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Tracing the Past, Walking the Future: symposium

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Verdon-Smith Room, Royal Fort House

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This two-day research event will consider cross-disciplinary and trans-historical intersections between concepts of walking, mapping, history, technology, performance, and the environmental humanities, via a research symposium and a campus walk. Please register here for the symposium (Monday 8th May, 2-5pm).

We are delighted to announce Professor James Loxley as our invited guest, who will be speaking on Ben Jonson’s ‘Walk to Scotland’ and methodologies for mapping literary, performative and historical landscapes. We will also be joined by Ralph Pite, Dolly Jorgensen and Paul Clarke, who will speak on themes as diverse as apps, maps, and Romantic literature, the role of digital technology in bringing us closer to wildlife, and how we can construct imaginative futures for the university through promenade performance.

‘Tracing the Past, Walking the Future’ will explore the environmental presences, narratives and histories that surround us, but may be overlooked. By applying interdisciplinary perspectives, what new or hidden perspectives of university life (past, present, and future) may be revealed? How might technology allow us to engage new audiences around these themes? We also aim to investigate the ways in which walking can inform our research and the dissemination of work. How might we develop the use of walking as a methodology for the Environmental Humanities, Performing Arts, English Literature, and History? How does a mobile perspective enhance or alter our understanding of place? How are the mobilities of place translated into the stories we tell of it?

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