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Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild

26-29th March 2015, Newcastle University, UK

Extended Deadline for Papers

Due to technical difficulties with our email address the deadline for papers has been extended until 5pm on Friday 6th June.

This international cross-disciplinary conference, organised by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, will bring together scholarly communities for knowledge exchange and debate.  It aims to consider the discourses that swirl around concepts of wilderness, wildness, wildscape, re-wilding, wilding and the wild.   It will seek to explore the place of these notions in the contemporary imagination, whilst giving an account of their continuing agency for academics, professionals and all those engaged in landscape issues.  We look forward to welcoming participants from around the world including academics, journalists, artists, writers, creative practitioners, activists and landscape practitioners across disciplines such as conservation management, environmental philosophy, countryside planning, landscape architecture, cultural geography, literature, fine arts,  and other subject areas in the arts, humanities and sciences.  The Wild image


Keynote Speakers  (confirmed to date)

Professor Bill Adams holds the Moran Chair in Conservation and Development at Cambridge University. His research focuses on the choices and conflicts between development and conservation. His writing on the subject includes: ‘Against Extinction, the Story of Conservation’ (2004). See http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/adams/

Dr Steve Carver of the University of Leeds has worked extensively on the development of wild land mapping and evaluation methodologies and has tested and applied these across a variety of locations and spatial scales including Scotland, England, Britain, Europe, and the USA.  See http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/s.carver

Jay Griffiths is the award-winning writer and author of ’Wild: An Elemental Journey’ (2008) and ‘Kith: the Riddle of the Childscape’ (2013).  She was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Oxford University.  See http://www.jaygriffiths.com/

Dr Anna Jorgensen of Sheffield University –  Managing Editor Landscape Research and Co-Editor of ‘Urban Wildscapes,’ one of the first edited collections of writings about urban ‘wilderness’ landscape.   See http://www.shef.ac.uk/landscape/staff/profiles/ajorgensen

Paul Kingsnorth is a poet and novelist.   He is a former deputy-editor of The Ecologist and a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. His writings include ‘Kidland’ (2011) and ‘Uncivilization’ (2009). See http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/

Call for Papers

There is an open call for papers for conference sessions. Abstract submissions for presentations or posters are welcome from people working in research, policy and practice.

Abstracts (in Word format) should be no longer than 350 words (excluding references). You may also send one A4 page of images or tables (as a pdf file).  Final papers will be 5,000 words.  All approved abstracts and papers will be pre-published in the conference proceedings.

The planned themes are:

  • The Urban Wild
  • Rewilding vs the Cultural Landscape
  • Future Imaginaries of Landscape
  • Wilderness as a State of Mind
  • Reclaimed and Restored landscapes
  • The End of Environmentalism?

The submission of Abstracts for selection and approval should be sent to wildernessconf@ncl.ac.uk  by 5pm on Friday 6th June 2014

Please identify with which of the themes you feel your paper is most appropriately allied.


All enquiries, comments and suggestions should be to the conference organisers by email: wildernessconf@ncl.ac.uk

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