Digital Turn, Digital Geography?
Newcastle University - Department of Media, Culture and Heritage
National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - NIRSA
University of Auckland, School of Enviornment
October 14, 2015
In this paper, we examine the relationship between the digital and geography. Our analysis provides an overview of the rich scholarship that has examined: (1) geographies of the digital, (2) geographies produced by the digital, and (3) geographies produced through the digital. Using this material we reflect on two questions: has there been a digital turn in geography? and, would it be productive to delimit ‘digital geography’ as a field of study within the discipline, as has recently occurred with the attempt to establish ‘digital anthropology’ and ‘digital sociology’? We argue that while there has been a digital turn across geographical sub-disciplines, the digital is now so pervasive in mediating the production of space and in producing geographic knowledge that it makes little sense to delimit digital geography as a distinct field. Instead, we believe it is more productive to think about how the digital reshapes many geographies.
Keywords: digital, geography, computing, digital turn, digital geography
Date posted: October 16, 2015