PhD Summary

Enchanted Geographies: experiences of place in contemporary British landscape mysticism.

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My doctoral research explored the relationship between experience, place and enchantment in contemporary practices of British landscape mysticism.

The study was broken down into three strands, each one providing an account of the enchanted landscape: spectrality (ghosts), magical correspondence (neo-Paganism) and archeo-mythology (leylines). The strands were dealt with using specific sites, exploring each one through a combination of theoretical discussion, phenomenological engagement and auto-ethnographic response. Each of the case studies was shown to be interrelated through the framework of hauntology, a (re-conceptualised) philosophical position that was used to emphasise the role of absence and memory in the production of place. In its entirety, the thesis was presented as a set of experiments in the (Heideggerian) phenomenology of absence, working to test the balance between materiality and immateriality.

 

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