Past Congresses

There have been several World Congresses of Psychogeography. The last Congress was in 2016.

2016 Huddersfield. Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

Friday 9th September 2016

  • Walk: Harold Wilson's Turbo Dérive
    1.45pm - 3.15pm St. George's Square (Train Station)
    By: Phill Harding
    In a special 'warm-up' event, Phill Harding will lead a silent walk of rapid passage and high velocity through Huddersfield, following a dynamic algorithmically derived route. Departing from the statue of Harold Wilson outside the Railway Station (St George's Square), this will be an energetic walk of one hour's duration, full of surprises. Come prepared!

    Note: The walk is for 1 hour and leaves on the dot at 2pm so please arrive at 1.45-1.50 for a bit of a preamble and chat.

  • Talk: Psychogeography Extreme
    4pm - 5pm Heritage Quay
    By: Phil Smith
    What is the future for psychogeography? To open the Congress, Phil Smith, in this talk, proposes future shifts in contemporary Psychogeography for a walking that is both quest and architecture and against a ‘Spectacle’ that invades subjectivity and pixilates public space. Phil will argue for an ecological walking that acknowledges the malevolence of the planet’s molten centre, for the taking back of the surplus of pleasure, and for new ‘grounds’ for a politics of the anti-Spectacle where our entanglement with distant things changes the here and now

    Note: This event will be streamed live

  • Walk: Scavenger's Hunt
    5pm - 6.30pm (90 mins) Heritage Quay and then around University Campus
    By: Sophia Emmanouil
    Calling scavengers young and old to follow a trail around the university campus in the search of items and stories, mundane or otherwise. The findings of the explorations will be exhibited in the Instant Museum of Curiosities at Heritage Quay, so come with a playful mood and an enquiring mind.

    Note: This event will be streamed live

  • Talk: A Walk in the Park
    7.30pm - 9pm Heritage Quay
    By: Travis Elborough
    Travis will present an illustrated, peripatetic survey of urban green space drawing on the material in his latest book A Walk in the Park (just out in Penguin), described as ‘fascinating, informative, revelatory’ by William Boyd in The Guardian, and his research during a residency in Victoria Park in East London with the Chisenhale Gallery in 2014-5. With their origins in aristocratic hunting preserves. Elborough argues that public parks have often proffered tame wildness to tame the wildness of the urban poor. As such their histories are steeped in age-old battles over land and liberty, work and leisure, taste and class, while currently they stand imperilled by government austerity measures and the invidious privatisation of free public space. This talk is not to be missed!

    Note: Before this event be sure to join Travis and come to Greenhead Park at 6pm for a walk led by David Griffiths author of "Secured for the Town- The Story of Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park". There’s more details at the Friends of Greenhead Park website.

Saturday 10th September 2016

  • Talk: What is Psychogeography
    11.30am - 12pm (30 mins) Heritage Quay
    By: Alex Bridger
    Is it simply about walking, that brings in psychology and geography or is it an artistic, literary or political practice? Psychogeography can be all of these and can be drawn on by anyone to take a fresh look at many aspects of living, working and leisure.

    Note: This event will be streamed live

  • Walk: The Northern Powerhouse in a post-Brexit world
    12pm - 2pm (75 mins) Start at Heritage Quay and then around town
    By: Alex Bridger
    Alex Bridger leads a walk around the town centre thinking about consumerism, surveillance, security and ownership before returning to Heritage Quay to create DIY maps showing just where the power lies.

    Note: Free walk but please sign up on Eventbrite for a ticket as space is limited.

  • Walk: Walking over Mines
    12pm - 2pm (105 mins) Start at Heritage Quay
    By: Tim Waters
    Tim will lead you over the labyrinth of concealed and invisible coal workings that lie just beneath the surface of Huddersfield town centre. His psychogeographic insights will give you a whole new view on the stuff beneath our streets.

    Note: This event will be streamed live

  • Walk: Ghost Trails of Diaspora
    2pm - 3pm Heritage Quay
    By: Phil Wood
    Phil Wood draws upon a deep knowledge of the migrant groups which have settled in Huddersfield as well as many of their places of origin. He will describe remarkable journeys and uncovers some strange and surprising concurrences whilst walking, one foot in Huddersfield and one elsewhere.

    Note: This event will be streamed live

  • Talk: The Studentification of Urban Space
    3pm - 4pm Heritage Quay
    By: Tina Richardson
    Tina Richardson will discuss the rise of privately owned halls of residences in university towns and cities. By providing examples from Huddersfield and Leeds, and revealing her own model of studentification, Tina will demonstrate how private student housing conforms to the new wave of capitalism: aesthetic capitalism.

  • Walk: Getting Lost on Purpose
    4pm - 6pm (105 mins) Start at Heritage Quay and then wherever
    By: Tim Waters
    Participants will devise unconventional rules and methods for walking (such as a flip of a coin or dice or following odd patterns), and then put them into practice around town. By getting lost on purpose we move across the streets in a way we haven't done before which can lead us to new insights about how we use the spaces and places we are in. We may get lost so let's see where you end up!

    Note: Free walk but please sign up on Eventbrite for a ticket as space is limited. This event will be streamed live

  • Panel: Any Other Business
    6pm (15 mins) Heritage Quay
    By: All
    Let's all meet back from our walks to take part in the Motion of No Confidence and formal Dis-Assembly of the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, including any expulsions, unresignations and votes.

Who Took Part in 2016?

Phil Smith
Phil Smith (Crab Man, Mytho) is a performance-maker, writer and ambulatory researcher, specialising in creating performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites, presently working on a new publication: ‘Architect Walkers’. He is currently developing ‘common dance for threatened subjectivities’ with Melanie Kloetzel and is a Site Artist for Tracing the Pathway’s ‘Groundwork’ project in Milton Keynes. He occasionally teaches site-specific performance at Plymouth University. Phil’s projects and publications include ‘A Footbook of Zombie Walking’ and ‘Walking’s New Movement’ (2015), ‘On Walking’ and ‘Enchanted Things’ (2014), ‘Counter-Tourism: The Handbook’ (2012) and ‘Mythogeography’ (2010).
Sophia Emmanouil
Sophia designs and facilitates a range of creative projects in partnership with schools, health and arts organisations, community groups and other voluntary and community collectives. Sophia's research, which incorporates Situationist approaches to space, place and mapping, transgresses architecture, design and education, and takes experimental approaches to sustainability and psychogeography. Her work also considers art, design and architecture from a public engagement perspective. Sophia is also part of a collective of radical researchers from the University of East London and the University of Huddersfield looking at ways of producing critical knowledge through walking, mapping and arts.
Travis Elborough
Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for more than a decade now. His books include The Bus We Loved a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and London Bridge in America; The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing. The most recent book A Walk in the Park; The Life and Times of a People's Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as "a fascinating, informative, revelatory book" by William Boyd in The Guardian.
Alex Bridger
Alex Bridger works at the University of Huddersfield teaching critical and community psychology and approaches to research including psychogeography and the analysis of media texts and political rhetoric. He also involved with chairing the Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network and is currently writing a book titled Psychogeography and Psychology. You can contact him and/or find out more about his work at
Email: a.j.bridger@hud.ac.uk, University Staff profile
Facebook: Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network
Blog: https://notanotherpsychogeographyblog.wordpress.com
Tim Waters
Tim is a psychogeographer, digital humanities enthusiast and freelance geographer. He likes historical maps. He's worked with many libraries and museums on historical maps, temporal geographies and vague fuzzy vernacular spaces. He has been part of Leeds Psychogeography Group and organises the annual Terminalia Festival of Psychogeography. He's also responsible for this website.
Phil Wood
Phil Wood is the Urban Therapist, an intercultural path-beater scavenging the discarded edgelands of our settlements and memories; confronting us with our hubristic follies and rekindling our capacity for compassion and community. He works and walks all over the world but has never really left Huddersfield.
Web: http://philwood.eu/
Blog: http://subversiveurbanism.tumblr.com
@PhilWood11
Tina Richardson
Tina Richardson specialises in the field of urban cultural studies. Having received her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2014 she is now an independent scholar, working as an editor-writer, guest lecturer and consultant. Tina’s latest edited volume has been published by Rowman and Littlefield International : Walking Inside Out - Contemporary British Psychogeography (2015). From a cultural theory and psychogeography background, Tina specialises in - identity and place, the application of poststructural theory to space, and the appearance of urban space under neoliberalism.
Schizocartography Website: http://www.schizocartography.org/
Blog: http://particulations.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter : @concretepost
David Smith
David the Participation and Engagement Officer at Heritage Quay. Dave spends his days dreaming up ideas for strange and wonderful experiences at Heritage Quay and he'll be the one running round with a clipboard and risk assessment.
Phill Harding
Phill Harding is a West Yorkshire based multidisciplinary artist who also works with sound in a primarily visual arts context. His work is often site specific and always site- and context-responsive. Sometimes this takes the form of large-scale installations, leading groups in sound walks through spaces, with film and musical compositions. Phill is very interested in the flux of time and the specifics of our present moment in it, and in our psychological responses to the places / spaces we inhabit.
Web: phillharding.org
The Bored in the City Collective
The bored in the city collective are a motley group of psychogeographers, artists, writers and poets that reside in the Manchester region. Over the past 15 years they have produced numerous situationist inspired leaflets, zines, comic books and DIY maps in relation to reflecting on the capitalist gentrification of Manchester city centre, the war on terror and a critique of spectacular society. They have been involved in numerous stunts and interventions and their greatest achievement has been the levitation of both bus stations in Manchester June 2008. You can contact them at Boredinthecity@hotmail.co.uk