Cultural and Historical Geography
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Cultures of Landscape

Research by the group has extended the theoretical language of landscape though detailed empirical study, with the movement between theory and practice informing innovative research on landscapes as performance, vision, sensation and material form.

Image: "View from the House looking South" from the Red Book for Sheringham (1812), permission to use image granted by the National Trust. The image features in Daniels, S. and Veale, L. (2015) "Revealing Repton: bringing landscape to life at Sheringham Park" Landscape Research 40, 5-22.


Animal landscapes

This work contributes to cutting-edge debates regarding the roles of animals on our world the more-than-human worlds they inhabit, and what we might know about past animal landscapes.

Recent publications...
  • Forsyth, Isla. "A bear's biography: Hybrid warfare and the more-than-human battlespace." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (in press).
  • Allen, Daniel, Charles Watkins, and David Matless. "'An incredibly vile sport': Campaigns against Otter Hunting in Britain, 1900–39." Rural History 27.01 (2016): 79-101.
  • Hearn, Robert, Ross Balzaretti, and Charles Watkins. "The Wolf in the Landscape: Antonio Cesena and Attitudes to Wolves in Sixteenth-Century Liguria." Rural History 26.01 (2015): 1-16.

Art, environment, and landscape

The School of Geography at Nottingham was one of the foundation sites of the "new cultural geography" of the 1980-90s and it continues to produce new ways of investigating how inhabited place, visualised landscape, and living environment interact.

Recent publications...
  • Ingram, Alan, Isla Forsyth, and Nicola Gauld. "Beyond geopower: earthly and anthropic geopolitics in The Great Game by War Boutique." Cultural Geographies 23.4 (2016): 635-652.
  • Daniels, S., Cowell, B. and Veale, L. (2015) Landscapes of the National Trust. Pavilion Books: London.
  • Daniels, Stephen, and Lucy Veale. "Revealing Repton: bringing landscape to life at Sheringham Park." Landscape Research 40.1 (2015): 5-22.

Regions and places

The school maintains a strong tradition of theoretically informed empirical investigation of particular places, of varying scope and composition, from a town or city to an environmental configuration (a reserve, desert, or farm) or a spatial configuration (the border, the zone, or the camp).

Recent publications...
  • Beckingham, David "Banning the barmaid: Time, space and alcohol licensing in 1900s Glasgow" Social and Cultural Geography. (2017), 117-136.
  • Forsyth, Isla. "Desert journeys: from exploration to covert operations." The Geographical Journal (2015) 226-235.
  • Forsyth, Isla. Second World War British Military Camouflage: Designing Deception. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
  • Kirby, Keith, and Charles Watkins, eds. Europe's Changing Woods and Forests: From Wildwood to Managed Landscapes. CABI, Wallingford, 2015.


Cultural and Historical Geography

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