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.



WED SEPT 25 – Catriona Gold (University College London) “Passport Denial & Public Diplomacy: The Politics of Travel in Cold War America.”

FRI OCT 18 – Ingrid Waldron (Dalhousie) “Re-Thinking Waste: Mapping Racial Geographies of Violence on the Colonial Landscape.”

WED NOV 13 – GIS Day 2019 – Graduate Student Speakers Series 

WED NOV 20 – Julie Talbot (Université de Montréal) “The Biogeochemical Heterogeneity of Peatlands.”

WED DEC 4 – Grad Student Research Presentations:


WED JAN 15 – Kieran Findlater (University of British Columbia) “With Motive, Capacity, Intent: How South Africa’s Commercial Grain Farmers Fail to Adapt to Climate Change.”

WED FEB 5 – Koreen Millard (Carleton University) “Geomatics in support of the National Inventory Report and the Air Pollutant Inventory Report: estimating emissions using GIS and remote sensing”

WED MARCH 18 – CANCELLEDDr. Carolyn Prouse (Queens University)

Distributing liquid gold: Emerging reproductive geographies of human milk exchange

Human milk is being shuttled through geographically extensive networks of glass jars, pasteurization machines, and medical clinics in order to support human life. In this talk I trace some of the emerging infrastructures of human milk flow. I focus on three main geographies: American for-profit companies seeking out women in low-income communities to sell their milk; South African donor milk banking networks supplying public hospitals; and Puerto Rican breastfeeding projects supporting caregivers during ecological disaster. By tracing these geographies I argue for taking seriously human milk movement as a form of distributed reproduction. This reproduction is shaped by multiple impulses, including commodification and neoliberalized healthcare, racialized and gendered kinship, affects of caregiving, and biomedical public health edicts. The various flows of milk affect living-being in cities in unequal ways, but also serve as new sites of anti-colonial contestation and care.


Carolyn Prouse is an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. She is an urban economic geographer working at the intersection of postcolonial, decolonial, critical race, and feminist theory. Her research focuses on the politics and economics of urban infrastructural development, with a particular interest in infrastructures of slum-upgrading, experimentation, and social reproduction.