RGS-IBG20 Non-representational geographies: approaches, methods and practices

Sponsored by:

History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG)

Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG)

Session Conveners:

Amy C. Barron, The University of Manchester

amy.barron [at] manchester.ac.uk

Andrew S. Maclaren, The University of Aberdeen

a.s.maclaren [at] gmail.com

Abstract, outlining scope of session:

This session offers a space for discussion of existing and emerging research exploring non-representational geographies. Non-representational theories provide a springboard for exploring the affective geographies of a multitude of phenomena from ageing, to nationalism and geopolitics, to name but a few.  Various approaches, methods and theoretical lineages reflect and infuse the diversity of non-representational geographies, bringing together a concern for how places, subjectivities and identities are enacted, felt and mediated.  The session presents an opportunity to traverse and reconsider the ‘borders’ within social and cultural geography with respect to non-representational theories.  It provides a space to take stock of the development of the non-representational and associated thinking within and between subdisciplines. As well as research drawing on the established corpus of non-representational research, we are particularly interested in recent and innovative engagements with non-representational theories.

Topics in this session might include, but are not limited to:

–     How might those engaged with non-representational theories learn from other innovative frontiers within social and cultural geography and vice versa?

–     What non-representational geographies are emerging within the subdisciplines of geography, the arts and wider social sciences?

–     How has social and cultural geography sought to understand the ways in which places, subjectivities and identities are enacted, felt and mediated? How can this be furthered?

–     How are different bodies part of the nature of affective places/non-representational geographies?

–     How are/might scholars engage methodologically with non-representational theories?