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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Into No Man's Land - An Expedition

(14 September 2015)

The background to the project looks at the concepts of a 'no-man's land' and explores the on-going relevance of no-man's lands in the 21st century. It examines the definition of a 'no-man's land' and how the term can be applied in the modern world such as; What is no-man’s land?; What are the conditions to produce it?; How is it administered?; What sort of human activities do no-man's lands harbour and re no-man's lands living spaces and not just dead zones as we typically assume.

Dr Leshem added "In addition to rethinking No Man's Land as a concept for the 21st century, this (project)is an effort to rethink the expedition as a critical methodological tool".

Throughout their expedition to explore no-man's lands the research team will travel 6,000 miles from London to the Egypt-Sudan Border tracing the historical and political geographies of the no-man’s land and will be doing a whole series of events along the route, joined by artists, writers and filmmakers.

You can follow their progress online at their website and through Twitter @IntoNML.