Amy Lavender Harris

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University, where her work focuses on urban identity and the cultural significance of place. She is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award.

GEOG 3300 Week 12: Possible Worlds

This week in the Space/Place course we’ll be discussing Possible Worlds: Imaginary Places and Virtual Spaces. 

We’ll explore the spatiality of utopias (also eutopias and dystopias), metaphors of imagined places, and consider how virtual spaces mediate between the real and the possible. 

Slides for today’s class are available here: GEOG 3300 Week 12 Possible . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 12: Possible Worlds

GEOG 3300 Week 11: Landscapes of Fear / Moral Geographies

This week in the Space/Place class we’ll be discussing landscapes of fear and their counterpart, moral geographies. 

Among the subjects we’ll discuss: what makes a place frightening?’ To what extent may our fears of certain places be attributed to ‘natural’ (or ‘reasonable’) fears and to what extent are these ‘dangerous’ spaces socially produced? Can . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 11: Landscapes of Fear / Moral Geographies

GEOG 3300 Week 10: Individual Consultation Day

Just a reminder that, as announced via email, today’s Space/Place class will be set aside for individual consultations for students seeking feedback or research help on research paper topics (please remember that the essay outline and annotated bibliography are due next week). 

If you would like help with your essay, please met at the . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 10: Individual Consultation Day

GEOG 3300 Week 9: Wild Places

 Have you ever found a lost scarf and taken it home? Ever picked a piece of furniture discarded at curbside? Foraged fruits or nuts at the grocery store without paying for them? Picked wild berries? Bought anything at a garage sale? Adopted a shelter pet? Accepted hand-me-downs? 

Your willingness (or unwillingness) to do any . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 9: Wild Places

GEOG 3300 Week 7: Embodied Spaces

Today in the Space/Place course we’ll explore embodied places by looking a gender, corporeality and spatial representations of dis/ability. 

Lecture slides for today’s class are available here: GEOG 3300 Week 7 Embodied Places lecture slides 2011 2012

GEOG 3300 Week 5: Geographies of Production and Consumption

This week in the Space/Place course we will begin with Geographer Vinay Gidwani and Sharad Chari’s observation that “we inhabit the space-time of capital.”

What this can possibly mean will form the core of our explorations today: space-time as conceived by spatial theorists Henri Lefebvre and David Harvey, the character of Marxian criticisms of . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 5: Geographies of Production and Consumption

GEOG 3300 Week 3: Phenomenologies of Place

Consider phenomenologist Gaston Bachelard’s claim in The Poetics of Space (trans. 1964) that

Before he is “cast into the world,” as claimed by certain hasty metaphysicians, man is laid in the cradle of the house. And always, in our daydreams, the house is a large cradle. […] Life begins well, it . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 3: Phenomenologies of Place

David Harvey on ‘Place as a Keyword”

This is a place-holder post for a brief summary (to come) of David Harvey’s “Place as a Keyword” essay. 

GEOG 3300 Week 2: Theories of Space and Place

Slides for today’s class are available here: GEOG 3300 Week 2 Theories of Space Place lecture slides 2011-2012

Consider the following spaces: 

The classroom where GEOG 3300 classes are heldVari Hall (the symbolic ‘entrance’ to York University)An airportThe World Trade Centre on 10 September 2001The World Trade Centre on . . . → Read More: GEOG 3300 Week 2: Theories of Space and Place

Welcome to the Space/Place Course

Welcome to the Space/Place course at York University! Please forgive the wonky website layout here — it will be fixed in the next few days.

Each week I’ll update the GEOG 3300 section to include lecture slides and handouts as well as relevant links. Check back regularly for new content.

As this is also . . . → Read More: Welcome to the Space/Place Course