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Major Project: Thinking Space

Thinking Space

  • Exploring how theorists have used geographical concepts and metaphors to consider the world around them - how people are influenced by spatiality's

topography /təˈpɒɡrəfi,tɒˈpɒɡrəfi/ Learn to pronounce


  1. the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area. "the topography of the island"

    • a detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area. plural noun: topographies

Explanation of different types of spaces.....

spaces of language

spaces of self and other, interiority and exteriority

Metonymic spaces

Agitated spaces

Spaces of experience

Spaces of writing

Walter Benjamin - Urban Thought

'Space is hot'. (Bertsch and Sterne 1994)

'geographical idiom of margins, spaces and borders.'

"Space is the everywhere of modern thought. It is the flesh that flatters

the bones of theory. It is an all-purpose nostrum to be applied whenever

things look sticky. It is an invocation which suggests that the writer is right

on without her having to give too much away." (Benjamin p.1, 1994)

"in literary theory, space is often a kind of textual operator, used to shift registers. In anthropology, it is a means of questioning how communities are constituted in an increasingly cosmopolitan world [or as a way of] structuring visual media"

"In the late 1970s and early 1980s it was widely believed that concepts of 'urban culture' were unsustainable, as advanced capitalist countries were characterised by the break-

down of a distinction between the city and country, with the result that cities

lost any cultural distinctiveness they might once have possessed"

  • very useful in understanding the phycology of space and how we can define it

  • Exploring how space can be used to categorise groups of people


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