- Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
- Hourly Paid Lecturer
BSc (Hons) (CNAA), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Bristol)
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Price, C (in review) Postcards from the Old Country: finessing the landscape to fit our fables. Literary Geographies
Price, C (2013) Tokens of renewal: The picture postcard as a secular relic of re-creation and recreation, Culture and Religion
RGS – IBG Conference. 2015 – “The last goodbye from Madras”: the small stories of Muriel’s postcard album
Portable Landscapes, Durham. 2015 – The landscape of the collection: the collection of the landscape
Emerging Mobilities workshop, UWE. 2015 – Mobilising empire: the colonial picture postcard
The Past in its Place workshop, Exeter. 2015 – Living with the dead: the memorialisation of the Aberfan disaster.
HGRG postgraduate conference. 2014 – Postcards from the past
RGS – IBG Conference. 2014 – Postcards from the Old Country: finessing the landscape to fit our fables.
RGS – IBG Conference. 2012 – “Greetings from…": postcards from the field
AAG Meeting, Seattle. 2011 – Tokens of place: postcards and secular pilgrims.
Moving between the Lines, Bristol. 2010 – conference organizer – AHRC Beyond Text Student Led Initiative funded
My PhD thesis ‘Wish you were here’: aspects, agencies and legacies of the landscapes of the picture postcard takes as its subject the ephemeral, yet enduring, picture postcard and asks why this often overlooked souvenir object, more or less in its original incarnation, still resonates with us 120 years after the first illustrated card was posted. Far from being merely a memento, I contend that the picture postcard is a uniquely complicated, multi-layered, vibrant technology which provides an exciting and rich resource for a timely examination in the early decades of the twenty-first century.
I approach the card through the themes of visualities, materialities and mobilities and begin by locating the origins of the postcard and exploring how the card enframes themes of the imaginaries of place, showing how this simple object first drew the parties to it into the networks to underscore their identities as imperial subjects. I then follow the lineage of the postcard into the latter decades of the twentieth century, to consider the mutating emotional geographies evoked by the imagery of the card and how we use these to script our self-images. Having considered its visual aspects, I move on to examine the postcard as an enlivened performative object and as a more-than-secular relic of the absent – whether this be a Holy one or a loved one. A multi-scalar appreciation of the networks of the card follows, demonstrating the ways in which this apparently inconsequential postal technology worked at the global, the local and the intimate level of mobilities and immobilities. The thesis ends by tracking the grammars of the Victorian postcard into the computer mediated communication technologies of today and tomorrow, showing how these syntaxes have indelibly etched themselves not only upon our shifting interactions with place, space and time but also upon the precursive logics of our human/non-human interactions and the consequent re-shaping of our subjectivities as global citizens.
My Masters dissertation Living with the Dead: the Memorialisation of the Aberfan Disaster in the Landscape is the product of the detailed ethnographic study I made of the community of Aberfan and of its ongoing practices of formal and informal memorialisation of the events of 21 October 1966. I based this on archival investigations into contemporary media reports and minutes of committee meetings, extended interviews with survivors of the disaster and those involved in its commemoration and informal visits to the memorial sites to observe, to explore and, where possible, to engage with the people of the area.
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