Human Geography and the Practice of Presence conducted movement research based on two leading theories of human geography: Actor Network Theory and Non-representational theory. These two theories, which have been widely debated within the field of geography, and in their own ways postulate a manner of being in space that involves interacting directly with one’s environment—moving beyond layers of semiotics and abstracted representations.
Sasha Cuerda, Geographer
Sasha Cuerda (Geographer) is a graduate student in the department of Geography at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following a year of coursework in the department of Urban Planning in 06-07, Cuerda embarked on a somewhat radical change of course with respect to his academic work, and switched his studies to the department of Geography. With a broader interest in creating large-scale change in how communities construct and use communal space, he found that there was a greater amount of theoretical freedom to innovate new models for urban planning within the field of Geography. Cuerda grew up in northern Spain, where his passion for good food and community was first sparked. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.