Established in 1996 by Denis Cosgrove, “Landscape Surgery” is the vibrant forum for research and dialogue in social, cultural, and historical geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. With research expertise ranging across place, landscape and mobility, creative and collaborative geographies, transnational material cultures, visual cultures of exploration, print culture and travel, hospitality and multi-culturalism, and urban modernities, among much else, Landscape Surgery represents the scholarly interests of the Social and Cultural Geography Group of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.
In addition to regular research seminars led by the Group’s forty-strong collective of postgraduate taught students (the current cohort of the MA in Cultural Geography students can be found here) and our strong PhD cohort, Landscape Surgery is host to discussions on methodology and practice (the “Elective Surgery” collective), reading groups (such as the Historical Geography Reading Group), and termly cultural excursions (so-called “Days of Culture”).
Members of Landscape Surgery are involved in a wide variety of interdisciplinary and outreach activities—such as the award-winning PASSENGERFILMS cinema series—which bring the work of social, cultural, and historical geography at Royal Holloway to the attention of wider audiences. Meeting at Bedford Square, in the heart of Bloomsbury, Landscape Surgery regularly welcomes participants—both domestic and international—from across disciplines.
Further details of the Group’s membership and activities can be found on its webpage. In addition to this blog, Landscape Surgery hosts a mailing list where details of forthcoming meetings (and discussions about research and practice) can be found.
Landscape Surgery meets at Royal Holloway’s London base: 11 Bedford Square (at the corner of Gower Street and Montague Place).