The Genius Loci is at the centre of landscape research, be it from the perspective of natural or social sciences, the humanities or design disciplines. Genius loci has been defined as the spirit of the place characterising a particular landscape (Pedroli, 2000, 15). Although modern society seems to have lost the ability to observe the landscape as a whole, and be aware of a sense of belonging and identity (Senge et al., 2004), in many places of Europe “people continued to worship the natural characteristics of the landscape as a source of truth, beauty and justice” (Pinto Correia et al., 2018, 6).
“Soulscapes: in search of genius loci” intends to provoke a scientific reflection on how landscape reveals the way people relate to their physical and spiritual environment (Bockemuehl, 1992, 13). Intrigued by the assumption that “every place should have a spirit” (Day, 1990, 107), we invite interested researchers and students to enter into dialogue about the homogenising of the landscape due to which gradually the genii loci are lost (Antrop, 2000, 32).
The landscape is tangible out there and simultaneously a mental reality (Antrop & Van Eetvelde, 2017, 392). Since the soul of a place might be characterised as “the intangible feeling – made up of so many things” (Day,1990), we welcome an exchange of thoughts about these ‘things’. This includes the sacrality of landscapes (Verschuuren & Furuta, 2016; Day, 2012, Julian Holloway, 2003), which are animated by a health-giving spirit, as discussed by Day (1990), but also the healing and therapeutic landscapes presented by Relf (2006) or Van Elsen et al. (2014).
The participants are also invited to bring new thoughts and approaches to issues related with cultural landscape services, a topic of relevant research currently in Landscape Ecology.
The conference is structured in four panels, aiming at contemplating the theme from four angles:
On the 18th June 2018, at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisbon, Auditorium 2, Tower B, 3rd Floor:
1. Observing Landscape – towards a holistic Landscape Ecology Education
2. Healing and therapeutic landscapes – opportunities for new multifunctionality
3. Landscapes as places of harmony – how to safeguard landscape quality
On the 19th June 2018, a Field Atelier, following a Goethean approach, will take place at the Interpretation Centre for Landscape/Charneca Observatory, Casal do Gavião do Meio, Ribatejo:
4. Expressing the essence of landscape in Art (Atelier for painting, music, prose, poetry…)
This atelier will be guided by Leonor Malik , Ph. D. in Education Sciences by the Univ. of Grenoble, Art Therapeut, Painter and former Teacher with background on Waldorf Pedagogy. President of Harpa and responsible for the learning program along life focused on the self-development according to an Anthroposophic approach.
The participation in this atelier will be credited to the teachers by the Geography Teachers Association (APG).
Two key-note presentations can already be announced for the 18th of June:
In the Morning: Landscapes in transition – a search for meaning, by Bas Pedroli (Associate Professor, Wageningen University/Land Use Planning Group; Chair of UNISCAPE, Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention; President of Petrarca, European Academy for the Culture of Landscape).
In the Afternoon: Landscape ecological perspectives on soulscapes by Veerle Van Eetvelde (Associate Professor in Landscape Science, Department of Geography, at Ghent University, Belgium; President of IALE-Europe; Vice President of UNISCAPE, Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention).
Fee: Conference on the 18th of June: 60 Euros (APEP associates and students, 50 Euros). It includes 2 coffee-breaks, lunch and Conference documents.
Atelier in Gavião, Ribatejo (19th June) 30 Euros (APEP associates and students, 25 Euros). It includes transportation to Casal do Gavião on the 19th and lunch box.
After the 31st May 2018, 25% will be surcharged on the above prices.
Payments should be made to the account: PT50001000002159869000140
Selected papers will be published in an e-book with ISBN.
Send your abstracts in English (1 A4) until the 31st May 2018 to:
Antrop, M. (2000) Where are the Genii Loci?, in Pedroli, B., Ed. (2000) Landscape – Our Home, Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart, p. 29 – 34;
Antrop, M. & V. van Eetvelde (2017) Landscape Perspectives. The Holistic Nature of Landscape. Springer;
Bockemuehl, J. (1992) Awakening to Landscape, Natural Science Section, Independent School of Spiritual Science, The Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland;
Day, C. (2012) Spirit and Place, Routledge, London;
Day, C. (1993) Places of the Soul, Architecture and Environmental Design as a Healing Art. Aquarian/Thorsons, London;
Holloway, J. (2003) Spiritual Embodiment and Sacred Rural Landscapes, in Cloke, P., Ed., (2003) Country Visions, Pearson, Prentice Hall, London, p.156 – 177;
Pinto Correia, T., Primdahl, J., & Pedroli, B. (2018). European Landscapes in Transition. Implications for Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;
Pedroli, B. (2000) Introduction, in Pedroli, B., Ed. (2000) Landscape – Our Home, Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart.
Senge, P., Scharmer, C. O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (2004). Presence: Human Purpose, and the Field of the Future. Cambridge, MA: Society for Organizational Learning.
van Elsen, T., Herz, G., Ehlers, H., Schäfer, W., & Merckens, K. (2014). INCLUFAR – Inclusive farming. A new educational approach in social farming. Building Organic Bridges, 2, 517-522.
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From pattern and process to people and action
Ghent, 12-15 September 2017
IALE-Europe and Ghent University are pleased to invite you to the IALE 2017 European Congress.
The early bird registration is now open until June 9.
The call for papers is still open for poster presentations.
The congress theme reflects that landscape ecology as a meeting point - where pattern and process meet people and action - seen as a way of thinking when dealing with European landscapes. We want to put emphasis on the integration of pattern and process as a biophysical component of landscape ecology with people and action, bringing in the social and cultural approaches. This requires a true interaction of natural and social sciences, and of science, policy and practice. Therefor we see the congress as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of landscape ecology today. Furthermore, the challenge of the congress is what the future directions are of landscape ecology as a social relevant approach for science, policy and practice.
Mais informação: http://www.iale-europe.eu/iale2017
The Green-Blue Nexus: Forests, Landscapes and Services
24 - 29 September 2017 - Halle, Germany
Forests are key ecosystems for the maintenance of biodiversity and the sustainable provision of ecosystem services. Still, there are many gaps in our understanding of the functional role of forests at ecosystem and landscape scales.
Our meeting theme, "The Green-Blue Nexus", addresses the conflict between provisioning services (the "Green"), such as timber / biomass and forest by-products (food and fodder) and regulating services (the "Blue") (e.g., cleaning drinking water, flood and erosion regulation) in relation to other impacts on biodiversity and the supporting structures and key ecological processes that enable the supply of these services.
We aim to address to what extent and how the status of any particular forest ecosystem and its temporal dynamics should be included in the overall assessment of ecosystems and their services at larger scales such as landscape scale. Such understanding is indispensable to adaptive management at multiple scales and the assessment of land use changes that might increase or decrease forest areas, including transitional states, and the availability of ecosystem services.
A relevant challenge in sustainably managing forests and forest landscapes is connecting and harmonizing the availability of multiple services for multiple actors at different scales. Worldwide increasing scarcity in water and natural resources, essential for human health, are creating conflicts with land uses, e.g., food and bioenergy production may result in illegal use of forest resources or large-scale deforestation. As another example, one-sided resource production goals are likely to destroy regulating capacities for water purification and disturb the landscape water-balance. On the other hand, there is a risk to demotivate small landholders by exaggerating protection goals for biodiversity and water quality, and thus accelerating the problem of mobilizing timber resources from all forest ownership types.
Consequently, we need to communicate at a policy-making level on the necessity of sustainable forest management standards and for the protection of forest areas; this requires nexus thinking that highlights the interdependencies among the manifold services that forests provide. In this context, landscape ecology as a discipline provides essential concepts and methods for a better understanding of a broad range of interdependencies between ecological structures and processes, at multiple scales, and how these are influenced by human decisions. New types of data and methods help develop better models of landscape dynamics that support decision makers in identifying the best set of adaptation pathways to global changes.
The conference will address particularly the topic "Green-Blue-Nexus in information society - supporting integrative forest management across scales and actors", while space will be conserved for other IUFRO LE and - as an interface to IALE - other landscape ecology relevant themes.
For more information, please have a look at: http://iufrole2017.eli-web.com/