There has been much reflection of late on the nature of the English-Scottish border; its past, present and potential future. Political and economic concerns have absorbed much of the attention, but there has also been interest in questions of identity, the impact of over-layering social and cultural engagements and the historical legacy of cross-border interactions. These issues have defined this ‘borderland’ and rendered it distinctive over time.
The border territory to be considered here is predominantly rural, characterised by forestry, agriculture and moorland, and raises issues of heritage as well as aesthetic and environmental sustainability. Professor Holt will explore past aspects of the visual and material culture as well as recent artistic practices that have helped both to shape and to investigate a contemporary cultural landscape.
Ysanne Holt is Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts. Her research is focussed on themes relating to twentieth and twenty-first century art in Britain, its critical discourses and institutions, as well as the broader processes and practices of cultural landscapes. In both of these contexts she has led the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional academic research networks as well as collaborative projects with national museums including Tate Britain. Professor Holt has a strong interest in the social and historical relations between forms of cultural production, and was founding editor of the Routledge journal Visual Culture in Britain, now in its fifteenth volume. Her recent research relates to the experience and representations of northern Britain, in particular the shifting historical and present day identities of marginal or ‘at edge’ sites such as borders and island locations.
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