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Tim Robinson, culture and environment

Unfolding Irish landscapes offers a comprehensive and sustained study of the work of cartographer, landscape writer and visual artist Tim Robinson. The visual texts and multi-genre essays included in this book, from leading international scholars in Irish Studies, geography, ecology, environmental humanities, literature and visual culture, explore Robinson’s writing, map-making and art. Robinson’s work continues to garner significant attention not only in Ireland, but also in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, particularly with the recent celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his monumental Stones of Aran: pilgrimage. Robert Macfarlane has described Robinson’s work in Ireland as ‘one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a landscape that has ever been carried out’. It is difficult to separate Robinson the figure from his work and the places he surveys in Ireland – they are intertextual and interconnected. This volume explores some of these characteristics for both general and expert readers alike. As individual studies, the essays in this collection demonstrate disciplinary expertise. As parts of a cohesive project, they form a collective overview of the imaginative sensibility and artistic dexterity of Robinson’s cultural and geographical achievements in Ireland. By navigating Robinson’s method of ambulation through his prose and visual creations, this book examines topics ranging from the politics of cartography and map-making as visual art forms to the cultural and environmental dimensions of writing about landscapes.

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson
Eóin Flannery

14 Essayist of place: postcolonialism and ecology in the work of   Tim Robinson Eóin Flannery In his 1993 study of cartography and folklore, Mapping the Invisible Landscape, Kent C.  Ryden underscores the necessary interdisciplinarity of what he terms ‘the essayist of place’.1 Impelled by a desire to do justice to the complexity, or ‘thickness’, of place histories, of place – visual and textual – for Ryden, ‘the essayist of place is at once a cartographer, a landscape painter, a photographer, an archivist, and a folklorist, as well as a storyteller … [and] a

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Meg Holden

. Post- humanism paints our over-reliance on anthropocentric justifications and on human social, political and economic institutions as primarily responsible for environmental losses. That is, we are in crisis because our dreams are ignorant of humanity’s dependence on non-human nature. To make a difference, we need to displace these dreams with alternative holistic ecosystems-based thinking. In opposition to this stance is the stance, predominant in political ecology, that the most effective way to engage environmental politics is to make environmental concerns fit

in The power of pragmatism
Owain Jones

this is to say that modernism is an anti-ecological form of knowledge both in its impact on ecology – or the three ecologies set out by Félix Guattari (2000, and see below) – and in its reductive stances. Pragmatism and related non-representational approaches, in contrast, are potentially ecological forms of knowledge that embrace the interconnectivity of all things and have an evolutionary understanding of how the earth and cosmos advance through space-time in a burgeoning becoming of which they are part. In this chapter, I seek to highlight the links between

in The power of pragmatism
The politics of value and valuation in South Africa’s urban waste sector
Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon, Anesu Makina, Nate Millington, Kathleen Stokes, and Erik Swyngedouw

emphasise collaborative governance and community participation and awareness as means of improving waste management. Before we examine this triad, we provide a conceptual and theoretical entry into the problem. An urban political ecology of waste metabolism We mobilise theoretical and empirical insights from urban political ecology (UPE) (Heynen et al., 2006 ; Swyngedouw, 1996 ) while extending and reformulating this perspective through the inclusion of theoretical and empirical insights from the global south (Ernstson et al

in African cities and collaborative futures
Listening in/to Tim Robinson
Gerry Smyth

is the ‘deep ecology’ movement which argues in essence ‘that we have reason to set limits to our domination of Nature, which go beyond our own long-term flourishing, that Nature or the world can be seen as making demands on us’.28 Taylor is neither the first nor the last to identify a correspondence between certain aspects of Heidegger’s thought and the concerns of the modern ecological movement. Although not entirely equivalent, the latter’s work tends toward the ‘deep’ perspective, Taylor maintains, in so far as it develops a conviction that ‘something beyond the

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Concepts and practice
Lucy Rose Wright and Ross Fraser Young

has been conducted. In its briefest summation, there is an established history of conflating politics with gardening through a political ecology lens (Hovorka, 2006; Jarosz, 2011; Schroeder, 1993; Walker, 2005). The literature focuses on the rights of marginalised women who take advantage of the social opportunities presented by UG. Recently, there has been a shift in discourse towards conflation of UG and spatial injustice. This shift has seen the development of the term ‘political gardening’ to describe gardening which is influenced by neoliberalisation and the

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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Ireland’s ‘ABC of earth wonders’
Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick

statement is indicative of landscapes as a whole and why, in addition to his work in the west of Ireland, Robinson’s distinctive methods of map-making and topographical writing capture the geographical and cultural consciousness not only of Ireland, but also of the entire North Atlantic archipelago  – an epistemology that is characterised by the discursive spaces associated with real and imagined areas of land and sea through cartography, culture and ecology, traversing many national borders.9 Since arriving in Aran, Robinson has gone on to write several award

in Unfolding Irish landscapes