This module, which arose out of the collaboration between artist Jo Dacombe, palaeo-archaeologist Suzi Richer, and literary specialist Freya Sierhuis, aims to inspire you to think about woodlands from a variety of literary, historical, scientific and artistic perspectives, using a conceptual approach focused on notions such as ‘place’ to generate an interdisciplinary dialogue. It will also take you out of the classroom and into the woods, learning directly from scientists, conservationists, and artists. At least one of our workshops will take place at Moorlands Nature Reserve, a wood once part of the ancient forest of Galtres, now run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The workshop will be run by Jo Dacombe, an artist with many years’ experience curating woodland walks, and creating art inspired by the landscapes, spaces and environmental concerns. You will be shown a variety of ways art can convey the experience of a woodland, make visible its complex history and ecology, and you will be given the opportunity to experiment with your own creative response. For your group presentation in week 8, you can choose either a literary topic and approach, or think about developing a creative project, such as a film, a walk, or a digital resource
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The aims of this module are:
On successful completion o this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
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Teaching for topic modules takes place in the first four weeks of the summer term, and you will have lectures and workshops taught alternately by a literary specialist, a scientist, and an artist.
You will then have a further three weeks to develop the group presentation on which you will be assessed.
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1500 word Essay
You will receive feedback on your presentation within two weeks. The purpose of feedback is to inform your future work; it is provided in a pedagogical spirit, and the Department also offers you help in learning from your feedback. If you would like to discuss your feedback, please consult your tutor or your supervisor, during their Open Office Hours.
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