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Tom Lee on Moral and minor landscapes

Friday 31 October 11.00am -12.30pm Building 3.G.55, Bankstown Campus, UWS

This paper begins with a look at some examples of cemetery design as a way into thinking about human presence in the landscape more broadly. I tell some stories about remarkable spaces for the dead that I had the chance to visit on a recent trip to the UK, including Tower Hamlets Cemetery and Abney Park in London, and a couple of natural burial grounds in Surry and Norfolk. From here I briefly look at some historical and innovative examples of landscape gardening, the huge gardens of Knole House (among other things the setting for Virginia Woolf's Orlando) and Derek Jarman's unique garden Prospect Cottage in Dungeness on the Kentish coastline. I finish up talking about the trajectories of these ideas finding form in a comparative study of certain Australian and British landscapes beginning with the long established and nutted over aesthetic traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and wondering what a minor or antipodean tradition of landscape aesthetics might look like alongside these better known categories. For instance, what might be said about 'pop' and 'naive' expressions and interpretations of landscape. This will involve examples from poetry, painting and design.

Tom Lee is a writer, researcher and teacher who currently works in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. He completed his PhD with the Writing and Society Centre at UWS, looking at the innovative syntax of W.G. Sebald's prose fiction. Tom writes essays, poetry and prose fiction. He is a 2014 recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, which has seen him writing about cemetery architecture and memorial gardens in the UK.

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