Language, Landscape & the Sublime: Call for Participation

Language, Landscape & the Sublime: Call for Participation
Published: Nov 16, 2015
The call for proposals is still open on this theme until November 29, 2015. The resulting papers will be presented on June 29/30, 2016 at a symposium, part of Schumacher College’s Ecological Arts programme. A great place and a big theme. So? Get cracking!

Sucre, Bolivia. Photo by Whitney Smith, Nov. 16, 2015.


. . . to submit a proposal for participation to the forthcoming symposium Language, Landscape and the Sublime, June 29-30, 2016.

More detailed information can be found at

Channeling the sublime — 'Wanderer above the sea of fog' (1818), by Caspar David Friedrich.


Day 1 centres in particular around language, poiesis*, and landscape.

In Day 2 this focus continues, but with an emphasis on designed landscape and forms of representation, especially the landscape of the picturesque and those of Capability Brown.

Sharpham House, the location of the second day, is set within a garden and parkland attributed to Capability Brown whose tricentennial is celebrated in 2016.

We have no desire to be prescriptive or proscriptive, but here are some possible topics:

  • Literatures of nature
  • Nature, representation and meaning
  • Re-kindling the romantic gesture
  • Conflicted and contested relationship to the natural world
  • Poetics and Poiesis
  • The Picturesque and Sublime today
  • Nature and fear
  • Walking
  • Phenomenology of nature and landscape
  • Being in nature, nature and Being
  • Live writing, live drawing
  • Living today in yesterday’s landscapes
  • Alienation and estrangement from the land
  • Climate change and the landscape of the anthropocene


REGISTRATION is now open for the symposium.

Places are limited so early booking is advised. Once places are filled, registration will close. Early bird registration is available until December 30th.

Register here

* Poïesis (Ancient Greek: ποίησις) is etymologically derived from the ancient term ποιέω, which means "to make". This word, the root of our modern "poetry", was first a verb, an action that transforms and continues the world.

Sheffield Park, by Capability Brown.


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