Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History: "Thinking and Doing Spatiality Differently"


Oct
03
2014

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  • Speaker: Sallie Marston,
    University of Arizona
    Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History
  • Host Department: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies (EIHS)
  • Date: 10/03/2014
  • Time: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    Presented in conjunction with the Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History. Link for the full symposium schedule of events.

    Abstract: Since the publication of “The Social Construction of Scale” in 2000, Professor Marston has worked with two colleagues on reconsidering scale, a key concept within geography. As a result, they have turned to ontological flatness to guide their thinking and to avoid the calcification that scale produces when researchers attempt to sort the world hierarchically. In this presentation Professor Marston traces their site ontology argument as it has evolved over the last fifteen years. Their aim has been to provide a way of enacting research that embraces the complexity of the always-unfolding difference that constitutes the worlds they as scholars attempt to comprehend.

    Sallie Marston, Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, is a cultural and political geographer. Her work is located at the intersection of socio-spatial theory and every day politics. Theoretically, she considers the ways that sites help to constitute and are themselves constituted through bodies, practices and discourses as they unfold in both routine and dramatic ways. Empirically, she focuses on everyday life from domesticity in the nineteenth-century middle class home to art and science collaborations in the twenty-first century. She has published six monographs or edited books, two award-winning textbooks, and over seventy refereed journal articles and book chapters and is the winner of the Association of American Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches a range of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level including an honors course on urban political economy based on the HBO television series, “The Wire.” She is the director of the University of Arizona's Community and School Garden Program.

    Free and open to the public.

    The Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Kemp Family Fund, consisting of four generations of University of Michigan graduates with a lifelong commitment to encourage the study of history; not only as a way to learn about the past, but as a guide to understand the present and to anticipate the future. Additional support from the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History, International Institute, Rackham Graduate School, and Institute for the Humanities.