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Claire gained her PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a thesis focussing on cartographic ways of seeing and conceptualising the world. This work is now available as a research monograph from Routledge titled 'Cartographic Abstraction in Contemporary Art: Seeing with Maps'. This book introduces the theoretical innovation "cartographic abstraction" – a material modality of thought and experience that is produced through cartographic techniques of depiction. Reconfiguring the Foucauldian underpinning of critical cartography towards a materialist theory of abstraction, cartographic viewpoints are theorised as concrete abstractions. This research is positioned at the intersection of art theory, critical cartography and materialist philosophy.

Claire previously gained a MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, and a BA (Hons) in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Reading. She is also a photographic artist and can be found online at

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Cartographic art and critical cartography
  • Materialist theories of abstraction
  • Radical and critical geography
  • Penal heritage


Cultural heritage, digital assets, publishing, making and maker culture, mapping.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Selected conference papers include:

  • 'Cartographic collage as deep mapping: Depicting former prison colonies' presented as part of session ‘Geohumanities, literary cultures, and new landscapes of cartography’ at RGS-IBG Annual Conference, August 2018
  • Invited speaker, ‘Viewing the penalscape: using photography as producer and consumer' presented as part of ‘Prison Photography Reframed’ at Nottingham Contemporary, 11 May 2018
  • Invited Speaker at Goldsmiths Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Drone Visions: Mapping, Art, Ethics, 23 April 2018
  • Invited photographic artist and speaker at Urban Photo Fest, ‘An Archive of The-Yet- to-Become’, Goldsmiths, University of London, 31 October - 16 November 2016
  • ‘Pennine Street: A Cartographic Fiction in East London’, presented at the 2015 Nordic Geographers’ Meeting ‘Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics’, Tallinn University, Estonia, 15-19 June 2015
  • Rural v. urban in east London: experimenting with a new, critical imaginary at ‘Hadrian’s Interchange’ presented at The End of Place as We Know It: Shifting Perspectives on Literature and Place’, University of Strathclyde, 17-19 Sept 2014

Selected Publications

  • Disrupting the cartographic view from nowhere: ‘hating empire properly’ in Layla Curtis’s cartographic collage The Thames (2019)
  • Cartographic Abstraction in Contemporary Art: Seeing with maps (2017) Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
  • ‘The deep mapping of Pennine Street: a cartographic fiction’, Humanities 4 (2015), pp.760–774, doi:10.3390/h4040760
  • ‘Vampires, Foetuses and Ventriloquism: Metaphor as a Representational Strategy in Capital Vol. 1’, Socialism and Democracy 29: 2 (2015), pp.25-40, doi: 10.1080/08854300.2015.1037604
  • Corble, A., Dabiri, E., Halasz, K., Kennedy, S. and Reddleman, C. (2012), ‘The art of letters: An epic journey of intimate thought and exchange’, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice 5: 2, pp. 251–274, doi: 10.1386/jwcp.5.2.251_1