Wanderlust or Wanderbust? Rediscovering the Lost Art of Wandering in Precarious Times

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2021) Wanderlust or Wanderbust? Rediscovering the Lost Art of Wandering in Precarious Times. In: 2021 University of Queensland WiP Conference (25th Anniversary): Rites of Passage, 26 Nov - 27 Nov 2021, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia.

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Abstract

At present, the most important challenges in the humanities and arts are amplified by the fact that we are caught in an epistemological gulf between research rigour on one hand, and research relevance on the other. Closing this gap – whether it be through cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement or a stronger focus on end user experience – is absolutely essential for a more visible and more vibrant arts sector.

Wandering, as wayward travel, as a form of displacement, and as non-linear movement that is simultaneously purposed and directionless, is an apt metaphor for the precarious nature of both contemporary art practice and academic work. Wandering, like any regime of precarity, is marked by what Michael Ignatieff calls “a metaphysics of restlessness” (1989). Yet wandering, as Jane Robinson reminds us, allows us to stray from “well-ordered paths of scholarship towards a much more promising and colourful vista of adventure, unorthodoxy and general misrule” (1994, xi).

This paper asks: what can artists-academics gain from writing and theorising precariously? What does it mean to be a reluctant wanderer at this moment in time? How can the lived experience of wandering, and its culturally-mediated associations and ideas, help us make measurable progress towards re-defining, or at least re-narrativising, the value of the arts?


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Keynote)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 04:21
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 06:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: wandering; precarity; female travel; female Victorian travellers; morality; mobility; mobility studies
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470208 Culture, representation and identity
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45430

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