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Speculative Geographies

Ethics, Technologies, Aesthetics

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  • Provides an interdisciplinary dialogue between human geographers, social scientists and theorists
  • Develops how speculative thinking in continental philosophy and the social sciences addresses environmental problems
  • Features contributions from world-leading scholars in geography and the social sciences

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This book explores how speculative thinking is shaping how we relate to our entangled social, mental, and environmental ecologies. It examines how speculative philosophies and concepts are changing geographical research methods and techniques, whilst also developing how speculative thinking transforms the way human, non-human, and more-than-human things are conceptualised in research practices across the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Offering the first dedicated compendium of geographical engagements with speculation and speculative thinking, the chapters in this edited collection advance debates about how affective, imperceptible, and infra-sensible qualities of environments might be written about through alternative registers and ontologies of experience. Organised around the themes of Ethics, Technologies, and Aesthetics, the book will appeal to those engaging with architecture, Black political theory, fiction, cinema, children’s geographies, biotechnologies, philosophy, rural studies, arts practice, and nuclear waste studies as speculative research practices appropriate for addressing contemporary ecological problems.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Ethics


What can speculation do? Speculative Geographies is a dazzling demonstration of the urgency of this question. By reworking the value of abstraction in the circumstances of the present, the editors and contributors offer precise, careful, and passionate calls for the value of pluralizing speculative modes of thinking and questioning within Human Geography and beyond. Operating like an insistent refrain across the chapters, in this important volume speculation furnishes critical and creative techniques for expanding the envelope of the empirical, for unsettling and inventing concepts, and for feeling our way into the fragile futures of worlds.


-- Professor Derek McCormack, University of Oxford

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Science, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

    Nina Williams

  • Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

    Thomas Keating

About the editors

Nina Williams is Lecturer in Cultural Geography at UNSW Canberra, Australia. Nina’s research explores conceptual innovations in the fields of nonrepresentational theory, process philosophy speculative thinking and post-humanism. A central pursuit in Nina’s research is to amplify aesthetics and creativity as salient modes of sensing and engaging geographic work.

Thomas Keating is a researcher in Technology and Social Change at Linköping University, Sweden. Thomas’ research engages with problems posed by human-technology relationships. He has published on Gilbert Simondon (Cultural Geographies), post-humanism (Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers), and speculative empiricism with Didier Debaise (Theory, Culture & Society).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Speculative Geographies

  • Book Subtitle: Ethics, Technologies, Aesthetics

  • Editors: Nina Williams, Thomas Keating

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-0690-9Published: 04 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-0693-0Published: 05 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-0691-6Published: 03 November 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 304

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Geography, Sociology, general, Aesthetics, Aesthetics

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