Narrative is presently a central focus of inquiry across the humanities and social sciences, including multi-disciplinary fields concerned with questions of space and place, landscape and environment, on topics such as travellers' tales, place memories, environmental futures, national histories and archaeological imaginations. This keynote considers the way the landscape arts frame narrative, focusing on topographical work in painting and photography, examining how the scenes they represent are plotted in time and space, their worlds storied into shape.
Stephen Daniels is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham where he has worked since 1980; since 2005 he has been Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's programme in Landscape and Environment. He has published widely on the history and theory of landscape imagery and design. His books include The Iconography of Landscape (1988) co-edited with Denis Cosgrove, Fields of Vision (1992) and Humphiy Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (1999), and the exhibition catalogues Art of the Garden (2004) and Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain (2009).