Research Colloquium

Join us for a monthly showcase of research-in-progress by Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty members. The campus-community and the general public are invited to interact with faculty in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors, and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.

All colloquium presentations occur in the following location:
UW Bothell, Building UW1, Room 280 (Rose Room)  Directions

Autumn 2014 Speaker Lineup

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Conservation across large landscapes: Reflections on efforts across three continents
Martha Groom 

Wild nature is taking a beating around the world.  As human demands grow exponentially, the spaces used by wild species shrink, morph, and disappear altogether.  Increasingly, conservationists work in more interdisciplinary teams to reform policies that influence land use.  This talk draws on observed efforts to improve interdisciplinary conservation planning in Australia, Denmark, and the Pacific Northwest, to evaluate how these efforts effect on-the-ground outcomes for biodiversity.

Martha Groom is a conservation biologist specializing in plant-animal interactions and conservation of imperiled species. Her work emphasizes the careful application of ecological and evolutionary theory and empirical knowledge to conservation concerns.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Archiving First Drafts of History: Ethnic Media, Community Newspapers
Kristin Gustafson

This presentation examines an interdisciplinary and community-based project that is collaboration with a library, community foundation, and a Japanese-language newspaper publishing since 1902.  Three critical issues emerge in the case of this ongoing preservation project: (1) design decisions shaping digital newspaper archives, (2) methods influencing archive use and interpretation, and (3) selection determining which newspapers.

Kristin Gustafson is an historian and journalist who brings these areas of experience into her research and teaching at IAS.  She is involved in a number of collaborative projects to develop best practices for the digital archiving of news content. Kristin’s current book project examines the formative and activist history of a Seattle-based Asian American newspaper (The International Examiner).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
How I got over: Sameness and difference in “disability community”
Eric Stewart

“Getting over” is a recurrent imperative (or failure) in living with brain injury and other acquired disabilities.  From loss of functionality and awareness to “loss of self,” from disdain of disabled self and others to succumbing to disability identity, there is always something to be got over. In this talk, Stewart will draw on the accounts of several women from his book Living with Brain Injury to consider the ways that getting over operates as a complex, reversible problematic of change and of difference and splitting.

Eric Stewart teaches and researches in the areas of community psychology.  He has a particular focus on how people who have been variously configured on the basis of mental or social health/risk status find ways to resist, transform, or subvert the discourses that constitute their identities and relationships. His most recent monograph is Living with Brain Injury: Narrative, Community and Women’s Renegotiation of Identity (2013).


No RSVP is required for general attendance.  A one-credit course option is available to graduate students.*

Visit this page again soon for more information on these and future presentations. If you have questions regarding the research colloquium series, please contact Bruce Burgett

*A one-credit course option is available to graduate students (BCULST/BPOLST 591).  The first class meeting of the quarter begins at 3:30pm (location TBD), with the actual colloquium presentation beginning at 4:00pm.

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Past Colloquia

Learn about past colloquium presentations.

Subject areas included: education policy, sex trafficking, rethinking Marxism, environmental justice, arts-based research, qualitative geovisualization, religion and HIV risk, conserving biodiversity, human rights, and media activism.