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Congrats to Prof Sarah Moser for her upcoming publication in Cities: The Interna...

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:46
Congrats to Prof Sarah Moser for her upcoming publication in Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning on King Abdullah Economic City!
Sarah Moser, Marian Swain and Mohammad H. Alkhabbaz. 2015. King Abdullah Economic City: Engineering Saudi Arabia’s post-oil future. Cities 45:71-80.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026427511500030X


King Abdullah Economic City: Engineering Saudi Arabia’s post-oil future
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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED for GEOG 495 and 499 Dear students, we have decid...

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:24
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED for GEOG 495 and 499

Dear students, we have decided to extend the application deadline for the GEOG 495 - Local field studies in Geography: Mont St-Hilaire, and GEOG 499 - Subarctic Field Studies: Schefferville, to give students that might be interested a chance to participate. Please submit your application forms (enclosed) to Ms. June Connolly in BH 705 by Friday April 17th at 4pm for your application to be considered. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Pollard, or your GEOG advisor Ms. Maillet.

Join us this Friday (April 10th) for Geography in Action to hear Geneva List tal...

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:38
Join us this Friday (April 10th) for Geography in Action to hear Geneva List talk about her research. She will be presenting "Risk and coping in the Amazon: From research to researcher". There will be snacks!
*** This presentation takes place in RM BH 426***


Perfect for the upcoming summer in Montreal! A Denmark Inventor Makes a Sleek, S...

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:41
Perfect for the upcoming summer in Montreal! A Denmark Inventor Makes a Sleek, Solar-Powered, Electric Bicycle.

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2015/04/leave-it-to-denmark-to-make-a-sleek-solar-powered-electric-bicycle/389588/?utm_source=SFTwitter


Leave It to Denmark to Make a Sleek, Solar-Powered, Electric Bicycle
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The Solar Bike can purr for 40 miles on sustainable energy.

Congrats to Prof Sarah Moser, for her commentary published in Dialogues in Human...

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:05
Congrats to Prof Sarah Moser, for her commentary published in Dialogues in Human Geography regarding how some ‘New Cities’ can be understood as the descendants of and heirs to colonial imperial city building…
Sarah Moser. 2015. New cities. Old wine in new bottles? Dialogues in Human Geography 5:31-35.
http://dhg.sagepub.com/content/5/1/31.abstract?rss=1


New cities
dhg.sagepub.com
This commentary responds to Ayona Datta’s article on ‘New Urban Utopias of India’, in which she examines Dholera as one of the pioneers of India’s national ‘smart city’ agenda. My response probes the roots of new cities such as Dholera, arguing that beyond their connections to post-independence new…

Woops- the Urban Planning seminar listed below has just been cancelled...

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:15
Woops- the Urban Planning seminar listed below has just been cancelled...

IHSP-Urban Planning Seminer - 12:30pm April 2 PhD candidate Jayne Engle-Warnick...

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:39
IHSP-Urban Planning Seminer - 12:30pm April 2
PhD candidate Jayne Engle-Warnick - "Cities for People: A collaborative experiment to advance a resilient and livable cities movement"


Congratulations to this year's Honours students for a fantastic poster session o...

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:36
Congratulations to this year's Honours students for a fantastic poster session on Friday. All the best with polishing and submitting the theses!


Current Geog381 students listen to current Honours students about THE process --...

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:35
Current Geog381 students listen to current Honours students about THE process -- completing an undergrad thesis...


The penultimate GeoSpectives of the year will be this Monday, March 30, 4-5 p.m....

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:57
The penultimate GeoSpectives of the year will be this Monday, March 30, 4-5 p.m. in Burnside 426. Hope to see you there.

Date: March 30, 2015, 4-5 p.m.
Burnside 426
Seeking “Solutions” to Displacement in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Prof. Megan Bradley
Department of Political Science & Institute for the Study of International Development
McGill University

The earthquake of 12 January 2010 forced over 1.5 million Haitians from their homes, creating a massive displacement crisis in the capital city of Port-au-Prince – a city already struggling with widespread homelessness and poverty. Over the past five years, national and international actors have worked to close the hundreds of camps that sprang up across the city in the aftermath of the disaster, but does closing a camp represent a “solution” to displacement? What is the relationship between displacement, poverty and the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince? I will explore these questions by drawing on data gathered in 2014 through focus groups in displacement-affected communities; in-depth interviews with policymakers, donors, and humanitarian and development workers; and a survey of 2,500 households in Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods that were heavily damaged in the earthquake.


Prof Berrang Ford et al highlight innovative applications of systematic review a...

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:00
Prof Berrang Ford et al highlight innovative applications of systematic review approaches:
Lea Berrang-Ford, Tristan Pearce and James D. Ford. 2015. Systematic review approaches for climate change adaptation research. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0708-7
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-014-0708-7


Systematic review approaches for climate change adaptation research - Online First - Springer
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Recent controversy has led to calls for increased standardization and transparency in the methods used to synthesize climate change research. Though these debates have focused largely on the biophysical dimensions of climate change, human dimensions research is equally in need of improved methodolog…

Prof Wayne Pollard will be holding an information session for both GEOG499: Suba...

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:30
Prof Wayne Pollard will be holding an information session for both GEOG499: Subarctic Field Studies and GEOG495: Field Studies in Physical Geography on Thursday March 26 at 4 pm in Burnside 426. Come and check out the options!


Congrats to Prof Oswin on her special issue in Antipode on the ways in which the...

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:53
Congrats to Prof Oswin on her special issue in Antipode on the ways in which the global and national dimensions of LGBT politics are tied to the world's cities.
Natalie Oswin. 2015. World, city, queer. Antipode. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12142
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12142/abstract;jsessionid=5415BB00920E5214623465211033FEB6.f04t02


World, City, Queer - Oswin - 2015 - Antipode - Wiley Online Library
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Scholars are now well attuned to the geographies of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) tolerance and intolerance across the world's countries. Yet, the ways in which the global and national dimensions of LGBT politics are tied to the world's cities have received limited attention; a particul…

Unfortunately, the GeoSpectives talk for tomorrow (Wednesday) has been cancelled...

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:21
Unfortunately, the GeoSpectives talk for tomorrow (Wednesday) has been cancelled due to illness. Hope to see you at the next talk on March 30!!

We have our second Wednesday GeoSpectives in a row with this talk at 4 p.m. Hope...

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:22
We have our second Wednesday GeoSpectives in a row with this talk at 4 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Date: March 18, 2015, 4-5 p.m.
Burnside 426
Climate Knowledge, Climate Politics:
Translating Climate Change, Adaptation, and Resilience in the Contemporary Arctic
Prof. Emilie Cameron
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Carleton University
Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

This talk presents findings from a recent collaborative project examining the translation of key terms about climate change from English into Inuktitut. Our investigation considered not only the literal translation of various terms but also the broader epistemological, ontological, cultural, historical, and political context within which words make sense. We argue that notions of resilience, adaptation, and climate change itself mean something fundamentally different in Inuktitut than they do in English, and that this has implications for climate policy and politics in the contemporary Arctic. To the extent that climate change is translated into Inuktitut as a wholly environmental phenomenon over which humans have no control, both “adaptation” and “resilience” come to be seen as appropriate and distinctly Inuit modes of relating to shifting climatic conditions, calling upon practices of patience, observation, creativity, forbearance, and discretion. If translated as a matter of unethical harm of sila, however, Inuit frameworks of justice, relationality, and healing would be activated. In the context of a broader global shift away from mitigation and toward enhancing the adaptive capacities and resilience of particular populations, this mode of translating climate change, we argue, has profound political effects.


Take care of yourself in March - remember spring is close!! You CAN take a sick...

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 15:04
Take care of yourself in March - remember spring is close!!

You CAN take a sick day! (just be careful if it's a mid-term day...) But better yet- rest up, eat well, and remember to exercise. Take time away from the computer and if in doubt-do something a little crazy! Please look after yourselves and each other...


The Notes from the Field Brown Bag Series presents in collaboration with the Ins...

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:59
The Notes from the Field Brown Bag Series
presents in collaboration with
the Institute for the Study of International Development

""So You're Just Hanging Out?": Friends as Fieldsites in Southeast Cameroon"

Thursday Mar 12th, 2015
1:00-2:00pm
PETH116

Mr. Nicholas Barber
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology

Light refreshments will be served

Please contact events.isid@mcgill.ca


March 12! 5-7pm, Burnside 426 Finding your Coordinates - a panel event of McGil...

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:45
March 12! 5-7pm, Burnside 426
Finding your Coordinates - a panel event of McGill Geography Alumni from a diverse array of
backgrounds and interests coming to talk to you about their career paths and choices along the way


GeoSpectives on a special day and time! Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12-1 p...

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 18:32
GeoSpectives on a special day and time!
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12-1 p.m.
Burnside Hall 426
Power from the North: Modernity and the Landscape of Hydroelectricity in Quebec Prof. Caroline Desbiens Department of Geography Laval University

In the 1970s, Hydro-Québec declared "We Are Hydro-Québécois." The publicity campaign slogan symbolized the extent to which hydroelectric development in the North was an expression of Québécois identity, territoriality and aspiration to modernity. Analyzing the cultural forces that contributed to the transformation of the La Grande River into a hydroelectric complex, Caroline Desbiens explore how this “culture of hydroelectricity” shaped the material landscape of James Bay/Eeyou Istchee in the latter part of the 20th century. Policy makers and Quebecers did not, she argues, view those who built the dams as mere workers. They saw them as pioneers in a largely uninhabited landscape – despite the Eeyouch’s presence – now inscribed with the codes of technology, progress, and spectacle. Drawing power from the North has involved more than economic development: it has also contributed to the production of distinct Québécois cultural landscapes that have shifted ways of viewing, and therefore knowing, the region.


Congrats to former geography MSc student for her article with Prof Pollard just...

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:18
Congrats to former geography MSc student for her article with Prof Pollard just out!

Heather A. Cray and Wayne H. Pollard. 2015. Vegetation recovery patterns following permafrost disturbance in a low Arctic setting: Case study of Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47:99-113.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1657/AAAR0013-076


Vegetation Recovery Patterns Following Permafrost Disturbance in a Low Arctic Setting: Case...
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Heather A. Cray and Wayne H. Pollard (2015) Vegetation Recovery Patterns Following Permafrost Disturbance in a Low Arctic Setting: Case Study of Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research: Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 99-113. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1657/AAAR0013-076

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