New Lives, New Landscapes: Rural Modernism in Twentieth-Century Britain

Event Details

  • Event date: 01/08/2019 – 02/08/2019
  • Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • CFP Deadline: 20/05/2019

How were twentieth-century rural landscapes ‘modern’ or ‘modernist’? What social, economic, political and cultural effect did this new infrastructure have on the ‘rural’? These are timely questions, for such structures are being decommissioned or fast becoming redundant just as a new and highly contentious rural modernity of wind-farms, solar panels and natural gas extraction is rapidly developing. In no small way do current debates mirror past controversies. By bringing together scholars working on rural landscapes and societies from across the humanities, this conference will take a cross-disciplinary approach to questions directly relevant to current debates about planning, preservation and the environment.

We welcome submission of posters to the conference. There will be an opportunity for poster creators to discuss their research during the conference. Posters should align with the themes of the conference, including:

  • Continuity and change in 20th century rural landscapes, particularly in relation to agricultural and technological improvements
  • Rural society and popular reactions to the ‘modern’
  • The aesthetics and architecture of rural modernism
  • The impact of planning and legislation on rural landscapes
  • Contested notions of environmentalism and preservation.

Please submit a title and summary of the content of your poster (up to 100 words) by email to Dr Iain Robertson ( and Dr Katrina Navickas, ( by 20 May 2019. We regret we cannot offer the conference attendance fee or printing costs.