Throughout 2017 the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities will be offering seminars canvasing a variety of topics that are relevant to current discussions and research. These seminars usually take place on a Wednesdays at 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm, room location is next to each Seminar date. Please see below for more information about dates, speakers and topics for 2017.
There is a short break from Seminars. Returning in August with the following presenters:
WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST - EARLY START BUILDING 21.G04
Western Sydney University
Title: Microbial geographies at the extremes of life: bioprospecting in Antarctica
WEDNESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER- EARLY START BUILDING 21. GO4
Title: Women keening songspirals: nourishing and sharing people-as-place
WEDNESDAY 18th October- EARLY START BUILDING 21. GO4
University of Canberra
Title: Walking with wildlife in wild weather times
SOME PREVIOUS SEMINARS
WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL- EARLY START BUILDING 21. GO4
The University of British Columbia
Offshore outsourcing—the movement of jobs to lower-wage countries—has been one of the defining features of globalization, ever since the identification of the “new international division of labor” in the 1970s. Routine blue-collar work has been going “offshore” ever since that time, a flipside of deindustrialization in the so-called rustbelt regions, but the digital revolution starting in the 1990s, coupled with ongoing liberalization, extended this process to many parts of the service economy too. Politically controversial since the beginning, “offshoring” is conventionally seen as a threat to jobs, wages, and economic security in higher-income countries, having become synonymous with races to the bottom and the dirty work of globalization. Even though the majority of corporations make use of the practice, fearful of negative publicity most now manage these activities in a discreet manner. Partly as a result, the global sourcing business largely operates under the radar, its ocean-spanning activities in low-cost labor arbitrage, organizational innovation, and corporate partnering remaining in a private world.
Drawing on his latest book, Offshore, Jamie Peck reflects on the first sustained exploration of the workings of the global sourcing industry, its business practices, its market dynamics, its technologies, its cultural politics, and not least, its constantly shifting economic geographies.
Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy, Distinguished University Scholar, and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada. With long-term research interests in urban restructuring, geographical political economy, labor studies, the politics of policy formation and mobility, and economic geography, his current research is focused on the financial restructuring of U.S. cities, the politics of contingent labor, and the political economy of neoliberalization. Recent books include Offshore: Exploring the worlds of global outsourcing (2017, Oxford); Fast Policy: Experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism (2015, Minnesota, with Nik Theodore); Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (2010, Oxford); and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography (2012, Wiley, coedited with Trevor Barnes & Eric Sheppard). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and previously the holder of Guggenheim and Harkness fellowships, Peck is the Editor-in-Chief of the Environment and Planning series of journals.
WEDNESDAY 17th MAY- EARLY START BUILDING 21. GO4
University of Sydney
Title: Sustainable Materialism: New Environmentalisms and Everyday Life
This paper examines new environmental movements focused on what I call a sustainable materialism. Many food and energy movements, for example, are based in a conception of sustainability that acknowledges human immersion in nonhuman natural systems, and include an interest in changing the material relationship between humans, other beings, and the nonhuman realm. Interviews illustrate that movement participants reflect on the realization, similar to Bennett, that the matter of the nonhuman realm has some sort of agency, both in itself and on us; human material practice around things like food, energy, and clothing is increasingly understood as networked with complex and dynamic agentic systems. Bennett has offered an ontology about the vitality of the nonhuman – one that encourages us to enhance our own receptivity. For Meyer, a politics of new materialism should “begin by engaging materiality as it is already manifest in practice.” The argument of this paper is that we already see movements engaging with such practice. The focus is on the very flow of food, matter, energy from the natural world, through our productive processes, into and through our bodies, and back into the nonhuman realm. New institutions and systems are being built in ways that direct the material flows of everyday life in vitalizing, resilient, and sustainable ways, with specific attention to the relationship between the provision of human needs and the environment in which those needs are met.
David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. David’s current applied work includes both adaptation and resilience planning and food security policy with the City of Sydney, and the impacts of climate change as part of the University of Sydney’s Research Hub on Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. His more theoretical work focuses on environmental movements and everyday life, as well as the relationship between the idea of the Anthropocene and the reality of environmental injustice.