My colleague, Matthew Rosenblum, and I recently polished off a paper that tells the story of the Department of Geography’s discontinuance at the University of Michigan (R.I.P., 1915-1982). It’s titled “The Omega Affair: Disciplinary Vulnerability and the Discontinuance of the University of Michigan Department of Geography.” This paper builds on the work of Smith (1987) and Lahiri-Dutt (2019). Along the way, we make an argument indebted to e.g., Mattern (2018) and Jackson (2014) about the historiographic usefulness of breakdown episodes. The paper has been submitted to the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, but we share it here as a prelude.Banner image is a photograph of geography profs. George Kish (left) and John Nystuen (right) taken by Paul Engstrom that was printed alongside Andrew Chapman’s (1981) coverage of the closure in the Michigan Daily.
- Eric Robsky Huntley
Eric Robsky Huntley is a Lecturer in Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, a Visiting Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a 2020-2021 Fellow of the New England Regional Fellowship Consorium (NERFC).
Huntley is a GIScientist, …