Forming Ruins Workshop
Ruins are multivalent; the term itself can be used to indicate both a process and an object. Ruins are also a palimpsest onto which many, often differing, interpretations and understandings can be projected. This interdisciplinary workshop explores the different forms ruins can take, and the way these formations are realised and written as ruins are explored as both material ‘things’ and intangible process. It is concerned with when, where, by and for whom, ruins are formed and how this formation relates to social, political and cultural forces. It aims to use the ambiguity of ruins to enrich the enquiry into their meaning, asking how ruins can be read productively and what might be the significance and implications of the recent academic interest surrounding them.
This workshop sought to offer postgraduate students an opportunity to present related work at any stage of their research within a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment. Papers were followed by a keynote speech from Amy Concannon, assistant curator of Ruin Lust at the Tate Britain (4th March - 18th May 2014).
Organised by Alice Insley, Philip Jones, Xiaofan Xu, and Emma Zimmerman.
Funded by the AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme and the School of English.
More details can be found in the links below.
Download the Call for Papers.
Download the event Poster and Programme.