Critical engagements with creative geographies I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Sexuality and Space Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Aparna Parikh, Eden Kinkaid
Chairs: Eden Kinkaid


The creative (re)turn in geography has presented new opportunities to reflect on the place of arts practices and perspectives within geography (see Cresswell 2014; Eshun and Madge 2016; Hawkins 2011, 2013). The creative (re)turn represents both a renewed interest in recovering interdisciplinary and artistic practices within the history of the discipline and a desire to create new spaces, methods, and genres for critical-creative geographic scholarship.

Drawing on and further developing this creative (re)turn, this session will focus on recent debates from this emerging subfield concerning the politics of creative geographies. Despite the steady proliferation of scholarship within this subfield, “many geographers are producing creative work and understanding creative practices with little or no explicit reflection on or explanation of the politics of their work or the works’ political implications” (de Leeuw and Hawkins 2017, 308). Similarly, “creative expression produced by geographers has not been much examined for its potential for and as a form of political critique,” (Marston and de Leeuw 2013, iii). In recognition that every “turn” in geography has the potential to amplify or silence particular voices, challenge or reaffirm disciplinary norms, and produce particular forms of inclusion and exclusion, we invite critical discussion and debate on the political potentials of creative interventions in the discipline of geography.

We invite the participation of scholars/artists who are engaging creative methodologies and practices in their work, with particular emphasis on the following directions:

• Amplifying critical and creative knowledges, practices, aesthetics, and ethics of feminist, anti-racist, postcolonial/decolonial, queer, and indigenous scholars/practitioners within and outside of geography.
• Using creative methodologies and practices as a mode of critiquing, interrupting, and revising dominant forms of knowledge production in the discipline.
• Weaving creative methodologies into research approaches to contribute to forms of critical praxis, including but not limited to projects of social justice, public art, engaged pedagogy, community empowerment, etc.
• Employing creative geographies as a way to intervene in dominant disciplinary identities, histories, and spaces in geography, including the institutional spaces in which we work.
• Reflecting on the boundaries, exclusions, and political potentials of creative practice in geography.

Through these discussions, we hope to expand the horizon of creative geographies in new, inclusive, and radical directions and reflect on the meaning and potential of engaging the ‘creative’ as part of a critical geographic practice.

Works cited
Cresswell, T. (2014). Geographies of poetry/poetries of geography. cultural geographies, 21(1), 141-146.
De Leeuw, S., & Hawkins, H. (2017). Critical geographies and geography’s creative re/turn: poetics and practices for new disciplinary spaces. Gender, Place & Culture, 24(3), 303-324.
Eshun, G., & Madge, C. (2016). Poetic world-writing in a pluriversal world: a provocation to the creative (re) turn in geography. Social & Cultural Geography, 17(6), 778-785.
Hawkins, H. (2011). Dialogues and doings: sketching the relationships between geography and art. Geography Compass, 5(7), 464-478.
Hawkins, H. (2013). For creative geographies: Geography, visual arts and the making of worlds (Vol. 9). Routledge.
Marston, S. A., & De Leeuw, S. (2013). Creativity and geography: Toward a politicized intervention. Geographical Review, 103(2).
Pinder, D. (2008). Urban interventions: art, politics and pedagogy. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32(3), 730-736.


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Presenter Alice Cree*, Newcastle University, Lively geopolitics: Towards creative methodologies in critical military studies 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Christabel Devadoss*, Middle Tennessee State University , Postcolonial diaspora histories through family photographs 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Jin-Kyu Jung*, University of Washington-Bothell, Ted Hiebert*, University of Washington Bothell, Imagining the Details: Creative Geovisualization 20 2:10 PM
Discussant Harriet Hawkins Royal Holloway, University of London 20 2:30 PM

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