Approaching Landscape: Panel Report

As mentioned in a recent blog post, one of the big events of the summer for our mountains project was the ‘Celtic Conference in Classics’, taking place at St Andrews in July, and for which we hosted a panel on ‘approaching landscape in the classical tradition’. As anticipated, the three-day panel proved to be an immensely rewarding and thought-provoking opportunity to discuss issues of landscape and methodology from a wide variety of angles and with reference to a range of different sources, periods, and localities.

Our intention, ever since we conceived of the panel, was to produce a report which would serve both as a record of the ideas and issues raised but also as a starting-point for further work and discussion in classical landscape studies. We are extremely pleased to now be able to distribute that report, which brings out the key themes – memory and time, social consensus, imagination, embodiment – connecting the twenty diverse papers which formed the panel. The report also incorporates a brief bibliography provided by each speaker, identifying a select series of theoretical works which informed the development of their ideas. We hope that this bibliography will form a valuable resource to any scholar or student wishing to develop their own methods for ‘approaching landscape’.

The report was produced by Chloe Bray, a PhD student in the School of Classics at St Andrews currently writing a thesis on the representation of liminal space in Greek tragedy. The report can be downloaded here. The report is licensed under Creative Commons – CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 – which means you are welcome to freely distribute it, but only for non-commercial purposes, and must provide attribution. The report, as linked, will not be subsequently edited: please consider the ‘publication’ date to be September 2018 for citation purposes. The report contains reflections, insights, and bibliographies from the following scholars:

  • Rebecca Batty
  • Jeremy Brown
  • James Calvin Taylor
  • Maria Combatti
  • Julia Doroszewska
  • Katharine Earnshaw
  • Esther Eidinow
  • Ben Felderhof
  • Andrew Fox
  • Isabel Köster
  • Dawn Hollis
  • Jason König
  • Elizabeth Minchin
  • Josie Rae
  • Caleb Simone
  • Estelle Strazdins
  • Ryan Warwick

We very much hope that readers with an interest in classics, landscape, and methodology will find the report both interesting and useful! We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Chloe Bray for so ably capturing the panel, and to all of our participants for making it such a rewarding experience.


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