Call for Papers: Everywhere and Nowhere: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Imagined Spaces, deadline 22 April 2016

Everywhere and Nowhere: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Imagined Spaces

Monday 20th June 2016
University of Nottingham

Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Daniels (University of Nottingham)

Imagined spaces are engaged with on a daily basis, whether they be in the novels we read, the news reports we hear, or in the forthcoming development posters we see around our towns and cities. These imagined spaces are multiple and mutable, coming into conflict with one another and the values they embody. With the physical and imaginary both influencing one another, imagined spaces have a diverse and meaningful impact on lived experience, affecting the way we conceive of and interact with the places and landscapes around us.

This symposium aims to emphasize the role of the imagination in the representation of space and place and to explore the ways these imagined spaces engage with and shape ‘real’ spaces and identities. We welcome papers that engage with imagination and space in a broad sense, across historical periods and disciplinary boundaries.

Papers are invited on – but are by no means limited to – the following themes:

  • Maps and the translation of place
  • The colonial and post-colonial imagination of space and place
  • Speculative, fantasy, and alternative spaces
  • Dramatic, literary and artistic imaginings of space and place
  • Nostalgia and the memory of landscape and place
  • Landscape design and city planning
  • The influence of technology on conceptualizing space and place
  • Theoretical approaches to the imagination of space

This is a one-day, interdisciplinary symposium that seeks to offer postgraduate students an opportunity to present related work at any stage of their research in a friendly and supportive environment. It is the tenth annual postgraduate workshop to be run by the Landscape, Space, Place Research Group and hosted by the Schools of English and Geography at the University of Nottingham.

We invite abstracts of 250-300 words for 20 minute papers from all current postgraduate students. Please send, along with a short biography, to by Friday 22nd April 2016.

Organising Committee: Alexander Harby, Hollie Johnson, Philip Jones, Mark Lambert, Sarah O’Malley and Xiaofan Xu.

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