‘Osgathorpe, behold!’-Strange Trains and Poetry on the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway


I learnt two fascinating things about the Sheffield to Rotherham railway last Friday. The first was the the 16.24 from Sheffield is invisible, as are all its passengers. Along with a fellow inhabitant of this reality I stood and watched as no train departed from anywhere except the LED screen on Platform 1A. At the information desk we were shocked to discover that  it had definitely left because the computer system – triggered by censors in the tracks, no less – said so.

Glad to have narrowly avoided a trip to the Rotherham of a parallel universe, when I did eventually get there I met up with Ray Hearne to talk about a project we’re working on (more on this soon). It just so happened that Ray had a copy of Ebenezer Elliot’s ‘Verses on the opening of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway’ which he very kindly gave me (you…

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Conférence Kader Attia

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Programme for Post-Traumatic Landscapes Symposium, May 22nd


  • 10am – Open & coffee
  • Post-traumatic landscapes? Amanda Crawley Jackson
  • 10.20am – Neepsend to Parson Cross. Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought
  • 10.40am – The Meridian. Brian Lewis
  • 11am – America Deserta Revisited. Tom Keeley.
  • 11.20am – Discussion
  • 11.40am – Regeneration as Trauma. Julia Dobson
  • 12pm – Cyprien Gaillard’s work in Glasgow. Suzanne Robinson
  • 12.20pm – Discussion
  • 12.30 – Entropy at Charnwood Quarry. A film by Martin Blundell and Mark Goodwin
  • 12.45 – Discussion

1pm –  Free Lunch

Choose from a selection of:
A Selection of Freshly Baked Soft and Seeded Rolls

Authentic Mixed Samosa Selection V
Chicken Yakitori Skewer H
Yorkshire Crisps
Creamy Lancashire and Roast Vegetable Quiche V
Mini Peppered Steak Pie
Selection of Yorkshire Cocktail Sausages with Barbecue Dip
Selected Fresh Fruits
Mini Cake Bites
A selection of mini cakes including chocolate brownies, flapjacks, tiffin and
lemon drizzle cake.

  • 1.45pm – The Baroque Melancholy of Hashima. Mark Pendleton

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Post-traumatic landscapes

On May 22, occursus will be hosting a free symposium in Sheffield on Post-Traumatic Landscapes.

Speakers will include Amanda Crawley Jackson, Luke Bennett, Emma Bolland, Brian Lewis and others.

For more information and details of how to reserve a free place, please visit the occursus website.

Border choreography, bare bodies, and penal states

Society and space

A commentary from Sutapa Chattopadhyay, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, School of Governance, and a visiting scholar at United Nations University (UNU-Merit).

[…] no matter how high the wall there is no wall high enough to block off migration (Houtum, 2010:973)

Madrid - posh shopping squareHistorically, colonial settlers followed ‘divide and rule’ strategies to carve up the world based on resources, ignoring native socio-economic and cultural linkages to their lands.  ‘B/order/ology’  (Houtum, 2010) cannot be entirely understood by ignoring European colonial historiography. Borders constrain or enable human mobility through laws and institutions that are juxtaposed within the citizenship and entitlement nexus which gets blurry between natives and immigrants in settler nations where indigenous communities who were not migrants were disassociated from their lands by European settlers. Today the epistemology of borders can be gleaned in a variety of ways: as a verb, a historical construct, discourse, a line, a frontier, a membrane, a biometric-digitized-racialized…

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