretical analysis of the processes of de-development, this presentation explores the political economy of the siege through interviews, sketch maps, and critical analysis. This paper is part of a larger project of qualitative research conducted over 5 years with over 1 year of total field work that investigates microgeographies of occupation. Processing a Peace presents analysis of the Gazan borders as a particular site of social control, a microgeography of incarceration in its own right, with dramatic effects that reverberate throughout Palestinian society, and the region as a whole.
RON SMITH is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in the Department of Geography. He has conducted qualitative research in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the past five years. Before pursing his doctorate in Geography, he worked as a documentary film maker and journalist throughout Latin America. His primary research interests revolve around contemporary political geographies of colonialism and diverse forms of local and transnational social organizing and resistance.