Open sessions > S.7 – From Ghosts to Crops: How Intangible Heritage Can Shape Landscape Character

Authors can submit papers directly on PESCRL website by April 9 (section: 'Submit a communication'). Submission requires a title, a 2,000 signs abstract, 5 keywords as well as one contact information and the institutional attachment of all authors. Abstracts and presentations should be made in English. The abstracts will be fully refereed by the program committee and the accepted ones will notified by April 24. Some sessions might require full papers before PESCRL event in September.

S.7 – From Ghosts to Crops: How Intangible Heritage Can Shape Landscape Character

Chair – Dabaut Niels, AHRC-Northern Bridge, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, McCordCentre for Landscape and Stelios Lekakis.

Abstract: Over the last three decades, the adoption of management tools and practices in heritage, archaeology and landscape studies has aided specialists in the establishment of several methodologies that complement research, characterisation and promotion of landscapes seemingly in an effective way and in the long term. Most of these cultural heritage and historic landscape management approaches in Europe are still top-down': experts develop tools and methodologies to define heritage and generate ideas about the historic landscapes inhabited by communities.  However, in many cases, fieldwork uncovers local tales, practices or processes that cannot be easily acknowledged, represented or cared for in the traditional ?top-down' management schemes. Most of the time, these patterns tend to have an ethnographic background and relate to the past of the local communities but also to their present and their future, as stories of ancestors, tales of nasty ghosts, annual community ceremonies, practices to define field & settlement boundaries, development of food production or to prevent a bad crop yield.  In many cases, these patterns shape the landscape; they organise specific, tangible and intangible features and can be considered as part of the place identity, containing important messages for the biography, the changes undergone and the preservation of the historic landscapes in question. They may not be easily recognisable for the outsider but they make sense to the communities that passively or actively engage with them in their everyday activities, or even live by them. They form an important factor within the quality of life and the well-being of people that live in the area. These stories and practices, and the perceptions and values of communities for their historic environment, are often neglected in management policies that tend to generalise and to place this kind of data in the folklore array to be dealt with by local historians.  In this session, we invite papers discussing relevant stories, practices or processes that annotate the landscape with unconventional and indiscernible values, meaningful to the surrounding communities but not easily represented in the established historic landscape typologies or management processes. We will also examine possible strategies, tools and examples of good practices for incorporating these into sustainable management processes.


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