Space Conceptualisation in the Context of Postmodernity: Theorizing Spatial Representation

By Constantine D. Skordoulis and Eugenia Arvanitis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Postmodernity is characterized by the dominance of spatial logic, namely the domi-nance of space over time. The concept of space is extended to include not only physi-cal but also mental and social space as well. Social space is produced and reproduced. This work shows how the fragmentation of the subject and the antinomy between space and time can contribute towards an alternative framework within which to posi-tion spatial learning and the construction of meaning about space. Our analysis shows that the focus of our research should be shifted from the perpetual effort to resolve the ontological dilemma between substantival and relational space, to the study of forms of space representation.

Keywords: Postmodernity, Spatial Learning, Spatial Representation, Spatiality, Hyperspace, Cognitive Mapping

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.105-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 565.927KB).

Prof. Constantine D. Skordoulis

Department of Education, University of Athens, Greece

Department of Education,University of Athens,Greece.

Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis

Research Associate, Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Greece

Eugenia Arvanitis was born on the Ionian island of Lefkada in Greece. She graduated from the Department of Elementary School Education at the University of Ioannina, Greece in 1992. In 2001 Eugenia became the first international doctoral exchange student to complete a Doctoral Thesis in Education at RMIT (Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. As part of her studies she has been involved in research on Greek ethnic schools in Australia. Her research interests include multicultural educational policy and practice; ethnic community development and identity; community building education, and teachers’ training. She has attended and presented papers at several conferences in Australia and overseas. Between 2001 and 2004 Eugenia co-ordinated and taught the Greek Language and Cultural Studies Program at the School of International and Community Studies, and was employed as the Manager of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Center at RMIT University, Melbourne. In November 2004 Eugenia was offered the position of Honorary Associate Researcher at the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne. As part of her role Eugenia works with Professor Mary Kalantzis in developing a Learning Competency/Accreditation Framework for the Greek Ministry of Education. She finally engages in personnel training for the Greek Adult Educational System and publication activities.

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