The Aeriel View Conference:
Spatial Knowleges and Spatial Practices
13 October 2008
The Ferris Wheel and Captive Balloon at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, from Hubert Howe Bancroft, The Book of the Fair (Chicago, San Francisco: The Bancroft Company, 1893) Used with permission of the Paul V Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Internationally renowned cultural historians and academics explored the historic, political and cultural meanings of the aerial or elevated view. Speakers investigated how the aerial view can be defined, how images are produced, how ‘elevated’ one has to be in order to produce or experience an aerial view, and how images are used and consumed.
Stephen Bann Emeritus Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol
Jean-Marc Besse Directeur de recherche au CNRS, U.M.R. Géographie-Cités 8504
Mark Dorrian Reader in Architectural Design and Theory, University of Edinburgh
David Hopkins Professor in History of Art, University of Glasgow
Christina Lodder Professor in History of Art, University of St Andrews
Frédéric Pousin Directeur de recherche au CNRS, UMR LADYSS 7533
Gilles Tiberghien Maître de conference , Université de Paris 1
Marina Warner Professor of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex
Concluding discussion chaired by Laura Marcus, Professor of English, University of Edinburgh
A research project organised by the University of Edinburgh and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris jointly funded by the British Academy and CNRS. Publication plans are in process. More information available soon.