Notable Geography News
- Professor Atkinson-Palombo to give talk in ZurichPosted on March 10, 2018
- Professor DasGupta to give keynote address to AAG specialty groupPosted on March 2, 2018
- Dr. Atkinson-Palombo to chair Environmental Literacy Task ForcePosted on February 20, 2018
- Prof. DasGupta gives lectures at three universities in IndiaPosted on January 14, 2018
- Prof. Ghosh gives research talks at two universities in IndiaPosted on January 5, 2018
- Ken Foote interviewed by BYUradioPosted on November 28, 2017
- Prof. Atkinson-Palombo leads Sustainable Amsterdam in Summer 2018Posted on November 7, 2017
- Prof. Fosdick to give colloquium at Wesleyan UniversityPosted on November 6, 2017
- Shamayeta Bhattacharya receives student paper award at recent NESTVAL meetingPosted on October 31, 2017
Geography Curriculum Info
Student Opportunities & Resources
Recent Graduate Student Publications
Zhang, Weixing, Weidong Li, Chuanrong Zhang, and William B. Ouimet. Detecting urban horizontal and vertical growths from medium resolution imagery and their relationships with major socioeconomic factors. International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Joseph Danko and Dean Hanink. Evaluating the local socio-economic impact of redevelopments using shift-share analysis: a case study of destination redevelopments in Las Vegas (1990–2010). Journal of Urban Design.
Katharine Johnson and William Ouimet. Physical properties and spatial controls of stone walls in the northeastern USA: Implications for Anthropocene studies of 17th to early 20th century agriculture. Anthropocene.
Robert Cromley, Shuowei Zhang, and Natalia Vorotyntseva. A concentration based approach to data classification for choropleth mapping. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
- 3/22 Film Series: Trashed
- 3/27 Digital Activisms and Queering Human Rights in India
- 3/28 Lecture: Doing queer studies in India
- 3/28 Women Development Workers in Eastern India
- 3/30 Geography Colloquium - Rob DeConto
- 4/6 Geography Colloquium - Mi Shih
- 4/13 Locating & Using Census Data
- 4/20 Professional Development Seminar: Teaching Portfolio
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Storrs CampusEcoHouse Classroom, Lower Level Werth Dorm.
"Jeremy Irons travels around the world to see beautiful locations tainted by pollution." -
Part of the EcoHouse Film Series, Environmental Documentaries to stimulate your mind.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd 162
Dissident Citizenships: Digital Activisms and Queering Human Rights in India
by Dr. Rohit K. Dasgupta, Program Director of Global Communications and Development, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
This presentation argues that dissident queer citizens are attempting to create counter publics (Fraser, 2008) on the digital space, claiming a dissident and participative form of citizenship. Such claims to participatory citizenship utilize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Yogyakarta Principles as frames for making claims for inclusion into the nation-state.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusRainbow Center; Student Union 403
The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.
Today's lecture is entitled, "Doing queer studies in India: Challenges in transforming pedagogy" and it will be presented by Kaustav Bakshi.
Synopsis: Synopsis: In this talk Dr. Bakshi shall address the interesting history of emergence of queer studies in India, which is still an extremely marginal discipline, confined to a very few metropolitan universities. Then, he shall move on to the changes in social and cultural environment of India, especially, after India opened its economy, which, enabled the development of a queer pedagogy, owing to the emergence of a number of cultural and theoretical texts. Nonetheless, âreading queerlyâ and âqueer sexualitiesâ are more often than not confused, and old-school as well as young academicians are wary of the term âqueerâ or anything that dismantles the heteronormative way of interpreting/doing things. Sharing anecdotes, personal accounts, and classroom situations, this talk will try to provide an interesting picture of how âqueerâ, as a marker of wide range of sexualities and desires, irreducible to fixed identity categories, and âqueerâ, as a powerful critical tool to deconstruct canonical texts, are still to find a respectable place within a largely homophobic Indian academia. The talk will focus on literary texts in particular, while explaining the need and challenges in developing a pedagogy suitable to the Queer Studies discipline. This is because it is majorly through the Department of English that Queer Studies entered the higher education institutes of India.
Biography: Dr. Kaustav Bakshi is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. A Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow, his doctoral thesis, written with partial funding from the Trust, is entitled âFamily, Sexualities and Ageing in Sri Lankan Expatriate Fiction: Kinship, Power Relations and the State'. A member of the editorial advisory board of Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture (Intellect Bks.), he writes regularly on queer cultures of South Asia; and, one of his recent publications include an anthology on the cinema of Rituparno Ghosh, a queer Bengali filmmaker. The volume entitled, Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art, published by Routledge in 2015, is the first book length auteur study of Ghosh.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs CampusTraditions Room, Homer Babbidge Library, 4th floor
Changing the Self, Changing the World: Women Development Workers in Eastern India
by Dr. Srila Roy, Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
The overarching theme of this talk is self-transformation - how individuals transform themselves in and through the practice of development and how the develpment itself can engender a range of effective, aesthetic and epistemic transformations at the subjective and potentially, social level.
This talk will be followed by a reception and book release celebration.
Friday, March 30th, 2018
12:20 PM - 01:10 PM
Storrs CampusAUST 446
Future Fate of the Polar Ice Sheets
Dr. Robert DeConto, Professor, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
This colloquium is co-sponsored with Geosciences.
More info to come
Friday, April 6th, 2018
12:20 PM - 01:10 PM
Storrs CampusAUST 446
In the past several decades, China's rapid urbanization has been largely predicated on village land expropriated by the state. Existing scholarship has described this process of state-led urbanization, which in turn underpins the territorialization process of state power. In the Pearl River Delta region, villages have, however, managed to stubbornly continue to exist in the face of land expropriation even though their holdings of collective landownership have become much smaller. In this talk, I focus on the historically contested state-village power relations in this southern region in China and ask how we might start to imagine a different urbanization process. Building on ethnographic fieldwork research conducted in Yonghe village in peri-urban Guangzhou, I use the sanctuary of the collective to describe the protection of livelihood and human vitality that are made possible by the use of collectively owned land. The kinds of socioeconomic relationships that have formed around Yonghe are less subordinate to the logic of market economy than commodified urban land use would allow. Viewed from the center of Guangzhou, Yonghe is a backward village enclave in a large industrial zone. In the vast peri-urban region outside the city, however, Yonghe is a sanctuary for the marginalized villagers. An alternative process of urbanization has been made possible around Yonghe village. Yonghe village, however, has struggled for years from long-term pollution in the heavily industrial area. Between 2008 and 2016, Yonghe villagers were involved in a fierce debate over whether to relocate themselves elsewhere in order to give their next generation a clearer environment. I argue that those moments of debate, negotiation, and struggle most clearly show that state-led urbanization is a deeply power-reinscribing and exploitative process.
Mi Shih is an assistant professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Her research involves two major areas. The first is how Chinaâs rapid urbanization reshapes property relationships and peopleâs everyday lives in the city. Employing in-depth ethnographic fieldwork both in Shanghai and Guangzhou, she examines the shifting urban-rural boundaries, peopleâs livelihood changes, land rights, and community-based planning. One of her current projects focuses on Chinaâs recent experimentation with commodifying the development rights of collectively owned village land. Her other major research area is transfer of development rights (TDR) in Taiwan. Building on mixed research methods, she has examined Taiwanâs TDR history and its impact on housing prices. Her current project focuses on analyzing several crucial questions about TDR, including land finance mechanisms, socioeconomic impacts on neighborhoods in close proximity to TDR, and how to improve TDRâs land value capture effectiveness for planners in Taiwan.
Friday, April 13th, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building Room 217
Learn how to access and download demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics using the Census Bureau's American FactFinder data engine, the National Historical Geographic Information System (http://NHGIS.org), and other sources. The session will provide an overview of the types of data produced by both programs, discuss Census geography concepts, and give tips on locating aggregate data on any area of analysis - from city blocks and neighborhoods to Congressional districts, states, and the nation.
Register at http://workshops.lib.uconn.edu
Friday, April 20th, 2018
12:20 PM - 01:15 PM
Storrs CampusAUST 420
Professional Development Seminar Series: Preparing a Teaching Portfolio by Aynsley Diamond [UConn Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning]
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