Inhabiting Landscapes & Memories: A Cross-Disciplinary Engagement with Wendell Berry

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Date(s) - 14 June - 16 June
All day


The American Agrarian writer, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry frequently speaks of the need to be ‘placed’, to inhabit a particular landscape and its social memory over an extended period of time. This, he argues, is a precondition for fostering communities that care for the earth and the people who live off it—what he refers to as conviviality.This interdisciplinary conference will explore notions of conviviality, social well-being, and the good life that account for the interplay between local landscapes, memory/heritage, and social identities.

A cross-disciplinary conference exploring notions of conviviality, social well-being, and the good life rooted in local landscapes, heritage, and social identities. Inspired by the writings of the American agrarian philosopher, conservationist, poet, and novelist Wendell Berry, participants will explore together how local landscapes and heritage have engendered or can support sustainable communities. The conference will feature keynote lectures, interdisciplinary paper panels, and a concluding panel discussion, as well as a Cathedral tour and a possible walk taking in local landscape and heritage.

Plenary Speaker: Norman Wirzba, Professor of Christian Theology & Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

Other speakers include:

  • Mark Clavier, Brecon Cathedral
  • John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
  • Owain Jones, Bath Spa University
  • Rhys Dafydd Jones, Aberystwyth University
  • Andreas Patazatos, Durham University
  • Clare Saunders, Exeter University
  • Nicola Whyte, Exeter University
  • Rhian Williams, Independent Scholar
  • Graham Woodgate, University College London

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