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Professor John Wylie

Professor John Wylie

Professor of Cultural Geography, Director of Research (Human Geography)

 3339

 Amory C356b

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

 Office hours:

Office Hours Term 3, 2018-2019

Wed 09:30 - 10:30

Wed 16:00 - 17:00

 

Overview

I'm a cultural geographer. I'm interested in the development of landscape theory in geography, and more broadly in geographies of visual art, writing, haunting and performance. I'm also an Editor of the international journal cultural geographies (Sage). I'm originally from Enniskillen, a town in the west of Northern Ireland. I came to England to do a geography degree at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1994. Afterwards I moved to the University of Bristol to take the MSc. Society & Space course, and then stayed on at Bristol to do doctoral research, and was awarded my PhD in 2001. By then I was working as Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. I worked in Sheffield for six years, before moving to take up my present post at Exeter in October 2006. I was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2011, and to Professor in August 2013.

Current Research Project:

The Common Line - please visit our website to learn about the Line!

http://thecommonline.uk

 

Key Roles in Geography at Exeter:

  • Director of Research (Human Geography) 2018 -
  • Head of Geography (2013-17)
  • Director of Postgraduate Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences (2010-13).
  • Research Group Leader: Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge (2011-13).

External Roles – Research Related:

  • Editor, cultural geographies (Sage) (2013 - )
  • AHRC Peer Review College Member (2011 - )
  • Editorial Board Member, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2008-2013)
  • Editorial Board Member, Landscape (Windgather Press)
  • International Advisory Board, Landscape Research (Taylor & Francis)
  • Treasurer, History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group – a research group of  the Royal Geographical Society/IBG.(2011-2013)

External Roles – Education Related

  • External Examiner, Human Geography Undergraduate Degrees, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (2016-2020)
  • External Examiner, MA Landscape Archaeology, NUI Galway (2013-2016)
  • External Examiner, BA Geography programme, Department of Geography, University of Manchester (2010 - 2013)
  • External Examiner, Masters by Research Methods, Department of Geography, University of Durham (2007-2010)
  • External scrutineer, MSc Modernity, Space and Place & MA Globalisation, Department of Geography, UCL.

Qualifications

BA (Manchester)
MSc (Bristol) 
PhD (Bristol)

Links

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Cultural Geographies of landscape, embodiment & performance.
This is my main research area. Through a sequence of 10 books, single-author journal articles, editorials and book chapters I have attempted to outline and explore a series of arguments aiming to advance landscape studies beyond the ‘ways of seeing’ paradigm dominant in cultural geography since the late 1980’s. Seeking to foreground and delineate theoretically-rich notions of materiality, embodied practice and perception, my research here considers intertwinings of self and landscape - of culture and nature more generally – through focusing upon their performance via everyday practices such as walking and visualising. I also attempt, through my writing, to explore how such practices may be creatively expressed and diagrammed. In connection with this research in 2002 I was awarded an ARHB ‘Innovations’ grant to conduct a solo walk along a 200-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path, a project which lead to a series of publications and which was supplemented by a further grant award from the University of Sheffield Social Science Division Research Fund. I have also undertaken studies of cultures of landscape, the body and the visual centred upon Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England and Antarctica. Underpinning this work is a concern to supplement critical, interpretative and discursive readings with affectual, creative and experiential accounts of enlacings and distanciations of self and landscape. In all of these works I have been concerned with examining how distinctive affinities of self and landscape emerge and are sustained through constellations of materiality, affect, light and morphology. I understand landscape in terms of tensions - tensions between, for example, watcher and watched, interior and exterior, the invisible and the visible. Thought this way, the term landscape names neither an external surface nor a set of cultural meanings, but rather the materialities and sensibilities with which we see.

Spatial Theory & Philosophy
Theory production and innovation in human geography is a longstanding research focus and interest. I am particularly interested in continental philosophy, and in the relationships between phenomenology and post-structuralism, for example the linkages and ruptures between Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze, Heidegger and Derrida. A specific concern here is understandings of landscape, place, subjectivity and embodiment in these writers. This links my research to the ongoing development of non-representational, performative and affectual approaches in human geography. My work here involves ongoing conversations and collaborations with colleagues Mitch Rose (Hull), Paul Harrison (Durham) Ben Anderson (Durham) and J-D Dewsbury (Bristol), and has resulted in 2 editorials and leading journal special issues and a number of international conference sessions/presentations.

Cultures of Travel & Exploration
My work in this area considers both literary and actual processes of travel and exploration in the broad context of European colonialism and imperialism, and its associated geographical imaginations and practices. My writing in this area has sought to both abet and inflect postcolonial geographies, by attempting to situate their critical account of colonial discourse within contexts of material performance. I have published 5 papers and book chapters on the ambivalent geographies of The Tempest, and the South Polar expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott.

Spectral Geographies
If space is associated with absence and place with presence, (despite all attempts by geographers and others to think these terms otherwise), then landscape sits precisely on this threshold: presence/absence.In the past two years, much of my writing and thinking has been about presence and absence, focusing in particular upon the configuration and unsettling of senses of landscape and self via processes of haunting. Funded by an AHRC Research Grant (£72K, Dec 2005, project runs March 06 - Sept 09) the focus here is upon the production of a series of discursive and substantive studies of the spectral as a means of re-conceptualising landscape and self. This research is inspired firstly by Jacques Derrida’s ‘hauntological’ writings on self, mourning and testimony, and secondly by the work of the German-born author W.G. Sebald.

Research projects

Grants and Awards:

  • 2007 - 2010
    AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award,
    'Land and Sea: the visual geographies of the South West Coast Path,
    £50K
  • 2006 - 2009
    AHRC Research Grant,
    ‘Spectral Geographies: unsettling landscape place and self’. PI
    £72K.
  • 2005
    University of Sheffield Divisional Research Fund
    ‘Smoothlands: fragmenting self and landscape
    £750 (a follow-up to my South West Coast Path work)
  • 2002-2004
    AHRB Innovations Award
    ‘Enacting Landscape: walking the South West Coast Path’ PI
    £5000
  • 1996-1999
    ESRC PhD award:
    ‘Cultures of Landscape and the Body’

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Wylie JW (In Press). A Landscape Cannot be a Homeland. Landscape Research Full text.
Wylie JW, webster C (2018). Eyeopener: drawing landscape near and far. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text.
Wylie JW (2017). The Distant: thinking towards renewed senses of landscape and distance. Environment, Space and Place Full text.
Wylie JW (2017). vanishing points an essay on landscape memory and belonging. Irish Geography, 50, 3-18. Full text.

Publications by category


Books

Wylie JW (2007). Landscape. london, routledge.

Journal articles

Wylie JW (In Press). A Landscape Cannot be a Homeland. Landscape Research Full text.
Wylie JW, Lorimer H (In Press). Loop (a geography). Performance Research, 15(4), 6-13. Abstract.
Wylie JW (In Press). Wylie, J (2005) ‘The Subject of Landscape’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New. Series 30, pp.521-522. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30(4), 521-522.
Jones O, Read S, Wylie J (In Press). ‘Unsettled and unsettling landscapes: Exchanges by Jones, Read and Wylie about living with rivers and flooding, watery landscapes in an era of climate change’. Journal of Arts & Communities, 4(1), 76-99.
Wylie JW (2019). Landscape as not-belonging: the Plains, earth writing, and the impossibilities of inhabitation. Philogical Quarterly, 97, 177-197. Full text.
Wylie JW, webster C (2018). Eyeopener: drawing landscape near and far. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text.
Wylie JW (2017). The Distant: thinking towards renewed senses of landscape and distance. Environment, Space and Place Full text.
Wylie JW (2017). vanishing points an essay on landscape memory and belonging. Irish Geography, 50, 3-18. Full text.
Wylie JW (2012). Dwelling and Displacement: Tim Robinson and the Questions of Landscape. Cultural Geographies Abstract.
Wylie J (2010). Cultural geographies of the future: looking rosy and feeling blue. Cultural Geographies, 17(2).
ANDERSON B, Wylie JW (2009). Anderson B, Wylie J, 2009, "On geography and materiality" Environment and Planning a 41(2) 318 – 335. Environment and Planning A, 41(2), 318-335.
Wylie JW (2009). Landscape, absence and the geographies of love. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 34(3).
merriman P, revill G, cresswell T, lorimer H, matless D, rose G, Wylie JW (2008). Landscape, mobility, practice. social and cultural geography, 9(2), 191-212.
Wylie JW (2007). The Spectral Geographies of W.G. Sebald. Cultural Geographies, 14(2), 171-188.
Wylie JW (2006). Depths and Folds: on Landscape and the Gazing Subject. Environment and Planning D Society and Space, 24(4), 519-535.
Rose M, Wylie JW (2006). Wylie, J & Rose, M (2006) ‘Animating Landscape’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24, 4, 475-479. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24(4), 475-479.
Wylie JW (2006). Wylie, J (2006b) ‘Smoothlands: fragments/landscapes/fragments’ Cultural Geographies 13, 3 458-465 doi: 10.1191/1474474006eu368oa. cultural geographies, 13(3), 458-465.
Wylie JW (2005). A Single Day's Walking: narrating self and landscape on the Southwest Coast Path. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30(2), 234-247.
Wylie JW (2002). An essay on ascending Glastonbury Tor. Geoforum, 33(4), 441-454.
Wylie JW (2002). Becoming-icy: Scott and Amundsens's polar voyages. Cultural Geographies, 9(3), 249-265.
dewsbury J, harrison P, rose M, Wylie JW (2002). Dewsbury, JD, Harrison, P. Rose, M & Wylie, J (2002) “Enacting geographies”Geoforum, vol.32. no.4.pp.437-440. Geoforum, 32(4), 437-440.

Chapters

Wylie JW (2015). 'Poststructuralist Approches: Deconstruction and Discourse Analysis’. In Aitken S, Valentine G (Eds.) Approaches to Human Geography: Philosophies, Theories, People and Practices, London: Sage.
Wylie JW (2014). ‘Landscape’. In Cloke P, Crang P, Goodwin M (Eds.) Introducing Human Geographies, London: Hodder Arnold.
Wylie JW (2013). ‘Landscape and Phenomenology’. In Howard P, Thompson I (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Landscape Studies, London: Routledge.
Rose M, Wylie JW (2011). Landscape-Part II. In  (Ed) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography, 221-234.
Wylie JW (2010). Landscape. In Agnew J, Duncan J (Eds.) Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, London: Sage.
Wylie JW (2010). Non-Representational Subjects?. In Anderson B, Harrison P (Eds.) Taking-Place: geography and non-representational theory, Ashgate.
Wylie J (2010). Writing through landscape. In Brace C, Jons-Putra A (Eds.) Process: landscape and text, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.
Wylie JW (2008). The Ends of the Earth: Narrating Scott, Amundsen and Antarctica. In Cosgrove D, Dora VD (Eds.) High Places: cultural geographies of mountains and ice, London: I.B. Tauris.
Wylie JW (2006). Poststructuralist theories, critical methods and experimentation. In Aitken S, Valentine G (Eds.) Approaches to Human Geography, London: Sage, 298-311.
Wylie JW (2003). Landscape, performance and dwelling: a Glastonbury case-study. In Cloke P (Ed) Country Visions, Harlow, England: , 136-158.
Wylie JW (2002). Earthly Poles: the Antarctic voyages of Scott and Amundsen. In Blunt A, McEwan C (Eds.) Postcolonial Geographies, London: Continuum, 169-184.

Publications by year


In Press

Wylie JW (In Press). A Landscape Cannot be a Homeland. Landscape Research Full text.
Wylie JW, Lorimer H (In Press). Loop (a geography). Performance Research, 15(4), 6-13. Abstract.
Wylie JW (In Press). Wylie, J (2005) ‘The Subject of Landscape’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New. Series 30, pp.521-522. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30(4), 521-522.
Jones O, Read S, Wylie J (In Press). ‘Unsettled and unsettling landscapes: Exchanges by Jones, Read and Wylie about living with rivers and flooding, watery landscapes in an era of climate change’. Journal of Arts & Communities, 4(1), 76-99.

2019

Wylie JW (2019). Landscape as not-belonging: the Plains, earth writing, and the impossibilities of inhabitation. Philogical Quarterly, 97, 177-197. Full text.

2018

Wylie JW, webster C (2018). Eyeopener: drawing landscape near and far. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text.

2017

Wylie JW (2017). The Distant: thinking towards renewed senses of landscape and distance. Environment, Space and Place Full text.
Wylie JW (2017). vanishing points an essay on landscape memory and belonging. Irish Geography, 50, 3-18. Full text.

2015

Wylie JW (2015). 'Poststructuralist Approches: Deconstruction and Discourse Analysis’. In Aitken S, Valentine G (Eds.) Approaches to Human Geography: Philosophies, Theories, People and Practices, London: Sage.

2014

Wylie JW (2014). ‘Landscape’. In Cloke P, Crang P, Goodwin M (Eds.) Introducing Human Geographies, London: Hodder Arnold.

2013

Wylie JW (2013). ‘Landscape and Phenomenology’. In Howard P, Thompson I (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Landscape Studies, London: Routledge.

2012

Wylie JW (2012). Dwelling and Displacement: Tim Robinson and the Questions of Landscape. Cultural Geographies Abstract.

2011

Rose M, Wylie JW (2011). Landscape-Part II. In  (Ed) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography, 221-234.

2010

Wylie J (2010). Cultural geographies of the future: looking rosy and feeling blue. Cultural Geographies, 17(2).
Wylie JW (2010). Landscape. In Agnew J, Duncan J (Eds.) Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, London: Sage.
Wylie JW (2010). Non-Representational Subjects?. In Anderson B, Harrison P (Eds.) Taking-Place: geography and non-representational theory, Ashgate.
Wylie J (2010). Writing through landscape. In Brace C, Jons-Putra A (Eds.) Process: landscape and text, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.

2009

ANDERSON B, Wylie JW (2009). Anderson B, Wylie J, 2009, "On geography and materiality" Environment and Planning a 41(2) 318 – 335. Environment and Planning A, 41(2), 318-335.
Wylie JW (2009). Landscape, absence and the geographies of love. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 34(3).

2008

merriman P, revill G, cresswell T, lorimer H, matless D, rose G, Wylie JW (2008). Landscape, mobility, practice. social and cultural geography, 9(2), 191-212.
Wylie JW (2008). The Ends of the Earth: Narrating Scott, Amundsen and Antarctica. In Cosgrove D, Dora VD (Eds.) High Places: cultural geographies of mountains and ice, London: I.B. Tauris.

2007

Wylie JW (2007). Landscape. london, routledge.
Wylie JW (2007). The Spectral Geographies of W.G. Sebald. Cultural Geographies, 14(2), 171-188.

2006

Wylie JW (2006). Depths and Folds: on Landscape and the Gazing Subject. Environment and Planning D Society and Space, 24(4), 519-535.
Wylie JW (2006). Poststructuralist theories, critical methods and experimentation. In Aitken S, Valentine G (Eds.) Approaches to Human Geography, London: Sage, 298-311.
Rose M, Wylie JW (2006). Wylie, J & Rose, M (2006) ‘Animating Landscape’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24, 4, 475-479. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24(4), 475-479.
Wylie JW (2006). Wylie, J (2006b) ‘Smoothlands: fragments/landscapes/fragments’ Cultural Geographies 13, 3 458-465 doi: 10.1191/1474474006eu368oa. cultural geographies, 13(3), 458-465.

2005

Wylie JW (2005). A Single Day's Walking: narrating self and landscape on the Southwest Coast Path. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30(2), 234-247.

2003

Wylie JW (2003). Landscape, performance and dwelling: a Glastonbury case-study. In Cloke P (Ed) Country Visions, Harlow, England: , 136-158.

2002

Wylie JW (2002). An essay on ascending Glastonbury Tor. Geoforum, 33(4), 441-454.
Wylie JW (2002). Becoming-icy: Scott and Amundsens's polar voyages. Cultural Geographies, 9(3), 249-265.
dewsbury J, harrison P, rose M, Wylie JW (2002). Dewsbury, JD, Harrison, P. Rose, M & Wylie, J (2002) “Enacting geographies”Geoforum, vol.32. no.4.pp.437-440. Geoforum, 32(4), 437-440.
Wylie JW (2002). Earthly Poles: the Antarctic voyages of Scott and Amundsen. In Blunt A, McEwan C (Eds.) Postcolonial Geographies, London: Continuum, 169-184.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

 

Member of European Landscape Forum

Expert Panel member ERSC’s International Benchmarking Review of Human Geography

Member of AHRC Peer Review College

Teaching

2015-16 Undergraduate modules:

  • GEO3121 Cultural Geographies of Landscape (Convenor)
  • GEO2325 Research Methods in Human Geography
  • GEO2308 Berlin Fieldtrip

2015-16 Postgraduate modules:

  • GEOM131 Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice

Current PhD students:

  • Veronica Vickery (Joint Supervisor, AHRC Award)
  • Dominic Walker (Second Supervisor, University of Exeter Scholarship)
  • Dalia Kuoraite (Lead Supervisor, self-funded)
  • Patrick Weir (Second Supervisor, AHRC Award)

Alumni

  • Katherine Morton (completed Sept 2014) AHRC Award, Second Supervisor - now University of Bristol
  • Deborah Knight (completed Dec 2012) AHRC Award, Joint Supervisor
  • James Riding (completed June 2012) University of Exeter Scholarship, First Supervisor - now University of Sheffield
  • Leila Dawney (completed March 2011) AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, First Supervisor - now University of Brighton
  • Liz Roberts (completed Sept 2010) AHRC Project Student, First Supervisor - now University of the West of England
  • Jenny Carton (Mphil completed 2009) ESRC Award, Joint Supervisor.
  • Erena le Heron (completed Jan 2008) TEC New Zealand, Joint Supervisor
  • Louisa Cadman (completed Dec 2005) ESRC Award ‘Second Supervisor

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Chloe Asker (ESRC SWDTP) Mindful geographies? Towards the geographies of mindfulness

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