Geographies of Post-Industrial Place, Memory, and Heritage I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Virginia C, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Mark Rhodes, William Price
Chairs: William Price

Call for Submissions

If you are interested in contributing a paper to this session, please send your abstract of no more than 250 words to Mark Rhodes (, Amy Walker (, or William Price ( .


Recent work at the intersection of historical, cultural, environmental, economic, community, and tourism geographies has revealed the rich significance of post-industrial place, memory, and heritage. Much has been accomplished towards understanding processes of intangible heritage and the affect of the spectral geographies of post-industrial landscape (i.e. Edensor 2005; Hill 2013). Likewise, the intersection of gentrification, heritage, and the environment further emerges in post-industrial research in the field (Matthews and Picton 2014; Kern 2015; Stehlin 2016). Further, how might we trouble the idea of (post)-industrial itself, which too often situates conversation in a 'past,' rather than any form of present or continuity. We wish to expand upon many of these discussions in this session, incorporating a greater range of geographical locations and considerations into this growing body of literature. How do memory work, memorialization, and collective memory engage with labor, trauma, and community, past and present? How do spaces which were once economically productive and environmentally destructive transition into places of (un)sustainable tourism and environmental education? How can sense of place and community operationalize these post-industrial landscapes?

This session combines empirically and theoretically framed works which engage with post-industrial landscapes. What is their power, what problems do they face, and how can we as researchers ethically and effectively engage with these communities? In this vein, what might a rural, Indigenous, or post-colonial shift look like in these contexts? While primarily intersecting at the post-industrial geographies of the United States and United Kingdom, this session engages with global patterns and concerns of industrial place, memory and heritage.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Carolyn Thompson*, Southern Connecticut State University, Industrial Heritage in an Era of Climate Catastrophe: Representing the Past, Re-imagining the Future 20 8:00 AM
Presenter John Baeten*, Indiana University, Contamination as Artifact: The New Heritage of the Anthropocene 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Nick Rush-Cooper*, Newcastle University, What can be salvaged from Pripyat? 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Leila Dawney*, University of Brighton, UK, Atomic cities and analogue dreams: on infrastructural remains. 20 9:00 AM
Presenter William Price*, Department of Geography, Ball State University, Catherine Ronck, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics, Tarleton State University, Quarrying for World Heritage Listing: Slate Tourism in North Wales 20 9:20 AM

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