4 October 2018 Start
4 October 2018 End
9:30 am – 6:30 pm Time
United Kingdom Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Mythological Panoramas Conference

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The term ‘mythological panoramas’ is deliberately difficult to define. The mythologising of space or indeed spaces that are themselves imbued with mythology inherently involves a certain indefinability. What are the implications of mythology on landscape? Can and, indeed, should one try to define such spaces? Why and how do certain cultures define their space mythologically?

The spatial and chronological dimensions of mythological panoramas are also themselves immense. The research driving this conference comes from across the academic spectrum, from Roman art, to early modern cartography, and contemporary Brazilian poetry, and so we welcome attendees from all disciplines. With a keynote speech from Professor John Wylie (Geography, University of Exeter), Mythological Panoramas is a chance to explore the intricacies and peculiarities of these spatial and chronological dimensions.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.

With particular thanks to the London Arts and Humanities Partnership for their support and funding for this project.

9:30-10:00: Registration and coffee

10:00-10:15: Welcome from the organisers

10.15-11.30: Panel 1: Myth and the City

Sayan Skandarajah (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

Authorship and Authority – Parallel Projection and Urban Imagination in “Rakuchu Rakugai zu” Paintings of Early Modern Kyoto

Janina Schupp (University of Cambridge)

From Suburban Paradise to Threat: The Reversal of a Mythologizing Cinematic Gaze in the Parisian Suburbs

Thierry Verburgh (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

“Soaking Up the Punky-funky All-feel of Eastern Kreuzberg”: Tourism and the Mythification of Subcultural Kreuzberg, 1960-2017

11:30-11:50: Coffee break

11.50-1.30: Panel 2: Myth and Identity

Ruth Bernatek (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

Mapping the Mythical Landscape Through Sound and Voice in Iannis Xenakis’ Polytope de Mycenae (1978)

Pauline Harding (University College London)

Mythologising Archaeological Landscapes

Samuel Agbamu (King’s College London)

The Mediterranean and the Myth of Mare Nostrum

Yuliya Suleyeva (University College London)

Geographical and Metaphysical Insecurities of Contemporary Russia and the Postmodernist Myth of Russia’s Exceptionalism: Ontological Properties of the Spatio-Temporal Mythological Construct of the ‘Russian Path’

1:30-2:15: Lunch

2:15- 3:55: Panel 3: Mythologies of Landscape

William Melaney (The American University in Cairo)

Wordsworthian Tales: Myth, Nature and History

Monica Germanà (University of Westminster)

Sublime Mindscapes: Mythologised Other Places and the Creative Imagination in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Richard Kendall (University of Birmingham)

Mythological Flatness: The Myth of Icarus

Michael Economou (University of Oxford)

Reimagining the Sacred Landscape of the Judean and Samarian Hill Country

3.55-4.15: Coffee break

4.15-5.15: Keynote: Prof. John Wylie (University of Exeter)

The Common Line: Creating Landscape Mythologies

5.15-5.30: Closing Remarks

5.45-6.30: Wine Reception

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