Jay Emery, Postgraduate Researcher

Contested Histories and Producing the Past: Geographies of Heritage in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield

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Project Overview

Situated in cultural and historical geography, my doctoral research investigates the affective dimensions of temporality and how intertwined affective and temporal processes intervene in and shape the experience of classed senses of belonging in post-industrial spaces. Using Ben Anderson’s (2014) ‘analytics of affect,' my research examines how the affective past lives in the present through socially classed bodies, materialities, politics and atmospheres in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, UK (Emery, 2017). Specific focus is on formations of belonging – conceived as an affective assemblage of emotional attachments to spaces and times – and the impact industrialism, deindustrialisation, the 1984 – 85 Miners’ Strike and postindustrial has had on these forms of belonging (Antonsich, 2010; Mee and Wright, 2009).

Research Theme

Critical and Creative Geographies

Research Questions

With a primary focus on colliery closures and industrial ruination, how has belonging in the Nottinghamshire coalfield been affected by historical transformations?


  • Emery, J. (in production).  Geographies of deindustrialization and the working-class: Industrial ruination, legacies and affect. Geography Compass
  • Emery, J. (2018) Belonging, memory and history in the north Nottinghamshire coalfield, Journal of Historical Geography 59, pp. 77 – 89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2017.11.004.

Academic Awards

AHRC Midlands4Cities

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