Traversing the Field Conference 2015

This blog forms the main hub for the 2016 Traversing the Field Conference.


Thomas A. Clark writes, ‘walking is the human way of getting about’. Bipedalism is fundamental to our experience of the environment and the self, with a vast history as old as humanity. In the modern world, scholarship across the disciplines has engaged with walking – from Rebecca Solnit’s discussion of the disappearance of pavements to McFarlane’s dissection of the mountaineering impulse – and beyond, into land reform, land ownership, and conservation. From poets to pilgrims, activists to archaeologists, flâneurs to phenomenologists, walking has figured importantly in the activity of many different artistic, academic and religious practitioners. In this one-day conference, we will explore the different uses to which walking has been put and the different meanings derived therein, with particular focus on Scottish contexts. Hear from researchers in other disciplines, and walkers from outside academia, about their experiences of walking, and learn about other approaches to the Scottish environment.

The conference takes place on Saturday 30th April, 9am-5pm.

It will be followed by drinks at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts).

It will be held in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill.

You can register for the conference through Eventbrite here.

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