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Deen Sharp in Progress in Human Geography

Elisabeth Weiman

Terreform co-director, Deen Sharp, traces how the field of regional geography/area studies (focusing on Middle East studies) drifted away from the discipline of geography. He asserts that area studies’ milieus can ‘diffract’ geographical categories and create new possibilities for geographical knowledge production.

After decades of geography and area studies drifting apart, I argue there has been an area studies turn in geography. The long divergence between the two, however, has resulted in a certain misunderstanding by geographers of what area studies scholarship is and what this field can contribute to the discipline. Area studies should not be considered as an approach that merely concentrates on the representation of difference but rather as a milieu in which difference is practiced and geographical concepts can be ‘diffracted’. Area studies can offer geography new ways to think about its place in, and entanglement with, the world.

Keywords: area studies, Cold War, Middle East geography, new materialism, post-colonial theory, representation, War on Terror

PDF. Sharp, D. (2019). Difference as practice: Diffracting geography and the area studies turn. Progress in Human Geography, 43(5), 835–852.

UR (Urban Research) launches Beyond the Square

Nikhil Sambamurthy

On September 26, Terreform's imprint UR (Urban Research) hosed a panel discussion at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University to celebrate the launch of Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (UR, 2016), edited by Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta. 

The panel featured both the editors, as well as Ahmed Kanna (Anthropology, University of the Pacific) and Julie Mehretu (Artist).

Watch the discussion below: