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Hosea, Birgitta, 2015, Conference or Workshop, Imagined Landscapes: Animating Train Journeys’ at Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre,, Kings College, London, 4th September 2015.

Abstract or Description:

Landscape is often thought of as eternal and unchanging, but in reality it is changing all the time due to changing patterns of habitation, agriculture, industry and climate change. The mobility paradigm in urban geography and sociology proposes that cities and society can be studied in terms of travel rather than stasis – through the movement of peoples, resources, data, finance – in order to understand the formation of identity, ideology, power and society.

Through a focus on the theme of animated train journeys, this paper will consider imagined landscape in animation from the pre-filmic phantom rides, to Ivor the Engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, Madame Tutli~Putli and railway simulation games. To conclude, it will be argued that the animated railway journey can be read as a metaphor for the transience and flux at the root of contemporary society that Zygmunt Bauman has termed liquid modernity.

Subjects: Other > Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L724 Transport Geography
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W690 Cinematics and Photography not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 12:38
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 12:38
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2517

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