The first meeting of the Transnational & Spatial History reading group will be held on 23 October. The theme for our reading group this year will be Spatial history and we will be looking at a number of texts from history and other disciplines that have helped shape emerging approaches in this area. Each meeting will open with a presentation on a text with a summary of the main arguments, additional comments and discussion questions raised by a second participant, followed by a discussion with all participants.
23 October, 2014
5-6:30pm in St Katharine’s Lodge 1.10
Moretti, Franco. Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900. Verso, 1999.
Presentation: Konrad M. Lawson
Comments and Questions: Bernhard Struck
We will have additional reading group meetings on the following dates:
November 20 – 5-6:30pm St Katharine’s 1.10
February 12 – TBD
March 5 – TBD
April 9 – TBD
Last week the first session of our Where is Transnational History? reading group was held. Exploring the variety of historical approaches that attempt to conceptualise space, especially in a transnational context, our reading also introduced us to the world of network visualisation with an essay by Lothar Krempel, and the exciting work being done at the Spatial History Project at Stanford University through an article by Richard White.
Our discussion focused on understanding the different ways space is defined, and employed in historical scholarship, ranging from the analysis of historical maps, the study of evolving trade and flows of all kind, the deconstruction of spatial categories and representations throughout history, and the symbolic importance of representational space. As we shared our own interests in the study of spatial history it quickly became clear that our varying topics and questions call for differing tools and forms of analysis, whether they depend primarily on close readings and interpretation or have a greater need for historical data and geographic analysis. Our reading will continue and we also agreed to plan for a more skills-based session on map-making and basic GIS for interested members in a future meeting.