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Countertopographies and the futures of geographical thought

Anthias, Penelope

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In this commentary, I extend Derickson's (2020) conception of the ‘annihilation of time by space’ to reflect on an experience of making a documentary about women-led resistance to hydrocarbon development in Southern Bolivia, where the forging of new spatial knowledges, practices, and relations – or countertopographies of extraction – played a critical role in disrupting fossil futures. I consider what geographers might learn from these women's example about the potentialities of space and materiality for unsettling liberal futurities and suggest how a focus on countertopographies might reorient the futures of geographical thought and praxis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 5, 2023
Online Publication Date May 7, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 10, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 10, 2023
Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Print ISSN 2043-8206
Electronic ISSN 2043-8214
Publisher SAGE Publications
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Anthias, Penelope, Countertopographies and the futures of geographical thought, Dialogues in Human Geography. Copyright © The Author(s) 2023. DOI: 10.1177/20438206231171202

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