Rowman and Littlefield International

The Question of Space

Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines

Edited by Marijn Nieuwenhuis and David Crouch

Part of the series Place, Memory, Affect

Publication Date: Sep 2017

Pages 224

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The spatial turn has been deeply influential across the humanities and social sciences for several decades. Yet despite this long term influence most volumes focus mainly on geography and tend to take a Eurocentric approach to the topic.

The Question of Space takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how the spatial turn has affected disciplines as diverse as interior design and computer science. By connecting developments across radically different fields the volume bridges the very borders that separate the academic space. From new geographies through computer science, politics and the arts, the distinctive chapters undertake conversations that often surprisingly converge in approach, questions and insights Together the chapters transcend longstanding disciplinary boundaries to build a constructive dialogue around the question of space.
Introduction/ Section 1: Movement/ 1. Spatial twists and turns: Some Comments on Space, Process and Being, Peter Merriman/ 2. The Earth and Socio-Spatial Theorizing, Martin Gren/ 3. The Invisible Lines of Territory: An Investigation into the Material Makeup of Territory, Marijn Nieuwenhuis/ 4. The Spatial Construction of China in US Foreign Policy, Ben Coulson/ Section 2: Media/ 5. On Space, Atmosphere and Geocentrism in Science Fiction Film: Reading Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running (1972), Philip Conway/ 6. As Tenses Implode: Encountering Post-Traumatic Urbanism in Ghassan Kanafani’s ʿĀʾid ila Hayfā, Ghayde Ghraowi/ 7. Making Sense of Space Through Crafting the Space Of Sense: A Vision of Computing for The Qualculated World, Meurig Beynon/ Section 3 The Everyday/ 8. Domestic Living Space Furnishings and Culture Identity, Raghda Hareri/ 9. Three Analytical Aspects of Space: a Japanese Perspective for the Geography of Knowledge , Atsuko Watanabe/10. Space, Living, Atmospheres, Affectivities, David Crouch/ 11. Knowing one’s place’ – Mapping Landscapes in and as Performance In Contemporary South Africa, Awelani Moyo/ Conclusion/Index
Space has long been a key concept in the social sciences and humanities, but it is frequently dismissed as too abstract as a descriptor of our worldly entanglements. This book demonstrates the continuing importance of spatial thinking for contemporary scholars, and the power of space and spatiality as plastic concepts for opening out our worlds.
Peter Merriman, Lecturer in Human Geography, Aberystwyth University, UK
The Question of Space is a thought-provoking collection of original essays intended to shed light on how the concept of space influences contemporary scholars across disciplines. More than simply focused on the subject of space the volume casts space as a dynamic, shifting and unstable web of relations, making the spatial dimensions of our thinking explicit. Flirtatious, performative, affective, sensuous, imaginative, and political The Question of Space is not afraid to rupture existing conceptualizations of space and be playful along the way.
Phillip Vannini, Professor of Communication and Culture and Canada Research Chair at Royal Roads University, Canada
Marijn Nieuwenhuis is a lecturer in Political Geography at the University of Warwick. His research is at the intersection of geography, philosophy and politics. His current research focuses on the ‘politics of the air’ and the political imagination of sand. He studies these two broad themes in relation to questions over the link between environmental reality and political matters concerning technology, pollution, security, territory and governance.
David Crouch’s research and writing crosses a number of fields of cultural geography, social anthropology, cultural and visual studies and art theory. These theoretical areas are engaged through an attention to contemporary cultural change, identity, human creativity, life and space encounters and relations, through ethnographies around landscape, everyday life/leisure and tourism, community involvement and the work of artists. This work includes an interest in space and gentle politics, belonging, disorientation and cultural identity, and human poetic expression in diverse forms of creativity.

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