MemberImogen Wegman

…2006 – 2012: BA LLB (History and German), University of Tasmania
2012 – 2013: MA (Landscape History), University of East Anglia
2014 – 2018: PhD (History), University of Tasmania…

Having grown up in Hobart, Imogen has a strong connection to her island home. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania, before moving to the UK to join the University of East Anglia’s Landscape History MA program. Her dissertation examined the creation of ‘isolated’ parish churches – those that stand in the middle of a field, far from their village. She returned to Tasmania to complete her PhD in History at the University of Tasmania, examining the differences between land grants given to convicts and free settlers. Her research continues to examine the practicalities of the life in the early years of a colony, using digital tools such as GIS (mapping) to understand the historic landscape and extract its stories.   Imogen is now a lecturer in history at the University of Tasmania, teaching into the Diploma of Family History and the Bachelor of Arts. She continues to nerd out about maps with her students, teaching them how to find and interpret them for their own research.   Imogen has a keen interest in public histories, and has held a range of non-academic roles that have connected her research with the public. As a tour guide she converted her thesis into a commentary designed for tourists with little to no background knowledge. She also worked behind the help desk in a public library, helping clients research their family history, find information about their house, or pursue other historical questions. She is a popular public speaker, and is regularly invited to speak to diverse audiences. In 2016 she co-founded A Pint of History – a monthly pub-based history event in Hobart, which continues to a provide a space for academics and experts to present their historical research to a large general audience.

MemberKimm Curran

Current projects

  • Experiential approaches to medieval monastic places and landscapes can help influence wider understanding of heritage and how those with unseen or invisible disabilities, such as Autism, experience heritage;
  • Edited collection on the history of medieval women religious;
  • Medieval women religious &  monastic landscapes;
  • Medievalisms in TV;
  • Place making, landscapes and place identity in the TV series Supernatural;

Research Interests

  • Include monastic and religious life from 1100-1600 in Britain and Ireland and  the development of monasteries in medieval landscapes, the modern presence of monasteries in localities and the theoretical and experiential approaches to place, landscapes;
  • Medieval women religious communities and monastic life;
  • Place identity and landscapes in science fiction/fantasy TV.

Background I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Religious Women and Their Communities in Late Medieval Scotland’ (2005)  My publications include themes of prosopography of religious women in Scotland, abbesses, monastic education and literacy and female religious life in general. I received a full scholarship from the College of Arts to undertake retraining in the heritage sector and completed the MSc in Landscape Integrated Research and Practice (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow. I  am one of the original Steering Committee members and was the Publications & Communications Officer for the research group:  The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland.  I was a writer for Nerds and Beyond – movies, TV, popular culture website. Author link here I am a writer for Winchester Family Business, popular TV culture website for Supernatural  

MemberTim Waterman

I am Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; a Non-Executive Director at Furtherfield: For Arts, Technology and Social Change; Vice-President of the European Council for Landscape Architecture Studies (ECLAS); and a member of the board of directors of the Landscape Research Group (LRG). I am the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture (2015), which is now in its second edition and, with Ed Wall, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design (2009). Both have now been translated into several languages. I have also recently published Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays (2017), co-edited with Ed Wall and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food (2018), co-edited with Joshua Zeunert. I write regularly for Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute and Landscape Architecture Magazine, as well as a number of other architecture, landscape, and garden design magazines. In recent years I have travelled as a speaker on the philosophy of design and landscape, espousing the need for new utopian models for sustainable futures.   My research interests are rooted in the study of landscape imaginaries in everyday life. This forms the basis for explorations of power and democracy and their shaping of public space and public life; taste, etiquette, belief and ritual; and foodways in community and civic life and landscape. Further, the complex network of processes and systems in lived landscape and landscape design has led me to interrogate traditional modes of representation in landscape design process in search of further models.   I have been a co-convener of various conferences and symposia, most recently the Landscape Citizenships Symposium at Conway Hall in London. I serve as a peer reviewer for the journal Landscape Research, and for the publishers Routledge, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, and the Open Library for the Humanities. I am chair of the Professional Review Group for the landscape programme and External Examiner for the MSc Cultural Landscapes at the Edinburgh College of Art.

MemberEmily Smith

I specialize in research on 18th-century natural history collections and collectors, as well as the intersections between natural history and anthropology. I am especially interested in how recontextualizing historical narratives and reintegrating indigenous perspectives might yield a more wholistic understanding of human and “natural” landscapes.

MemberOmur Harmansah

Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ömür has a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania (2005). As an architectural historian and an archaeologist of the Middle East, He has written on cities and the production of architectural and urban space, but also on place and landscape. Lately he has been interested in political ecology and cultural heritage.