1st Edition

Liminality, Transgression and Space Across the World Being, Living and Becoming(s) Against, Across and with Borders and Boundaries

Edited By Basak Tanulku, Simone Pekelsma Copyright 2024
    298 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses various forms of liminality and transgression in different geographies and demonstrates how and why various physical and symbolic boundaries create liminality and transgression.

    Its focus is on comprehending the ways in which these borders and boundaries generate liminality and transgression rather than viewing them solely as issues. It provides case studies from the past and present, allowing readers to connect subjects, periods, and geographies. It consists of theoretical and empirical chapters that demonstrate how borders and liminality are interconnected. The book also benefits from the power of several visual essays by artists to complete the theoretical and empirical chapters which demonstrate different forms of liminality without need of much words.

    The book will be of interest to researchers and students working in the fields of urban and rural studies, urban sociology, cities and communities, urban and regional planning, urban anthropology, political science, migration studies, human geography, cultural geography, urban anthropology, and visual arts.

    Introduction: “Living on the Edge”, by Basak Tanulku and Simone Pekelsma

    Section 1: Liminality, Identity and Space

    1.     “Shelter a Portrait in Transit(ion): Gender and Migration” by João Pedro Amorim.

    2.     “Towards a Tranarcha Border Framework: Sex, Borders and Anarchism” by Alfonzo Mendoza. 

    3.     “The dual nature of the threshold in the pandemic era”, by Ioanna Papakonstantinou-Brati. 

    4.     “Living on the Boundary: Interstitial Identities in Contemporary Burundi” by Antea Paviotti.

    5.     “Liminality when grounded: micro-mobilities in contemporary art practice during the COVID-19 pandemic” by Pia Johnson and Clare McCracken.

    6.     “Birds Through my Window: Photography as Liminal Looking” by Katrin Joost (text) and John Darwell (images).

    Section 2: Liminality and the City 

    7.     “Hotel living: the contemporary mixed-use gated community in Istanbul” by Simone Pekelsma.

    8.     “Liminality as anti-infrastructure? Boundary making and breaking in infrastructure construction” by Sam Rumé.

    9.     “Childhoods on the Move: an ethnography of a Brazilian school bus” by Fernanda Müller and Luiz E. Abreu.

    10.  “Digital Magic and the Disappearing City” by Shannon Jackson.

    11.  “Border Research from Design Cultures: Cyprus Pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale as transformative proposals for Nicosia’s borderscapes” by Alice Buoli.

    Section 3: Liminality across and beyond the Country  

    12.  “Landscape, Liminality, Lament” by Ann Carragher. 

    13.  “The Lake District: Liminal Landscape between North and South” by Basak Tanulku. 

    14.  “Euroscapes: Negotiating National and European Identities through Imagined Boundaries” by Jeroen Moes.

    15.  “Stepping off the Wooden Path: A Visual Essay” by Gintare Kudžmaitė. 

    16.  “Curating Boundaries and Liminality: A Method for Disruption” by Giulia Degano.

    Epilogue: We are all borderworkers by Paschalina T. Garidou, Luuk Winkelmolen and Henk van Houtum


    Basak Tanulku is an independent scholar based in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD degree in sociology, Lancaster University in the UK. She conducted her PhD study on gated communities. Since then, Tanulku has worked on different subjects, such as socio-spatial fragmentation, urban transformation and vacancy, urban gardens, alternative spaces and initiatives, urban protests, and the conflicts that emerge in public spaces and commons, boundary-making and the interaction between space and people. Lastly, Tanulku works on the Lake District and Cumbria (England), particularly on the interaction between its natural and cultural elements and its culture and wild(er)ness.

    Simone Pekelsma is in the final stages of her PhD at Radboud University, the Netherlands. She has great interest in translating her academic work to other worlds, including policy (i.e. Eurocities) and popular science (Geografie Magazine and Agora Magazine). Simone currently works for Utrecht University in a double role. She is a knowledge broker/business developer in human geography and spatial planning and the managing director of a research hub on the future of food.