THE ALCHEMICAL LANDSCAPE: Counterculture, Occulture and the Geographic Turn
An interdisciplinary symposium presented by the
Counterculture Research Group
"If any one book put ley lines on the map, re-enchanted the British
landscape and made
the capital of the New Age it was John
Michell's seminal 1969 tome The View Over Atlantis." ---Bob Rickard,
Fortean Times, 2009.
In an age of vast ecological crisis and a widespread re-calibration of the
arts and humanities towards questions of eco-criticism, an increasing
number of writers, artists and film-makers are re-investing the British
landscape with esoteric and mythic imagery. From the revival of 'Folk
Horror' to the cross-over between magical and artistic practice, this
'enchanted' representation of the rural works as both a link to the past
and an articulation of pressing contemporary concerns.
This special one-day symposium at the
seeks to University
explore the creative, aesthetic and political implications of this
300-word proposals for presentations of up to 20 minutes are invited on any
aspect of this theme.
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
- John Michell, T.C. Lethbridge, J.A Baker, T.H. White, Helen Macdonald,
Paul Devereux, Andrew Collins, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alan Moore, Derek
Jarman, Penny Slinger, Arthur Machen, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, Dennis
Geraldine Monk, Michael Bracewell, Gary Spencer
Millidge, Alice Oswald, David Pinner, Diana Durham, Charlotte Hussey, Brian
Catling, Janni Howker.
- English Heretic, Ghost Box, Drew Mulholland, Julian Cope, The Outer
Church, Pye Corner Audio, Matt Shaw, The Sinister Insult, Phil Legard, The
Geography Trip, The Wyrding Module, The Haunted Shoreline, The House in the
Gazetteer, The Soulless Party, A Year in the Country,
Wyrdstone, Scarfolk, The Old Weird
The Sons of T.C. Lethbridge,
Psychic Field Recordings.
- The Stone Tape, Children of the Stones, Quatermass and the Pit, A Field
The Wicker Man, Blood on Satan's Claw, Antichrist, Voodoo
Dead at the
Morgue, The Owl Service, Robin Redbreast, Penda's
- Mystical, visionary and imaginative landscapes, folklore, hauntology,
alternative nostalgia, psychogeography, speculative archaeology, inner
space, psychedelic pastoralism, the contemporary bucolic.
- The creative potential of magical thinking, Fortean phenomena and
parapsychological practices: crop circles, dowsing, residual haunting,
remote viewing, geomancy.
Proposals can be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a short biographical note with your submission.
Yvonne Salmon FRSA FRGS FRAI
James Riley FRSA
Fellow of English