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.


Jennifer Fluri is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She is a feminist political geographer concentrating on conflict, security, and aid/development in South and Southwest Asia.  Her current research uses a bio-political lens to focus gendered geographies of violence and security.


Jose Antonio Lucero is an Associate Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor in Geography, and Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington. He has conducted field research in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. His research interests include: the cultural politics of conflicts between Indigenous peoples and the agents of extractive industry in Peru; as well as cultural politics of human rights activism, religion, and Indigenous politics on the Mexico-US border.


Anna Secor: is a Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on “a political-geographic question: How spatial processes – such as those that demarcate territories and bodies, inclusions and exclusions – produce political subjects?” (Secor).


Illeana Rodriguez-Silva is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on racial identity formation, post-emancipation racial politics, and comparative colonial arrangements in the configuration of empires.


Amy Piedalue: PhD Candidate in the Geography Department at the University of Washington. Her research interests include critical development studies, feminist geographies, intersectionality, gender violence, feminist methodologies and praxis, cultural and political geographies, South Asia.  She has taught courses on development studies, and violence and peace through the Geography Department and the Honors Department.