Professor AbdouMaliq Simone is the Department's Distinguished International Fellow, November 2015. He will be giving a public lecture: The fugitives - blackness as urban method on Wednesday 4th November, and a seminar on Tuesday 3rd November.
Sam Matthew, Emmanuel College, has been selected as joint winner of the 2015 Political Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for his dissertation, 'The Ghosts of Gulu: Affect, Emotion and Mysticism in Northern Uganda'.
The conference on Ecuador's Buen Vivir provided a timely multidisciplinary conversation about a state-led process of change that has tended to sharply divide opinion. In contrast to the polarized perspectives on this South American country's experiment with a post-neoliberal political economy, a post-multicultural politics of recognition, and a post-sustainability politics of nature, the workshop - held in Cambridge University's Geography Department - offered an opportunity to look back over nearly a decade of implementation to query these, often hasty, interpretations. Specifically, the conference presented and debated emergent substantial research across a number of spheres (food production, education, international relations, social policy, infrastructure, the military, and more) to provide new lines of interpretation of this unique form of governance and its social, economic and political costs.
Victoria Bellamy, who graduated from the Geography Department with a First Class degree in July 2015, has been awarded the Historical Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society Dissertation Prize 2015 for her project entitled: Cultivating virtuous citizens: conflicting spatial practices in London's Victoria Park. Victoria's dissertation was described by the judges as 'the most thorough piece of historical research, not just in the empirical work undertaken but in engaging seriously with historical perspective to examine the complexities and processes that produce and reproduce places, identities and ideas. This was an interesting and well-written dissertation with a good sense of the intellectual contribution it was seeking to make.'
On the 16-17th September His Holiness the Dalai Lama participated in a unique event on the theme of Universal Responsibility, 'Growing Wisdom, Changing People' held at Magdalene College and hosted by Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Inspire Dialogue Foundation. The two days were structured around four plenary sessions on key thematic topics and smaller breakout group sessions.
On the first day, the Department's Dr. Bhaskar Vira chaired the afternoon plenary on 'Our Environmental Future'. The session was extremely successful in stimulating the audience, who enthusiastically engaged with the H.H. the Dalai Lama and Lord Williams, sharing questions and observations in open dialogue. Geography students and researchers also numbered among the many and diverse participants and volunteers.