Spotlight on Cultural Landscapes
ON MAPPING THE TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF TEXAS' RACIALIZED TOPOGRAPHY
Assistant Professor Andrea Roberts, of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project and The University of Texas A&M, delivered the Center for Cultural Landscapes 2019 Sara Shallenberger Brown Lecture late last month. Her talk, entitled “Curating Freedom, Making Hidden Black Publics Visible with Descendant Communities” presented Roberts’ ongoing, critical digital mapping of Black Freedom Colonies in Texas. Roberts frames these sites as evidence of Black place-making and sites of freedom-seeking behaviors. Through ethnographic participant observation and co-survey methods, Roberts’ work has revealed dozens more Black Freedom Colonies than were previously thought to have existed. The digital atlas documents the Black imprint on the Texas cultural landscape by providing geospatial, familial, and physical information about each colony. These interdisciplinary documentation practices help to reveal sites of intangible heritage through collective belief in place, actively contesting traditional preservation criteria.
"Landscape, Sport, Environment: The Spaces of Sport from the Early Modern Period to Today"
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:00am to Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
As a form of play, sports are deeply embedded in human nature and culture. Throughout history, organized sports and sport-like activities have had considerable impact on how we design and understand landscapes. Correspondingly, designed and pre-modern “natural” landscapes have contributed to the formation and development of new sports and cultures of movement and the body.