Conferences this Spring: GeoSym2016 (2/5-6), SEMSEC (3/4-6), and AAG (3/27-4/2)

An update to let you all know where and when you can find me and my research this Spring Semester.

GeoSym_flyer11x17.jpgGEOSYM 2016
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
February 5 – 6, 2016

This is not only a chance to see me present some of my research on France, but also visit my first conference as an event coordinator. My good friend and colleague Savannah Collins and I are currently in the home stretch of pulling the final schedule together for the papers, panels, and workshops. It’s been a challenging and already rewarding process, and we’re excited to welcome over 50 scholars, including our keynote Dr. Dydia DeLyser, to the symposium. I had wanted Dr. DeLyser to feature at this event ever since I became the chair of the 2016 event over two years ago now. Her talks on the geographic history of neon light restoration at AAG 2013 and 2014 were as entertaining as they were fascinating. For this conference, she will be presenting on the Geographies of Materiality, focusing on the restoration of three Indian Motocycles [sic]. Our schedule and other details are posted at our Facebook event here, and will shortly be added to the official page on our department’s site here.


 

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SEMSEC
Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Annual Meeting
Southern Academy of the Performing Arts
San Fernando, Trinidad
March 4-6, 2016

This sounds horrible, I know. Not that I post a whole lot anyway, but I’ll try to minimize the amount of beach photos on social media so you don’t all get jealous and start plotting my demise. No matter where the conference is held, I’m glad to be able to make my return to SEMSEC with my French DC/punk research in between eating my weight in doubles and sneaking in some scuba diving. Also, if anyone knows where to find the good dusty Calypso records, I’m all about that, too.


 

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AAG
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
March 27 – April 2, 2016

I’m excited to see a lot of the usual suspects this time around, even some of the less-than-usual suspects, making the trek across the globe to one of the our coolest and most expensive cities. I’ll be presenting my paper at 6pm on Wednesday, April 30th. I’ll also be performing in the Second Annual GeoSlam! Event. More info on all this as it draws closer.

I’ve got some planning and budgeting to do.

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UTK Geography Research Symposium this Weekend! (Open to the public)

Symposium_logoAs we all wait with bated breath for Shane Rhyne to dig up his old Japanese country music documentary appearance so we can digitize it, I’m very excited to announce the greatest possible distraction in the form of the UTK Department of Geography Research Symposium! This is a biennial invitational event where some of the top cutting-edge researchers in the region come to together to present papers and discuss advances in geographic studies. The proceedings will include a series of posters by undergraduates in the department, a Geography Quiz Bowl event that should get crazy, and a keynote address by Dr. William Moseley of Macalester College. You can download the whole program HERE and you can read about Dr. Moseley  and his work HERE.

I have pasted the schedule of events and details about locations below. For those of you in Knoxville or nearby, see you fine folks this weekend.

Symposium_scheduleFor those of you who would like to see me give a solid preview of what’s to come at the AAG Meeting in Tampa this year, I will be presenting on Friday afternoon in a session with my friends and colleagues Ruth Bowling and Tyler Mitchell (reading for Ryan Taussig). More info is pasted below.

1:00-1:50 Human I (UC 221):

  • “Creating Place, Building Community: A Case Study of the Antagonist Art Movement.”
    by Ruth Bowling, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee
  • “‘The Boston I Knew is Lying on the Ground:’ Reinterpreting Boston Landscapes Through Song.”
    by Tyler Sonnichsen, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee
  • “Landscape and Soundscape in Olivier Messian’s Des canyons aux étoiles. . .”
    by Ryan Taussig, Department of Music, University of Tennessee