A few reflections on the AAG

Rachael Squire with some thoughts on the AAG meeting in Chicago, including on the sessions I organised with Gastón Gordillo.

I recently got back from the AAG and thought I would share a few reflections on my time in Chicago. Having never been to an AAG conference, I was slightly surprised by the scale of it. On the first day alone, over 90 sessions ran alongside each other. It was big, perhaps to the point of being counterproductive, but it certainly meant that there was lots of take in and learn from as around 9000 ‘mobile human actors’ descended on the Hyatt hotel with their ‘particular epistemic baggage’ (see Craggs and Mahony)

The majority of sessions I attended (and the one I participated in) had a distinctly elemental theme. Pip Thornton from Royal Holloway, and myself, both presented in the second of two sessions on Terrain (organised by Stuart Elden and Gastón Gordillo). Stuart Elden introduced the theme, commenting on how terrain as a concept and practice tends…

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