Rethinking expeditions: On critical expeditionary practice

Noam Leshem, Alasdair Pinkerton

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The expedition’s complicity in the imperial project of conquest, extraction and settlement has placed it as an object of critique, but largely discredited its significance as a valid research method in the critical social sciences. Yet dismissing the expedition merely as an imperial remnant risks ignoring more nuanced histories that bear no resemblance to myths of conquest and masculine heroics. Instead, this paper considers the expedition as a malleable practice that can be critically appropriated and manipulated in ways that retain and further the critique of violence and knowledge production, while also experimenting with creative alternatives to some of its conventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Early online date18 Apr 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Apr 2018

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