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Space

Week 7 Tutor

Professor David Lambert

Introduction

The past two decades have seen a sharp increase of interest in space and historical geography within History as a discipline. In part, this represents a departure from the dominant concerns of the cultural turn, and the search for new historical materialisms. This session seeks to introduce students to a range of issues that surround ‘space’ as an historical and a geographical concept, and to situate changes in geographically-inflected historical thinking within the context of wider historiographical developments.

Lecture PowerPoint

Seminar/ Essay Questions
  • In what ways have historians studied the themes of space, landscape and environment?
  • What did Doreen Massey mean when she described space as relational, heterogeneous and unfinished?
  • How does thinking spatially influence or change how historians might approach topics like imperialism and colonialism?
  • What would it mean to think about the spatiality of your own historical interests?
Core Reading
  • Massey, Doreen, For Space (London: Sage, 2005) (e-book ordered)

  • Lester, A., ‘Spatial concepts and the historical geographies of British colonialism’ in Andrew Thompson (ed.), Writing Imperial Histories (Manchester, MUP, 2014): pp. 118-142 (e-book, library)

Further Reading
  • Cresswell, Tim, Place: A Short Introduction (Hoboken: Wiley, 2013)

  • Nieuwenhuis, Marijn and David Crouch (eds), The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)