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Queen's University Belfast

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You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural lecture of Professor Nuala Johnson MRIA, at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast. Professor Johnson is a leading international expert on nationalism and the politics of identity; public monuments and collective memory; literary spaces; and the historical geographies of science. Her lecture will be on:

Place, Politics and Nature: from cultural geographies to bio-geographies

There will be a reception afterwards in the Elmwood Common Room. To help with catering purposes, please register your attendance at eventbrite.


Abstract: What role does place play in making political and scientific identities today and in the past? At first glance, it would seem that political ideologies and scientific practices transcend the peculiarities of particular locales, and are not essentially contingent on them. Yet the study of war memorial complexes and commemorative performances, natural history sites and scientific fieldwork practices, have all revealed how questions of geography often lie at the heart of political identity formation and knowledge construction. Drawing on a number of research strands and using examples from Ireland, the UK and Burma, this talk will consider the significance of the cultural geographer’s spatial perspective on politics and the history of science.


Brief Bio: Nuala Johnson MRIA is Professor of Geography at Queen’s University Belfast, having previously held lectureships at Loughborough University and University College London. She has written extensively on nationalism and the politics of identity; public monuments and collective memory; literary spaces; and the historical geographies of science. She is currently writing a monograph on gender, natural history and empire. She is author of Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance (CUP, 2003) and Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens (I B Tauris 2011).





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