Progressive Geographies

OpenSpace is pleased to announce this Leverhulme Visiting Professorship event at The University of Manchester:

“Every Revolution has its Space: from Occupying Squares to Transforming Cities?”

Presentations by:

Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester

Andy Merrifield, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Manchester

Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Date:   25th April

Venue: Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, Oxford Road, University of Manchester (

Time: 4-6.30 pm

All welcome, no registration necessary.

This event is organised by:

OpenSpace:  An interdisciplinary forum for doctoral and postdoctoral research supporting dialogue on cities and beyond, initiated by PhD researchers in the Department of Geography

And is supported by:

The Leverhulme Trust: Visiting Professorships

The University of Manchester Cities Initiative (cities@manchester):

The Urban Transformations Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Manchester

For further information, please contact

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Here is a very interesting initiative from Giacomo Andreucci, Post-Doctoral fellow from Università di Bologna who is developing a database of maps appearing in literature, as well as in movies and TV productions.

The project Maps in Literature makes freely accessible to students and researchers a literary corpus of text quotations of maps ranging from the ancient classic world literature to the contemporary one. The project is meant as an open initiative and everyone interested in suggesting new quotations can contribute. To contribute please contact us at

Dr Strangelove - George C. Scott (aka General Turgidson) with the “big board” in the background showing in near real-time the position of the B52s flying toward their Soviet targets.

I am interested in Giacomo’s project because I have also been gathering cinematic map for about a decade. My favorite ones are the one from M (Fritz Lang 1931)  (as I believe it is the first “modern” map as it prefigures many of the current functions of contemporary digital cartography) as well as the one from Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)…

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The quarterly published Journal “The Cartographic Journal” is this time (Volume 48, Number 4, November 2011) dedicated to the Geography of Literature. This volume was guest-edited by Barbara Piatti (literary studies) and Lorenz Hurni (cartography) and gives an impressive overview and insights into exiting interdisciplinary projects.

»A literary-geographical reading can change our
understanding – not only of books, but of the world we
live in. It creates knowledge. Through literary geography,
we learn more about the production of places, their
historical layers, their meanings, functions and symbolic
values. If places emerge from a combination of real
elements and fictional accounts, then literary geography
and literary cartography can work as a very effective eyeopener.«

Barbara Piatti and Lorenz Hurni: Editorial, pp.218-223

»This special issue of the Cartographic Journal on
‘Cartographies of Fictional Worlds’ is made up of fascinating
stories, exotic places, original concepts, and a series of
media that ranges from…

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