JONS, H., 2008. Academic travel from Cambridge University and the formation of centres of knowledge, 1885-1954. Journal of Historical Geography 34 (2), pp. 338-362.
This paper draws attention to academic travel as a key issue in the geographies of knowledge, science
and higher education. Building upon recent work in science studies and geography, it is argued that
academic travel reveals the wider geography of scientific work and thus of the knowledge and networks
involved. By examining academic travel from Cambridge University in the period 1885 to 1954, the study
clarifies its role in the development of Cambridge as a modern research university, the emergence of global
knowledge centres elsewhere and the development of an Anglo-American academic hegemony in the
twentieth century. Using unpublished archival data on all recorded applications for leave of absence by
Cambridge University Teaching Officers, it is further explored how the global geographies of academic
travel varied among different types of work, thereby exposing distinct hierarchies of spaces of knowledge
production and sites of study.