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Geography and Environmental Science

Minding Geography. 19th Annual Gregory Lecture with Professor Chris Philo Event

Professor Chris Philo
17:00 - 18:00
18 May 2011
Lecture Theatre 1027 Nightingale Building 67

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Event details

Refreshments from 16:00 onwards in room 1003 Nightingale Building 67. Lecture commences at 17:00 in Lecture Theatre 1027, Nightingale Building 67, followed by reception from 18:15 in 1087 Shackleton Building 44 and opening of our new postgraduate premises.

Recently, geographers have been paying attention to the embodying of geography, which means at least two things: (i) considering how human (and even non-human) bodies dwell in, interact with and ‘sense’ their environing world; and (ii) exploring how different human bodies, ones whose appearance and comportment mark them out as ‘other’ to certain norms, may become the target of socio-spatial exclusions. Less has been said about what might be termed an equivalent en-minding of geography, albeit signposts in this direction can be found scattered throughout the history of our discipline. Reflections have occasionally been made about the character of human ‘minds’ as relevant to geographical inquiry: think of claims about homo economicus or homo psychologicus, about the role of the pre-conscious or the unconscious, about needing to do away with a concept of ‘mind’ altogether. Other studies, meanwhile, notably in the field of mental health geographies, have examined how people with ‘minds’ supposedly departing from standard models of mental functioning have ended up subject to distinctive socio-spatial interventions, banishment to ‘the lunatic asylum’ being but the most obvious example. Rarely if ever have these issues been combined for sustained critical inspection, and arguably, as a result, there is a curious hole – and lack of joined-up thinking – at the heart of contemporary human geography. It is the purpose of this lecture to offer experimental thoughts about what such critical inspection might entail, at the same time as fashioning a lens to turn on elements of my own research old and new: from my long-running studies of asylum geographies to very current studies of ‘new spiritualities’.

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Professor Chris Philo,University of Glasgow,Chris Philo, Professor of Geography, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is one of the UK’s most influential human geographers, having a long list of highly regarded paper publications, and having served on the Geography and Environmental Studies RAE sub-panel since 2005. He was appointed a Chair at the University of Glasgow in 1995 and has continued his research and teaching at this institution, becoming Head of the Department of Geography and Geomatics from 2002 – 2005. His ongoing research interests concern the historical, cultural and rural geographies of mental health care provision, supplemented by scholarship in the following fields: social geographies of 'outsiders'; children's geographies; new animal geographies; historical and contemporary figurations of public space; Foucauldian studies; and the history, historiography and theoretical development of geography. His publications include A Geographical History of Institutional Provision for the Insane from Medieval Times to the 1860s in England and Wales: The Space Reserved for Insanity (2004) and influential journal articles in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Foucault Studies, and Social and Cultural Geography.

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