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Moving Mountains is my AHRC-sponsored fellowship, beginning in March 2022, that evaluates how communities across the world respond to major disasters. Mountains are conceived as static and stable entities, and yet they move, and when they move, they can unleash untold destruction in the form of earthquakes and landslides. I will use this fellowship to analyse the legacies of these disasters as they have unfolded over five decades since their initial impact. Using methodologies from the arts to borrow concepts from the earth sciences, I scrutinize the roles of collective memory and the geological imaginary in reconfiguring identities and reconstructing places. Case studies will be taken from the South Wales valleys (Aberfan) and the Peruvian highlands (Yungay), permitting the comparison of an industrial and a tectonic disaster.

You can follow how the project develops on this webpage and on Twitter.