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Lectures, Conferences, and Recognition 

Lectures, Conferences, and Recognition

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Lectures

* = lecture virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

2023:  

  • Seminar workshop presentation: "Why do Residents Repurpose? Autonomous Interests and Decolonial Refusal in Contemporary Mahikeng.” North West University (NWU) Mahikeng History Department, 18 May 2023, Mahikeng, South Africa. Seminar YouTube video forthcoming. 

  • Seminar workshop presentation: “The Graft of Racial Modernism: Pastiche, Hegemony, and Nostalgia in the Former Bophuthatswana Bantustan.” University of the Witwatersrand History Workshop Seminar Series, 17 May 2023, Johannesburg, South Africa. Seminar YouTube video link here

  • University-wide lecture: “Repurposing the Geography of Apartheid,” Columbia University Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) Graduate Lectureship, 24 February 2023, New York, NY. Lecture informational link here and YouTube video of presentation here

  • *Seminar workshop presentation: “Method Acts Workshop: Repurposing South African Bantustans,” Society of Architectural Historians Method Acts Workshops, 3 February 2023, Chicago, IL and virtual. Workshop informational link here
     

2022:  

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  • *Seminar workshop presentation:  “Ponte: Structural Reappropriation And Institutional Reformation In Emerging Johannesburg,” University of the Witwatersrand History Workshop Seminar Series, 18 August 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Seminar informational link here and YouTube video of presentation here

Conferences (Invited and Attended)

* = conference virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

** = accepted, but conference cancelled due to COVID-19

 

2024:  

  • Conference Presentation: “From Displaced Urbanization to Displaced Urbanism: Repurposing and the ‘Territorial-Scale Peri-Urban’ in Mahikeng, South Africa." International Conference on Urban Affairs (UAA), New York City, NY USA, April 24–27, 2024.

 

2023:  

  • Conference Presentation and Session Moderator/Discussant: “Radical Failure and World-Building in Abolitionist Organizing,American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting. Montréal, Quebec, Canada, November 2 – 5, 2023.

    • Conference presentation: “Resident Repurposing as Public Solidarity? Repossessive Urban Placemaking in Former South African Bantustans

    • Conference discussant: session on “Radical Failure and World-Building in Abolitionist Organizing

  • Conference Roundtable Discussion: “Repurposing the Geography of Apartheid: Incremental Vernacular Planning in a Former South African Bantustan,” Boston University (BU) Initiative on Cities Conference, Gentrification and Displacement: An International Dialogue. Boston, MA, USA, October 26 – 28, 2023.

  • Conference Presentation: “Repurposing the Geography of Apartheid: Incremental Vernacular Planning in a Former South African Bantustan.American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference. Miami, FL, October 19¬–21, 2023.

  • Conference Presentation: “Master-Planning Nairobi? Pretention and Planned Dependency for an Erstwhile Colonial Capital.Fifty-first Annual Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference. Nashville, TN, April 26–29, 2023.

  • Conference Presentation: “Place Re-Naming, Jurisdictional Integration, and Attempted Decoloniality: Symbolic and Material Reparation in South Africa.American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, March 23–27, 2023.

  • Conference Presentation: “Jurisdictional Integration, Equity, and Political Representation: Lessons from South Africa.Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference to the AAG) Annual Meeting. Institute of Behavioral Science, Boulder, CO, March 22, 2023. 

  • Conference Micro-Field Studio Leader: “Cataloguing Toward a Place-Based Atlas: Hinterlands of the Capitalocene in Biosphere 2.” Urban Humanities (UH) Inaugural (Un)Conference. Urban Humanities Network, Tucson, AZ, March 3–5, 2023.

2022:  

  • Selected through competitive application process as PhD (Doctoral) Workshop Participant:Repurposing South African Bantustans: Specters of Planning’s Past in a Contested Present.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 24–28, 2022.

  • Conference Presentation: “From ‘Citizen Jane’ to an Institutional History of Power and Social Change: Problematizing Urban Planning’s Jane Jacobs Historiography.” Society for American City and Regional Planning History Conference, 2022. New York, NY, October 20–22, 2022.

  • Conference Presentation: “From ‘Citizen Jane’ to an Institutional History of Power and Social Change: Problematizing Urban Planning’s Jane Jacobs Historiography.Fiftieth Annual Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference. Washington, D.C., April 12–14, 2022.

  • Conference convenor and moderator of 5-paper and 1-panel sessions (moderator/discussant): “Territorializing Memory,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. 25 February – 1 March, 2022. New York, New York.

    • *Conference convener and moderator: “Territorializing Memory I and II”; “Memory and Home”; “Race, Place, Community and Memory”; “Memory and 9/11”; “Territory and Memory Roundtable Panel.”

    • *Conference presentation: “Fostering Connection across Informal Cities: The Need for 21st Century Digital Urban Infrastructures.”

 

2021:  

  • *Conference Presentation: “Recombinant Zones of Exception: Racialized Labor Precarity in Former Bantustan Special Economic Zones (SEZs),” Fifth Annual 2021 International Conference on Border Studies: Everyday Borders, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Edinburg, Texas, October 27–29, 2021.

  • *Conference Presentation: “Planning, Violence, and Crisis in Sociohistorical Perspective,” The Eleventh International Conference on Food Studies, 28–30 October, 2021, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • *Conference presentation:  “Government A La Carte, ‘Fend-For-Yourself’ Federalism, or Local Control? Interrogating Special Districts in Colorado,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting, 7–8 and 21–23 October 2021, Miami, Florida. ACSP Student Volunteer for the conference

  • *Conference presentation: “Footprints About the Bantustan: Migration and Memory in Former South African Bantustans.”  Fifth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference.  July 5–9, 2021 at the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. 

  • *Conference presentation:  “Situated Tensions and Recurrent Public Memories: Violence as a Genre of Everyday Urban Life in South African Cities,” University of Wisconsin Madison Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Symposium, 15–16 April, 2021, Madison, WI.

  • *Conference session moderator/discussant: “Territories of Agrarian Industrial Transformation,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. 7–11 April, 2021. Seattle, WA.

    • *Conference presentation:  “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”    

  • *Conference presentation:  "Tracing Mikhael Subotzky on Securitization: Intersubjectivity and the Photographic Encounter,” Placing: New Engagements with the ‘Environment.’  18–20 March, 2021, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (conference link here).

  • *Conference presentation:  “Local Government Arrangements and Political Economy in Former South African Bantustans.”  Thirteenth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy. 11 March 2021, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  

2020:  

  • *Conference presentation:  “Ponte: Structural Reappropriation and Institutional Reformation in Emerging Johannesburg.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting.  5–8 November 2020.  Toronto, Canada.

  • *Conference presentation: “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”  Tenth International Conference on Food Studies.  17–18 October 2020.  Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY. 

  • *Conference Presentation:  “Agrarian-Industrial Transformation in Modernizing Ethiopia: The Cases of the Gibe III Dam and Nestown Initiative,”  Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). 18–20 July 2020, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • **Conference presentation: “Footprints About the Bantustan: Migration and Memory in Former South African Bantustans.”  Fourth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference.  18–21 June, 2020.  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

  • **Conference presentation: “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”  Thirteenth Global Studies Conference.  4–5 June, 2020.  Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. 

  • **Conference session moderator/discussant:  Territories of Agrarian Industrial Transformation,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting.  6–10 April, 2020.  Denver, CO.

    • **Conference presentation“Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.” 

  • **Conference presentation“Local Government Arrangements and Political Economy in Former South African Bantustans.”  Twelfth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy. 11 March 2020, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ​

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Recognition (Awards, Honors, Service)

  • American Association of Geographer (AAG) (Washington, DC, virtual, May 2021–present):

    • Winner, Gary Gaile Travel Award, Development Geographies Specialty Group (DGSG), 2023.

    • Featured in the Socialist & Critical Geography Specialty Group (SCGSG) Spring 2023 newsletter, the Africa Specialty Group Spring 2023 newsletter, and the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 newsletters. 

    • Arrangements Committee (AC) Member, 2023: Organize field trips, keynote speakers, and organizational attendance in Denver for the 2023 annual meeting. 

    • Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), 2022–2023. 

    • AAG Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group: graduate student travel and research award. Research and award featured in SCGSC’s Spring 2022 newsletter.

    • Arrangements Committee (AC) Member, 2022: ​Write publications on New York City and critical geography for the 2022 annual meeting (publication link here).

    • Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), 2022–2023.

    • Research featured in the American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2022–2023 Africa Specialty Group (more here).

    • Graduate Student Travel Research Award, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Socialist & Critical Geography Specialty Group (SCGSC). Research and award featured in SCGSC’s Spring 2022 newsletter.
       

  • Urban Affairs Association (UAA) 50th Annual Conference (Nashville, TN, April 2023; Washington, DC, April 2022):

    • Accepted as participant in the graduate student professional-development workshop: “Graduate Speed Mentoring.” 

    • Accepted as participant in two graduate student professional-development workshops at the Spring 2022 UAA conference: “The Dissertation” and “Getting a Job.” 
       

  • Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), (September 2019–present)

    • Founder of the UP PhD Working Group (Spring 2022–present); member of GSAPP Program Council (student leadership council, 2021–2022); moderated Spring 2022 GSAPP Urban Planning alumni career-advising workshop. ​​

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 2022):

    • Accepted as participant in the PhD (Doctoral) Workshop participant for research “Repurposing South African Bantustans: Specters of Planning’s Past in a Contested Present.”

    • Student conference volunteer, 2021. ​​

  • Whizz ICT Centre, Site C Khayelitsha, pro bono advisor and strategist (January 2021–present)

    • Apply for grants from groups like Casidra, Vodacom, and the The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA); work with Pamela Siphika, CEO of Whizz, to partner with the Intlanganiso Secondary School helping learners without phones and computers join remote classes at Whizz through Google Classroom; expand Whizz to a second location, in the coloured/mixed-race community of Eerste River; manage active partnerships with three groups of UCT students through the Knowledge-Action Coop.  

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  • Journal Peer Reviewer (November 2020–present)

    • Qeios (November 2022); International Journal of Mental Health Systems (November 2022); Urban Forum (October 2022); Urban Affairs Review (UAR) (December 2021, February 2021); Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA) (November 2020). 

  • Detroit Fellow, Humanity In Action (HIA), Detroit, MI (November 2019)

    • ​​Selected through competitive process as Humanity in Action Detroit Fellow, a financially supported 10-day immersive program focused on community-centered efforts and urban redevelopment in Detroit. Worked alongside nonprofit organization (Urban Farmers Inc) to conduct user-centric project design of a housing project that pairs senior citizen assisted living and housing with children aged out of foster youth. Conducted market research on senior apartment buildings in the Metro Detroit area (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland Counties) and created engaging profiles of potential future inhabitants of the housing project.  Developed narrative stories from seniors and youth aging out of foster care that are potential residents of the new buildings, conducting audio and video interviews with old and young prospective residents as part of a larger storytelling activity.

  • Emerging Scholar

    • The Eleventh International Conference on Food Studies, 28–30 October, 2021, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark. More information here.  A link to the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) newsletter mentioning the award here.

  • PhD Planning, Law and Property Rights Thematic Group E-Seminar

    • With the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 15 July 2021. 

  • Rikers Debate Project

    • Member, Board of Directors​

    • Volunteer, 2016–2018

  • Sigmund G. Ginsburg Urban Fellows Founder's Award and valedictory end-of-program send-off speaker

    • Chosen by a vote of Urban Fellow peers as the fellow who best embodies the spirit and values of the NYC Urban Fellows Program. 

  • Stanford in Government (SIG)

    • Chair (2014–2015), Director of Communications (2013–2014), Director of Alumni Relations (2012–2013)

  • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Academic Honor Society (junior-year selection), 2014–2015

  • Public Service Honor Society

    • ​Junior-year selection, 2014–2015

  • Stanford Alumni Association Award of Excellence, 2015

  • Stanford Urban Studies Program, graduation Commencement Speaker, 2015

  • National Finalist for Rhodes, Marshall, and Michel David-Weill (Sciences Po) Scholarships, 2015

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