James Ash recently posted a useful introduction to conceptualisations of post-phenomenology to inform the upcoming RGS-IBG conference session he is co-convening with Paul Simpson. The ‘Geography and Post-Phenomenology’ session is sponsored by the HPGRG. Here is the introduction to James’ post:
The term post-phenonenology has been floating around for a number of years in geography (see the work of John Wylie and Mitch Rose) and other disciplines such as Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies (see for example the work of Don Ihde). Paul and myself both came to the term during our theses, although quite independently of one another. Myself through the work of Heidegger and Paul through the work of Husserl.
The session should be a good opportunity to think about what the term might mean and what it could offer contemporary human geography.
Please visit James’ blog to read more.
As a part of the mission of the HPGRG, we seek to foster and promote research concerning contemporary philosophies, theories and methods related to geography. We would like to gather together some commentaries, introductions or reflections upon theoretical influences in human geography on this website as a potential resource. We invite expressions of interest, links to pre-existing blog posts or suggestions for possible topics, please contact Sam Kinsley.
With this aim in mind, in the next few posts we will collect some existing useful work from the blogs of fellow geographers that opens some insights into contemporary theoretical interests within human geography.
The HPGRG are supporting an event to discuss whether or not the discipline of geography has a canon. ’The Geographical Canon?‘ will be held on 15th June in Oxford, convened by the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, in The JCR Lecture Theatre in St Catherine’s College. Continue reading
The Higher Education Academy has a range of funding opportunities and events to support teaching and learning across geography. The following might be of interest to members of the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group. Continue reading
Call For Papers: ‘Geographical Reflections’
University of Nottingham
This is a call for papers for the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference, to be hosted over the weekend of 20th – 22nd April 2012 at the School of Geography, Nottingham University. The aim of the conference is to provide a welcoming, relaxed and supportive environment for postgraduates to present any aspect of their research to their peers.
A message from Felix Driver:
As HPGRG members may know, the ESRC is currently undertaking a review of UK human geography in partnership with the AHRC and the RGS-IBG, the latest in a series of subject-based reviews. This is intended to ‘highlight the standing and contribution of UK human geography against international benchmarks’, and to ‘identify ways of enhancing performance and capacity, and promoting future research agendas’. This review is being undertaken by an international panel of eight academics, chaired by Professor David Ley from UBC, and is independent of the REF exercise. Continue reading
A report by Olly Zinetti, Open University
The session, ‘Re-doing Biopolitics’, was rooted in conceptions of biopolitics derived in particular from Esposito’s text, Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (2008). It was from the interconnected nature of livingness the text proposes, and the political consequences affirming such interconnectedness generates, where discussion began. Knowing, then, that biosecurity – making life safe – is not static, rather it is a set of ongoing practices (Hinchcliffe and Bingham, 2008), the session and its speakers sought to tease out the workings of those practices, with papers focussed on the empirical. Continue reading