Walking backwards: psychogeographical approaches to heritage

Overall, S. (2016) Walking backwards: psychogeographical approaches to heritage. In: CHAT2016: Rurality, 21-23 Oct 2016, University of the Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall, Orkney. (Unpublished)


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Since its Situationist origins in Paris, psychogeography has been considered a primarily urban pursuit. But psychogeographical approaches can easily be extended to walking in rural and semi-rural areas, where constraints and controls on pedestrian access abound.
In this paper I will discuss how psychogeographical practices can be adapted to enhance and alter our experience of rural place, and in particular, sites of historical interest. I will explore how the Situationist-inspired movements Experimental Tourism (Joel Henry), Mythogeography and Counter-Tourism (Phil Smith) react against the packaging of heritage sites and the sanitising effects of the heritage industry.
As a ‘lay’ enthusiast, outside the archaeological community, I am keen to explore what creative interpretation can bring to the experience of heritage sites. How readily can visitors apply the advice of alternative site guides, such as Wrights & Sites A Mis-Guide to anywhere (Hodge et al. 2006) and Counter-Tourism: a handbook (Smith 2012)? How can one look beyond prescribed readings of heritage sites without rejecting expert knowledge?
In light of these issues, I will discuss how I am currently developing my own ‘attentive walking’ practise-based research into heritage projects in Kent, including work with English Heritage sites and volunteers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Sonia Overall
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 13:21
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 11:39
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15087

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