PECSRL 24th session 2010 Living in Landscapes: Knowledge, Practice, Imagination
Riga & Liepaja, Latvia, 23-27 August 2010
Special session: Living in Agricultural Landscapes: Practice and Heritage
by Alexandra Kruse, Michael Roth, Anu Printsmann
The EucaLand-(European Culture Expressed in Agricultural Landscapes)-Network (http://www.eucalandnetwork.eu) is a new expert network that deals with the cultural and agricultural landscapes of Europe, promoting their consideration and use among their people and preserving their cultural heritage. Agricultural landscape is a by-product of agricultural activities as nobody sets out to create it. Still, the result of unconscious intentionality of few causes appreciation and enjoyment to many. The need to raise awareness concerning the values of agricultural landscapes comes from the transition into post-productivist societies. Following the successful special session in 2008 at PECSRL in Óbidos (Portugal), this time we would like to focus more on people living their everyday life in agricultural landscapes and dealing with heritage. Every innovation becomes once a heritage, what is not functional and purposeful any more will decay with few exceptions. The aim of the special session is to understand how and why the people of Europe appreciate agricultural landscapes, what they regard as heritage, to what extent it is different from expert knowledge and what can we do mitigating these gaps. The topics relevant to this special session concern the perception of agricultural landscapes and their heritage by different demographic and interest groups; how approaches towards heritage in agricultural landscapes have altered; what people do to create, maintain and destroy heritage in agricultural landscapes; interactions between local stakeholders, local and global policies; do different support mechanisms create new heritage; possibility to sustain heritage in agricultural landscapes within nature conservation areas; what happens to agricultural heritage in urban sprawl circumstances etc. Therefore we are welcoming theoretically informed papers based on empirical research, preferably on comparative or European-wide context.
Alexandra Kruse, PhD, coordinator of the Eucaland-Network, Bureau for Landscape & Services, Germany
Michael Roth, Chair of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning, School of Spatial Planning, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany