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Dr Cordelia Freeman

Dr Cordelia Freeman

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography & Director of Postgraduate Research

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 01392 723262

 Amory c253b

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

 Office hours:

My term one office hours are:

  • Wednesday 11-12 (my office or online)
  • Thursday 11-12 (my office or online)

Please send me an email to book a slot 

Overview

I am a political geographer who joined the department as a Lecturer in April 2020. My work is broadly on borders, mobility and violence and to date has almost entirely been in Latin America. I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust and ESRC funded research project looking at abortion im/mobilities across Latin America.

Broad Research Specialisms

  • Reproductive justice, primarily abortion access in Latin America

  • Borders and border violence

  • Feminist geopolitics

  • The politics of representation

 

PhD Supervision

I would be happy to supervise appropriate projects relating to these themes. Please get in touch by email to discuss potential supervision.

 

 

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Nottingham

PhD in Human Geography, University of Nottingham

MA in Landscape & Culture (Human Geography), University of Nottingham

BA in Human Geography, University of Nottingham

 

Career

I joined the department as a Lecturer in April 2020. Before that I was a Lecturer in geography at the University of Nottingham for five years and completed my PhD there before that too.

Research

Research interests

My current research covers three main areas:

1. Abortion Mobilities in Latin America

My research concerns the spatiality of reproductive health in Latin America. I am interested in the spatial dynamics of abortion access and the ways in which abortion prohibition has been resisted using different technologies. My interest in mobility and the regulation of mobility takes into account both bodies that move and medication and medical technologies that are transported. This research is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC and outputs to date include academic papers in Progress in Human Geography, Mobilities, and Gender, Place & Culture, a graphic novel on abortion in Mexico, and you can hear podcasts about my work here and here. The project website can be found here

 

2. The Politics of Representation

I am interested in the politics of popular culture, the power that the representations that we consume have and what they tell us about ourselves. With this in mind I have researched the representation of the 'abortion road trip' in film and novels, the representation of abortion in 'feminist' television, border geopolitics in Latin American film, and queer sexuality in music videos.

 

3. Borders and Geopolitics

Questions of 'the border' and processes of bordering run through my research with a particular focus on borders in Latin America. These interests have resulted in research on historical everyday geopolitics on the Chile-Peru border, military violence on the Chile-Peru border, and reflections on borders in historical geography.

 

 

PhD Research (2012-2015)

My PhD thesis, 'Violence on the Chile-Peru Border: Arica 1925-2015' examined the history of violence in one border city, Arica in northern Chile, to understand how over the past ninety years violence has shaped and has been shaped by the Chile-Peru border. In particular I explored the following themes:

- Biopolitics and health at borders with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and abortion

- The role of international diplomacy and law in demarcating and managing global borders, both on land and sea

- The economics of the borderlands, contrasting state and regional initiatives and management

- Military violence in the borderlands

 

Research projects

2021-2023. ESRC New Investigator Grant. ‘Abortion Mobilities: Travel and transport for reproductive rights across Latin America’. (PI) £289,634

2019-2021. Wellcome Trust Grant. 'Abortion Border Crossings in Latin America'. (PI) £51,268

 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Duffy D, Freeman C, Rodriguez S (In Press). Beyond the State: Abortion care activism in Peru. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Abstract.
Freeman C, Calkin S, Moore F (In Press). The Geography of Abortion: Discourse, Spatiality and Mobility. Progress in Human Geography Abstract.
Freeman C (In Press). The desert, the border, and the city: Staging a spectacle on the Chile-Peru border. Political Geography
Freeman C (2020). Viapolitics and the emancipatory possibilities of abortion mobilities. Mobilities, 15(6), 896-910. Abstract.
Calkin S, Freeman C (2018). Trails and technology: social and cultural geographies of abortion access. Social & Cultural Geography, 20(9), 1325-1332.
Freeman C (2017). The crime of choice: abortion border crossings from Chile to Peru. Gender, Place and Culture, 24(6), 851-868. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Duffy D, Freeman C, Rodriguez S (In Press). Beyond the State: Abortion care activism in Peru. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Abstract.
Freeman C (In Press). Feeling Better: Representing abortion in ‘feminist’ television. Culture, Health & Sexuality
Freeman C (In Press). Multiple methods beyond triangulation: collage as a methodological framework in geography. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography
Freeman C, Nandagiri R (In Press). No bad abortions: Graphic abortion narratives as feminist discourse. MAI: FEMINISM & VISUAL CULTURE Abstract.
Freeman C, Calkin S, Moore F (In Press). The Geography of Abortion: Discourse, Spatiality and Mobility. Progress in Human Geography Abstract.
Freeman C (In Press). The desert, the border, and the city: Staging a spectacle on the Chile-Peru border. Political Geography
Freeman C (2022). Book review: Littlejohn, Krystale E. (2021) Just get on the pill: the uneven burden of reproductive politics. University of California Press: Oakland, CA. Gender, Place and Culture
Freeman C (2022). McPherson, Alan (2019) Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice. The University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill), 392 pp. £36.50 hbk. Bulletin of Latin American Research
Freeman C, Engle O (2022). ‘All this way, all this money, for a five-minute procedure’: Barriers, mobilities, and representation on the US abortion road trip. Mobilities Abstract.
Hope J, Freeman C, Maclean K, Pande R, Sou G (2021). Shifts to Global Development: is this a reframing of power, agency, and progress?. Area, 54(2), 154-158.
Freeman C (2020). Viapolitics and the emancipatory possibilities of abortion mobilities. Mobilities, 15(6), 896-910. Abstract.
Freeman C (2019). Filming female desire: queering the gaze of pop music videos. Cultural Studies Abstract.
Freeman C (2019). Historical Everyday Geopolitics on the Chile-Peru Border. BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH
Calkin S, Freeman C (2018). Trails and technology: social and cultural geographies of abortion access. Social & Cultural Geography, 20(9), 1325-1332.
Rodríguez A, Freeman C (2017). El estudiante y la frontera: una aproximación a los imaginarios geográficos en el Norte de Chile. Espacios, 6(11), 110-110. Abstract.
Freeman C (2017). The crime of choice: abortion border crossings from Chile to Peru. Gender, Place and Culture, 24(6), 851-868. Abstract.
Freeman C (2013). IDENTITY AND THE MILITARIZED BORDER: MI MEJOR ENEMIGO (CHILE, 2005). Espaço e Cultura, 0(33).

Chapters

Freeman C (2023). The Abortion Pill and Other Myths: Medication Abortion on Screen. In Boudreau B, Maloy K (Eds.) Rewriting the Abortion Narrative: the Power of Popular Culture, Lexington Books. Abstract.
Freeman C (2020). Borders. In Domosh M, Withers C, Heffernan M (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography, SAGE.
Freeman C, Calkin S (2019). Feminism/Feminist Geography. In Kobayashi A (Ed) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Duffy D, Freeman C, Rodriguez S (In Press). Beyond the State: Abortion care activism in Peru. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Abstract.
Freeman C (In Press). Feeling Better: Representing abortion in ‘feminist’ television. Culture, Health & Sexuality
Freeman C (In Press). Multiple methods beyond triangulation: collage as a methodological framework in geography. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography
Freeman C, Nandagiri R (In Press). No bad abortions: Graphic abortion narratives as feminist discourse. MAI: FEMINISM & VISUAL CULTURE Abstract.
Freeman C, Calkin S, Moore F (In Press). The Geography of Abortion: Discourse, Spatiality and Mobility. Progress in Human Geography Abstract.
Freeman C (In Press). The desert, the border, and the city: Staging a spectacle on the Chile-Peru border. Political Geography

2023

Freeman C (2023). The Abortion Pill and Other Myths: Medication Abortion on Screen. In Boudreau B, Maloy K (Eds.) Rewriting the Abortion Narrative: the Power of Popular Culture, Lexington Books. Abstract.

2022

Freeman C (2022). Book review: Littlejohn, Krystale E. (2021) Just get on the pill: the uneven burden of reproductive politics. University of California Press: Oakland, CA. Gender, Place and Culture
Freeman C (2022). McPherson, Alan (2019) Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice. The University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill), 392 pp. £36.50 hbk. Bulletin of Latin American Research
Freeman C, Engle O (2022). ‘All this way, all this money, for a five-minute procedure’: Barriers, mobilities, and representation on the US abortion road trip. Mobilities Abstract.

2021

Freeman C (2021). Challenging Reproductive Control and Gendered Violence in the Américas: Intersectionality, Power, and Struggles for Rights Leandra Hinojosa Hernández and Sarah De Los Santos Upton. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2018 (ISBN 978-1-498-54257-9). Hypatia, 36(4).
Hope J, Freeman C, Maclean K, Pande R, Sou G (2021). Shifts to Global Development: is this a reframing of power, agency, and progress?. Area, 54(2), 154-158.

2020

Freeman C (2020). Abortion Across (Some) Borders?. Women's Reproductive Health, 7(2), 147-149.
Freeman C (2020). Borders. In Domosh M, Withers C, Heffernan M (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography, SAGE.
Freeman C (2020). Peruvian Lives Across Borders: Power, Exclusion, and Home. Feminist Encounters: a Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, 4(1).
Freeman C (2020). Viapolitics and the emancipatory possibilities of abortion mobilities. Mobilities, 15(6), 896-910. Abstract.

2019

Freeman C, Calkin S (2019). Feminism/Feminist Geography. In Kobayashi A (Ed) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier. Abstract.
Freeman C (2019). Filming female desire: queering the gaze of pop music videos. Cultural Studies Abstract.
Freeman C (2019). Historical Everyday Geopolitics on the Chile-Peru Border. BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH

2018

Calkin S, Freeman C (2018). Trails and technology: social and cultural geographies of abortion access. Social & Cultural Geography, 20(9), 1325-1332.

2017

Rodríguez A, Freeman C (2017). El estudiante y la frontera: una aproximación a los imaginarios geográficos en el Norte de Chile. Espacios, 6(11), 110-110. Abstract.
Freeman C (2017). Latino Heartland: of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest - by Vega, Sujey. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 36, 381-383.
Freeman C (2017). Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk. Journal of Latin American Geography, 16(1), 210-211.
Freeman C (2017). The crime of choice: abortion border crossings from Chile to Peru. Gender, Place and Culture, 24(6), 851-868. Abstract.

2015

Freeman C (2015). Violence on the Chile-Peru border: Arica 1925-2015.  Abstract.

2013

Freeman C (2013). IDENTITY AND THE MILITARIZED BORDER: MI MEJOR ENEMIGO (CHILE, 2005). Espaço e Cultura, 0(33).

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External Engagement and Impact

Creative/Collaborative Projects

  • Será Deseada: A graphic novel about experiences of abortion in Mexico. Available in Spanish and English

 

Engagement/Outreach

 

Invited Talks:

I have given invited talks about my research at institutions including UCL, LSE, Trinity College Dublin, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, and University of Cambridge.

 

Committee Positions:

  • 2020- Conference Officer, Latin American Geographies Working Group (of the RGS-IBG)
  • 2020-2023 Committee Member, Political Geography Research Group (of the RGS-IBG)
  • 2014-2020 Social Media & Website Officer, Travel Prize Co-ordinator, Development Geographies Research Group (of the RGS-IBG)

 

External Examiner Positions:

  • 2020-2024 University of Chester, Geography and Development Programmes

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Member of the American Association of Geographers
  • Member of the Society for Latin American Studies
  • Member of the Latin American Studies Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching

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