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PECSRL – The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape – 23rd Session
“LANDSCAPES, IDENTITIES AND DEVELOPMENT”
Lisbon and Óbidos, Portugal, 1st – 5th September 2008

A9 Special Session: European Culture Expressed in Agricultural Landscapes (EucaLand)

By Gloria Pungetti, Alexandra Kruse and Anu Printsmann

Abstract

European Agricultural Landscapes are facing rapid change due not only to economic and political conditions, but also to the enlargement of the European Union. Consequently, traditions are vanishing and vernacular cultural landscapes threatened. Currently in some parts of Europe agriculture is still linked with the local lifestyle, while in others it means production or cultural heritage. We would like to invite proposals that demonstrate how and why the Europeans, both in the old and new EU countries, are still so closely connected to their agricultural landscape as part of their cultural heritage and identity, and how this endangered heritage can be still passed to future generations. The focus of the session is therefore on how agriculture has shaped landscapes to be different cultural expressions, hence the base, for identity. Case studies and comparative research will be considered, but theoretically informed approaches are sought.

Priority will be given to EucaLand members, but others are welcome and the session is widely open for everybody to listen and participate in the discussion. The event will be advertised by the organisers and participants in different websites and with other means, and surely by PECSRL. Most of the EucaLand members are linked with PECSRL and will attend the 2008 Conference if their papers will be accepted in our proposed session. Speakers might include: Alexandra Kruse, Gloria Pungetti, Anu Printsmann, Hannes Palang, Marc Antrop, Hans Renes, Thanazis Kizos, Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin, Graham Fairclough, Geoffrey Groom.

Organisers:

Gloria Pungetti, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge/UK, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alexandra Kruse, Bureau for Landscape & Services, Overath/Germany, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anu Printsmann, Centre for Landscape and Culture, Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University/Estonia, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.