Mapping on the Edge: Conceptualising place, space and landscape through Inuit artefacts
Meg Boulton

Credit: Pitt Rivers MuseumCredit: Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018, 6.30PM to 7.30pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required
  • The Shepherd Hall, next to, St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Road (view map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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How did those living in the circumpolar region see space, place and landscape in the time after contact with Europeans? Join Meg Boulton, a Research Affiliate with the University of York’s History of Art Department, as she brings together three sets of objects to consider this question.

By placing some of the sculpted Inuit works from the collection of the Hull Maritime Museum, carved in the Coronation Inlet, Hudson Bay in Canada, alongside the Chukchi Sealskin Painting/Map of the Bering Strait (housed in the Pitt Rivers Museum) and the tactile wooden coastal maps of the Ammassalik Inuit from Greenland, she discusses the significance and complexity of these objects and what they reveal about conceptualising place, space and landscape.

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Please note: Refreshments will be available at 6pm. There is limited parking at St Peter’s School. The nearest car park is at Marygate.

About the speaker

Dr Meg Boulton studied Art and Design at Leeds University, before going on to gain an MA and a PhD at the University of York. She graduated in 2013 after completing her AHRC funded PhD on the conceptualisation of sacred space in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria from the 6th-9th centuries, working with Professor Jane Hawkes.

Meg is currently working as an independent scholar who lectures in Art and Architectural History, Visual Culture and Museology at the Oxford University’s Centre for Continuing Education. She has recently lectured for the University of Buckingham, the University of York and a study abroad programme for the University of the South and Rhodes College, USA and is a contributing lecturer to the Year Course at the V & A.

Meg has several publications and recently co-edited volumes entitled The Art, Literature and Material Culture of the Middle Ages: Transition, Transformation and Taxonomy (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015) and Place and Space in the Medieval World (New York and London: Routledge, 2017)  and is currently working on her book Visualising Jerusalem in Anglo-Saxon England. Her wider research considers the conceptualisation of space in a wide variety of contexts, from Inuit art to the television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s novels.

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