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CALL. 07.07.2018: Mythological Panoramas: tracing distortions and fictions of landscape across time




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

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

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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.

Scholars such as Doreen Massey have observed the tendency of spatial theorists to privilege spatiality over temporality (2005). We believe the focus on mythologising, a theme deeply concerned with time, will reintegrate the two, shedding exciting new light on how we inscribe meaning onto space. As a result, this conference will explore the unique spatio-temporal processes by which a landscape is mythologised.

The Mythological Panoramas conference will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to elucidate this complex subject. The theme invites inter-medial and inter-generic dialogue, with mythological landscapes manifest in, to name a few, art, cartography, film, theatre, and literature of various genres.

Approaches and considerations may include, but are not limited to:

The materialisation of ephemeral or imagined spaces

The narrative impact of landscape on mythological story-telling

The psychological impact of mythologised spaces

The mythologising effect of the unknown

Questions of landscape, reality, and hyperreality

How mythological landscapes manifest themselves across diverse media

Cartographic imaginations and issues of mapping

The geographies of mythology

We welcome abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute papers from graduate students and academics at any career stage. Please also include a 100-word biography in your submission. Abstracts should be sent to by 7th July, 2018. Successful paper presenters will be notified by the end of July.

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Some travel grants of up to £100 will be available for speakers attending from outside of London. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these when submitting your abstract.

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