Lockdown 2.0 : spaces, signs and symbols of a pandemic

Johara Meyer documents her experience of wandering through Camden during the second Coronavirus Lockdown in the UK. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has altered geographies of our everyday world: analyses of local/regional/global transition patterns underpin efforts to “flatten the curve”, human behaviour in places is governed by geographic containment strategies, and inherently spatial concepts of ‘social…

Marvel’s Black Panther and the scope of cinema to contest racial hierarchies

Hannah Lising-White uses Cultural Geography and Popular Geopolitics to research the experiences of UCL students with African and Caribbean heritage, to understand the role popular culture plays in socially constructing race. Popular culture has increasingly become a topic for geographical analysis since it is a powerful indicator of current societal norms. Since pop culture is…

The Geography of Rocket Man

‘Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kid’ Thomas Cross examines how relational space is communicated through animation, and demonstrates how animation and geography share an understanding of space. Released in 1972, Elton John’s Rocket Man rose to no. 2 in the UK singles chart and went on to be certified Platinum in…