GeoHumanities

 

The relationship between geography and humanities disciplines and practices is a longstanding one, and one that has in recent years been gathering pace and gaining significant interest and attention, especially in the evolving field of the GeoHumanities.

If recent years has seen a growth in intersections of geography and the humanities based in the shared methods and practices, as well as concepts, it is important not to overlook the length and depth of the histories of these relationships.  The evolution of modern day geography was shaped by a strong aesthetic dimension that informed the whole discipline, not least of all the emergence of earth sciences and modern-day geomorphology.  We might think for example of the influence of Alexander Von Humboldt, both in terms of the evolution of a Humboldtian science and the development of a geopoetics.  We should also take account of the long concern across the humanities with the spatial turn, and the recent resurgence once again of spatial imaginaries in the form of topologies and central place that GIS is playing in the digital humanities. This spatial turn is matched by the humanistic interests of geographers, evolving from the 1960s onwards, and giving attention to concerns with place, the body, and more recently, affect and a disciplinary return to thinking about aesthetics.

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News: Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities launched 16th June 2016

16 June 2016

On the 16th June at the Royal Geographical Society we launched the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities. I will leave you to go to the Centre website and the…

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Creating Earth Futures: AHRC Leadership Fellowship

10 April 2016

On 1st March 2016 I started a new two year research project ‘Creating Earth Futures’, funded by the AHRC. The project is funded under the AHRC Leadership Fellowship Scheme and…

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Subterranean Spaces with Flora Parrott

6 April 2016

Subterranean spaces conjure up powerful geographical imaginaries; the unknown lurks in their dark unfathomable depths; their damp volumes unsettle, disarming with their challenge to visually dominated sensory regimes and discomforting…