• “Geographies of ‘Area’: politics, places and disciplines” workshop

“Geographies of ‘Area’: politics, places and disciplines” workshop
Monday 12 January 2015 (10.00- 17.30)
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/events/150112.html
Geography has long been ambivalent about the development of area specialisms. The ways in which areas are delimited, described and analysed has profoundly influenced academic practice, shaping both disciplinary boundaries and theoretical proclivities. Linking across political geography, historical geography, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, international relations and area studies, this one-day workshop offers a set of substantive papers from a group of leading interdisciplinary experts on different geographical regions. Participants are invited to reflect upon the construction of particular regions in intellectual thought and the political consequences of these interventions.
Richard Powell (Oxford) ‘Writing the North: the politics of Circumpolar depiction’
Mike Heffernan (Nottingham) ‘Inventing the Region: a 19th Century Franco-Russian Survey of “New Russia”’
Patricia Daley (Oxford) ‘The north/south divides in African area studies: what direction for radical scholarship?’
Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge) ‘Framing the new geographies of wealth and poverty in the Global South: re-ordering the spaces of development’
James D. Sidaway (NUS) ‘Comparative postcolonialisms’
Richard Phillips (Sheffield) ‘Serial Area Studies: Connections and Curiosities’
Roundtable with Discussants: Andrew Barry (UCL); Fiona McConnell (Oxford); Felix Ciută (UCL)
Organisers: Ian Klinke and Richard Powell Workshop supported by the ‘Transformations: Economy, Society and Place’, and ‘Technological Natures: Materialities, mobilities, politics’ research clusters, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required (please contact ian.klinke@ouce.ox.ac.uk before 19 December 2014)

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