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Monday, 22 June 2015

Relational geographies

Dr John Horton attended the Fifth International and Interdisciplinary conference on Emotional Geographies at the University of Edinburgh on 10-12 June 2015. The conference, which was attended by more than 250 delegates, aimed ‘to bring together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society’.

John collaborated with colleagues Dr. Matej Blazek (Loughborough University) and Professor Peter Kraftl (University of Leicester) to convene a strand of sessions focusing on Relational geographies of emotions/affects, childhood and youth. The sessions brought together researchers from diverse backgrounds with a shared interest in thinking about the complex emotional relationships which constitute children and young people’s everyday geographies in different contexts. Over the course of a really fascinating, thought-provoking day, researchers presented on topics as diverse as student houses, acne, the Scottish independence referendum, transitions out of Higher Education, Slovenian (non-)citizenship, dance lessons, volunteer tourism, Canadian student mobilities, and Catalonian heteronormativities.

Presenters showcased a wide range of creative, innovative research methods. For example, in an interesting presentation, Emma Kindell (Durham University) demonstrated the potential usefulness of new wearable digital video cameras for geographical research…  As you can see from the picture, John made a lovely model for this demonstration!

Dr John Horton models wearable digital video cameras,
whilst Emma Kindell (Durham University) explains how they can be used in research.

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