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Richard Scriven
RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid Term Conference 2012,
Pilgrimage Practices: The embodied mobilities of pilgrims and the nonrepresentational
Oral Presentation
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Pilgrimage Practices: The embodied mobilities of pilgrims and the nonrepresentational.

In this paper, I will introduce a new research project concerned with the embodied mobilities of (mainly) religious pilgrims in contemporary Ireland and the practices which intertwine them with sacred places in a process which (re)creates and continually shapes both. Pilgrimage is understood as a corporeal enactment of beliefs that occurs in specific places. The practice and mobilities of pilgrimage can be seen as a process involving the pilgrims and the landscape being defined by and, even, emerging through their interactions with each other. In theoretical and methodological terms, I am eager to integrate developments in the geographies of mobilities and elements of nonrepresentational geographies. These two related, yet rather distinct fields of study offer much potential when considered together, but equally present some challenges. In particular, my work will have to find a clear way to combine differing conceptions and treatments of embodiment and body-landscape relations, particularly concerning the representational (objectification in symbols, images and structures) and the nonrepresentational (embodied experiences, beliefs and the sensual). This research process aims to further debates in these areas in the development of a coherent, unified approach.