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Mythological Panoramas: tracing distortions and fictions of landscape across time and space - 04/10/2018, London (England)





In recent decades, the ‘spatial turn’ in critical theory has heralded an increased focus on geographical tensions across the humanities. Considering the nature of spaces and places allows us to elucidate the complex dialectics that lie beneath physical appearances, revealing how locations can become both ‘real-and-imagined’ (Soja, 1996) due to conflicting representations. Landscape is thus an important locus of ideological world creation and contestation. Likewise, mythologising is a tool for political cosmopoesis. This conference aims to analyse the two together to ask how and why a landscape becomes ‘mythological’, and what happens during this process.


FECHA /DATE/DATA: 04/10/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Senate House, University of London (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Elizabeth Chant; Connie Bloomfield ; Abigail Walker


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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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