Second Call for Papers – BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

Dates: 6-10 July 2017
Location: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK
Second Call for Papers Deadline: 16 January 2017
Short Description: Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.
Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:
·         The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
National and local iconographies of bridges
Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
Communities united and communities divided by bridges
Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
Love and death on the bridge
The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries
Please see the website for full details and call for papers.
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Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Contact: Hannah Stretton,