Tim Cresswell
Tim Cresswell

Tim Cresswell, Professor, Northeastern University, Boston

“Fence”

This ‘paper’ will be a reading of a poem sequence called “Fence". The sequence reflects on a fence on the islands of Svalbard in the high Arctic. The fence is said to be the northernmost fence in the world. The poem explores a variety of connections in space and time made by this fence to, among other things, whaling, colonialism, and tourism. It is an exploration of the dialectical tension between a fence (symbolizing disconnection) and all the mobilities that make the fence intelligible. The hope is that a geo-poetic presentation of these connections presents some familiar (and not so familiar) geographic themes in a format that leaves space for connections to be made by the reader/listener in ways that are not usually apparent in formal academic writing. It is an example of ‘creative geographies’.

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