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Professor Anna Secor

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41819
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 412
Professor, Urban Worlds

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I am a feminist cultural and political geographer. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2000. Over the past two decades, my work has contributed to feminist political geography, cultural geography, urban geography, Turkish studies, geographies of religion, and spatial theory.

I am currently pursuing scholarship in four areas: 1) The role of religion and sectarian difference in public life in Turkey (in collaboration with Banu Gökarıksel); 2) The geopolitics of trauma and the resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the US (in collaboration with Patricia Ehrkamp and Jenna Loyd); 3) Topological space, difference and politics, especially engaging the spatial thinking of Lacan and Deleuze (including various collaborations with Lauren MartinVirginia BlumDan Cockayne and Derek Ruez); and 4) Creative geographies (including various collaborations with Paul Kingsbury, Jess Linz and Robby Hardesty).

The strands of my work converge on questions of difference, politics, and space. I ask: What is ‘difference,’ how does it emerge, how does it become political, and what is at stake in this process? What are the embodied, affective, and topological dimensions of the (geo)political? How can we rethink core geographical concepts such that they become tools for a feminist and decolonial politics? How might geographical thought and research practice unleash new political potentialities? These questions animate my ongoing reading, teaching, writing and experimentation in geography.

Since 2016, I have served as an editor of the Sage journal of cultural geographies.

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Interests

  • Political Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Gender
  • Social Theory
  • Middle East
  • Refugees
  • Religion
  • Trauma Literature and Trauma Studies
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Deleuze
  • Topology
  • Creative Geographies

Selected Publications

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Chapter in book

  • Ehrkamp, P., Loyd, J. & Secor, A.J. (2019). Embodiment and Memory in the Geopolitics of Trauma. In Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Fluri J, Mitchell K & Jones R Edward Elgar Press. 117-129.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2018). I love death: War in Syria and the Anxiety of the Other. In Psychoanalysis and the GlObal. Kapoor, I. Nebraska University Press. 97-115.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2015). What Makes a Commodity Islamic? The Case of Veiling Fashion in Turkey. In Islam, Marketing, and Consumption: Critical Perspectives on the Intersections. Jafari, A & Sandıkcı, Ö Routledge. 123-138.
  • Blum, V. & Secor, A.J. (2014). Mapping trauma: topography to topology. In Psychoanalytic Geographies. Pile, S. & Kingsbury, P Ashgate. 103-116.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2013). Transnational networks of veiling-fashion between Turkey and Western Europe. In Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion. Tarlo, E. & Moors, A. Bloomsbury Academic. 157-167.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2012). ‘You can't know how they are inside’ The ambivalence of veiling and discourses of the other in Turkey. In Religion and Place: Landscape, Politics, and Piety. Kong, L, Hopkins, P & Olson, B Springer. 95-114.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2006). An unrecognizable condition has arrived: Law, violence, and the state of exception. In Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror, and Political Violence. Gregory, D & Pred, A Routledge. 37-53.
  • Falah, G. & Nagel, C. (2005). Islamism, democracy and the political production of the headscarf issue in Turkey. In Geographies of Muslim Women: Gender, Religion and Space. Guilford. 203-225.
  • Secor, Anna J (2004). Discourses of globalization and Islamist politics: Beyond global-local. In Globalization and its Outcomes. O’Loughlin, J Staeheli, L & Greenberg, E Guilford. 279-295.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2004). Feminizing electoral geography. In Mapping Women, Making Politics. Staeheli, LA, Kofman, E & Peake, L Routledge. 261-272.

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