Contemporary geospatial discourse changes

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2013

Contemporary geospatial discourse changes

About the author:

Vladimir G. Bogomyakov, Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Tyumen;


Theoretical and methodological range of geopolitics under current
environment seems to a large extent exhausted. However, unexceptionable merit
of classical geopolitics is the understanding of the space, where human life and human
society development unfolds; this space reveals the properties of power, energy and
impellent beginning. Space, according to the idea of geopolitics’ founders, completely
belongs to the State. Geographical space does not belong only to authorities and
administrative establishments. It also pertains to individuals, who are inherent in this
space, without which their life is impossible. It acts for them not necessarily as location
geography, but as «mind geography» as well.
Pathos of humanist geography, geosophy, sacral geography, geopoetics, which
replaced geopolitics, represents a discovery by humans their location on the Earth;
location of profound, truly humanistic significance. Humanist geography comes to
a conclusion that we all live in palimpsests of diversified locations. Contemporary
geosophy tends to transform geographical knowledge into science of the world miracles,
which requires our intuitive and aesthetic imagination. Geopoetics strives to be an
exactly creative geography, differentiating not political but cultural processes in the
space. The most important part of the contemporary geospatial discourse is a travelogue.
If a travelogue presupposes traveling in unforeknowable lands, which as “geography
gets to its end” practically disappear, psychological geography assumes consciousness
change and as the result everyday itineraries turn to be a wonderful and unpredictable