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This is now a Hybrid event:


- In person (27 aud): RSVP to Erin Conway ( Bagged lunches at the end (half vegetarian friendly) while supplies last.


The Division of Social Sciences Presents this semester’s Luncheon Seminar Series.

All talks are 12-1pm


This talk features:

Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography

Title: ‘A Sea of Islands,’ or ‘Deficit Places’?: U.S. Empire, Decolonization, and Geographical Imaginations at Work in the Pacific Islands

Brief Description: Western ideas about the Pacific Islands as remote, distant, and sparsely populated—and, by extension, ideas about islanders’ (in)capacity for self-government—have directly shaped U.S. practices and international oversight in the Pacific Islands since WWI, with long-lasting effects on Pacific sovereignty and citizenship. This talk explores the history of U.S. empire’s Pacific geography—how erstwhile colonial formations have persisted across formal shifts in islands’ sovereignty—and the geographical imaginaries that motivated particular imperial ambitions, as well as the indigenous conceptualizations of islands and oceans that have animated Pacific Islanders’ resistance to empire.

Next SOSC Brown Bag is with Professor Paul Lopes on Nov 18th & will be a in person event only. Calendar link.

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