Landscape, Space, and Place

Keynote: Dr Phil Smith, Plymouth University

30th May 2018

Work on landscapes, spaces and places occupies a prominent position in the research agendas of numerous institutions in Britain and Ireland. As the editors of Making Sense of Place note: ‘Sense of place mediates our relationship with the world and with each other; it provides a profoundly important foundation for individual and community identity’ (2012). Understanding what constitutes a place and space and their wider contexts with the physical and mental landscape of past and contemporary societies is an intrinsic part of what makes us human.

This year’s faculty conference will approach issues of landscape, space, and place from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Presentations will involve addressing landscapes, spaces, and places – real and imagined – in written texts, physical landscapes, architecture, visual arts, music, and other forms of media.

Our aim is to ask questions about the ways in which different methodologies and approaches are proving useful in our research and/or practice. Theses may include (but are not limited to) theories of landscape, cultural geographies, and developing areas of study such as ecotheory, deep history, geocriticism, and psychogeography.

The conference is organised by Dr Mike Bintley and Dr Leonie Hicks.