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The “Spatial Turn” in the Humanities

  • Cresswell, Tim. Place: An Introduction. Second Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. Blackwell, 1991: 26-53.
  • Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces” in Diacritics 16 (Spring 1986): 22-27.
  • Massey, Doreen. For Space. London: Sage, 2005 (excerpts).
  • Tuan, Yi-Fu. “Space and Place: Humanistic Perspective,” in Philosophy in Geography. Springer, 1979: 387-427.


Spatializing Literature

  • Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. Open Road Media, 2012.
  • Ortiz, Simon J. From Sand Creek. University of Arizona Press, 1981.
  • Rowlandson, Mary. The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed. Bedford Books, 1997.
  • Tamirat, Nafkote. The Parking Attendant, Henry Holt and Co., 2018.


Spatial History

  • White, Richard. “What Is Spatial History?” Stanford Spatial History Project. February 1, 2010.
  • Nelson, Wingling, Marciano, Connolly, et al., “Mapping Inequality,” American Panorama, ed. Robert K. Nelson and Edward L. Ayers, accessed February 14, 2019,


Digital Humanities Workshop: Virtual Reality

  • Bodenhamer, David J., “Narrating Space and Place,” in Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives, eds. Bodenhamer, et al. Indiana University Press, 2015: 7-27.
  • Erlick, Nicki. “20,000-year-old artifacts, 21st-century technology: Museums are turning to virtual reality, apps, and interactive experiences to keep tech-savvy visitors engaged.” The Verge. 6 May 2017.


Lived Space and American Geography

  • Kaag, John. American Philosophy: A Love Story, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016 (excerpts).
  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, 2018 (any version)
  • Kelly, Kathleen Coyne. “The Eco-Tourist, English Heritage, and Arthurian Legend: Walking with Thoreau.” Arthuriana 23, no. 1 (2013): 20-39.
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Essential Writings, Modern Library Classics, 2000 (excerpts).

Urban Studies and the Humanities

  • Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1997), Chapters 1, 7, 8.
  • Best, Asha. “The way they blow the horn: Caribbean dollar cabs and subaltern mobilities.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106, no. 2 (2016): 442-449.
  • Anjaria, Ulka. “Realist hieroglyphics: Aravind Adiga and the new social novel.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies 61, no. 1 (2015): 114-137.

Urban Geography in the Age of Ferguson

  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll. “Urban geography II: Urban geography in the Age of Ferguson.” Progress in Human Geography 41, no. 2 (2017): 230-244.
  • Cheng, Wendy and Rashad Shabazz. “Introduction: Race, Space, and Scale in the Twenty-First Century.” Occasion 8 (August 2015): 1-7.
  • Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. “Fatal Couplings of Power and Difference: Notes on Racism and Geography.” Professional Geographer 54, no. 1 (2002): 15-24.
  • Shabazz, Rashad, Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015). (Preface, Introduction, and Chapters 2-3)

Urban Studies and New Media

  • Mattern, Shannon. Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media, University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Critical Cartography / Digital Humanities Mapping Workshop

  • Knowles, Anne Kelly, Levi Westerveld, and Laura Strom. “Inductive Visualization: A Humanistic Alternative to GIS.” GeoHumanities, 2015, 1- 33.
  • Mattern, Shannon. “Mapping’s Intelligent Agents.” Places Journal, September 2017.
  • Wiseman, Andrew. “When Maps Lie.” CityLab, June 25, 2015.
  • Wood, Denis. “A Map Is an Image Proclaiming Its Objective Neutrality.” Cartographic Perspectives, no. 56 (2007): 4-16.

Boston’s Ecology and Environmental History

  • Hayden, Delores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press, 1997 (excerpts).
  • Kanouse, Sarah, “Critical Daytrips,” in Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten J. Swenson, eds. Critical Landscapes, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015, 43-56.

Oceanic Space

  • Chari, Sharad. “African Extraction, Indian Ocean Critique.” South Atlantic Quarterly 114, no. 1 (2015): 83-100.
  • Hau’ofa, Epeli. “Our Sea of Islands” in Hauʻofa, Naidu & Waddell (eds.), A New Oceania: Rediscovering our Sea of Islands, Suva: University of the South Pacific, 1993, 2-16.


 Teaching Your Locality

  • Martin, Randy. “Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners.” Public: A Journal of Imagining America, no. 1 (2014).


Public and Digital Humanities

  • Brennan, Sheila. “Public, First,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Michael K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
  • Hsu, Wendy F. “Lessons on Public Humanities from the Civic Sphere,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Michael K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.