# The Storm Surge: In- and Outdoors!
6th December, 2013
The team of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit of the Department of Geography has just returned from an experiment to investigate the effect of saltmarshes on high water levels and waves at one of the world's largest wave flumes in Hannover Germany, only to find a real storm surge battering their wave recording equipment on the UK coast. This is the first time ever that data has been collected over saltmarshes in such conditions – both in the flume and on the coast. Read more about the flume experiment and watch this space for more news on the latest UK storm surge.
# Space for Giants
5th December, 2013
The Independent newspaper has chosen the Charity Space for Giants for its Christmas Appeal. This was set up by Max Graham who did his PhD in the department (funded by a NERC/ESRC Studentship, co-supervised in Biological Anthropology), and was then a co-PI on a DEFRA Darwin Initiative Project in the department on Human Elephant Conflict in Kenya.
# Departmental Seminar: Professor Anson Mackay on 'Unravelling Long-term Ecosystem Dynamics in Central Asia using Palaeoecology'
22nd November, 2013
On Thursday 28th November, the Department of Geography welcomes Professor Anson W. Mackay (University College London) who will be speaking on 'Unravelling Long-term Ecosystem Dynamics in Central Asia using Palaeoecology'. The seminar will begin at 4.15 pm in the Small Lecture Theatre, with drinks to follow. All are welcome!
# Research Seminar 21st November: Dr. Ariel Handel
19th November, 2013
On Thursday 21st November in the Seminar Room in the Geography Department Dr. Ariel Handel (Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University and the French Research Center, Jerusalem) will present a research seminar entitled Soundscapes and Touchscapes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Chronic Uncertainty, Bodily Vulnerability and the Non-representational Condition. All are welcome!
# Graduate student gives evidence to Parliament
13th November, 2013
One of the Department's graduate students, Lottie Birdsall-Strong (MPhil in Gender Studies), has just given evidence in front for a parliamentary committee on increasing the participation of women in sports.
Lottie discusses the extension of Title IX -- the American Equal Opportunity in Education Act which disallows discrimination in any education program receiving federal funds. Title IX is best known for its impact on increasing girls and women's participation in high school and collegiate athletics.
Lottie, supervised by Dr. Mia Gray, is currently researching the political and social barriers to replicating a version of Title IX within the British context.
# Departmental Seminar Thursday Nov. 14th: Professor Andrew Barry
6th November, 2013
On Thursday November 14th the Department welcomes Professor Andrew Barry (Dept. of Geography, University College London) who will be speaking on 'Interrogating the political situation: between science studies and the geography of politics' The seminar will begin at 4:15 pm in the Small Lecture Theatre, with drinks to follow. All are welcome!
Abstract: In this paper I draw a series of connections between two bodies of work. One derives from the long-standing concern of geographers, as well as political theorists and analysts, in the contingency, temporality and spatiality of political life, or what I term 'political situations'. The second develops from the established and abiding interest of historians and sociologists of science in the dynamics of scientific knowledge controversies, as well as recent attempts to 'map' controversies using digital methods. This broad tradition of research has inspired a series of studies by geographers and others of environmental scientific controversies relating to problems such as climate change, colony collapse disorder, nuclear waste and flood risk. Focusing on recent political events in Europe, I address both the limitations and the relevance of studies of scientific controversies to those interested in the geography of on-going political situations.
# David Nally awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize
4th November, 2013
# Dissertation Prize
30th October, 2013
Becky House, a Newnham student who graduated in 2013, has been awarded joint runner-up in the Historical Geography Research Group's undergraduate dissertation competition. Her dissertation was on 'Performing Prague's Heritage: The Performative Politics of Historical Walking Tours'.
# Library display: fieldwork in Bhutan
24th October, 2013
The Department of Geography Library is piloting a small display reflecting on fieldwork recently carried out in Bhutan. It is hoped that this will be the first of a series of small exhibitions showing the wide-ranging research interests of members of the department.
# 30-year-old mystery solved?
1st October, 2013
Clive Oppenheimer is among the authors of a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which identifies Mt. Rinjani, a volcano on Lombok Island in Indonesia, as the source of a colossal eruption that took place in 1257 AD. Previously, the eruption was only known of because it left traces of sulphur and ash in the polar regions that have been detected in ice cores. New geological, geochemical and radiocarbon evidence substantiates the link to Mt. Rinjani, in addition to Indonesian chronicles that describe a devastating 13th century eruption on Lombok.
The eruption released so much sulphur that it cooled summer temperatures in Europe, likely leading to poor harvests, and possibly famine. The city of Pamatan, seat of the former Lombok kingdom, may lie buried beneath pumice inviting discovery by archaeologists. The volcano's last eruptions took place in 2010 but were relatively minor. The research was led by Franck Lavigne at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University.