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CeMoRe Seminar with Kaya Barry from Deakin, Australia

Date: 10 December 2013 Time: 4.30 to 6.00pm PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

Venue: Bowland North SR 23

Unpacking the material: packing a bag as a communal and collaborative experience

The process of packing a bag is an everyday activity during travel where many actors, both human and non-human, need to be carefully negotiated to achieve the task. A range of material, spatial and inter-personal interactions unfold that can foster processual, collaborative and communal experiences. As it evolves into a daily practice, objects are often conceived no longer as singular forms, rather they are transformed into fluid and malleable material substances. During these rigorous moments of interaction, materiality is set into motion and is collaboratively negotiated. A range of theoretical propositions spanning a wide range of disciplines point to the ways that materiality needs to be reconceptualised no longer as singular forms situated within specific representations. In doing so, this offers ways to rethink boundaries and interactions, presenting affirmative, global, and nomadic encounters for a multitude of actors and situations. Drawing on interviews and photographic documentation of tourists staying in hostelling accommodation, I will discuss the potential of material practices that develop during transit, in order to reveal an array of affective, relational situations that hold potential for collaborative forms of experience.

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Mobilities.Lab, Sociology

Keywords: Mobilities, Tourism, Travel

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