Creative Geographies Reading Group


Creative Geographies Reading Group 2018/19

Term One: Has psychogeography had its day?

Creative Geographies is an interdisciplinary reading group – open to all students and staff – focusing on the relationship between spatial theories and creative practices. The aim is to provide an informal environment for the cross-disciplinary exploration of a range of creative projects and contemporary conceptual debates. At the same time, we hope that the Creative Geographies reading group will provide a platform for further interdisciplinary, and creative-critical, collaborations.

Meeting three times per term, the reading for the autumn term will focus on psychogeography. What is psychogeography? What are its roots? What has psychogeography come to mean in contemporary culture? Crucially, has psychogeography become an exhausted term?

In the first session, ‘Introducing Psychogeography’, we will attempt to lay down some foundations. We will primarily focus on ‘A Wander Through the Scene of British Urban Walking’: Tina Richardson’s introduction to the collection Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography (2015). We will also take a look at extracts from two contrasting psychogeographic accounts of Manchester: Iain Sinclair’s visit to the city in Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project (2011); and Morag Rose’s ‘Confessions of an Anarcho-Flâneuse or Psychogeography the Mancuian Way’ (2015).

In response to feedback we received earlier on in the year, the first session will be held in Cavendish 2.11 at 6pm on Monday, 8 October. To be sent copies of the reading for the first session, please e-mail David Cooper or Tina Richardson. Similarly, please e-mail David or Tina if you’re interested in joining the group but are unable to make it the meeting on 8 October.

The Creative Geographies reading group is open to all. We’d be really grateful, then, if colleagues could mention the group to any potentially interested postgraduate students.

Dr David Cooper (English) & Dr Tina Richardson (Manchester Fashion Institute) /

Future sessions for the autumn term:
Monday, 12 November
Monday, 10 December
All meetings will be held in Cavendish 2.11 and will begin at 6pm.


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