What is Psychogeography?

Psychogeography is often conflated with urban walking. It is a rather vague term that has a number of definitions. This is how the Situationist International would describe it:

  • “The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals”.
  • The “active observation of present-day urban agglomerations”.
  • A psychogeographer is “One who explores and reports on psychogeographical phenomena”.

Leeds Psychogeography Group

I set up Leeds Psychogeography Group in 2009 and it ran till 2012. Talks were held in term time at the University of Leeds and were available to people inside and outside academia. Speakers were invited to talk to the group on a variety of subjects relating to the city, urban space, the Situationists, human/urban/neo-geography, urban walking, local history. During this period we had speakers from many backgrounds, including artists, geographers, writers, urban walkers and film-makers. Walks were also organised on a regular basis. While there is no longer any formalised group, you can join the online group on Facebook.