"From knowledge of landscapes to landscaping action"
Bordeaux, 2-4 December 2004
First announcement and call for papers
This conference is organised by the French Ecology and Sustainable
Development Ministry with support of Cemagref. It will mark the
conclusion of a French national research programme started in 1998 and
the conference will focus on a comparison of the programme's results
with those attained in other European countries through similar
Focus and objectives of the conference
The European Landscape Convention signed in Florence in October 2000 is
proof of an increasing interest in the issue of landscapes. This
interest is, however, more evident in political action than in research.
The ideologies driving both politicians and NGOs focus on conceptions of
landscape which are within the scope of ecology, national heritage, or a
more societal framework. Is this concern emerging at a European scale a
sign of a specific European apprehension of landscape? The diversity of
motives and concepts underlying action reflects the many concepts of the
landscape being developed in the field of research.
The aim of this colloquium is to bring together researchers from all
over Europe for an update on the concepts and scientific methods
implemented. It will also try to provide answers to questions about the
effects of public policies on landscapes.
The transposition of knowledge into political action will be one of the
cross-functional lines of exploration encompassing the themes proposed.
What in fact happens to the concepts and notions often elaborated by the
scientific community when they go beyond cognitive production to serve
action? Furthermore, are they operational for action?
The second cross-functional avenue is the time factor: the time-frames
necessary for the production of landscapes, the time involved in the
change of social representations, the political time, the time needed
for decisions to be implemented.
This scientific meeting will be organised along four main themes:
1) Public policies and landscapes.
This theme looks for evidence about the kinds of policies that support
landscapes in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner. Expected
papers should stress the conceptions of landscape underlying political
action, the networks of protagonists involved in the operations and
their working, the specific features of the existing legislative and
legal frameworks in the various countries, the economic assessment of
public policies, and the effects of policies on the material structures
of landscapes. The practical use of political instruments and the impact
of those policies on various kinds of landscapes could also be
2) The place of the landscape in environmental policies.
The environment and landscape do not cover the same fields of meaning
or action, even if there are connections between the two notions. Papers
must first and foremost address the conceptual relationships between
environment and landscape.
The place of the landscape in environmental policies can subsequently
Agri-environmental measures, the connections between biodiversity and
landscape or between landscapes and sustainable development, the
management and exploitation of natural resources, can be analysed as an
example. Moreover, the question may well be raised as to whether the
landscape can prove to be an asset and a tool for local development.
3) The place of the landscape in urban policies.
Some specialists claim that landscaping makes it possible to renew the
way in which the city, urbanism and management of public spaces are
thought out and developed. How is landscaping taken into the equation in
urban policies across Europe? Does it fundamentally serve the cause of
social welfare? What is the place of nature in town? What are the
relationships between cities and rural areas regarding landscape?
4) Civil society, participation in decision-making, governance.
Citizens' participation in the development of their environment is now
a recurrent objective in regional development policies. How can civil
society be made aware of the question of the improvement of its living
conditions and contribute to it through the mobilisation of the concept
of landscape? At what scales? What are the most efficient tools to help
public participation (photography, scenarios,*)?
The papers can deal with any one of the above themes, or propose
cross-functional analyses. Case studies and the definition of "good
practices" are welcomed.
French and English. Full translation will be provided.
Instructions for contributors.
A more detailed version of the call for papers is available on the
conference web site. Contributed papers will be accepted on the basis of
an abstract of one page (2 500 words) in English or French. These must
contain the title, author name, contact author e-mail address, author
affiliation, the objectives and issues of the presentation, the results
obtained. Papers should be submitted by e-mail, format Word or rtf, by
30 March 2004 to: http://landscape.lyon.cemagref.fr/
Authors will be notified of acceptance as oral presentation or poster
by 30 May 2004.
Final papers, no more than 10 pages (25 000 words) under Word or rtf
format (annexes and illustrations included) will be required by 25
Martine BERLAN-DARQUE (MEDD-Paris, France), Georges BERTRAND
(CNRS-Toulouse, France), Floor BROUWER (LEI, Netherlands), Françoise
BUREL (CNRS-Rennes, France), Christian DAUTEL (Ecole Supérieure des
Beaux-Arts de Cornouaille-Quimper, France), Graham FAIRCLOUGH (Heritage,
London, United Kingdom), Josefina GOMEZ MENDOZA (University of Madrid,
Spain), Philippe GUTTINGER (CNRS-Paris, France), Zsuzsana KARPATI CROS
(University of Gödöllö, Hungary), Yves LUGINBÜHL (CNRS-Paris, France),
Raffaele MILANI (University of Bologna, Italy), Bas PEDROLI
(ALTERRA-Wageningen, Netherlands), Jürgen PETERS (University of
Eberswalde, Germany), Teresa PINTO CORREIA (University of Evora,
Portugal), Giorgio PIZZIOLO (Pescia, Italy), Daniel TERRASSON
(Cemagref-Bordeaux, France), Hans Karl WYRTZENS (University of
Agricultural Sciences, Vienna, Austria).
Martine BERLAN-DARQUE (MEDD-Paris, France), Yves LUGINBÜHL (CNRS-Paris,
France), Jean-François SEGUIN (MEDD-Paris, France), Daniel TERRASSON
The conference will take place at Palais des Congrès, Bordeaux, France
from 2 to 4 December 2004. A landscape study tour will be organised upon
demand on 1 December 2004.
Further details concerning the conference (registration, pricing,
programme, travel) will be made available on the conference web page at:
Specific information can be asked at the conference secretariat:
50 avenue de Verdun
33 612 Cestas Cedex - France
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