Cultural Geography

At UNSW Canberra, we are committed to producing geographical research capable of apprehending transformative social and cultural processes on the very cusp of their emergence. We see conceptual and methodological innovation as central to the task of articulating tomorrow’s research agendas in ways that push beyond or ‘problematise’ established habits of thinking. Our cultural geography group is currently exploring problematizations in relation to three core research strengths:

Material environments of socio-technical innovation

Contributing to debates within new materialism, science and technology studies, and post-humanism, we explore how techno-scientific advances are transforming the materiality of social and cultural life in ways that ask new questions about what it means to be human. Of key concern are the material transformations made possible in and through the spatiality of computational processes, including the emerging landscapes of automation, algorithmic design, digital fabrication, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence.

Performance, bodies, and the new science of behaviour

At UNSW Canberra, we ask questions about the performative production of sensation, meaning and knowledge across a variety of intersecting spatial registers, from the micro-gestures of moving bodies to the cultural embodiment of digitally mediated sensations. Our research around bodily training and simulation, improvisation, fashion, and humour are generating significant insights into the new science of behaviour emerging today. The group has a strong background in post-structuralism and Non-Representational Theory (NRT), with expertise in conceptualisations of affect, performativity, habit, embodiment and feminist theory.

Spaces of aesthetic experiment

Geographers at UNSW are generating novel insights into the role of aesthetic practices and techniques in the production of new modes of experience, perception and thought. Specific areas of interest here include the new spaces of aesthetic encounter emerging at the interface of art and science; the processual dynamics of creativity and creative expression; and the impact of new technologies on embodied capacities of sense-making. Work in this area has involved collaborations with practitioners and communities beyond the academy, including bioartists (the Tissue Culture and Art Project; the Alternate Anatomies Lab), architects (ETH Zurich), art-science collectives (danceroom spectroscopy) and arts-based community organisations (Up Our Street; Urban Living Partnership UK).

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Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Refrains of Lost Time: Collapse, Refrain, Abstract', in Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, pp. 88 - 98

Jellis T; Gerlach J; Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Introduction: For Better and For Worse', in Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, pp. 1 - 11

Dewsbury J-D, 2019, 'Foreword: Civic Space and Desire: after Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari', in Civic Spaces and Desire, Routledge, pp. xvii – xxi

Keating TP, 2019, 'Pre-individual affects: Gilbert simondon and the individuation of relation', Cultural Geographies, vol. 26, pp. 211 -226,

Keating TP, 2019, 'Imaging', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Lapworth, A, 2019, ‘Gilbert Simondon and the Technical Mentalities and Transindividual Affects of Art-Science, Body & Society,

Lapworth A, 2019, 'Guattari and the Micropolitics of Cinema: The Desiring-Machines of Satoshi Kon', in Jellis T; Gerlach J; Dewsbury J-D (ed.), Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics, Routledge, pp. 187 - 201

Lapworth A, 2019, 'Sensing', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Roberts T, 2019, 'In Pursuit of Necessary Joys: Deleuze, Spinoza, and the Ethics of Becoming Active', GeoHumanities, vol. 5, pp. 124 - 138,

Roberts T, 2019, 'Guattari's incorporeal materialism: from individuation to aesthetics (and back again)', in Jellis T; Gerlach J; Dewsbury JD (ed.), Why Guattari? a Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology, edn. Routledge Studies in Human Geography, Routledge

Roberts T, 2019, 'Writing', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Sharpe S, 2019, 'Untoward laughter and the micropolitical: social action, politics and the will after the sovereign subject', Cultural Geographies

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Williams N, 2019, 'Listening', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Williams N; Patchett M; Lapworth A; Roberts T; Keating T, 2019, 'Practising post-humanism in geographical research', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Roberts T, 2018, 'Resituating post-phenomenological geographies: Deleuze, relations and the limits of objects', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Nelson JK; Hynes M; Sharpe S; Paradies Y; Dunn K, 2018, 'Witnessing Anti-White ‘Racism’: White Victimhood and ‘Reverse Racism’ in Australia', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 39, pp. 339 - 358,

Sharpe S, 2018, 'Pluralising affect: Encountering Ben Anderson's Encountering Affect', DIALOGUES IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, vol. 8, pp. 225 - 228,

Lapworth A, 2017, 'For a Transversal Art-Science', in Scientist-in-Residence Program: A New Approach to Art-Science, Gluon, Brussels, pp. 9 - 13

Roberts T, 2017, 'Thinking technology for the Anthropocene: Encountering 3D printing through the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon', Cultural Geographies, vol. 24, pp. 539 - 554,

Dewsbury JD, 2016, 'Engaging an infinity in actuality: Exposing political space in the authority of experience itself', in Authority, Experience and the Life of Power, pp. 139 - 145

Lapworth A, 2016, 'Cinema, thought, immanence: Contemplating signs and empty spaces in the films of Ozu', Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, vol. 3, pp. 13 - 31,

Williams N, 2016, 'Creative processes: From interventions in art to intervallic experiments through Bergson', Environment and Planning A, vol. 48, pp. 1549 - 1564,

Cook S; Davidson A; Stratford E; Middleton J; Plyushteva A; Fitt H; Cranston S; Simpson P; Delaney H; Williams N; Evans K, 2016, 'Co-Producing Mobilities: negotiating geographical knowledge in a conference session on the move', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 40, pp. 340 - 374,

Dewsbury JD, 2015, 'Guattari’s resingularization of existence: Pooling uncertainties', Dialogues in Human Geography, vol. 5, pp. 155 - 161,

Dewsbury JD, 2015, 'Non-representational landscapes and the performative affective forces of habit: from ‘Live’ to ‘Blank’', Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, pp. 29 - 47,

Dewsbury JD; Bissell D, 2015, 'Habit geographies: the perilous zones in the life of the individual', Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, pp. 21 - 28,

Lapworth A, 2015, 'Theorizing Bioart Encounters after Gilbert Simondon', Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 33, pp. 123 - 150,

Lapworth A, 2015, 'Habit, art, and the plasticity of the subject: the ontogenetic shock of the bioart encounter', Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, pp. 85 - 102,

Lapworth A, 2015, 'Beyond Bifurcation: Thinking the Abstractions of Art-Science after A. N. Whitehead', Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology

Hynes M; Sharpe S, 2015, 'Habits, style and how to wear them lightly', cultural geographies, vol. 22, pp. 67 - 83,

Hynes M; Sharpe S, 2015, 'Affect', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 20, pp. 115 - 129,

Sharpe S; Hynes M, 2015, 'Black-faced, red faces: the potentials of humour for anti-racist action', Ethnic and Racial Studies

Dewsbury JD, 2014, 'Inscribing thoughts: The animation of an adventure', Cultural Geographies, vol. 21, pp. 147 - 152,

Roberts T, 2014, 'From things to events: Whitehead and the materiality of process', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 32, pp. 968 - 983,

Sharpe S; Dewsbury JD; Hynes M, 2014, 'The minute interventions of Stewart Lee', Performance Research, vol. 19, pp. 116 - 125,

Sharpe S, 2014, 'Potentiality and Impotentiality in J. K. Gibson-Graham', Rethinking Marxism, vol. 26, pp. 27 - 43,