A Radical Geography Community
Teo Ballvé, University of California Berkeley, USA
Territories of Life and Death on a Colombian Frontier (open access paper)
See Teo talk about his research here:
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Oliver Belcher, University of British Columbia, Canada
Best-Laid Schemes: Postcolonialism, Military Social Science, and the Making of U.S. Counterinsurgency Doctrine, 1940-2009 (open access paper)
See Oliver talk about his research here:
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Ben Brisbois, University of British Columbia, Canada
Pesticides, People and Power in Ecuador’s Banana Industry: Participatory Epidemiology and Political Ecology Approaches to Occupational Health and Safety
Ben is currently in the fourth year of his PhD in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. The GSS enabled him to attend the EcoHealth 2010 conference at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he gave a presentation entitled “‘Scaling up’ Ecohealth: Insights from the political ecology of pesticide exposure in Ecuador’s banana industry”. Ben is spending the 2011-2012 academic year doing fieldwork in southern coastal Ecuador on the political ecology of pesticide risk, and risk perception, related to export-based banana production. This portion of his PhD is intended to complement a discourse-historical account of North-South pesticide epidemiology collaborations in Latin America, involving discourse analysis of peer-reviewed pesticide-health studies and discussion of their relationship to their socio-historical contexts. Ultimately, the two analyses – political ecological and discourse-historical – will generate suggestions for how future North-South scientific collaborations to address the problem of pesticide exposure in banana-producing regions of Ecuador can be more equitable and effective.
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Sara Koopman, University of British Columbia, Canada
Making Space for Peace: International Accompaniment as Alter-geopolitics
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Emilie Cameron, Queen’s University, Canada
Summer Stories: (Re)Ordering the Canadian Arctic
Emilie is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. The Antipode GSS allowed her to present work at an international conference, and to help fund an extra trip to Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to discuss her dissertation as she was in the process of writing it. After completing her PhD in 2009 Emilie took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, working with Trevor Barnes on the role of resource extraction in colonisation, decolonisation and self-determination movements in Nunavut, and the changing nature of ‘work’ in Inuit communities. Many people see mine development as a way of ensuring future generations can find work close to home, and jobs have become a huge focus in discourses about mine development; Emilie’s research tries to develop some understanding of how Nunavummiut wrestle with the contemporary dilemmas posed by mineral extraction, in the context of both increased control over aspects of their lives and lands post-land claims, and an ongoing struggle with colonial and capitalist formations. Emilie has also been working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral research.
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Mythri Prasad Aleyamma, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Mobility, Migrancy and Globalisation: City-Spaces in Kerala
Mythri is currently writing her PhD thesis after completing GSS-supported fieldwork on migration and urban change in Kochi (Kerala, India), and recently joined the French Institute of Pondicherry as a researcher on a project studying small cities in India and their economic and social transformation. Mythri also recently published essays in two edited volumes: one in Migration and Social Protection (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) about the relationship between social regulation, surveillance and social protection in the context of migrant workers from North and North Eastern India in Kochi; and another in Migration, Identity and Conflict: India Migration Report 2011 (Routledge, 2011) about the links between recruitment and labour process and how they are structured by caste and ethnicity.
Bruce Erickson, York University, Canada
Canoe Nation: Canoes and the Shifting Production of Space Through White Canadian Masculinities
Bruce is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. The GSS enabled him to attend the 5th International Conference on Critical Geography in Mumbai, India – “an exceptional opportunity”, he says. After holding a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dean Bavington at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Bruce entered his present position. He is the co-editor (with Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands) of Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana University Press, 2010), and is currently preparing his PhD dissertation for publication with the University of British Columbia Press. His most recent work (some of which is forthcoming in Leisure Studies) critically examines the emerging field of ‘recreational activism’ as a form of neoliberal public pedagogy.
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Anne-Marie Debbané, York University, Canada
The Dry Plight of Freedom: Commodifying Water in the Western Cape, South Africa
Anne-Marie is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at San Diego State University. Her plan to attend the AAG meeting in San Francisco in 2007 was put aside when fieldwork in South Africa was prolonged (as fieldwork so often is!); instead, the GSS enabled Anne-Marie and her research assistant, Soyiso Mtemekwana, to organise community workshops and a community meeting in Prince Alfred’s Hamlet, a small rural town about 200km from Cape Town, which became a hub of research activity over the course of fieldwork. Community activists from Cape Town and Johannesburg were invited to take part in these events to share their knowledge and experiences with local residents who confronted similar struggles but had little history in community organising.
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Anne Bonds, University of Washington, USA
Profit from Punishment? The Politics of Prisons, Poverty and Neoliberal Restructuring in the Rural American Northwest
Anne is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. As well as Antipode, her work has appeared in the Annals of the AAG, Social and Cultural Geography, and ACME. Anne’s research continues to draw from the research supported by the GSS, focusing on the themes of gendered and racialized poverty and privilege, incarceration, and the politics of economic development. She is especially concerned with the material and discursive construction of the ‘undeserving poor’, particularly through the dynamics of mass incarceration, community development agendas, and affordable housing issues.
Marion Werner, University of Minnesota, USA
Worldly Encounters in Free Trade: Export Apparel in the Caribbean Basin
Marion is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. After working for years in the anti-sweatshop movement, she chose to focus her doctoral research on garment industry restructuring in the circum-Caribbean, and the GSS enabled her to complete a year of fieldwork in the Dominican Republic and on the border with Haiti. Marion published a paper in a special issue of Antipode, Bio(necro)polis: Marx, Surplus Populations, and the Spatial Dialectics of Reproduction and ‘Race’, in 2011, and is currently working to bring postcolonial and feminist theory into conversation with economic geography.
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Reecia Orzeck, Syracuse University, USA
Violence and Legitimacy: Palestine and the International, 1920-1949
Reecia is now Assistant Professor of Geography at Illinois State University. The Antipode Graduate Student Scholarship was very helpful in allowing her to conduct research on what became an important part of her dissertation on international law: the relationship of this law to the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is currently working on a historical materialist critique of international law for the University of Minnesota Press. She has also written articles and book chapters on the place of the body in academic and geopolitical discourse, and – in Antipode – on academic freedom.
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Veronica Crossa, Ohio State University, USA
Entrepreneurial Urban Governance and Practices of Power: Renegotiating the Plaza in Mexico City
Veronica is now a Lecturer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. The GSS contributed towards the completion of 14 months of fieldwork in Mexico City, and Veronica successfully finished her PhD in 2006. Postdoctoral research work led to her current post, in which she continues to focus on socio-spatial exclusion in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and GeoJournal.
Thomas Ponniah, Clark University, USA
Democracy vs Empire: Alternatives to Globalization Presented at the World Social Forum
Thomas is now Lecturer, and Assistant Director, of Social Studies at Harvard University. The GSS enabled him to continue his research on the World Social Forum, and he co-edited (with William Fisher) the first book in English on the WSF, Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum (Zed Books, 2003). He has won a number of teaching awards – 16 in 16 semesters! – and recently co-edited (with Jonathan Eastwood) The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez (Harvard University Press, 2011).
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Katherine McKittrick, York University, Canada
Demonic Grounds: Black Women, Geography, and the Poetics of Landscape
Katherine joined Antipode‘s editorial collective in January 2012.
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Anibel Ferus-Comelo, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Globalisation of Production and Implications for Labour Organising: The Case of Electronics Manufacturing
For Anibel the GSS opened up doors to a community of researchers doing innovative work to advance the interests of marginalised groups. After completing her PhD, Anibel was eager to ‘walk the talk’ about going beyond interpreting the world to changing it; she moved back to India, her homeland, in order to bear witness and engage actively in the tremendous change that is sweeping the country. Since then, her work as an independent scholar has concentrated on finding ways to support casual/contract and informal workers. This has involved helping workers gain access to their entitlements, raising awareness among European consumers, and mobilising local students for social justice work. It also shaped a book she co-authored with Mario Novelli on the various forms of learning among workers and workers’ organisations (Globalisation, Knowledge and Labour: Education for Solidarity within Spaces of Resistance [Routledge, 2009]).
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Mary Roche, University of Southern California, USA
The State, Racial Formation, and White Supremacist Groups in the Twenty-First Century
Mary is now our longest-serving International Advisory Board member.