Geographical Association lecture

Room A48, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park Campus
Wednesday 13th March 2024 (16:30-17:30)

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Hosted by the Nottingham branch of the Geographical Association - School of Geography and School of Education

Presented by: Dr Rachel Dishington, Teaching Associate in Cultural and Historical Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

About the event

Knowledge about water plays an important part in modern geography. Geographers study all kinds of issues relating to water, including its motion, volume, velocity, and chemistry. They use varied datasets collected using a broad range of methods and instruments and compare results with data collected in other places, and in the same sites at other times.  

This was not always the case. This lecture analyses some examples of how water in a range of states was researched in the nineteenth century, in a time before consistently accurate mapping, established methodologies and reliable instruments had been agreed upon. It asks how, in this context, researchers made claims about water and how it worked. Using approaches from the historical geography of science, the talk will explore the history of geographical research and encourage critical reflection on how, where and by who scientific knowledge of water is developed.


Rachel Dishington is a Teaching Associate in Cultural and Historical Geography in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the historical geographies of science, technology and engineering, particularly related to nineteenth-century water. This research draws from a project analysing the Stevenson Maps and Plans of Scotland that was conducted in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland.



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