“Geographer-artists: creative practice as research tool?” is a meeting in Seattle being organized by Dr Harriet Hawkins (University of Bristol) and Dr Phil Jones (University of Birmingham) for the 2011 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual conference. Papers are invited:

“The aim of this session is to explore the use of creative practice as geographical research method, critically engaging with the entwining of research and creative sensibilities. Artist-in-residence schemes and other, less formal, collaborations, have established the idea of scholars working alongside (and sometimes as) artists and other creative practitioners. While the outputs of these richly varied creative practices are increasingly visible through exhibitions, websites, performances, and academic papers, critical engagements with the practice, form, content, conduct and judgement of these hybrid projects are few and far between. This contrasts with other disciplines where there is more mature debate, for example, the use of documentary photography and visual culture by anthropologists and sociologists, and the ongoing debates around the relationship between literary studies and creative writing practices.”

Send abstracts or an outline of work to be performed/exhibited to Harriet Hawkins (h.hawkins@bristol.ac.uk ) or Phil Jones (p.i.jones@bham.ac.uk) by 8th October 2010.