Don't walk that way: why heritage sites need psychogeography

Overall, S. (2017) Don't walk that way: why heritage sites need psychogeography. In: TAG 2017, 18-20 December 2017, Cardiff University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

By their nature, heritage sites often require constraints and controls on pedestrian access. Yet the freedoms of walking – and the attendant pleasures of pausing, ruminating, peering, questioning, imagining and narrating – are vital to the public experience of these sites.

In this paper I will discuss how psychogeographical approaches, particularly those embraced by practitioners of counter tourism (Joel Henry, Phil Smith, Wrights&Sites), can be used to ameliorate issues of access and develop imaginative responses to physical and less tangible heritage.

Since 2015 I have been developing the use of creative and attentive walking practices at heritage sites from the perspective of a psychogeographer and curious visitor, rather than a member of the archaeological community. This includes work with English Heritage at sites in East Kent, an HLF-funded project ‘Walking Heritage’ (2016), and ‘O what we ben! And what we come to!’, an interactive walking project mapping post-apocalyptic literary landscapes onto medieval and Roman sites in Canterbury (Being Human Festival 2017).

Drawing on these case studies, I will discuss how walking with psychogeographical attitude can be encouraged, creating playful experiences and an enriched engagement with heritage places and spaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0070 Philosophy. Relation to other topics. Methodology
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR6100 2001-
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Sonia Overall
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 13:34
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 13:34
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17064

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