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Encountering Environments Symposium

The University of Chichester’s Environment and Experience research group invite papers for a one-day, in-person symposium.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Professor Divya Tolia-Kelly (University of Sussex)

Confirmed Presenters:

  • Kate Drake (Wellbeing Officer, South Downs National Park).
  • Anoushka Rawden (Cultural Heritage lead, South Downs National Park).
  • Whistlestop Arts (Community Inclusive Arts and Walking).

The Encountering Environments symposium aims to initiate interdisciplinary dialogue and knowledge sharing by exploring how individuals and collectives engage with, relate to and experience environments. The term environment is broadly conceived encompassing; rural landscapes and nature spaces, urban and architectural sites, institutional, workplace and organisational spaces, domestic environments and public and private realms. The symposium invites border crossings between theoretical and practical territories, subject and object relations and human-nonhuman entanglements.

We are inviting research papers from, and not limited to, the fields of feminist posthuman discourse, new materialism, anthropology, human geography, education, performing and fine arts, art and health, psychology, ecology and social justice that particularly address one or more of the following areas of inquiry:

  1. Time and tempo in relation to environments; What thinking assists us in understanding the political, personal, social or cultural associations between environments, time and tempo? What are the political and personal implications arising from processes of acceleration and slowing down? How do notions of deep time, immanence and transience inform understandings of environmental encounters?
  2. Poetics, imagination, inner and outer landscape dialogues: How do we imagine and provoke poetic dialogues between environments and human / nonhumans? How do imagined or projected landscapes interact with physical encounters with sites and specific spaces? What are the poetics of multiple realities, materials (both human and nonhuman) converging in environments and places?
  3. Access and permissions – inclusions and exclusions: How do socio-cultural, political, physical and environmental conventions, exclude and include? How do practices and understandings of trespass, wandering, loitering, rambling and meandering, invite or restrict practices of engagement and participation? Who goes where?

Submission Deadline: Friday 1st July 2022

  • Please submit abstracts (max 300 words in length) and a short biography (150 words) attached to an email with the subject header: Encountering Environments Symposium to env.exp@chi.ac.uk.
  • Paper presentations will be 20 mins in length.
  • Alternative presentation formats such as photo essays, performative lectures and film / documentary formats can be accommodated.
  • Due to space and time restrictions longer workshops or more experimental durational presentations cannot be accommodated.
  • Please indicate any technical requirements clearly on the email.

Successful proposals will be notified by Monday 1st of August.

To facilitate in-person attendance for ECRs and PhD students, two £30 travel bursaries are available. Please email env.exp@chi.ac.uk to apply.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Organising committee: PhD Students Andrea Vassallo, Virginia Farman, Michelle Spencer, Dr Shirley Chubb, Prof Vicky Hunter

Event details

Saturday 08 Oct 2022

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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