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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Humanism in Cultural Geography: A Backward and a Forward Look

Brian S. Robinson.

Starting with the seminal work of Y-F Tuan in the 1970s the paper examines why humanist approaches were introduced into the discipline. It then goes on to suggest reasons for its weakness during the theory wars of the 1980s. Looking forward there is the hope that the formulae of spatial and cultural 'turns' have spent their force. My reappraisal uses examples from the relationship between geography and literature over the past thirty years.


Brian S. Robinson  (Canada)
Associate Professor
Dept. of Geography
Saint Mary's University

Brian Robinson is a cultural geographer interested in literature.

  • Humanism
  • Cultural geography
  • Cultural and spatial turns
  • Geography and literature

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)