RHUL PGR Geography Forum 2023

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During the 2023 RHUL PGR Geography Forum, we presented on the following title: Disrupting Disembodiment: Towards Embodied and Bodily Methods in Feminist Political Geography and Beyond. The abstract was as follows:

Over the last twenty years, the development of a feminist political geography has seen scholarship continually reimagine who and what counts as a political subject, increasingly attending to elements and agents which have traditionally been ignored and hidden. Our own research sits squarely within this ongoing shift, engaging with the key tenets of scale, embodiment, and gender yet applying these to distinct subject matter. Indeed, on the surface, the UK landscape of menstrual justice and the more-than-human elements of the Korean Demilitarised Zone appear to have little in common; however, both of our projects similarly find bodies and embodiment at their core as they examine the geopolitical dimensions of these research contexts.

By thinking with our two projects, in this proposed paper we seek to demonstrate the diverse applications of, and engagements with embodiment and bodies in political geography. Reflecting on our research practice and, in particular our employment of creative methods, we highlight the multiple ways of exploring bodies and embodiment, the manifold contexts to which they may be applied, and the alternative insights which they might yield, especially in relation to those garnered through traditional methods. In doing so, we consider the potential directions of feminist political geography scholarship, emphasising the essential position of bodies and embodiment in future research. Moreover, this is aligned with broader commitments to interrogating who, what, and how knowledge is produced as well as complicating what counts as ‘political’ in political geography, thus challenging the disciplinary status quo.
Period19 Sept 2023
Event typeConference
LocationEgham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal