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Title: Surprise! Public historical geographies, user engagement and voluntarism
Authors: Mills, Sarah
Keywords: Social Sciences
User engagement
Public geographies
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing © The Author. Area © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Citation: MILLS, S., 2013. Surprise! Public historical geographies, user engagement and voluntarism. Area, 45 (1), pp. 16 - 22.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/area.12001
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12144
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12001
ISSN: 0004-0894
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