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. 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

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”

25 February Maya Peterson (History, UC Santa Cruz)

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

4 March Ashley Dawson (English, CUNY)

“Biocapitalism and Culture”

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

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


Fall 2014

5 November Edward Morris (The Canary Project)

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

(There is no pre-circulated paper for this talk)


Past Colloquium Series:

2013-2014 Colloquium Series

Spring 2014

9 April Noël Sturgeon (Environmental Studies, York University)

“Avatar and Activism: Ecological Indians, Disabling Militarism, and Climate Justice”

(There is no pre-circulated paper for this talk.)

16 April Neel Ahuja (English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill)

“Refugee Medicine, HIV, and a ‘Humanitarian Camp’ at Guantanamo”

Read Professor Ahuja’s paper here.

23 April Andrew Szasz (Environmental Studies, UCSC)

“Beyond Rounding Up the Usual Suspects:   Identifying New, Unexpected Allies in the Struggle for Climate Policy”

Read Professor Szasz’s paper here.

30 April Adrian Ivakhiv (Environmental Studies, University of Vermont)

“On Matters of Concern: Ecology, Ontological Politics, and the Anthropo(s)cene”

Read Professor Ivakhiv’s paper here.

7 May Kate Brown (History, University of Maryland Baltimore College)

“Bodily Secrets: Radiation and Reading the Body”

Read Professor Brown’s paper here.

14 May Sara Gregg (History, University of Kansas)

“Staking a Claim: ‘Free Land’ and the Reality of Homesteading in the Interior West”

21 May Miri Lavi-Neeman (Geography, UC Berkeley) CANCELLED

“Green Settlement : Politics of Environmentalism, Neoliberalism and Zionism in Israel’s Negev Desert”


Winter 2014

22 January Mark Carey, History, University of Oregon:

“The International Ice Patrol: Or, How Icebergs (and Iceberg Hunters) Shaped the Modern World”

read Prof. Carey’s paper here

29 January Ellen Stroud, Urban Environmental Policy and Problems, Bryn Mawr College:

“Animating Corpses, Disenchanting Death: Wrestling with Dead Bodies in U.S. Environmental History”

Please email for a copy of Dr. Stroud’s paper.

5 February Rebecca Scott, Sociology, University of Missouri: [rescheduled: 26 February]

“Post-apocalyptic television: TV’s Revolution and the metaphysics of (electrical) power”

12 February Charles Waugh, English, Utah State University:

“The Vietnamese Environmental Imagination in Contemporary Fiction”

Please email for a copy of Dr. Waugh’s paper.

19 February Sarah Payne, History, Colorado State University:

“On a “LARC”: Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives and the Resurgence of the IUD”

Please email for a copy of Dr. Payne’s paper.

26 February Rebecca Scott, Sociology, University of Missouri:

“Post-apocalyptic television: TV’s Revolution and the metaphysics of (electrical) power”

read Prof. Scott’s paper here

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

Fall 2013

6 November Chris Pastore, History, University of Montana:

“Clams, Dams, and the Desiccation of Seventeenth-Century New England”

read Prof. Pastore’s paper here

13 November Karen Thornber, Comparative Literature, Harvard:

“Paradoxical Green: Literature and Environment”

read Prof. Thornber’s paper here

20 November Robert Wilson, Geography, Syracuse University:

“Forging the Climate Movement: Environmental Activism and the Keystone XL Pipeline”

read Prof. Wilson’s paper here

4 December Stacy Alaimo, English, University of Texas, Arlington:

“Visual Captures: Aesthetics, Politics and the Census of Marine Life”

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 17, 2013Stacy Alaimo, University of Texas, Arlington [Cancelled]

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

October 31, 2012Ellen Stroud, Bryn Mawr College [Cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy]

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.