The third workshop in the RGS(IBG) Social & Cultural Geography Research Group sponsored material geographies series takes place on Friday 13th March at the University of Exeter (Streatham campus, Exeter), from 11am – 4pm in Amory 501.

This workshop will explore ‘Material Geographies: interdisciplinary perspectives’ through invited talks by speakers with other disciplinary backgrounds, small group ‘hands-on’ discussions, and discussant comments by speakers who are now geographers but have brought into the discipline understandings of materiality from their previous lives as artists, curators, and more.

Costs: £10 waged; free unwaged. Please download the registration form here and return it to us by 6th March and get in touch if you need hotel/B&B information.



10.30-11.00: Welcome, Registration & Coffee/Tea.

11.00-11.15: A brief Introduction by the organisers.

11.15-12.30: Opening talks (30 minutes), plus discussion:

» Robert Foster (Anthropology, Rochester), author of ‘Tracking globalisation’ in Tilley, C. et al (ed) (2006)  Handbook of material culture. London: Sage.
» Dan Hicks (Archaeology, Oxford), co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford handbook of material culture studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press (with Mary C. Beaudry).

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Small group discussions.
‘Hands-on’ object-led discussions involving all workshop participants. Please bring something that demonstrates your approach to materiality.

15.00-16.00: Discussion, kicked off by:
» Nigel Clark (Geography, Open) » Caitlin DeSilvey (Geography, Exeter)
» Kathryn Yusoff (Geography, Exeter) » Angela Last (Geography, Open)

16.00: De-materialisation!


For details about the first two workshops in this series, click the tab at the top of the page.


Ian Cook & John Wylie (workshop 3 organisers)

PS. Thanks also go to Exeter Geography’s Historical and Cultural and Governance, Ethics & Social Justice Research Groups for additional financial support.

[17th February 2009]