Williams College Hosts a Conference on the Politics and Power of Desert Spaces

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 19, 2021—Williams College will host a two-day virtual conference on May 20-21, 2021, that aims to open “the desert” up for robust comparative discussions about desert spaces across the world and across different media and modes of representation.

Featuring scholars from colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, the conference will look at how deserts have long acted as spaces of political tension and asymmetrical power, functioning as testing grounds for nuclear weapons, zones of indefinite detention and death, spaces of ecological disaster, and sites of geopolitical threat.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Details for Day 1 of the conference, Thursday, May 20, are available online at


Details for Day 2 of the conference, Friday, May 21, are available online at


A copy of the full program is available online at https://cfllc.williams.edu/files/2021/05/Comparative-Deserts-Brochure-5.pdf.

Published May 19, 2021