• Emily Trowell

Mobilising Landscape Education: Research Colloquium

Cemore welcomes you to our latest Research Colloquium hosted by our visiting researcher Margherita Cisani! 19th March, 1pm-3pm, Bowland Seminar Room 08.

Landscape education is a topic that is recently gaining momentum: it is the object of forthcoming scientific volumes (Jørgensen et al, 2019; Sgard et Paradis, 2019), of international conferences (2017, Debattre du Paysage, Génève; 2018 RGS-IBG Conference sessions, Cardiff; 2019 Eclas-Uniscape Conference, Oslo) and, with the upcoming 20thanniversary of the European Landscape Convention, it will be one of the indicators for the assessment of its application within the European countries.

The ability to read the landscape – and to act accordingly – comprises a real involvement of the individuals and contribute to the achievement of a mature citizenship. It is a processof literacy (Spirn, 2005)involving not just the knowledge of landscape characters, but it focuses more broadly on the acquisition of ‘a way to look’ at the landscape in its dynamic and complex nature and to act responsibly on it, integrating the issue of the values attributed by the people to the landscape itself. This approach considers also political questions associated with landscape, related todemocracy and social justice concerns (Mitchell, 2003; Jørgensen, 2016; Egoz et al., 2018).

Drawing from the insights of a previous PhD research dedicated to everyday landscapes and collective non-motorized mobilities (e.g. walking groups in suburban and urban landscapes), the aim of this colloquium is to present some results and reflections from an ongoing Post-Doc research project on landscape education, and explore how the new Mobilities Paradigm can inform, challenge and interact with landscape studies and landscape education practices.

On the one side, various mobility practices can be considered as learning and enskilment practices, such as, cultural/environmental tourism and recreational practices, but also cycling and hiking or as the walking groups studied in the PhD research that will be presented during the colloquium. On the other side, among the methodologies and the approaches implied in the landscape education and training projects analysed in the Post-Doc research object of this colloquium, outdoor education, mobile methods such as walking, cycling or the use of mobile technology play an important role.

Finally, this colloquium will try to observe landscape education practices and approaches under the New Mobilities Paradigm ‘lens’, as it encourages to highlight the politics of mobilities (Cresswell, 2010), the power relations between mobilities and im-mobilities of people, objects, ideas and places and the representational and experiential dimensions of the entangled interactions between people and landscape.

After a presentation of the research (around 30/40 minutes), all the participants are invited to join a short group-walk and experiment the framework of a ‘landscape literacy’ activity. Then, we will return to the Seminar Room 08 for a debriefing and discussion phase.

Cresswell, T. (2010). Towards a politics of mobility. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28(1), 17–31. https://doi.org/10.1068/d11407

Egoz, S. (2018). Defining landscape democracy: A path to spatial justice. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing

Jorgensen, A. (2016). Editorial: Landscape Justice in an Anniversary Year. Landscape Research, 41(1), 1-6. doi:10.1080/01426397.2016.1115187

Jørgensen K. et al, (2019). The Routledge Handbook of Teaching Landscape. Routledge.

Mitchell, D. (2003). Cultural landscapes: just landscapes or landscapes of justice? Progress in HumanGeography27(6), 787-796.

Sgard, A. et Paradis, S. (2019). Sur les bancs du paysage. Enjeux didactiques, démarches et outils. Metispresses.

Spirn, A.W. (2005). Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy, Environmental Justice and City Planning and Design. Landscape Research, 30(3), 395–413

Please register your attendance by emailing us at cemore@lancaster.ac.uk.

The original post can be found @ https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cemore/mobilising-landscape-education-research-colloquium/