Tara Woodyer & co. have put together some very interesting papers at the RGS-IBG conference this summer, on “Ludic Geographies”.

Some very interesting stuff here, but in particular I’m interested in Tara’s abstract…. seems she has been doing some work on themes from Walter Benjamin.

Today I finally got round to starting the process of straightening out my material on Benjamin that I presented at the State of Play back in January… it all came out in a bit of a mess then but I hope to get it better structured and written up properly over the summer.

Material Sensibilities

I’m pleased to announce the line up for our sessions on Ludic Geographies for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in Edinburgh in July. It’s great to see the various ways people responded to our call for papers.


  • Playful vitality and ethical generosity: thinking and doing our worlds differently (Tara Woodyer, Portsmouth)
When playing one adopts an openness to the world in the moment, responding to not only the cognitively recognised but also the corporeally sensed. The reciprocal relations emerging within and through embodiment – a sensory being-in-the-world – allow people and things to be set free of cultural co-ordinates. Drawing on the philosophical writings of Benjamin, this paper explores how these embodied relations can awaken a ‘revolutionary consciousness’ – a realisation that our everyday worlds are enacted and can therefore be (re)made differently. This potential lies in the permeation of play by mimetic modes of behaviour, which do…

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    • Cheers Tara, great to have your comment. I’ll let you know when it’s tidied up! I was using some themes from Benjamin around childhood and the dialectical image, past/present/future, hope/redemption, vision and tactility… all very abstract and not quite sure what it had to do with play… :-)

      I like the fact that you are taking a critical stance to Benjamin, I must admit I was reading him very straight and having enough trouble with that let alone reading critically.


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