Teaching ‘Cultural Geography’ this semester

I am teaching Cultural Geography again this semester after making some fairly significant revisions to my syllabus. Among other things, I have revised the course to situate the sub-discipline within some related tendencies in cognate fields, and developed a scaffolded writing assignment that culminates in a midterm essay. The syllabus can be found here.

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“(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis” workshop in Baltimore

Willie Wright, Adam Bledsoe, and Yousuf Al-Bulushi have organized a timely workshop, scheduled to happen in Baltimore, November 2-3 (flier below, and registration here). See the Urban Geography blog for more information. (Thanks, Camilla Hawthorne, for spreading the word.)

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Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, “The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance,” Mexico City from June 9–15, 2019

XI Encuentro: The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance 

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español y portugués.June 9- 15, 2019
Mexico City
Deadline for Applications: October 29, 2018

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, in collaboration with the Department of Literature and Theatre of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, the University Center for Theatre, the Graduate Program in Art History, the Cátedra Bergman initiative, and the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), along with Ex Teresa Arte Actual, invite scholars, artists, and activists from all disciplines to present proposals around the theme of The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance for our 11th Encuentro, to be held in Mexico City from June 9–15, 2019. 

In the face of increasing inequality, rising authoritarianism and violence, and ongoing threats to democratic institutions, we seek to forge spaces of critical practice and creative inquiry to theorize and instrumentalize satire, humor, laughter, music, and noise in their broadest senses in order to make visible, unfold, denounce, fracture, and revert the assemblages of power behind these alarming processes. As we also celebrate liberatory and democratizing victories big and small, we propose to confront both our outrage and our collective hopes by mobilizing art, action, and critique that—through aesthetic inversion, mockery, critical pirouettes, noisy denunciation, and strident celebration—can reveal, disarm, and decolonize and, at the same time, give meaning to our desires for better futures.

Artists, scholars, activists: we invite your provocations, proposals, and irreverent manifestos to participate in work groups, performances, street-art actions, and cabaret. For all work group descriptions, and for details on how to apply, please visit: http://beta.hemisphericinstitute.org/en/enc19-homepage.html

Encuentro participation is by application only. You must fill out an online application form, where you will submit all required materials as outlined on our website and within the application form itself. Application deadline is October 29, 2018. All those who are interested in attending the Encuentro as general participants, even without proposing a project, must still apply using this application form and submit a personal Letter of Intent, and Individual Bio, and a CV/Résumé. If you would like to propose a performance, or if you would like to apply to participate in a work group, you will be able to submit the required materials for each.

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‘Geohumanities and climate change skepticism’ in political geography section of Geography Compass

Kolson Schlosser has a timely new article on Geohumanities and climate change skepticism in the political geography section of Geography Compass. We have recently assembled an updated editorial board for the political geography section of the journal, and we are looking ahead to an exciting series of publications in the coming months, including a virtual special issue with free access to a selection of articles from the past decade.

Kolson’s abstract is below.

Geohumanities and climate change skepticism

The voices of the climate “skeptics” or “deniers” are an unavoidable component of the current politics of climate change. Geographers have engaged with the politics of climate science, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and how the dominant discourse of climate science frames the debate as apolitical, but they have not directed much attention to climate skeptic literature itself. I suggest that despite this lacunae, geographers have developed the necessary tools to understand climate skeptic literature as neither simply ignorance nor intentionally deceitful—at least not always. I further suggest that the burgeoning literature on “geohumanities,” along with its intellectual predecessors in geography, is particularly adept at reading how the skeptic literature narrates the relationship between knowledge, power, and space. I focus my attention on several prominent texts in the climate skeptic literature—not to vindicate them but to understand their ideological premises.

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Encuentro de Geógrafos de América Latina (EGAL), Hacia geografías de la integración y la diversidad

XVII Encuentro de Geógrafos de América Latina (EGAL), Hacia geografías de la integración y la diversidad

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Invitamos a ser parte del XVII Encuentro de Geógrafos de América Latina (EGAL), Hacia geografías de la integración y la diversidad, a realizarse en Quito- Ecuador, entre el 9 y el 13 de abril del 2019. El objetivo del evento es discutir temáticas actuales en educación, investigación y aplicaciones en geografía, en el contexto de debates críticos sobre la producción de conocimiento en y desde América Latina.

El Comité Organizador convoca a académicos, estudiantes y profesionales de todas partes del mundo, que trabajan en geografía y disciplinas afines sobre problemáticas de la región, a presentar sus experiencias e investigaciones. El evento incluye presentaciones orales, posters, conferencias magistrales, paneles de expertos y más actividades paralelas. Las excursiones científicas son realizadas por académicos y organizaciones locales. Los idiomas oficiales del evento son el español y portugués.

Información y registro: www.puce.edu.ec/sitios/egal2019





Convidamos você a fazer parte do XVII Encontro de Geógrafos da América Latina (EGAL), Rumo a Geografias de Integração e Diversidade, que será ser realizado em Quito-Equador, entre 9 e 13 de abril de 2019.

O principal objetivo do evento é discutir temas atuais sobre educação, pesquisa e aplicação tecnológica, no contexto de debates críticos sobre a produção de conhecimento geográfico na e da América Latina.

O Comitê Organizador convoca acadêmicos, estudantes e profissionais de todo o mundo, que trabalham com geografia e disciplinas relacionadas na América Latina para apresentar suas experiências e pesquisas. O evento inclui apresentações orais, pôsteres, palestras, painéis de especialistas e mais atividades paralelas. As excursões científicas são realizadas por acadêmicos e organizações locais.

Para mais informação:

Registro: www.puce.edu.ec/sitios/egal2019





Join us at the 17th Meeting of Latin American Geographers (EGAL), Towards geographies of integration and diversity, for the latest in research, teaching, and applications in geography in Latin America.  The meeting will be held in Quito-Ecuador April 9-13, 2019.

The Organizing Committee invites fellow geographers, scientists, students, geography professionals, and other leaders doing work in or about Latin America to present their research or experiences in frame of critical debates and discussions.  The event will feature paper presentations, posters, key note conferences, expert panels, and other side events. Field trips will be led by Ecuadorian scholars and community-based organizations. Spanish and Portuguese are the official languages of the conference.

For more information:

Registration: www.puce.edu.ec/sitios/egal2019



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Two Assistant Professor jobs in Tourism and Outdoor Recreation at University of Wyoming

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is searching for two Assistant Professors to support their initiatives in Tourism Management and Outdoor Recreation. One is for a traditional tenure-track post that carries research responsibilities. The other is for the position of a non-tenure-track Professor of Practice who would devote significant efforts to state-wide outreach. More information is available at the links embedded in this post.

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Resources for making sense of the unrest in Nicaragua

A video from Democracy Now and a NACLA article by Lori Hanson and Miguel Gomez help us make sense of the political process in Nicaragua and the challenges faced by the Ortega government. Hanson and Gomez promote strategic analysis and intervention as they describe an incoherent political opposition that must organize for emancipation or, in their terms, “risk getting absorbed by the politics and patriarchal norms of capitalist opportunists eager to offer it a direction.”

“The autoconvocados [the self-convened] have bravely defined themselves as a political force in Nicaragua and put their bodies on the line. But if they are to radically transform the political landscape, they will need to strategize to fight the government in ways that do not play into the hands of the national right wing or ideological potpourris. They must also name and confront the current contradictions within their ranks.”

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