Cultural and Historical Geographies

Exeter’s Cultural and Historical Geographies research group represents one of the largest concentrations of research expertise in cultural and historical geography to be found anywhere in the world. Our research focuses around six main themes.

Geographies of creativity: 
Current work by several group members focuses upon the spatialities of creativity, for example upon the role of place and identity in the creative and cultural industries, and the varied cultural geographies of literature and the visual and performing arts.

Creative geographies: 
The group’s research is characterised by methodological and presentational innovation as regards research processes and outputs – for example, photo essays, ficto-critical writing strategies, collaborative authorship techniques, creative-curatorial methodologies.

Historical geographies of science and exploration:
A range of group members have expertise and interest in the historical geographies of science and exploration, especially as these relate to colonialism and imperialism, to issues of scientific epistemology, to visual culture, and to the history of geography.

Geographies of landscape: 
Landscape is a hardy perennial of cultural and historical geography, and it continues to bloom in the work of some group members, for example in work on landscape, writing and auto-ethnography, in studies of landscape and heritage, landscape and performance, and in intellectual histories of the concept itself.

Visual, haptic and material geographies:
Research on the varied geographies of knowledge involves group members in work on material cultures of memory, skill, data and commodities, on identity and performativity, on visual cultures of photography and film in the contexts of climate change and geopolitics, and on tactile and haptic bodily knowledges.

Theory and geophilosophy: 
Several group members draw inspiration from and contribute to current debates at the intersection of geography and the continental philosophical traditions of critical theory, phenomenology and post-structuralism.