This session forms an important part of my ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Future Research Leader award, investigating: ‘Harnessing enthusiasm: ecosocialities and citizens as early-warning systems’. The project involves developing a research network between the UK and Australia/New Zealand (for starters!) on enthusiasm. I’d really like to hear from researchers/geographers working in this area – or who see links with this work. My empirical work is focussing on public participation in and enthusiasm for citizen science in relation to tree health, pests and diseases. I have previously researched in the areas of technology enthusiasm, environmental volunteering, architectural enthusiasm and lay knowledges of weather. I will be in Australia between end of May 2014 to just after the conference in June.
CFP Geographies of Enthusiasm
2014 Joint conference of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) and the New Zealand Geographical Society being held June 30th – July 2nd at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading, UK (and paperwork permitting: Visiting Fellow, AUSSCER, University of Wollongong)).
Enthusiasm has been described as an emotional affiliation to a particular activity, cause or interest that influences people’s actions, passions and performances in space (Geoghegan 2013). It is possible to argue that enthusiasm is central to the discipline of geography, motivating geographers to satisfy their curiosity, create new fields and transform worlds (Woodyer and Geoghegan 2013). Enthusiasm is present in our scholarship, as much as in our teaching.
Expanding on recent work in the areas of curiosity (Phillips 2013) and love (Morrison, Johnston and Longhurst 2013), this session takes ‘enthusiasm’ as its focus to develop and debate the place of enthusiasm in our research, for geographers and participants.
Speakers might consider, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Enthusiasm as leisure and/or work
• Individual and/or collective enthusiasm and/or curiosity
• Enthusiasm as part of the research process
• Enthusiasm as aesthetic, religion, fanaticism
• Enthusiasm as affect, attitude, emotion, feeling and/or mood
• Being over-enthusiastic
• More-than-human enthusiasm
• Enthusiasm as motivation, as participation
• Being apathetic, unenthusiastic, only a little bit interested
• Amateur, volunteer, professional communities of enthusiasm
• Ambivalence (love and hatred) and/or enchantment (charming and uncanny)
• Seriosity (the quality or state of being serious, now esp. in a pompous or affected way; (excessive) seriousness.)
• Enthusiasm as theory and/or method (in both human and physical geography)
* Geoghegan, H. (2013). Emotional geographies of enthusiasm: belonging to the Telecommunications Heritage Group. Area, 45: 40–46
* Morrison, C. A., Johnston, L., & Longhurst, R. (2013). Critical geographies of love as spatial, relational and political. Progress in Human Geography, 37: 505-521
* Phillips, R. (2013). Space for curiosity. Progress in Human Geography, DOI: 0309132513506271.
* Woodyer, T., & Geoghegan, H. (2013). (Re) enchanting geography? The nature of being critical and the character of critique in human geography. Progress in Human Geography, 37(2), 195-214.
Further information: please email me h.geoghegan[at]reading.ac.uk
Format: standard paper session – 6 papers
Keywords: Enthusiasm, Curiosity, Motivation, Research