Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


8 March 2017

Spatial disparities research as political discourse

Presented By Ferenc Gyuris (ELTE, Budapest)
  • 1-2 pm (part of the CRCC Seminar Series)
  • Brockington U1.22

About this event

Scientific attempts to analyse, manage and morally evaluate socio-spatial inequality never take place in a sealed container, but in specific social, political, economic and geographical contexts. Likewise, related ideas are no ‘objective’ products of ‘neutral’ and ‘unbiased’ scientists, but works of full-fledged human beings with multifaceted political interests. Therefore, the point of my paper is to present the academic practice of dealing with geographical inequality as making contributions to a political discourse, where justifying certain political and economic interests (and de-legitimising others) is at least as important as a complex and solid understanding of what socio-spatial inequality actually is and how its various forms come into being. I aim to discuss how the functioning of this political discourse influences whether socio-spatial inequality is problematised or not; why it attracts more attention in certain ages and at certain locations than in others (e.g., communism and capitalism); how ‘relevant’ questions and methods are selected; how beliefs and hypotheses become regarded as facts and substantiated results are ignored according to underlying political motivations; and how remarkably one-sided concepts are presented, and applied later by many, as valid. I mainly employ Cold War examples from US-dominated Western academia from an East Central European view.

Dr Ferenc Gyuris
Ph.D. (Heidelberg)
Assistant professor, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary

This event is part of the CRCC Seminar Series