Few places in England are as closely associated with wilderness as the moors and fells north of the River Trent. Yet the iconography of this region occupies a central place in the country’s cultural geography. This conference seeks to interrogate the mythologies of England’s northern uplands and to understand the ideological processes that have allowed their material reproduction, many of their less flattering significations and perhaps some of their political potential to remain hidden. This interdisciplinary conference is open to scholars working in English Literature, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Art History, Fine Art, Photography, Film Studies, Media Studies, Critical Heritage Studies, Geography, Politics and Sociology. Further details HERE. Download the poster HERE
Bath Spa University is offering a PhD fee waiver studentship (to UK/EU fee level) at their Research Centre for Environmental Humanities. Please click here for further information.
The exercise of power and the experience of place are often intrinsically linked, whether through the implementation of national borders, mass surveillance of public places or the spatial control and management of the social body. At a moment in history when social and economic anxieties are once again being articulated through the politics of border control, restriction of movement, and the nation state, it seems crucial to examine the formation and experiences of landscapes of power and how we might begin to dismantle and resist them. This one-day, interdisciplinary symposium is the eleventh postgraduate workshop to be run by the Landscape, Space, Place Research Group and hosted by the Schools of English and Geography at the University of Nottingham. Full details HERE.
Gothic and horror fictions have long functioned as vivid reflections of contemporary cultural fears. Now, more than ever, the environment has become a locus of those fears for many people, and this conference seeks to investigate the wide range of Gothic- and horror-inflected texts that tackle the darker side of nature. Gothic Nature seeks to address this question, interrogating the place of non-human nature in horror and the Gothic today, and showcasing the most exciting and innovative research currently being conducted in the field. Academic papers from a variety of different subject backgrounds, as well as interdisciplinary work are welcome, as are creative submissions from artists and performers. Weblink HERE.
Creating Metaphysics, Embodying Language: a conference and creative summit, June 7-9, 2017
Intimate Geographies, Ecologies of Conversation: a residential short course June 10-14, 2017
For the past two hundred years or so we have become a little giddy with our power over knowledge as our understanding of the material world has grown with little let or hindrance –– with other older knowledges often dismissed in the process as mere superstition. With all we have learned have we in our confidence perhaps forgotten that knowledge is a fleeting thing, held only through the permissions and presuppositions of the dominant culture. Three days of international thought and action at Dartington Hall will be followed by a residential short course. Full details HERE
This conference, hosted by the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, will discuss key issues in the transition to low-carbon societies. The dominant disciplines in the field so far have been the STEM subjects and social sciences such as economics and psychology. But there is growing recognition that moving successfully towards a low-carbon future requires fundamental social and cultural change. In this context, arts and humanities disciplines have distinctive and potentially powerful contributions to make. The conference therefore has panels for literature and theatre; law and politics; visual arts and media; and history and philosophy. Further details on the network and conference HERE
The February 2017 issue of Plumwood Mountain is now live with poetry guest edited by leading UK poet, teacher and researcher in ecopoetics, Harriet Tarlo.
This major exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet. See https://wellcomecollection.org/MakingNature
Bath Spa University is hosting this year’s Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School, which is focussed on New Narratives for Environmental Change in the Arts and Humanities. Participation is open to all students from Commonwealth countries from 3rd year through to PhD level. Further information and details on the application process: https://www.acu.ac.uk/events/commonwealth-summer-school/commonwealth-summer-school-2017/