‘Re-thinking the Rural’ seminar


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 1pm to 4:15pm
Room 220, Media Factory
Cold Bath Street
University of Central Lancashire
PR1 2HE Preston
United Kingdom

Re-thinking the Rural is a half-day seminar, which will bring together artists, geographers, historians and other people with an interest in the politics of landscape, to discuss cultural representations and perceptions of ‘the rural’. The event will include presentations of academic research, as well as examples of how artists have engaged with issues of land-ownership and the natural world within their practice.

The afternoon will include time for discussion, with a view to creating new networks and informing In Certain Places’ future programme, which will address notions of the rural, as part of a wider focus on the ‘expanded city’. The seminar also precedes an upcoming exhibition at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, which will explore artistic depictions of rural life.


13.00 Introduction by In Certain Places Curator Elaine Speight
13.10 Dr. Rosemary Shirley – Rural Modernity, Everyday Life and Visual Culture
13.40 Dr. Jonathan Westaway – Rituals of Extinction: Manhunting Games in the British Outdoor Movement, 1890-1914.
14.10 Questions and discussion
14.25 Break and refreshments
14.35 Abi Townsend – Ruskin’s View
14.55 Tracy Hill – Chat Moss
15.15 John Angus – Freeman’s Wood
15.35 Questions and discussion
16.15 Finish