Call for papers: New Frontiers of Geographical knowledge and Practice

New frontiers of geographical knowledge and practice? Exploring creative methods and encounter Liz Bondi (Edinburgh), Hester Parr (Glasgow), Olivia Stevenson (Glasgow), Alette Willis (Edinburgh)

1 session slot sponsored by the SCGRG for the RGS-IBG conference, London, Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2013 (with an opening event on Tuesday 27 August 2013)

The aim of this session is to explore and show-case how creative and arts based encounters, acts, ways of knowing and exchanging knowledge are being currently utilised within the discipline of human geography.  The session allows for papers or performances that engage with a range of empirical materials, but with an accent on reflecting upon how geographers are creatively expanding ways of organising and engaging the research encounter and disseminating the knowledges that are accumulated within them. Artistic and theatrical and mediatised techniques, methods and tactics are increasingly common in a discipline which is newly energised to critically deliver its ‘impact’ performatively.

We want to ask: What is at stake here? What and how are these new techniques being utilised as ‘research methods’? How are traditional methodological concerns with inter-subjectivity and empathy being re-cast as a result? In regards to research dissemination and knowledge exchange – how is this creativity constituted and encountered with what intentions and outcomes? How are understandings of ‘research’ and ‘impact’ being challenged?

The session aims to learn from the differing experiences of those using diverse forms of arts based research methods and arts in public and ‘user’ engagement activities.

The call for papers is thus guided by the following question and themes, but not restricted by them:

  • What are creative and arts based research methods and why should they be used in human geography?
  • How can geographical knowledge be performance based and performative and with what effects/affects?
  • What genres are being used in geographical research and with what effects/affects?
  • What happens to ‘safe inter-subjective relations’ in creative and arts based research encounter and dissemination?
  • How does writing geographical research as scripts make a difference?
  • What is the role of the visual in creative research methods and dissemination

Creative and interactive methods of presentation are very welcome.

Further thematic guides:

  • Geography and the creative arts
  • Storying research for social purpose
  • Creative methods and the impact agenda
  • Representing everyday live through arts based approaches
  • Experimental practices
  • Audiencing and production
  • Performance
  • Transformative spaces of learning
  • Creative practice as a pedagogical tool

Please email abstracts of 250 words max to by 4th February, 2013.