Dr Gareth Hoskins

Human Geography at Aberystwyth University PhD (Angel Island ImmigrationStation, San Francisco)

Dr Gareth Hoskins

Senior Lecturer

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Gareth Hoskins is a lecturer in Geography at Aberystwyth University where he teaches and researches on a variety of topics including urban geography, the politics of memory, the politics of mobility, environmental history, and material culture. His PhD research on Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco was completed while based in the Geography Department of University of California, Berkeley. Since then Gareth has published numerous academic articles, book chapters, and magazine articles on heritage operations in the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa. He was principal investigator on a 2-year international study of mining-related heritage sites funded by the AHRC and has recently completed an AHRC-funded comparative study on the logics and protocols involved in listing, landmarking, and designation by UK and US state agencies. Gareth is also involved in community-led local heritage initiatives in mid Wales, particularly those relating to lead-mining in the Cwm Rheidol Valley where he lives.



Thinking about now...

Global Political Ecology of Mining & Visuality - on reciprocity of resource extraction & photography, cultures of earth seeing, sensing & relating materialisms.

Colonising the cosmos - on & beyond earth humanities. Solar system settlement, spaceship-ark, new archiving of the geo (global seed bank, future proofing), the meme of species immortality, future heritage, value, uncanny cosmo-politics, corporeal anxiety, space germ quarantine.

Geological mobilities - on agency, vitality, temporality, self-organizing landslides eg. The Ferguson Slide Mariposa County California moving since 2006, Sailing stones of Death Valley – their tracking, mapping, and tagging by scientists.

Historical geographies of outer space - on-earth encounters with non-earth matter. Social & cultural histories of meteorites, asteroids & craters. Outer-space as spectacle, as everyday mundane eg. space dust.

Done recently…

Gold vs. Grain? The Ancillary Ecologies of Hydraulic Mining paper delivered at International Conference of Historical Geographers Dark light & diamonds: X-rays as a geological visuality' at the Visuality, Materiality & Mining Symposium, University of Brighton.

'The integrity of feeling on the emotional production of historic places in the United States' at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

Keynote paper at the Quarantine Conference in Sidney Australia titled The Seduction of Interruption on our persistent love affair with un-fulfillment. Banjo-accompanied talk People Like Us on the pasts & presents of hydraulic mining as part of Aberystwyth's 'Stories by Gaslight' series.

AHRC research comparing definitions & applications of value in UK & US historical p

Research Groups


Overlooking affect? Vertigo as geo-sensitive industrial heritage at Malakoff Diggins, CaliforniaHoskins, G. 2017 Heritage, Affect And Emotion : Politics, Practices and Infrastructures . Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. & Watson, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 135-15318 p. (Critical Studies in Heritage, Emotion and Affect)
Gold Vs. Grain: Ancillary Ecologies of Hydraulic Mining in California Hoskins, G. 2017 (Accepted/In press) The American Environment Revisited. Youngs, Y. & Buckley , G. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield
Citizenship and Quarantine at Ellis Island and Angel Island: The Seduction of Interruption Hoskins, G. 2016 Quarantine: Local and Global Histories . Bashford, A. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 230-25020 p.
Vagaries of value at California State Parks: towards a geographical axiologyHoskins, G. 2016 In : Cultural Geographies.23, 2, p. 301-319
People like us: historical geographies of industrial-environmental crisis at Malakoff Diggins State Historic ParkHoskins, G. 2015 In : Journal of Historical Geography.50, p. 14-24
Locating value: assigning significance in the historical built environment, a trans-Atlantic reviewHoskins, G. 2014
Mining Memories: Placing the AnthropoceneHoskins, G. & Whitehead, M. 2013 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. 40 p.
Mapping the mind in memory sports: the geographies of competitive recollectionHoskins, G. 2012 Geography and Memory: Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming. Jones, O. & Garde-Hansen, J. (eds.). Springer Nature, (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies)
Lobotomizing logics: A Critique Of Memory Sports and The Business Of Mapping The MindHoskins, G. 2012 Geography of Memory: Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming. Jones, O. & Garde-Hansen, J. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 234-25016 p. (Memory Studies)
On Arrival: memory and temporality at Ellis Island, New YorkHoskins, G. 2012 In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.30, 6, p. 1011-1027
Bewildered by Absence: Environmental ruin and the sublime at Malakoff Diggins State Historic ParkHoskins, G. 2011 Conference Proceedings: On the Surface: the Heritage of Mines and Mining: 14-16 April 2011, Innsbruck, Austria.Leeds Met Press
Immigration Stations: The regulation and commemoration of mobility at Angel Island, San Francisco and Ellis Island, New YorkHoskins, G. C. & Maddern, J. 2010 Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Merriman, P. & Cresswell, T. (eds.). Taylor & Francis
A secret reservoir of values: the narrative economy of Angel Island Immigration StationHoskins, G. 2010 In : Cultural Geographies.17, 2, p. 259-27517 p.
Place, Persistence, and Practice: Evaluating Historical Significance at Angel Island, San Francisco, and Maxwell Street, ChicagoCresswell, T. J. & Hoskins, G. 2008 In : Annals of the Association of American Geographers.98, 2, p. 392-41322 p.
Materialising memory at Angel Island Immigration Station, San FranciscoHoskins, G. 2007 In : Environment and Planning A.39, 2, p. 437-45519 p.
Making up Chinese-Americans : Moral Geographies of Immigration in the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and The Peopling of America Theme Study Act (2001)Hoskins, G. & Cresswell, T. J. 2006 Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility.Brill, p. 69-8618 p.
Poetic Geographies of the Excluded: Chinese immigration through Angel Island, San FranciscoHoskins, G. 2006 Race and Landscape in America.Taylor & Francis, p. 1-2828 p.
Producing Immigrant MobilitiesHoskins, G. & Cresswell, T. 2006 On the Move: The Politics of Mobility in the Modern West.Taylor & Francis, p. 175-19420 p.
At America's gates: Chinese immigration during the exclusion era, 1882-1943Hoskins, G. 2005 In : Journal of Historical Geography.31, 1, p. 189-1902 p.
Promoting the ‘Urban Idyll’: Policies for city centre livingHoskins, G. & Tallon, A. R. 2004 New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour’s Urban Renaissance. Johnstone, C. & Whitehead, M. (eds.). Aldershot: Taylor & Francis, p. 25-4016 p.
A place to remember: scaling the walls of Angel Island Immigration StationHoskins, G. 2004 In : Journal of Historical Geography.30, 4, p. 685-70016 p.