Key topics

Specific topics of our interest are as follows:

SESSION I – DEFINITIONS, THEORY & CONTEMPORARY PERCEPTION OF LANDSCAPE

  • landscape studies: definitions, theories and methods
  • can landscape be assessed and priced? – problems with the valorisation of landscape elements
  • contemporary trends in and landscape research and planning
  • 21st – century world and its attitude to landscape
  • doctrinal documents as regards landscape – directions, models, and future
  • natural landscapes, nature and its protection, and the role of multidisciplinary landscape studies in developing the nature protection policies

SESSION II – LANDSCAPE IN THE PAST & FORGOTTEN LANDSCAPES

  • studies on the role of landscape in the development of human communities in prehistory and in historic period
  • studies on the implications of landscape for the type of infrastructure; landscape as a base system for settlement and social activity
  • how settlement, economic, religious, social, and political transformations manifest themselves in landscape?
  • can landscape be seen as the context for people living in it and a factor shaping their perception, mentality, and way of functioning?
  • in what way does landscape describe the differences between inhabited areas and build local identities?
  • in what ways does landscape shape human aesthetics and perception?
  • what is the position of landscape in the characteristics of particular cultural units?
  • how is landscape reflected in language and interpersonal relations?

SESSION III – PROBLEMS OF PROTECTION & SHARING

  • analysis from the field of humanistic geography, anthropogeography, geography of culture and regions, psycho-cartography, etc.
  • integrative actions focused on the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and public engagement
  • how to protect landscape and its elements without hampering the development and necessary transformations?
  • how to protect landscape’s integrity and fragility without limiting its accessibility?
  • what is the relationship between the idea of sustainable development and current landscape treatment?