Professor Hayden Lorimer
- Chair of Cultural Geography/ Professor of Cultural Geography (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
Cultural and historical geography
Histories and philosophies of geography
In my research, I explore the modern history of geographical ideas and topographical cultures.
My attentions focus on the not-too-distant past, the almost-present and near-future considering the geographical dimensions of a series of themes: landscape, place, nature, fieldwork, ecology, memory, mobility, biography and the life of the senses.
I have experience writing and recording arts and ideas programming in differing formats (essays, documentary features, roundtable discussion, word and music collage) for the BBC.
Two essay series ('The Naturalists' and 'Running the World') were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. My documentary features that aired on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 can be accessed here:
I'd like to develop postgraduate research projects with students interested in the following areas:
Sites of special interest
I’m interested in projects of cultural reconnaissance and recovery that centre on notable or overlooked landscape features (e.g. paths, gates, stiles, dykes and walls, flagstone steps, sheep pens, cattle grids, shooting butts, bus shelters, bothies, scarecrows, gang-huts). Such folk geographies of things-in-places would focus on narratives, tales, memories and material remains of the not-so-distant past. For example, I’m currently supervising an AHRC-funded postgraduate research project on drove roads and droving.
Along with Chris Philo, I’m interested in designing postgraduate projects that explore relations between human and non-human animals, and the particular places, specialised skills and knowledge-practices that bring such ordinary experiential worlds into being. These kinds of interaction and encounter can be historical and/or contemporary. For example, currently we co-supervise AHRC-funded postgraduate research projects focusing on taxidermy and camouflage, and an ESRC-funded postgraduate project on species re-introductions.
I’m interested in developing postgraduate projects that bring geographical and biographical research inquiry into closer correspondence. Such ‘bio-geographies’ are concerned with finding ways to creatively narrate and re-place life stories; these might be the biographies of recognised geographers, or of lesser known people with a peculiar passion for place. For example, I’m currently co-supervising a postgraduate research project which fuses the biography of a short-lived geography journal, its various academic contributors, and the autobiography of the student doing the research.
Current research activities:
Writing Place and People
How do place-stories work? Why do we tell them? What work might we yet make stories of place do? What is the role of the geographical storyteller?
Lorimer, H. (2012) Memoirs for the Earth: Jacquetta Hawkes's literary experiments in deep time. Cultural Geographies, 19(1), pp. 87-106. (doi:10.1177/1474474011432377)
Lorimer, H. (2010) Forces of nature, forms of life: calibrating ethology and phenomenology. In: Anderson, B. and Harrison, P. (eds.) Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. Ashgate: London, UK, pp. 55-78. ISBN 9780754672784
Lorimer, H. (2009) Caught in the nick of time: archives and fieldwork. In: DeLyser, D., Aitken, S., Crang, M.A., Herbert, S. and McDowell, L. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Human Geography. SAGE Publications: London, UK, pp. 248-273. ISBN 9781412919913
Lorimer, H. (co-I) 2018-19 ‘Storying Exposures: Experimental Workshops in Environmental Humanities Writing’, Environmental Humanities SEEDBOX, with KTH University of Stockholm, Linkoping University and University of Sydney.
Lorimer, H. (P-I) and Hollis, E. 2017 ‘Re-Placing Risk and Ruination: Experimental Approaches to Access, Design and Engagement in Transitional Heritage Sites’, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
Lorimer, H. (P-I) and Naylor, S. 2017 ‘The Art of Earth Building: Placing the Relief Model in the Culture of Modern Geography’, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship Award, with Royal Geographical Society / Science Museums and Archives Consortium Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Lorimer, H. (P-I) 2016 ‘Landscaping Change Toolkit’: Print, Disseminate, Communicate, Implement’ University of Glasgow’s Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Account.
Lorimer, H. (P-I) and Borthwick, D. 2016 ‘Skies Above, Earth Below: Mapping the Values of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park’, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship Award, with Forestry Commission / Forest Research AHRC.
I supervise an exciting and talented bunch of PhD students funded by ESRC (SGSSS), AHRC (SGSAH) and Leverhulme Trust studentships.