Gillian Rose (geographer)

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This page is about the geographer Gillian Rose. For the philosopher, see Gillian Rose.

Gillian Rose (born 1962) is a British geographer and geographic author. As of May 2008, she is senior professor of culture at the Open University. She is best known for her 1993 book, Feminism & Geography: The Limits of Geographical Knowledge.


Rose's current research interests lie broadly within the field of visual culture. She is interested in the ways social subjectivities and relations are pictured or made invisible in a range of media, and how those processes are embedded in power relations. She also has long-standing interest in feminist film theory and in Michel_Foucault's and feminist accounts of photography in particular.


Written from a Marxist and radical feminist perspective, Feminism & Geography stimulated a series of debates within geography about the nature of how geographic knowledge is constructed. Rose is known for defining identity as "how we make sense of ourselves" and explained how we each have different identities on different scales, for example, someone's local identity is probably different than their global identity. She also describes sense of place as the process of infusing a place with "meaning and feeling."

In recent years she has written two books: Deterritoralisations: Revisioning Landscape and Politics (2003) and Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Interpreting Visual Materials (2007).

Rose, G. (forthcoming) 'Spectacles and spectres: London, 7 July 2005', New Formations.

Rose, G. (2007) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Interpreting Visual Materials, second edition, Sage.

Rose, G. (2005) 'You just have to make a conscious effort to keep snapping away, I think': a case study of family photos, mothering and familial space', in Hardy, S and Wiedmer, C (eds) Motherhood and Space: Configurations of the Maternal Through Politics, Home, and the Body, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.221-40.

Rose, G. (2004) 'Everyone's cuddled up and it just looks really nice': the emotional geography of some mums and their family photos', Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 5 pp.549-64.

Dorrian, M. and Rose, G. (eds) (2003) Deterritoralisations: Revisioning Landscape and Politics, Black Dog Press.

Rose, G. (2003) 'Just how, exactly, is geography visual?' Antipode, vol. 35, pp. 212-21.

Rose, G. (2003) 'Domestic spacings and family photography: a case study', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 28, pp. 5-18.

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