Landscapes of the Everyday

Session Convenor

Catherine Jolivette, Missouri State University

Session Abstract

What is landscape? The visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal? A picture representing an area of countryside? The genre of landscape painting? Or something much broader than a simple dictionary definition might imply? This session invites papers that engage new approaches to landscape, its discourses and representations, in ways that transcend and transgress past disciplinary boundaries.

In his 2015 book, John R. Stilgoe explores the titular question, ‘What is landscape?’ through its definition as a noun that ‘designates the surface of the earth people shaped and shape deliberately for permanent purposes’. In the expanded field, landscape encompasses the ecology of cities and towns, as well as what Rosemary Shirley reframes as the ‘non-metropolitan’, a term that rejects the anachronism of rural life being preserved as a kind of living museum.

This session explores landscape as the locus of the everyday, actively formed through environmental or anthropogenic changes, and the ways that language and visual culture shape our understanding of the form and meaning of landscape. Topics might explore landscape in relation to themes that include (but not limited to) labour and production, industrialisation and its legacies, sustainability, recreation, cultural heritage, design, mapping and cartography, and iconography.

All forms of visual culture may be considered, including, photographs, posters, film and television, artworks, architecture, festivals, exhibitions, guidebooks, maps, advertisements, promotional materials, and other forms of print media. Papers that focus on any period or geographical region are welcome and interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenor, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenor.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

BACK TO 2019 Annual Conference