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Course: Historical Geographies: Care, Conflict and Confinement (Geography, senior honours)

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This course critically considers the ways in which the sub-disciplinary field of historical geography has explored the geographies of people, places and environments in the past and their reverberations in contemporary times. Using the three critical threads of care, conflict and confinement and drawing from examples on war, colonial lives, pirate tales, family biographies and (sometimes unsuccessful!) experiments on bodies and minds, this course will examine the central theoretical debates in historical geography. A significant section of this course will be devoted to the practice of historical geography and time will be spent rooting around in ‘archives’ of all kinds, from library storerooms to museum collections. Dealing with a variety of historical materials such as film, photographs, diaries, objects, novels and maps, this course enables you the opportunity to build a set of core skills in conducting research on the past and an awareness of the complex processes involved. In doing so, this course aims to promote a deeper understanding of the different ways in which the past re-enters the present in geographical work and provides you with the chance to reflect personally on the different ways in which you may wish to story past lives and past places.