, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 137–147 | Cite as

Beyond the Anglo-American hegemony in human geography: a European perspective

  • Manuel B. Aalbers
  • Ugo Rossi


Over the past five years or so, Anglo-American hegemony in human geography has been widely debated. This debate has highlighted the obstacles put in the way of the building of a more international geographical discipline. In this paper, we reflect on the possibilities and also the limitations of Europe as a context for the experimentation with a more cross-national discipline. In doing so, we notice on the one hand the increasing attention towards the Europeanisation of human geography, particularly at an institutional level, but on the other hand we also notice the lack of some basic forms and tools of communication and exchange that might facilitate the mobilisation of scholars around the ‘European project’. The paper tries to offer a contribution to this issue by discussing the ways in which a European journal of human geography might be conceived and also concretely organised. In this respect the paper takes into account issues of language, access to scientific knowledge and recognition of cultural and academic diversities.


Academic publishing Anglo-American hegemony Collaborative research European geography Language Post-national writing Europe 



An earlier version of this paper was presented to the 4th International Conference of Critical Geography, Mexico City, January 2005, in the session “Geographical concepts in action: critical perspectives and histories”. The authors thank participants in the conference for their encouraging and stimulating observations. The paper has enormously benefited from suggestions and comments made by Sheila Hones on various early drafts. The authors would like also to acknowledge the comments of Justus Uitermark. Usual disclaimers apply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University ’L’Orientale’ of NaplesNaplesItaly

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