The Founders Seminar is the Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar series. Speakers are invited to present to an audience of students and faculty with an interest in Geography (human and physical) and Geomatics. The seminar is usually biweekly and starts a few weeks after the beginning of the term.

We start with a meet and greet usually in Room Loeb A220 by 14:30; light snacks are provided. Talks of around 40 minutes are followed by questions. Later, we often go to Mike’s place (campus bar) to continue discussions.

The name “Founders Seminar” was chosen around the year 2000 to honour the founding members of the relatively young department: those who were present from the 1950s and those who were part of the major growth cycle in the late 60s and 70s. These individuals started the Department and later formed the base for its application for the Ph.D. degree.

Special Founders Seminar

Wednesday October 17th, 2018: “Beyond the Hipsters: Where Young Adults live and why it Matters”

Dr. Marcus Moos
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2012
M.PL Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University, Canada, 2006
BES Joint Honours Environment and Resources Studies and Economics, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004

Title: Beyond the Hipsters

‘Beyond the hipster’ is both a critical examination of hipster culture, and its implications for gentrification, and a political economy account of the ways globalization is reproducing certain kinds of urban landscapes and social geographies in different contexts. Central cities are being remade in the name of economic development policies that aim to appeal to the lifestyle patterns of hipsters, which are often (incorrectly) assumed to represent young adults in general. In his talk, Dr. Moos provides a critical examination of these policies and trends by setting the research of young adults into a global context. The global young adult population is highly urbanized and resides mostly in the vastly expanding cities of emerging and developing economies. While few among young adults globally would actually fit the definition of hipsters, there are common trends that are contributing to the centralization of young adults into the inner cities of major metropolitan areas around the globe through a process Moos calls youthification.

Friday November 2nd, 2018: “Neutralizing Impact: Caribou at the Intersection of Political Economy and Extinction”

Wednesday November 28th, 2018: “Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Society: Inequalities, Exclusions and Power Asymmetries of User Generated Geoinformation”