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Landscape Research Group hosted a Critical Field Study trip to the town of Dunkirk, France from 16th to 18th October 2023.

The field study explored the layers of Dunkirk’s landscape, weaving the town’s war history, its industrial activity and its forward-looking initiatives in the realms of ecology, culture and urbanism. The trip provided opportunities to understand the sense of place of the town from the perspectives of local experts and inhabitants working in different sectors, such as the harbour, the archives and the town hall. We were also joined by Professor Mark Connelly from University of Kent, who led the visits to the military and post-conflict sites. The site visits were complemented and enhanced by reflexive conversations as a group, framing discussions from various disciplinary perspectives.

The three-day itinerary was impeccably curated by Atelier Za’atar, an organisation run by LRG member, Anna Lena Hahn and Titiane Haton. The trip has been inspired by their work on the “Jachères” research project and exhibition, which is hosted in the cultural centre of Dunkirk, la Halle aux Sucres.


Cost & to register

To attend for three days, starting from 9.00am on Monday 16th October until the afternoon of Wednesday 18th October, the cost for attendees is:

GBP 610 for a single occupancy room

GBP 480 for a shared room (with one other person)

Please fill in this short form to register your attendance by Friday 8th September. Once we have then made a selection we will contact you with payment details.

All range of careers levels, disciplines and geographical base are very welcome and encouraged.


Register your attendance via the google form by Friday 8th September.

LRG will contact you with payment details if successful by Tuesday 12th September.

Final payment to be received by LRG by Friday 29th September.


What can we expect?

This trip follows on from our hugely successful inaugural trip to the Isle of Arran, Scotland, in October 2022, and we continue to aim to actively explore the current issues on the ground in various places, relating to landscape research, exchange knowledge and build networks of practice. For a taste of last year’s trip to the Isle of Arran, you can find some participants’ critical reflections from the field study on our LEX site.

What does the price include?

The cost includes a three day itinerary exploring a range of layers of Dunkirk’s landscape, lunch for three days and two evening dinners and hotel accommodation for three nights checking in on Sunday 15th October and checking out Wednesday 18th October. It does not cover your travel to and from Dunkirk.

Can I attend for only one day or a portion of the trip?

We would prefer if you attended the whole three day itinerary to get the most of the trip to Dunkirk. It also cuts down on our administrative burden.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes you can pay in two installments if that is easier for you. Please email us if that is what you would like to do. We would ask the first payment is made by Friday 15th September, with the final amount paid by Friday 29th September.


If you have any further questions, email Emily Shakespeare.