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Professor Caitlin Desilvey

Professor Caitlin Desilvey

Associate Professor of Cultural Geography

 01326 254161

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 1.36

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am a geographer whose research explores the cultural significance of material change and transformation, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. I’ve worked with artists, archaeologists, environmental scientists and heritage practitioners on a range of interdisciplinary projects, supported by funding from UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC, NERC), the Royal Geographical Society, the Norwegian Research Council and the European Social Fund. I often use visual imagery and story-telling to engage people in imagining changing environments and places, and look to patterns from the past to try to understand what the future might bring. Although much of my research is about how things (and places) fall apart, I am also interested in practices of repair and maintenance that hold things together.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find my Google Scholar account here.

Qualifications

2005 PhD Cultural Geography (Open University)
2001 MSc Cultural Geography (University of Edinburgh)
1994 BA Religious Studies and Environmental Studies (Yale University)

Career

2015 Associate Professor, University of Exeter
2012-2015 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter 
2007-2011 Lecturer, University of Exeter

Research group links

Research

Research interests

  • Cultural aspects of environmental change
  • Heritage, memory and transience
  • Narrative and storytelling
  • Creative/collaborative research methods
  • Post-industrial ecologies and aesthetics
  • Deep mapping and digital humanities
  • Locative media and landscape
  • Waste, value and materiality
  • Micro-sustainable practices

Research projects

Links


Key publications



DeSilvey CO, Ryan J (2018). Everyday Kintsukuroi: Mending as Making. In Price L, Hawkins H (Eds.) Geographies of Making, Craft and Creativity, London: Routledge, 195-212.   Publisher URL.
DeSilvey C, Bartolini N (2018). Where horses run free? Autonomy, temporality and rewilding in the Côa Valley, Portugal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text. DOI.
DeSilvey CO (2017). Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving., University of Minnesota Press. Abstract.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
Harrison R, Bartolini N, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J, Penrose S (2016). Heritage Futures. Archaeology International, 19, 68-72. Full text. DOI.
Nettley A, DeSilvey CO, Anderson K, Caseldine C (2013). Visualising sea-level rise at a coastal heritage site: participatory process and creative communication. Landscape Research, 1-11. Abstract.   Publisher URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2012). Making sense of transience: an anticipatory history. cultural geographies, 19(1), 31-54. DOI.

Publications by category


Books

DeSilvey CO (2017). Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving., University of Minnesota Press. Abstract.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
Bond, S, DeSilvey, C, Ryan J (2013). Visible mending: everyday repairs in the South West., Uniform Books.
DeSilvey C, Naylor S, Sackett C (2011). Anticipatory history. Axminster, Uniformbooks.  Publisher URLAuthor URL.
DeSilvey C (2002). Butterflies and Railroad Ties: a History of a Montana Homestead. Missoula, Montana.

Journal articles

DeSilvey C, Bartolini N (2018). Where horses run free? Autonomy, temporality and rewilding in the Côa Valley, Portugal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2017). Book Review Forum: Curated Decay, with commentaries by Emma Waterton, Harlan Morehouse, Richard Schein, Tim Cresswell and Caitlin DeSilvey. cultural geographies, 147447401773298-147447401773298. DOI.
Harrison R, Bartolini N, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J, Penrose S (2016). Heritage Futures. Archaeology International, 19, 68-72. Full text. DOI.
DeSilvey CO (2015). Book Review: Mining Memories: Placing the Anthropocene. Cultural Geographies, 22, 377-378. DOI.
DeSilvey C, Ryan J, Bond S (2013). 21 Stories. Cultural Geographies, 21(4), 657-672. DOI.
Casalegno S, Inger R, Desilvey C, Gaston KJ (2013). Spatial covariance between aesthetic value & other ecosystem services. PLoS One, 8(6). Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Nettley A, DeSilvey CO, Anderson K, Caseldine C (2013). Visualising sea-level rise at a coastal heritage site: participatory process and creative communication. Landscape Research, 1-11. Abstract.   Publisher URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2012). Making sense of transience: an anticipatory history. cultural geographies, 19(1), 31-54. DOI.
DeSilvey C, Edensor T (2012). Reckoning with ruins. Progress in Human Geography, 37(4), 465-485. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2010). Memory in motion: soundings from Milltown, Montana. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(5), 491-510. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2010). River Axe Crossings. J HIST GEOGR, 36(1), 119-119. Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2010). The comfort of things. ENVIRON PLANN D, 28(3), 562-563. Author URL. DOI.
Degen M, DeSilvey C, Rose G (2008). Experiencing visualities in designed urban environments: learning from Milton Keynes. ENVIRON PLANN A, 40(8), 1901-1920. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2007). Art and archive: memory-work on a Montana homestead. Journal of Historical Geography, 33(4), 878-900. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2007). Salvage memory: constellating material histories on a hardscrabble homestead. Cultural Geographies, 14(3), 401-424. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2006). Observed decay: telling stories with mutable things. Journal of Material Culture, 11(3), 318-338. Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2003). Cultivated histories in a Scottish allotment garden. CULT GEOGR, 10(4), 442-468. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

Chapters

DeSilvey CO (2019). Head, Hand, Heart: on Contradiction, Contingency and Repair. In Laviolette P, Martinez F (Eds.) Repair, Breakages, Breakthroughs: Ethnographic Responses, Berghan.
DeSilvey CO (2019). Rewilding Time in the Vale do Côa. In Tamm M, Olivier L (Eds.) Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism, Bloomsbury Academic.
Bartolini N, DeSilvey CO (2019). Rewilding as heritage-making: new natural heritage and renewed memories in Portugal. In de Nardi S, Orange H, Koskinen-Koivisto E, Drozdzewski D, High S (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place.
DeSilvey CO (2018). All Change (exhibition catalogue essay). In Cannon L (Ed) Liminal Matter, 3-5.  Author URL.
DeSilvey CO, Ryan J (2018). Everyday Kintsukuroi: Mending as Making. In Price L, Hawkins H (Eds.) Geographies of Making, Craft and Creativity, London: Routledge, 195-212.   Publisher URL.
DeSilvey CO (2018). The Death of a Lighthouse. In Strang V, Edensor T, Puckering J (Eds.) From the Lighthouse: an Experiment in Interdisciplinarity, Routledge, 157-160.   Publisher URL.
DeSilvey CO (2017). Life after death: palliative curation and future persistence. In Holtorf C, Hogberg A (Eds.) Cultural Heritage and the Future, Routledge.
DeSilvey CO (2015). Elemental Analysis. In Raymond-Barker O (Ed) Natural Alchemy, Falmouth, UK: Two Wood Press.
Paton D, DeSilvey C (2014). Growing granite: the recombinant geologies of sludge. In Hallam E, Ingold T (Eds.) Making and growing: anthropological studies of organisms and artefacts, Ashgate, 221-238.
DeSilvey C (2014). Palliative curation: art and entropy on Orford Ness. In Olsen B, Petursdottir T (Eds.) Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, Routledge, 79-91.
DeSilvey C (2013). Object lessons: from batholith to bookend. In Winders J, Schein RH, Johnson NC (Eds.) Companion to Cultural Geography, Wiley-Blackwell, 146-158.
DeSilvey C, Bond S (2013). On salvage photography. In Piccini A, Harrison R, Graves-Brown P (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, Oxford University Press, 642-656.
DeSilvey C (2012). Copper places: affective circuitries. In Jones O, Garde-Hansen J (Eds.) Geography and memory: explorations in identity, place and becoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 45-57.
DeSilvey CO (2012). Observed decay: telling stories with mutable things (reprint). In Dudley S (Ed) Museum Objects, Routledge.
Desilvey CO (2007). Practical remembrance: material and method in a recycled archive. In Gagen E, Lorimer H, Vasudevan A (Eds.) Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Methods and Practice in Historical Geography, London: RGS Historical Geography Research Group Monograph Series, 37-45.
DeSilvey C, Yusoff K (2006). Art and geography: image and interpretation. In Douglas A, Huggett R, Perkins C (Eds.) Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography: from Local to Global, London: Routledge, 571-586.

Conferences

Nettley A, Anderson K, DeSilvey C, Caseldine C (2011). USING TERRESTRIAL LASER SCANNING AND LIDAR DATA FOR PHOTO-REALISTIC VISUALISATION OF CLIMATE IMPACTS AT HERITAGE SITES.  Author URL.
Nettley A, Anderson K, DeSilvey CO, Caseldine CJ (2011). Using terrestrial laser scanning and LiDAR data for photo-realistic visualisation of climate impacts at heritage sites. 4th ISPRS International Workshop 3D-ARCH 2011 “3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures”. Trento, Italy. 2nd - 5th Mar 2011. Abstract.

Reports

Church A, Fish R, Haines-Young R, Mourato S, Tratalos J (2014). Work Package 5: Cultural Ecosystem Services and Indicators. DEFRA.
Desilvey CO (2006). Coloma, Montana: Cultural Resource Management Plan. Bureau of Land Management, Missoula: BLM Missoula Field Office.
Desilvey CO (2006). Update to the Joint Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan. Missoula City/County Office of Planning and Grants, Missoula, Montana.

Internet publications

DeSilvey CO (2017). The Art of Losing.   Publisher URL. Web link.
DeSilvey C, Ryan J, Bond S (2012). A Celebration of Repair.  Author URL. Web link.
DeSilvey C (2008). Watershed moment: the death of a Montana dam, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
DeSilvey C (2006). Dammed memories: a Montana river, transformed, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
DeSilvey C (2005). Rot in peace: putting old buildings and settlements to rest, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.

Publications by year



2019

DeSilvey CO (2019). Head, Hand, Heart: on Contradiction, Contingency and Repair. In Laviolette P, Martinez F (Eds.) Repair, Breakages, Breakthroughs: Ethnographic Responses, Berghan.
DeSilvey CO (2019). Rewilding Time in the Vale do Côa. In Tamm M, Olivier L (Eds.) Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism, Bloomsbury Academic.
Bartolini N, DeSilvey CO (2019). Rewilding as heritage-making: new natural heritage and renewed memories in Portugal. In de Nardi S, Orange H, Koskinen-Koivisto E, Drozdzewski D, High S (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place.

2018

DeSilvey CO (2018). All Change (exhibition catalogue essay). In Cannon L (Ed) Liminal Matter, 3-5.  Author URL.
DeSilvey CO, Ryan J (2018). Everyday Kintsukuroi: Mending as Making. In Price L, Hawkins H (Eds.) Geographies of Making, Craft and Creativity, London: Routledge, 195-212.   Publisher URL.
DeSilvey CO (2018). The Death of a Lighthouse. In Strang V, Edensor T, Puckering J (Eds.) From the Lighthouse: an Experiment in Interdisciplinarity, Routledge, 157-160.   Publisher URL.
DeSilvey C, Bartolini N (2018). Where horses run free? Autonomy, temporality and rewilding in the Côa Valley, Portugal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Full text. DOI.

2017

DeSilvey C (2017). Book Review Forum: Curated Decay, with commentaries by Emma Waterton, Harlan Morehouse, Richard Schein, Tim Cresswell and Caitlin DeSilvey. cultural geographies, 147447401773298-147447401773298. DOI.
DeSilvey CO (2017). Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving., University of Minnesota Press. Abstract.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
DeSilvey CO (2017). Life after death: palliative curation and future persistence. In Holtorf C, Hogberg A (Eds.) Cultural Heritage and the Future, Routledge.
DeSilvey CO (2017). Mud. Uniformannual(2018), 90-91. Author URL.
DeSilvey CO (2017). The Art of Losing.   Publisher URL. Web link.
DeSilvey CO (2017). When Loss is More. Views(54), 76-77.  Publisher URLAuthor URL.

2016

Harrison R, Bartolini N, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J, Penrose S (2016). Heritage Futures. Archaeology International, 19, 68-72. Full text. DOI.

2015

DeSilvey CO (2015). Book Review: Mining Memories: Placing the Anthropocene. Cultural Geographies, 22, 377-378. DOI.
DeSilvey CO (2015). Elemental Analysis. In Raymond-Barker O (Ed) Natural Alchemy, Falmouth, UK: Two Wood Press.

2014

Paton D, DeSilvey C (2014). Growing granite: the recombinant geologies of sludge. In Hallam E, Ingold T (Eds.) Making and growing: anthropological studies of organisms and artefacts, Ashgate, 221-238.
DeSilvey C (2014). Palliative curation: art and entropy on Orford Ness. In Olsen B, Petursdottir T (Eds.) Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, Routledge, 79-91.
Church A, Fish R, Haines-Young R, Mourato S, Tratalos J (2014). Work Package 5: Cultural Ecosystem Services and Indicators. DEFRA.

2013

DeSilvey C, Ryan J, Bond S (2013). 21 Stories. Cultural Geographies, 21(4), 657-672. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2013). Object lessons: from batholith to bookend. In Winders J, Schein RH, Johnson NC (Eds.) Companion to Cultural Geography, Wiley-Blackwell, 146-158.
DeSilvey C, Bond S (2013). On salvage photography. In Piccini A, Harrison R, Graves-Brown P (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, Oxford University Press, 642-656.
Casalegno S, Inger R, Desilvey C, Gaston KJ (2013). Spatial covariance between aesthetic value & other ecosystem services. PLoS One, 8(6). Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Bond, S, DeSilvey, C, Ryan J (2013). Visible mending: everyday repairs in the South West., Uniform Books.
Nettley A, DeSilvey CO, Anderson K, Caseldine C (2013). Visualising sea-level rise at a coastal heritage site: participatory process and creative communication. Landscape Research, 1-11. Abstract.   Publisher URL. DOI.

2012

DeSilvey C, Ryan J, Bond S (2012). A Celebration of Repair.  Author URL. Web link.
DeSilvey C (2012). Copper places: affective circuitries. In Jones O, Garde-Hansen J (Eds.) Geography and memory: explorations in identity, place and becoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 45-57.
DeSilvey C (2012). Making sense of transience: an anticipatory history. cultural geographies, 19(1), 31-54. DOI.
DeSilvey CO (2012). Observed decay: telling stories with mutable things (reprint). In Dudley S (Ed) Museum Objects, Routledge.
DeSilvey C, Edensor T (2012). Reckoning with ruins. Progress in Human Geography, 37(4), 465-485. DOI.

2011

DeSilvey C, Naylor S, Sackett C (2011). Anticipatory history. Axminster, Uniformbooks.  Publisher URLAuthor URL.
Nettley A, Anderson K, DeSilvey C, Caseldine C (2011). USING TERRESTRIAL LASER SCANNING AND LIDAR DATA FOR PHOTO-REALISTIC VISUALISATION OF CLIMATE IMPACTS AT HERITAGE SITES.  Author URL.
Nettley A, Anderson K, DeSilvey CO, Caseldine CJ (2011). Using terrestrial laser scanning and LiDAR data for photo-realistic visualisation of climate impacts at heritage sites. 4th ISPRS International Workshop 3D-ARCH 2011 “3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures”. Trento, Italy. 2nd - 5th Mar 2011. Abstract.

2010

DeSilvey C (2010). Memory in motion: soundings from Milltown, Montana. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(5), 491-510. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2010). River Axe Crossings. J HIST GEOGR, 36(1), 119-119. Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2010). The comfort of things. ENVIRON PLANN D, 28(3), 562-563. Author URL. DOI.

2008

Degen M, DeSilvey C, Rose G (2008). Experiencing visualities in designed urban environments: learning from Milton Keynes. ENVIRON PLANN A, 40(8), 1901-1920. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
DeSilvey C (2008). Watershed moment: the death of a Montana dam, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.

2007

DeSilvey C (2007). Art and archive: memory-work on a Montana homestead. Journal of Historical Geography, 33(4), 878-900. DOI.
Desilvey CO (2007). Practical remembrance: material and method in a recycled archive. In Gagen E, Lorimer H, Vasudevan A (Eds.) Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Methods and Practice in Historical Geography, London: RGS Historical Geography Research Group Monograph Series, 37-45.
DeSilvey C (2007). Salvage memory: constellating material histories on a hardscrabble homestead. Cultural Geographies, 14(3), 401-424. DOI.
Finlay A (2007). two fields of wheat seeded with a poppy-poem.  Author URL.

2006

DeSilvey C, Yusoff K (2006). Art and geography: image and interpretation. In Douglas A, Huggett R, Perkins C (Eds.) Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography: from Local to Global, London: Routledge, 571-586.
Desilvey CO (2006). Coloma, Montana: Cultural Resource Management Plan. Bureau of Land Management, Missoula: BLM Missoula Field Office.
DeSilvey C (2006). Dammed memories: a Montana river, transformed, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.
DeSilvey C (2006). Observed decay: telling stories with mutable things. Journal of Material Culture, 11(3), 318-338. Author URL. DOI.
Desilvey CO (2006). Update to the Joint Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan. Missoula City/County Office of Planning and Grants, Missoula, Montana.

2005

DeSilvey C (2005). Rot in peace: putting old buildings and settlements to rest, Slate Magazine.   Publisher URLAuthor URL.

2004

DeSilvey CO (2004). A Landscape Event. Verse Chain Author URL.

2003

DeSilvey C (2003). Cultivated histories in a Scottish allotment garden. CULT GEOGR, 10(4), 442-468. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2002

DeSilvey C (2002). Butterflies and Railroad Ties: a History of a Montana Homestead. Missoula, Montana.

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