Trained as an architect, landscape architect and cultural geographer, Jeremy Foster is interested in the challenges and opportunities the landscape medium offers for environmental interpretation and design practice. Both his teaching and research are informed by ‘landscape thinking’ – ie. the representation, envisioning and manipulation of ‘nature’. However, his focus is on the constructed environment as a whole, something made as much by those not trained in planning and design as by those who are. His research projects seek to unpack how specific landscapes, of varying scales, designed as well as undesigned, historical and contemporary, are always emergent, produced and reproduced through intersections between representational discourses and material processes. He is particularly interested in the Benjaminian notion that material objects and environments contain within them the movement of history, and can never be fully understood without taking into account the often-unconscious desires, hopes and imaginaries involved in their making, use and perpetuation.
‘Dancing on the grave of industry: Wenders, Bausch and the affective re-performance of environmental history’, Cultural Geographies, 25: 2 (2018): 319-338.
‘Affective ecologies of the present in the Western Front Dominion war memorials’, in D. Harvey & J. Wallis eds.,Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary (London, Routledge, 2017): 135-155.
‘From Table Mountain to Hoerikwaggo: re-imagining Africa’s “first landscape”‘ in J. Beardsley ed., Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa (Washington, Dumbarton Oak, 2016): 397-432.