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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Publication details for Dr Noam Leshem

Leshem, Noam & Pinkerton, Alasdair Rethinking expeditions: On critical expeditionary practice. Progress in Human Geography. 2019;43:496-514.

Author(s) from Durham


The expedition’s complicity in the imperial project of conquest, extraction and settlement has placed it as an object of critique, but largely discredited its significance as a valid research method in the critical social sciences. Yet dismissing the expedition merely as an imperial remnant risks ignoring more nuanced histories that bear no resemblance to myths of conquest and masculine heroics. Instead, this paper considers the expedition as a malleable practice that can be critically appropriated and manipulated in ways that retain and further the critique of violence and knowledge production, while also experimenting with creative alternatives to some of its conventions.