Historical Geographies of, and for, the Present
Elizabeth Hennessy’s research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sharlene Mollett received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to support travel to the Annual Meeting of the AAG in New Orleans in April 2018, from which this collaboration emerges. Levi Van Sant received research funding from the National Science Foundation through a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.
Progress in Human Geography
While many human geographers maintain a long-standing interest in historical analysis, we believe that there is a need to more explicitly examine the theories, methods, and, ultimately, the stakes of such work. For this forum, we invited five geographers to reflect on their own approach to historical analysis and its implications for scholarly and political debates in the present. These commentaries suggest that, at its best, historical analysis is not just about the past; it is also crucial for critical human geographers’ efforts to understand, and intervene in, the present. Thus, we argue for a rejuvenation and extension of approaches to historical-geographical scholarship which are inspired by direct engagement with problems in the present and intend to do something about them.
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Van Sant, L., Hennessy, E., Domosh, M., Arefin, M. R., Hennessy, E., McClintock, N., ... & Van Sant, L. (Eds.). (2020). Historical geographies of, and for, the present. Progress in Human Geography, 44(1), 168-188.