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Landscapes in transition: tracing the past - facing uncertainties of the future [SIEF Working Group on Space-lore and Place-lore] 
Karolína Pauknerová (Charles University)
Katharina Schuchardt (Institute for Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology)
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Karolína Pauknerová (Charles University)
Katharina Schuchardt (Institute for Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology)
Thursday 8 June, -, Friday 9 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The panel explores the concept of landscape in the (post-)Anthropocene. Uncertainties stemming from interpreting the past, living with its effects on the present and facing the future may prove a useful addition to the study of landscape and its methodological and conceptual exploration.

Long Abstract:

Uncertainty has become a concept affecting and even defining the present which permeates all areas of daily life (Schwell 2021). Processes of transformation and transition cause uncertainty, while supposed certainties of the past disappear and the future is still unknown. The panel focuses on landscapes that currently face uncertainties stemming from major transformations, such as an end of (coal) mining or cessation of other dominant production.

Contributors are invited to foreground landscape in transformation and its dwellers with a focus on ongoing changes of attributions and evaluations of landscape. Such landscapes lost their previous sense and are in the process of reinventing themselves. On the one hand, these have to deal with the interpretation of the past, but on the other, they venture a look into the future which is full of uncertainties, and give rise to something new.

To grasp these changes ethnographically is a challenge, since these transformation processes in themselves imply constant movement. We need ethnographic methods and approaches that can capture landscapes in transition, transformation and motion and focus not only on what disappears, but also on what is unknown and trace the less distinct aspects and features.

This panel calls for contributions exploring both ethnographies of particular landscapes (empirical contributions) and methodological and/or conceptual contributions to grasp landscape(s) in transition.

We want to stimulate discussions on topics including but not limited to:

- processes of transformation and transition of landscapes

- the handling of uncertainties within landscapes in transition

- re-appropriations and re-perceptions of landscapes

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 9 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Friday 9 June, 2023, -