Dr Julian Brigstocke

Dr Julian Brigstocke

Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

Email:
brigstockej@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6085
Location:
Room 2.91, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT
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I am a cultural geographer and social theorist. My research interests are oriented around the relationships between geography and aesthetics. This includes geographies of art and creative practice, but also the aesthetics of social forms, and the poetics of knowledge. In particular, I focus on the aesthetics of authority, and therefore (because authority is usually tied to claims upon the future), on experiences of futurity.

I am currently completing a monograph provisionally titled The Forms of Authority. The book explores the 'crisis of authority' - an experience of temporal disorientation and futurelessness - in modernity through a number of historical and contemporary case studies in Europe and the global south, from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Opera House of Paris. It links the question of authority (an affective, ambiguous modality of power that draws its force from varying forms of transcendence) to the problem of form. In doing so, the book experiments with using alternative narrative and visual forms in order to construct distinct forms of geographical knowledge. The book focuses on the ways in which spaces and landscapes of authority generate (or fail to generate) meaningful relationships between past, present and future.

I have an interest in a broad range of contemporary theoretical debates, including new materialisms, affect theory, and post-humanist theory. I am also increasingly turning to the thought of figures within or loosely associated with the Frankfurt School, including Adorno, Kracauer, Simmel, Arendt, Negt and Kluge, and Benjamin, in order to understand the potential role of theory in catastrophic times.

Earlier research was published as a monograph titled The Life of the City: Space, Humour and the Experience of Truth in fin-de-siecle Montmartre (Ashgate, 2014). This book offers an historical geographical account of the politics of aesthetics in the artistic and political counter-cultures of late 19th century Paris. In particular, it explores the role of experimental writing and performance in contesting dominant biopolitical experiences of urban vitality and liveliness.

I also have an interest in experimental forms of participatory practice, and have published research on participatory arts and mental health, as well as leading a project on participatory practice and more-than-human agency.

I am part of a research collective called the Authority Research Network (ARN). Together we experiment with ways of collectively working and writing on issues around power, alienation, participatory practice, and the making of the commons. Our latest book is Space, Power and the Commons: The Promise of Alternative Futures (Routledge, 2015).

I am interested in supervising PhD students and establishing research collaborations in a number of areas:

  • Cultural geography, including non-representational theories
  • Space, politics and aesthetics
  • Time and our ways of imagining and relating to the future
  • Spaces and landscapes of authority
  • Post-humanist geographies
  • Cities, modernity, and biopolitical experience
  • Geographies of creative practice
  • Experimental historical geographies
  • Participatory practice and evaluation

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Bristol University (2003)
  • MSc Society & Space, Bristol University (2006)
  • PhD Human Geography, Bristol University (2011)

Career

  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2014 - present).
  • Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University (2012-2014).
  • Research Associate, Warwick University, Department of Sociology (2012)
  • Research Associate, Newcastle University (2011)
  • Project Editor, Canopus Books (2003-2006)

Membership

  • Peer Review College member, Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Founding member of the Authority Research Network (ARN)
  • Membership Secretary, Philosophy and History of Geography Research Group

2018

2017

  • Brigstocke, J.et al. 2017. Implicit values: uncounted legacies. In: Facer, K. and Pahl, K. eds. Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact.. Policy Press, pp. 65-84.

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2012

2011

2010

I teach on the following modules:

  • The Big Questions in Human Geography (module leader)
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong (module leader)
  • Gender, Space and Place
  • Dissertations (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Research

I am interested in supervising PhD students and establishing research collaborations in a number of areas:

  • Cultural geography, including non-representational theories
  • Social and cultural theory (Adorno, Benjamin, Arendt, post-structuralism, new materialisms)
  • Architectures of power and authority
  • Time, the future, and the temporal commons
  • Post-humanist geographies
  • Cities, modernity, and biopolitical experience
  • Geographies of creative practice
  • Experimental historical geographies
  • Participatory practice and evaluation

Projects

  • Social Change Through Creativity and Culture, Brazil (Co-I, Newton/AHRC, £280,000)
  • Participation's "Others": A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices (PI, AHRC, £55,000, 2014 - 2015).
  • Starting From Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies (Co-I, AHRC, £128,000, 2014-2015).
  • Landscapes of Authority (PI, Plymouth University, £3000, 2013-2014)
  • Authority, Knowledge and Performance in Participatory Practice (named researcher, AHRC, £40,000 (2012)
  • Immanent Authority and the Making of Community (named researcher, AHRC, £40,000, 2011)

PhD Students

  • Laura Colebrooke (2nd supervisor), 'Eating sensibly: Everyday experiences of food insecurity'.
  • Lyndsey Stoodley (2nd supervisor), 'The World Surf Reserves Phenomenon: Evaluating Protection and Practice in the Littoral Zone'.

Areas of expertise

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