Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers
My talk at this year's AAG annual conference drew together emerging themes in my Unequal Lives project. Speaking to the session theme of 'affective geographies of care in the neoliberal city,' I drew specifically on the relationship between inequality and the Grenfell Tower disaster in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
The particular affective geography I discussed was grief. I approached it as an explicitly relational emotion that must be understood beyond the boundaries of traditional biomedical models. I argued that grief must be understood through its relationship with care as performed in urban space - a performative process that is integral to how urban space is lived, felt and produced in Kensington and Chelsea today.