J a n e t  M c E w a n

@ Pendennis Castle


Environment & Identity Conference July 2011

Conference Outline


Environment is one of the key forces in shaping discourses of identity. This conference aims to explore cultural responses to environmental change and shifting constructions of sustainability in historical time and place.

Hosted by Exeter University Cornwall Campus and English Heritage at Pendennis Castle, the conference is part of a series of research networking events funded by the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme, and also supported by the PPRE (Peninsula Partnership for the Rural Environment), designed to explore early modern discourses of environmental change and sustainability. The conference will extend this scope and bring together scholars interested in a variety of time periods and subjects from across the humanities, social sciences, development studies and policy forums. Its purpose is to generate interdisciplinary, comparative/thematic and cross- period collaborations and contributors are invited to propose papers or panels to explore the ways in which individuals and groups express, negotiate and transform their identities in response to changing environmental conditions.


A selection of images taken over the two day conference at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, including shots of artwork I installed around the conference venue, decanted from various projects mostly represented already on this website.


Pendennis Castle is'one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War'  (English Heritage),

and offered an evocative space to share and explore interpretations & understandings.


The slide show is wrapped (perhaps a little hastily!) in a two short text extracts from a book I happened to be reading just prior to the Pendennis gathering: 'Art as Experience' by John Dewey. 1934, which seemed to resonate with the conference themes.