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Mourning geography : a punctum, Strathclyde and the death of a subject

Chan, Wun Fung (2011) Mourning geography : a punctum, Strathclyde and the death of a subject. Scottish Geographical Magazine, 127 (4). pp. 255-266. ISSN 0036-9225

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Abstract

This article documents the formal consultation held at the University of Strathclyde in 2011 which concluded with a decision to withdraw the geography programme from the academic curriculum. In examining the remains of this consultation, the article offers an understanding of the reactions of staff and students to the proposed closure through the theoretical work on mourning by Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. With use of the notions of punctum and studium in particular, it tracks the discursive location, if not definition, of what was and is poignant about geography at this higher education institution.