Culture serves as a lens through which people interpret the experiences and interactions that occur in their everyday life. Advances in technology are changing every aspect of our lives, leading to contemporary issues. This includes the opportunities and pitfalls of globalisation as well as new human technological relations that create new challenges from different cultures and communities.
Exploring cultural practices helps us understand human activities. Cultural geography explores the relationship between humans and the elements of our environment by examining the way meaning is constructed according to differences in space, time and place. It emphasises the relationships not only between people and their physical environment but also their material, social and cultural landscapes.
Working at the intersection of science and art, cultural and human geography research at UNSW Canberra addresses a range of transformative social and cultural processes. We explore the challenges posed to traditional social science through reconfigurations and changes to human life including:
Our research capability and expertise in Cultural Geography include:
We have research capabilities, unique expertise and a strong tradition of conceptual innovation across many areas of human geography. This includes insights from non-representational theory, affect theory, post-humanism and new materialism—as well as from a wide variety of continental philosophers and political theorists.
We are a leader in global research in the science of cultural geography. Our strength comes from:
The following projects are currently active:
The following research proposals are in the planning stage:
The Cultural Geography group has developed collaborative networks with several Australian and international partners, including:
The group also has ongoing and developing interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with academics from the:
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Our current research projects include:
The Cultural Geography group has established a vibrant research culture in the School of Science hosting a weekly reading group (Non-representational Theory and Geography) and bi-monthly research workshops (Space, Performance, Art, and Technology). We have an internationally diverse team of PhD students working on a variety of research projects and we are active supporters of the UNSW ALLY Network for LGBTIQ+ people.
As a Cultural Geography student, you will benefit from:
The following courses are available to students interested in Cultural Geography: