“Creativity, in short, has a whole set of geographies, and in turn creative practices produce geographies, they make places, shape the bodies, subjectivities and minds of those conducting them, and weave together communities and evolve environments.” Harriet Hawkins, Creativity (London: Routledge, 2017).
Across the Faculty, there are postgraduate researchers working – in different ways and in different disciplines – on the relationship between creativity and geography. Some of these researchers are thinking critically about the creative practices of artists and writers; whilst others are engaging with geographical thought to reflect on their own creative processes and procedures. We are hoping to bring together these researchers by setting up a new PGR reading group focusing – in the first instance, at least – on recent interdisciplinary research in creative geographies and the GeoHumanities.
The first informal meeting of the Creative Geographies reading group will be held in Righton 1.12 on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, between 3 and 5pm. The aim of this first meeting is simply to get people together to share interests and ideas. We will also spend time discussing how the reading group will work in terms of both content and logistics. If you have any PhD students working in these areas, I’d be most grateful if you could encourage them to send me an e-mail to register their interest. Similarly, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail if you have any questions of your own.
Dr David Cooper
Senior Lecturer in English
Department of English
Manchester Metropolitan University