Call for Papers

Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape:

A postgraduate training workshop and conference on interdisciplinary
approaches to landscape research in the arts and humanities


University of St Andrews, 16th-17th November 2017

Deadline: Abstracts must be submitted by 31st July 2017


The organising committee is now accepting abstracts from doctoral students for presentation at Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape. The combined workshop and conference aims to bring together postgraduates studying various aspects of landscape, with a view to creating an interdisciplinary research community. Alongside the workshops delivered by established academics, postgraduate papers will highlight the current research of doctoral students and allow an open environment of interdisciplinary discussion.

We welcome papers from doctoral students in the arts and humanities on any aspect of landscape, environment, space, or place. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The relationship between natural landscapes and the manmade/urban
  • Memory and landscape
  • Space vs. place
  • Constructing and visualizing the landscape through art, cartography etc
  • Ecocritical perspectives on the landscape and the politics of nature
  • Gender and landscape
  • Fictional vs. fictionalised landscapes
  • Utopian/dystopian landscapes
  • Literary geographies

Preference will be given to students from SGSAH member institutions, in accordance with funding regulations. The papers will be delivered in PechaKucha format, and will be followed by discussion. More information will be circulated on how to prepare a PechaKucha presentation after abstracts are selected, but information can be found at Abstracts will be selected by the organising committee in order to represent a range of research topics and disciplines.

Abstracts are expected to be 250 words maximum, excluding bibliographies. Please submit abstracts to

Thanks to generous funding from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, we are able to offer travel bursaries and overnight B&B accommodation for postgraduates giving papers, as well as a dinner on the evening of the 16th. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during both days of the event.

A limited number of travel bursaries will also be available for students who wish to attend the workshop without giving a paper, thanks to generous support from the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Organising Committee