Dr. Ben Gardner, recipient of the 2014 UW Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Ben Gardner for his 2014 UW Distinguished Teaching Award! Ben is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography and Assistant Professor of Cultural, Global & Environmental Studies at UW Bothell. Ben’s book, Selling the Serengeti: The Cultural Politics of Safari Tourism in Tanzania is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press, as part of their Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series. He is currently working on a collaborative research project, “Pedagogies of Reciprocity” examining the tensions inherent in study abroad programs and global university partnerships, to better understand the political economic and cultural effects of such projects.
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers features a session on the newly emerging Kilburn Manifesto. Participants included, from left to right, Victoria Lawson (University of Washington), Kathie Gibson (University of Western Sydney), and Doreen Massey (Open University).
The Kilburn Manifesto was discussed at the AAG meetings in Tampa in April by Doreen Massey (Open University, UK), one of the founding editors along with Stuart Hall and Michael Rustin. The ‘Manifesto’ is being written (and published online at Soundings) to stimulate people on the Left to shift the parameters of debate about the current crisis-ridden conjuncture of ‘neoliberal forms’. The founding stimulus for the manifesto is that economic expressions of neoliberalism are undergoing crisis but the social and political fields of grounded neoliberalism remain robust. The Kilburn Manifesto aims towards intellectual and political openings towards “…a new political era and new understandings of what constitutes a ‘good society’” Hall, Massey and Rustin, 2013: 8).
The AAG session was sponsored by Environment and Planning A and featured two discussants, Kathie Gibson (University of Western Sydney) and Victoria Lawson (University of Washington). The content of the session will be published by the journal in the coming months.