What, Exactly, Is Feminist Geography?

The bizarre corners of academia are usually Steve’s beat, but a reader sent me a link to an article about a paper published in Gender, Place & Culture, a Journal of Feminist Geography. The paper, by Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne, is titled “Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement.’” It urges academics working in the field of geography not to cite works by white, heterosexual men.

  • andycanuck

    I thought feminist geography was knowing the lay of the land, and her phone number?

    • Justin St.Denis

      “I thought feminist geography was knowing the lay of the land, and her phone number, and then riding the town bike to her front door.”

      I just HAD to. 😉

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  • tom_billesley

    Do they mean that authors shouldn’t make use of any publications by toxic white straight males, or that they should feel free to plagiarise them without attribution?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Does it really fucking matter to sane people? I thought not.

      • tom_billesley

        Plagiarism is one of the big no-no’s in academia. It should matter to them.

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    • Watchman

      It’s a transgender landscape, because those are coconut palms depicted and these palms are hiding the coco-nuts.

  • Millie_Woods

    It’s pretty obvious that feminist geography is just another method that privileged white women use to keep blacks in their place. Spread that around.

  • shasta

    Daniel Cockayne – Waterloo University

    “Daniel focusses his empirical research on working culture, anti-work
    politics, and neoliberalism, taking up feminist and cultural lenses in
    economic geography to approach these themes. His current research,
    building on doctoral work in San Francisco and Silicon Valley with
    entrepreneurs and others working for startup firms, examines
    entrepreneurship and education in the Waterloo-Kitchener context.

    Theoretically, Daniel’s research is influenced by social theory,
    including feminist theory, Marx’s writing, political theory,
    post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and queer and affect theory. In
    particular his theoretical research has focused on the early writing of
    philosopher Gilles Deleuze, prior to (though without ignoring) his later
    collaborations with Félix Guattari. Additionally, Daniel also
    investigates the relationship between queer theory and software studies,
    and is engaged in feminist critiques of knowledge production in
    geography particularly through the practice of academic citation
    conceptualized as a method for reproducing academic authority in the

    Does anyone still think it a good idea for you children to get their degree from the formerly good school UOfW ?

    • A Hamilton Guy

      He sounds like a dog fucking( male he hopes) never an honest days working wack job to me.

  • Clausewitz

    Never came across this while hiring for history and geography positions in my department, thank God. It was bad enough dealing with Dork U, OISE, and Trent grads. This would have really sent me over the edge.

  • Frances

    The feminists are going to go even more nuts when they apply feminism to geographical features as there’s so much out there which will remind them of the patriarchy and not nearly so much which can symbolize the matriarchy.

    • Watchman

      The Netherlands are held in the highest regard by Feminist Geographers due to the high prevalence of Dykes in the country. Conversely, areas that have peninsulas are obviously sexist male constructs due to the deliberate inclusion of the lightly disguised word ‘penis’ contained in the word peninsula. The UN should get involved in a massive engineering program worldwide to fund the conversion of every ‘almost island’ into an actual island. For gender equality’s sake. /sarc

  • northofnowhere

    So does that mean that they will no longer mention our cities, countries, and continents since they were all named by a bunch of old dead white guys?

  • bob e

    I have no idea what these people are on about ..

    • Clausewitz

      Anarchy and Marxism pretty well sums them up.

  • marty_p

    And here I thought it was the study of the topography of the Island of Lesbos.