chapter  27
From the Spatial Turn to the Spacetime-Vitalist Turn
Mahjoub’s Navigation of a Rainmaker and Owuor’s Dust
ByRussell West-Pavlov
Pages 12

The spatial turn may be said to have been prepared by English-language publications such as Raymond Williams's The City and the Country in 1973. The spatial turn was a late manifestation of the Linguistic Turn, which emphasized synchronic structures over diachronic developments. This chapter describes the spatial concerns in such a way as to index the prominence of an intellectual paradigm that comes to be known as the spatial turn, but also points to its demise, thereby sketching the broad outlines of what may follow in the wake of the spatial turn. It exemplifies the recent transition from the spatial turn to a spacetime successor-paradigm with reference to Mahjoub's Navigation of a Rainmaker, before turning to Kenyan Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Dust to spell out some of the conceptual and ethical implications of the vitalist spacetime paradigm for the contemporary humanities.