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Cosgrove, Denis (1948–2008)

  • By: Melinda Alexander
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Denis Cosgrove was a prolific cultural geographer who is best known for his profound impacts in the field of landscape studies. In broad terms, his work dealt with issues of subjectivity, representation, and the imbrication of power and knowledge. Cosgrove connected geographic research with the arts and humanities, providing significant insights regarding the geographic imagination and representation of knowledge, especially within the practices of landscape depiction and mapping. In 1993, Cosgrove cofounded the journal Ecumene: A Geographical Journal of Environment, Culture, and Meaning (now Cultural Geographies), a significant forum within the field. He became the inaugural Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1999. Cosgrove's contributions are associated with the “new” cultural geography, or cultural turn, and ...

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