CULT09001 2019 Place, Space and Culture

General Details

Full Title
Place, Space and Culture
Transcript Title
Place, Space and Culture
80 %
Subject Area
CULT - Cultural Studies
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Diarmuid Timmons, Ronnie Hughes, Rowan Watson, Una Mannion, Emmet O'Doherty, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea
Programme Membership
SG_GCREA_R09 201900 Master of Arts in Applied Arts in Creative Practice SG_GCREA_R09 201900 Master of Arts in Applied Arts in Creative Practice SG_GSPEC_M09 201900 Master of Arts in (Specialism) SG_GCREA_M09 201900 Master of Arts in Creative Practice

This module considers theories of space, place and place-making, and examines how people engage the material and social worlds of place. A range of frameworks of reading and knowing  place are considered from geological, anthropological, performative, ecological, archaeological, and architectural perspectives. We investigate the social construction of place in terms of class, gender and sexuality and the impact of globalisation, modernity and postmodernity on concepts of place. We explore both the appropriation and loss of place, as well as 'placelessness' and the non-place. We consider place as change/event and as ecological  relationship/interaction. We discuss ethnography as a way of looking and students will be introduced to strategies for encountering/documenting place, considering the importance of images, stories, objects, buildings, embodiments/perceptions  and language in the interpretation/production of space in everyday lives.  We will consider how spatial analyses can yield insight into inequalities and exclusions as well as offering the means for possible cultural or ecological interventions to reflect, challenge or transform place and identities. The ethical implications of interacting in spaces and looking will also be examined. Students will apply these studies and ethnographies to their own creative enquiries and practices.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand theories of place and space in relation to aligned frameworks of reading and knowing space



Critically reflect on the experiential, material and representational dimensions of place and culture 


Produce a piece of research that reflects understanding of theoretical concepts of place, space and culture


Develop a conceptual framework for ethnographic approaches to space and place


Apply ethnographic methodolgies to a specific creative practice


Acknowledge and encompass ethical and practical issues in the design and implementation of a piece of place-related research


Interpret and communicate research processes and outcomes relating to place and space in a meaningful manner

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is delivered through lectures, master classes, seminars, field trips and field work

Module Assessment Strategies

Ongoing engagement with required readings and seminar discussion 10%

Researched essay that engages with the theories and genealogies of space and place 40%

Proposed ethnographic study of space or place with archived materials and linked presentation of main findings 50% .

Repeat Assessments

projects may be repeated subject to consultation with the Course Board

Indicative Syllabus

The module syllabus introduces a range of theoretical frameworks and exploratory methods used to understand, investigate and interpret aspects of space, place and culture.  During  lectures, master classes, seminars, field trips and field work, understanding of specific theories, topics and research praxis deepens. The module is enriched with  live examples of linked research and practice from across the disciplines and faculty of the Yeats Academy.  Discussion and presentation of emergent student research deepens and broadens the scope of the module.

Theory and practice of space and place includes, but is not limited, to the following interlinked themes:

  • The production of space
  • The perception of place and space
  • Embodied experience of space and place
  • User experience and appropriation of  space and place
  • Space, class and power
  • Gender, space and sexuality
  • Social space and place
  • Archaeology of space and place
  • Ecological space and place
  • Anthropology of space and place
  • Language, discourse and space
  • Place-Making
  • Interiority and inhabitation of place and space
  • Writing Space
  • Performance and space
  • Site Specificity and 'Genius loci'
  • Loss of Place, 'Placelessness'
  • Ethnographies of space and place
  • Creative practice and place

Learners will use this module to plan and execute an inquiry that will inform their practice and/or  research focus. The module can be used to explore epistemological viewpoints, trial methodologies, provide background research or pilot the learner's research that will follow the module. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reading and seminar participation Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Research Essay Project Assignment 40 % Week 10 1,2,3
3 Proposed study of space/place with archived materials Project Assignment 50 % Week 14 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop / Seminar Flat Classroom Seminar/Workshops/Presentations from Practitioners 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity Verso

Required Reading
2017-02-14 The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Sage Publications, Incorporated
ISBN 1483349802 ISBN-13 9781483349800

The substantially updated and revised Fifth Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research by editors Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln presents the state-of-the-art theory and practice of qualitative inquiry. Representing top scholars from around the world, the editors and contributors continue the tradition of synthesizing existing literature, defining the present, and shaping the future of qualitative research. The Fifth Edition contains 19 new chapters, with 16 revised--making it virtually a new volume--while retaining six classic chapters from previous editions. New contributors to this edition include Jamel K. Donnor and Gloria Ladson-Billings; Margaret Kovach; Paula Saukko; Bryant Keith Alexander; Thomas A. Schwandt and Emily F. Gates; Johnny Saldaa; Uwe Flick; Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Maggie MacLure, and Jasmine Ulmer; Maria Elena Torre, Brett G. Stoudt, Einat Manoff, and Michelle Fine; Jack Bratich; Svend Brinkmann; Eric Margolis and Renu Zunjarwad; Annette N. Markham; Alecia Y. Jackson and Lisa A. Mazzei; Jonathan Wyatt, Ken Gale, Susanne Gannon, and Bronwyn Davies; Janice Morse; Peter Dahler-Larsen; Mark Spooner; and David A. Westbrook.

Required Reading
2016-12-13 Doing Ethnography Sage Publications Limited
ISBN 1412962269 ISBN-13 9781412962261

With new coverage of digital research tools and social media, as well as that of areas such as autoethnography, visual and feminist ethnography, this important introduction continues to provide readers with the perfect mix of theory and practical advice to ensure their research is carefully thought through, replicable, and ethically sound

Required Reading
2015-03-05 Music, Sound and Space Cambridge University Press
ISBN 1107504120 ISBN-13 9781107504127

Music, Sound, and Space is the first collection to integrate research from musicology and sound studies on music and sound as they mediate everyday life. Music and sound exert an inescapable influence on the contemporary world, from the ubiquity of MP3 players to the controversial use of sound as an instrument of torture. In this book, leading scholars explore the spatialisation of music and sound, their capacity to engender modes of public and private, their constitution of subjectivity and the politics of sound and space. Chapters discuss music and sound within specific settings, including sound installation art, popular music recordings, offices and hospitals, and music therapy. With international examples, from the Islamic soundscape of the Kenyan coast, to religious music in Europe, to First Nation musical sociability in Canada, this book offers a new global perspective on how music, sound and space transform the nature of public and private experience.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Agnew, John.  Space and place, The SAGE handbook of geographical knowledge, 2011.p. 316-330,  Available from:

Bachelard, Gaston. The poetics of space.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1958

Bordieu, Pierre. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge University Press, 1977.

Bouthillette, Anne-Marie, Brent Ingram, and Yolanda Retter, eds., Queers in Space: Communities/Public Places/Sites of Resistance (Seattle: Bay Press, 1997)

Butler, Judith . “Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions” and “Conclusion: From Parody to Politics” Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.  Routledge, 1999. 163-190.

Carlson, Marvin, The Haunted Stage, The Theatre as Memory Machine. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001

Chaudhuri, Una. Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. University of Michigan Press

Cresswell, Tim.  In Place/Out of Place: Geography, Ideology and Transgression. University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Dovey, Kim. Becoming Places. London: Routledge, 2010.

Edensor, T. (2010) Geographies of rhythm: nature, place, mobilities and bodies [online]. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Michel Foucault “Panopticism” in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.  Vintage Press, 1995. 195-228

Gibbons, Luke. ‘Space, Place and Public Art: Sligo and its surroundings,’ Placing Art: A Colloquium on Public Art in Rural, Coastal and Small Urban Environments. Arts Office, Sligo County Council, 2002.

Gibson, Eleanor J. Principals of perceptual learning and development. Np:  Prentice Hall Inc., 1969

Gibson, James. The ecological approach to visual perception: classic edition. Psychology Press, 2014. Available from:

Harvey, David. Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development, 2005

Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press, 1995.

Hubbard Phil and Rob Kitchin, Key Thinkers on Space and Place 2nd edition, Sage Publications, 2010

Hunter, V. (ed.) (2015) Moving Sites: Investigating Site- specific dance performance.  London: Routledge.

Ingold, Tim. The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. Routledge, 2002.

Ingold, Tim. "The temporality of the landscape." World archaeology 25.2 (1993): 152-174.

Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.

Lefebvre, Henri. Rhythmanalysis: Space, time and everyday life. A&C Black, 2004 [Available at: _Henri_Rhythmanalysis_Space_Time_ and_Everyday_Life.pdf.]

Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.

Low, Setha. Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place. Routledge, 2016.

McAuley, Gay. Space in Performance: making Meaning in the Theatre

Mackey, Sally. 'Applied Theatre and Place' in J. Hughes and H. Nicholson (eds) Critical Perspectives in Applied Theatre. Cambridge UP, 2015.

Mackintosh, Iain. Architecture, Actor and Audience. London: Routledge, 1993.

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender. University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

Massey, Doreen. For Space. London: Sage, 2005.

Merleau Ponty, M. A phenomenology of perception (Translation Smith, C.).  London:  Routledge and Paul Kegan, 1962.

Norberg-Schulz, C. Genius loci: Towards a phenomenology of architecture. New York: Rizzoli, 1980.

Olsen, A. Body and earth: an experiential guide, Hanover and London, University Press of New England, 2002.

O’Neill, M., E., ‘Corporeal Experience: A Haptic Way of Knowing’, Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 55, no.1, pp. 3–12, (Wiley- Blackwell, ACSA.) 2001.

Pallasmaa, J.  The eyes of the skin:  architecture and the senses.  Chichester:  John Wiley and Sons, 2005.

Pearson, Mike, and Michael Shanks, Theatre/Archaeology. London: Routledge, 2001

Pearson, Mike Site Specific Performance. New York: Palgrave, 2010

Psarra, S. Architecture and Narrative: The formation of space and cultural meaning. London: Routledge, 2009.

Rawes, Peg. Relational architectural ecologies: architecture, nature and subjectivity. Routledge, 2013.

Rawes, Peg. Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2016)

Rodaway, P. (1994) Sensuous geographies: body, sense, and place. London: Routledge. Available from:

Said, Edward “Introduction” and “Imaginative Geography and Its Representations: Orientalizing the Oriental Orientalism.  Vintage, 1979. 1-28 and 49-73

Sen, Arijit  and Lisa Silverman. Eds. Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City. Indiana UP, 2013

Soja, Edward. Seeking Spatial Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Soja, Edward. Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996.

Spviak,  Gayarti Chakravorty.  “Can the Subaltern Speak?” (Abridged Version) The Postcolonial Studies Reader.  Eds. Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin.  Routledge, 1995.  

Tuan, Yi-Fu. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience.  Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1977

Valentine, Gill. “(Hetero)Sexing Space: Lesbian Perceptions and Experiences of Everyday Spaces.”  Space, Gender, Knowledge: Feminist Readings.  Eds. McDowell and Sharp.  Arnold, 1997. 284-300.