Professor Tim Ingold is Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and one of our most influential and innovative thinkers on the relationship between human social life and experience, meaning making and the ways in environments are perceived, shaped and understood. As such he has been directly influential on the ‘new nature writing’ and on writers as celebrated as Robert Macfarlane and Richard Mabey. Tim’s work reflects the depth and breadth of his influence as it ranges across anthropology, cultural history, human geography, cultural and literary studies but above all, the philosophy of landscape. Here his work on ‘dwelling’ and ‘taskscapes’ has led to a major re-thinking of the ways in which we understand the role of the landscape in shaping our everyday lives, lived experience and sense of ‘being in the world’. It is thus a major coup to attract him to the University of Gloucestershire.
Professor Ingold’s talk will draw on his most recent work, on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and an engagement with what he calls ‘the meshwork’ of lines of growth and movement we pursue as we move in and through the world. Taken together Tim will use these perspectives to consider the relationship between human existence and the atmosphere of light, sound and feeling. Or, as he succinctly puts it, “between lines and the weather”.
Professor Ingold is currently writing and teaching on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He will be speaking on Friday 31st January at 7.30pm in TC001 on the Francis Close Hall Campus. All very much welcome!