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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.

Founders Seminars

MARCH 6 Patricia K Wood (York) “From Occupy to Indigenous Politics of Refusal: Geographies of the Invisible and the Impossible”

This talk will consider a variety of public political acts, from urban performance art to pipeline protests, and draw connections between the way in which people live and how they act as citizens. Our ideas of politics and justice–of what is possible, of what is legitimate–are connected to our geographies, particularly the ways in which we inhabit the world in the context of social hierarchies. A better understanding of ideas of property and territory will give us a richer interpretation of political acts by those whose realities are often unseen and unknown, and whose goals and ideals seem impossible.