Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Vol 4, No 2 (2017)

To Talk of Turns… Three Cross-Disciplinary Provocations for Creative Turns

Harriet Hawkins
Issued Date: 19 Feb 2018


Who does not want to be creative? Geographers certainly do. Where the ‘creative turn’ has emerged on the horizon of a range of humanities disciplines, from archeology to anthropology, geographers have fully embraced its possibilities if perhaps not yet its challenges. In this short piece I want to use the emerging desires and dilemmas of geography’s creative turn to reflect on the shared currents and common concerns of the current cross-disciplinary communities of the creative turn. Asking in turn; what do our different disciplines offer to a wider creative turn, what might it mean to take into account the histories of our creative turns, and what would it mean to develop more critical accounts of ‘creativity’? this paper argues for the importance of developing a critical vocabulary for cross-disciplinary turn-talk.

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