A Place More Void

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A Place More Void

Edited by Paul Kingsbury and Anna J. Secor

Cultural Geographies + Rewriting the Earth Series

348 pages
14 photographs, 8 illustrations, 1 map, 3 charts, index

Hardcover

February 2021

978-1-4962-2263-3

$99.00 Pre-order
Paperback

February 2021

978-1-4962-2366-1

$30.00 Pre-order

About the Book

A Place More Void takes its name from a scene in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, wherein an elderly soothsayer has a final chance to warn Caesar about the Ides of March. Worried that he won’t be able to deliver his message because of the crowded alleyways, the soothsayer devises a plan to find and intercept Caesar in “a place more void.” It is precisely such an elusive place that this volume makes space for by theorizing and empirically exploring the many yet widely neglected ways in which the void permeates geographical thinking.

This collection presents geography’s most in-depth and sustained engagements with the void to date, demonstrating the extent to which related themes such as gaps, cracks, lacks, and emptiness perforate geography’s fundamental concepts, practices, and passions. Arranged in four parts around the themes of Holes, Absences, Edges, and Voids, the contributions demonstrate the fecundity of the void for thinking across a wide range of phenomena: from archives to alien abductions, caves to cryptids, and vortexes to vanishing points.

A Place More Void gathers established and emerging scholars who engage a wide range of geographical issues and who express themselves not only through archival, literary, and socio-scientific investigations, but also through social and spatial theory, political manifesto, poetry, and performance art.


 

Author Bio

Paul Kingsbury is a professor of geography and associate dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. He is the coeditor of Psychoanalytic Geographies and Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music. Anna J. Secor is a professor of geography at Durham University. She is the coeditor of The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography.

Praise

“In the current period of climatic and political uncertainty, A Place More Void explores the generative capacities of the unknown through the lens of different conceptualizations of the void. I came away from the reading invigorated by the productive mobilizations of the concept and fully convinced of its potential to assist in understanding and moving forward in the current conjuncture.”—Susan M. Ruddick, professor of geography at the University of Toronto
 

 

“As a spatial concept, the void—or a space that reflects a gap in place or time—is a curious yet compelling question to investigate in geographical research. A Place More Void is conceptually unique and definitely provides a step forward as a contribution in the discipline of geography.”—Nadia Bartolini, associate research fellow of geography at the University of Exeter

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors’ Acknowledgments

Introduction: Into the Void
Paul Kingsbury and Anna J. Secor

Part 1: Holes
1. Urban Renewal and the Actuality of Absence: The “Hole” (“Trou”) of Paris, 1973
Ulf Strohmayer
2. “The Crack in the Earth”: Environmentalism After Speleology
Kai Bosworth
3. The Vortex and the Void: Meta/Geophysics in Sedona
Keith Woodward and John Paul Jones III
4. Six Voids
Flora Parrot and Harriet Hawkins

Part 2: Absences
5. Tracking Silence: Place, Embodiment, and Politics
Morgan Meyer
6. The Void and Its Summons: Subjectivity, Signs, and the Enigmatic
Mitch Rose
7. Derwent’s Ghost: The Haunting Silences of Geography at Harvard
Alison Mountz and Kira Williams
8. “It Watches You Vanish”: On Landscape and W. G. Sebald
John Wylie

Part 3: Edges
9. Enfolding: An Experimental geographical imagination system (gis)
Luke Bergmann and Nick Lally
10. Beyond the Feminine Void: Rethinking Sexuation Through an Ettingerial Lens
Carmen Antreasian
11. Politics for the Impasse
Jess Linz and Anna J. Secor
12. Raising Sasquatch to the Place of the Cryptozoological Thing
Oliver Keane and Paul Kingsbury

Part 4: Voids
13. O(void): Excerpts from Lot, a Long Ethnopoetics Project about the Colonial Geographies of Haida Gwaii
Sarah de Leeuw
14. Playing with Plenitude and Finitude: Attuning to a Mysterious Void of Being
Mikko Joronen
15. In the Void of Formalization: The Homology Between Surplus Value and Surplus Jouissance
Ceren Özselçuk and Yahya M. Madra
16. Localizing the Void: From Material to Immaterial Materialism
Lucas Pohl

Coda: A Void More Placed
Paul Kingsbury and Anna J. Secor

About the Contributors
Index