Spaces of Consciousness 1: between states

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Steve Pile, Felicity Callard, Paul Kingsbury
Chairs: Felicity Callard


Spaces of consciousness variously organize and disorganize bodies; minds; living and non-living entities; and experience itself. How, then, do different states of consciousness trace interior and exterior geographies? And how can we understand the different ways that states of consciousness and spatialities are entwined, produced and experienced?

There are multiple ways in which spaces of consciousness carve distinctions between the human, non-human and in-human; between the animate and inanimate; between the material and the immaterial; between what gets counted as ‘inside’ and what ‘outside’; between what constitutes the phenomenological experience of the present, and that which is imagined to have already passed or as that which has yet to come. A rich array of practices – bodily, devotional, ideological, spiritual, aesthetic, affective, technological, imaginative – are and have been used to intensify, attenuate or otherwise transform spaces of consciousness. In the process, what constitutes ordinary and extraordinary experience – what constitutes 'being in the world' – is also transformed.

In this session, we are interested in expanding the theories, methods and empirics that are used to investigate, conceptualize and analyse experiences of consciousness and their spatialities. We want to keep unresolved what constitutes the ordinary and the extraordinary: how is the so-called extraordinary intimately held within the everyday, and how might we challenge usual ways of demarcating the quotidian from the exceptional? How, moreover, do these categorizations shift historically and geographically? Geographers have not been slow to think through the implications of consciousness, most recently through questions of attentiveness, awareness and the like. Yet, there are many more states of consciousness to be explored. In these sessions, we give voice to as many different ways of thinking through the entanglements of consciousness and spatiality as possible. This is not simply to generate a "shopping list" of types of consciousness and spaces, however. There is profound heterogeneity in how communities of practice, social movements, experts and academic disciplines have understood, worked with, and drawn boundaries around consciousness. These sessions explore the epistemological and political consequences of this heterogeneity.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Joshua Falcon*, Florida International University, Alterity and Psychedelic States of Consciousness 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Jesse Proudfoot*, University of Durham, Traumatic landscapes: Some geographies of addiction 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Valente Soto-Cortes*, University of Arizona, John Paul Jones III*, University of Arizona, Spaces of trauma among secondary witnesses to Mexican drug violence 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Ruth Wauters*, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, The influence of place-consciousness on macro and micro spatial practices and performances of highly educated migrants 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Felicity Callard Birkbeck, University of London 20 11:20 AM

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