This session brings together scholars who draw on, advance and empirically use non-representational theories and methodologies, in all their diversity. Non-representational theories serve as a springboard for exploring the affective geographies of a multitude of phenomena from ageing, to nationalism and geopolitics, to name a few. Various approaches, methods and theoretical lineages reflect and infuse this diversity, bringing together a concern for how places, subjectivities and identities are enacted, felt and mediated. The session also presents an opportunity for the ‘borders’ within the various subdisciplines of geography to be reconsidered with respect to non-representational theories and to reinforce the interrelations within and between subdisciplines in the use, development and engagement with this diversifying approach.
Topics in this session might include, but are not limited to:
– What non-representational geographies are emerging within the subdisciplines of geography, the arts and wider social sciences?
– How does place feature and matter in/to non-representational work?
– How are different bodies part of the nature of affective places/non-representational geographies?
– How are specific ‘types’ of places affective e.g. urban or rural places?
– How might scholars engage with the non-representational methodologically?
We are interested in engaging with perspectives from academics at all career stages.