I have hesitated to write anything so far on this blog about the city where I work and sometimes live, because there is a lot that I could write and I didn't quite know how to break it down or conceptualize it. I have many years' worth of material to work with, as I have … Continue reading Windsor, Ontario
I had initially planned to write something about Charlottesville for my next post, but after reading so much the last two weeks about neo-Nazis and the far right and debates over free speech protections and Confederate monuments and the jagged edges of political debate about public space in the US right now, I decided I … Continue reading The body and the workplace
As I indicated in my previous post on the closure of the Honest Ed's retail store in Toronto, gentrification has transformed many parts of the city over the last couple of decades. This has perhaps been most evident in the neighborhood known as Parkdale, in the southwestern part of the city along Queen Street West. … Continue reading Parkdale, Toronto
I’ve started preparing for my fall semester courses, including my introductory human geography course, and am thinking of examples to explain one of the more ‘fuzzy’ concepts upon which my discipline rests, geographical imagination. The fuzziness of this concept lies in the contested nature of any claims to describe a place or accurately and fully … Continue reading Russia
July 1 is Canada Day, the anniversary of Canada's confederation as a union joining the previously separate province of Canada (today Ontario and Quebec) with the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This year is the 150th anniversary ('Canada 150' - it's even a twitter hashtag!), so the build-up to Canada Day and … Continue reading Canada 150
I promised in my last post to commit the next one to a discussion of Confederate monuments and memorials, the more general practice of naming public buildings and infrastructure after Confederate leaders, and the current movement to rename, remove, or relocate them from their prominent positions in the built environment across the US South. This … Continue reading The Confederacy
I was recently on a trip through Germany and spent a couple of days in the town of Bamberg, in the north of Bavaria in the region known as Franken, or, in English, Franconia. Bamberg is a lovely place and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is pedestrian-friendly with lots of public spaces and … Continue reading Bamberg, Germany
Like my first post, this one comes from materials I prepared for and use in my intro course on human geography. It is also a short mini-lecture I recorded in 2015, and examines two (three, actually) specific places - the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (as well as the Vimy Ridge battlefield and memorial in France) and the Neue Wache in Berlin, Germany.
Space, place, and scale as fundamental ideas in the study of human geography. Includes three mini-lectures I recorded in 2015 for a course I teach.