FASS627 Spatial Theory

Module description

This day session will provide an overview of spatial theory and provide opportunity for discussion of theories and theorists that have been most influential in the arts and humanities. Theories covered will include performativity, phenomenology and non-representational theory and we will look at the work of theorists such as Heidegger, Michel de Certeau, Doreen Massey and Bachelard. The seminar will have a practical emphasis and time will be spent thinking about a specific site in order to think through the value of different theoretical approaches to place and space.

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with a range of approaches to place, space and landscape, and the relevance of these to their own work.

Aims and objectives

  • Introducing a range of influential writings on place and space so that students will have a sense of the field of spatial theory.
  • Discussion of a selection of theoretical extracts to develop students' knowledge of and critical engagement with a variety of approaches to place and space.
  • Through a focus on a specific site, students will be given the opportunity to compare and evaluate different approaches to place and space.

Reading list

Course participants will be provided with a set of extracts in advance of the seminar and at the seminar students will receive an indicative reading list.

Timing and Location




to be confirmed

Number of sessions:

1 x 3 hour session and 1 x 2 hour session

Timing and Location:



Additional information

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 25