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Abstract

Since 2009 I have been walking and mapping the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) campus as part of the research for my thesis which I shall be submitting shortly. While not a cartographer, nor artist, I am a psychogeographer: someone who studies and critiques the urban environment using walking as part of the methodology.While this mapping aspect of my thesis sits within a larger project of critiquing the historical use and acquisition of campus space by the university, the cartographical part stands in its own right. Some of the examples provided in this essay are created as a response to my own psychogeographical findings. These particular maps elucidate the space in a way that highlights, subverts or challenges dominant power structures. This form of critique, which I have sutured into my psychogeographical explorations, I call schizocartography.

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