Un-indexing forest media: repurposing search query results to reconsider forest-society relations

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Geographical research is increasingly focused on how digital technology shapes human-nature relations. This article explores how internet search engines and their associated algorithms and indexing technologies order and produce homogenising accounts of forest places. We put forward ‘un-indexing’ as a critical and inventive method for un-ordering and re-ordering search engine results to complicate digital perspectives on forest-society relations. We present Everything at the Forest Park, a series of four speculative catalogues we created to invite collective inquiries into the digital mediation of a forested area in Scotland – Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Fostering a slower form of engagement with web material, the catalogues suggest how geographers and other scholars might critically repurpose, reappropriate and interrogate the algorithmically curated and advertising-oriented orderings of search engines to foster more careful and convivial forest-society relations.
Original languageEnglish
Journalcultural geographies
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2023


  • digital methods
  • search as research
  • digital ecologies
  • indexing
  • unindexing
  • search engines
  • forest restoration
  • forests
  • ecologies
  • more-than-human
  • digital place


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