This cluster is dedicated to the study of spatial theories and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective in the Humanities and beyond. Spatial thinking plays a vital role in a wide range of disciplines. This cluster explores the spatial connection points between these disciplines and fosters the exchange of ideas, theoretical frameworks and methods, both in research and practice. We are also committed to engaging in spatial practices with the wider community.
Project areas within the cluster include, but are not limited to:

• Architectural approaches to space.
• Bodyscapes
• Centrality and peripherality.
• Chronotopes of the Future.
• Gendered spaces.
• GIS applied to humanities research.
• Language & space.
• Literary geographies.
• Performing & performative spaces.
• Questioning regional, national and global borders.
• Socio-spatial activism.
• Space & environmental issues/ ecocriticism.
• Space & memory.
• Space, identity & alterity.
• Space, power, ideology & conflict.
• Spatial economies.
• Spatial mobilities and migration.
• Urban & rural spaces.

The cluster organises regular discussions (space labs), seminars, reading sessions, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and especially welcomes innovative formats of spatial interventions which reflect the multi-layered and complex nature of spaces and engage with creative and thought-provoking spatial practices.
Convenors and members of this Cluster are also members of an international, interdisciplinary network, Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Urban Space, founded in 2015, which organizes conferences on a regular basis, both at UCC and abroad.




On April 26th 2021 the cluster and the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice hosted the online ‘Cities and Water’ Event: ‘Cities and Flooding: Cork and Venice’


Talks and Seminars

On May 12th 2021 the cluster hosted a conversation with Barbara Piatti, about her work on spatiality, past and current concepts in Spatial Humanities, as well as her project on Rural Criticism.


Next events

On March 23rd 2022, the cluster will host Adam Hanna’s (Department of English, UCC) talk ‘Yeat’s Stanzas, Yeat’s Rooms’. The event will be preceded by a reading group on March 16th.