Geographies of Justice Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 12:00pm to Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 6:00pm
319 Walker Building 112 Walker Building 213 Buckhout Building

About the Symposium 

The Geographies of Justice symposium is intended to facilitate interactions between scholars and policymakers from various backgrounds to examine new directions in social and environmental justice.  Traditionally focused upon differential exposure to environmental hazards, the concept of justice is experiencing a renaissance with emerging interest in topics such as race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality, the differential socio-ecological effects of climate change, migration and citizenship, and sustainable development within and between developed and developing countries. This symposium will facilitate an engagement with these new directions to push the theoretical and methodological boundaries on justice and the environment.  


Readings for the three sessions of the symposium are attached below. We plan to use them as a starting point for broader discussion in each session.


Friday, September 30, 2011

2:00–3:30                           Discussion Session 1: Justice as Theory and Practice

213 Buckhout Building       Panelists:  Melissa Wright (Penn State), Brian King (Penn State),

                                       Kevin St. Martin (Rutgers), Bob Wilson (Syracuse)

3:30–4:00                           Informal Coffee Hour (refreshment break)

319 Walker Building

4:00–5:30                          Keynote Address: Mining for Justice in Tanzania

112 Walker Building             Speaker: Dr. Richard Schroeder, Rutgers University

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2:00–3:30                         Discussion Session 2: Climate Change Justice

109 Walker Building            Panelists: Matt Huber (Syracuse), Brent McCusker (West Virginia),        

                                         James McCarthy (Clark), Petra Tschakert (Penn State)

4:00–5:30                         Discussion Session 3: Development and Justice

109 Walker Building            Panelists: Karl Zimmerer (Penn State), Ed Carr (South Carolina),

                                         Trevor Birkenholtz (Rutgers), Heidi Hausermann (Penn State)

The Geographies of Justice symposium is sponsored by the Department of Geography, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and The Center for Global Studies.