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Walking Workshop: The Transient Convergence of Place Dr Jon Anderson. Cardiff University.
<ul><li>Critique of the ‘modern’ constitution (Latour, 1993) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontological separation of ‘humans’ from...
<ul><li>Constitution of an ‘amodern’ world? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relati...
<ul><li>Shift from ontological  stability  to ontological  instability </li></ul><ul><li>World of flows and connections  <...
Emerging Place <ul><li>Place as transient convergence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of humans, non-humans, embodied practices, cul...
<ul><li>“ If you walk up, say, a dry arroyo in the Sonoran Desert you will feel a mounding and rolling of sand and silt be...
<ul><li>Relational sensibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>emotion registered within a human being, but produced through the co-...
<ul><li>“ We ought to say of [place] not only – this is what it looks like, but, this is how I feel it” (Watson, 1983:392)...
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Cardiff walking seminar 11june09

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Cardiff walking seminar 11june09

  1. 1. Walking Workshop: The Transient Convergence of Place Dr Jon Anderson. Cardiff University.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Critique of the ‘modern’ constitution (Latour, 1993) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontological separation of ‘humans’ from ‘place’, ‘mind’ from ‘body’ etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disciplines the ‘multitudinous, churning, spewing energies’ of the world (after Philo, 2005:826) into discrete conceptual categories – filing cabinets to use the analogy of Barnes (2005) – affixed with labels such as ‘ humans ’, ‘ economy ’, ‘ culture ’, ‘ nature ’, and ‘ place ’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet: “we have never been ‘modern’” (Latour, 1993) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Constitution of an ‘amodern’ world? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Actor Network Theory (Callon, 1986; Latour, 1999) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. socionature (Swyngedouw, 1999) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. hybrids (Latour, 1993; Haraway, 1991) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ in the real world everything is continuously ‘interfered with’ by everything else” (Lewis, 1969:45). </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Shift from ontological stability to ontological instability </li></ul><ul><li>World of flows and connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>of ‘beings’ that are really ‘becomings’ (Whatmore, 2002) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of ‘entities’ that are really ‘entities/processes (to use the words of Harvey, 1996) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of ‘noun chunks’ that are really ‘verbs’ (to use the words of Laurier & Philo, 1999) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ things’ are really mergers and emergings </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Emerging Place <ul><li>Place as transient convergence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of humans, non-humans, embodied practices, cultural and environmental context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place ‘involved in the action and cannot be divorced from it’ (Tilley, 1994:10) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ If you walk up, say, a dry arroyo in the Sonoran Desert you will feel a mounding and rolling of sand and silt beneath your foot that is distinctive. You will anticipate the crumbling of the sedimentary earth in the arroyo bank as your hand reaches out, and in that tangible evidence you will sense a history of water in the region. Perhaps a black-throated sparrow lands in a paloverde bush – the resiliency of the twig under the bird, that precise shade of yellowish-green against the milk-blue sky, the fluttering whir of the arriving sparrow..... Draw on the smell of creosote bush, or clack stones together in the dry air. Feel how light is the dessicated dropping of the kangaroo rat. Study an animal track obscured by the wind. These are all elements of the land, and what makes the landscape comprehensible are the relationships between them. One learns a landscape finally not by knowing the name or identity of everything in it, but by perceiving the relationships in it – like that between the sparrow and the twig” (Lopez, 1989:64). </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Relational sensibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>emotion registered within a human being, but produced through the co-constitution of that human within a transient convergence of place </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ We ought to say of [place] not only – this is what it looks like, but, this is how I feel it” (Watson, 1983:392). </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy of convergence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational sensibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompts political action? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates methodological opportunity? </li></ul></ul>

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