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Contested Environments: A Postgraduate Workshop


Workshop outline June 2011- 2012

9.15 Welcome and introduction – Jemima Matthews and Jennifer Rich

9.20 Panel 1 – Homes, Parks and Gardens

Chair: Klaudia Lee

  • Sam Solnik (English, Queen Mary): ‘“The Poignancy of those Back Yards”: Urban gardens and rural retreats in the poetry of Derek Mahon’
  • Ruth McLaughlin (English, Trinity College Dublin): ‘Architecture as a Tool of Social Control: The home in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Fahrenheit 451’
  • Frazer Bowen (Archaeology, Nottingham): ‘Paradise Lost? The creation, maintenance, and objection in medieval deer parks’

10.40 Break – coffee and tea

11.00 Panel 2 – Heritage in Conflict

Chair: Jennifer Rich

  • Pete McMenamin (Geography, Birmingham): ‘Rethinking Space, Landscapes and Aesthetics in Conditions of Contestation: The changing nature of cultural iconography in Derry, 1970-2013’
  • Han-Hsiu Chen (Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth): ‘Cultivating Heritage: Gaps in Taiwan’s tobacco landscape commemoration’
  • Stella-Anne Jackson (Archaeology, York): ‘The Former Odeon Cinema, Bradford: A discussion of the contested nature of the historic environment’

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Panel 3 – Absence, Presence and Change: Harmful environments and scarce resources

Chair: Jemima Matthews

  • Matthew Hannaford (Geography, Sheffield): ‘The consequences of past and future climate change for state formation and security in Southern Africa’
  • Ayuka Kasuga (Geography, Nottingham): ‘The Duke against a Printer: Smoke nuisance case at Charing Cross (1824)'
  • Hannah Boast (English, York): ‘Beyond Cartography: Imagining water and environment between communities in Israel/Palestine’

14.40 Break – coffee and tea

15.00 Session 4 – Performance and Print: Environments of protest and identity

Chair: Charlotte Veal

  • Jackie Calderwood (Creative Technologies, De Montfort): ‘Contested or Complimentary? Art and the layered environment’
  • Sam Haddow (Drama, Nottingham): ‘An Innocent Abroad: Mark Thomas’ Extreme Rambling and the politics of contestation’
  • Edmund Downey (English, Nottingham): ‘Print Shops and Politics: the sale of political literature in the 1790s’

16.20 Short break

16.30 Roundtable discussion with Professor Stephen Daniels and Dr. Briony McDonagh from the Department of Geography, University of Nottingham.

17.20 Close

The organisers would like to thank the University of Nottingham’s Landscape and Environment Group and the Department of English for kindly sponsoring this event. This event is free but places are limited. If you wish to attend, please email: Jennifer Rich at

View the Contested Environments poster [PHD].

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