Alex Vasudevan está coordinando esta interesante sesión sobre las geografías radicales en el período de entreguerras para el encuentro de este año de la Royal Geographical Society y el Institute of British Geographers. Hace unos meses Alex me pidió referencias de cartografías y geografías anarquistas españolas durante la Guerra Civil; veo que esa será, de hecho, una de las líneas de indagación del debate: ¡ojalá pueda haber algún participante de aquí en el evento!

Experimental Geographies

I am organising a session at the forthcoming RGS/IBG annual conference in London (August 28-30, 2013). Details below:

Radical Geography in the Interwar Period:

Disciplinary Trajectories and Hidden Histories

Sponsored by Historical Geography Research Group

Organiser: Dr. Alex Vasudevan

(School of Geography, University of Nottingham)

This session builds on a brief note published in the journal Area in 1975 by the geographer David Stoddart on the disciplinary origins of “relevant” geography. For Stoddart, a “tradition of social relevance” can, in fact, be traced back to the end of the 19th century and the work of Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin whose commitment to geographical knowledge was shaped by the radical political imperatives of anarchism (188). According to Stoddart, the emergence of a radical geography in the late 1960s represented, if anything, the latest moment in the history of a “socially relevant geography” and that the very idea of “relevance”…

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