Way-finding agendas through Transactions

James Esson*, Markus Breines, Katherine Brickell, Jessica Hope, Sin Yee Koh, Anna M. Lawrence, Colin McFarlane, Jessica McLean, Matt Sparke

*Corresponding author for this work

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This is the first in a series of occasional editorials in which we guide our readers through groups of papers that we consider to be ‘way-finding’ contributions to geographical debates. Our emphasis on ‘way-finding’ and navigating through scholarly work engages a tension we identified around Transactions' remit of publishing so-called ‘landmark’ papers which are likely to stimulate and shape research agendas in Geography. We use this editorial as an opportunity to refocus attention away from the landmark paper as a static object of high repute that people come to visit, and towards the active role of landmarks as way-finders used to navigate and engage with a landscape. The papers spotlighted in the editorial provide noteworthy examples of recent efforts to understand non-human lifeworlds and the legitimisation of concepts and experiences constructed in/by Majority World scholarship. The papers are also notable for their careful approach to shaping agendas, marked by an awareness of past and present geographical scholarship, while also envisioning the discipline's future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12651
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Issue number1
Early online date2 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • black geographies
  • collective geographies
  • critical geographies
  • more-than-human geographies
  • political ecologies
  • sonic geographies


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