Alternative Campus Tours

Alternative campus tours are unofficial and often subversive presentations of geo-spatially organized information regarding a college or university campus. The tours might highlight repressed histories, emphasize environmental awareness, or present the viewpoints of marginalized community members. The cases below are just a few examples. Know a tour that should be included here? Please send Dr. Metcalfe a note (see About page for contact details).


United States


Addie, J. P. D., Keil, R., & Olds, K. (2015). Beyond town and gown: Universities, territoriality and the mobilization of new urban structures in Canada. Territory, Politics, Governance, 3(1), 27-50.

Bardekjian, A., Classens, M., & Sandberg, L. A. (2012). Reading the urban landscape: The case of a campus tour at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2(3), 249-256.

Barman, J. (2007). Erasing Indigenous Indigeneity in Vancouver. BC Studies, (155), 3-30.

Bonds, A., & Inwood, J. (2015). Beyond white privilege: Geographies of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Progress in Human Geography, 0309132515613166.

Ikeda, N., & Rosser, E. (2010). You be vigilant! Don’t rape! Reclaiming space and security at York University. Canadian Woman Studies28(1), 37-44.

Inwood, J. F., & Martin, D. G. (2008). Whitewash: White privilege and racialized landscapes at the University of Georgia. Social & Cultural Geography, 9(4), 373-395.

Magolda, P. (2001). What our rituals tell us about community on campus: A look at the campus tour. About Campus, 5(6), 2–8.

Magolda, P. M. (2000). The campus tour: Ritual and community in higher education. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 31(1), 24-46.

Razack, S. (2002). Introduction: When place becomes race. In S. Razack (Ed.), Race, space, and the law: Unmapping a white settler society, pp. 1-20. Toronto: Between the Lines.

Sandberg, L. A. (2015). Subverting the enterprise university: The case of the alternative campus tour at York University, Toronto, Canada. International Studies in Widening Participation, 2(2), 12-19.