CfP: Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World, York, 16 May 2020 (deadline 8 March)

Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World Symposium

 Centre for Modern Studies, University of York

16 May 2020

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

Since the ‘spatial turn’ in the 1970s, scholars, theorists, scientists, and intellectuals across the globe have been carving out new critical, theoretical, and methodological concepts to expand and redefine the scope of space. Inspired by the fantastic ways that space and modernity interact, scholars have been bringing new experiences and interpretations to understandings of spatial modernity or modern spatiality. The borders of modernities and spatiality blurred and the spark of inspirations flickered.

This poses exciting opportunities and challenges to modern studies: What are ‘spatial modernities’ and how are they developed in and beyond humanities? How do the meanings and implications of space and modern evolve across the global world? How does the physical and psychological modernity respond to these modernities? How do we define, clarify, complicate, and push the debate over the borders forward? How does the map work or fail in the mysterious unfamiliar place?

The principle aim of this symposium is to encourage a robust, diverse, and interdisciplinary conversation on place, space, or map in the modern world. The Cmods postgraduate forum tenth annual symposium invites proposals for 15-minute papers. We wish to push the limits of how we interpret and understand spatial modernity as a categorical term. We encourage physical or material perspectives on architecture, geography, landscape, territory, region, area, and city, discussions on the invisible, imaginative, and psychological worlds, explorations of psychological, psychoanalytical and affective space, and conversations about the roles of maps in the modern era.

As such, we welcome papers from postgraduates and early career researchers working in literature, archaeology, language and linguistics, philosophy, history, music, art, media, geography, and other fields. Some thematic prompts include, but are not limited to:

  • physical, metaphorical, embodied ways to explore modernity and space, place, and/or map
  • critical and creative approaches to the connection between modernity and space
  • time and space in modern studies
    ● spaces and places of the future or fantastical spaces
    ● the commodification of place, space, and/or map
  • psychogeography and modernity
  • psychological, psychoanalytical and affective space
    ● politics of place, space, or map (territory sovereignty, colonialism, and empire, etc)
  • space, place, and/or map & gender, sexuality, religion, race, migration, animal, and environment

We welcome proposals from postgraduates (master and Ph.D. students) and ECRs. Please send an abstract (300-500 words) along with a brief bio (100 words) to ( by 8 March 2020. Queries can be directed to this email address also. We are open to receiving standard presentations and encouraging non-traditional forms of participation. HRC (Humanities Research Centre) has generously funded the travel bursaries of £150 for non-funded PGs (MA or Ph.D.) or precariously employed ECAs who are in need.

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Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Gregory

Professor Ian Gregory is a geographer, historian and director of Lancaster Digital Humanities Hub. He is a geographer by training and has spent much of his career working applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to historical research, a field that has become known as Historical GIS. As a result of the growth of Digital Humanities, he has become particularly interested in using GIS with texts as well as the more traditional quantitative sources. Further information and publications could be checked here . He has been involved in a number of projects that are concerned with what has become known as ‘Spatial Humanities’, a field that is concerned with using geographical technologies to better understand the geographies of our history and culture. Projects he has been involved in include: