Monday 16 February
This lecture will explore the interface between geography and ethics, focusing in particular on conceptualisations of place. Tim Unwin will examine three key themes: ethics and cultural constructions of place; moral geographies; and ethical considerations of distant places. He will also briefly consider questions of professional ethics and to debates over the tensions between relativism and universalism.
Tim Unwin is Reader in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. His main research interests lie at the interface between geography and philosophy and in rural change, particularly in peripheral parts of Europe (he is currently focusing on Estonia and Spain). He is the author of The Place of Geography (Longman 1992) and editor of a new journal, Ethics, Place and Environment, the first issue of which will be published in March 1998.