The Spaces and Politics of Exploration

Conveners: Simon Naylor (School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol) James Ryan (Department of Geography, University of Leicester)

The historical geographies of exploration have received some considerable attention in recent years. Much of this work has developed out of concerns to better understand the geographical discipline’s own historical foundations. For instance, David Livingstone’s The Geographical Tradition (1992) and Felix Driver’s Geography Militant (2001) both placed exploration as central to geography’s contested history. Influenced by work in the history of science, geographers have begun to expand their interests in this field, examining not just the work of geographers but the many others engaged in projects of exploration and fieldwork. Recent studies have examined, amongst other things, the technologies that facilitated movement and collection of information during expeditions; the regimes employed to represent places, natures and peoples; the sociologies and social geographies of authority and trust in the field; the relationships between exploration and broader intellectual stand-points and practices; and the commemoration of exploration and explorers. This session seeks to add to this field by bringing together papers that address the space and politics – in other words the political geographies – of exploration. We welcome papers that address issues such as the geopolitical contexts of exploration; the relationships between exploration and the military, government and law; the politics of exploration in science, the media and big business; the ways in which representations of expeditions reflect particular morals and values and establish particular claims over places, natures and territories; the micro-politics of expeditionary teams; the various relationships that are forged (or not) between expeditions and local populations; and the politics of memory of particular expeditions and explorers. We also welcome papers in other cognant areas. Although we are keen to consider the historical geographies of exploration we are keen to include papers that discuss exploration in a twentieth century context.

The suggested format for the two sessions (each 2.25hrs) is 4×25 minute presentations (including 5 minutes for questions), followed by a discussant (20 minutes) and 15 minutes for general questions. However, this may change depending on the number and nature of papers offered.

Deadline for submission: Titles and abstracts (maximum 200 words) should be sent to one of the organizers by Monday 17th January 2005.

Simon Naylor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol Email: [email protected] Phone: +44 (0)117 9289109

James Ryan, Department of Geography, University of Leicester Email: [email protected] Phone: +44 (0)116 252 5242