1st Edition

Immersive Cartography and Post-Qualitative Inquiry A Speculative Adventure in Research-Creation

By David Rousell Copyright 2021
    184 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Immersive Cartography and Post-Qualitative Inquiry introduces immersive cartography as a transdisciplinary approach to social inquiry in an age of climate change and technological transformation.

    Drawing together innovative theories and practices from the environmental arts, process philosophy, education studies, and posthumanism, the book frames immersive cartography as a speculative adventure that gradually transformed the physical and conceptual architectures of a university environment. The philosophical works of Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari are touchstones throughout the book, seeding the development of concepts that re-imagine the university through a more-than-human ecology of experience. Illustrated by detailed examples from Rousell’s artistic interventions and pedagogical experiments in university learning environments, the book offers new conceptual and practical tools for navigating the ontological turn across the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

    Rousell’s wide-ranging and detailed analysis of pedagogical encounters resituates learning as an affective and environmentally distributed process, proposing a "trans-qualitative" ethics and aesthetics of inquiry that is orientated toward processual relations and events. As a foothold for a new generation of scholarship in the social sciences, this book opens new directions for research across the fields of post-qualitative inquiry, art and aesthetics, critical university studies, affect theory, and the posthumanities.

    1. Cartography  2. Aesthetics  3. Ecology  4. Pedagogy  5. Data  6. Affect  7. Justice


    David Rousell is Senior Lecturer in Creative Education at RMIT University, Australia, where he works in the Creative Agency Lab and Digital Ethnography Research Centre. His research is invested in the reimagining of educational cultures, theories, and environments through new empirical approaches drawing on the relational arts and process philosophy.

    "Immersive cartography is an innovative approach to inquiry that employs multiple theoretical and disciplinary perspectives to create the "new." In his engrossing book, Rousell produces the kind of 21st century experimental work that is possible once we leave behind the 20th century’s pre-existing social science research methodologies that shut down thought and simply repeat what already exists. Researchers who feel constrained by dogmatic approaches to inquiry will be energized by immersive cartography’s daring and its rich possibilities for creativity".Professor Elizabeth A. St. Pierre, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, USA

    "David Rousell’s book articulates an exciting new direction for research across the arts, education and critical posthumanities. This is a groundbreaking book which offers a unique vision of what scholarship and pedagogy in the posthuman university might look like. Drawing on process philosophy, Rousell radically opens questions of art, learning, and the multiplicity of creativities that animate life within an expanded field of more-than-human relations, affects, and concerns. An excellent resource for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, educators and scholars working in and across the fields of arts, education, critical posthumanities and postqualitative methodology". Professor Pamela Burnard, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK