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Work and wonder at the weekend: on emotions in feminist geographical praxis

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This article explores intersections between academic work and emotional work at a feminist geography reading weekend held by the Women and Geography Study Group of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers in the UK in 2006. It points to the importance of the fleeting, often unreported, spaces of feminist geographical praxis and of inserting these in our disciplinary histories. Using a performative textual strategy it offers a poly-vocal reflection on the complex, challenging and productive experiences of this kind of academic workspace. In so doing it contributes to feminist engagements with the practices of neo-liberal academia, to debates about the emotional geographies of feminist geographical work, and to discussions of the value of activities outside the norms of academia in providing potentially supportive and creative spaces for geographical praxis.

Keywords: academia; emotions; feminist geographical praxis; weekend; wonder

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, UK 2: Advocacy International, London, UK 3: Department of Geography, University College London, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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