Steve's notes to his GRS group
For this session I would like to concentrate on your thesis.
If we can't make In Real Life meeting, we can meet on line (I will post the link on Thursday)
Please make sure you have all your material to hand:
Your thesis outline
The draft for the first chapter (if that exists); Your notes (including the notes on your own work you have made over the last year);
Your source material (books, articles, visual references to artworks &c)
An annotated bibliography (see example below) which gives a brief synopsis of the core texts you will be drawing from. Maximum of 5 key texts.
If you don't yet have those things, please remember the Graduate Research Seminar is here to help organise the process of writing the thesis, and the writing tutors are here to help with that. So please don't panic if you feel a little overwhelmed at this beginning stage – that is usual. .
Example of annotated bibliography (borrowed from Sacha's proposal):
Conversations with Landscape – Karl Benediktsson, Katrin Anna Lund
Conversations With Landscape moves beyond the conventional dualisms associated with landscape, exploring notions of landscape and its relation with humans through the metaphor of conversation. With contributions drawn from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, geography, archaeology, philosophy, literature and the visual arts, this book explores the affects and emotions engendered in the conversations between landscape and humans.
Examples: the making of 40 photographs - Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams talks about the situations around the making of his photos and the methods he used to realize them. Each image is accompanied by a text that studies the technical and aesthetic conditions of the subject and contains memories of the places and people involved.
Space is the place – Lukas Feireiss
Together with artists, designers, architects, curators, historians, theoreticians and philosophers, it questions the experience, imagination and design of spaces and places in theory and practice. The publication looks at contemporary artistic practices that turn spaces into places. Space and place are explored as topics and mediums of playful investigation and serious reflection.
Landscape and power – W.J.T. Mitchell
A study on landscape by considering landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities
The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd
Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the 'essential nature' of the Cairngorms.
Mountains Of The Mind - Robert Mcfarlane
In Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind, he sets out to explain what drives people to the mountains in their droves, and especially what drives those who are prepared to risk their lives in pursuit of a particular summit.
Natural:Mind - Vilém Flusser
Flusser investigates the paradoxical connection between the concepts of nature and culture through a para-phenomenological analysis of natural and cultural phenomena.