Tim Cresswell lecture on Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities
Tim Cresswell lecture on Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities
Researchers in Germany have turned GPS data from three major world bike share programmes into living, breathing visualisations of the cities themselves.
The Guardian, 9 August 2016: http://gu.com/p/4q2k4?
Literary Geographies Volume 2 (1) 2016: Special Issue on JG Ballard's Concrete Island edited by Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin
Table of Contents
Special Issue Introduction
Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities
Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin 1-15
Special Issue Articles
Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island
Jeannette Baxter 16-30
An Expanding Field: Sensing the Unmapped
Sue Robertson 31-47
From a ‘metallized Elysium’ to the ‘wave of the future’: J.G. Ballard’s
Reappraisal of Space
Jarrad Keyes 48-64
Ballard and Balladur: Reading the Intertextual and the Architectural in Concrete Island
Richard Brown 65-78
‘Everything Can Always be Something Else’: Adhocism and J.G. Ballard’s
Craig Martin 79-95
Ballard’s Island(s): White Heat, National Decline and Technology After Technicity Between ‘The Terminal Beach’ and Concrete Island
Alexander Beaumont 96-113
ISSN: ISSN 2397-1797
From London when it had only one bridge, to a pictorial rendition of Sir Francis Drake’s invasion of Santo Domingo, these global city maps date back to the 1500s and are taken from Great City Maps, published by DK.
It is a meditation on British social history that asks the question: do people make the place… or does a place make the people?
New Town Utopia is a documentary feature film that explores the original utopian dreams of a post-war British New Town – Basildon, Essex - and compares this to the modern concrete reality. We're close to finishing production, and after four years of serious hard work, have hundreds of hours of footage ready to be crafted into a poetic, challenging film.
Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging - Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry © 2015 – RoutledgeThis 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.
Practising Rhythmanalysis - Theories and Methodologies
by Yi Chen (London College of Communication, University of the Arts)
This book explores rhythmanalysis as a philosophy and as a
research method for the study of cultural historical experiences. It formulates
'rhythm' as a critical concept which is defined in dialogic relationships to
intellectual traditions, yet introducing unique philosophical positions that
serve to re-think ways of conceiving and addressing cultural political issues.
Engaging with the notion of 'conjunctural shift', which for Stuart Hall captures the ruptured social landscape of Britain in the 1970s, the book then puts the method of rhythmanalysis to work by testifying the changing cultural experiences in rhythmic terms. This particular rhythmanalytical project instantiates while opening up ways of using rhythmanalysis for exploring cultural historical experiences.
You can order the book and find more information here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783487776/Practising-Rhythmanalysis-Theories-and-Methodologies#
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.
The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography
15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton
This interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an open, creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances. What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and persuasiveness?
The conference seeks to explore the power of autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance, critique, healing or assistance.
We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances and other creative works.
Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by 10th February 2017.
The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:
· 90-minute 3-person presentation sessions.
· 90-minute single presentation sessions.
Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.
Conference fee for this 2-day event (excluding accommodation): £75
We have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets (£45) for students and unemployed.
Please see the website for full details and registration: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/voicingexperience
Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex), Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology, Sussex).
This Conference is initiated by Brighton Autoethnography Group with sponsorship & support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Sussex.
Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.00am to 6.00pm
A symposium organised by the Archiving the City research strand.
We are inviting abstract submissions for a one-day symposium entitled Archiving the City/ City as Archive. This event, hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies, considers the cultural forms through which the modern city is archived. It examines the different ways—via institutions, public art, collective practice, and more—in which urban history and memory are organised and presented in contemporary culture. It also engages with how the spaces and architecture of the city may themselves present an archive, offering up reminders of social and cultural processes, imaginaries, struggles and events.
The symposium critically engages with Henri Lefebvre’s (2014) argument that the reign of the city is ending; that the city now only exists as an image and an idea. In addition, the gentrification and museification of the historic urban core reveals, at least in part, the deep sense of loss through which that the modern metropolis is increasingly remembered. This connects more broadly with Derrida’s (1996) notion of ‘archive fever’, which, he understands, is part of a compulsive, repetitive culture; a ‘homesickness’ born of a ‘nostalgic desire to return to the origin’ (ibid: 167). As such, the symposium is interested in perspectives that make links between contemporary archiving processes (both formal and informal), city museums, visual culture, heritage urbanism, ‘authenticity’ and the cultural regeneration of historic urban spaces. Particularly welcome are proposals that critically examine the ways in which the city is archived to create the impression of a post-conflictual present or in ways that make the city a more exclusive or restricted place. In addition, we welcome abstracts that explore how archiving the city can, in ways reminiscent of Benjamin’s Arcades Project, reveal the immediacy and fragmentary nature of metropolitan experience. The symposium will take an open-minded and critical approach to understanding how, why and where the modern city is archived and what such processes reveal about history, memory, social conflict and urban imaginaries.
Abstracts of no longer than 250 words to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday January 6th. We especially welcome abstracts from postgraduate and doctoral students.
Confirmed external speakers include Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow) and Graeme Gilloch (University of Lancaster).
Registration for University of York staff and students is free. Please book your place here: http://store.york.ac.uk/product-catalogue/centre-for-modern-studies/conferences
Derrida, J. (1996) Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Chicago: Chicago University Press
Lefebvre, H. (2014) ‘Dissolving city, planetary metamorphosis’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32: 199-202
Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building
Media’s Mapping Impulse
Cartography is one of the oldest forms of media. In both cartography and media, meaning, ideology, and power are habitually arbitrated across and through space and time. While critical cartographers have shed light on mapping’s innate tendency toward the objectification of spatial relations, a (masculine) gaze that it cannot disown, these same power relations are equally embedded in media’s voyeuristic and controlling tendencies. Media, moreover, in all its diverse forms, has an underlying mapping impulse – a proclivity to comprehend itself and be rendered comprehensible through metaphors of topologies, networks, and flows that lead to the constant evacuation of spaces in order to produce places of communication. This mapping impulse is hardly new, but rather has been part of media all along. Visual media, for instance, developed out of a mapping impulse during the Renaissance, which led to the scopic regimes of projectionism and perspectivalism and their related technologies. Both media and cartography are never static, but rather are ongoing scopic and discursive regimes that continually make and remake the terms in which we understand and interact with our world.
And yet, the mapping impulse of media is both overt and subtle. Think, for instance, of the subtle duplicity of Hollywood’s runaway productions, which creatively map Toronto as the “other” New York, Romania as North Carolina, or South Africa as California. Developments in mobile computing have not only increased the pace, flow, and interaction of media across space, but also the ubiquity, and thus the taken-for-grantedness, of mapping. More and more, owing to the practices of the neogeographers of the Geoweb, media requires a geographical situatedness in which and for which media can take place. Here, locative media relies on programming languages and APIs to construct geo-fencing, geo-tagging, and geo-coding and to produce applications and services that localize and individualize information to one’s liminal, transitory, and fleeting lived space. Consider, for example, the ways in which (geo)web 2.0 unites one’s virtual and physical presence (if such a distinction can be made) via services such as FourSquare or Facebook check-ins that announce one’s whereabouts to friends and acquaintances.
With this collection of papers we seek to illuminate media’s mapping impulse by exploring the relationship between cartography, geospatial technologies, and locative media on the one hand, and new and traditional media forms such as social media, mobile apps, television, film, and music, on the other. Media’s Mapping Impulse will be an international and interdisciplinary gathering of essays to be printed in the acclaimed Media Geography at Mainz (MGM) book series (www.geo.uni-mainz.de/mgm). Possible themes and areas of focus for this book include, but are not limited to: montage and bricolage; the cartographic paradox and cartographic anxiety; the spatial turn in media studies; GIS as media and the use of GIS to understand media; sensorial cartographies, sound and musical maps; cinematic cartographies; locative media, mobile apps, and the everyday; sharing economies (AirBnB, Couch Surfing, Uber) and the map; architectonics, spatial mobilities, haptical and emotional cartographies; urban planning, media and the revisualization of place.
Those interested in participating should send an extended abstract (750-1,000 words), along with a curriculum vitae and contact information, to Laura Sharp (email@example.com) with the subject line “Media’s Mapping Impulse.” We ask that all proposals be submitted on or before September 15th, 2015. Responses to these proposals will be returned by November 1st, 2015. If selected, full papers will be expected on or before March 31, 2015. A blind review will be conducted on all papers. Final papers will be due no later than June 1, 2016. All authors selected for the final collection will be welcome to attend the “Media’s Mapping Impulse” symposium to be held at the Institute of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz in June 2016.
As it was described in the last post, Digital Humanities is, in short terms, much more than computational processing data. It is about designing new ways of scholarship, with infinite potentialities and always open to new possibilities and new worlds.
From now on, lets talk about some ramifications inside the Digital Humanities. The topic of today will be Digital Mapping!...
Co-habiting with Ghosts: Knowledge, Experience, Belief and the Domestic Uncanny
Caron Lipman (Ashgate, 2014)
How does it feel to live in a ‘haunted home’? How do people negotiate their everyday lives with the experience of uncanny, anomalous or strange events within the domestic interior? What do such experiences reveal of the intersection between the material, immaterial and temporal within the home? How do people interpret, share and narrate experiences which are uncertain and unpredictable? What does this reveal about contested beliefs and different forms of knowledge? And about how people ‘co-habit’ with ghosts, a distinctive self - other relationship within such close quarters?
This book sets out to explore these questions. It applies a non-reductive middle-ground approach which steers beyond an uncritical exploration of supernatural experiences without explaining them away by recourse only to wider social and cultural contexts. The book attends to the ways in which households in England and Wales understand their experience of haunting in relation to ideas of subjectivity, gender, materiality, memory, knowledge and belief. It explores home as a place both dynamic and differentiated, illuminating the complexity of ‘everyday’ experience - the familiarity of the strange as well as the strangeness of the familiar - and the ways in which home continues to be configured as a distinctive space.
Contents: Approaching the ghost. Part I Spaces and Times of the Haunted Home: The material uncanny; The temporalities of the haunted home. Part II Strategies of Cohabitation: Embodying, domesticating, gendering the ghost; Strategies of distance and communication. Part III Belief, Knowledge and Experience: Knowledge and uncertainty; Belief, evidence and experience; Conclusion: the liminal home/self; Appendix: the households; References; Index.
About the Author: Dr Caron Lipman is Research Fellow at the School of Geography, University of London, UK.
Reviews: ‘Most people have heard of ghosts: popular culture
is full of them. Many people will know of someone who has seen a ghost or had a
ghostly experience. Sometimes, people feel haunted, whether by tragedy or by a
sense of loss. But, for a few, paranormal activity is normal activity. People
do not just live with ghosts as a cultural or metaphorical or emotional figure:
they actually live with ghosts. In this extraordinary book, Caron Lipman deals
with extraordinary phenomena in ordinary life, in the home. Rich in testimony,
ever sensitive to people’s experience, she reveals how the people who live with
ghosts learn to accommodate them - and how, consequently, we all deal with
strangers and strangeness in our lives.’
Steve Pile, The Open University, UK
‘What does it mean to share your home with a ghost? Caron Lipman’s answers to this question are thought-provoking and insightful. Foregrounding people’s own experiences and beliefs in her exploration of the uncertain boundary between material and immaterial geographies, she challenges much current thinking about home and subjectivity in this highly original and beautifully written book.’
Ann Varley, UCL (University College London), UK
'Large portions of this book, especially the interviews with the experients, will be of great interest to students of folklore, and should be of interest to psychical researchers and one often gets the sense that there are important insights here'. The Magonia Review of Books
Society and Space review: http://societyandspace.com/reviews/reviews-archive/lipman/