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  • Writer's pictureMeghann Ormond

What can we do with Geography?

Updated: Dec 18, 2019

I'm really looking forward to talking about the work I'm doing as part of the Roots Guide project during the two-part Conveying Geographical Collaborations: Display, Curate and Create session organised by Ebba Högström (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden) and Cheryl McGeachan (University of Glasgow, UK) at the 2019 RGS-IBG this August in London.

Session description: Geography’s long-standing relationship with working with - often marginalised - individuals, groups and communities has led to a diverse set of practices around the communication of research ideas. The growth of interest in developing creative conversations regarding the coming together of geographical knowledges and practice (Hawkins et al, 2015) in conjunction with the development of collaborative and public geographies (Craggs et al, 2013; Fuller and Askins, 2010) leads the discipline to question the range of ways in which ideas and practices come together. How do we as geographers do to engage with the world and to collaborate with others? How do we do to translate research ideas and make them travel? Which methods of displaying, curating and creating do we use and why? This session seeks to bring together those interested in sharing the ways in which they have worked in collaboration to display, curate and create research ideas. In doing so, this session seeks to chart some of the hopeful geographies of research collaboration alongside the complications and difficulties embedded in these types of projects.


Part I - Wednesday 28 August 2019, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)

1. Negotiating ‘difficult’ historical geographies: collaborative approaches to researching and displaying histories of transatlantic slavery in UK rural heritage sites - Susanne Seymour (University of Nottingham, UK)

2. A Public Home for a Personal Collection: Collaborating with the Art Extraordinary Collection - Claire Coia (Glasgow Museums, UK)

3. Art; Collaboration and Urban Activism - Joe Painter (Durham University, UK)

4. Action Archive: Exploring common rooms through embodied methods of oral history - Meike Schalk (KTH, Sweden); Sara Brolund de Carvalho (ArkDes, Sweden) (presenter); Helena Mattsson (KTH, Sweden)

5. Collaborating to curate a ‘difficult’ natural history museum collection - Edward Cole (University of Bristol, UK)

Part II - Wednesday 28 August 2019, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)

1. Composing with Heat and Noise: Collaborative Poetic Geographies in Responsive Media Environments - Jonathan Bratt (Arizona State University, USA); Garrett Laroy Johnson (Arizona State University, USA)

2. Curating Caribbean-Scottish Connections: Conversing; Tracing and Representing Journeys - Susan Mains (University of Dundee, UK)

3. Nostrum est creare mundum, The world is ours to create (it is our duty to create the world): Geography Workshop and radio production - Jo Norcup (University of Glasgow, UK) (presenter)

4. The dead can’t consent: the ethics of display in exhibitions on psychiatric care - Elizabeth Gagen (Aberystwyth University, UK)

5. Roots Guide: Tourism and counter-mapping - Meghann Ormond (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

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