A Philosophical Topography of Place and Non-Place: Lithuanian Context

Odeta Žukauskienė (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania)


Drawing on French anthropologist Marc Augé and his seminal book Non-Places (1995) the author pays attention to the transformation of contemporary urban landscapes. In thinking trough the dialectic of place and non-place, this paper aims to account for the apparent sense of placelesness in our cultural landscapes and in increasingly globalised world. If we want to ask fundamental questions about what has happened to our urban landscape and to the spirit of cities during the last decades then the concepts of place and non-place help us to describe the actual changes. Besides, Augé’s work gives us the methodological tools to address philosophical questions about the nature of supermodernity and the relationship between modernity and postmodernity moving toward new conditions of globality. This article will attempt to apply anthropological and philosophical concepts of place and space to the context of Lithuania, comparing the ways of spreading of non-places (non-lieu) in the Soviet modernity and contemporary global, hyper-visual and liquid cultural landscape.

Article in: English

Article published: 2016-09-29

Keyword(s): global landscape; Marc Augé; non-place; place; space; Soviet modernity; supermodernity; post­modernity.

DOI: 10.3846/cpc.2016.244

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