I just submitted final grades but I’m already looking ahead to teaching in Spring 2016. In addition to my usual set of Spring semester courses (Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, and Urban Geography), I am responding to my students’ interest in Feminist Geography and have organized a ‘directed reading’ seminar (syllabus). I cut-and-paste a short description below.
This ‘directed reading’ seminar (GEOG 491) focuses on feminist geography and debates on the status of feminism in human geography. The course is necessarily selective. Texts have been selected for how they exemplify or narrate key tendencies or tensions in the emergence of feminist geography, and for how they complement other course material in the geography curriculum at OWU. We will meet weekly for 1.5 – 2 hours for an intentional discussion of the assigned texts. If there is sufficient interest, we will also make time for writing workshops.
The next semester also includes a series of lectures/campus visits for a colloquium series that I co-coordinate with my colleagues Jim Peoples (Anthropology, East Asian Studies) and John Krygier (Geography, Environmental Studies). The programming, titled ‘The Place of Waste,’ is for Ohio Wesleyan University’s annual Sagan National Colloquium. As part of a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, our remit is to investigate conceptions of waste and the processing of waste in cross-cultural context. In 2016-2017, this work is projected to include student and faculty travel to Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. The Spring 2016 programming will be in the more traditional form of campus visits. Our confirmed guests are Robin Nagle (NYU Anthropology), Josh Lepawsky (Memorial University of Newfoundland Geography), Sarah Moore (University of Wisconsin Geography), Peter Kirby (University of Oxford Geography and Anthropology), and Max Liboiron (Memorial University of Newfoundland Sociology and Environmental Sciences).