Visual Approaches to the City: Mediating Everyday Landscapes

Cuch, Laura and Stansfeld, Katherine. 2018. 'Visual Approaches to the City: Mediating Everyday Landscapes'. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018. Cardiff, United Kingdom 28-31 August 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Three-session panel at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 in Cardiff.

This panel focuses on papers that use visual approaches to research the ways in which people and communities navigate and make sense of urban localities and their changing environments; as well as how they build a sense of belonging in the city. Due to heightening urban change, transformation and migration across the world, urban life is becoming increasingly varied, complex and intertwined (Smith, 2001, Soja, 2000, Keith, 2014). As such, increasingly geographers are recognising the potential of creative methodologies (Hawkins, 2013) to gain a nuanced understanding of complex social and cultural landscapes in the city. In particular, there is a growing interest in geography in visual urbanism and audio-visual approaches to the study of the everyday city (Oldrup and Carstensen, 2012, Hunt, 2014) to uncover issues around identity and the way difference is negotiated and lived. We are particularly interested in bringing together academics, photographers, filmmakers, artists and creative practitioners to explore the insights different audio and visual approaches can give us on contemporary global and ordinary cities and the narratives people and communities shape around place.

The panel also includes papers that critically examine the interplay and relationship between people’s narratives and experiences and how they are produced, presented and meditated through visual and creative practices. Participatory and visual approaches can often shed light on personal or cultural experiences, or understandings of community and landscapes of belonging in unique and engaging ways. As participants are often familiar with genres of visual practice, these creative approaches have the potential to explore issues and mediate research in ways that are different from other social sciences methods, allowing for distinct narratives to unfold and develop. This session will encourage reflection and dialogue on how visual approaches can respond to and engage with an ever-shifting and multiple urban milieu.

Session 1: Visual approaches to the city: mediating everyday landscapes - Producing the Urban (sponsored).

Session 2: Visual approaches to the city: mediating everyday landscapes - Exploring identities, belonging and everyday practices.

Session 3: Visual approaches to the city: mediating everyday landscapes - Interpreting cartographies

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Visual methods, urban psyco-geographies, identities, belonging, everyday landscapes, personal cartographies.

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31 August 2018Completed

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

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28-31 August 2018

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29 Nov 2023 10:56

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30 Nov 2023 19:01


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