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Speaking, feeling, mattering: Theatre as method and model for practice-based, collaborative, research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ruth Raynor



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2019.

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This paper examines uses of theatre for practice-based, collaborative, research. It brings a review of existing work and reflections on my own practice into dialogue with participatory geographies, studies of affect and geographies of bodily difference. This demonstrates in-depth and well-justified relationships between forms of practice and the spatial ways of knowing they engage; the surfacing of otherwise background conditions for critique and intervention; and relations between doing and thinking, as well as collaborating partners, that can open a field of possibilities. This is significant for the broader development and assessment of ‘creative’ or ‘artful’ collaborations in human geography, as I summarise in conclusion.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Raynor R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2019

Volume: 43

Issue: 4

Pages: 691-710

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 28/06/2018

Acceptance date: 15/05/2018

Date deposited: 29/06/2018

ISSN (print): 0309-1325

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0309132518783267


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