Vague and ungraspable, but also meaningful and powerful, atmosphere is a valuable concept in understanding what space ‘feels’ like at many scales. Based on recent work with Sarah Pink, I will present our framework for thinking in, about and through atmospheres, and demonstrate how this concept has animated a range of our recent projects. I will argue that atmospheres arise from particular empirical conditions – configurations of people, things, built environments, sensations, imagination and memories – that must be understood as absolutely implicit to them, but that they continually exceed. The anchoring of atmosphere in the changeable configurations of our surroundings demands research approaches that attend not only to how they feel, but how atmospheres emerge, how they are perceived and what they mean by the people who help to constitute them. I will therefore also touch on methodological approaches that we have found most useful in thinking atmospherically, and how these link to atmosphere conceptually. Finally, I will discuss the terms in which people make sense of atmospheres, what impact they might carry into the future and what forms of politics they derive from and make possible.

Biography: Dr Shanti Sumartojo is a Senior Research Fellow and Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication and a core member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She has held postdoctoral research fellowships in the Department of Sociology at Australian National University (2011-2013) and in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT (2013-2015). In 2016 she was an Aix-Marseille Université Fondation Visiting Fellow. Currently, a main focus is ongoing research on how people encounter and make sense of designed environments, with a focus on instances of urban spatial transformation - these projects are chiefly located in her home city of Melbourne. Another stream of research investigates how people experience commemorative sites and events in the context of the First World War centenary, but also in response to terrorist attacks in urban public settings. A third area is concerned with healthcare environments, and how their design can contribute to forms of wellbeing. All three areas are linked by methodologies that include sensory and design ethnography.

Tid: 15 oktober 2018, kl. 13.00−14.00.
Plats: X308, Geovetenskapens hus, Frescati.
Presentatör: Shanti Sumartojo, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, School of Media and Communication, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Organisatör: Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.