The video above was filmed in February 2016 as part of a test run to develop a project with Doreen Massey, Open Space (OU) and the Royal Geographical Society.
Our aim was to use the substantial archive of materials that Doreen has collected over her career as the basis for an argument and analysis of the significance of geographical thought at certain crucial moments (in which Doreen was involved) over the last (nearly) half-century.
Provisionally titled ‘Significant Geographies: Reflections from a Paper Age’ Doreen wanted to use her archives within the arc of an overall narrative, to weave together stories, videos, interviews, photographs with a theoretical analysis of the role of geography in a few selected ‘moments.’ As a book, a website and exhibition.
For Doreen the ‘message’ was not so much about her life but an argument and demonstration of the significance of geographical thought in some crucial real-world situations. Moments that took place in a time when activism was strongly linked to, and often the source of the best academic research.