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Non-representational thinking: Methodologische Überlegungen anhand des Bonner Sperrmüllassemblages


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Title Non-representational thinking: Methodologische Überlegungen anhand des Bonner Sperrmüllassemblages
Author Bertram, Erik
License CC Attribution 3.0 Germany:
You are free to use, adapt and copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in adapted or unchanged form for any legal purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.5446/20242
Publisher Copernicus Publications
Release Date 2016
Language No linguistic content; Not applicable
Production Place Bonn

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Subject Area Environmental Sciences / Ecology
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.
Keywords Assemblage
non-representational thinking

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