Accessibility statement

Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World

Saturday 16 May 2020, 9.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

CModS postgraduate forum annual symposium

Call for Papers

Since the ‘spatial turn’ in 1970s, scholars, theorists, scientists, and intellectuals across the globe have been carving out new critical, theoretical, and methodological concepts to expand and redefine the scope of space. Inspired by the fantastic ways that space and modernity interact, scholars have been bringing new experiences and interpretations to understandings of spatial modernity or modern spatiality. The borders of modernities and spatiality blurred and the spark of inspirations flickered.

This poses exciting opportunities and challenges to the modern studies: What are ‘spatial modernities’ and how are they developed in and beyond humanities? How do the meanings and implications of space and the modern evolve across the global world? How does the physical and psychological modernity respond to these modernities? How do we define, clarify, complicate, and push the debate over the borders forward? How does the map work or fail in the mysterious unfamiliar place?

The principal aim of the conference is to encourage a robust, diverse, and interdisciplinary conversation on place, space, or map in the modern world. The CModS annual symposium invites proposals for 15-minute papers. We wish to push the limits of how we interpret and understand spatial modernity as a categorical term. As such, we welcome papers from scholars working in literature, archaeology, language and linguistics, philosophy, history, music, art, media, geography, and other fields. Some thematic prompts include, but are not limited to:

  • physical, metaphorical, embodied ways to explore modernity and space, place, and/or map
  • critical and creative approaches to the connection between modernity and space
  • time and space in modern studies
  • spaces and places of the future or fantastical spaces
  • commodification of place, space, and/or map
  • psychogeography and modernity
  • psychological, psychoanalytical and affective space
  • politics of place, space, or map (territory sovereignty, colonialism and empire, etc) 
  • space, place, and/or map & gender, sexuality, religion, race, migration, animal and environment

We welcome proposals from postgraduates and ECRs. Please send an abstract (300-500 words) along with a brief bio (100 words) to ( by 8 March 2020. Queries can be directed to this email address also. We are open to receiving standard presentation and encouraging non-traditional forms of participation.

HRC(York Humanities Research Centre) has generously funded the travel bursaries of £150 for non-funded PGs (MA or PhD) or precariously employed ECAs who are in need.           

Our Twitter: Countervoices (@cmodspgforum1)


Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Gregory

Professor Ian Gregory is a geographer, historian and director of Lancaster Digital Humanities Hub. He is a geographer by training and has spent much of his career working applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to historical research, a field that has become known as Historical GIS. As a result of the growth of Digital Humanities, he has become particularly interested in using GIS with texts as well as the more traditional quantitative sources. Further information and publications could be checked here . He has been involved in a number of projects that are concerned with what has become known as ‘Spatial Humanities’, a field that is concerned with using geographical technologies to better understand the geographies of our history and culture. Projects he has been involved in include:


Location: Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building