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Human Geography Seminars: Spring term 2020-21


Welcome to the UCL Human Geography seminar series. The seminar programme for the spring term of the 2020-21 academic year is listed below. The seminars are open to all members of UCL whether you are a student, researcher or a member of academic staff.

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 1 - 2pm (no seminar in Reading Week). This term all seminars will take place online using Microsoft Teams. An Outlook calendar notification will be sent round in advance to members of the human geography seminar distribution list. If you are not on this list and would like to attend then please contact the seminar convenors Tom Western ( and Rory Coulter ( to receive the joining link.

If you plan to attend our seminars please first take a moment to look at our virtual meeting information at the base of this page.

We have a fascinating set of talks lined up and we look forward to welcoming many of you to the seminars as we move through term.

Tom Western and Rory Coulter (seminar series convenors)


Seminar details

DateSpeaker and title
Jan 12th

Radio encounters, everyday peace and the re-making of place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Dr Fabien Cante (UCL Geography)

Jan 19th

Research cluster meetings organised by cluster leads

Jan 26th

Unmapping the Caribbean: Toward a digital praxis of archipelagic sounding

Professor Tao Leigh Goffe (Department of Africana Studies and Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University)
Feb 2nd

UCL Geography PhD student research presentations:

(Re)producing the logistical future

Evelina Gambino

Becoming-with pewen: Understanding human-tree entanglements and its challenges to mainstream conservation

Robert Petitpas
Feb 9th

Taking refuge in time, space and place: The case of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Dr Selma Akay Ertürk (Istanbul University and Visiting Fellow at the UCL Migration Research Unit)
Feb 23rd

Geographical variations in social and psychological experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Karen Mak (Department of Behavioural Science and Health, UCL)
Mar 2nd

Towards a Black mobile ontology: Thinking and researching Blackness in motion

Dr Lioba Hirsch (Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Mar 9th


Deriving settlement outlines from building footprints using DB-Scan for use in OpenStreetMap

Dr Jo Wilkin (UCL Geography)

Mar 16th


Dear Science and Other Stories – book discussion/celebration

Professor Katherine McKittrick (Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s University, Toronto)

With responses from:

Dr Luke de Noronha (Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies, Sarah Parker Remond Centre, UCL)

Dr Xine Yao (Lecturer in American Literature to 1900, UCL English)

To receive the Zoom link to attend please register through Eventbrite:

Mar 23rd

Conspiracies to build: city building and the politics of responsibility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dr Marco Di Nunzio (Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham)

Virtual meeting information

1. Platform and access

  • The seminars will be held on Microsoft Teams. A link to the seminar meeting will be circulated via the seminar email list in advance – please use this link to ‘join’ the meeting at the specified time. You should also be able to add a seminar appointment to your Outlook calendar.
  • Contact the seminar convenors Tom Western ( and Rory Coulter ( if you are not on the distribution list and wish to receive a joining link.

2. ‘Netiquette’ during seminars

  • You will be asked to turn your video and microphone off during the duration of the seminar except if you want to ask a question. We ask you to turn off your video as some participants may not have a stable, high quality internet connection. Feel free to turn on your video when posing a question.
  • The virtual seminars will follow a similar structure as the in-person ones. We will aim to start at 1.05pm in order to let everyone join. After introducing the speaker(s), the talk will last around 25-30 minutes, with the final 20 minutes or so being devoted to questions.
  • If you wish to ask a question, please raise your hand in the Teams chat. At the end of the talk, the chair will ask those with raised hands to ask their question in chronological order. Please lower your hand after you have posed your question.
  • You can also use the chat function for general discussion but please be aware (1) that the speaker will not be monitoring the chat and (2) the raise hand function is used to signal that you have a question.  We ask this to make it easier for the chair to follow the talk, keep track of time and to ensure there is a single consistent method for signaling that you have a question.
  • Seminars will not be recorded as we would not be recording them on campus and we want to encourage a virtual ‘event’ feel. We will revisit this policy as term progresses.

3. Code of conduct statement

Every attendee is expected to conduct themselves appropriately throughout the seminar. UCL Geography is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Any type of harassment will not be tolerated during the virtual seminars. If you notice anything during one of the seminars, please feel free to contact the seminar series convenors on the email addresses below.