The Geographical Imaginations Expedition & Institute is a growing multi-media public geography initiative designed to bring together academic and everyday geographical, or spatial, thinking. We believe everybody is a geographer and a co-maker of spaces. As an inquiry-based project, we ask questions and explore themes through dialogues with different texts and voices. Inevitably, our explorations return to simple, yet complex, questions. How does ________ inform the way I picture the world in my head? How does that picture, in turn, limit or expand my place in the world?
The main focus of the project is an hour-long radio essay program broadcast monthly from Radio Fabrik in Salzburg, Austria. We call it, "Geographical Imaginations: Radio Expeditions into the Geographies of Everything and Nothing." In each episode we make brief expeditions into the geographies of everything and nothing. We reflect upon our relationships with the worlds we inhabit and co-create. While many of the episodes deal with local and regional topics, themes are somewhat universal and our investigations could inform the geographical imaginations of those living anywhere in the world.
The show is hosted and produced by Kevin S. Fox (www.ksfox.org), a cultural geographer from Connecticut.
EPISODE SIXTY Going Back To An Empty House
Spanish scholar Javier Cardeña Contreras does all the heavy lifting in this inaugural 13-theme speed round exploration of Quijote, Shawshank Redemption, Antonio Machado’s Caminante, La Casa de Papel, Bulls, Eddie Davies, El Madroño, Wild West films, La Zapatilla, Translation, Duncan Williamson, Almodovar, and what it means to have a “pueblo” in Spain—all the while weaving a personal essay about home and identity.
EPISODE FIFTY NINE Climate Thinking Change
In Climate Thinking Change we speak with Dr. Lawrence Hamilton of the University of New Hampshire about the survey work he has done to get closer to American perceptions of the Arctic. This radio expedition is most interested in exploring to what extent our geographical knowledge of the Arctic impacts how we might think about this far north region in social, political and environmental contexts.
EPISODE FIFTY EIGHT Poster Bear
Poster Bear is the second part of a two-episode exploration of two polar bears—the one that travels along the ice and the other one that circulates in the media. Joining us is Dorothea Born, a Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholar from Mitteleuropa. Born’s work examines the polar bear as an icon for the visual communication of climate change in popular science magazines.
EPISODE FIFTY SIX Writing the Arctic
On expedition in Svalbard we encountered the circa 1930s cabin that pioneer female big game hunter and writer Wanny Wolstad lived in during five overwinters. Literature scholar Dr. Ingrid Urberg contextualizes Wolstad and her writings within the works of other „Svalbard Daughters“ whose narratives collectively challenged the overtly masculine storytelling about the Arctic landscape all the while asking us to reconsider how we imagine the polar north.
EPISODE FIFTY FIVE Asking Svalbard
In Asking Svalbard we begin to move beyond generalization about the Arctic. By digging deeper we interrogate a place that might only exist on the fringes of our imaginations-Svalbard, Norway. Located in the Arctic Circle, this archipelago is home to over 2,500 people. Guiding us in this radio expedition is Rolf Stange , author of the top-selling guidebook for this country of the cold shores.
EPISODE FIFTY FOUR Don’t Feed the Bears
How does one prepare for an expedition to the Arctic North? In Don’t Feed the Bears we speak with Ann Christin Auestad, project manager at the Arctic Safety Centre to learn more about the different training available for risk management and planning for expeditions within the polar north. We also revisit with Patrick Schaudy (EPISODE TWO) to discuss his summer employment as a polar bear guard. What is that? Listen.