Dr Paul Harrison
Paul’s research interests lie at the intersection of geography, philosophy and social and cultural theory. His work focuses on the development of specifically geographic engagements with phenomenology, post-phenomenology and deconstruction. In the context of contemporary geographic work his work has been associated with the development of 'non-representational' theories.
Paul’s current research has three main themes. First; an focus on the ‘radically passive’ or non-intentional nature of corporeal existence, (for example, vulnerability, susceptibility, suffering, lassitude, sleep, boredom), and the existential, ethical and political significance of these aspects of being a body. Second; an examination of the act of bearing witness or giving testimony to traumatic or so-called ‘unspeakable’ events. Third; an on-going interest in the implications of finitude and mourning for social and political thought.
Paul joined the Geography Department in 2000. He completed his BA (hons) in Geography (1994) at the Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, and an MSc in Society and Space (1996) and PhD (2000) at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
Department of Geography
- Affect and emotion
- Anderson, B. & Harrison, P. (2010). Taking-Place. Non Representational Theories and Geography. London: Ashgate.
Chapter in book
- Harrison, P. (2010). Testimony and the truth of the other. In Taking-Place. Non Representational Theories and Geography. Anderson, B. & Harrison, P. London: Ashgate. 161-179.
- Harrison, P. (2010). The broken thread: on being still. In Stillness in a Mobile World. Bissell, D. & Fuller, G. London: Routledge.
- Anderson, B. & Harrison, P. (2010). The Promise of Non-Representational Theories. In Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. Anderson, B. & Harrison, P. Farnham: Ashgate. 1-36.
- Harrison, P. (2006). Poststructuralist Theories. In Approaches to Human Geography. Aitken, S. & Valentine, G. London: Sage. 122-133.
- Harrison, P. (2015). After affirmation, or, being a loser. On vitalism, sacrifice, and cinders. GeoHumanities 1(2): 285-306.
- Harrison, P. (2009). In the absence of practice. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(6): 987-1009.
- Harrison, P. (2009). Remaining Still. M/C Journal 12(1).
- Harrison, P. (2008). Corporeal remains: vulnerability, proximity, and living on after the end of the world. Environment and Planning A 40(2): 423-445.
- Harrison, P. (2007). 'How shall I say it.?' Relating the nonrelational. Environment and Planning A 39(3): 590-608.
- Harrison, P. (2007). The space between us: Opening remarks on the concept of dwelling. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25(4): 625-647.
- Anderson, B. & Harrison, P. (2006). Questioning Affect and Emotion. Area 38(3): 333-335.
- Dewsbury, J.D., Harrison, P., Rose, M. & Wylie, J. (2002). Enacting geographies. Geoforum 33(4): 437-440.
- Harrison, P. (2002). The Caesura: remarks on Wittgenstein's interruption of theory, or, why practices elude explanation. Geoforum 33(4): 487-503.
- Harrsion, P. (2000). Making Sense: embodiment and the sensibilities of the everyday. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 18: 497-517.