Ghosts of Infrastructures Past

Type Other contribution
Original languageEnglish
TypeThematic thread
Media of outputOnline
PublisherAllegra Lab
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2020
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Abstract

“Castles, forts, ruins, abandoned mines, empty buildings, depleted fisheries,” the cultural theorist Barbara Kirchenblatt-Gimblett (1997:5) tallies the body count on a visit to Wales, where “waning economies litter the landscape”. Death – of economies, and pasts, and with them futures – she concludes, “leaves a mess”. Yet, among littered landscapes, ghosts lurk; afterlives – like a railway to nowhere, the spectral traces of a past that has left, and is left unresolved.

Keywords

  • Infrastructure, Railways, Post-industrialism, Wales, Rural