In a consumer society where wants and needs may be instantly fulfilled, waiting for anything seems increasingly like an anachronism. And yet whether in relation to flows of people or things, or the work of bureaucracies, spaces of waiting proliferate and are integral to how our society of connections and circulations functions. The study examines how the practice of waiting is embodied, with a particular focus on the new spaces of waiting that the COVID 19 pandemic has created. It will attempt to move forward conceptualisations of waiting as an interruption, towards considering waiting as a form of affective-sensorial-material feeling. It is intended that the study will have impact within and outside the mobilities literature.
I am pursuing similar ideas with a further study, 'Spaces of Paused Mobility: A Geography of Waiting' where I interview astronauts about the multiple temporalities that surround waiting for space travel.
A third study, 'Moments of Collective Delight: A Geography of Love' explores the atmospheres, sensations and materialities created by Newport County AFC fans through ecconomies of volunteerism and collective feelings. The study has a particular focus on the atmosphere Newport County AFC fans created on 6th of January 2019 when they beat premier league team Leicester City.