Interdisciplinary Conference: Topographies

Postgraduate researchers may be interested in an upcoming conference at the University of Bristol entitled Topographies: Places to Find Something. This  conference will take place 14 May 2015 and aims to explore what is meant by the term topography and how ideas and principles of geographic description can enable scholars from different academic backgrounds to understand topographies as ‘places to find something’.

The conference is now accepting abstracts for papers on several topics which include, but are not limited to: Literary geographies; Mapping the mind and madness; Poetry and place; Dreamscapes; Ontology and place; Embodiment, Performance, Place; Ecocriticism; Urban and rural topographies; Topographies of water, soil, sand and air; Topographies of terror; Otherworld topographies; Colonial and post-colonial spaces; Topographies of death, illness and decay; Palimpsests and heterotopias; Catographic and visual spatial practices; Topographies of faith; Topographical bibliography; Cosmography; Geology and deep time.

The plenary lecture will be delivered by Wai Chee Dimock (Professor of American and English Literature at Yale University) with keynote speakers Andrew Ginger (Chair in Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol) and Robert Vilain (Professor of German and Head of Modern Languages at the University Bristol). The conference will also feature an evening of poetry and film at the Watershed with poets Nial Campbell, Holly Corfield Carr, Tony Williams as well as filmmaker Alan Fentiman.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to Emily Derbyshire ( and Andrew Giles ( before 23 March 2014.

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Finally, on the theme of conference, the GCfE 9th annual conference will be taking place at the end of March. Information about the programme and how to register will be available soon.


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