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Packing as practice: creative knowledges through material interactions

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kaya Barry
Contemporary travellers are presented with a range of material, spatial, bodily and environmental interactions, and may use these to develop experiential modes of creative knowledge production. The study of tourism has had many recent calls for a greater awareness to the interactions between humans and non-humans, particularly the importance of material encounters we have in-transit.

Examining the process of packing a bag, this paper advocates the need for a greater understanding of materiality within travel processes that leads to collaborative and creative knowledges. In addition the process of packing a bag evolves into a creative practice that facilitates a series of strategies that assist in reconceptualising traditional notions of materiality. A rethinking of material interactions presents affirmative, global, and nomadic encounters for a multitude of actors and situations. In the rigorous, daily process of packing, objects are transformed into fluid, malleable forms – as a mass of material that is being collaboratively negotiated.

A range of interdisciplinary propositions, such as Bruno Latour’s collective action and Rosi Braidotti’s nomadic theory, suggest how we may conceive of objects not as singular forms situated within specific representations. These theories open up methods of embodied and situated knowledge production that informs how we, as global citizens, shift between individual and collective modes of experience. Drawing on interviews and photographic documentation of travellers, this paper discusses the potential of creative practices to reveal an array of affective, relational situations that hold potential for collaborative forms of knowledge production.

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Event

Welcoming encounters: tourism research in a postdisciplinary era (2013 : Neuchatel, Switzerland)

Pagination

25 - 36

Publisher

London Educational Travel Foundation

Location

Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Place of publication

London, England

Start date

2013-06-19

End date

2013-06-22

ISBN-13

9780956349422

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Editor/Contributor(s)

W Feighery

Title of proceedings

Welcoming encounters: tourism research in a postdisciplinary era : Conference Proceedings

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