Prof Gerry Kearns

Geography

Professor

Rhetoric House
7
(01) 7086153

About

I gained a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. My work is at the intersection of historical, political and medical themes in Geography. My 2009 book, Geopolitics and Empire, won the Murchison Award from the Royal Geographical Society as the most significant contribution to geographical scholarship that year. I am currently working on the cultural politics of AIDS for a book to be called Making Space for AIDS. Distinguished Historical Geography at the Association of American Geographers Conference, 2015.

Research Interests

GeopoliticsMedical GeographyIrish identitiesThe Catholic Body and Artistic Performance

Publications

Journals

  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Fatal Geographies'. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 46:
  • Kearns, G. (2014) '“Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre”: The Utopian Moment in Anticolonial Nationalism'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 42:130 - 151.
  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Legacies, Part 2'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 42:27 - 29.
  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Governing vitalities and the security state'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 32:762 - 778.
  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'If wood were an element: Primo Levi and the material world, Versus: Quaderni di Studi Semiotici'. To be added, 119:21 - 49.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Irish historical geographies: Colonial contexts and postcolonial legacies'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 41:22 - 34. EPRINTS
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Geopolitical Regression, AAG Review of Books'. 1:135 - 139.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Gender, Politics, Solidarity, Dublin Review of Books'. 30:
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Beyond the legacy of Mackinder'. GEOPOLITICS, 18:917 - 932.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'The Butler Affair and the Geopolitics of Identity'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 31:191 - 207.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Colonialism and the Irish Famine'. DIALOGUES IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 2:76 - 77. EPRINTS
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Globalization and empire'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 30:955 - 957. EPRINTS
  • Kearns, G. (2012) 'Looking into the dark, Dublin Review of Books'. To be added, 21: EPRINTS
  • Nally, D., and Kearns, G. (2011) 'Lessons from the past: Why do famines still plague us? [Chronicle of Higer Education, Chronicle Review]'. To be added, 58:B10 - B12.
  • Kearns, G. (2011) 'Reading Gerry Kearns' Geopolitics and Empire: The Legacy of Halford Mackinder'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 30:49 - 58.
  • Kearns, G. (2010) 'Geography, geopolitics, and empire'. TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, 35:183 - 207.
  • Kearns, G. (2010) 'The descent of Darwin'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, 42:257 - 258.
  • Kearns, G. (2010) 'Annual General Meeting and Medal and Awards Celebration'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 176:256 - 266.
  • Kearns, G., and Reid-Henry, S. (2009) 'Vital geographies: life, luck and the human condition'. ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS, 99:554 - 574.
  • Kearns, G. (2008) 'Forging early-modern colonial Ireland'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 34:138 - 144.
  • Kearns, G. (2008) 'The geography of terror'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 27:360 - 364.
  • Nally, D., and Kearns, G. (2008) 'Disaster capitalism in historical perspective'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 174:285 - 286.
  • Kearns, G. (2008) 'Progressive Geopolitics'. GEOGRAPHY COMPASS, 2:1599 - 1620.
  • Kearns, G. (2006) 'Naturalising empire: echoes of Mackinder for the next American century?'. GEOPOLITICS, 11:74 - 98.
  • Kearns, G. (2006) 'Dublin, modernity and the postcolonial fix'. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 39:177 - 183.
  • Kearns, G. (2004) 'Mother Ireland and the revolutionary sisters'. CULTURAL GEOGRAPHIES, 11:459 - 483.
  • Kearns, G. (2004) 'The political pivot of Geography'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 170:337 - 346.
  • Kearns, G. (2001) '“Educate that holy hatred”: place, trauma and identity in the Irish nationalism of John Mitchel,'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 20:885 - 911.
  • Kearns, G. (2000) 'Maps, models and registers: the historical geography of the population of England'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 26:298 - 304.
  • Kearns, G. (1999) 'Graham Smith (1953-99): an appreciation'. TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, 24:495 - 500.
  • Kearns, G. (1998) 'The virtuous circle of facts and values in the New Western History'. 88:377 - 409.
  • Kearns, G. (1992) 'Cholera, nuisances and environmental management in Islington 1830-1855'. MEDICAL HISTORY, Supplement 11:94 - 125. EPRINTS
  • Kearns, G. (1992) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 16:406 - 413.
  • Kearns, G. (1991) 'This Common Inheritance: green idealism versus Tory pragmatism'. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 18:363 - 370.
  • Kearns, G. (1991) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 15:47 - 56.
  • Kearns, G. (1989) 'Death in the time of cholera'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 15:425 - 432.
  • Kearns, G. (1989) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 13:259 - 266.
  • Kearns, G. (1988) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 12:103 - 110.
  • Kearns, G. (1985) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 10:587 - 594.
  • Kearns, G. (1984) 'Making space for Marx'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 10:411 - 417.
  • Kearns, G. (1984) 'Closed space and political practice: Halford Mackinder and Frederick Jackson Turner'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 2:23 - 34.

Books

  • Kearns, G., David Meredith and John Morrissey (eds) (2014) 'Spatial justice and the Irish crisis'. Dublin.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Geopolitics and Empire: the legacy of Halford Mackinder'. London.
  • Gerry Kearns and Chris Philo (1993) 'Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present'. London.
  • Gerry Kearns and Charles Withers (1991) 'Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century'. Cambridge.
  • Kearns, G. (1985) 'Urban epidemics and historical geography: cholera in London 1848-9'. Norwich.

Chapters

  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Manly Endeavours'. In: Jason Dittmer and Joanne Sharp (eds.) Geopolitics: An introductory reader, Routledge: New York.
  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Spatial Justice and Primary Education'. In: Gerry Kearns, David Meredith, and John Morrissey (eds.) Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, Royal Irish Academy: Dublin.
  • Kearns, G. (2014) 'Introduction'. In: Gerry Kearns, David Meredith, and John Morrissey (eds.) Spatial justice and the Irish crisis, Royal Irish Academy: Dublin.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Interpréter les differences mondiales'. In: Isabelle Lefort and Philippe Pelletier (eds.) Élisée Reclus et nos géographies: Textes et prétextes, Éditions Noir et Rouge: Paris.
  • Kearns, G. (2013) 'Imperialism and the Heartland'. In: Nick Megoran, Sevara Sharapova (eds.) Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder, Hurst: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2012) 'Nationalism and the public sphere: The Nation newspaper and he movement for the repeal of the Union'. In: Patrick J. Duffy, William Nolan (eds.) At the Anvil: Essays in Honour of William J. Smyth, Geographical Publications: Dublin.
  • Kearns, G. (2012) 'The Political Pivot of Geography'. In: Derek Gregory and Noel Castree (eds.) Human Geography. Volume 1, Sage: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2011) 'Echoes of Schmitt among the Ideologists of the New American Empire'. In: Stephen Legg (eds.) Saptiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt: Geogrpahies of the Nomos, Routledge: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2011) 'Geopolitics'. In: John Agnew and David Livingstone (eds.) Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, Sage: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Kropótkin, P.,'. In: Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Mackinder, H. J.'. In: Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Sequent occupance'. In: Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, and Sarah Whatmore (eds.) Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition, Wiley-Blackwell: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Heartland'. In: Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, and Sarah Whatmore (eds.) Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition, Wiley-Blackwell: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Frontier thesis'. In: Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, and Sarah Whatmore (eds.) Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition, Wiley-Blackwell: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2009) 'Frontier'. In: erek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, and Sarah Whatmore (eds.) Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition, Wiley-Blackwell: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2008) 'Taking theory for a walk in Ireland'. In: Elizabeth Gagen, Hayden Lorimer and Alex Vasudevan (eds.) Practicing the archive: reflections on methods and practice in historical geography, Historical Geography Research Group: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2007) 'The history of medical geography after Foucault'. In: Stuart Elden and Jeremy Crampton (eds.) Space, knowledge and power: Foucault and Geography, Ashgate Press: Aldershot.
  • Kearns, G. (2006) 'Europe as the just measure of the world'. In: Phillipe Pelletier (eds.) Reclus: textes et contextes, Université de Lyon: Lyon.
  • Kearns, G. (2006) 'Bare life, political violence and the territorial structure of Britain and Ireland'. In: Derek Gregory and Allan Pred (eds.) Violent geographies: fear, terror and political violence, Routledge: New York.
  • Kearns, G. (2004) 'Environmental history'. In: James Duncan, Nuala Johnson, and Richard Schein (eds.) A companion to cultural geography, Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G. (2004) 'Halford Mackinder'. In: Bernard Lightman (eds.) Dictionary of nineteenth-century British scientists, Thoemmes Press: London.
  • Kearns, G. (2003) 'Imperial geopolitics: geopolitical visions at the dawn of the American century'. In: John Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, and Gearoid O’Tuathail (eds.) A companion to political geography, Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G. (2003) 'Nation, empire, cosmopolis: Ireland and the break with Britain'. In: David Gilbert, Dave Matless and Brian Short (eds.) Geographies of British modernity: space and society in the twentieth century, Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G., and Laxton, P. (2002) 'Ethnic groups as public health hazards: the Famine Irish in Liverpool and lazaretto politics'. In: Esteban Rodríguez-Ocaña (eds.) The politics of the healthy life: an international perspective, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health: Sheffield.
  • Laxton, P., and Kearns, G. (2001) 'Power and salubrity: the politics of sanitary reform in Victorian Liverpool'. In: Patrice Bourdelais (eds.) Les hygiénistes: enjeux, modèles et pratiques (XVIIIe-XXe siècles), Belin: Paris.
  • Kearns, G. (2000) 'Town Hall and Whitehall: sanitary intelligence in Liverpool, 1840-63'. In: Sally Sheard and Helen Power (eds.) Body and city: histories of urban public health, Ashgate Press: Aldershot.
  • Kearns, G. (1999) 'Demography and industrialisation: a geographical overview'. In: Anders Brändström and Lars-Göran Tedebrand (eds.) Industrialisation and the Epidemiologic Transition, Demographic Data Base: UmeÃ¥.
  • Kearns, G. (1995) 'Tuberculosis and the medicalisation of English society, 1880-1920'. In: John Woodward and Robert Jütte (eds.) Coping with sickness: historical aspects of health care in a European perspective, European Association for the History of Medicine: Sheffield.
  • Kearns, G., Lee, W. R., and Rogers, J. (1994) 'Urbanisierung und Professionalisierung als Bestimmungsfaktoren bei der Gestaltung des deutschen Gesundheitssystems im 19. Jahrhundert im internationalen Vergleich'. In: Heinz-Gerhard Haupt and Peter Marschalck (eds.) Städtische Bevölkerungsentwicklung in Deutschland im 19. Jahrhundert: Soziale und demographische Aspekte der Urbanisierung, Scripta Mercaturae Verlag: St. Katharinen, Germany.
  • Kearns, G. (1993) 'Fin-de-siècle geopolitics: Mackinder, Hobson and theories of global closure'. In: Peter Taylor (eds.) Political geography of the twentieth century, Belhaven Press: London.
  • Philo, C., and Kearns, G. (1993) 'Culture, history, capital: a critical introduction to the selling of places'. In: Gerry Kearns and Chris Philo (eds.) Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present, Pergamon: London.
  • Kearns, G. (1993) 'The city as spectacle: Paris and the celebration of the Bicentenary of the French Revolution'. In: Gerry Kearns and Chris Philo (eds.) Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present, Pergamon: London.
  • Kearns, G. (1993) 'Quiet prosperity: the Nordic countries'. In: Stuart Corbridge (eds.) World economy, Andromeda: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G. (1992) 'Historical and geographical perspectives'. In: Alisdair Rogers, Heather Viles, and Andrew Goudie (eds.) The student’s companion to geography, Basil Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Kearns, G., and Withers, C. (1991) 'Introduction'. In: Gerry Kearns and Charles Withers (eds.) Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
  • Kearns, G. (1991) 'Biology, class, and the urban penalty'. In: Gerry Kearns and Charles Withers (eds.) Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
  • Kearns, G. (1989) 'Zivilis and hygaeia: urban public health during the epidemiologic transition'. In: Richard Lawton (eds.) The rise and fall of great cities, Belhaven Press: London.
  • Kearns, G. (1989) 'Introduction'. In: John Rogers and Marie Clark Nelson (eds.) Urbanisation and the epidemiologic transition, Family History Project: Uppsala.
  • Kearns, G. (1989) 'The interaction of political and economic factors in the public health of England, Germany and Sweden'. In: John Rogers and Marie Clark Nelson (eds.) Urbanisation and the epidemiologic transition, Family History Project: Uppsala.
  • Kearns, G. (1988) 'The urban penalty and the population history of England'. In: Anders Brändström and Lars-Göran Tedebrand (eds.) Society and health during the demographic transition, Almqvist and Wiksell: Stockholm.

Additional Scholarly Contributions

  • Professor Gerry Kearns