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Volume 71, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 71, 283–301, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-283-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: Special Edition Social Geography: Natur, Gesellschaft, Materialität:...

Geogr. Helv., 71, 283–301, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-283-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 24 Oct 2016

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Non-representational thinking: Methodologische Überlegungen anhand des Bonner Sperrmüllassemblages

Erik Bertram Erik Bertram
  • Geographisches Institut, Universität Bayreuth, Germany

Abstract. This paper undertakes a creative exploration of bulky rubbish [sperrmüll] in the City of Bonn by expanding on and utilising what has come to be known as non-representational thinking. Through a non-representational engagement with sperrmüll, I shed light on waste as a significant human-nonhuman ecology as it appears in an especially routinised manifestation in urban space. In doing so, the paper contributes to a discussion about enacting non-representational methodologies within German-speaking human geography. Here, there are three methodological interventions for a non-representational endeavour: (1) interfering, (2) material thinking, and (3) writing and presentation. These interventions are supported by revisiting Deleuze and Guattari's notion of assemblage; using it as a way to attend to sperrmüll as an area-sized fabrication connecting humans and various other materialities, and which directs thought towards a wide array of agencies. In conclusion, non-representational perspectives are advanced as a way to expose the affective ecologies that enable certain actions and hamper others.

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This paper undertakes a creative exploration of bulky rubbish [sperrmüll] in the City of Bonn by expanding on and utilising what has come to be known as non-representational thinking. Through this engagement, it is possible to see sperrmüll as an area-sized fabrication connecting humans and various other materialities. These perspectives are advanced as a way to expose that certain ecologies enable certain actions and hamper others.
This paper undertakes a creative exploration of bulky rubbish [sperrmüll] in the City of Bonn...
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