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Spaces of Renewal. Defining the sacred in the leisure - tourism - heritage - pilgrimage nexus

13 January 11

2Q24/2Q50 Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England, Bristol.


10.00- 10.15 registration and coffee 2Q50/51

10.15 -10.30 welcome and intro 2Q24


10.30 -11.00 Keynote John Eade, University of Surrey, Pilgrimage: Theoretical and Substantive Journeys in Conditions of Increasing Cultural Diversity


11.00-11.30 Avril Maddrell, University of the West of England, Mobilising the landscape, local history and the body in search of the spiritual: pilgrimage walks in the Isle of Man.


11.30-12.00 Veronica Della Dora Where the tourist's gaze fades: performing the landscape and the sacred in Meteora, Greece


12.00-12.30 Alessandro Scafi, Warburg Institute, University of London, “Vere locus iste sanctus est in quo orant”. Visiting the Monastery of the Sacro Speco in Subiaco

12.30-1.00  Heather Walton, University of Glasgow, Explorations in the theology of pilgrimage


 1.00-1.45 lunch 2Q50/51


2.00- 2.30 Alana Harris, University of Oxford, Sacred Fragments: Embodiment and the Therapeutic at the 'Scottish Lourdes'


2.30-3.00 Marion Bowman, Open University, Consuming Glastonbury


3.00-3.30 Cheryl Wills, University of Exeter, Harnessing Nature’s Benefits: Using Subjective Wellbeing to Recognise the Wider Values of Tourism


 3.30-4.00 tea 2Q50/51


4.00-4.30 Keynote - Jo Little, University of Exeter, Wild Nature: Discipline, Therapy and the Gendered body of the spa


4.30-5.00 – Discussant Chris Philo, University of Glasgow.



Avril Maddrell (2009) Complex Locations. Women's Geographical Work in the UK 1850-1970, RGS-IBG/ Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford is now available in hardback and paperback.


Avril Maddrell and James Sidaway (eds) (2010) Deathscapes. Spaces for death, dying, mourning and remembrance, Ashgate, Farnham, now available as hardback or e-book. 


E. Anderson, A. Maddrell, K. MacLouhglin & A. Vincent (eds) (2010) Memory, Mourning, Landscape, Rodopi, Amsterdam, now available in paperback.


Spaces of Renewal Workshop  13TH January at UWE, Bristol

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Dr Avril Maddrell,

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University of the West of England,

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