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Between the Linguistic and the Spatial Turns

A Reconsideration of the Concept of Space and Its Role in the Early Modern Period

Yair Mintzker

This exploratory essay seeks to unravel the inherent contradictions between two fundamental trends in contemporary historiography: the “spatial turn” on the one hand, and the “linguistic turn” on the other hand. The “spatial turn,” it argues, turned “space's” status as a category of analysis into an accepted dogma. Under these circumstances, one often overlooks the fact that “space,” like all concepts, can also be problematic and at times even misleading. By looking at several examples from and about the intellectual world of early modern Europe, the article demonstrates how the use of space as a category of analysis encounters two fundamental challenges. First, the problem of the absence of the word “space” itself from important early modern texts (“shrinkage”); and second, the overuse of the term “space” in translations and analysis of early modern intellectual works (“contamination”).

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Religion, Space, and Place

The Spatial Turn in Research on Religion

Kim Knott

Following a consideration of the impact of the late twentieth-century spatial turn on the study of religion by geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and religious studies scholars, two trends are distinguished: the poetics of place and the sacred; and politics, religion, and the contestation of space. Discussion of these reveals substantially different approaches to religion, space, and place—one phenomenological, the other social constructivist. The spatial turn has been extremely fruitful for research on religion, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines, and connecting not only to traditional areas such as sacred space and pilgrimage, but to new ones such as embodiment, gender, practice and religious-secular engagements.

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Carte blanche to Travel Narrative

Philippe Vasset's Un livre blanc

Sara Bédard-Goulet

, and Santa Arias . 2009 . The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives . London : Routledge . Westphal , Bertrand . 2011 . Le Monde plausible: espace, lieu, carte . Paris : Minuit . Zenetti , Marie-Jeanne . 2017a . “ Réinvestir le

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Theorizing the Spatiality of Protest

Dimitris Soudias and Tareq Sydiq

). Despite efforts from within the field to push social movement studies further around the spatial turn (e.g., Martin and Miller 2003 ; Wilton and Cranford 2002 ), it appears as though little theoretical work about the spatiality of protest has been

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Jackie Feldman

Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage . New York : New York University Press . 10.18574/nyu/9780814738368.001.0001 Knott , Kim . 2010 . “ Religion, Space, and Place, The Spatial Turn in Research on Religion .” Religion and Society: Advances in Research

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Michael Sheridan

social lives of other species is extending concepts like agency and cognition to plants. Together the “spatial turn” and the “plant turn” offer new concepts for unraveling the ways that biophysical ecology, socioeconomic difference, and cultural meaning

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Materiality as an Agency of Knowledge

Competing Forms of Knowledge in Rachel's Tomb in Tiberias

Nimrod Luz

context of competing forms of knowledge it becomes a validation in and of itself for pilgrimage sites. Materiality and the Spatial Turn The seminal works of Foucault (1980) , Lefebvre (1991) , and de Certeau (1984) , all of which prioritized space

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Meshworks and the Making of Climate Places in the European Alps

A Framework for Ethnographic Research on the Perceptions of Climate Change

Sophie Elixhauser, Stefan Böschen, and Katrin Vogel

also share a locality. The term “community” has led to much discussion in anthropology over time, and with the “spatial turn” ( Bachmann-Medick 2009 ), anthropologists’ initial study of (mostly small-scale) communities based on location was complemented

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Fabian Frenzel

space is negotiated therein with regard to three dimensions—namely, scale, formality, and immediacy (as it pertains to experience). Social Movement Organization in Space While organization studies have made a spatial turn ( Marrewijk and Yanow

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Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

. 10.2989/AJAR.2008.7.3.6.653 Döring , Jörg , and Tristan Thielmann . 2008 . Spatial Turn: Das Raumparadigma in den Kultur-und Sozialwissenschaften . Bielefeld, Germany : Transcript . 10.14361/9783839406830 Elbers , Wilhelmus . 2004 . Doing