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Dr Diarmid Finnegan

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Diarmid Finnegan

Dr Diarmid Finnegan

Senior Lecturer

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My research interests fall within the following three themes:
  • Science, space and culture    
  • Historical geographies of ideas
  • History of geographical knowledge


Research Statement

My research is concerned with science, space and culture in historical perspective. In previous work I examined the reception of glacial theory in early-Victorian Edinburgh, investigated the historical geographies of Scottish natural history societies in the period 1831-1900 and, with Charles Withers and Rebekah Higgitt, explored the role of geography in the work of the British Association for the Advancement of Science from 1831 – c.1933. My book on natural history societies in Victorian Scotland was published by Pickering & Chatto in 2009 and was awarded the Frank Watson Book Prize for Scottish History in 2011.  More recent work has centred on public speech as a situated mode of interaction between science and culture in the nineteenth century.  I have also published a revisionist account of the Scottish geologist James Croll.  I recently completed a two-year AHRC-funded project on science in nineteenth-century Belfast as well as work on the reception of ideas about human evolution in the context of religious debates about the creation of Eve. I am now embarking on a new project on 'spaces of the human'. This project will explore the historical geography of debates about what it means to be human from the early modern period to contemporary discussions about post-human futures. 



GAP1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World

GGY1012 Spaces of Developmen

GAP2042 Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry

GAP3057 Dissertation

GAP3066 Geography, Science and Society

GAP7402 Critical Approaches in Human Geography

GAP7405 Science, Geography and Power

GAP7406 Methods and Research Design

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