Tariq Jazeel and Stephen Legg (eds.), Subaltern Geographies – University of Georgia Press, 2019

9780820354590.jpgTariq Jazeel and Stephen Legg (eds.), Subaltern Geographies – University of Georgia Press, 2019

Subaltern Geographies is the first book-length discussion addressing the relationship between the historical innovations of subaltern studies and the critical intellectual practices and methodologies of cultural, urban, historical, and political geography. This edited volume explores this relationship by attempting to think critically about space and spatial categorizations.

Editors Tariq Jazeel and Stephen Legg ask, What methodologicalphilosophical potential does a rigorously geographical engagement with the concept of subalternity pose for geographical thought, whether in historical or contemporary contexts? And what types of craft are necessary for us to seek out subaltern perspectives both from the past and in the present? In so doing, Subaltern Geographies engages with the implications for and impact on disciplinary geographical thought of subaltern studies scholarship, as well as the potential for such thought. In the process, it probes new spatial ideas and forms of learning in an attempt to bypass the spatial categorizations of methodological nationalism and Eurocentrism.

CONTRIBUTORS: David Arnold, Sharad Chari, David Featherstone, Vinay Gidwani, Mukul Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Anna F. Laing, Colin McFarlane, Sarah A. Radcliffe, Ananya Roy, and Jo Sharp

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1 Response to Tariq Jazeel and Stephen Legg (eds.), Subaltern Geographies – University of Georgia Press, 2019

  1. corneliuz says:

    Thank you for sharing, Stuart! Looks fascinating. In return- or to invite an extension of the volume theme- allow me to share a link to Floating Laboratory Of Action & Theory At Sea (FLOATS), an initiative I came across in 2017 while on Lesvos, where I was participating in an international postgraduate summer school jointly organized by the Department of Social Anthropology & History of the University of the Aegean, and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Entitled “Cultures, Migrations, Borders,” the summer school was dedicated to exploring how migrations and border crossing practices are shaped in spaces of cultural encounter, with particular focus given to the contemporary geopolitical conjuncture of mass migration from the Middle-East and North Africa into Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean. It was there that I first heard of FLOATS, an itinerant “rethink tank” that fosters an international network of scholars, artists, and activists who collectively rotate through the Mediterranean sea, stopping at several port-cities and sites along the way. Their objective is to offer a continuous critical commentary on the perils of state-oriented sovereignty and land-centered social theory, taking seriously the idea of “floating” and the state of contemporary forms of mobility and rootlessness, especially in the Mediterranean Sea which has become increasingly monopolized by a territorial framework and narrative haphazardly engineered by states, corporations, and international supra-state organizations. Errancy and iterancy then, gestures towards a planetary thought..? Anyways, I think it may prove to be of interest to you and this site’s followers. Here is the link: https://floatsea.org
    (I’m not directly affiliated to FLOATS but only serve here as a relay for possible points of interest and resonance).

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