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Thinking with images in non-representational cities: vignettes from Berlin

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Abstract:

Thinking about and with images has long been central to the practice of geographical fieldwork. This paper considers how the participation of images in urban-based fieldwork might be understood in the wake of non-representational theories. Drawing upon our experience of co-teaching an urban-based field course in Berlin, we discuss three ways in which such theories allow us to make more of the participation of images in the thinking-spaces of urban fieldwork. Specifically, we consider how images afford opportunities for attending to everyday ecologies of materials and things; for thinking through the rhythms of urban environments; and for producing affective archives. In concluding we suggest that thinking with images in urban fieldwork can be understood as part of the elaboration of ecologies of non-representational ethico-aesthetic practices.

Keywords: Berlin; fieldwork; images; non-representational theory; photography; urban geography

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00868.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University College London, London WC1E 6BT 2: School of Geography, School of Geography and Environment, Oxford OX1 3QY, Email: derek.mccormack@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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