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Imagining the Spatial: Reflections on the Spatial Turn

Starts: 17 February 2011

Imagining the Spatial: Reflections on the Spatial Turn

Thursday 17th February, 1-6pm, (Glamorgan Building)

The SOCSI Social Theory Forum presents:

Imagining the Spatial: Reflections on the Spatial Turn

Speakers: 

  • Rolland Munro, Keele University
  • Kevin Hetherington, Open University
  • Eric Laurier, Edinburgh University

The forum is intended to critically engage with the current, and increasing, focus upon 'space and place' within the social sciences and, in particular, the way in which this is either theorised (for example the recent return to Heidegger's notions of dwelling, Foucault's discussion of Heteretopias, critical discussions of neoliberalism and the city) or whether this 'turn' might best be addressed via an increased focus on practice and action (place as a member's phenomenon, for example). The main concern is whether, in the so called 'post-disciplinary' era, the focus upon the geographic and spatial theory is complimenting our understandings of the social or whether this is a particular reductive moment in which spatial concepts are mobilised as gloss devices obscuring process and practice. In short the speakers consider, what are the current sociological treatments of spatial matters in relation to the sociological imagination?

 

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