Historical & Cultural Geography research cluster
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Aims and objectives
In this research cluster our main interests lie in culture and in demography. Culture is important to geographers because, in studying diversity and connections, issues of meaning, communication and interpretation are paramount. Demography is important to geographers because population is the material substance of society. Our focus is on:
- questions of power, knowledge and identity with an emphasis on diversity and connections in relation to the inequalities and spatial reach of imperialism,
- the power relations involved in networks of knowledge,
- the geographical imaginations at the heart of national identities
- the spatial patterning of sickness and mortality
- the ideological settings of health and population policies
- the social, legal and cultural embeddedness of family systems.
Culture and demography, meaning and materiality, complement each other since imperialism and colonialism are both issues about power and form the drivers behind global migrations of peoples, diseases, family systems and ideologies that have shaped societies across the globe.
The cluster includes the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
The cluster also includes an active group of PhD students.
The cluster also undertakes a variety of collaborative research projects with persons and groups both inside and outside Cambridge. Information on these projects will be online shortly.