Season Two continues from Salzburg, Austria with explorations both far and near.

In EPISODE THIRTEEN we join Bärbel Hartje of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts to investigate the connections between theoretical framing, the cityscape and walking.  We discuss the evolution of the Summer Academy’s Exploring Salzburg program and how the ever-popular City Walks introduce participants from around the world to some of the structures of the City of Salzburg.  (Photo by Sonia Ibáñez)

In EPISODE FOURTEEN we look at how Alpine folk culture has made it into global popular culture on the back of the Krampus.  In a conversation with local cultural historian Christoph Schwaiger we look at both the Krampus of yesteryear and the one you might catch “running” the streets now during St. Nicholas celebrations in central Europe.  This is a look at the many geographies produced by an anthropomorphic goat-man.  (Photo by Christoph Schwaiger)

Does the City of Salzburg have rhythm?  Or rhythms, plural?  How do we access it?  Or them?  In EPISODE FIFTEEN we explore the concept of rhythmanalysis with Dr. Reena Tiwari and examine how communities can better imagine the geographies in which they live by unpacking the rhythms that make up those spaces.  The Salzburg Rhythmanalysis Project is officially announced and citizen-rhythmanalysts are called to participate.

In Making Heritage we venture out to explore 3 Austrian cultural heritage sites: the historic city center of Salzburg, the Hallstatt-Dachstein Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape, and the Viennese Coffee House.  Listen as we dialogue with scholars Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Marilena Vecco about what it means to be on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the nature of producing heritage and the developments leading up to increased recognition of “intangible” cultural sites.

In EPISODE SEVENTEEN we start here in Salzburg with the statue of St. Vergil, an 8th century Irish monk who believed the world was round and then travel out to terra incognita in a leather boat with another Irish saint, Brendan the Navigator. It is the Voyage of St. Brendan, a popular medieval religious narrative, that we focus on and explore how different readings of this text produce different geographical imaginations. Contributors include Dr. Paul Pearson, Dr. Clara Strijbosch and Dr. Jon Mackley.


In Pedagogy of the Compressed we venture through different spaces of teaching and learning with Dr. Rich Heyman of the University of Texas and ride upcycled bicycles through northern California with Seth Dow, Andy Knox, Hannah Halvorsen and Brandon Herhusky of Sugar Bowl Academy.  In this time-space compressed world what does it mean to be “doing” geography and how can our methodology, or the how, be more important than the what?  (Photo by Seth Dow)


In the show’s 19th episode we test locals on their knowledge of the country of Paraguay while locating their own geographical imaginations along the way.  We also invite two of the three Paraguayans living in Salzburg, the musicians Francisco González and Raúl Rolón, to share traditional Paraguayan music and discuss–in English, Spanish and Jopará–cultural geographical mixing between Paraguay and Austria.  (Photo by Sonia Ibáñez)


In EPISODE TWENTY, Sitting Near Borges, we look at the geographical imagination of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.  We visit a park bench in Cambridge, Massachusetts in order to conjure up the spirit of his writings and discuss Borgesian “thought experiments” with literature scholar Bill Richardson of the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Photo taken along the Rhône River in Geneva, Switzerland.

In EPISODE TWENTY ONE, Seeing Heimat Through a Lens, we discuss the power of photography to shape and frame sentiments and ideas about place-based national and regional identities in 1930s Austria.  Art historian Dr. Elizabeth Cronin of the New York Public Library guides us back to this key moment in the construction of a contemporary Austrianness rooted in tradition and the rural on the one hand, yet striving to be modern and urban on the other.

Does a city have its own song?  A hum and beat that makes it unique?  Join us on this short expedition to record the soundscape produced by the everyday interactions of people and place in Old Town Salzburg.  With microphone in hand we drift through the narrow streets and lanes capturing a different kind of music and consider a different way of thinking about our sensory experience of place.

Maps are ubiquitous in today’s world.  Our geographical imaginations are both expanded and limited by their form.  But, what is a map?  Roughly 25 years ago academic geographers began to seriously question their taken-for-granted history.  Rogue map deconstructionist Denis Wood explores with us Google Maps, critical cartography, the geo-body, Winnie the Pooh and North Carolina.  (Photo by Johnny Finn)


In EPISODE TWENTY FOUR, Countries & Capitals, we seek to increase our geographic literacy by reviewing country names (in the order of most to least populated) while locating each within its region and naming its capital city.  At the same time we also critique the very same geographical imagination this limited view of geography constructs in our minds.  Test your skills by following along with this map.