This course will invite students to critically engage with some milestone texts and leading authors in contemporary economic geography. Beyond strengthening participants’ knowledge of fundamental concepts and contributions, the course aims at developing/reinforcing their public speaking skills and confidence together with their analytical skills. For each session one student will be designated to introduce the reading(s). The introduction will be followed by a debate under the coordination of a senior academic.



Session 1 13.02.2024 (12-13, aula Master MEMOTEF) Intro (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Presentation of the course and its structure, designation of students to introduce future sessions


Session 2 21.02.2024 (11-13, aula Amintore Fanfani) What is the economy? Building a new vocabulary (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Reading of “Introduction to the New Edition” and ch.1 “Strategies” from Gibson-Graham, J.K. (2006) The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It). Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. [please make sure to consult this edition, not the original one]


Session 3 06.03.2024 (11-13, aula Amintore Fanfani) The post-structural turn in economic geography (Raffaella Coletti)

Reading of Barnes, T.J. (2001) Retheorizing economic geography: from the quantitative revolution to the “cultural turn”. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 91(3), 546-565.


Session 4 22.03.2024 (12-14, aula Amintore Fanfani) Relational economic geographies (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Reading of:

  • Massey, D. (2004) Geographies of responsibility. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 86(1), 5-18.
  • Jessop, B., Brenner, N. and Jones, M. (2008) Theorizing sociospatial relations. Environment and Planning D Society and Space, 26(3), 389-401


Session 5 08.04.2024 (11-13, aula Amintore Fanfani) Nature (Roberta Gemmiti)

Reading of:

  • Haraway, D. (1985) A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s. Socialist Review, 80, 65-107.
  • Smith, N. (1984) The production of nature. In Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 34-65.


Session 6 24.04.2024 (11-13, aula Amintore Fanfani) The role of cities under capitalism (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Reading of Harvey, D. (1978) The urban process under capitalism: a framework for analysis. International journal of urban and regional research, 2(1-3), 101-131.


Session 7 07.05.2024 (16-18, aula Master MEMOTEF) Cities, creativity and innovation (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Reading of:

  • Florida, R. (2003) Cities and the creative class. City & Community, 2(1), 3-19.
  • Peck, J. (2005) Struggling with the creative class. International journal of urban and regional research, 29(4), 740-770.

Session 8 28.05.2024 (12-14, aula Amintore Fanfani) Geographies of racial capitalism (Cesare Di Feliciantonio)

Reading of:

  • Pulido, L. (1996) A critical review of the methodology of environmental racism research. Antipode28(2), 142-159.
  • Pulido, L. (2017) Geographies of race and ethnicity II: Environmental racism, racial capitalism and state-sanctioned violence. Progress in human geography41(4), 524-533.


Prerequisites: attendees are expected to have some knowledge of key-concepts in economic geography.




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