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Demonstration and March: Against colonialism and racism

13 Mar

(21 mars, 18h, métro Mt-Royal) Manifestation et marche : Contre le colonialisme et le racisme || Demonstration & March: Against colonialism, racism and the proposed Quebec "Charter of Values"

Education Graduate Students' Society at McGill University

Demonstration and March: Against colonialism and racism
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
Gathering at 6pm at Mt-Royal métro
(Mt-Royal Avenue, between Berri and Rivard)

Part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa.

Organisé par Ensemble contre la Charte xénophobe.
info :
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-> Les affiches et tracts pour la manifestation sont disponible ici:
Vous pouvez également trouver des affiches et tracts au bureau du GRIP à Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204, tél: 514-848-7585).

-> Posters and flyers for this demonstration are available for download at:
You can also pick up posters and flyers at QPIRG Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204, tel: 514-848-7585).

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Article from Slate concerning personalization of Google Maps: “My Map or Yours?”

28 May

“Google’s plan to personalize maps could end public space as we know it.”

Interesting article on Slate offers a critique of the personalization of Google Maps,  arguing that public space will suffer when Google rolls out its next update where “the maps we see will be dynamically generated and highly personalized, giving preferential treatment to the places frequented by our social networking friends, the places we mention in our emails, the sites we look up on the search engine”. I’ve pulled some excerpts out, but find the whole article  here, on Slate

…Back in 1970, cultural critic Richard Sennett wrote a wonderful little book—The Users of Disorder—that all Google engineers should read. In it, Sennett made a strong case for “dense, disorderly, overwhelming cities,” where strangers from very different socio-economic backgrounds still rub shoulders. Sennett’s ideal city is not just an agglomeration of ghettos and gated communities whose residents never talk to one another; rather, it’s the mutual entanglement between the two—and the occasionally mess that such entanglements introduce into our daily life—that makes it an interesting place to live in and allows its inhabitants to turn into mature and complex human beings.

Google’s urbanism, on the other hand, is that of someone who is trying to get to a shopping mall in their self-driving car. It’s profoundly utilitarian, even selfish in character, with little to no concern for how public space is experienced. In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to. Since no one formally reviews public space or mentions it in their emails, it might as well disappear from Google’s highly personalized maps. And if the promotional videos for Google Glass are anything to judge by, we might not even notice it’s gone: For all we know, we might be walking through an urban desert, but Google Glass will still make it look exciting, masking the blighted reality.

The main reason to celebrate maps that aren’t personalized has nothing to do with technophobia or nostalgia about the pre-Google days. It’s quite simple, really: When you and I look at the same map, there’s a good chance that we might strike a conversation about how to enrich the space that the map represents—perhaps plant more trees or build a sidewalk or install some benches. That our experience of what used to be public space is getting increasingly privatized—first with smartphones, then with Google Glass and self-driving cars. True, cars are already something of a private space, but if the driver essentially becomes a passenger, she will pay even less attention to the outside environment. You can’t watch. That all of this is done in the name of “organizing the world’s information” should worry anyone concerned with the future of urbanism.”

– Article by |Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 7:00 AM. the whole article  here, on Slate

Postcolonial Geographies (GEOG 498G) to be hosted by the geogging collective

7 Apr

The students of GEOG498G are looking to continue their exploration of Postcolonial Geographies after the semester ends this week. The geogging collective has offered to host this conversation with a new section called Postcolonial Geographies.

I will be posting instructions on the course page. If you are hoping to contribute, feel free to comment here and I will send you an invitation. (this might require some trial and error)

Gordon Bennett, Untitled (dismay, displace, disperse, dispirit, display, dismiss), 1989

Fall 2013 course GEOG 398T: Geographic Thought

7 Apr

GEOG 398 T / AA: Geographic Thought
FALL semester
M-W— 11:45-13:00

If you are looking for a 300 level human geography course (such as that line on your flow chart that includes GEOG 330 and 318), the department is offering. Though there is no course description available, it is based loosely on the Critical Geography course from last year (GEOG 398G). Geographic thought can be defined as the study of the approaches within the discipline of geography over time (so positivism, the cultural turn, feminism, etc).

It will be taught by the new hire for the Environmental Justice tenure track position. Hopefully more details will follow.

New World Karya Katirin, 2010

LUNCH& feminist geography w/ Julie Podmore & Damaris Rose

23 Nov

When: Friday December 7, 2012 @ Lunch! (11:30 – 1pm)
Where: H-1267 (Urban Studio – Concordia Hall Building, 1455 de Msnnve O.)
> facebook event

Join us for our second lunch event discussing feminist geography with Julie Podmore (GPE Concordia Faculty member & Chair ) & Damaris Rose (Centre Urbanisation Culture Société at INRS). Everyone is welcome to share in the discussion over a complimentary light lunch.

JULIE PODMORE is a socio-cultural urban geographer with an interest in feminist, queer and historical materialist theory. While she made an early contribution to the gentrification literature, her sustained focus has been on the complex intersections between gender and sexuality in urban space, a perspective that is reflected in her publications on Montréal lesbian spaces. Her newest research interest is on the urban geographies of queer youth.

DAMARIS ROSE is an urban and social geographer. Her main research interests focus on social transformations in inner city neighbourhoods, and on the settlement and social integration of international immigrants. Social and urban geography, dynamics of socio-cultural diversity, social and urban policy, housing, services for female immigrants and single-parent families.

Whether you want get to know the GPE community a little better, to hear about the experiences of women in geography, to make connections in the field or would just like to try some free finger sandwiches, we would love to see you there!

11:30 – 12:00: Mingle & Eat
12:00 – 13:00: Presentations and discussion (and eating)
13:00 – 18:00: Wine & Cheese hosted by GeoGRADS and GUSS

Childcare will be available with 48 hrs notice. Please e-mail if you would like this service to be provided.


With support from: GeoGRADS, GUSS, UPA, CSU & Queer Concordia

Keep updated about future LUNCH& events online via:,
twitter: @geoggingcollective

Love Song for March 22, 2012

2 May

by Jess G