Brown Bag: Discovering the (post-)Soviet 'inner periphery' by wayfaring through landscape

The seminar will present ideas of the Russian geographer Vladimr Kagansky. Kagansky develops a methodological approach to geographical theorizing, understood as conceptual morphology of cultural landscape, that is grounded in personal experience of moving through landscape. We call this movement “wayfaring”—to distinguish it from tourist and administrative travel and from organized, pre-planned epistemic journeys such as research expeditions. I will briefly present the methodological approach, and the main outcome of Kagansky's research—a specific morphology of Soviet and post-Soviet cultural landscape, which serves as recognition and critique of Soviet imperialist spatial structures and practices as they unfold before, during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In comparative context, it would be interesting to discuss "inner periphery" in comparison with "Udkantsdanmark" in Danish context, as well as the "empty cells" of the Dear and Flusty's "Postmodern Urbanism" cellular model of urbanized region.

Time

16.06.2021 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

Discovering the (post-)Soviet ‘inner periphery’ by wayfaring through landscape

Speaker:
Nik Kharlamov, Dept. of Communication and Psychology, AAU, nik@hum.aau.dk

Abstract:
The seminar will present ideas of the Russian geographer Vladimr Kagansky. Kagansky develops a methodological approach to geographical theorizing, understood as conceptual morphology of cultural landscape, that is grounded in personal experience of moving through landscape. We call this movement “wayfaring”—to distinguish it from tourist and administrative travel and from organized, pre-planned epistemic journeys such as research expeditions. I will briefly present the methodological approach, and the main outcome of Kagansky's research—a specific morphology of Soviet and post-Soviet cultural landscape, which serves as recognition and critique of Soviet imperialist spatial structures and practices as they unfold before, during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In comparative context, it would be interesting to discuss "inner periphery" in comparison with "Udkantsdanmark" in Danish context, as well as the "empty cells" of the Dear and Flusty's "Postmodern Urbanism" cellular model of urbanized region.

Place and time:
Rendsburggade 14, room 5.355A (C-MUS Lab), June 16, 12:00-13:00

All Brown Bag seminars are also organized online in MS Teams.

The seminars are open to everyone with interest in Mobilities and Urban studies.
Pre-registration is not needed. Please bring you own lunch.

Looking forward to see you at the C-MUS Brown Bag Seminars!

Host

C-MUS

Address

AAU, Rendsburggade 14, room 5.355A (C-MUS Lab), 9000 Aalborg

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