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

Winter 2015 Speaker Lineup

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Modeling Agricultural Change Through Logistic Regression and Cellular Automata: A case study on shifting cultivation
Santiago Lopez

Agricultural expansion is one of the prime driving forces of global land cover change. The patterns and processes associated with agricultural expansion from indigenous cultivation systems are not well understood, despite an increasing focus on the causes of that expansion. The study presented here analyzes agricultural change associated with subsistence-based indigenous production systems in the lower Pastaza River Basin in the Ecuadorian Amazon in an effort to understand local landscape dynamics associated with shifting cultivation systems and their implications for land management.

Santiago Lopez’s work has its theoretical and empirical base in geographic information science (GISc) (i.e. the science behind geotechnologies such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing, and spatial statistics).  His research addresses questions of how spatial and social theories can be merged and what role new spatial technologies have in answering the questions of each.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Feminist Archives and Activism in the Americas
Julie Shayne and Kristy Leissle

This presentation looks at how one transforms essays into a feminist archive using Julie Shayne’s anthology Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas as the starting point. Taking Risks in an interdisciplinary collection of scholars/activists/artists who write about and participate in social justice movements in the Americas. In the text, and thus the “archive,” we look at the activists in the chapters as storytellers and “organic intellectuals,” and the risks that academia assigns to those of us who pursue those stories in our scholarly endeavors.

Julie Shayne’s research focuses on gender, revolution/resistance, and feminism in Latin America and the diaspora. She is interested in how, why, and when women participate in revolutionary struggles, how, why, and when they organize as feminists, and how these two types of movements are related to one another. Taking Risks is her third book and was published in 2014.

Kristy Leissle specializes in feminist international political economy, development, global trade, and sub-Saharan Africa, especially that continent’s political-agricultural and colonial histories. She co-authored the introduction and conclusion to Taking Risks with Julie Shayne.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Revolutionary Subjects:  The Mexican Revolution and the Transnational Emergence of Mexican American Literature and Culture, 1910-1959
Yolanda Padilla

This presentation considers critical developments in American studies through a literary-historical study of Mexican American engagements with the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). It reveals Mexicans on the U.S.-Mexico border to have been transnational actors who critiqued and re-imagined the Revolution from their vantage point to the north. Mexican Americans actively responded to the Revolution, attempting to shape many of its most important political and social currents in ways that subsequently informed their struggles for social justice in the United States. Padilla traces how the Revolution's literary, political, and social legacies unfolded in Mexican American culture, foregrounding Mexico's role in the story of Mexican Americans, indexing the active presence of Mexican politics and culture north of the border, and elucidating the place of Mexican Americans at the center of issues encompassing ethnic, national, and transnational concerns. 

Yolanda Padilla works at the intersection of American, Latin American, and Latina/o studies, with an emphasis on transnational approaches to these fields. Her research is animated by an interest in the ways that minority communities in the United States have understood the local specificities of their experiences in relation to global designs and world-historical events.


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.