Landscaping Change: Exploring the transformation, reconstitution & disruption of environments. 29th-31st March 2016

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Bath Spa University

Landscaping Change:
Exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts and humanities and social science.

Bath Spa University
29, 30, 31 March 2016

Sponsored by the British Academy and hosted by the Writing and the Environment Research Centre, Bath Spa University

Keynote Speakers:
Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham
Other speakers TBC

This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion and performative evaluation of landscapes under processes of change. Changes in landscapes may be brought about by regeneration and conservation initiatives, large scale climatic and local environmental events, business and industrial pressures, or collective grass-root activities. Environmental change inevitably impacts on local people, whose economic, psychological and physical needs may be entangled with the temporal, material and social experience of place. Global relationships are also involved in and affected by the constant process of ecological, economic and cultural reconstitution. We seek papers and presentations that aim to deepen understanding of the social, environmental, cultural, and affective repercussions of landscape change from a range of perspectives: including the humanities, geography and environmental disciplines, politics and social science, non-academic community groups, policy makers, NGOs, charities, and creative practitioners.

While many delegates may focus on contemporary landscape change, there is no national or era-specification on topics considered. Scholars whose work is alert to the policy implications of applying humanities methodologies to socio-environmental issues are particularly encouraged to apply. So too are representatives of community and arts groups from the local area (e.g. arts collectives, community gardens) and further afield. As well as conventional twenty minute papers, we are also interested in hearing from individuals or groups who wish to organise a panel or a round-table or a creative presentation, including poetry readings, film screenings, exhibits, workshops and performances. We hope that artists and writers will be interested in applying, particularly those working close to existing environments and/or on site specific projects.

Please submit abstracts, including your name as you would like it to appear, institutional or any other affiliation, and email address by 25th September 2015 to landscapingchange@gmail.com.

Themes to consider include but are not limited to:

placemaking and placelessness;
nature's resilience / sustainability;
the changing language of landscape / environment / ecology
wellbeing / community;
localism / globalism;
climate change / pollution;
ecocriticism / environmental humanities / geohumanities;
temporal dwelling / deep time / ancestral time;
edgelands / ordinary nature;
heritage / historical landscapes over time;
the legacy of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown
landscape aesthetics, including visual and sound;
conservation / regeneration / restoration;
staging environmental / cultural memory;
postcolonial space;
working class histories / oral history;
cross-media and collaborative activity;
land art;
public engagement;
gentrification;
inclusivity;
ecologies of place;
ecopoetry / radical landscape poetry;
New Nature Writing;
ethnography and auto-ethnography;
nostalgia;
industry and technology;
railways / motorways / transport;
enclosure and the commons.

Please direct any questions to conference organiser: Dr Samantha Walton at landscapingchange.gmail.com
Website: http://www.landscapingchange.uk/