Affect and Place meaning of contested urban sites
Full project title: Affect and Place meaning in contested urban sites
Project duration: August 2013 - July 2014
Funder: UWE Bristol (SPUR programme)
Project leader for SPE: Dr Michael Buser
- Bearpit Improvement Group
- David Hopkinson (digital artist)
This project develops a performative, post-phenomenological study of ‘place’. While similar methods are common in arts and humanities, they have not gained a foothold in social science or planning.
Drawing on innovations in cultural geography, feminist theory and the new materialism where humanist accounts have been criticised for overvaluing language and discourse (to the neglect of non-human forces), the investigation involves a reading of place experience where matter and meaning are mutually articulated and where the more-than-human is agential.
As part of the SPUR work, we ran three sessions on methods in postphenomenology. The series brought together over 40 academics and artists to discuss creative approaches to studying place, space and social change.