Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Author. Geography Compass © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 6, Issue 12, pages 706–724, December 2012
How to Cite
Last, A. (2012), Experimental geographies. Geography Compass, 6: 706–724. doi: 10.1111/gec3.12011
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
The proliferation of the term ‘experimental’ in human geography has given rise to the question of how geographers experiment. Given the range of different examples - from explorations of sensory methods to attempts at transforming the role of publics in decision-making - it becomes clear that one cannot talk about a unified experimental geographical approach. While projects share common themes such as challenging methodological limitations or wishing to play a more active part in the ‘production of space’, they also show fundamental differences in their attitude towards knowledge-making and intervention in the world. A starting point for further research and debate, rather than a comprehensive survey, this article outlines themes, differences and productive tensions within the discourse, and highlights the need to examine the wider politics that experimental approaches are embedded in.