The Wild Practice in Academia?

PhD Workshop
Wednesday 25 March 2015, Newcastle University, UK

Call for Abstracts

The Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild conference organisers are offering a postgraduate workshop for PhD students whose research focuses on creative practice or who are interested in cross-disciplinary working with creative practitioners. Early stage students are particularly welcome.

The workshop is thematically linked to the main conference’s themes, which seek to understand the place in the contemporary imagination of notions such as the Urban Wild / Rewilding vs the Cultural Landscape / Future Imaginaries of Landscape / Wilderness as a State of Mind / Reclaimed and Restored Landscapes / The End of Environmentalism? (

The workshop will address the unfolding of creative practice within an academic context, the exploring of the tensions between creative practice and academic practice, and the turning of creative practice into academic practice. Experts from diverse fields including Architecture, Creative Writing, Landscape Architecture, Ecology and Art will present and debate issues around the value of creative practice in academia and will aim to expand and cross the borders between disciplines.

The organisers are interested in abstracts that study the themes of the conference within a creative driven context. The abstract should include a title and a maximum of 500 words outlining the focus of the proposed presentation. Five keywords should be included. The abstract may be supported by a description of the creative practice element in the form of a text extract, a photograph, an illustration, a drawing, video stills, weblinks, etc. Prior to the workshop selected student participants will prepare a pecha kucha style presentation as a basis for discussion.

Confirmed participants: Maggie Roe, Dr Katie Lloyd-Thomas, Dr Laura Fish, Prof Adam Sharr and Prof Wolfgang Weileder.
Organisers: Armelle Tardiveau, Usue Ruiz Arana and Dr Anais Leger-Smith.

Deadline for call for papers: 5pm 9th January 2015
Notification of accepted abstracts: 15th February 2015

Registration and payment to the conference will be required to attend the workshop.
Registration details can be found at

Enquiries and comments should be to the conference organisers by email:

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