Keynote speakers


Tim Edensor is a Reader in Cultural Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, and his research revolves around spaces of tourism, national identities, industrial ruins and wasteland, urban materiality, geographies of rhythm and rhythmanalysis, and landscapes of illumination.

He is the author of Tourists at the Taj (1998), National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2002) and Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality (2005).

He has also written numerous articles and chapters such as: 'Illuminated atmospheres: anticipating and reproducing the flow of affective experience in Blackpool', in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2012), 'Building stones and the production of multiple absences', in Cultural Geographies (2012), 'Mundane hauntings: commuting through the phantasmagoric working class spaces of Manchester, England', in Cultural Geographies (2008), 'The ghosts of industrial ruins: ordering and disordering memory in excessive space', in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2005), 'Materiality, time and the city: The multiple temporalities of building stone', in J.Rugg and C.Martin (ed) Spatialities: Geographies, Art, Architecture, Bristol: Intellect (2011), 'Disordering urban space: using ruins', in K.Frank and Q.Stevens (eds.) Loose Space: Opportunities for Public Life, London: Routledge (2006).

  Ian Beesley is an award winning and internationally acclaimed artist and photographer. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Milan Photo festival, Italy, the International Industrial Photography festival, Shengyang China, The National Media Museum, Bradford and the Peoples History Museum Manchester.

His work is held in the collections of the National Media Museum Bradford, The Royal Photographic Society, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, and the National Museum of Labour, Helsinki, amongst many other important National collections. He has published 25 books. In 2012 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

He is currently artist in residence for the Bradford Institute for Health Research/Born in Bradford, artist in residence for the University of Bristol’s School of Social & Community Medicine and artist in residence for Chetham’s Library, Manchester and Gallery Oldham.

Ian was recently appointed Reader practitioner in photography at the University of Central Lancashire


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