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Nuala C. Johnson

Reader in Human Geography


Current Research

I am a historical geographer with research interests in the relationships between identity politics and representation; spaces of scientific knowledge and aesthetics; and place and literary geographies. There are three strands to my current research projects. First, I continue to develop the conceptual and empirical dimensions of the performance of social memory with respect to public monuments, museums and heritage sites. Second, I am engaged in a comparative study of the historical geography of botanical gardens in Dublin, Cambridge and Belfast. This research addresses the development and design of botanical gardens as sites in which the relationship between science and beauty in the formation of natural history knowledge gets practiced. Third, the role of fictional literature in the constitution of colonial, national and local identities anchors the final thread in my research.


Botanical Gardens:

 Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin  

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Johnson, N.C. 2011 Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens, London: IB Tauris.

Johnson, N.C. (ed.) 2008  Culture and Society London: Ashgate.

Duncan, J., Johnson, N.C. Schein, R. (eds.)  2004: Companion to Cultural Geography Blackwell, Oxford.

Johnson, N.C. 2003 : Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ARTICLES

Johnson, N. C. 2012 A Royal Encounter: Space, Spectacle and the Queen's Visit to Ireland, Geographical Journal 178: 194-200 DOI

Johnson N. C. 2012 The contours of memory in post-conflict societies: enacting public remembrance of the bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland Cultural Geographies, 19(2) 237-258 DOI

Johnson, N.C. 2011 Botanical Gardens and Zoos. In J.A. Agnew and D.N. Livingstone (eds.) Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, London: Sage, 99-111.

Johnson, N.C. 2009 Authenticity. In D. Gregory, R.J. Johnston, G. Pratt, M.J. Watts and S. Whatmore (eds.) The Dictionary of Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, 40

Johnson, N.C. 2009 Heritage. In D. Gregory, R.J. Johnston, G. Pratt, M.J. Watts and S. Whatmore (eds.) The Dictionary of Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, 327-328.

Johnson, N.C. and G. Pratt 2009 Memory. In D. Gregory, R.J. Johnston, G. Pratt, M.J. Watts and S. Whatmore (eds.) The Dictionary of Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, 453-455.

Johnson, N.C. 2009 Monuments. In D. Gregory, R.J. Johnston, G. Pratt, M.J. Watts and S. Whatmore (eds.) The Dictionary of Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, 478.

Johnson, N.C. and D. Gregory 2009 Preservation. In D. Gregory, R.J. Johnston, G. Pratt, M.J. Watts and S. Whatmore (eds.) The Dictionary of Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, 579.

Johnson, N.C. 2009 The historical geography of war in R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, London: Elsevier, 189-194.

Johnson, N.C. 2008 Introduction. In N.C. Johnson (ed.) Culture and Society London: Ashgate, xi-xxii

Johnson, N. C. 2007 Names, Labels and Planting Regimes: Regulating Trees at Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Dublin 1795-1850, Garden History, 35, 53-70.

Johnson, N.C. 2007 Grand Design (er)s: David Moore, natural theology and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, 1838-1879, Cultural Geographies, 14, 29-55.

Johnson, N.C. 2006 Cultivating Science and Planting Beauty: the spaces of display in Cambridge’s botanic gardens, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 31, 1, 42-57.

Johnson, N.C.  2006 Memorialising and Marking the Great War: Belfast Remembers in F. Boal and  S. Royle eds. Enduring city: Belfast in the Twentieth Century, Belfast: Blackstaff, 207-220.

Johnson, N.C. 2006 Nationalism in B Wharf (ed.) Enyclopedia of Human Geography, London: Sage, 317-320.

Johnson, N.C. 2005 Locating memory: tracing the trajectories of remembrance, Historical Geography 33, 165-79.

Johnson, N.C. 2005 Memory and Heritage in P. Cloke, P. Crang and M. Goodwin eds. Introducing Human Geographies. Revised 2nd edition Edward Arnold, London, 314-325.

Johnson, N. 2004 Cast in stone: monuments, geography and nationalism, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 13, 51-65. Reprinted in N. Thrift and S. Whatmore eds. Cultural Geography, critical concepts in the social sciences London: Sage.

Johnson, N.C. 2004 Fictional journeys: tourism spaces, paper landscapes and Dublin’s literary texts, Social and Cultural Geography 5,1, 91-107.

Johnson, N.C. 2004 Heritage landscapes, geographical imaginations and material cultures: tracing Ulster’s past in  T. Mels (ed.) Reanimating places: a geography of rhythms London: Ashgate, 227-239

Duncan, J and Johnson N.C. 2004 Cultural Geography in A. Kuper and J. Kuper (eds). The Social Science Encyclopedia London: Routledge

Johnson, N.C. 2004 Social Memory in Duncan, Johnson and Schein Companion to Cultural Geography Blackwell: Oxford, 616-328.

Duncan, J., Johnson, N.C. and Schein, R. 2004 Introduction in Duncan, Johnson and Schein Companion to Cultural Geography Blackwell: Oxford,1-8.

Johnson, N.C. 2002: Mapping monuments: the shaping of public space and cultural identities, Visual Communication, 1, 3, 293-298.

Johnson, N.C. 2002: The renaissance of nationalism. In R.J. Johnston, P.J. Taylor and M. Watts. (eds) Geographies of global change. 2nd revised edition. Basil Blackwell, Oxford.

Johnson, N.C. 2001: From time immemorial: narratives of nationhood and the making of national space. In J. May and N. Thrift (eds.) Timespace: Geographies of Temporality. Routledge, London, 89-105

Johnson, N.C. 2000 Historical geographies in the present. In B. Graham and C. Nash (eds) Modern Historical Geographies. Longman, London, 251-273

Johnson, N.C. 1999 Memory and heritage. In P. Cloke, P. Crang and M. Goodwin (eds) Introducing Human Geographies. Edward Arnold, London, First edition, 170-79.

Johnson, N.C. 1999 Cartographies of violence: Belfast’s Resurrection Man. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 17, 723-36

Johnson, N.C. 1999  Framing the past: Time, Space and the Politics of Heritage Tourism in Ireland. Political Geography, 18, 187-207.

Johnson, N.C. 1999 The spectacle of memory: Ireland’s remembrance of the Great War 1919. Journal of Historical Geography, 25, 36-56.

Johnson, N.C. 1998 Nations and Peoples. In T. Unwin (ed) A European Geography. Longman, London, 85-99.

Johnson, N. C. 1997 Cast in stone: monuments, geography and nationalism,  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 13, 51-65. Reprinted in J. Agnew (1997) Political Geography: A Reader. Arnold, 347-64.

Johnson, N.C. 1997 Making space: Gaeltacht policy and the politics of identity. In B. Graham (ed) In Search of Ireland: a cultural geography. Routledge, London, 151-173.

Johnson, N.C. 1996: Where Geography and History Meet: Heritage Tourism and the ‘big house’ in Ireland. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 86, 551-566.

Johnson, N.C. 1995 The renaissance of nationalism. In R.J. Johnston, P.J. Taylor and M. Watts. (eds) Geographies of global change. Basil Blackwell, Oxford, First edition, 97-110.

Johnson, N. 1995: Cast in stone: monuments, geography and nationalism,  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 13, 51-65.

Johnson, N.C. 1994: “Sculpting heroic histories: celebrating the centenary of the 1798 rebellion in Ireland”, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 9, pp.78-93.

Johnson, N.C. 1993 Building a nation: an examination of the Irish Gaeltacht Commission Report of 1926, Journal of Historical Geography, 19, 157-68.

Johnson, N.C. 1992: Nation-building, language and education: the geography of teacher recruitment in Ireland 1925-55, Political Geography Quarterly, 11, 170-89.

Johnson, N.C. 1989 An analysis of the ‘friends and neighbours’ effect in an Irish urban constituency, Irish Geography, 93-105.

 
Recently Invited Public Lectures

  • “Simply Read? Unravelling the Past of Monuments and Gardens”, Keynote address,  Historical Geography Research Group Annual Postgraduate and Undergraduate Conference, London, November 2004.
  • “Science, Beauty and the Making of Knowledge in Regional Botanical Gardens” Ellen Churchill Semple Lecture, University of Kentucky, April 2005.
  • “Siting Nature and Seeding Empire: Botanical gardens and cultures of representation in Britain and Ireland”, British Association for the Advancement of Science Conference, Dublin, September 2005.
  • “Names, Labels and Planting Regimes: Regulating Nature at Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Dublin 1795-1850”, Arboretum Conference, Linnean Society London, September 2006.
  • “Regional Botanical Gardens: Science, Beauty and the Making of Knowledge”, Nordic Landscape Research Course, Trondheim, May 23 2008.

Recent External Roles

  • Book Review Editor, Social and Cultural Geography (2000-2005)
  • Editorial Board, Political Geography (1995-2005)
  • Editorial Board, Philosophy and Geography (1998-2005)
  • External Examiner, University College Chichester 2003-2005
  • Editorial Board, Historical Geography Series, I.B. Tauris (2007-2009)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (Autumn 2005)
  • Visiting Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Autumn 2005)