On Space: in Conversation with Doreen Massey
We’re pleased to present an audio recording of the School of the Arts event On Space: in Conversation with Doreen Massey.
On 28 November 2012, prestigious cultural geographer Professor Doreen Massey, winner of the Royal Geographical Society Victoria Medal (1994) and the Prix Vautrin Lud (1998) addressed the University of Northampton and talked in-depth about space, place, politics, time and memory as well as her groundbreaking books, Space, Place and Gender (1994), For Space (2005) and World City (2007).
Use the player below to listen to an audio recording of Professor Massey’s conversation with Professor Janet Wilson, PhD student Lisa C. Robertson and the audience gathered at the School of the Arts:
You can also access the recording directly in MP3 format: On Space In Conversation with Doreen Massey
Below are the questions submitted to Professor Massey at the event.
Questions for Professor Doreen Massey
- In For Space, you write of your journey to work from London to Milton Keynes and the experience of passing through (and briefly stopping) Berkhamsted. You comment on the juxtaposition of the Norman Castle with the nineteenth-century rail station, and its more modern additions and the ways that this evokes rather nicely the relationship between space and time: both changing and always simultaneous. When you made the train journey tonight, did you notice anything different about this space-time?
- You’ve written previously about the ways that “social distance” is very different from geographical proximity. What events or changes in the last year or so, or since you wrote World City, do you see to have altered or effected social distance?
- Many spatial theorists, across the disciplines, have been at pains to distinguish between ‘space’ and ‘place’ for a variety of reasons. It seems to me in your more recent work, particularly in For Space, you collapse this division and suggest that they are interrelated to the point that they are indistinguishable. Is this the case? If so, why is important that we recognise this? Have your views on this changed?
- Space, Place and Gender was one or the first critical interventions to place gender at the centre of spatial theory and remains hugely important today for academics across the disciplines. If we understand space and gender to have a mutually effective relationship, both constituted by the other, do you see this gender/space production evince itself anywhere in the material environment? If so, where? Have changes in the way we perceive gender identity (particularly in the last twenty years or so) effected this material space?
- I’m interested to see that you’re working (or have worked) on a collaborative research project with Patrick Keiller and Professor Patrick White: The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image. What first interested you in this project? Is it a project that will continue? Are you interested in working more with artists and filmmakers who comment on social landscape?