The Organising Committee of the conference “Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape” has announced that abstracts are now being accepted for presentation at the combined workshop and conference. As there is a limited number of spaces available for participants not presenting papers, the Committee also welcomes expressions of interest particularly from students in early stages of doctoral research.

The aim of this event is to bring together doctoral researchers working on the perception and representation of landscape in the arts and humanities. Much of the essential theory in landscape studies comes from social science, environmental studies, and critical theory, requiring arts and humanities students embarking on a research project to navigate unfamiliar fields. Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape will provide training in these areas, as well as an opportunity for participants to consider their own research from a diverse range of perspectives. The event will include:

-Six workshop segments delivered by established academics on a variety of approaches to landscape, including theory from cognitive studies, anthropology, and landscape archaeology.

-Short research papers delivered by postgraduate contributors from across Scotland.

-Interactive activities such as The Monument Game, a deep-map card game which investigates the bio-cultural heredity of the Outer Hebrides.

Welcomed are papers from doctoral students in the arts and humanities on any aspect of landscape, environment, space, or place. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

-The relationship between natural landscapes and the manmade/urban

-Memory and landscape

-Space vs. place

-Constructing and visualizing the landscape through art, cartography etc

-Ecocritical perspectives on the landscape and the politics of nature

-Gender and landscape

-Fictional vs. fictionalised landscapes

-Utopian/dystopian landscapes

-Literary geographies

Preference will be given to students from SGSAH member institutions, in accordance with funding regulations. The papers will be delivered in PechaKucha format, and will be followed by discussion. More information will be circulated on how to prepare a PechaKucha presentation after abstracts are selected, but information can be found at Abstracts will be selected by the organising committee in order to represent a range of research topics and disciplines.

Abstracts are expected to be 250 words maximum, excluding bibliographies. The abstracts are to be submitted to [email protected]The deadline is the 31st of July 2017.

Thanks to generous funding from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities,  travel bursaries and overnight B&B accommodation for postgraduates giving papers, as well as a dinner on the evening of the 16th will be offered. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during both days of the event.

A limited number of travel bursaries will also be available for students who wish to attend the workshop without giving a paper, thanks to generous support from the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Further information: [email protected].

The Organising Committee: Chloe Bray (University of St Andrews); Anahit Behrooz (University of Edinburgh); Laura Donkers (University of Dundee)