Seeing and Sounding Rural Citizenship

Colloquium | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Studies of urban citizenship practices – of active membership in decision making processes in place – have tended to focus on the role of encounters in defining citizenship. On the ways in which people bustle and clamour up against one another in dense urban environments. Limited studies in rural settings, however, suggest an important role for narrative, memories, and affective experiences in defining citizenship in rural places. This paper will draw on a multisensory study set in rural Manitoba, Canada to explore the ways in which incorporating visual and sonic (or auditory) data can help identify narratives and affective experiences relevant to understanding rural citizenship. Specifically a multisensory approach helps to unsettle assumptions about the rural, highlight diverse narratives and experiences of rural living, and the means through which those narratives and experiences linger, mingle and travel through bodies and on the land.

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