Ecumene: a journal of cultural geographies publishes scholarly research and informed commentaries on the ways in which people imagine, interpret and transform their material and social worlds. Complementing the existing academic paper and book review sections, from 2000 a new section Cultural Geographies in Practice will create a space for acknowledging, presenting and discussing how the cultural meanings of environment, place, space and nature are being engaged with intellectually and practically beyond narrowly defined academic institutions and genres.

The section addresses practices as varied as arts events and projects, planning and public policy, exhibitions, heritage developments, campaigns of cultural protest and resistance, transnational cultural networkings, documentary film making, or place-based archiving projects.

Dr Catherine Nash is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research considers how ideas of place, culture, identity and location are being explored in innovative, critical and creative ways in a range of social and cultural practices, including contemporary visual art.

Her work with artists and in curating an exhibition of Irish art (Irish Geographies, 1997) also stems from an interest in the political effects and possibilities of reworking different representational media and traditions of representation.

She has published on the intersections between themes of nationhood, gender, post-colonialism, visual art and cartography.