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Christos Galanis

Christos Galanis

Currently a PhD candidate in the Human Geography dept. at Edinburgh University. My dissertation is a peripatetic ethnographic study of Munro-baggers and Scots-Canadian ‘homecomers.’ The study describes my informant’s relationships with the Highlands of Scotland as they walk the landscape, and the way in which the Highlands are historically territorialized and represented as a unique landscape of ‘belonging.’  I’m especially interested in the processes through which this landscape came to signify a ‘pristine wilderness’; almost a portal into a past-ness that conjures associations of simplicity, community, freedom, and an enchanted relationship with ‘nature’ that is no more. Of consideration are the socialist land-reform movements of the years following WWI and WWII, British Imperialism, the Enlightenment, the Calvinist-inspired conservation movement,  the witch-burnings, and both the clearances in Scotland and the enclosures in England. I’m likewise engaged in troubling notions of indigeneity in a UK context, considering indigeneity as a quality of relationship with land/spirit in contrast with indigeneity as a political identity. Ultimately, I question whether the Highland landscape itself is indeed imbued with a unique ‘spiritual’ quality, or if such experiences are projections based upon thousands of years of romantic representations going back not just to Sir Walter Scott, but to the very first written accounts of the Roman invaders of the 1st century BCE.

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Posted on

25th February 2017

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