New Book - Sacred Mobilities

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:28:50

Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging - Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry © 2015 – Routledge

This collection draws on the Mobilities approach to look afresh at notions of the sacred where they intersect with people, objects and other things on the move. Consideration of a wide range of spiritual meanings and practices also sheds light on the motivations and experiences associated with particular mobilities. Drawing on rich, situated case studies, this multi-disciplinary collection discusses what mobility in the social sciences, arts and humanities can tell us about movements and journeys prompted by religious, more broadly ’spiritual’ and 'secular-sacred' practices and priorities. Problematizing the fixity of sacred places and times as territorially and temporally bounded entities that exist in opposition to ’profane’ everyday life, this collection looks at the intersection between the embodied-emotional-spiritual experience of places, travel, belief-practices and communities. It is this geographically-informed perspective on the interleaving of religious/ spiritual/ secular notions of the sacred with the material and more-than-representational attributes of associated mobilities and related practices which constitutes this volume’s original contribution to the field.


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New book - Haunted Landscapes

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:13:55

Edited by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing | Pages 256 | Size 9.00 x 6.00
Series: Place, Memory, Affect

Examines the concept of landscape as a multitude of places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory, trauma and nostalgia in literature, art and film from Victorian times to the present.

Haunted Landscapes offers a fresh and innovative approach to contemporary debates about landscape and the supernatural. Landscapes are often uncanny spaces embroiled in the past; associated with absence, memory and nostalgia. Yet experiences of haunting must in some way always belong to the present: they must be felt. This collection of essays opens up new and compelling areas of debate around the concepts of haunting, affect and landscape. Landscape studies, supernatural studies, haunting and memory are all rapidly growing fields of enquiry and this book synthesises ideas from several critical approaches – spectral, affective and spatial – to provide a new route into these subjects. Examining urban and rural landscapes, haunted domestic spaces, landscapes of trauma, and borderlands, this collection of essays is designed to cross disciplines and combine seemingly disparate academic approaches under the coherent locus of landscape and haunting. Presenting a timely intervention in some of the most pressing scholarly debates of our time, Haunted Landscapes offers an attractive array of essays that cover topics from Victorian times to the present.


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The Moor: Lives Landscape Literature

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 03 Jun, 2014 11:53:37
New book out by William Atkins: The Moor: Lives Landscape Literature (Faber & Faber, 2014)

Guardian review of book here

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Big Ruins: The Aesthetics and Politics of Supersized Decay

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 19 Mar, 2014 09:24:48

'Big Ruins: The Aesthetics and Politics of Supersized Decay'

14 May, 2014. Limited places remaining (for attendees only)

Attendees are invited to book a place on the following event. Tickets are limited, and available via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-ruins-the-aesthetics-and-politics-of-supersized-decay-tickets-10733583437?aff=eorg

As global capitalism intensifies its hold on the planet, so its ruins are scaling up in size: from vast junkyards of jumbo-jets in Nevada to entire empty cities in China waiting to be inhabited. Meanwhile the urban ruins of the Cold War era continue to resist appropriation, whether because of their toxicity, ideological misplacedness, or as a consequence of intractable ethnic conflicts. Coupled with a recent plethora of (post)apocalyptic visions of ruined cities in cinema and computer games, the links between real and imagined ruination are becoming increasingly blurred. If we are to imagine large-scales sites of decay, how might their possible ruin be represented in a way that helps us adequately respond to that very possibility?

This event will address that question by focusing on the wider significance of big ruins in an age of global capitalism. Drawing from a wide range of sites - both real and imagined - this conference aims to create a dialogue between big ruins and the culturally-prescient theme of the imagination of disaster and to open up an emancipatory space that, following Slavoj Žižek, accepts the universal inevitability of ruin in order to break its ideological grasp and thus to suggest liberating alternatives.

Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote - Tim Edensor: ‘Ruins are everywhere’

Luke Bennett: ‘The ruins of ruins’

Michael Crang: 'Mired but alive': the aesthetic taming of toxicity

Anca Pusca: ‘Postcommunist ruins: the fine line between decay vs. rebuilding’

Mark Sanderson: ‘Derelict utopias’

Matthew Philpotts: ‘Rocket-fuelled ruin: Re-territorialising the traces of German dictatorship’

Emma Fraser: ‘Reading the ruins of Detroit: poetic, dialectical and phenomenological approaches’

Clare O’Dowd: ‘Gregor Schneider and the ghost towns’

Paul Dobraszczyk: ‘40 years later: ruin gazing in Varosha’

Camilla Røstvik: ‘Like sleeping dragons: an exploration of the ruins of CERN’

Carl Lavery & Lee Hassall: ‘Return to Battleship Island: Future of Ruins’

William Viney: ‘Futures in ruin’

Andrew Hardman: ‘Where is my apocalypse? Living in a ruined future’

All welcome. Tickets for the conference can be booked via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-ruins-the-aesthetics-and-politics-of-supersized-decay-tickets-10733583437?aff=eorg

Other upcoming ruin-related events from CIDRAL are listed on the 2014 programme: http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/cidral/events/

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Article on rain & flooding in English literature

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 17 Feb, 2014 13:15:57
Interesting Guardian article from Alexandra Harris in response to recent floods and extreme weather:

Drip, drip, drip, by day and night
From the April showers that begin The Canterbury Tales to Shakespearean storms to sodden Victorian classics, English literature is full of rain and flooding. Alexandra Harris on how every era creates its own kind of downpour...


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New Liminalities publication

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 05 Jan, 2014 16:09:00
Coastal Cultures: Liminality and Leisure

Edited by Paul Gilchrist, Thomas Carter and Daniel Burdsey

LSA Publication No. 126 December 2013 (print)ISBN 9781905369454


Fred Gray

Editors' Introduction
Paul Gilchrist, Thomas Carter and Daniel Burdsey

Histories of Liminality on the Coast
John K. Walton

Wading through Mangroves: Thoughts on Theorizing the Coast
Thomas F. Carter

The Cultural Seascape, Cosmology and the Magic of Liminality
Rob van Ginkel

Liminality and the Production of Coastal Tourism Resorts
Sheela Agarwal

"Feeling Connected": Practising Nature, Nation and Class through Coastal Walking
Leila Dawney

Coast and the Creative Class: Relocation and Regeneration at the Edge
Andrew Church, Paul Gilchrist, Neil Ravenscroft

Contrived Liminality and the Commodification of the Post-Industrial Waterfront
Steven Miles


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A Story of Six Rivers

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 03 Oct, 2013 11:59:22

New publication: A Story of Six Rivers: History, Culture and Ecology.
Peter Coates (Reaktion, 2013)

Includes chapter on the River Mersey.

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