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UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM Cultural Landscape Atlases. Tools for speculation as well as reflection

We seek suggestions for Cultural Landscape Atlases. Tools for speculation as well as reflection, our second symposium funded by the UVA Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes Endowment. This event will take place during the 2018-19 academic year and feature scholars and practitioners in the humanities as well as design and planning. Please send suggestions for possible speakers (including yourself!) and lecture topics to Alissa Diamond, UVA PhD student and Brown Fellow, Center for Cultural Landscapes by April 6.  Please send suggestions to centerforculturallandscapes@virginia.edu

Symposium background

The Center for Cultural Landscape community seeks to create resources that will increase public appreciation of cultural landscapes as complex records of past values and actions, and to improve professional capacity to imagine alternative futures for those cultural landscapes. One of these resources is a Cultural Landscape Atlas of Virginia that will spatialize a series of select timely topics and networks, such as racialized topographies, food systems and urban form, peri-urban transformations, as well as familiar events that might be re-imagined through new modes of visualization, such as Jefferson’s urban and rural landscapes, the Garden Club of Virginia’s historic gardens, and Virginia’s Civil War battlefields.

So often cultural landscape work is project based, and focused on endangered sites. We desire to work proactively and creatively, explaining through text, maps, photos, diagrams, plans, and section-perspectives the relational nature of bio-physical systems, extraction industries such as agriculture and mining, demographic shifts, and settlement patterns. We think that a cultural landscape approach requires a careful inventory and assessment prior to the need to change, or to evaluate change, as development processes are fast-paced and often at odds with the process of research, documentation, assessment and interpretation.

Upcoming Events

Hanbury Endowed Lecture in Historic Preservation: Caitlin DeSilvey

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

The 2018 Hanbury Endowed Lecture in Historic Preservation will be delivered by Caitlin DeSilvey, Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter. The lecture title is Curated Decay: Inevitable Loss and Other Opportunities