Histories of Geographical and Environmental Knowledge
Research in this field addresses the cultural, political and intellectual history of geographical and environmental knowledge. The geographical is here both a field of knowledge for critical analysis, and an approach to such analysis.
Image: Global cotton workers mural, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills, Derbyshire, UK (photograph by Susanne Seymour).
Geography and history in political worlds
Geographical knowledge provides the information with which worlds and structured and produced, but unearthing forgotten connections between places can alter the way in which we perceive and work with the world. This research explores how worlds are made and how we can attempt to remake them.
- Davies, T., Isakjee, A. and Dhesi, S., 2017. ‘Violent inaction: The necropolitical experience of refugees in Europe’ Antipode, 49(5), pp.1263-1284
- De Noronha, N (2019). Housing and the older ethnic minority population in England. Race Equality Foundation and Housing LIN
- Dhesi, S., Isakjee, A. and Davies, T. (2018) ‘Public health in the Calais refugee camp: environment, health and exclusion’ Critical Public Health, 28(2) 140-152
- Forsyth, I (in press) ‘A genealogy of military geographies: complicities, entanglements and legacies’ Geography Compass
Cartography and visualising space
We are interested in the ways in which geographers have represented physical and human landscapes in mapping projects and exploratory ventures. Traditional forms of mapping are complemented by thinking about how technology and visual practices "map" space in ever changing ways.
- Daniels, S. (2017) ‘Mapping the metropolis in an age of reform: John Britton's London topography’ 1820–1840 Journal of Historical Geography 56, 61-82.
- Forsyth, I (2017) Second World War British Military Camouflage: Designing Deception Bloomsbury
- Heffernan, M (2016) ‘Maps and Peace’, in Tom Harper (ed.) Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, British Library
- Heffernan, Mike, and Benjamin J. Thorpe. ‘“The map that would save Europe”: Clive Morrison-Bell, the Tariff Walls Map, and the politics of cartographic display’ (2018) Journal of Historical Geography 60 24-40
Geography and disciplinary histories
Geography has many histories, as a regional science, an empire-forger, an environment-planner, an international unifier and a marker of postcolonial difference. This research explores the histories and futures of geography.
- Heffernan, M (2015) ‘The spaces of science and the sciences of space: geography and astronomy in the Paris Academy of Sciences’ in Paul Stock (ed.) The Uses of Space in Early Modern Europe, Palgrave, 125-150
- Jazeel T and Legg S (Ed.s 2019) Subaltern Geographies University of Georgia Press
- Heffernan, M., Meusburger, P. and Jöns, H. Ed.s, 2018) Geographies of the University Springer
- Heffernan, M., Meusburger, P. and Jöns, H. (Ed.s, 2017) Mobilities of Knowledge, Springer