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Call for papers | Landscape and Largesse

admin | March 4, 2022

International Workshop
Viadrina, 9-10 June 2002

The construction of post-war Europe was not just a political experiment; it was simultaneously a visual, spatial, cultural and memorial experience – as well as a fundamentally open and generous project: it was about creating a common landscape, in every sense of the term. The concept of landscape, at the crossroads of geography, philosophy, art, architecture, history, politics and sociology, appears an important nexus to explore the various dimensions of the European experiment, and its fundamental openness.

Our interdisciplinary workshop invites speakers from any field and aspires cross-disciplinary interaction with the aim of examining fundamental notions of socio-territorial belonging and inspiring novel forms of its imagination. It will be framed by the following questions:

  • What emancipatory/ liberating/ democratic potential may be found in the way the concept of landscape is treated in your field? I.e. how does it allow us to include perspectives which overcome the monolithic (monocultural, monolingual) national ideal of community, and/or perspectives that include ideas like the common good and natural, non-human environments?
  • How does the notion of landscape help us transform the notion of borders, particularly in the European context?
  • How can we elaborate on the emerging notion of “landscape citizenship”? What relationship between human beings, lived place, nature, community is hereby envisaged, and how does it relate to the rejuvenation of the notion of commons and common goods? Is there such a thing as a right to landscape?
  • The notion of landscape is a visual, spatial and geographic reality, but, just as much, a linguistic, aural, and cultural entity. Which stated or unstated limits are questioned through a repositioning of its concept? How does it allow us to think new possibilities of (social and political) inclusivity?
  • How does the notion of landscape allow us to think the issue of migration and immigration in more socially salient and relevant terms?