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.

Visit the LSP symposium website:

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Call for Papers: Birkbeck Insitute ‘Space, Identities and Memory’, deadline 11 March 2016

Space, Identities and Memory: Call for Papers

We invite postgraduate researchers, academics, activists, artists, and practitioners from across disciplines to contribute to the Birkbeck Institutes’ (BIH/BISR) annual two-day conference held from the 13th to the 14th May 2016.

This year’s conference theme seeks to examine the interplay between identity, space and memory, exploring the ways in which identities may be created, formed and informed by spatial and temporal contexts. In particular, we seek to examine to what extent identities are performed in response to political, social and cultural pressures, including historical circumstances leading to the construction of acceptable and unacceptable identities.

The conference aims to capture the complex overlaying of identities in time and space, and the agency of individuals and communities as they address their own complex understandings of the temporality of identity. Conversely, we hope the conference will highlight how space and time are influenced and shaped by everyday life, sociabilities, mobilisations and processes of subjectivation. In particular, we are seeking papers that engage with topics such as:

  • The built environment: how are housing, architecture, urbanity and concepts of public and private space harnessed in the self-fashioning of individual and communal identity?
  • Gender, sexuality and race, the politics of becoming and the deterritorialisation of the body;
  • ’Home’, domesticity and concepts of solitude and isolation across time and space;
  • Spaces of dissent and resistance: how is memory imbricated in public spaces as sites of encounters, direct action and creative practices?
  • Displacements and borders: constructing or disassembling boundaries from local to global;
  • Explorations in the use of maps, social cartography and critical geography;
  • Exclusion and inclusion in institutional spaces: how have institutionalised spaces cemented or challenged contemporary and past perspectives on identity?
  • Narrating the past: memorialisation, contestation and re-enactment
  • Innovative methods and approaches in the investigation of the intersections between space, identity and memory

Our first confirmed keynote speaker is Andy Merrifield. The conference will conclude with a round table bringing together activists, practitioners and academics.


This is an interdisciplinary conference, designed to foster creative thinking and new research agendas. To this end, we encourage papers from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds that explore the interconnections of space, identity and memory.

We are particularly interested in receiving contributions from artists and practitioners in education, the heritage sector or related fields to participate in this interdisciplinary conference.



We warmly welcome abstracts for 20-minute panel papers. Abstracts should be between 200-300 words in length. Please include a short biography with your submission.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 11/03/2016. Authors will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper after submissions have been reviewed and no later than 31/03/2016.

Contact Details

Please send enquiries and proposals to

For further information please visit the conference website at

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