(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

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Fanny Copeland and the Geographical Imagination

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck College, Univ., London, ROYAUME-UNI


Raised in Scotland, married and divorced in the English south, an adopted Slovene, Fanny Copeland (1872–1970) occupied the intersection of a number of complex spatial and temporal conjunctures. A Slavophile, she played a part in the formation of what subsequently became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia that emerged from the First World War. Living in Ljubljana, she facilitated the first "foreign visit" (in 1932) of the newly formed Le Play Society (precursor of the Institute of British Geographers) and guided its studies of Solčava (a then ‘remote’ Alpine valley system) which, led by Dudley Stamp and commended by Halford Mackinder, were subsequently hailed as a model for regional studies elsewhere. Arrested by the Gestapo and interned in Italy during the Second World War, she eventually returned to a socialist Yugoslavia, a celebrated figure. An accomplished musician, linguist, and mountaineer, she became an authority on (and populist for) the Julian Alps and was instrumental in the establishment of the Triglav National Park. Copeland’s role as participant observer (and protagonist) enriches our understanding of the particularities of her time and place and illuminates some inter-warrelationships within Geography, inside and outside the academy, suggesting their relative autonomy in the production of geographical knowledge.


Article of periodic

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 127, no3 [pp. 1-31]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 6 fig.




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