Geographies of the Body

Description

Our knowledge of the world is entirely dependent on our bodies. This intertwining of bodies and worlds led Robyn Longhurst (1994) to describe the body as “the geography closest in”. A range of technologies have become available that allow us to investigate embodiment in novel ways: smartphone health monitoring and wearables; body-worn cameras; analysis of social media and other sources of open data. This module will combine intensive cultural geography theory with practical field-based experiments. The lectures will be accompanied by workshop sessions: initially learning and deploying different field methods; followed by sessions on project design. These sessions will include non-assessed presentations about the module fieldwork to provide ongoing formative feedback. The final assessment will be a report based on an original project investigating a topical issue in urban embodiment. Students will design their own projects responding to the theories and techniques taught on the module. 

Assessment

  • 1 x 5,000-word project