WHAT ON EARTH IS THE GROUND?

A lecture by Professor Tim Ingold

2.30pm, Tuesday April 9 2019

Lecture Theatre E002

 

The ground is a surface’, says the dictionary, ‘upon which things or persons stand or move’. But this leaves many questions unanswered. What kind of surface is this? Does it have one side or two? Does it cover the earth or cover it up? Can you roll it, fold it, cut it or make holes in it? What lies above, and what beneath? In seeking to answer these questions, I shall argue that the ground is caught in a double movement, of opening up and closing off, formation and encrustation, thanks to which its inhabitants are at once confidently supported and precariously afloat.’

Tim Ingold

 

Tim Ingold is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology. Ingold has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, the role of animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. In more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold is currently working on the interface between anthropology, art and architecture. His books include The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making : Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture (2013),The Life of Lines (2015), Anthropology and/as Education (2017) and Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018).

 

 

This lecture launches APPROACHING ESTATE: methodologies for practices of site and place (9 – 12 April) a four-day encounter with the specificities of site, place and landscape as contexts for artistic and other creative enquiry.

For full details see: https://sensingsite.blogspot.com/p/approaching-estate.html

 

APPROACHING ESTATE is a sensingsite project www.sensingsite.blogspot.co.uk