Several CUNY Geography students are presenting at this year’s Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Below are a few examples of panels and paper sessions students are taking part in. For many more listings, go to http://www.aag.org/
- Uneven development through railroad infrastructures: The case of Mexico 1880-1910
Hector Agredano, PhD Student – CUNY Graduate Center
In this paper I review the literature on development and underdevelopment relating to the expansion of railroad infrastructures in Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century. These are then juxtaposed to the theory of uneven development (Smith, 1990). The expansion of transportation and communications infrastructures under the Porfiriato is then theorized through the lens of uneven development, specifically focusing on the Juárez-Torreón line of the Mexican Central Railway. Through this review I explore the potential of an alternative but complimentary narrative to the theory of uneven development that may arise from an analysis of infrastructural development during this period.
- privatization and access on an israeli beach: understanding social protest
Naomi M Adiv, MS – CUNY Graduate Center
An ideal quality attributed to public space is universal access, defined through quantity of goods, spatial distribution, bodily access by all persons without threat of harrassment, or access to democratic participation both in and regarding the space.
The Herzliya municipal beach falls under general Israeli public access laws. Everyone is allowed in at all times, with lifeguards provided during particular hours. A series of shade structures also offers robust public access for individuals and families. Since 2010, only one of five shade structures still stands on the Herzliya beach, as space has been taken over by a beachfront bar renting lounge chairs and umbrellas for upwards of 40 NIS ($10).
Here, business operates just inside of the rules, effectively edging people out who don’t comply with fee-for-service. The unspoken principle that the restaurant could colonize the public beach around the communal shade structures has been done away with; users who counted on that access are quietly being edged out.
Between July 14 and September 3, Israel witnessed the largest social protest in history of the state. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis camped out in tent cities and marched in the street, calling for government accountability and a return to the principles and practices of the welfare state. While the protests have been criticized for lack of focus, for serving only the middle class, and for not focusing on Palestinian sovereignty, I would like to examine this micro-case of beach privatization in the context of the protests as a call for access.
- Three back-to-back panel sessions as part of the AAG subConference
Organized by our very own alumni, Amanda Huron and Christian Anderson
“How we walk the talk: action research and activist scholarship, past, present and future.”
Wednesday, April 10
“La Brea Room” the Westin Hotel, lobby level
2403 – 12:40-2:20: Re-Imagining the University and its Publics
Sam Halvorsen: the occupy research collective in London
Camille Vergnaud: community/university engagement in France and the U.S.
Nicole Nguyen: “what sustains us?” in action research and the academy
Victoria Habermehl: the Really Open University and the Space Project – U.K.
Kurt Iveson: discussant
2503 – 2:40-4:20: Action as Research, Research as Action
Hillary Caldwell: Picture the Homeless: creating activist networks
Jonathan London: PAR in environmental justice work in California
Caitlin Cahill: Brooklyn Public Scholars and SLC/Mestizo Arts and Activism
Heather McLean: Collaborating with community based researchers to disrupt exclusionary planning in Ontario
Mara Ferreri: Anti-gentrification struggles in South London
2603 – 4:40-6:20: Expeditions and Institutes: Legacies and Futures
Ronald Horvath:The Detroit Geographic Expedition and Institute: a historic perspective
Bree Kessler: The Anchorage Geographic Expeditions
Amanda Matles: The Detroit Geographic Expedition and Institute workshop, 2012 / The New York Geographic Expedition and Institute
Matt Bissen: The New York Geographic Expedition and Institute
Cindi Katz: Detroit, New York, and beyond / The New York Geographic Expedition and Institute