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Second symposium – Whose Landscapes? 30/3/21
One of the major advantages of a biographical/narrative approach is the potential it offers to open up our understanding of landscape to a wider range of voices. A particular focus of concern in the UK context is the ways in which landscapes, especially rural landscapes, can be constructed as ‘white spaces’ that exclude ethnic minorities (Neal and Agyeman, 2006), an issue recently highlighted by MK Gallery’s ‘The Lie of the Land’ exhibition and Beth Collier’s ‘Wild in the City’ initiative. Class exclusion is a major and enduring structural feature of, especially, rural English landscapes, as the National Trust’s ‘People’s Landscapes’ initiative recognizes.
Click on the links below, download and open the file to view presentations from this symposium. These presentations have been posted with kind permission from the speakers.
The disruptive politics of Brexit: rural communities, dependency and migration
Professor Sarah Neal, University of Sheffield
Anti-blackness and the racialization of the British rural countryside space – how racial prejudice and place are intertwined yet contested
Maxwell Ayamba, Sheffield Environmental Movement
‘White and pleasant land?’ Racism and exclusion in the English countryside, 1948 – 2020
Lottie Jacob, University of Reading
Progression, extension, development, and the origins of The MERL
Dr Ollie Douglas, The Museum of English Rural Life
Professor Corinne Fowler, University of Leicester
Dr Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Paul Readman, King’s College, London