Prof Karen Till

Geography

Rhetoric House
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(01) 7084550

Biography

I am a cultural geographer, ethnographer and curator who engages in collaborative research about place, memory and creative practice. Through this work, and drawing upon the insights of local knowledges, I seek to reconsider, and thereby contribute to, political, feminist and urban theory. I received a Ph.D. in Cultural Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996), a research M.A. in Cultural and Urban Geography (1991) and B.A. in Ecosystems (1986) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously I held tenured posts in Geography at Louisiana State University, University of Minnesota, and Royal Holloway, University College London, and in Urban Planning, and Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech University. At Maynooth Geography, I am currently the Head of the Postgraduate School, and am Director of the MA in Geography. I also direct the Space&Place Research Collaborative (Ireland) and am also founding co-Convener of the Mapping Spectral Traces international network of artists, practitioners and scholars. My book in progress, Wounded City, highlights the significance of place-based memory-work and ethical forms of care at multiple scales that may contribute to creating more socially just futures. Through geo-ethnographic research in Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dublin, Minneapolis, and Roanoke, I examine the significance of place in personal and social memory-work and an ethics of care, to address the ongoing legacies of forms of state-perpetrated and systemic violence. My curatorial work invites artists, practitioners, community leaders, scholars and publics to explore how creative practices might enable more responsible and sustainable approaches to caring for places, shared environments and cities. 

Books

  Year Publication
2012 Walls, borders, boundaries: Spatial and cultural practices in Europe.
Silberman M.;Till K.;Ward J. (2012) Walls, borders, boundaries: Spatial and cultural practices in Europe. New York: Berghan Press. [DOI] [Details]
2010 Mapping Spectral Traces (volume and exhibitions catalogue.
Till, Karen (2010) Mapping Spectral Traces (volume and exhibitions catalogue. : Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Affairs. [Details]
2005 The New Berlin: Memory, politics, place.
Till, Karen E. (2005) The New Berlin: Memory, politics, place. : University of Minnesota Press. [DOI] [Details]
2001 Textures of Place: Rethinking Humanist Geographies.
Adams, Paul, Hoelscher, Steven, and Till, Karen E. (2001) Textures of Place: Rethinking Humanist Geographies. : University of Minnesota Press. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 ''The Wrath of the Rain': The Lifeworlds of Irish Cultural Practice'
Kearns, G. and Till, K.E. (2017) ''The Wrath of the Rain': The Lifeworlds of Irish Cultural Practice' In: Cronin, N. and Collins, T (eds). Irish Lifeworlds. Cork: University of Cork. [Details]
2014 'Art, memory, and the city in Bogotá: Mapa Teatro's artistic encounters with inhabited places'
Till K. (2014) 'Art, memory, and the city in Bogotá: Mapa Teatro's artistic encounters with inhabited places' In: Sen, A. and Silverman, L (eds). Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [Details]
2012 'Introduction: Walls, borders, boundaries'
Silberman M.;Till K.;Ward J. (2012) 'Introduction: Walls, borders, boundaries' In: Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe. New York: Berghan. [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Field Findings'
Till, Karen E. (2012) 'Field Findings' In: The Red Stables Summer School. Dublin: Dublin City Arts Council. [Details]
2012 'Creative Urban Emplacements: From City Sites to Place-Based Practices'
Till, Karen E. (2012) 'Creative Urban Emplacements: From City Sites to Place-Based Practices' In: Kunst – Raum – Stadt/ Art – Space – City. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag. [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Interim Use at a Former Death Strip? Art, Politics and Urbanism at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum'
Till, Karen E. (2011) 'Interim Use at a Former Death Strip? Art, Politics and Urbanism at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum' In: The German Wall: Fallout in Europe. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Resilient Politics and Memory-Work in Wounded Cities: Rethinking the City through the District Six in Cape Town, South Africa'
Till, Karen E. (2011) 'Resilient Politics and Memory-Work in Wounded Cities: Rethinking the City through the District Six in Cape Town, South Africa' In: Collaborative Resilience: Moving from crisis to opportunity. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]
2011 ''A footstep amidst the ruins''
Till, Karen E. (2011) ''A footstep amidst the ruins'' In: Urban Constellations. Berlin: Jovis. [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Mapping Spectral Traces'
Till, Karen E. (2010) 'Mapping Spectral Traces' In: Mapping Spectral Traces. Blacksburgh, VA: Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Affairs. [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Ethnography'
Till, Karen (2009) 'Ethnography' In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography Vol. 3. Oxford: Elsevier. [Details]
2009 'Spectral Ground in New Cities: Memorial Cartographies of Cape Town and Berlin'
Till, Karen E. and Jonker, Julian (2009) 'Spectral Ground in New Cities: Memorial Cartographies of Cape Town and Berlin' In: Memory Culture and the Contemporary City: Building Sites. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2009 'Re/Staging the City: Artistic Urban Encounters'
Till, Karen (2009) 'Re/Staging the City: Artistic Urban Encounters' In: Space and Truth/Raum und Wahrheit: Monitoring Scenography 2. Zurich: Zurich University of the Arts/Züricher Hochscule der Künste (ZHdK). [Details]
2009 'Ethnography and Participant Observation'
Watson, Annette and Till, Karen E. (2009) 'Ethnography and Participant Observation' In: Handbook of Qualitative Geography. Thousandoaks, CA: Sage. [Details]
2008 'Unresolved Remainders: Memory, photography and place in Judith Tucker’s Tense'
Till, Karen (2008) 'Unresolved Remainders: Memory, photography and place in Judith Tucker’s Tense' In: Exhibition catalogue for Tense: Judith Tucker. Leeds: Wild Pansy Press. [Details]
2008 'Mapping Traces: Touring Munich with Stih+Schnock/Kartierung der Spuren: Eine Stadtreise durch Munich mit Stih+Schnock'
Till, Karen (2008) 'Mapping Traces: Touring Munich with Stih+Schnock/Kartierung der Spuren: Eine Stadtreise durch Munich mit Stih+Schnock' In: Zeige Deine Sammlung: Jüdische Spuren in München/Show Your Collection: Jewish Traces in Munich. Nuremburg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst. [Details]
2004 'Political Landscapes'
Till, Karen (2004) 'Political Landscapes' In: Companion to Cultural Geography. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
2003 'Places of Memory'
Till, Karen (2003) 'Places of Memory' In: A Companion to Political Geography. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
2003 'Construction Sites and Showcases: Tourism, Maps, and Spatial Practices of the New Berlin'
Till, Karen (2003) 'Construction Sites and Showcases: Tourism, Maps, and Spatial Practices of the New Berlin' In: Mapping Tourism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. [Details]
2001 'Place in Context: Rethinking Humanist Geographies'
Hoelscher, Steven, Adams, Paul and Till, Karen E. (2001) 'Place in Context: Rethinking Humanist Geographies' In: Textures of Place. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2001 'Re-Imagining National Identity: “Chapters of Life” at the German Historical Museum in Berlin'
Till, Karen (2001) 'Re-Imagining National Identity: “Chapters of Life” at the German Historical Museum in Berlin' In: Textures of Place: Rethinking Humanist Geographies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. [Details]
2000 'Verortung des Museums: Ein geo-ethnographischer Ansatz zum Verständnis der sozialen Erinnerung (Placing Museums: A geo-ethnographic approach to social memory)'
Till, Karen E. (2000) 'Verortung des Museums: Ein geo-ethnographischer Ansatz zum Verständnis der sozialen Erinnerung (Placing Museums: A geo-ethnographic approach to social memory)' In: Geschichtskultur in der zweiten Moderne: Vom Präsentieren des Vergangenen (Historical Culture in the Second Modern Age). Berlin: campus: Routledge. [Details]
1998 'Landscape'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Landscape' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Vision, visual, visuality'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Vision, visual, visuality' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Feminist anthropology'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Feminist anthropology' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Author, death of'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Author, death of' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Anthropology'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Anthropology' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Text, textuality, intertextuality'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Text, textuality, intertextuality' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Authentic, authenticity'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Authentic, authenticity' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]
1998 'Gaze'
Till, Karen (1998) 'Gaze' In: A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography. London: Arnold. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'The Improvisational City: Valuing urbanity beyond the chimera of permanence'
Till, K.E. and McArdle, R. (2016) 'The Improvisational City: Valuing urbanity beyond the chimera of permanence'. Irish Geography, 48 (1):47-79 [Details]
2015 'Towards Responsible Geographies of Memory: Complexities of Place and the Ethics of Remembering'
Till, K.E. ad Kuusisto-Arponen, A.K. (2015) 'Towards Responsible Geographies of Memory: Complexities of Place and the Ethics of Remembering'. Erdkunde, 69 (4):291-306 [Details]
2013 'Interventions in the political geographies of walls'
Till K.;Sundberg J.;Pullan W.;Psaltis C.;Makriyianni C.;Zincir Celal R.;Samani M.;Dowler L. (2013) 'Interventions in the political geographies of walls'. Political Geography, 33 (1):52-62 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Reply: Trauma, citizenship and ethnographic responsibility'
Till K. (2012) 'Reply: Trauma, citizenship and ethnographic responsibility'. Political Geography, 31 (1):22-23 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Walls, Resurgent Sovereignty and Infrastructures of Peace'
Till, Karen E. (2013) 'Walls, Resurgent Sovereignty and Infrastructures of Peace'. Political Geography, 33 :52-53 [Details]
2012 'Wounded Cities: Memory-work and a Place-Based Ethics of Care'
Till, Karen E. (2012) 'Wounded Cities: Memory-work and a Place-Based Ethics of Care'. Political Geography, 31 :3-14 [Details]
2010 'Greening the City? Artistic re-visions of sustainability in Bogotá'
Till, Karen E. (2010) 'Greening the City? Artistic re-visions of sustainability in Bogotá'. E-MISFERICA, 7 [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Urban Remnants: Place, memory, and artistic practice in Berlin and Bogota'
Till, Karen E. (2010) 'Urban Remnants: Place, memory, and artistic practice in Berlin and Bogota'. ENCOUNTERS, 1 :75-88 [Details]
2009 'Mapping and excavating spectral traces in post-apartheid Cape Town'
Jonker, Julian and Till, Karen E. (2009) 'Mapping and excavating spectral traces in post-apartheid Cape Town'. MEMORY STUDIES, 2 :1-31 [Details]
2008 'Artistic and Activist Memory-work: Approaching place-based practice'
Till, Karen E. (2008) 'Artistic and Activist Memory-work: Approaching place-based practice'. MEMORY STUDIES, 1 :95-109 [Details]
2007 'Exploring transnational feminist practice: Heather Merrill's An Alliance of Women: immigration and the politics of race'
Morin, Karen and Till, Karen E. (2007) 'Exploring transnational feminist practice: Heather Merrill's An Alliance of Women: immigration and the politics of race'. GENDER, PLACE AND CULTURE, 14 :745-763 [Details]
2006 'Memory Studies'
Till, Karen E. (2006) 'Memory Studies'. HISTORY WORKSHOP JOURNAL, 62 :325-341 [Details]
2004 'Post-Totalitarian Identity: Public memory in Germany and Russia'
Forest, Benjamin, Johnson, Juliet and Till, Karen E. (2004) 'Post-Totalitarian Identity: Public memory in Germany and Russia'. SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY, 5 :357-380 [Details]
2004 'Emplacing Memory Through the City: The New Berlin'
Till, Karen E. (2004) 'Emplacing Memory Through the City: The New Berlin'. GERMAN HISTORICAL INSTITUTE BULLETIN, 35 :73-83 [IR Link] [Details]
2001 'New Urbanism and Nature: Green marketing and the neo-traditional community'
Till, Karen E. (2001) 'New Urbanism and Nature: Green marketing and the neo-traditional community'. URBAN GEOGRAPHY, 22 :220-248 [Details]
2001 'Returning Home and to the Field'
Till, Karen E. (2001) 'Returning Home and to the Field'. GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW, 91 :46-56 [IR Link] [Details]
2001 '(Re)placing the New Urbanism Debates: Towards an interdisciplinary research agenda'
Falconer Al-Hindi, Karen and Till, Karen E. (2001) '(Re)placing the New Urbanism Debates: Towards an interdisciplinary research agenda'. URBAN GEOGRAPHY, 23 :189-201 [IR Link] [Details]
2001 'Fragments, Ruins, Artifacts, Torsos'
Till, Karen E. (2001) 'Fragments, Ruins, Artifacts, Torsos'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 29 :70-73 [IR Link] [Details]
1999 'Staging the Past: Landscape designs, cultural identity and Erinnerungspolitik at Berlin's Neue Wache'
Till, Karen E. (1999) 'Staging the Past: Landscape designs, cultural identity and Erinnerungspolitik at Berlin's Neue Wache'. CULTURAL GEOGRAPHIES, 6 :251-283 [Details]
1993 'Neotraditional Towns and Urban Villages: The cultural production of a geography of 'otherness''
Till, Karen E. (1993) 'Neotraditional Towns and Urban Villages: The cultural production of a geography of 'otherness''. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 11 :709-732 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 ‘Emplacing “who we are, what we are”: The embodied and historical geographies of ANU Productions’ Laundry’
Karen E. Till and Gerry Kearns (2016) ‘Emplacing “who we are, what we are”: The embodied and historical geographies of ANU Productions’ Laundry’ . In: Tim Collins, Gesche Kindermann, Conor Newman and Nessa Cronin eds. Landscape Values: Place and Praxis Galway, , pp.363-368 [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2015 Fishing for the River: An Dothra Guardians in Martina O'Brien's Casting Territory.
Till, K.E. (2015) Fishing for the River: An Dothra Guardians in Martina O'Brien's Casting Territory. Dublin: Article [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2011 Review of 'Memorial Museums: The Global Rush to Commemorate Atrocities'.
Till, K (2011) Review of 'Memorial Museums: The Global Rush to Commemorate Atrocities'. LONDON: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
1998 Review of Foote, Ken, 1997, Shadowed Ground: America's landscapes of violence and tragedy.
Till, K (1998) Review of Foote, Ken, 1997, Shadowed Ground: America's landscapes of violence and tragedy. Annals of the Association of American Geographers: Book Review [Details]
1997 Review of Haden, Dolores, 1995, 'The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History'.
Till, Karen (1997) Review of Haden, Dolores, 1995, 'The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History'. North Carolina: Book Review [Details]
1996 Review of Renneberg, M. and Walker, M. (eds), 1994, 'Science, Technology and National Socialism'.
Till, K (1996) Review of Renneberg, M. and Walker, M. (eds), 1994, 'Science, Technology and National Socialism'. Elsevier: Book Review [Details]
1996 Review of Lowenthal, David, 1996 'Possessed by the Past: The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History'.
Till, Karen (1996) Review of Lowenthal, David, 1996 'Possessed by the Past: The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History'. American Geographical Society: Book Review [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2011 Transgressing the Theoretical and Empirical Divide.
Till, Karen E. (2011) Transgressing the Theoretical and Empirical Divide. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
1996 Place and the Politics of Memory: A Geo-Ethnography of Museums and Memorials in Berlin.
Till, Karen E. (1996) Place and the Politics of Memory: A Geo-Ethnography of Museums and Memorials in Berlin. University of Wisconsin-Madison: Thesis [Details]
1990 Expert Conceptions of Place and Community: The Planner's Vision of Rancho Santa Margarita.
Till, Karen E. (1990) Expert Conceptions of Place and Community: The Planner's Vision of Rancho Santa Margarita. Thesis [Details]