In conversation: Disruption, transformation, and innovation in the periphery

Activity: Service and engagementPublic outreach/ public event


Webinar for Geographical Research (journal):
Disruption, transformation, and innovation have an ambivalent presence in economic geography, contributing uneven spatial development as well as the necessary ingredients for economic growth and prosperity. On one hand, economic power and higher-value production concentrate in certain locations and warrant the study of regions from the core. On the other hand, there is a need to be mindful of consequential conceptual and empirical distortions of what we know of the periphery on its own terms. At its most basic, working at the periphery draws attention to activity not visible from the centre, a position enabling other valuations of the significance of what is observable at the periphery. Things might be constituted differently away from the centre and may need interpreting in new ways to understand their seemingly distant geographies. Observations and interpretations at a distance might also render knowledge generalisations from the centre incomplete or redundant. This panel brings together contributors to a special section in Geographical Research who consider peripherality as a way of being placed in order to show how this position promotes innovation and to reveal how dynamics in peripheral economies may aid our collective understanding of them and, perhaps unexpectedly, of the core.

Co-chaired by Kirsten Martinus and Phillip O’Neill, the panel includes Al Rainnie, Alexander Wentworth Vaughan, Thomas Sigler, Sally Weller, Tom Barratt, Sophie Webber, and Anton Klarin.
Period2022 → …
Held atArchaeology, Forensics, Geography & Anthropology
Degree of RecognitionInternational