FERRETTI Federico, “Political geographies, unfaithful translations and anticolonialism : Ireland in Élisée Reclus’s geography and biography”, Political Geography, 2017, vol. 59, pp. 11-23

vendredi 17 février 2017

This paper addresses the role of Ireland and Irish republicanism in the geography, biography and political thinking of the French anarchist geographer Elisée Reclus (1830-1905). This paper sheds new light on the construction of a scientific and political discourse, one which was radically opposed to external and internal colonialisms in the Age of Empire, analysing primary sources such as Reclus’ texts and correspondence, along with his transnational networks. It draws on present-day debates on ‘geography and anarchism’, postcolonial Ireland and international circulation and localisation of knowledge. Finally, it is a contribution to evaluating the importance of the ‘British Isles’ as a place for production and reception of the geographical and political works by both Reclus and the other anarchist geographer P€etr Kropotkin (1842-1921), scholars and militants who lived there in different periods of their respective careers.

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