08 May 2021

PGS Lecture Series 2021-06: Lou Angeli Ocampo on hazardscape in a mining district in Benguet

Hazardscape has been understood variously as the “physical susceptibility of a place and the vulnerability of human life” (Khan & Crozier 2009) and a “way of seeing that asserts power and as a socio-environmental space where the gaze of power is contested and struggled against to produce the lived reality of hazardous places” (Mustafa 2005). What undergirds hazardscape as transdisciplinary in the social sciences is the broadening of the concept of riskscapes that include perception and the personal, cultural and societal responses and experiences. 

For the 6th iteration of the PGS Lecture Series for 2021, the Philippine Geographical Society welcomes Dr Lou Angeli Ocampo who will deliver her presentation entitled Mining Hazardscape and Risk Perception. The talk happens on May 14, 2021 (Friday) at 6:00PM. Focusing on Itogon, Benguet, the presentation spotlights the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) – a rural livelihood activity for this Philippine mineral district. 

Dr Ocampo will highlight the creation of vulnerable conditionalities in the said locale where contradictory and poorly implemented policies complexify the issue of resource access and where local miners were merely seen as sources of labor. Decades of large-scale underground and open-pit mining created a hazardscape due to the presence unrehabilitated abandoned mines. Hazardscape production is compounded by the continued limited access to these mineral lands, as abandoned mine sites are still largely corporate-owned. The lack of legal recognition of ASGM forces small-scale gold miners to make a living by informally occupying abandoned mine sites, conducting clandestine operations, and engaging in unsafe mining practices. The presentation gives extra weight to miners’ perception of risk by drawing on their local knowledges and experiences.

Dr Ocampo is an assistant professor of the Department of Geography at the University of the Philippines-Diliman who specializes in political ecologies and rural geographies with a particular focus on risk perception, socio-natural hazards and disasters. Her research also touches on the link between indigenous knowledge and resource management. Dr Ocampo currently sits as coordinator for the social sciences for the Tri-College Philippine Studies Program. She is also part of the team for the Laboratory for the Analysis of Places, Landscapes and European Countryside (LAPLEC) at the Université de Liège. She is currently in the steering committee of the International Geographical Union-Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems (IGU-CSRS)

This talk is co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography

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28 April 2021

Geography Webbynar #7 (2020-2021) - Linda Quiquivix on geopolitical mapping of Palestine

How can a group of displaced Palestinians overcome cartographic erasures in their homeland amidst the Israel-Palestine conflict? How can willful and determined mapping aid in the refugees' quest to assert their historical presence onto the disputed land? Finally, how can the geoweb (through Google Earth) serve as a battlefield in the conflict?

For the 7th Geography Webbynar Lecture Series for 2020-2021 academic year, the UP Department of Geography presents a lecture entitled Palestine Mapping by Dr Linda Quiquivix. Based on her dissertation field research in Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Dr Quiquivix will discuss how cartographically placing Israel’s founding and perpetual violence at the fore, as the Palestinian refugees’ counter-cartography does, can help to move forward the refugees’ demands for justice.

Dr Quiquivix obtained her PhD in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a postdoc at the Critical Global Humanities at Brown University's Cogut Center, and has a certificate at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Fluent in Arabic, she has given several talks on the Israel-Palestine conflict from the lenses of cartography to critically examine various liberation struggles. Of particular interest are two articles she wrote that frame the role of radical cartography in the Israel-Palestine conflict: Art of War, Art of Resistance: Palestinian Counter-Cartography on Google Earth (Annals of the American Geographers, 2014), and When the Carob Tree Was the Border: On Autonomy and Palestinian Practices of Figuring it Out (Capitalism Nature Socialism, 2013).

This talk is co-sponsored by the graduate seminar class in Cultures of Mapping and Countercartographies (Geography 292), the Geonarratives Mapping Project, and the Philippine Geographical Society through its Lecture Series.

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24 April 2021

Geography Webbynar #6 (2020-2021) - Pavithra Vasudevan on environmental racism and racial capitalism

How does race intersect with environmental toxicities? What forms of resistance coalesce in an environment peopled with "unruly natures"? How is nature weaponised for anti-Blackness?

For the second Geography Webbynar (formerly the Geography Brownbag Lecture Series) of the Second Semester A.Y. 2020-2021, the UP Department of Geography welcomes Dr Pavithra Vasudevan who will talk on An Intimate Inventory of Race and Waste on April 28 (Wednesday) 2021 at 9:30 AM Philippine Standard Time (April 27, Tuesday at 8:30 PM Central Time).

Dr Vasudevan sees intimacy as a crucial analytic for understanding racial capitalism as a political and ecological project in multiple spheres including the workplace, the home, the community and the landscape. Using the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in Badin, North Carolina as case study, she argues that industrial toxicity produces an intimate monstrosity that complicates Black subjects’ relationship to racial oppression.

Dr. Pavithra Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She has a PhD in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Vasudevan has received the Glenda Laws Award given by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in 2021. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues. She was awarded for her feminist-inspired, participatory action research that is bringing attention to environmental racism among Black communities in North Carolina.

Her latest publication is entitled "The domestic geopolitics of racial capitalism" with Sara Smith (Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space), 2020. She also made a short film on environmental racism called Remembering Kearneytown (2016).

To register, please go to this link: https://bit.ly/3tzls1y

This talk is co-sponsored by the Philippine Geographical Society through the PGS Lecture Series.