Creative Experiments in Making Worlds

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Geography

Abstract

The Postdoctoral Fellowship has been awarded for the dissemination of dissertation research into academic publications and forums. The research investigates an experimental mode of politics, defined as a “performative encounter”. The performative encounter is a participatory, creative practice that invites people into collective action and exchange within everyday contexts. Key to the performative encounter are the ways it both affects our understandings of ourselves as political actors, and our relationships to the everyday spaces and contexts we inhabit, and allows us to forge new communities and networks.



Through analysing three contemporary case studies, the research shows how performative encounters have been used to address issues of precariousness in work and living conditions, debates around citizenship and migration, and the increasing neo-liberalisation of higher education.



The aims of the Fellowship are to enable publication of the research as a monograph, and two journal publications. A one-day research and practice event will take place inviting geographers and creative practitioners to engage with the intersections of geography, radical politics and community building. The research will be further communicated through presentation at conferences in the disciplines of geography and performance studies.

Publications


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Kanngieser A (2013) Tracking and tracing: geographies of logistical governance and labouring bodies in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Kanngieser A (2014) What is a research platform? Mapping methods, mobilities and subjectivities in Media, Culture & Society
Kanngieser A (2013) Introduction in Parallax
Kanngieser A (2013) Nanopolitics Handbook
 
Description As the Fellowship was awarded for the publication of a monograph based on research arising from a PhD, the award was focused on making existing research accessible to a range of publics and developing my academic career. The grant developed ways to open dialogue between disciplines and audiences about the importance of creative and artistic methods for dealing with social and political issues around housing, work, migration and education. Through a combination of academic publications, academic and public workshops and public presentations I found that there is a lot of interest in finding different ways to engage communities to work together on common challenges.
Exploitation Route My findings are interdisciplinary, appealing to a range of scholars across the arts and humanities - this is seen in the breadth of publication and presentation forums in which the work has been presented. The findings can contribute to further understandings of how creative and artistic methods can be employed to help open lines of communication between diverse participants and audiences in times of social and political tension. As such they have relevance not only to academic cohorts, but also those working in social justice movements and in community and non-governmental organisations.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
 
Description The findings and outputs enabled by the award of the Post Doctoral Fellowship have been used for ameliorating the public outreach of my research and its key themes and furthering my academic career. The Fellowship consolidated research on the importance of collective community engagement in social and political organising, using creative methods. Following from the award I have been granted further funding for an ESRC Festival of Social Science public workshop, a British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Grant for developing a new method influenced by the findings of the Post Doctoral award and I have secured a permanent Lectureship post. The monograph arising from the award has been allocated as a core text for an MA course at a high ranking research university (Sociology Department Goldsmiths College); publications from the Fellowship have been cited in interdisciplinary monographs.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science
Amount £1,147 (GBP)
Funding ID Grant 212 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 11/2013 
End 12/2013
 
Description Protest Camps Network 
Organisation Bournemouth University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Protest Camps Network was established by a group of researchers looking at the recent phenomenon of protest camps and the use of public space. From my research I contributed knowledge on creative forms of protest and organisation. I organised a one day public workshop funded by the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Collaborator Contribution My partners have contributed room space, advertising and marketing resources, and opportunities for international networking and idea exchange.
Impact 'Creating worlds together: A workshop on Experimentations and Protest Camps'. Public workshop. Birkbeck College, University of London, 2 November, 2013 'The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art'. Tate Modern, London, 16 February 2013 'Creating worlds: The affective spaces of experimental politics'. Day conference. Royal Holloway, Bedford Square, London, 14 January, 2013
Start Year 2012
 
Description Protest Camps Network 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Protest Camps Network was established by a group of researchers looking at the recent phenomenon of protest camps and the use of public space. From my research I contributed knowledge on creative forms of protest and organisation. I organised a one day public workshop funded by the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Collaborator Contribution My partners have contributed room space, advertising and marketing resources, and opportunities for international networking and idea exchange.
Impact 'Creating worlds together: A workshop on Experimentations and Protest Camps'. Public workshop. Birkbeck College, University of London, 2 November, 2013 'The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art'. Tate Modern, London, 16 February 2013 'Creating worlds: The affective spaces of experimental politics'. Day conference. Royal Holloway, Bedford Square, London, 14 January, 2013
Start Year 2012
 
Description Creating radical political economies through communicating differently 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Around 70 academics from Geography and related social science and humanities disciplines attended, and given the interdisciplinary nature of the talk several questions were asked about the new methods developed through the project.




Postgraduate students arranged for a meeting with me afterwards to discuss bringing creative methods into geographical research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/AbstractDetail.cfm?AbstractID=49595
 
Description Creating worlds : the affective spaces of experimental politics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Academics from disciplines of geography, media, arts and social sciences met to discuss different strategies for community organising

Development of Protest Camps Research Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Letting Atmospheres Speak 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 80 students and academics attended, a lot of discussion was resultant from the presentation

I was asked to contribute a chapter to a forthcoming book
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Resonant Bodies Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact My paper generated discussion on the role of voice and sound in geography

Ongoing collaboration with some organisers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.ici-berlin.org/event/532/
 
Description The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Opened up conversations on art and politics with public audiences

Was asked to contribute to official documentation of international arts groups
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/conference/politics-social-contemporary-art
 
Description The governance of voice: technologies of control and 'other media' studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The talk sparked discussion between geography and media PhD students

I was asked to help a student on a PhD project connected to their dissertation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Voices Along the Supply Chain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Academics and industry professionals came together to share knowledge on logistics industries, which led to extended discussion and new collaborations forming

Formation of new collaborations and industry linkages
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013