Save the Date

We had a great conference, and have had a lot of good press about this conference. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference. We’ve had important partnerships with the AAG Landscape Specialty Group, and some other groups whose conferences we will be promoting here.

The 11th Annual IU Landscape, Space, and Place Conference will be held the first weekend in March (2-4), so mark your calendars! The call for papers should be out early this Fall. Send us an email at to be added to our mailing list.

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Thursday Schedule Adjustment

We’ve had to adjust our schedule a bit this afternoon, so we’ve condensed the two sessions into one. We will be starting after lunch at 1:30 pm. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience anyone, but it will give a longer lunch break! The Keynote with Dr. Rickly will be at the same time.

1:30 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. Film, Culture, and Urban Media

Chris Lukinbeal “‘On Location’ Filming in San Diego County from 1985- 2005: How a Cinematic Landscape is Formed Through Incorporative Tasks and Represented Through Mapped Inscriptions”

Carolin Kirchner “Towards an Aesthetic of the Revolutionary Sublime: Counter-Aesthetic and Counter-Culture in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970)”

Joshua Singer “Creating Landscape Fictions as Narrative in Digital Space: The ‘Interchangeable City Surface Modules of Detroit and Stockholm’”

Alexander Svensson “All Eyes on L.A.: The Strain Billboard and Affective Horrors in the Media City”

Response by Prof. Lukinbeal

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Final Schedule

We are happy to publish our official schedule for the conference next week. We are incredibly pleased with the variety of disciplines and topics represented in the participants. We hope you will attend and connect with these amazing scholars.

2016 Conference Program

We also want to note that before the start of our regular program we will have a special session organized by our co-sponsor, the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions.

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Schedule of Events

*This schedule is subject to change*

10th Annual Indiana University Landscape, Space, and Place Conference 2016

March 3-5th

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Venue: IMU State Room East

Time Session Speakers
12:30pm Introductions
12:45pm-2pm Mapping Film Culture and Aesthetics Chris Lukinbeal
(The University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development)
“‘On Location’ Filming in San Diego County from 1985-2005: How a Cinematic Landscape is Formed Through Incorporative Tasks and Represented Through Mapped Inscriptions”Carolin Kirchner
(UCLA, Cinema and Media Studies Department)
“Towards an Aesthetic of the Revolutionary Sublime: Counter-Aesthetic and Counter-Culture in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970)”

 Joan Hawkins
(Indiana University, Media School)
“Downtown Cinema and Exhibition 1975-2001

2:00pm-3:15pm Designs on Urban Media Joshua Singer
(San Francisco State University, Department. of Design and Industry)
“Creating Landscape Fictions as Narrative in Digital Space: The ‘Interchangeable City Surface Modules of Detroit and Stockholm’”

Alexander Svensson
(Indiana University, CMCL/Media School)
“All Eyes on L.A.: The Strain Billboard and Affective Horrors in the Media City”

Chris Lukinbeal
(The University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development)

3:15pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:45pm Keynote Address Jillian Rickly
(The University of Nottingham, UK, Business School)
Title: Negotiating authenticity, authority, and ethics: The politics of exclusion in sustainable adventure tourism
Friday, March 4, 2016

Venue: State Room East (8am-1pm); Oak Room (2pm-6pm)

9:30am Introductions
10:00am-11:15am Memory and Heritage Kathryn Hannum
(Kent State University, Department of Geography)
“Mapping the Transnational Commemoration of Alfonso R. Castelao”Skylar Calvert
(Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing)
“The Cycle of Public Memory in an Industrialized Town”

Stefany Van Scoyk
(University of Kansas, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures)
“German-Jewish Chronotopes of Heimat”

Meredith Wadlington
(Western Kentucky University, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, English Department)
“Pan-African Pastoral: Reimagining the Natural Spaces of Harlem Renaissance Poetics”

11:15-11:30am Break
11:30am-12:45pm Cinematic Urges: Narrating Landscape, Space, and Place Jin Lee
(University of New Hampshire, English Department)
“‘Reverie’ and ‘Irony’: ‘Reverse Mimicry’ of the White Travelers in King Solomon’s Mines”Panagnimba Parfait Bonkoungou
(University of Texas, El Paso, Department of Languages and Linguistics)
“Landscapes of Liberation in Buud Yam (1997) and Yeelen (1987)”

 Laura Sharp
(The University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development)
“Vision, Loss, and the Sociality of Absence in Kurosawa’s Dersu Uzala

Julie Le Hégarat
(Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University)
“Queer Families and the Transgression of Space: A Case Study of Wild Side

12:45pm-2:15pm Lunch Break (move to Oak Room!)
2:15pm-2:50pm IULMIA screening in the Oak Room Andy Uhrich
(co-director, IU Libraries’ Moving Image Archive)
3:00pm-4:15pm A Place By Any Other Name Kelsey Carlson
(Syracuse University, Department of Geography)
“Mitakuye Owas’in (All are My Relatives): ‘Our Language Describes the Land”Jörn Seemann
(Ball State University, Department of Geography)
 “From Aaron to Zulu: Revisiting Indiana Place Names and their Spatial Histories”

 Lance Howard with Will Rice, Lucy Rummler, Jacob Nikkila, and Michael Holland
(Clemson University, Department of History and Geography)
“The Clemson University Campus as an Historical and Experimental Landscape Text”

Susan Alt
(Indiana University, Department of Anthropology)
“Converting the Sacred: How Landscapes of Worship Became Landscapes of Power in Ancient Native America”

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Venue: State Room East 9am-7pm

9:30am Introductions
10:00am-11:15am Envisioning the Empire Casey Monroe
(Tufts University, Department of Art and Art History)
“‘A Vision of Empire: William Henry Jackson and the Mexican Railroad”Leila Saboori
(University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning)
“Oil as Agent of Landscape Change: Abadan and Masjid Suleiman in the First Half of the Twentieth Century”

Dinah Holtzman
(Indiana University, Gender Studies)
“‘Putting Decolonization on Stage’: Comparative Analysis of Photographs of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh Capitol Complex”

Meaghan O’Dea
(University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, English Department)
“An Opera Out on the Turnpike: Geography, Masculinity, and Ethnicity in Manuel Munoz’s The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue and Breece D’J Pancake’s The Complete Stories

11:15am-11:30am Break
11:30am-12:45pm Edible Landscapes Katje Armentrout
(Purdue University, American Studies)
“Becoming a Cosmopolitan Farmer: The Case of the Millennial Generation’s Migration Back to the Agrarian Middle Landscape”Megan Betz, Joe Betz
(Indiana University, Department of Geography; Ivy Tech-Bloomington, Department of English)
 “A New Midwestern Pastoral”

Michael Bryant
(Indiana University, Department of Germanic Studies)
“The Cultural Economy of the Döner Kebab”

Lindsay Knapp
“Near Nature: The Role of Native Botany in the Geography of Everyday Life”

12:45pm-2:15pm Lunch Break
2:30pm-3:45pm Locating the Domestic or Home Space Sana Iqbal
(Aga Khan University, UK)
“Swahili Women as Social Agents Enunciating Changing Use of Space”Lora Smith
(Indiana University, Department of Communication and Culture)
“The [Forgotten] Home Site of W.E.B. DuBois: A Rhetorical and Ethnographic Approach”

Hongyan Yang
(University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Department of Architecture)
“The Remaking of Everyday Domestic Landscapes as Immigrants’ Cultural Inheritance and Adaptation”

3:45pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:15pm Keynote Address Chris Post
(Kent State University, Department of Geography)
“Going Beyond May 4: Memorialization and Public Pedagogy at Kent State”

*This schedule is subject to change*

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Abstract Deadline extended!

Due to a number of requests, the organizing committee has chosen to extend the deadline for abstract submissions. The new deadline is set for January 11 so that we can inform participants of their inclusion with sufficient time to arrange travel, if necessary.

We look forward to your submissions, and hope you have a restful break.


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2016 Keynotes

Remember that the abstract submission deadline is coming up soon!

We’d like to announce that we will be privileged to have as our 2016 keynote speakers Dr. Chris Post and Dr. Jillian Rickly.

Chris W. Post is Associate Professor of Geography at Kent State University at Stark, with a BS in Social Studies Education from the University of Oklahoma and MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas. His research as a cultural and historical geographer focuses on the heritage of place, particularly as it becomes manifest on the cultural landscape through commemoration, place naming, and sense of place. Dr. Post has published chapters in the books Company Towns in the Americas and Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Methodologies. He has also published in the journals Area, Professional Geographer, Geographical Review, Journal of Cultural Geography, Journal of Geography, and Historical Geography. He has chaired the Cultural Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the board of the International Society of Landscape, Place, and Material Culture. His two favorite places on Earth are Chicago and the Colorado Rockies. When not teaching, reading, and writing, he spends time with his family and his guitars (which are like an extended family).

Jillian Rickly is an Assistant Professor of Tourism Marketing and Management in the Nottingham University Business School at The University of Nottingham. She is a tourism geographer working in the areas of geohumanities and mobilities studies. Her work weaves together environmental perceptions, identity and bio-politics, and performance theories to consider the relations between travel motivation and experience. From this foundation, she has published widely on the concept of authenticity in tourism studies, and has contributed a series of chapters to edited volumes regarding tourism mobilities as well as landscape perspectives for tourism studies. Dr Rickly is a co-author of Tourism, Performance, and Place: A Geographic Perspective (Ashgate) and a co-editor of Event Mobilities: Politics, Place and Performance (Routledge) and Tourism and Leisure Mobilities: Politics, Work, and Play(Routledge). She earned her PhD in Geography from Indiana University.

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2016: Call for Papers

10th Anniversary

10th Annual Landscape, Space, and Place Conference
Indiana University – Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, Indiana
March 3-5 2016

Landscape studies is multidisciplinary and has far-reaching academic connections and a diverse array of approaches that give the field its strength. The goal of the Landscape, Space and Place (LSP) conference is to bring together scholars across various disciplinary backgrounds to exchange ideas and consider novel intellectual perspectives. We also hope to encourage a more integrative framework upon which to build the future of the field. As part of the 10th anniversary of this rich and diverse conference, we are inviting faculty and graduate students to contribute abstracts that will comprise workshop-type panels and foster generative discussions about the role of space and place in our research.

Along with paper presentations, past conferences have included landscape architecture panels, artistic installations, and videos. Such submissions are also welcome and can be accommodated. This year the conference panels will be structured around specific topics and feature one faculty member invested in the particular field of study who will help facilitate a workshop-type presentation. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing:

*Geographies of film culture and exhibition
*Digital landscapes, mapping, and geo-caching
*Global conflict, borders, and nationalism
*Queer spaces, gendered places, and visual culture
*Whiteness and racialized landscapes
*Archaeology and landscape history

Other paper topics or panels that will intersect with the theme of the conference:
*Visual culture and media studies
*Tourism, postcoloniality, and boundary crossing
*Environmental landscapes and politics
*Migration, geographies of everyday life
*Animal and posthuman geographies
*Architecture and theories of design
*Photography and documentary studies
*Soundscapes, sound studies, and sonar

Potential questions to address include but are not limited to: How do landscapes shape dynamics of power and how do these power structures in turn shape landscapes? *What are the relationships between spaces and cultural and artistic practices? *How can places influence conceptualizations of citizenship and political involvement? *What are some of the contemporary or historical ways of representing and experiencing space? *What are some of the ways of circulating and reproducing notions of place?

Past Keynote Speakers:
Kenneth Foote, University of Connecticut – Department of Geography
Janet Walker, University of California – Santa Barbara – Film and Media Studies
Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Wisconsin – Madison – Emeritus professor of Geography

Information and Guidelines for Submission:
The LSP conference will feature workshop panels of 3-4 people (this may include a faculty presenter/facilitator) presenting papers related to a general theme. Presenters should prepare 10-12 minute presentations in sessions that will be followed by a 15-20 minute Q/A. Papers and creative projects related to landscape, space, and place are welcome and encouraged. For any type of submission please include:

  • a written abstract of 250-300 words,
  • five (5) keywords to describe your project,
  • list two (2) bibliographic references.

Submissions are due by December 18, 2015. Please submit abstracts here.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Organizing Committee Chairs: Katie Lind, Dan Johnston, and Saul Kutnicki

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