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radio interview

I was invited back to speak with Janice & Cory on their Roundhouse Radio show this afternoon. The topic: Trump’s Executive Order to build a wall on the U.S. southern border. Of course, there already are almost 700 miles of border wall, so we have to presume that Trump aims to extend the wall, though he said that the existing infrastructure is a fence, not a wall. Check it out!

 

For information on the environmental dimensions of the border wall, see the Sierra Club Borderlands Team.

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I am pleased to share Leigh Barrick’s impressive report on family separation, prepared for the American Immigration Council. Leigh prepared Divided by Detention: Asylum-Seeking Families’ Experiences of Separation while conducting research for her dissertation.

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A Manifesto for Abundant Futures

Rosemary, Jessica & I are excited to see Noah Theriault‘s review of our recent paper, A Manifesto for Abundant Futures in the blog, Inhabiting the Anthropocene.

Here is an abstract of our paper:
The concept of the Anthropocene is creating new openings around the question of how humans ought to intervene in the environment. In this article, we address one arena in which the Anthropocene is prompting a sea change: conservation. The path emerging in mainstream conservation is, we argue, neoliberal and postnatural. We propose an alternative path for multispecies abundance. By abundance we mean more diverse and autonomous forms of life and ways of living together. In considering how to enact multispecies worlds, we take inspiration from Indigenous and peasant movements across the globe as well as decolonial and postcolonial scholars. With decolonization as our principal political sensibility, we offer a manifesto for abundance and outline political strategies to reckon with colonial-capitalist ruins, enact pluriversality rather than universality, and recognize animal autonomy. We advance these strategies to support abundant socioecological futures.

Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and Juanita Sundberg. 2015. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 322-330.

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Congratulations, Mike Krebs!

I am pleased to announce the release of Mike Krebs’ MA thesis,

Beyond the new Dawes Act: a critique of the First Nations Property Ownership Act. The thesis offers a critique of the First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA), a contemporary proposal to implement private property regimes on First Nations reserves in Canada.

Great work, Mike!

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In the news…

My work is featured in this fascinating piece by John Washington about the border wall between the United States and Mexico, published in The Nation.

 

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dissertations!

Dawn Hoogeveen and Claudia Sepúlveda recently completed their dissertations in geography at UBC.  It was my pleasure to support their important work. Congratulations to both for reaching the end of one road and best of luck in forging new paths.

Dr.Sepúlveda’s dissertation is entitled Swans, ecological struggles and ontological fractures: a posthumanist account of the Río Cruces disaster in Valdivia, Chile.

Dr. Hoogeveen’s thesis is Geographies of settler colonial dispossession: rejecting gold and prosperity on Tsilhqot’in territory.

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On September 2, I organized and moderated a panel discussion at the University of Arizona about the US government trend of waiving laws in the name of border security. The most recent effort is Senator McCain’s Senate bill 750 to waive all laws on all federal public & tribal lands within 100 miles of the border in southern Arizona & southeast California. McCain recently filed 750 as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

The panel consisted of community experts who have worked tirelessly to stop this and other similar bills. Over sixty people attended from the university as well as the broader community.

Sundberg edited flyer

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