Colloquium Schedule

The Environments & Societies Colloquium will meet during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters of 2014-2015. The following scheduled Wednesday workshops will take place from 4-6pm in 126 Voorhies Hall unless otherwise noted. Each presenter’s work will be pre-circulated for the group’s review and will be available for download, below, or by email at least one week prior to each meeting.


2014-2015 Colloquium Series

Spring 2015

8 April Mark Fiege (History, Colorado State University)

*This event will take place from 3-5 pm

“Elegant Conservation: Recovering Community, Connectivity, and Continuity in a Time of Unprecedented Uncertainty”

Read Professor Fiege’s paper here

29 April Gerry Canavan (English, Marquette University)

“Science Fiction and Utopia in the Anthropocene”

6 May Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer (Anthropology, Rice University)

“Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico”

3 June Ian Campbell (History, UC Davis)

“‘The Scourge of Stock-Raising’: Zhut and the Transformation of the Late Nineteenth-Century Kazak Steppe”

The Spring 2015 poster can be viewed here

Winter 2015

14 January Suzana Sawyer (Anthropology, UC Davis)

“Crude Contamination: Law, Science, and Indeterminacy in Ecuador and Beyond”

Read Professor Sawyer’s paper here.

4 February Nicole Seymour (English, California State University, Fullerton)

“Climate Change is a Drag and Camping Can Be Campy: Queer Environmental Performance and New Ecological Identities”

Read Professor Seymour’s paper here

11 February Eunice Blavascunas (Cultural Anthropology, College of the Atlantic)

12-1pm: Screening of the documentary “Black Stork White Stork” in 228 Voorhies

4-6pm: Colloquium discussing the paper: “Man of the Forest and the Staging of the Peasants: Bialowieza Forest, Poland”

For a copy of the paper, email

25 February Maya Peterson (History, UC Santa Cruz)

“US to USSR: American Experts, Irrigation, and Cotton in Soviet Central Asia, 1929-32”

Read Professor Peterson’s paper here

4 March Ashley Dawson (English, CUNY)

“Biocapitalism and Culture”

Read Professor Dawson’s paper here

11 March Matthew Booker (History, North Carolina State University)

“The Century-Old Origins of Food Safety Debates and Their Implications for Food Politics”

Read Professor Booker’s paper here


Fall 2014

5 November Edward Morris (The Canary Project)

“A History of the Future: Photographing Climate Change in the Delta”



Past Colloquium Series:

2013-2014 Colloquium Series

Spring 2014

9 April Noël Sturgeon, York University

16 April Neel Ahuja, UNC-Chapel Hill

23 April Andrew Szasz ,  UCSC

30 April Adrian Ivakhiv , University of Vermont

7 May Kate Brown , University of Maryland Baltimore College

14 May Sara Gregg , University of Kansas


Winter 2014

22 January Mark Carey,  University of Oregon

29 January Ellen Stroud, Bryn Mawr College

5 February Rebecca Scott, University of Missouri

12 February Charles Waugh,  Utah State University

19 February Sarah Payne, Colorado State University

26 February Rebecca Scott, University of Missouri

To view the poster for the winter 2014 colloquium series, click here.

Fall 2013

6 November Chris Pastore, University of Montana

13 November Karen Thornber, Harvard

20 November Robert Wilson,  Syracuse University

4 December Stacy Alaimo, University of Texas, Arlington

To view the poster for the fall 2012 colloquium series, click here.


Spring 2013

April 3, 2013 – Giovanna Di Chiro, Swarthmore College and Nuestras Raíces, Inc.

April 10, 2013 – Neil Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology

April 24, 2013 – Mel Chen, University of California, Berkeley

May 1, 2013 – Paul Sutter, University of Colorado, Boulder

May 8, 2013 – David C Wood, Vanderbilt University

May 15, 2013Noël Sturgeon, York University [Cancelled]

May 15, 2013 Traci Brynne Voyles, Loyola Marymount University

To view the poster for the spring 2013 colloquium series, click here.


Winter 2013

January 23, 2013 – Joni Adamson, Arizona State University

January 30, 2013 – Anne-Lise François, University of California, Berkeley

February 13, 2013 – Stephanie LeMenager, University of California, Santa Barbara

February 20, 2013 – Jonathan Skinner, University of Warwick

February 27, 2013 – Traci Brynne Voyles, Loyola Marymount University

To view the poster for the winter 2013 colloquium series, click here.


Fall 2012

October 17, 2012 – Melanie Armstrong, University of California, Davis

October 24, 2012 – Jill Lindsey Harrison, University of Colorado, Boulder

November 7, 2012 – Jenny Price, University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University

November 14, 2012 – Ted Toadvine, University of Oregon

To view the poster for the fall 2012 colloquium series, click here.