History of Geographical Thought (again)

In comments to an earlier post, Robert Mayhew offers some useful thoughts. Robert rightly points to his own work. Much is already available, but on his website he points to two fascinating sounding future projects:

At present, I am engaged actively in work in two main arenas. First, I am writing a book length study of geography’s interactions with the humanities tradition of scholarship over the period from ancient times to 1945. This project is an attempt both to extend the chronological range we normally think about as geographers and to redirect attention to the extent to which geography was a scholarly enterprise entwined with the main trunk of the European humanistic tradition. Secondly, my long held and entirely unhealthy obsession with footnotes has broadened into an increasing interest in seeing geography as a textual tradition where we need to analyse the relations between authors, publishers and readers to understand the genealogy of this form of inquiry.

Both these sound great, and the idea of broadening the historical range of geography’s engagements and one that works on the resolutely textual alongside other concerns both fit with many of my own interests.

While I’m on this topic, worth a plug for the historical geography series Robert edits for I.B. Tauris.

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