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  • n. Normal tissue (or an organ) present at an abnormal part of the body
  • n. The occurrence of an organism in a number of different habitats
  • n. A type of utopia that actually exists in a society

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as heterotopy.
  • n. In ophthalmol., strabismus or squint.


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hetero- + -topia


  • I threw around words like "heterotopia," "panopticon" and "hegemony" with aplomb; I was about ten times smarter in that blog than I am here, where my voice tends to be a bit


  • The word that I came away from her reading is heterachronia–a multitude of times–similar to heterotopia, which means a multitude of places.

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  • I call one group of them climbing up heterotopia to AdS/CFT.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • If I had to look for differences, I guess, among the interesting distinctions are that whereas Focault sees the heterotopia as a site of potential political resistance at least that is how his comments are read today by many, Huizinga sees the play space as separate and transcendent -- autotelic as Bernard Suits might say.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • I have just written a paper for a discourse and culture conference which LINKS the notions of the magic circle and heterotopia.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • And whereas Foucault sees the heterotopia as reflecting, inverting, and interpenetrating dominant spaces, Huizinga sees play spaces as more dependent on boundaries and the independent creation of a new social order.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • Personally, I'd like to see a paper contrasting Huizinga's magic circle with Foucault's notion of the heterotopia.

    November 2007

  • Opening Reception: heterotopia sites of culture represented, contested and inverted my current Sales Practices Manual tells me I am not to be engaged in blogging activity

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  • For me Sir Toby's was a heterotopia that offers "tantalizing possibility" only if it veers into its own fragile realm between serious theology and the play of the imagination.

    open source theology - Comments

  • Congratulations, Shiert, you've passed through the portal and entered into the heterotopia poised between fact and fiction.

    open source theology - Comments


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  • Also a philosophical concept theorized by Michel Foucault. It refers to real places which are "something like counter-­‐sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality." (from his essay, "Of Other Places") Examples of heterotopias, from the same essay: cemeteries, ships, museums, libraries, brothels, and colonies.

    May 7, 2013

  • Haha! You slay yourself, u! :-D

    July 9, 2007

  • I'm sure there's an equivalent, somewhere... over the rainbow? :-P

    July 9, 2007

  • Sez you. ;-)

    July 9, 2007

  • I vote for the expected definition. Sounds like a fun place. ;-)

    July 9, 2007

  • I wouldn't have guessed that either, but when looking at the pronunciation it is completely different than what I would have expected.

    July 9, 2007

  • I wouldn't have guessed this word meant tissue out of place.

    July 9, 2007