Research Conversations

These images have been produced through dialogue between the art practice of Helen Scalway and academic research by Gail Davies. We invite you to explore these exchanges, the original research publications and wider conversations in geography engaging with the issues and ideas in Micespace.



In her paper The Arrow as Icon (available here), Helen Scalway travels around the questions raised for the constitution of ‘knowledge’ by the loaded and vexed icon of the arrow, as it is unthinkingly and reductively used in graphics software.

This conversation been Gail and Helen was recorded in May 2012 for the Knowledge/Value seminar series on data infrastructures and archives in the biomedical sciences at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing in September 2012.



Davies G (2013). Arguably big biology: Sociology, spatiality and the knockout mouse project. Biosocieties, 4(8), 417-431.   Full text.

Davies, G, Frow E, Leonelli S, (2013). Bigger, Faster, Better? Rhetorics and Practices of Large-Scale Research in Contemporary Bioscience. BioSocieties, 8(4), 386-396. Full text.

Davies G (2013). Mobilizing Experimental Life: Spaces of Becoming with Mutant Mice. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 30, 129-153.   Full text.

Davies G (2013). Writing biology with mutant mice: the monstrous potential of post genomic life. Geoforum, 48, 268-278. Full text.

Davies G (2012). Caring for the multiple and the multitude: assembling animal welfare and enabling ethical critique. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30, 623-638. Full text.

Davies G (2012). What is a humanized mouse? Remaking the species and spaces of translational medicine. Body & Society, 18, 126-155.  Full text.

Davies G (2011). Molecular Life. In Del Casino Jr V ,Thomas M ,Cloke P ,Pannelli R (Eds.) A Companion to Social Geography, Wiley Blackwell.

Davies G (2011). Playing dice with mice: building experimental futures in Singapore. New Genetics and Society, 30, 433-441. Full text.

Davies G (2010). Captivating behaviour: mouse models, experimental genetics and reductionist returns in the neurosciences. The Sociological Review, 58, 53-72Full text.

Cutler, A. E. (2013). Land Diagrams: the new twinned studies. cultural geographies, 20(1), 113-122.,

Fannin, M. (2015) ‘The spirit of Guattari?’ Dialogues in Human Geography July 2015 5: 172-176, doi:10.1177/204382061558779.

Last, A. (2012) Experimental Geographies Geography Compass 6 (12) 706–724,


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