Space and spatiality in theory

Peter Merriman, Martin Jones, Gunnar Olsson, Eric Sheppard, Nigel Thrift, Yi-Fu Tuan

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This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on ‘Space and Spatiality in Theory’ which was held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, April 2010. In the article, the panel map out some of the challenges for thinking, writing and performing spaces in the 21st century, reflecting upon the emergence of new ways of theorizing space and spatiality, the relationship between writing, action and spacing, and the emergence of distinctive spatialized ontologies (e.g. ‘movement- space’) which appear to reflect epistemological and technological shifts in how our worlds are thought, produced and inhabited. The panellists stress the importance of recognizing the partial nature of Anglophone theoretical approaches, and they argue for more situated and modest theories. They also reflect upon the importance of a wide range of disciplinary knowledges and practices to their thinking on the spatialities of the world, from philosophy and the natural sciences to art and poetry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • history of geography
  • language
  • movement
  • poststructuralism
  • space


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