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LUNCH& life in environmental geography w/ Pascale Biron & Monica Mulrennan & Catherine Moore

6 Mar

When: Friday March 15, 2013 @  (12:00 – 13:30)
Where: H-1269 (Concordia Hall Building, 1455 de Msnnve O.)
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What is life really like as an environmental geographer? Join us for light lunch with Pascale Biron (Associate Professor, Concordia Geography, Planning & Environment), Monica Mulrennan (Associate Professor, Concordia Geography, Planning & Environment) & Catherine Moore (Part-Time Faculty, Concordia Geography, Planning & Environment) as we discuss the lives and experiences of women in environmental geography.

Pascale BironDr. PASCALE BIRON obtained her M.Sc. from the Université de Montréal in 1991, followed by her PhD in 1995 for her doctoral research in fluvial geomorphology. In 1998, she began her work at Concordia. Her research interests are stream restoration for fish habitat, river management and the sustainable management of agricultural streams, the impact of climate change on rivers, GIS and three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics. She has publications in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of geomorphology, engineering and ecology and she frequently collaborates with engineers, biologists as well as hydrogeologists to improve our understanding of river dynamics and to develop more sustainable approaches in river management. She is currently working on research projects related to fish habitat in perturbed environments (funded by NSERC), freedom space for rivers (funded by Ouranos, a climate change research centre) as well as impacts of bank stabilization on fish habitat, funded by the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec.

Monica MulrennanDr MONICA MULRENNAN was born and raised in Ireland. She completed her PhD in 1990 at University College Dublin in coastal geomorphology. She then moved to Australia where she spent three years as a post-doctoral student working on the evolution of tropical estuarine environments near Darwin. During this period she was introduced to indigenous peoples’ interests in coastal environments through her collaboration with indigenous Torres Strait Islanders with whom she developed the marine conservation strategy for Torres Strait (MaSTS). She moved to Canada in 1993 where she held a postdoctoral position at McGill University before joining Concordia a year later. Her research interests are indigenous knowledge, customary marine tenure and management, and indigenous peoples’ adaptations to environmental change. She has sustained her collaboration with Torres Strait Islanders over the past two decades while also working closely with the James Bay Crees of northern Quebec since the mid 1990s. She has published in peer-reviewed journals in human geography, anthropology, human-environment relations, and environmental policy and management. Her current research is focused on the contribution of protected areas to the protection of indigenous environments and cultural heritage.

CATHERINE MOORE blends the scientific and spiritual, whether through her initial research interests in environmental biogeography, her current exploration of the interface of worldview and sustainability, or her lifelong love for our planet. She has been an advisor to Sustainable Concordia, environmental consultant for government and non-governmental organizations, and facilitator of workshops on sustainability within the university and beyond. With many years at Concordia, her primary professional focus and passion remains teaching

LUNCH& Schedule

12:00 – 12:30: Mingle and eat
12:30 – 13:30: Presentation and questions

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

LUNCH& life in environmental geography

With support from: GeoGRADS, GUSS, UPA, CSU, ASFA, CUAA and QPIRG-Concordia.

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LUNCH& the criminalization of dissent after the financial crisis w/ Nasrin Himada & Alessandra Renzi

15 Feb

When: Friday March 1, 2013 @  (10:30am – 12pm *note the earlier time!)
Where: H-1269 (Concordia Hall Building, 1455 de Msnnve O.)
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Join us for light lunch with Nasrin Himada (Concordia Geography, Planning & Environment: “Militarism and the City”) presenting & Alessandra Renzi (School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) as we discuss the criminalization of protest, with a focus on strategies used in the Toronto G8/G20 Summit.

NASRIN HIMADA is a writer, independent film curator and teacher residing in Montreal. Her writing appears in Montreal Serai, West Coast Line, Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation, and FUSE Magazine. Her curatorial work has been programmed in such festivals as Image+Nation: Montreal’s International LGBTQ Film Festival, and in collaboration with 16 Beaver in New York City.  She teaches part-time in Geography, Urban Planning and Environment, and is currently completing a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Society and Culture at Concordia University. Nasrin’s research focuses on the militarization of urban space through prison infrastructure and police surveillance. Nasrin is the co-editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy.

Alessandra RenziALESSANDRA RENZI is Social Studies of Information Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she examines how participatory social media platforms affect activist practices of collaboration. Her research on media activism and the criminalization of dissent has recently appeared in the book Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/G20 Summit (Arbiter Ring).

This presentation draws on Alessandra’s talk entitled: “Infrastructure Must Be Defended: Multi-Issue Extremism and the Criminalization of Dissent after the Financial Crisis

The Toronto G8/G20 summit of 2010 indicates more than a scalar shift in security; in fact, this case signals significant changes to surveillance practices, control techniques, and funding arrangements within the post-911 security apparatus. To reconsider these changes, the talk offers a detailed analysis of the categories of the protester as “multi-issue extremist” and of “endangered critical infrastructure,” as nomenclatures used by the government and the media to characterize extreme public threats at a time of austerity measures.

LUNCH& Schedule:
10:30 – 10:45: Mingle & Eat
10:45 – 12:00: Presentation and discussion (and eating)
Please note the earlier time (early lunch?) to allow all those who are interested to attend the the Department Seminar Series event:
12:30 – ? :  “Inuit Participation and Science in Polar Bear Governance in the Nunavut Territory” w/ Dominique Henri (Department of Geography, Oxford University) in H-1252

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

LUNCH& the criminalization of dissent after the financial crisis

With support from: GeoGRADS, GUSS, UPA, CSU, ASFA, CUAA and QPIRG-Concordia.

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

First organizational meeting for the Winter semester

1 Jan

If you are interested in getting involved in organizing the LUNCH& series, please fill in this Doodle by January 4th so we can schedule the first meeting at a time that works best for everyone (the doodle is confidential). Also email if you want to be added to the organizers mailing list.

We are interested in feedback on what you would like to see happen this semester. Feel free to comment or contact us if you have ideas / reflections. We are especially interested in hearing from first year students!

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.)
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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

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…& Sara Koopman

7 Nov

We’re lucky enough to have Sara Koopman in town this Friday, so we’re throwing together an impromptu meet-up. It’s a little bit short notice, but hopefully we can have a nice talk.

Sara Koopman’s website has a list of her publications, however many of us read her “Alter-geopolitics: other securities are happening” article (2011, Geoforum 42:3) in the Critical Geographies course (GEOG 398G).

Facebook event is here for those who prefer such things

1 Nov

Tomorrow is the big day!
What have you always wanted to ask Norma?
Is Kathryn meant to be your next thesis committee member?
Are you going to be hungry?

urban economic geography
w/ Norma Rantisi
& Kathryn Furlong