Monthly Archives: September 2014

‘Tripping in Babylon’ radio show

Now is perhaps the best time to announce that I am in the process of organising a Tripping in Babylon radio show, which–if everything goes to plan–will be airing on the University of York’s radio station URY and online between October and December!

The premise behind the show is an experiment in communicating research to the public, alongside playing loads of great music, alongside some poetry readings, novel extracts, and possibly even an interview or two. Each show will have a broadly similar format and line of enquiry, and my intention is to explore the culture around drugs in numerous decades through the music and writing that surrounds it. This ranges from music written on and/or about drugs, through to what cultural activity about drugs can tell us about the Zeitgeist over the last fifty years.

Open Mind debut album

Any suggestions for music or readings are greatly appreciated. If you’d like to get involved in any way whatsoever–recording some readings, or perhaps recording an interview if this is an area you feel you know something original about–then please do send me an email, leave me a comment, or send me a message on Twitter @GeorgeFBickers.

When I have more details about the schedule for the show, I will updated here, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition, I will be making a transcript of each show available, including all song and reading lists, and making a link to a downloadable copy of each show available.

Turn On. (Turn On.) Tune In. (Freak Out.Drop Out. (Get Beaten.)
Timothy Leary. (Hunter S. Thompson.)

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The End of Place As We Know It.

This September I am taking part in an ASLE-UKI conference, titled ‘The End of Place As We Know It: Shifting Perspectives on Literature and Place‘ at the University of Strathclyde. I’m presenting a paper based on one of my final year undergraduate dissertations, and it will test out some of the thinking behind my work-in-progress PhD research proposal.

Titled Physical Places, Psychedelic Spaces: Drugs, creation, and the right to the landscape, my paper engages with Ben Wheatley’s 2013 film A Field in England and explores it in light of Henri Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city’. I ask the question, can psychedelics be used as an act of cultural creation to resignify the body and use it to renegotiate the bounds of hegemonic bourgeois power?

Organised by Rune Graulund as part of the ASLE-UKI, the conference is being held from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th of September. I am presenting in the ‘Heterotopic/Alternative Place’ panel on the Thurdsay and, aside from general excitement about the conference, I am also looking forward to being in Scotland for the referendum vote.

A Field In England artwork, by Luke Insect

A Field In England artwork, by Luke Insect

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