'Inhabiting Memories & Landscapes: A Cross-Disciplinary Engagement with Wendell Berry

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Mark Clavier

The American Agrarian writer, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry frequently speaks of the need to be ‘placed’, to inhabit a particular landscape and its social memory over an extended period of time. This, he argues, is a precondition for fostering communities that care for the earth and the people who live off it—what he refers to as conviviality.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore notions of conviviality, social well-being, and the good life that account for the interplay between local landscapes, memory/heritage, and social identities. We invite papers and panels from across the disciplines that engage either with the writings of Wendell Berry or with the interaction between memory/heritage, landscape, and social identity. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Any aspect of the fiction, poetry, or essays of Wendell Berry
  • Approaches to nature and local heritage in an age of globalization
  • Memory, local landscapes, and place in regional literature, historical studies, and theology
  • Notions of the good life that account for local environments and heritage
  • Intersections of the local and global in social memory, landscapes, and identity
  • Impact of tourism on local connections with inhabited landscapes and historic sites
  • Connections between nature and heritage conservation
  • Environmental ethics that account for local heritage, religion and culture

We invite abstracts of approximately 250 words for

  • 20-minute papers
  • pre-formed 90-minute panels (please send an abstract for each paper)
  • poster presentations which will be displayed for the duration of the conference

Abstracts accompanied by a short biographical note should be sent by 31st  January 2020 to rescanon@breconcathedral.org.uk . Please note that the organisers will not accept proposals for all male panels.

Plenary Speaker:

  • Norman Wirzba, Professor of Christian Theology & Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics,  Duke University

Other speakers include:

  • Mark Clavier, Brecon Cathedral
  • John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
  • Owain Jones, Bath Spa University
  • Rhys Dafydd Jones, Aberystwyth University
  • Andreas Patazatos, Durham University
  • Clare Saunders, Exeter University
  • Nicola Whyte, Exeter University
  • Rhian Williams, Independent Scholar
  • Graham Woodgate, University College London