Seeking Visiting Faculty in Physical Geography at University of Wyoming

The Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a one year appointment at the rank of Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications, Fall, 2017 and Spring semester, 2018.  The successful candidate will contribute to teaching and academic life in the department and will have expertise in Physical Geography with an emphasis in fluvial geomorphology.  This position is from August 20, 2017 to May 15, 2018. Because this position is temporary for one year, it may not have the potential for renewal.

Candidates should be capable of teaching courses across our physical geography curriculum and supporting Master’s students in a variety of activities that range from geomorphic processes to water development. Applicants with prior teaching experience in large introductory physical geography classes will have a preference.  . The main duties for this position are to teach classes in introductory physical geography, geomorphology and fluvial geomorphology. Additional courses will be flexible depending on the qualification and interests of the candidate. A demonstrated specialty in fluvial geomorphology with at least a Master’s degree in Geography or related discipline is required. Salary will be compensatory based on qualifications. Applicants who are appointed to UW will be required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial appointment with UW.

Founded in 1886, The University of Wyoming is nestled between the Laramie and Snowy Mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains in Laramie, Wyoming. The University of Wyoming is Wyoming’s only four-year university in the state with over 13,000 students. A land-grant institution with over 40 graduate programs and 12 research centers or programs. The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) is known throughout the West as an example of a state-of-the-art clearinghouse for environmental and natural resource applications. The EPSCoR-NSF sponsored Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics is a leader in water research and development in the state. The Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming has excellent computational, research and teaching facilities, with strong connections to the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Interdisciplinary Program in Water Resources.

The natural character of Wyoming provides a wide range of opportunities to examine landscapes from the pristine and spectacular, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, to those in which excessive development have left them in need of rehabilitation. The Central Rockies location of Wyoming has the diversity of basins, mountains and plateaus that were both a challenge to pioneers and an attraction to adventurers. The Denver Metropolitan area is 3-hours away by car. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, skiing, and wildlife watching opportunities are within minutes of town.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants must include a cover letter, C.V., a separate statement of teaching qualifications and philosophy and list of three (3) references by April 22, 2017 for best consideration.  Send materials to:

Search Committee

Department of Geography

Rm. 207 A&S Bldg.

1000 E. University Ave.

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY 82071-3371

Questions can be addressed to Dr. William J. Gribb, Department of Geography, Rm. 207 A&S Bldg., 1000 E. University Ave., University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-3371. 1.307.766.3311,  Email:

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New chapter on “Political education in protest camps”

9781447329411-278607-300x400 Protest Camps in International Context: Spaces, Infrastructures, and Media of Resistance will be published at the end of this month on Policy Press. I have contributed a chapter from my research in Mexico City.

The editors (Gavin Brown, Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel, and Patrick McCurdy) have organized two sessions at the upcoming meeting of the Association of American Geographers in recognition of the new book. More information about those sessions can be found in the preliminary program, here and here.

I cut and paste the first paragraph of my chapter for the book below.


Political education in protest camps: spatializing dissensus and reconfiguring places of youth activist ritual in Mexico City

Protest camps require and facilitate political education. But political education can also undermine the potential of protest campers to elicit radical change. This chapter examines several protest camps in post 1968 Mexico City to reveal how young protest campers cooperate in political education to the effect of reconfiguring places of activism and cultivating spaces of politics. It shows that protest camps can productively stage encounters between difference senses of the world, and that political education can intensify spatial expressions of political antagonism. At the same time, the chapter also shows how political education can sometimes obstruct the reconfiguration of places of activism. Here, political education is a mode of social reproduction that carries with it the tendency towards stability. On the one hand, then, I examine practices of political education through which protest campers prefiguratively embody alternative ways of being that challenge established vocabularies and identities of the place in which they are situated. On the other hand, I show that, as a ‘protest camp pathology’ (Feigenbaum et al, 2013, 229), political education maintains parts of the social-spatial order against which protest campers have ostensibly converged.

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Judith Butler on identity/difference and solidarity

This recent interview with Judith Butler suggests an approach to solidarity — or for Butler, ‘alliance’ — that resonates with the arguments of some human geographers (see relevant posts, here, and here). The following quote from the interview is especially suggestive for thinking solidarities that exceed likeness:

[How] do we think about these loose alliances that are most emphatically not based on love or even identification[?] My sense is that we have too often presumed that we must identify with those with whom we ally. But if we insist on identification in this way, we tend to reproduce communitarian politics, allying only with those who are already similar to us, and refusing to confront those whose views and whose lives may well seem quite different. My political sense is that an expanding coalition has to be one in which we presume that we are not the same.  This is as important for producing a multi-racial and cross-generational alliance as it is for bringing in people who have been de-politicized for a long time or whose politics have in many ways differed from one’s own.

The interview has also been circulated by Verso.

Rassemblement, de Judith Butler, interroge les rapports du corps et du politique, la dimension politique des foules et des manifestations. Ainsi, ce livre repense un certain nombre d’idées rattachées au corps et au politique mais aussi l’espace public et les conditions du sujet politique. Judith Butler y développe des analyses particulièrement fécondes du social et […]

via Judith Butler, interview : «Il est réjouissant d’assister au surgissement d’une volonté populaire», «It is joyful to see an outbreak of the popular will» — DIACRITIK

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CFP: Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies

Discard Studies


Welcome to Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies – the 4th conference in the Knowledge/Culture series, a sequence of international conferences created by the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western Sydney University, Australia.  The conference is taking place in Santiago, Chile from 15-18 November and is hosted by Universidad Diego Portales in partnership with Pontificia Universidad Católica; Núcleo Milenio de Investigación en Energía y Sociedad (NUMIES); and Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social (COES).

Ecological change and catastrophe are proliferating in a world in flux and crisis. These new socio-ecological assemblages are creating forms of interspecies intimacy and environmental emergency that challenge existing knowledge practices and demand different modes of collaborating and acting. If life on earth is changing for everybody and everything how can we invent different habitats, milieus, ways of being together that enable more things to matter and make a difference? How are novel forms of social cohesion emerging…

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My syllabi for Spring 2017 – Cultural Geography, American Landscapes, and World Regional Geography

I have posted my syllabi for Spring 2017 teaching in the Department of Geography at University of Wyoming. Here are links for my courses in Cultural Geography, American Landscapes, and World Regional Geography.

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William E Connolly on Trump, Putin and the Big Lie Scenario

Ditto, and this is indeed worth reading — a sharp analysis of Trump’s rise to the presidency through the ‘Big Lie,’ and some useful political-strategic reflection on what can be done about its erosion of democratic accountability.

Progressive Geographies

I don’t imagine I will share many links about Trump, but here’s one that’s worth reading – William E Connolly on ‘Trump, Putin and the Big Lie Scenario‘.

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Landscape, Space, and Place Conference at IU – Bloomington

The organizers of the Landscape, Space, and Place Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington have circulated a Call for Papers. The proposed themes are timely and point important directions for cultural-geographical research. They include global conflict, borders, and nationalism; queer spaces, gendered places, and visual culture; whiteness and racialized landscapes; environmental landscapes and politics; and migration, and geographies of everyday life. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ed Linenthal, Professor of History and American Studies at IU. Abstracts are due on January 31, and the conference is set for March 2-4.

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