Spaces of Consciousness 3: ordinary extraordinary

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 10, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Steve Pile, Paul Kingsbury, Felicity Callard
Chairs: Paul Kingsbury


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 Francesca Fois*, Aberystwyth University, Affective atmospheres of shamanic expanded state of consciousness 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Steve Pile*, The Open University, A World for Spirit: unconscious communication and the creation of a space for affectual forms 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Felicity Callard*, Birkbeck, University of London, The shapes of a daydream 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Charles Carlin*, University of Wisconsin, Storytelling, listening, and initiation into an animate landscape 20 4:20 PM
Discussant Paul Kingsbury Simon Faser University 20 4:40 PM

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