What Remains: Landscape and method in post-quake Gyumri

By Evangeline McGlynn, PhD candidate in Geography at the University of California Berkeley and ARISC Fellow

Date: 19:00-20:30 Yerevan (11:00am EDT), 28th of July, 2021

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Language: English

What Remains: Landscape and method in post-quake Gyumri

Evangeline McGlynn will use her research experiences in Gyumri, Armenia to make the case for re-centering landscape in social science inquiry. In her talk, McGlynn will be discussing memory of the 1988 Spitak earthquake through the perspective of the urban landscape of Gyumri, the city that was hit the hardest. McGlynn will make the case for the importance of landscape in social science research by presenting observations on physical changes to the city after the disaster. In this specifically materialist perspective, she will highlight these changes through the analysis of everyday objects in the urban landscape, with the aim of retelling the story of the earthquake with the city itself at the center.

The speaker, Evangeline McGlynn is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of California Berkeley. McGlynn was initially trained as a cartographer and worked as a humanitarian aid worker in 10 countries before continuing her education in Geography. She is interested in intersections between disaster and war, particularly in post-Soviet spaces. McGlynn is also an ARISC Fellow who had been awarded the ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship. This event is sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). It is open and free for public.

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