shawn bodden


Hi! I’m a PhD researcher in geography at the University of Edinburgh. I use ethnographic, collaborative and arts-based methods to study community experiences of social and political problems and the projects people get up to to fix them.





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What should we do?

Studying practical and interactive processes of decision-, evaluation- and judgement-making. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that people formulate and set about working on moral and political projects, ways of working on and responding to large and abstract issues here-and-now.

And here I talk about methods, theories, what I mean by talking about it in terms of spatialities/geographies/landscapes:


Blum & McHugh + Self-Reflection + geographies of worth +

“Where “ethics” ... cannot be about a realm of normative moral obligations but rather about thick, impure, involvement in a world where the question of how to care needs to be posed”.


Maria Puig de la Bellacasa
Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds



A concrete example:
public signs


and post-it geographies of everyday life.
Signs offer a fantastic perspective into the expressive effort of moral direction and well-being. They can show people try to take care of themselves and others. While signs are most often topics of study as part of a repressive discourse, attention to their use and materiality opens up a broader topic for analysis.
[publications and reports]
paper signs as a specific example of what I mean: it is not just their semiotic content, but also the social act of their posting, their posting here, in this way, in the quick and to-purpose medium of ink on paper--it tells us about the everyday experience of making a space work for its visitors and residenrs because that’s exactly what it was designed to do as a useful addition to the landscape by its everyday creator. 



moral judgement; conflict; values as practices    

[description]

“Where “ethics” ... cannot be about a realm of normative moral obligations but rather about thick, impure, involvement in a world where the question of how to care needs to be posed”.
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (2017, 6)

Studying practical and interactive processes of decision-, evaluation- and judgement-making. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that people formulate and set about working on moral and political projects, ways of working on and responding to large and abstract issues here-and-now.