Colloquium provides a space for shared intellectual exploration within UW Geography, while also welcoming guest speakers and listeners from outside the department. Each year the UW Geography department hosts a lecture series, inviting guest speakers to share exciting new research from various subfields of Geography and from intersecting disciplines. The annual Colloquium series brings faculty guests from universities across the United States, as well as honored guests working here at the University of Washington in a range of disciplines. Graduate students nearing the completion of their PhD work are also invited to present their research in this forum. The colloquium series also hosts Special Workshops, which are often aimed at graduate students’ needs and include a Pedagogy Seminar Series taught by department faculty, as well as workshops on funding, human subjects review, and library resources and tools.

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.

Brownbag at 12 pm, Smith 411
Talk at 3:30pm in Thompson 317 (note the change!), titled “Caring for Collectives: Biopower in Wildlife Conservation.” Co-sponsored by UW Critical Animal Studies Working Group and Geography.
Krithika Srinivasan is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the ethics and politics of human interactions with nonhuman animals and the environment. She is her currently working on nature-society and more-than-human geographies.

Colloquium Presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304

Joe Hannah is a Full-time lecturer in the Department of Geography at UW. He has taught a variety of courses (ranging from GIS to food studies to political geography to development studies to qualitative methods…) for the Geography Department, Political Science and the Jackson School, as well as for Seattle University and UW Bothell. He received his PhD in 2005 from UW Geography, and has a masters in Asian Studies from Cornell. Through his checkered career he has worked in refugee camps and resettlement, computer programming, and telecommunications data management. He likes teaching best. His research interests are in critical cartography, history of mapping, and pedagogy.

Presentation, 12:00pm, Gowen 1A (sponsored by CEP)
Special event TBD in the Geography department at 3:30pm.

Julie Guthman (Ph.D. UC Berkeley) is Professor in the Social Science Divison of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She studies sustainable agriculture and alternative food movements, international political economy of food and agriculture, politics of obesity, environmental health, political ecology, race and food, critical nutrition, and critical human geography. She has an MBA and a Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkeley and blogs for the New York Times (see her recent piece, “Enough with the Calorie Counting”). Her article “The Food Police: Why Michael Pollan Made Me Want to Eat Cheetos” reprinted in late 2008 by Utne Reader, received national attention. In her book, Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, Guthman draws on science and economics to question the pervasive myths that drive our obsession with food.

AAG practice talks, Schedule TBD, reception following.

Brownbag at 12 pm, Smith 411
Colloquium presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304

Aaron Bobrow-Strain is an Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College, where he writes and teaches about Mexico, the global food system, immigration, and political economy. His first book, Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas, grew out of sixteen months of interviews with powerful coffee planters, pistoleros, and the peasant groups that fought against them in southern Mexico. His second book is White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf. Along with numerous academic journals, his writing on food has appeared in The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, Gastronomica, and The Huffington Post. Aaron has an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council and won teaching prizes from UC Berkeley and Whitman College.

Colloquium Presentation at 3:30 pm, Smith 304

Michelle Daigle is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington in the department of Geography. Her research interests include Indigenous governance and self-determination, critical food studies, food sovereignty, Indigenous dispossession, Indigenous geographies of decolonization and resistance, cultural and political geographies of place-making, cultural regeneration. She has taught courses on global inequality and qualitative methods in the UW Geography Department as well as Colonialism and Indigenous self determination courses in the Northwest Indian College.

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