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Decolonising geographical knowledges, or reproducing coloniality?

For our reading group on 12th June, members of RAD.GE picked Decolonising geographical knowledges, or reproducing coloniality?, a draft paper authored by James Esson, Richard Baxter, Patricia Noxolo, Parvati Raghuram, Patricia Daley and Margaret Byron. This draft paper was written by the authors in response to the RBS-IBG Conference theme for 2017 on decolonising geographical … Continue reading Decolonising geographical knowledges, or reproducing coloniality?

Reflections on Little Rock

For our 6th RAD.GE reading group meeting we picked Hannah Arendt's controversial piece "Reflections on Little Rock", which she published in 1959 in Dissent Magazine. in 1954, The U.S. Supreme Court had declared all laws establishing segregated schools to be unconstitutional, and had called for their desegregation. In response to this nine black students were … Continue reading Reflections on Little Rock

Data colonialism through accumulation by dispossession: new metaphors for daily data

For our fourth RAD.GE meeting, we read through Jim Thatcher, David O'Sullivan and Dillon Mahmoudi's (2016) paper 'Data colonialism through accumulation by dispossession: New metaphors for daily data', published in Environment & Planning D: Society and Space Vol. 34 (6): 990-1006. This was a particularly fascinating discussion as were joined by colleagues from the Informatics … Continue reading Data colonialism through accumulation by dispossession: new metaphors for daily data

The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative

For our third RAD.GE meeting, we selected Andreas Malm and Alf Hornborg's paper titled "The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative", which was published in The Anthropocene Review in 2014. This paper critiques the conceptualisation of "Anthropocene", arguing that it tends to obfuscate the contribution of the ruling capitalist class and technologies … Continue reading The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative

Imaginaries of Hope: The Utopianism of Degrowth

For our second RAD.GE session of 2017 we read through Giorgos Kallis and Hug March's (2015) paper Imaginaries of Hope: The Utopianism of Degrowth, first published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105 (2): 360-368. The paper is an intriguing one because it uses a fictional novel - Ursula K. Le Guin's … Continue reading Imaginaries of Hope: The Utopianism of Degrowth

The economic valuation of nature: A question of justice?

For our first RAD.GE session of 2017 we read Brett Matulis The economic valuation of nature: A question of justice? To complement this, we also included Esteve Corbera's  (2015) Valuing nature, paying for ecosystem services and realizing social justice: A response to Matulis alongside Matulis' (2015) Valuing nature: A reply to Esteve Corbera. All three … Continue reading The economic valuation of nature: A question of justice?