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The geographical imagination of Tim Robinson
Patrick Duffy

1 Genius loci: the geographical imagination of Tim Robinson Patrick Duffy It was as if he had walked under the millimeter of haze just above the inked fibres of a map, that pure zone between land and chart between distances and legend between nature and storyteller.1 – Michael Ondaatje Introduction For forty years Tim Robinson has been engaged in a uniquely detailed exploration of the rocky outposts of the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Burren – ancient environments deeply incised with the marks of human occupation for more than two thousand years. His maps

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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On the rocks road
Andrew McNeillie

 thorn, Atlantic gale and storm Limestone, stone by stone Advancing to delay To the last angle and oval With makeshift-erratic Punctuation of granite Relief work in stark relief – As now at home recalling I step up from Cill Rónáin Over the top and down To Gort na gCapall (a.k.a. West Cork) The field of the horse On my solitary walk Unpicking as I go The old formula: Distance over speed and time – Beyond recognition In my mind-body economy Of presences and memory In and out of step Balancing line on line Not carelessly picked Or casually piled But as those men worked With steady

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
The poetic in the work of Tim Robinson
Moya Cannon

of the leaf to the star?’6 He asks Orion,‘Do you know anything of stars?’, as he might interrogate a snowman about the nature of snow.7 Focusing initially on Orion’s eastern shoulder, the red giant Betelgeuse – which, though ten thousand times as luminous as our sun, is a mere dot to us, being 270 light years away  – he then observes that this distance is as nothing compared to the size of the galaxy, ‘a hundred billion light years across, built of a hundred billion stars’.8 The galaxy, in turn, is tiny in the context of the universe. He then returns to the theme

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Jenny Pickerill

-cultural interaction, enabling the sharing of ideas and perhaps boosting feelings of solidarity. It could also act as a new means by which like-minded individuals could connect to each other (irrespective of spatial distance), help form a (global or local) united consciousness and mobilise participation around a specific issue (Stefanik 1993; Boncheck 1995; Alam 1996; Schwartz 1996 and 1998). CMC could also be a useful vehicle through which to reach the wider public, Mobilisation, solidarity, cohesion 93 frame education about environmental issues and encourage people to

in Cyberprotest
In defence of the Irish essay
Karen Babine

their language as a medium of art, they control the pacing of their prose through their punctuation and sentences, and something new can be gleaned upon each encounter and rereading. The difference is attention to art, not function. The Montaignian essay has no other purpose than to explore. It does not argue; it does not advocate; it does not inform; it does not push. Perhaps the disconnect is inherent in the distance between Montaigne’s more ‘frivolous’ essays and Francis Bacon’s more ‘serious’ essays.9 An essayist does not have to rely on dramatic events for the

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Tim Robinson as narrative scholar
Christine Cusick

experience of an individual in biological context shapes the cerebral encounter.10 Ian Marshall also articulates this point: ‘Narrative scholarship is a way of putting into practice the ecological principle of interconnectedness. To look at something from some objective distance implies that you are outside it, not part of it. To be aware of our role not just as observer but as participant.’11 Implicit in this ecocritical sensibility is that narrative scholarship situates intellectual analysis within its material context: ‘If we believe that writers are influenced by

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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Digital photography and cartography in Wolfgang Weileder’s Atlas
Rachel Wells

of postmodernism itself. As the acceleration of globalised capitalism continues, the impact of time-space compression is still declared to be increasingly significant. Paul Virilio has also claimed that our sense of distance has been ‘polluted’ at the hands of real-time technologies and faster transport and communication devices (Virilio 1997: 58). Most recently in his book The Futurism of the Instant: Stop-Eject, Virilio has argued ‘Space-crossed time’ 125 that ‘the instant dominates all duration’ (Virilio, 2010: 91). The implication is that technological

in Time for mapping
Trevor Barnes

ideographic geography and its concomitant cartography. Map transformations is a complicated topic, but the gist is that by transforming the measurement of distance or area on a map from the conventional metric of kilometres or miles to another metric, like time or cost or, famously in the case of one of Bunge’s ( 1988 , 79) later maps, dead bodies, cartographic space is radically altered. The geometry of the map frequently becomes non- Euclidean. It is no longer absolute but relational space. This is seen in Figure 5.1 , taken from Theoretical geography, of travel time

in The power of pragmatism
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Heterogeneous temporalities, algorithmic frames and subjective time in geomedia
Pablo Abend

builds upon the second, and so forth. In order to ensure the establishment of accumulation cycles, objects have to be created that are ‘mobile but also immutable, presentable, readable and combinable with one another’ (Latour, 1986: 7). As a precondition of this shifting of knowledge, the immutable mobile eventually affords the exercise of power over distance in a process that renders ‘facts’ durable through what he terms the ‘strategy of deflation’ (Latour, 1986: 3). The ‘strategy of deflation’ 92 Ephemerality/mobility signifies the production of two

in Time for mapping
Considerations and consequences
Thomas Sutherland

: 162). The design and accuracy of such route maps was greatly increased during the Age of Exploration (from the fifteenth until the eighteenth centuries), assisted by the various technical devices (e.g. compasses, telescopes, sextants, etc.) that allowed for more precise measurement of directions, angles, distances, and so on. These maps, which allowed the tracing of the vast courses travelled by traders, merchants and colonists across the globe, were particularly crucial for the expansion and management of the territory of the European imperial powers through to the

in Time for mapping