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Crossing Borders

Space Beyond Disciplines

Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Sabine Strümper-Krobb

The early twenty-first century is witnessing a paradigm shift across the humanities away from an obsession with language and towards an engagement with the way in which physical space is imagined. This book showcases the impact of that shift upon the work of diverse disciplines. Applying insights from architecture and geography, which have long addressed space, to disciplines that have traditionally focused upon images and language, the contributors demonstrate how integral space is to literary as well as artistic imagining and identity at the same time that they propose novel ways of capturing and documenting spatial experience. The thirteen contributors to the book, most of whom live and work in Ireland and are associated with a range of different disciplines in Irish universities, show how the construction and representation of space, both real and imagined, contributes to the exploration of contemporary concerns such as identity, belonging and memory. The result is a snapshot of the ways in which contemporary Irish academia is addressing one of the most important new directions in interdisciplinary research.

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Biographical Notes on Contributors Gary A. Boyd is Senior Lecturer at University College Cork and pro- gramme coordinator at the CCAE, the school of architecture in Cork, Ireland. His first book Dublin 1745–1922: Hospitals, Spectacle and Vice (2006) looked at the relationship between a series of medical institutions and the development of city and society in early modern Dublin. Other current publications and research activities include literature and the city; manufactured landscapes; housing design and its histories; and the rela- tionship between war, architecture and space. Garrett Carr is an artist and writer living in Belfast. He has exhibited his maps around Northern Ireland. The Map of Watchful Architecture 1.0 was purchased by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their collection recently. Luigina Ciolfi is Lecturer in Interaction Design and Senior Researcher at the Interaction Design Centre, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick. She has written extensively on the topic of place and interaction design, with papers appearing in international journals including Co-Design, Museum Management and Curatorship, International Journal of Heritage Studies and Computer Sup- ported Cooperative Work, for which she has also co-edited a special issue on the topic of ‘Settings for Collaboration: The Role of Place’ (2008). Monica Francioso completed her PhD in Italian Studies at Royal Hol- loway, University of London. She has worked in many English universities and in University College Dublin. She has researched extensively on con- temporary Italian writers and their non-fictional works. Her publications include Generazione in...

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