James Thurgill is a cultural geographer based at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and an Associate Lecturer of University of the Arts London. Prior to the undertaking of a Ph.D, James completed an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education with the Institute of Education. James has previously lectured in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Northampton, Media and Film at Brooklands College and worked as a Teaching Associate in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.
James was a co-organiser, speaker and contributing artist at Uncanny Landscapes (March 2013), a week-long series of workshops, symposiums, a conference and exhibition. He has discussed his research into haunting and landscape on local and online radio. James is currently working on a collaborative text with London-based artist Clare Parfree, which aims to survey the folkloric landscapes of wyrd England .
James’ work is concerned with notions of place, space, identity, landscape, folklore, ruralism, affect, mapping, (im)materiality and hauntology. He is interested in the experiential elements of enchantment and the experimental methodologies and creative practices that can be used to engage with its placial manifestations. Resting upon the intersections of cultural geography, anthropology, visual and material culture, James’ research approach combines critical, cultural and geographic theory with continental philosophy, auto-ethnographic response and visual practice to produce immersive accounts of the biography, affect(s) and geographies of strange places.