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JulietJFall

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Professor of political & creative geography at Université de Genève (she/her), Switzerland 🇨🇭 Hoping more academics engage around here, so tooting about work, but also sewing & yodeling.
English, French, Italian. Some German. #Academic #Geographer #Géographe #PoliticalGeography #GéographiePolitique #Borders #Frontières #CreativeGeography #VisualMethods #MéthodesVisuelles #Comics #BandeDessinée #HistoryOfGeography #FeministEpistemologies #AcademicsWithCats #VintageSewingMachines #Quilting

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AlexSanterne, to transit
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I’m now carrying my #bike #helmet in the #train

En route to #Geneva to attend a #PhD jury at the Geneva #observatory, which is located near the French border outside Geneva.

Instead of renting a #car, as I used to do in the past, this time I’m renting… a bike to go from the station to my #hotel (about 16km away) and the diary to the observatory.

#AcademicLife @academicchatter #academia #StayGrounded #ClimateAction #LowCarbonTrip

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@AlexSanterne @academicchatter Excellente idée! Malgré le ciel un peu chargé… 🌦️

fj, to random
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I don't think I'm getting any sleep tonight.
#Alps #AuroraWatching #SolarStorm #Aurora

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@fj @yrochat Fabuleux! Dire que j’étais dans le Jura et que j’ai tout loupé! 🛌💤

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@fj @yrochat Merci! On va tenter!

JulietJFall, to random French
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Demain, je me réjouis de découvrir la dernière exposition du MEG Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève « Genève dans le monde colonial » jusqu’au 5 janvier 2025 où est exposée ma bande dessinée Cher Carl
Publiée dans Le Courrier, puis reprise sur le site de , elle a participé à relancer et nourrir les débats autour de la célébration de personnages controversés par des institutions académiques.
https://colonialgeneva.ch/

https://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/sql/memoires/6.pdf

JulietJFall, to geopolitics
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Happy to be presenting my book & comic project tonight at the University of Cagliari, during an interdisciplinary seminar as part of my Visiting Professorship.
As I've been spending the past few days translating the 'comic' section of it into French from the original English, and will be presenting this in Italian, it really makes me think about how language shapes how we think and write about the world, beyond images.

Slide showing the three sections of the book, 1. Locking the line; 2. Making the line; 3. Holding the line; each with a choice of drawing to illustrate the theme. The first shows a fence used; the second a hand holding a historic map; and the third shows workers laying a border stone.

JulietJFall, to random
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There are always unexpected delights to spending time at a different university: ideas, mental space, new people & places. In Cagliari 🇮🇹 , I have been lucky enough to find a home two years running with two companionable tortoises wandering around and living on the large terrace. Watching them munch after a day of teaching has been an unexpected, meditative delight. They are so ungainly & awkward, to my limited human eyes. Long may they wander this earth!

JulietJFall, to random
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Back to Nuraghe Losa, on my way to teach in Cagliari (Sardinia), sharing the amazing Bronze Age sites with family, this time.

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From a few days ago, when I was on my way to Cagliari to teach, I visited the extraordinary 4000-3650 BC site of Monte d’Accoddi, a Neolithic site in Northern Sardinia, completed to the present form around 3000 BC. Fabulously intriguing, and apparently the only ziggurat-style structure in the Western Mediterranean. This island has so many layers of history, in this case with a hint of Mesopotamia!

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In the last few days, in between teaching & writing, I visited two more Nuraghic sites near Siddi dating from the Bronze Age, on a slight high plane above the fertile lowlands of Sardinia: one corridor-shaped (not the usual beehive dome style) at Sa Fogaia; one “giant’s tomb” called Sa Domu ‘e S’Orcu (i.e. house of the orcs!). Both practically empty in April & open to visitors to climb around and inside. Extraordinary places!

Inside, a man (my geographer friend & colleague Andrea Corsale, from Unica in Cagliari!) takes a photo with his phone, pointing upwards. The ceiling is about triple his height
Large tomb structure formed a truly massive rocks in a gently sloping facade, with a central door beneath a massive rock
Inside corridor about 1.5 meters wide and about 4 or 5 meters long where bodies were apparently placed. Some smaller niches to one side. The roof is slightly collapsed at the other end, allowing light to stream in

sundogplanets, to random
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There are chicks hatching in the incubator! There are V's of geese migrating overhead! It's supposed to be in the double digit (celsius) temps today!

Spring is exploding and I'm so excited!!!

JulietJFall,
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@sundogplanets Oh what fun! The first time I saw my neighbour hatch eggs in an incubator, it felt to me like growing animals from seed. We took five chicks home and it was marvelous to watch them grow. Enjoy your fuzzballs!

JulietJFall, to random
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What a fabulous job our university libraries do, including making public-funded research available & searchable!

The University of Geneva has a superb Archive Ouverte where we must post all our written work, in whatever version (pre/post publication) can be shared.

https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/home/search?view=list&search=Juliet%2520fall

JulietJFall, to academia
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Locked away in a grand old dame of a hotel up a mountain for three days with a fantastic group of geography PhD students & assorted dynamic colleagues from French-speaking Switzerland 🇨🇭& beyond for the doctoral training. Networking, building new solidarities, reaching out and exploring ideas and research methodologies. As always such a privilege to spend time with young scholars and lovely colleagues… but not even a single wisp of snow.❄️

Belle Époque paneled wood inside the Grand Hotel des Rasses, a beautiful but rather rundown building in the Swiss Jura
Moss on a huge cut tree
A ski slope overlooking the Alps with no snow at all, yellow dried grass, and a sign lying on the ground designed to be planted in snow saying the ski slope is closed

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There is the most amazing blue stuff growing on my very old branches on a neglected and damp woodpile (slime / algae / moss / lichen?). I’ve never seen anything quite like it! (Northern Tuscany, Italy 🇮🇹 ) Not ideal for burning & heating my old house, but aesthetically pleasing. Ideas, anyone?
(No filter used, camera phone)

The same blue on a wider shot of the log
Mushrooms / funghi on the end of a log
Moss on an old wall

JulietJFall,
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@altlife @ak_text Isn’t it? I can’t get over the vibrant colour. I put it back carefully afterwards so that it stays damp.

JulietJFall, to random
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My 17 yr-old has pneumonia, as do two of my close colleagues. WTF? 😷

SuneAuken, to Wikipedia Danish
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I'd better say this in English too. As a university researcher and teacher I absolutely love Wikipedia, I use it all the time, and I teach my students how to use it.

I rarely edit on the English site, but I do edit from time to time on the Danish site; sometimes extensively. And yes, those are hours well spent for a researcher and teacher.

https://mastodon.world/@SuneAuken/111731863105102913

JulietJFall,
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@Ruth_Mottram @SuneAuken Some years, I teach my university students how to write & edit on it as part of their coursework, and this really is a super exercise for them to understand how it works, how much to trust it, and how it is produced collaboratively.

JulietJFall, to geopolitics
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Want to see atmospheric yet often really mundane border photos? My online 🇨🇭🇫🇷 walking journal is moving here, as I’m enjoying this new online atmosphere. (I’m freezing new posts on Twatter & just ‘name-holding’ my account.)
Link to last post on one of the longer earlier threads:
https://twitter.com/julietjfall/status/1571476764269871104?s=46&t=9RfIT2qARWZk8ZBEIES9Vw

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Smile moment last night as we hopped into France to celebrate my lovely father-in-law’s 80th birthday, crossing by car at a place we have walked. I know all the slightest details of the borderline there, and the location of every stone. But politics also has daily rhythms that we forgot. When we wanted to go home, the border was shut. Ha! My daughter took one look at me and said “Ah, yes, Captain Geography…” 😂 I now have a new ironic title!

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Another Sunday exploring. No snow on the mountains, so the family isn’t skiing as much as some winters. Time to border hop!
We connected back with where the photo above — showing a border that closes at night — was taken, and tootled on. I love spotting all the infrastructure connected to the 🇨🇭🇫🇷 border. I now have an official list of it all from the Office du Patrimoine but it’s usually pretty legible.

Man tapping his gps watch at the exact border. A Swiss border crossing station is behind saying Douane de Croix-de-Rozon, 1960s architecture.
Phone map screenshot, from Swisstopo app, showing that the border follows a tiny stream along this stretch. The French side of the map is blank.
Former 1920s border post, now converted to private dwellings. Probably designed by Marc Camoletti.

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We wore Wellington boots today, which was inspired, because it was muddy in places, we waded through the stream used to define the 🇨🇭🇫🇷 border for some stretches, and it was POURING with rain as we turned back to the car. Home for tea after another lovely walk seeing the superb and the mundane, following an (in)visible line. How much effort goes in to making us believe in the reality of the arbitrary territories we carve out!

A sign by a fence saying Passage Interdit.
A large French road with the Salève mountain in the sun, before the skies opened. The border is along the trees on the left.
A person climbing through brambles and branches to reach border stone 80

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It’s Sunday so off we go 🇨🇭🇫🇷boundary-walking, through fields & along the river Hermance. We walked from border stones 210 to 216 on the left bank, close to Veigy-Foncenex.
We started by stumbling upon a memorial in Crevy to some of the Righteous among the Nations, i.e. local people who helped Jewish refugees flee to Switzerland during WWII. (We reckon we’ve got about 5-6 stretches left to complete our tour, but we might stretch it out a bit!)

Stone monument that looks like wings
Context of the small monument in Crevy, that shows how it’s a little spot rather in the middle of nowhere, not really at the border nor in the village

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We joined up with the border & continued upstream, along the river Hermance. The border now runs down the middle of it here (here it was formerly along the talweg, i.e. following the deepest bit of the river bed). It is a picturesque and languid river meandering in a rural landscape punctuated by the usual border infrastructure: border stones, disused border guard buildings and rusting signs and fences.

A border stone un the foreground, next to an old stone bridge. The Swiss old border guard’s house is visible in the background
The typical 1910 architecture of the Swiss border post houses, designed by Marc Camoletti
Border stone 2016b, in the mud by the river Hermance

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Some of the river bank has been reinforced on the Swiss side. We wouldn’t want the pesky neighbours to steal bits of territory (Note almost springtime birdsong!)

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We then got into trouble traipsing across cross-border fields, ending up in someone’s garden, trying to accurately follow the line where it left the river. « We are just trying to follow the invisible borderline» not surprisingly comes across as rather odd to people who are wondering if the walkers wandering into their land are a) lost or b) burglars! To be fair, none of this really makes any sense, does it? Other than as geographical poetry of the absurd.

Another trace of a WWII memorial (on the French side) marking the gateway to freedom during 1943-44, presumably meaning access to Switzerland, but manned by occupying forces.
Man standing at one border stone looking through binoculars at the next one, in a field
A border passage point that is closed with a gate at night, in front of yet another 1910 border guards building

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We found ourselves in formerly Sardinian (!) territory as a splendid crested border stone across the 🇨🇭🇫🇷Hermance river reminded us that this was part of wider kingdoms in 1816, before the same stone was recarved when this area joined France, but maintaining the Sardinian royal flag. On the other side, the Geneva crest was spectacularly inaccurate, and as a result really rather cool.

The Geneva crest of an eagle & key, but carved in such a way as to look like a scrawny chicken with a funny hat
Sardinian eagle crest, with the name France carved below it
The author squinting into the sun next to stone number 214

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