Spatial History and Its Sources

Spatial History and Its Sources

Institute for Transnational & Spatial History, University of St Andrews
St Andrews
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
24.08.2017 - 25.08.2017
Riccardo Bavaj, University of St Andrews, School of History

In September 2016, the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History hosted a workshop engaged with analytical approaches, themes, and sources in the emerging field of spatial history. It marked the first step towards a new volume to be published in the series “Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources”. Volumes in this series are designed as a teaching tool, and address methodological and interpretive questions on the basis of a sustained engagement with one or more primary sources. In keeping with the guiding principles of this series, the workshop explored ways of doing and practising spatial history, on the basis of a variety of primary sources, and informed by different analytical perspectives. Now a second, editing workshop will be held to share feedback and ideas on pre-submitted draft chapters for the new volume. Each draft chapter highlights the challenges and opportunities of using particular kinds of sources, and seeks to demonstrate the added value of a spatial history perspective compared to more traditional approaches in established fields such as historical geography and urban history.


24 August

Riccardo Bavaj, Konrad Lawson & Bernhard Struck (St Andrews): Welcome & Introduction

I: Sources
Bernhard Struck (St Andrews): The Map as Spatial Text

James Koranyi (Durham): Travel Guides

Jordan Girardin (St Andrews): Itineraries

Despina Stratigakos (Buffalo): Visiting Adolf Hitler’s Berghof: The Floor Plan as Historical Source

10:20-10:50: Susanne Rau (Erfurt): Comments

10:50-12:30: Discussion of draft chapters

12:30-13:30: Lunch

II: Themes & Approaches
Michael Talbot (London): Maritoriality

Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (Basel): Infrastructure and Spatial/Territorial Integration

Dawn Hollis (St Andrews): Lefebvre in the Landscape: A Spatial Approach to the History of Mountain Experience

Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Istanbul): Visualising Patterns of Economic Production

Tim Cole (Bristol) & Alberto Giordano (San Marcos, Texas) / Konrad Lawson (presenter): Digital Mapping

14:00-14:30: Christoph Nübel (Potsdam): Comments

14:30-15:20: Discussion of draft chapters
15:20-15:45: Coffee
15:45-17:00: Discussion of draft chapters

25 August

III: Spaces
Stéphane Van Damme (Florence): Metropolises: Rematerializing Science, Nature and the City

Kate Ferris (St Andrews): Everyday Spaces: Subjectivity, Experience and Practice – A Case-Study of Bars in Fascist Italy

Sarah Easterby-Smith & Matt Ylitalo (St Andrews): Ships, Space and Sources: Heterotopia on the High Seas

Mark Harris (St Andrews): Rivers

Adam Cathcart (Leeds): Visualizations of Yanbian and Transborder Spaces in Northeast China

10:00-10:30: Diarmid Finnegan (Belfast): Comments

10:30-11:20: Discussion of draft chapters
11:20-11:45: Coffee
11:45-13:00: Discussion of draft chapters

13:00-13:30: Concluding discussion


Riccardo Bavaj

University of St Andrews
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