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    Perception in Four Keys: A Commentary
    (The University of Chicago, Department of Geography Research Paper, 1984-01-15)
    The invitation to comment on these papers offers a welcome challenge. Many people here remember the enthusiasm and pioneering elan of that session on “Environmental Perception and Behaviour” at Columbus in 1965. It was my first experience of a national meeting of the Association of American Geographers and I distinctly remember how thrilling it was to find senior members of the profession on a wavelength similar to the one I had come to in my own dissertation work on French geography. There was a puzzle on my mind that day, but I was far too timid to raise it publicly: why, way back in the 1930s, was Hardy’s initiative in La géographie psychologique so harshly squelched? In this land of boundless opportunity, I told myself, maybe the idea will be judged on its own merits.
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    Integration in geography: Hydra or Chimera?
    (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Department of Geography, 1986)
    Integration: how many and diverse are the connotations of this word! Emotional responses can range from fascination to panic. For about a century now, geography texts have held up “integration” as a Holy Grail, a nec plus ultra many today believe that if the discipline is to survive in the future it must reintegrate its many branches, project an integrated self-image and bolster its claims to an integrated image of the world. Well, how has such rhetoric worked in the past? Have geographers fare better with integrated or dispersed world views? And regardless of intellectual preference, what has geography gained or lost through efforts to align its research and teaching with ongoing societal interests? Can integration make monsters? I’d like to introduce here two imaginary creatures, the Hydra and the Chimera, hoping that they may raise some doubts and queries about the issue of integration in geography.
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    The Current State of Geography: National Comparisons
    “What will you be doing in Oslo?” an official at Dublin airport asked as I boarded the plane yesterday. “Giving a lecture”, said I. “On what?” he queried. “On the current state of geography” I almost hesitated to inform him. “Oh, you mean ecology and things – very important subject these days”, he reassured me. Previous worries about the scope of the lecture were amplified: how to set limits on the “current”, how to define “geography”, and finally, on what terms “national comparisons” might be broached. On the flight I again glanced over the 13-page full colour supplement to the Irish Times, entitled Networks of Power which had appeared last week and then understood why the airport official knew exactly about “the current state of geography”.
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    Mirrors, masks and diverse milieux
    (Routledge, 1990-01-12)
    Was Ihr den Geist der Zeiten heist Das ist im Grund der Herren eigner Geist In dem die Zeiten sich bespiegeln… (Faust) (And what you call the Spirit of the Ages Is that the spirit of your learned sages The times a-mirroring…) At Columbus, Ohio, where the Association of American Geographers met in 1965, there was obviously something new in the air. Eminent geographers and psychologists charmed a packed auditorium with ideas about environmental behaviour and perception. This new frontier was to welcome not only interdisciplinary research, but it was also to offer a common focus of curiosity to geographers of both ‘man-land’ and ‘spatial’ traditions. Why, even the age-old impasse between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ orientations could be transcended. Some 17 years later in San Antonio, Texas, the same Association hosted sessions on environmental perception. One caught a glimpse of the volume and variety of research which the intervening years had produced and, even more, one noted the drama of a selective migration of ideas back and forth across the Atlantic: Marxist, positivist, phenomenological, and structuralist approaches were juxtaposed, not always too harmoniously.
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    Erewhon or Nowhere Land
    (D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1979)
    I.INTRODUCTION: Throughout a century of Western social thought, mankind's perennial enquiry into the where, when, and how of life has yielded a rich legacy of speculation. From the ebullient satire of Butler's Erewhon (Butler 1872) and the idealism of utopian fiction, the angry critique of Existentialist and Marxist philosophy and the resounding protest of popular song, evidence abounds that the human spirit remains undaunted in its desire to not only grasp the course of' events but also to ameliorate and control the conditions of life. The increasing rate and complexity of change in our day renders the challenge to rationality so overwhelming that at times it becomes difficult to pause, reflect, and evaluate the latent assumptions and implications of scholarly effort. Barriers to communication between separate worlds of scholarship, too, prevent the flow of insight between different specialized perspectives, or the restoration of harmony between the YIN and the YANG of human reason.
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    Social Implications
    (Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research, 1988)
    It is certainly a privilege for a researcher to be invited to preliminary discussions on a project of this magnitude and import. As I returned from the Stockholm meeting (February 2, 1988; summarized on pp 112-115), there were several voices stirring: those of the academic researcher, those of the missionary, those of the gypsy-scholar, and perhaps most insistently, those of my own experience as farmer’s daughter from rural Ireland.
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    Invitation to Dialogue - A Progress Report
    (University of Lund, 1980) ;
    Fragmentation of knowledge and life milieux, so often associated with specialization in science and planning, provided the broad challenge in science and planning, provided the broad challenge for a DIALOGUE PROJECT initiated by Torsten Hägerstrand and Anne Buttimer in Sweden during the Academic Years 1977-1979. The initial incentive for confronting such a wide-ranging set of issues arose from a paper on Values in Geography (Buttimer, 1974), after which the author was invited as a Fulbright lecturer to offer a series of seminars in Lund on problems of knowledge and experience. More than forty participants from ten widely different disciplines took part in this seminar, and foundations were laid for an experientially-grounded approach to the problems of communication across disciplines. The present project was initiated when Anne Buttimer was invited to accept a full time position in Sweden by the Humanistisk-Samhällsvetenskapliga Forskningsrådet (Council for Humanities and Social Science) in 1977. Financial support for this pilot phase of the Dialogue Project was granted by the Swedish Committee for Future Oriented Research and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation. The geography department at the University of Lund continues to provide material and administrative help, with Torsten Hägerstrand as Co-Director.
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    Home, Reach, and the Sense of Place
    (Croom Helm Publishers, 1980)
    “Country Road take me home to the place I belong…” Emotionally laden eulogy on the meaning of place rings through much modern poetry and song. Nostalgia for some real or imagined state of harmony and centeredness once experienced in rural settings haunts the victim of mobile and fragmented urban milieu. Like many a fortune seeker amidst the lights of Broadway who longed for the simple cottage near the rippling stream back home I suppose one could say: “you never know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone”. Patriotic songs about native soil and forest that built the spirit of nationhood in many of our countries were often written in the cities of North America and Australia. And today, as the uniqueness of places becomes more and more threatened by the homogenizing veneer of commercialism and standardized-component architecture, many long for their hembygd and smultronställe.
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    The Wake of Erasmus. Saints, Scholars and Studia in Mediaeval Norden
    (Lund University Press, 1989)
    In the archives of Lund University library sit three venerable volumes each bearing the inscription Liber Fratrum Minorum Convenus Lundensis: scanty evidence indeed of the stadium generale which was initiated in that town by Franciscan friars in 1438. Over half a millennium afterwards Lund University celebrated its memory. What was a stadium generale? Who were the Franciscans? And wherefore this celebration? The Wake of Erasmum explores these questions. It sketches the historical contexts in which university life unfolded in mediaeval Europe, its sensitivities to the changing patterns of trade, war, schism and pestilence and vicissitudes of ecclesiastical and imperial politics, before finally reaching Scandinavian shores. A central focus rests on the role of Mendicant Orders, Dominican and Franciscan, in shaping the curricula and geographical diffusion of studia generalia from the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries, providing links too between students from Norden and their peers throughout the rest of Europe. The book’s title has a deliberately ambivalent ring. It evokes, on the one hand, the famous Renaissance humanist Erasmus whose ideas were so harshly denounced by leaders of Church Reformation. On the other hand it points to the challenge afforded by today’s programme ERASMUS for a re-membering of Europe’s scholarly community, North and South, East and West.
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    Kreativitet och miljö
    Bakgrund Vart går du när du behöver koncentrera din energi på att slutföra ett viktigt arbete? Till vem eller vad vänder du dig för inspiration, kritik och stöd? Finns det något slags rytm i växlingen mellan ensamhet och interaktion som bidrar till din egen kreativitet i ditt vardagsarbete?