Researching space (Seminar)

  • analyse the website
  • analyse
  • what information these maps represent?
  • These maps are used to show the predicted weather conditions within the Uk.
  • Not every where is shown, for example main cities are shown.
  • Don’t show weather in southern Ireland.
  • You can change it to show rainfall


  • how that information has been presented?
  • The map can be seen in the centre of the page. With differ boxes around the map containing different weather information. Such as ‘Space weather’ giving you information about solar flares. Focusing on the sun.
  • Seven day forecast, set to the city of London.
  • Can change location to see weather in a specific location other than London.
  • why they have been created?
  • These maps where created in order to give people information about the weather in the UK.
  • who they are aimed at?
  • UK citizens.
  • People traveling to the Uk.
  • how they constrict and reflect power divisions in society?
  • They don’t show southern Ireland or the British Isles.

Researching Space (Lecture Notes)

  • How we research space?
  • Space structures our experiences of the world around us.
  • Its (not ) just common sense….
  • We need to understand global power structures that position individuala with varying levels of power
  • We must acknowledge our biases because it is impossible to consider space without examining our own position within it.
  • We need self-reflexivity to understand the discourses that dominate our own ‘common sense’
  • Manuel Castells –The information society
  • ‘To give an overview of Castells’s trilogy, in a nutshell, it argues tat the global space has increasingly been split into the ‘space of flows’ (or the sphere of the net) and the ‘space of places’ (or the sphere of the self).’(Saukko,.p157)
  • Macro sociological – looks at both society and economy
  • Materialist- ‘facts’ of life
  • Edward Soja-Critical Geographer
  • Space has 3 dimensions
  • -First space: material ‘realities’ that structure space
  • -Second Space: representations and discourses surrounding space that shape our perceptions of certain spaces
  • -Third space: both the material ‘realities’ and the discourse jointly contributing to the construction of space in both material and imaginary terms (lived experience/from below).
  • Implications for method…
  • Multidimensional
  • Context
  • Discourse/Representation
  • Lived experience
  • ‘Soja’s Thirdspace.. calls for a mode of inquiry that examines, or at least keeps in mind, the different dimensions of space or social reality.
  • While the lived, discursive and contextual aspects of space and reality can be studied in separation, both analytically and empirically, they intertwine with one another.” (Saukko,3003 p.166)
  • Map vs Networks
  • Saukko
  • We are spatially located
  • ‘the researching self’ is a spatially located self and every moment of the research process is inflected by this fact. Such locatedness will influence the kinds of questions asked, texts drawn on and, most importantly, forms of cultural knowledge that are available ‘ (Johnson et al., 2004 p.105)
  • Cartography/Mapping
  • How do we map something?
  • It depends what the map is for…
  • -to direct people
  • -to inform people
  • -to impart ideas
  • -to provides a representation

Researching Space

The task we have been set for this part of the module is to investigate a space that our group uses and investigate its history. Along with how it has been mapped and then how we can produce a cartography of the space.

The second part of the task was to disrupt this space in some way (behaving in a way you wouldn’t normally behave or doing something you wouldn’t normally do). We had to think about what the space is usually used for, then think about how it could be used differently to its intended purpose.

For our space we had decided to investigate Far Gosford St in Coventry, this is because the area is rich in history, due to the space being a street the shops and house on that street would be very good to investigate. At first we had an idea that our disruption could simple us having a picnic in the middle of the street, however decided against it (the lack of space and lack of funds for picnic supplies played a big part in that decision). Instead we had decided to walk as a group along the street and then suddenly stop and stand still. The reasoning behind this was the idea that the etiquette of walking on a street is that you don’t stop in the middle of the street. We found that people would obviously go out of their way ignored to try to avoid the group, with some people even looking at our group with perplexed expressions.

Although you could say that its not a exciting disruption, no one was dancing or singing. The simplicity of it meant that we were able to do it repeatedly in various areas along the street, with minimal damage to the area (it didn’t get us into trouble and we weren’t arrested) which is a good thing.