PEREC’S GEOGRAPHIES / PERECQUIAN GEOGRAPHIES

Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Sheffield, Friday 6- Saturday 7 May, 2016

imageGeorges Perec was one of the most inventive and original geographical writers of the twentieth century. His writing speaks to a wide range of geographical interests, substantive and methodological. These include cities and streets; homes and apartments; conceptions of space and place; mathematical and textual spaces; imagined, utopian and dystopian spaces; time and the city; landscapes of memory and trauma; consumption and material culture; domestic spaces; everyday life, the everyday, the quotidian; ordinary and ‘infra-ordinary’ places. Methodologically, Perec also has much to offer, having explored methods of urban exploration and observation; classification, categorisation and taxonomy; spatial inventories and indexes; and geographical and ethnographic description.

This symposium explores Perec’s Geographies (his own geographical writing) and the wider body of geographical writings and other practices he inspired or speaks to, ranging from novels to travel books, architectural projects and urban expeditions: we call these Perecquian Geographies.

This event will bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines including Geography, Architecture, French Studies, other Area and Cultural Studies, Town Planning and Architecture, and also engaging practitioners including landscape designers and artists with interests in Perecquian themes.

Readings and Keynotes:

  • Karl Whitney, author of Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin (Penguin)
  • David Matless, Nottingham University, author of The Regional Book (Uniformbooks)
  • Joanna Walsh, author of Hotel (Bloomsbury)
  • Derek Schilling, Johns Hopkins University, author of Mémoires du quotidian: les lieux de Perec (Septentrion)

Speakers Include:

  • Amanda Crawley-Jackson, Sheffield
  • Charles Forsdick, Liverpool
  • Matthew Gandy, Cambridge
  • Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan
  • Alasdair Pettinger, Glasgow
  • Joanne Lee, Sheffield Hallam
  • Richard Phillips, Sheffield
  • Andrew Leak, UCL
  • Peter Jackson, Sheffield

Numbers are limited but places are still available; registration is £40 thereafter.

For expressions of interest, contact Richard Phillips (r.phillips@sheffield.ac.uk) or Charles Forsdick (c.forsdick@liverpool.ac.uk). Online registration is now available here.

Supported by the AHRC, the University of Sheffield, and Society for French Studies

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