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.

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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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Tension between innovation and reification in the spatiality of social movements

Priska Daphi has a new paper in Political Geography which usefully examines the enduring effects of protest waves, aligning — for me — with Lise Nelson’s excellent 2003 paper in Society and Space on the “sedimentation” in place of movement identities and vocabularies. My forthcoming chapter in the book Protest Camps in International Context similarly focuses on a tension between innovation and reification in the spatiality of social movements, with a specific emphasis on how the subjectification heralded by a protest camp is contingent upon the meanings and materiality sedimented in the place it might reconfigure. More on the chapter when the book is published in March with Policy Press. I’ve cut-and-pasted Daphi’s abstract below.

“Imagine the streets”: The spatial dimension of protests’ transformative effects and its role in building movement identity

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The recent wave of occupations highlighted how closely space and social movements are related. While this revived scholarly interest in the role of space during protests, little attention so far has been paid to the role of space in protests’ long-term internal effects. Bringing together the literatures on transformative effects and space in social movements, the paper examines the role of protests’ spatiality in their transformative effects, drawing on a narrow approach to space. The analysis focuses in particular on effects on collective identity building in social movements. Based on interviews and focus groups with activists in 2011, the paper examines the long-term effects of an incisive protest event of the Global Justice Movement (GJM) in Europe, the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. The paper shows that this event’s spatiality plays a crucial role in building movement identity several years later: it provides activists with interpretational devices to delineate the GJM’s internal and external boundaries. The paper thus underlines that research on transformative effects can considerably profit from considering spatiality.

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2017 Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference

The 2017 Action Research of the Americas Conference is being convened in parallel with the first Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2017. Proposals are due February 13, 2017.

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Website update for University of Wyoming Geography

Diana Waggener just completed a thorough update of our department website. We will continue to add new content in the weeks to come, so please check for those changes. My faculty webpage is also new.

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Zadie Smith ‘On Optimism and Despair’

zadie-smithThe New York Review of Books recently published a talk given in the days after the US election by the novelist Zadie Smith, when she received the 2016 Welt Literature Prize in Berlin. The following stood out for me:

If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting. At this moment, all over the world—and most recently in America—the conductors standing in front of this human orchestra have only the meanest and most banal melodies in mind. Here in Germany you will remember these martial songs; they are not a very distant memory. But there is no place on earth where they have not been played at one time or another. Those of us who remember, too, a finer music must try now to play it, and encourage others, if we can, to sing along.

Readers can find the complete text here.

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