New Book - Cultural Turns

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:44:27
Cultural Turns: New Orientations in the Study of Culture
Doris Bachmann-Medick.
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2016. ISBN 978-3-11-040297-1.

https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/433816The contemporary fields of the study of culture, the humanities and the social sciences are unfolding in a dynamic constellation of cultural turns. This book provides a comprehensive overview of these theoretically and methodologically groundbreaking reorientations. It discusses the value of the new focuses and their analytical categories for the work of a wide range of disciplines. In addition to chapters on the interpretive, performative, reflexive, postcolonial, translational, spatial and iconic/pictorial/visual turns, it discusses emerging directions of research. Drawing on a wealth of international research, this book maps central topics and approaches in the study of culture and thus provides systematic impetus for changed disciplinary and transdisciplinary research in the humanities and beyond - e.g. in the fields of sociology, economics and the study of religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Turns - New Orientations in the Study of Culture 1-37
Chapter I: The Interpretive Turn 39-71
Chapter II: The Performative Turn 73-101
Chapter III: The Reflexive/Literary Turn 103-130
Chapter IV: The Postcolonial Turn 131-173
Chapter V: The Translational Turn 175-209
Chapter VI: The Spatial Turn 211-243
Chapter VII: The Iconic Turn/Pictorial Turn 245-278
Outlook: Are the Cultural Turns Leading to a Turn in the Humanities and Study of Culture? 279-298

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Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:21:41

Tim Cresswell lecture on Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities


e-blogged from Varve

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Ballard's Island: Literary Geographies special issue

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:04:13

Literary Geographies Volume 2 (1) 2016: Special Issue on JG Ballard's Concrete Island edited by Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin


Table of Contents

Special Issue Introduction

Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities
Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin 1-15

Special Issue Articles

Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island
Jeannette Baxter 16-30

An Expanding Field: Sensing the Unmapped
Sue Robertson 31-47

From a ‘metallized Elysium’ to the ‘wave of the future’: J.G. Ballard’s Reappraisal of Space
Jarrad Keyes 48-64

Ballard and Balladur: Reading the Intertextual and the Architectural in Concrete Island
Richard Brown 65-78

‘Everything Can Always be Something Else’: Adhocism and J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island
Craig Martin 79-95

Ballard’s Island(s): White Heat, National Decline and Technology After Technicity Between ‘The Terminal Beach’ and Concrete Island
Alexander Beaumont 96-113

ISSN: ISSN 2397-1797

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New Book - Toward an Urban Cultural Studies Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 30 Mar, 2015 16:37:03
Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities
Benjamin Fraser

Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN: 9781137498557
Toward an Urban Cultural Studies is a call for a new interdisciplinary area of research and teaching. Blending Urban Studies and Cultural Studies, this book grounds readers in the extensive theory of the prolific French philosopher Henri Lefebvre. Appropriate for both beginners and specialists, the first half of this book builds from a general introduction to Lefebvre and his methodological contribution toward a focus on the concept of urban alienation and his underexplored theory of the work of art. The second half merges Lefebvrian urban thought with literary studies, film studies and popular music studies, successively, before turning to the videogame and the digital humanities. Benjamin Fraser's approach consistently emphasizes the interrelationship between cities, culture, and capital.


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The Geography of Poverty

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 06 May, 2014 18:26:07
The Geography of Poverty: www.geographyofpoverty.com/

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The People, Place, and Space Reader

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Mar, 2014 14:17:58

Re-blogged from Progressive Geographies

The People, Place, and Space Reader – open access material

The People, Place, and Space Reader, edited by Jen Jack Gieseking & William Mangold, with Cindi Katz, Setha Low, & Susan Saegert

The editors of The People, Place, and Space Reader believe that knowledge should be open to the public and have therefore decided to publicly share their writing in the form of the book introduction and twelve section introductions. If open access (OA) selections from the reader are available, they are hyperlinked on the pages.

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Marc Auge - Non Places lecture

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 19 Feb, 2014 09:50:39

Video of lecture by Marc Auge 'Architecture and Non Places' at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, 12–13 October 2012. Access here.

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Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 15 Jul, 2013 09:44:55

Information about the MyStreet project, part of Open City Docs festival activities founded by Michael Stewart from the anthropology dept at UCL.


MyStreet is a living on-line archive of everyday life, encouraging you to make your mark and bring your area to life through film.

MyStreet revives the radical project at the centre of the 1930s Mass Observation movement (founded by the anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet Charles Madge, and film-maker Humphrey Jennings). This earlier quasi-anthropological attempt to democratize ethnography in the service of the 'everyday', combined with the potential of film as a vehicle of contestation within the public sphere led to the creation of a digital project documenting life in the UK and above all in London.

MyStreet has set out to unleash the potential of a new form of collaborative anthropology, to grasp the 'minor' importance of the non-canonical media expressions that My Street provides a forum for, and also a means of dissemination. The project rests on an appreciation of the transformative power of 'minor' practices but also attempts to circumvent decaying print-age vehicles. MyStreet aims to provide a window onto, and means of active assertion by, those marginalized sections of the population whose voices are not heard or who, too often, the state seeks to suppress and incarcerate.

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Placing Lecture - Tim Ingold

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 16 Jun, 2013 13:45:35

Tim Ingold is a preeminent anthropologist, Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and author of numerous books on anthropology. Taking an unconventional view of his discipline. Professor Ingold tries to bring the “4 A’s” [anthropology, architecture, archaeology, and art] together, looking at the ways in which environments are perceived, shaped, and understood.


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