Journeys Ended Here: Multispecies Geographies of Roads and "Roadkill" 

Thursday, February 4, 2021  |   12:30 pm  |  Online 

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Animals killed on roads occupy a peculiar place in the socio-political landscape. A combination of the mundane frequency of their deaths by automobile and the accidental nature of these deaths works to excuse and obscure the violence wrought by the everyday movement of people from one place to another. Looking at the everyday geographies of road travel and animals killed on roads helps us to comprehend a number of things including the long and seemingly innocuous history of road development, the way that human entitlement to space and landscapes can cause harm to nonhuman animal species and their habitats, and how we might respond. What are these animals owed? How might our responses to these lives and deaths shape and transform human-animal relations? 

Speaker Bio:

katie-gillespie.jpgKatie Gillespie is a postdoctoral scholar in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Her work focuses on understanding the everyday geographies of violence in multispecies relationships, for instance, in the case of animals raised for food and those used in biomedical research.  

We will be giving away two copies of Dr. Gillespie's recent book, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 (University of Chicago Press, 2018), which looks at the lives of cows in the dairy industry. 

Past Topics:

Oct 7, 2020  |  All volcanoes are not equal: An overview of Canadian volcanoes, location, and risks.

This presentation took the audience on a whirlwind tour of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt and Cascadia Subduction Zone to explore the implications for humans of these incredible and beautiful formations.

Speaker Bio:
Dominique Weis is the Canada Research Chair in the Geochemistry of the Earth's Mantle, among other distinguished titles. Her research focuses on mantle plumes, the use of geochemical tools to resolve Indigenous-led questions regarding artifacts, and using biomonitors (eg honey, salmon) to trace metal distribution in reservoirs.

Oct 16  |   What you can do to reduce climate change.

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate once said "Every bit of warming matters. Every year matters. Every choice matters." But some choices matter more than others. This presentation will explore the different personal actions that contribute to climate change mitigation, and discuss the ways we can change our culture to help avoid the worst consequences of a warming world. 

Speaker bio
Seth Wynes is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. He studies the ways that we can mitigate climate change through personal behaviours, education and policy. His book What you can do to reduce climate change will be available in Canada starting October 29th. 

Feb 7, 2019  |  Climate change: What to expect, and how geography can help!

Our climate has already changed. From larger forest fires to more intense storms, communities across British Columbia are already reporting the impacts of our changing climate on people and environments. This fascinating presentation will explore the foundations of climate science, and reveal how geographers and communities are working together to reduce negative impacts and help you prepare for the changes ahead.

Gillian Aubie VinesSpeaker Bio:

Gillian Aubie-Vines is a social geographer and planner holding a Masters degree in Cities, Space, and Society from the London School of Economics, and has worked globally on a variety of sustainability issues related to energy, climate change, water, waste, transportation, and social justice. Gillian’s career focuses on supporting local and provincial governments, First Nations, and institutions to plan for and reach their sustainability goals. She is the founder and principal of Pinna Sustainability, and a faculty member of Langara College.

Oct 4, 2018  |  Making room for food: The Agricultural Land Reserve and local culinary culture.

The Lower Mainland of British Columbia has a strong culinary culture that contributes economically and socially to the region. This food system is supported in part by a vibrant agricultural system that is unusual due to legislated land tenure for the industry. This talk will explore the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the role it plays in supporting a diverse culinary culture grounded in fresh, local product.

Speaker description

Dr. Lenore NewmanDr. Lenore Newman is a writer and urban geographer. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute and Associate Professor of Geography.

Dr. Newman’s book, “Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey” is available for purchase at Langara’s bookstore.

About the series
“Spacing Out: Mind Expanding Talks in Geography”

Once a semester, Langara’s Geography department brings distinguished academics and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience from the field. Speakers are selected from both sides of the discipline - human and physical geography. Lectures are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.