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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Palladium at Night: A Talk About a Satellite

Colloquium | March 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall


Trevor Paglen

Department of Geography


Trevor Paglen's work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us.

Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The San Francisco Museum of Modern...   More >

Monday, March 9, 2015

Body Burdens: Soil, Sediment and Accretive Violence in Martinique

Colloquium | March 9 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall | Note change in date


Vanessa Agard-Jones, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

Department of Geography


For the past half century, anglophone toxicologists and environmental activists have used the term “body burden” to describe the accumulated amount of harmful substances present in human bodies. In recent years, “charges corporelles” have emerged as part of the popular conversation in Martinique, a French territory in the Caribbean where Dr. Agard-Jones conducts ethnographic research.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

India’s Urban Futures: Beyond the Scripts of Techno-utopia and Rural Backwardness

Colloquium | March 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall


Kavita Philip, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Irvine

Department of Geography, Institute for South Asia Studies


When, in 1947, India became an independent nation, its archetypal citizen-subject was the farmer; 60 years later it was the software engineer. This shift in ideal-citizen archetypes, from farmer to digital entrepreneur, has brought with it new assumptions about the role of information technology (IT) in shaping citizenly behavior and nationalist subjectivity.