Author: Alex Mahoudeau

Spatialising how?

Maybe the spatial turn doesn’t even have to be a “turn” at all. Splendor Solis, Treaty of Alchemy, “Le chevalier sur la double fontaine” As the readers will now know, the aim of this blog is equally to present readings and conferences about the crisscrossing of geography and the sociology…

Ending a thesis

Be careful, there are substantial spoilers ahead from one of my favourite novels, Alain Damasio’s La Horde du Contrevent (Horde of the Counterwind / The Windwalkers in English, unfortunately untranslated yet as far as my knowledge goes). You can read the note until the second illustration, and then dodge the…

The walking interviews: some remarks on talking and walking

The epitome of a range of approaches in qualitative studies, the ethnographic interview is both a very widely employed method and one that appears to suffer from an increasingly lacking problematisation. Far from the dense epistemological reflexion which can be given to it (Beaud 1996; Dauvin and Siméant 2001), and…

Review: Les Lieux de la Colère, Occuper l’espace pour contester, de Madrid à Sanaa

This review was originally published in the bilingual geographical journal Justice Spatial/Spatial Justice. Authorisation was given to me to reproduce it in here in its translated version, for English-speaking audiences. The book in question has been a fascinating contribution published in 2016, and has for several reasons an interest for…

Working between disciplines: some thoughts on interdisciplinarity

Although this is an interdisciplinary blog, the question of interdisciplinarity has hardly been discussed here. This note is the occasion of a short return on interdisciplinarity in practice, moving away from the classical methodological discussions to return on an experience of it. “Blind monks examining an elephant”, c. Hanabusa Itchō,…

Real space, wobbly space

One of the interests and difficulties of working with a concept like “space” is the extent to which its counter-intuitive dimension when compared to the common or everyday perception of it. Engaging in a conversation about geography or what its object is and can be leads me often to wondering…

How to prepare a square: Neil Ketchley and the Egyptian revolution

This post is a summary of a public lecture given by Dr Neil Ketchley, from King’s College London’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies, on his forthcoming book Egypt in a Time of Revolution: Contentious Politics and the Arab Spring, and particularly one specific chapter touching the conditions of emergence of…

How having no electricity became a problem (on social problems and the urban)

This note is a summary of a presentation I gave on the 23rd of September 2016 at Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture’s symposium “Spatial Articulations of Collective Identities in the Context of Middle Eastern Cities”. The talk was included in the panel “Between Loss and Presence” and chaired by Hannah…

Space as a text: James Duncan and the concept of landscape

In this note I make some remarks on the concept of landscape as I have seen it used in geography through the work of one of its most notable English-speaking advocates, James Duncan. Contrarily to previous reviews, I do not focus on a single article, but rather on a few…

From camp to camps, translocal engagements

This short post is a summary of the presentation “Mobilising place in several places, on translocal systems of interaction and mobilisation in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon” I got to give at the BRISMES 2016 Conference. I have withdrawn from it vital information and anonymised as much as possible…

Guest: Tripoli (Lebanon), a historic field of dissidence

Foreword by Alex Mahoudeau: This note was sent to me by my friend Sylvain Mercadier. Sylvain wanted to summarise the work he conducted on his Master programme, on spatiality and identity in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. I pasted the note as is. I thank Sylvain on sharing this insight…

IPS Responsible Research: Research Impact: Technical Brokers and Digital Maps

This is a synthesis of the panel “Research Impact: Technical Brokers and Digital Maps” given by at the IPS Responsible Research Workshop 2016 (other reports are listed here). The panel was composed of Mr Alex Mahoudeau (King’s College London, London) and Pr Monika Halkort (Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon). Unknown…

IPS Responsible Research: Researchers’ Responsibility, Impact, and Effect

This is a synthesis of the panel “Researchers’ Responsibility, Impact, and Effect” given by at the IPS Responsible Research Workshop 2016 (other reports are listed here). The panel was composed of Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh (King’s College London, London, UK), Ms Anne Irfan (London School of Economics, London, UK), Pr Anaheed…

IPS Responsible Research: Researchers Examined

This is a synthesis of the panel “Researchers Examined” given by at the IPS Responsible Research Workshop 2016 (other reports are listed here). The panel was composed of Mr Mahmoud Zeidan (Nakba Archive Project, Beirut, Lebanon), Mohamad-Ali Nayel (Independent journalist, London, UK and Beirut, Lebanon), and Ms Alaa Mustafa (American…

Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon: from the production of space to urban engagements

This is a short summary of a presentation I gave at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Beirut on the 18 January 2016. The original presentation was rather long, I have considerably shortened it here. The presentation was recorded and the audio – in French – will…