Our voices are a primary means of how we as geographers take up space.  C-SWIG is a space where we should feel free to speak and should recognize the importance of listening to others.  In recognition of the importance of being heard, this year our C-SWIG meetings are about “Speaking Up.”

November: SWIG as a space for speaking

SWIG is a space for speaking, for supporting each other and learning from each other.  How then should we speak to each other?  How can we listen?  Furthermore, how can we mentor each other in positive and productive ways?

Post-Meeting Suggested Readings:

Hardwick, S. 2005. Mentoring Early Career Faculty in Geography: Issues and Strategies. Professional Geographer 57(1) 21-27. (available online through the library website)

Moss, P, K. J. Debres, A. Cravey, J. Hyndman, K.K. Hirschboeck, and M. Masucci. 1999. Toward Mentoring as Feminist Praxis: Strategies for ourselves and others. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 23(3): 413-427.

December 13th: He Said, She Said

What are the ways in which men and women are socialized to speak differently?  What are the implications of these everyday behaviours?  How do they frame us or position us in the classroom or other academic environments?  What is the intellectual impact?

Suggested Readings:

Moi, Toril. Discussion or Aggression? Arrogance and Despair in Graduate School

January 18th: How to lead when you speak

Do we speak with authority as an instructor or a discussant?  How can we better lead a class, discussion or meeting?  What are strategies for speaking with more authority?

Of interest to this week’s topic are a couple of short readings on “the impostor phenomenon”:



February 21: Speaking of Networking

Networking is a crucial aspect of our careers and can be accomplished in a variety of forums.  How does one network?  Where does one network?  What voice do you want to be heard?

Hanson, S. 2000. Networking.  Professional Geographer 52(4): 751-758.

March 23: Conversations between Advisor/Advisee

Negotiating a relationship with your advisor or advisee can be difficult.  What are some strategies for better communication?  What should you do if you don’t feel heard?

April: Fields of discourse

This meeting focuses upon professional relationships in the field. For some of us, this speaking is conducted with interviewees.  For others, we may be collaborating with other academics.  What are the logistics of communicating in the field?  What are the politics of intellectual property?


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