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Surprise! Public historical geographies, user engagement and voluntarism

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posted on 19.04.2013, 08:26 by Sarah MillsSarah Mills
This paper aims to expand understandings of ‘public geographies’, not usually associated with historical geography, through considering voluntarism. It seeks to bring together debates on research practice, positionality and the ‘surprise’ instances of user engagement. To do so, it draws on two experiences and opportunities that emerged during my doctoral research in Wales on the cultural-historical geographies of scouting in Britain: first, curating an exhibition and second, cataloguing and ‘making’ an archive collection. Both of these were voluntary collaborative activities and outside ‘the research project’, and yet they shaped and influenced the research process in unique and unforeseen ways. Overall, the paper uses these examples as a way into exploring geographical debates on research users, non-academic communities and the role of the researcher as a volunteer.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Citation

MILLS, S., 2013. Surprise! Public historical geographies, user engagement and voluntarism. Area, 45 (1), pp. 16 - 22.

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing © The Author. Area © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Area [Blackwell Publishing © The Author. Area © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)] and the definitive version is available at: www.blackwell-synergy.com

ISSN

0004-0894

Language

en