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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
The spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland
Ronan Foley

11 Health and wellness or conspicuous consumption? The spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland Ronan Foley Alongside taking up golf and buying overseas property, attending spas was a signifier of Celtic Tiger Ireland’s new affluence. Whether associated with the latest hotel and spa development or as part of a wider wellness practice, the word ‘spa’ suggests a whole range of contradictory meanings from pampering and luxury to retreat and mindfulness (Smith and Puczko, 2009). This chapter begins with a short discussion of the history and development of the modern spa with a

in Spacing Ireland
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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Kelly Sullivan

the contradictions of the human world – geology, biology, personal history, myth, politics – into ‘a state of consciousness even fleetingly worthy of its ground’. He proposes that such a synthesis would not be just a work of art, but a step beyond: ‘it would be like a reading of that work’. ‘Impossible,’ he says. And yet it is precisely this aesthetic and ecological experiment that drives both volumes of Stones of Aran (Pilgrimage and Labyrinth).5 104 Kelly Sullivan Thus Robinson’s masterpiece of ecological prose, the Stones of Aran diptych, suggests failure at

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall

privatization of the energy system in one city may be a good idea, but the privatization of the energy system in another city may be a disaster. A system of deliberative democracy in a low-density city with poor transit will be different than one in a high-density city with good transit. The material systems must be animating features of any new politics, not simply a postscript. Building a healthier spatial contract starts with a detailed understanding of the specific system in the specific place at a specific moment in history. As we hope is clear at this

in The spatial contract
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John Elder

topography, the most skeletal and reductive representation of its geometry, is profoundly suggestive of a way of looking at the world and caring for it.’1 Across the seasons and over the decades, Robinson has walked the catchments near his home in Connemara (see Figure 7). Not only has he come to know them in intimate detail, but he has also tracked their confluence with the geology, language and history of western Ireland. 42 John Elder Figure 7  Connemara topography (from Pat Collins’s film Tim Robinson: Connemara, photo by Colm Hogan). Since moving to Ireland almost

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
A pragmatist responds to epistemic and other kinds of frictions in the academy 
Susan Saegert

faculty have spent their careers studying and exposing the psychosocial, material, political, cultural and economic processes and histories of inequalities related to race and gender. It was itself a sign of progress that there were enough students of colour to stage the intervention and that a setting was available that allowed the confrontation to occur. For these and other reasons, the students’ charges were experienced by some as really painful, a point that needs pondering as it eludes most academic discourse, fuels problems arising from difference and can block

in The power of pragmatism
The visual art of Tim Robinson/Timothy Drever
Catherine Marshall

Surrealist map, Luke Gibbons points out that Breton and his friends, unlike the Futurists and other modernists who sought to eliminate the past, looked to history for the voices that were silenced in it, or vanquished in the name of progress.3 Robinson’s maps of the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Burren could not be described as Surrealist but they share that movement’s understanding of the importance of historical voices, especially the voices of those who have been overlooked or diminished in the thrust toward economic progress. Robinson’s maps and writings have been

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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Ireland’s ‘ABC of earth wonders’
Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick

, as well as the entrenched human need for his approach. Through both topographic prose and map-making Robinson undertakes one of the greatest explorations of the Irish landscape by a single person in recent history, paralleling, if not surpassing, Robert Lloyd Praeger’s extensive catalogue of writings and natural histories of western Ireland. Since 2005, paralleling Robinson’s own unfolding of the Connemara trilogy, there have been about a dozen reviews and full-length published articles that recognise the critical importance of Robinson’s work. There are essays

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Tim Robinson’s place in Irish Studies
Eamonn Wall

consider Irish history or Irish literature worthy of specialised study. To found ACIS was a necessity and the new organisation, with its interdisciplinary outlook and desire to undermine ingrained attitudes, embraced the zeitgeist of the times. Academic organisations gather individuals into groups though the types of people who join such organisations are almost by nature solitary. In many respects, scholars are at their happiest, and some would argue at their best, while working alone in libraries, studies or offices. Whereas the conference is the place where research

in Unfolding Irish landscapes