‘Between Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality’ is a cross-disciplinary conference to be held in Trinity College Dublin, 5-6 June, 2014. The conference is being organised in conjunction with the School of English and the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

Why place? Why space?

Within the context of Human Geography, seminal thinkers such as Yi-Fu Tuan have provocatively interrogated the age-old and intricately tangled question of man’s relationship to his environment, Far from static, it is infinitely complex and wrought with contradiction. In an increasingly urbanised world, we grow ever more wary of any space outside of man’s domain. Such space seems chaotic, threatening, and unpredictable – and yet at the same time, darkly seductive. Similarly, our so-called ‘places’ refuse to sit comfortably in a modern world, ‘united’ by global capitalism and communication technology, but also fractured by political and cultural conflicts.

The recent ‘spatial turn’ in literary and cultural studies marks an attempt to comprehend the ways in which we conceive of and construct the places and spaces we occupy. It illustrates a complex picture of the changes and consistencies of our experience of space over time, and the relationship between individuals and society at large.

This two-day cross-disciplinary conference aims to bring together a wide variety of perspectives from within the humanities, in order to explore man’s composite and mutating relationship to spaces and places. We are interested in the literal and the metaphoric, the real and imaginary facets of space and place. The conference will probe what it means to be ‘liminal’, examining those areas and moments in which one is caught between the intimate and the exposed, the familiar and the frightening – between place and space.

For further information, please contact: spacesbetweenplaces@gmail.com


Dara Downey, Ian Kinane, Elizabeth Parker (IRC Scholar),

Trinity College, Dublin

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