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Distinguished Visiting Fellows


The School of Geography will welcome a variety of visiting academics over the next few months as part of the HSS Distinguished Visiting Fellows Scheme. Events and seminars in the School of Geography will involve Professor Jim Murphy, Associate Professor of Geography at Clark University; Professor Karen Morin, Professor of Geography at Bucknell University, and Dr Tom Cronin, a Research Geologist from the US Geological Survey. Find out about the range of events coming up from the list below. For more information about any of the events or visitors, please contact Dr Amy Tan, Research and Teaching Officer in the School of Geography: 020 78828129 or

Professor Jim Murphy (hosted by Al James).

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Jim is Associate Professor of Geography at Clark University. His research examines the socio-spatial dynamics of economic change in the Global South, working on the economic geographies of everyday practices; on relational economic geographies and ICT technologies in Africa and wood products in Latin America. 

5pm Thursday 7 February - Research Frameworks session (Staff Common Room): "Examining the global economy through Southern voices: Epistemological choices, methodological challenges, and the implications for economic/development geography".
Followed by informal dinner. Paper for discussion is Murphy, J.T. (2012) "Global production networks, relational proximity, and the socio-spatial dynamics of market internationalization in Bolivia's wood products sector," /Annals of the Association of //American Geographers/, 102(1), 208-233.

12.15 Tuesday 12 February - School of Geography Seminar (City Centre Seminar Room, School of Geography). Paper entitled "Reordering global economic relations or reproducing inequalities? A critical assessment of Africa's ICT revolution" Followed by School lunch.

3–5pm Wednesday 27 February - Graduate Masterclass (City Centre Seminar Room, School of Geography). 'Expanding the Economic-Development Geography Trading Zone in Practice'. Methodological / practical orientated session targeting masters and PhD students engaged in research that challenges the traditional boundaries of Economic Geography and Development Geography.

Friday 1 March - One Day Symposium: Economic (In)Security and the Global Economy. Organised by the QMUL Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development. Venue: The City Centre Seminar Room, School of Geography. Organiser: Adrian Smith. Jim Murphy to present in first session:

11.30–13.00: “Globalizing livelihood security? Global production networks and small enterprises in Bolivia and Tanzania”.Other speakers: Cathy McIlwaine, Adrian Smith, Siobhan McGrath, Liam Campling.

Professor Karen Morin (hosted by Miles Ogborn)

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Karen is a feminist historical geographer who has worked on travel writing, geographical knowledge (her most recent book is /Civic Discipline: Geography in America, 1860-1890 /(Ashgate, 2011). She is currently working on, among other things, the US prison system.

12.15 Tuesday 5 March - School of Geography Seminar (City Centre Seminar Room). Entitled "Spatial Violence in the Late Modern US Prison". Followed by Lunch.

1pm–4pm Wednesday 13 March - Workshop (particularly for graduate students) on the *US Penal Crisis:* The American prison system is currently in a state of crisis; the U.S. now has a higher incarceration rate than anywhere else in the world and the highest rate in its own history, with 2.3 million behind bars. The workshop will centre on the philosophies of punishment and related spatial tactics that have developed within the U.S. prison system over the 20th century, examining the crisis through though readings, discussions, and related media (including film excepts).

5pm Thursday 21 March - Research Frameworks session (Staff Common Room): Pre-circulated paper discussion on 'Geography and its Publics'. Followed by dinner.

Arctic sea-ice history from sediment records: implications for future sea-ice

Presented by Dr Thomas M. Cronin, from the United States Geological Survey.
Date: Currently postponed until further notice
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus



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