Creating Worlds Workshop (London, January 2013)

Here are details of a forthcoming event being organised by my friend and colleague Anja Kanngieser that I am contributing to.

Creating worlds: The affective spaces of experimental politics

Monday 14 January, 2013 Royal Holloway, Bedford Square, 2 Gower Street, WC1E 6DP. 10am-5pm

Geography has always been concerned with spatial and temporal ecologies productive of, and created through, political processes. Considerations of ‘political’ spaces and places – macro-political, global, micro-political and localised – are crucial to geographical research praxes, perhaps most especially to those hoping to conceive of alternative and imaginative pathways through the contemporary conditions of capital. Over the past decade, vocabularies of relationality and affect have been seeping into the more usual ethnographic and ‘grounded’ tropes that geography is known for. These vocabularies have placed an emphasis on the felt, shifting, sensed, complex, resonant aspects of how we live and work, inviting us to pose more questions than find answers, to remain flexible and mindful of the topological spaces and environments we inhabit and investigate. This has given rise to sometimes conflictive, sometimes enthusiastic dialogues that are becoming more popular with the opening of geography to less conventional methods and perspectives. Perhaps now more than ever, intersections are being forged through which we can experiment and speak about the political worlds we are implicated in.

This event seeks to bring together those exploring questions of how we live within, formulate, create and antagonise, spaces and places of politics: public and private, macro-political and micro-political. It is specifically interested in inviting conversation about spaces in which self-organisation occur, whereby people come together in some sort of common articulation. Moreover, what is of key interest is the ‘how’: how people come together in what kinds of spaces and places; what forces and desires inform these collective spaces, and how they are sustained; how spaces and subjects are processually entangled; how social reproduction occurs – the lines of class, gender, race, ability; and the ways spaces are differentiated, that is to say, how boundaries are performed. Rather than marking topographies of conventional ‘radical’ political sites, such as social centres, camps, protests, assemblies, allotments, workplaces, bookstores, what might be uncovered are the more messy affective and relational threads that run though them, and also far beyond them, and how we might even begin to apprehend and engage with them.

The day event will comprise of three round tables, each taking a particular conjunction as a starting point for interpretation and dialogue:

– spatiality and affect (Chair: Dr Anna Feigenbaum)

– spatiality and organisation (social reproduction) (Chair: Dr Fabian Frenzel)

– spatiality and politics (Chair: Dr Gavin Brown).

These conjunctions are in no way discrete, and many overlaps are anticipated. Each round table will be made up of 3-4 speakers, who are asked to formulate a response to the conjunction, whether that be in the form of a question, idea, inquiry, trajectory – the response may be as speculative or as pragmatic as desired. Ideally each speaker would include an experiential context in which to locate their response.

Each attending participant will be encouraged to bring one idea, or point of inquiry that they might like to discuss responding to the thematic conjunctions.

Each session will run for 80 minutes, and each speaker will be allocated 15-20 minutes for their response, there will be 20 minutes for general conversation following the speaker responses.

Attendance is limited to 30 people, please submit a short statement on why you would like to attend when registering your interest to Anja Kanngieser at anja.kanngieser@rhul.ac.uk

This event is part of a series associated with the Protest Camps: Experiments in Alternative Worlds project

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About Gavin Brown

Lecturer in Human Geography University of Leicester
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