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.





Lectures and Seminars

On January 22nd 2020 the cluster welcomed Dr Patricia Murrieta-Flores (Lancaster University) for the research seminar Geographical Information Systems and Research in the Humanities, a day after her public lecture Digging into Early Colonial Mexico: A large-scale computational analysis of 16th century historical sources.



On June 17th 2019 the cluster hosted the international and interdisciplinary conference Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence.