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Geography Colloquium - Tim Cresswell

Friday, January 26, 2018
12:20pm – 1:10pm

Storrs Campus
AUST 434

"Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place in a Chicago Market"

Dr. Timothy Cresswell Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Trinity College

This presentation consists of sections of a book length attempt at writing place (Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place in a Chicago Market University of Chicago Press, 2019). The place is the Maxwell Street area of Chicago, the site of North America's largest open-air market though most of the 20th century. The book consists of three essays of fragments drawing on the writing techniques of Walter Benjamin in his Arcades Project as well as experiments in hybrid form in contemporary poetry (Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, Susan Howe etc.). The essays are written in fragments - paragraphs that introduce and then return to recurring themes including waste, lists, materiality, the senses, and memory.

Author bio Tim Cresswell is Professor of American Studies, Dean of Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Trained as a cultural geographer, Cresswell's research focuses on the role of mobility, place, and space in the constitution of social and cultural worlds. Recent work has centered on the relations between forms of mobility and power in modern life. He is currently completing a book on the 100-year history of the Maxwell Street market in Chicago. Cresswell is the author, co-author or co-editor of a dozen books including On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (2006) and Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects (2011). As a poet he is the author of two collections: Soil (2103) and Fence (2015) which continue his explorations of place and mobility. He is co-editor of the AAG journal GeoHumanities: Space, Place, and the Humanities.


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