Histories, Pasts and Memories

Our geographical understanding of the current world is shaped by the histories and memories of the past. Our research draws on a number of methodological techniques (from oral history to the use of archives) to understand how space and place shapes pasts and presents within the context of both individual lifecourses and larger scale political change. Research projects and publications which contribute to this theme include:

  • Geographies of age, ageing and the lifecourse (Evans, Riley)
  • The importance of lifecourse and memories to individuals’ identities, and how they shape activisms (Riley, North)
  • The historical connections contemporary resistance movements have and maintain with their predecessors (Gahman)
  • Ambivalent nostalgias and embodied experiences of urban regeneration (Rose)
  • Remembering wartime, socialist and post-socialist Poland (Burrell, North)
  • Research on the histories and continued effects of colonialism upon societies in the global north and south (Davies, Gahman)
  • Critically analyzing the local histories and state discourses of white settler societies (Gahman)
  • Convict ship histories/and their representation in museum spaces (Peters, Turner)
  • Geographies of post-prison and the (re)use of sites of former incarceration (Turner, Peters)