A critical geography and a new historicism have reoriented many humanists and social science disciplines. Like the spatial turn, the temporal turn now grounds the analysis of everything from literature to sociology in new kinds of contexts. The exciting challenge before us now is integrating those new perspectives, taking advantage of what they have to teach us.

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This article was published as: Ayers, Edward L. "Turning Toward Place, Space, and Time." The Spatial Humanities : GIS and the Future of the Humanities Scholarship, edited by David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, 1-13. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. No part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For education reuse, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center <http://www.copyright.com/>. For all other permissions, contact IU Press at <http://iupress.indiana.edu/rights/>.



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