'The Sands of Dee: Doing Spatial Anthropology on the Dee Estuary', invited speaker as part of Northern Voices lecture series, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, 27 May 2020.

'Poetry, Autoethnography and Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still #48', at The Keynote Conversations (Method), Culture, Space and Memory Research Group, University of Liverpool, 24 March 2020.  

'Navigating Cinematic Geographies: Reflections on Film as Spatial Practice', invited speaker, Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, 17 January 2020.

'Songlines Are for Singing: Un/Mapping Music Memory', invited speaker at Sonic Memory Conference, University of Liverpool, 5 September 2019.

'Songlines Are for Singing: Un/Mapping Music Memory', invited speaker at Mapping Music History: Travel and Tourism, workshop, University of Liverpool, 3-4 September 2019.

'Homing in to Dwellspace: Inhabiting the Presentness of Memory', Digital Memories: Art, Archives and Activism, Conference, University of Liverpool in London, 17-18 June 2019.

'Homing in to Dwellspace: A Meditation in Three Movements', Department of Communication and Media Research Conference, University of Liverpool, 20 May 2019.

'Homing in Through Film: Movement, Embodiment, Dwellspace', invited speaker as part of plenary panel, 'Dreaming of Home: Film and Imaginary Territories of the Real', at Geomedia Conference 2019: Revisiting the Home, Karlstad, Sweden, 7-10 May 2019. Video of plenary session can be accessed here. Podcast discussion with John Lynch can be accessed here.

'In Search of the North-West Passage', at The Keynote Conversations (Space), Culture, Space and Memory Research Group, University of Liverpool, 1 May 2019.  

'Spatial Anthropology and the Archive City: Locating Urban Cultural Memory', Keynote presentation  at I-Media-Cities: Access, Research and Reuse of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage about Cities, Conference, Cinematek, Brussels, 27 March 2019.

'Culture Takes Root in the "Home Village of the Self"', at The Keynote Conversations (Culture), Culture, Space and Memory Research Group, University of Liverpool, 22 March 2019.  

'In Search of the North-West Passage', invited speaker at Writing Place: Creative-Critical Conversations, Manchester Metropolitan University, 6 December 2018 (in conversation with Dr Tina Richardson, MMU).

Introduction to screening of 'The Gleaners and I', part of Agnès Varda: Pioneer film series, FACT Liverpool, 3 October 2018.

'Cinema as a Transitional Space: Turner, Winnicott and the Liminality of Play', Retrenching/Entrenching Youth: Mobility and Stasis in Youth Culture Representations on Screen, Conference, University of Liverpool, 4-5 June 2018.

Panel co-chair 'Tourism, Materiality, Representation and "the Large"' at  Royal Anthropological Institute International Conference: Art, Materiality and Representation, British Museum and SOAS, 1-3 June 2018.

Introduction to screening of 'The Long Good Friday', part of The Liverpool Architectural Society Film Series 2017-18, supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects Local Initiative Fund, FACT Liverpool, 20 March 2018.

'The Archive City: Archival Film Practices and Urban Spatial Humanities', invited speaker at Gothenburg Cultures on the Town 1621-2021, International Conference on Collaborative Research in the Humanities, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 8-9 November 2017  (and invited speaker at workshop, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, 10 November 2017).

'Mapping the Cinematic City', invited speaker at Urban Landscape and Home Movies seminar, Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music,  University of Padua, Italy, 26 May 2017.

'How Deep is Your Map?', invited speaker at Living Maps seminar series, UCL, 23 November 2016.

'Tracking the Urban Bricoleur: Spatial Dialectics and the Problem of Method', invited speaker at Urban Studies Liverpool symposium, Blackburne House, Liverpool, 16 September 2016.

'The Cestrian Book of the Dead: Digital Necrogeography and Spatial Anthropology', invited speaker at British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, Cardiff University, 31 August-2 September 2016.

'Landscapes in the Frame: The Production of Space in Post-Nordic Noir British Television Crime Drama', The Seventh International Tourism and Media (ITAM) Conference, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden, 24-26 August, 2016.

‘Deep Mapping, Necrogeography and Wayfinding’, invited speaker at Dee Estuary Workshop, Chancellors Hotel, University of Manchester, 23 May 2016.

‘How Deep is Your Map?’, CAVA Research Seminar, University of Liverpool, 3 May 2016.

‘The Rhythm of Non-places: Marooning the Embodied Self in Depthless Space’, invited speaker at CURB Seminar Series, Department of Sociology, University of York, 9 March 2016.

‘Towards a Spatial Anthropology of Wetlands: Landscape, Liminality and Cultural Memory’, presentation at Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics, Nordic Geographers Meeting, Tallinn University, 15-19 June 2015.

‘Archival Film Practices and the Rhetorics of Space’, invited speaker at Provoke: Analysing Space in the Moving Image, School of Arts, University of Liverpool, 12 January 2015.

Invited presentation at Re/Search in the Digital Age workshop, Baltic Creative, Liverpool, 31 October 2014.


‘Navigating the “Archive City”: Digital Spatial Humanities and Archival Film Practice’, Archaeologies of Media and Film Conference, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 2014.


‘Big Country, Small Screen: Exploring the Hinterlands of the British Procedural Drama’, invited lecture, TV is the New Cinema: Exploring the Erosion of Boundaries Between Two Media, symposium, Liverpool John Moores University / University of Liverpool, 22 May 2014.


‘The Bulger Case: a Spatial Story’, invited speaker, Media and Politics seminar series, University of Liverpool, 3 April 2014.

Invited contributor to Music and Documentary Film panel discussion at Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns Conference, University of Liverpool, 14 March 2014.


‘Liqufruta’, invited participant at Tourism Object Relations workshop, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, 13 March 2014. 


‘Estuarine Excursions in Liminal Space’, invited speaker at Practising Place event: Liminal Landscapes: Assembly, Enclosure and the West Lancs Coast, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 11 March 2014. Video of presentation and discussion with the artist David Jacques can be accessed here or here.


‘Locating the City in Film | Navigating the Archive City’, invited speaker at Location London Conference, University of London Senate House and University College London, 7-8 March 2014. 

‘Spatial Anthropology: Outline of a Field of Practice’, invites speaker at Transformative Legacies: James Frazer, Engage@LIverpool, 13 November 2013.


‘Making Connections: Amateur Transport Films and Merseyside’s Historical Geography’, invited speaker at Getting There: Exploring the History of the North West’s Transport Links- Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire Study Day, Museum of Liverpool, 18 September 2013.


Invited speaker at Practicing Place / Placing Morecambe Symposium, Dept. of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University, 13 June 2013.


‘Cinematic Cartography: Mobilising the Archive City’, invited speaker at Cinematic Bologna Workshop: Mapping the Archive City, Urban Centre (Biblioteca Sala Borsa), Bologna, Italy, 15 December 2012.


‘Marketing Musicscapes, or, The Political Economy of Contagious Magic’, presentation at IASPM (UK & Ireland) 2012 Conference, University of Salford, 5-7 September 2012.


‘Heritage Rocks! Mapping Spaces of Popular Music Tourism’, (with Sara Cohen), Keynote presentation at Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel Conference, Liverpool, 6-9 July 2012.

‘Unauthorizing Popular Music Heritage: Outline of a Critical Framework’, (with Sara Cohen), presentation at Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Gothenburg, 5-8 June 2012.


‘Unauthorizing Popular Music Heritage: Outline of a Critical Framework’, Popular MusicHeritage,Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPID) International Workshop, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 26-27 January 2012.


‘Spatial Anthropology: Blind Fields and the Problem of Critical Interdisciplinarity’, Engage @ Liverpool, University of Liverpool, 20 October 2011.


‘The Sands of Dee: Estuarine Excursions in Liminal Space’, Liminal Landscapes: Remapping the Field Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 1-2 July 2010.


‘Navigating Genre and Urban Space: The ‘Place’ of Amateur Film in Urban Cinematic Cartography’, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference, Istanbul, 24-27 June 2010.

‘Cinematic Cartography: Towards a Spatial Anthropology of the Moving Image’,Mapping, Memory and the City, International Conference, University of Liverpool, 24-26 February 2010.


‘Projecting Place: Mapping the City in Film’, Geospatial Computing for the Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage workshop, IEEE International Conference on E-Science, Oxford, 9-11 December 2009.


‘Cinematic Cartography: Towards a Spatial Anthropology of the Moving Image’, Visuality/Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice Conference, Royal Institute of British Architects, 9-11 July 2009.


‘World in One City: Surrealist Geography and Time-Space Compression in Alex Cox’s Liverpool’, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference, Lund, Sweden, 25-28 June 2009.


‘Mapping the Archive: Towards a Spatial Anthropology of the Moving Image’, The Visual Archive, the Moving Image and Memory, CRESC Workshop, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 28-29 May 2009.


‘Space, Cartography and the Archive: the Role of GIS in the Geo-historical Analysis of a City in Film’ (with Julia Hallam), Historical GIS Conference 2008, University of Essex, 21-22 August 2008.


‘Movies, Maps and the Consumption of Place: Cinematic Geographies of a Post-Industrial City’, Leisure Studies Association Conference 2008, Liverpool John Moores University, 8-10 July 2008.


‘Reconstructing the Archive City: the Role of the On-line Catalogue in Local and National Film Historiography’, (with Julia Hallam), European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference, Budapest, 19-22 June 2008.


‘Ferries, Tunnels, Bridges and Non-places: Crossing Boundaries of Place and Identity in Liverpool Transport Films’, Public History Conference, Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10-12 April 2008.


‘Cinematic Cartography: Movies, Maps and the Consumption of Place’, Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space & the Moving Image, International Conference, University ofLiverpool, 26-28 March 2008.


'Mapping the Archive City: Urban Space and the Redemption of an "Incriminated Medium"’, Mapping the City: Research Methods and Problems, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, 7 November 2007.


‘Mapping the Archive City: Urban Space and the Redemption of an "Incriminated Medium"‘, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 6-8 July 2007.


‘Movies, Maps and the Consumption of Place: Dis/embedded Geographies of the City in Film’, 2nd International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Split, Croatia, 20-23 June 2007.


‘Mobilising the Tourist Gaze: Virtual Panoramas and the Symbolic Construction ofLiverpool’s Waterfront’, Gazing, Glancing, Glimpsing?: Tourists And Tourism In A VisualWorld, International Conference, University of Brighton, 13-15 June 2007.


‘City in Film: Virtual Panoramas and the Symbolic Construction of Liverpool’s Waterfront’, invited lecture, Social and Environmental Studies research seminar series, University of Liverpool, 31 May 2007.


‘Tunnels, Bridges and Non-places: Crossing Boundaries of Place and Identity in Liverpool Transport Films’, Liverpool and Merseyside Regionalism Colloquium, University ofLancaster, 22 March 2007.


‘Mobilising the Tourist Gaze: Virtual Panoramas and the Symbolic Construction ofLiverpool’s Waterfront’, invited lecture, International Institute of Culture, Tourism and Development research seminar series, London Metropolitan University, 21 March 2007.


‘A Cinematic Repository of Urban Space: Mapping the Archive City’, City in Film symposium, University of Liverpool, 1 November 2006.


‘Research in Practice: City in Film’, invited lecture, Researching Together workshop, University of Liverpool / National Museums Liverpool, 6 October 2006.


'Hospitality and Eroticism' (with Hazel Andrews and Tom Selwyn), CHME Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Research Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 10-12 May 2006.


‘Non-places in the Mist: Mapping the Spatial Turn in Theo Angelopoulos’ Peripatetic Modernism’, Re-viewing Space: Space and Place in European Cinema conference, University of Bath, 24-26 April 2003.


‘“Welcome to Dreamland”: From Place to Non-place and Back Again in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Last Resort’, Re-Viewing the Popular conference, Oxford Brookes University, 23-24 November 2001.

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