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This event is hosted by PTRI and explores earth-bound spatial explanations in a timeless world of continuous present.
The Geographers perceive Earth as a tangible world of phenomena and objects located within a multidimensional, multi-layered spherical, interactive three dimensional network of space-bound physical process and economic activities: which is, however, nothing more than a construct.
On this basis, meta-geography is an inquiry into the underlying constitution and structure of geography’s concept of earthly reality - conceived as a self-actuating continuous and uninterrupted, dynamic reordering of earth-space. In particular it is a continuum of inter-related, and interconnected phenomena in which the notion of a temporal flow of cause and effect - is replaced by the geographer’s space-bound descriptive explanations. This is drawn from the timeless world of a continuous present or a “here and now” where time is merely a measure of and not a causal element of change.
All of which leads to the conclusion that both past and future are but constructs as neither actually exist. Using these words and phrases as starting points the presentation focuses on the exploration of ourselves as geographers as distinct from any other science and the only one that attempts to face the world as we see it - head on as it appears.
About the presenter
Emeritus Professor Martyn Webb is Foundation Professor of Geography at the University of Western Australia.
He arrived in Australia in 1964 at the beginning of the mining boom and his work in establishing geography as a discipline to serve Western Australia saw him awarded honorary memberships to the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, the Australian Institute for Urban Studies, and the Planning Institute of Australia.
As adviser to the Country Shire Councils Association, Professor Webb was one of the initiators of the Western Australian Local Government Association. He also helped found the WA Conservation Council and was its Trustee for many years. As a member of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry he advised on the planning and development of Perth as a State capital.
In 2008, he was honoured by the University of Western Australia with the dedication of a lecture theatre in his name.