In the framework of the “Rocklines – A journey through Minett, the sea of red rocks” project led by Minett UNESCO Biosphere, this joint event will explore geopoetics and geography of emotions with a lecture and a walking tour / vagabondage in Belval.
Writing about the world is often seen as a skill reserved for a few specialists, whether they are geography teachers or professional cartographers. Yet writing about the world is a daily practice.
Estelle Evrard (Spatial Justice and Territorial Governance) and Lise Landrin (Participatory Action Research and Performative Arts), researchers in geography at the University of Luxembourg, will explore this notion with their current project: REMIX PLACE “Pathways to participation: connecting diverse communities through place”. This interdisciplinary project explores people’s emotional and physical attachment to place.
The geopoeticist Davide Sapienza will then offer an experiential report of the geopoetic journeys he has undertaken so far.
Davide Sapienza, a self-taught geopoet, explores his natural environment and lets his senses guide his artistic direction. In his talk he will explore the concept of geopoetics and what it has to offer in terms of emotional connection between people and their intimate geography.
At 2.45 p.m., immediately after the lecture we propose a walking tour of Belval followed by a networking drink. This is the ideal moment to discover the geopoetic work of Davide Sapienza who will be accompanied by Thomas Cauvin for this discovery of the former industrial site in the process of transformation.
Thomas Cauvin, associate professor of public history at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), is developing a partnership with the Nuit de la Culture d’Esch-sur-Alzette for participatory history projects, starting in 2022.
The guided tour through Belval is limited to 20 persons.