Open call for papers! LAC2024

Submit an abstract to the session we are co-organising in LAC2024! The conference will take place in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain) on the 10-14th of June 2024.

Deadline extended to 1st March. Submit your abstracts here:

Bridging historical landscape ecology and landscape archaeology: common questions and challenges in a rapidly changing world

A more nuanced interdisciplinary understanding of the deep history of cultural landscapes and the influence of changing human-environment interactions on the current state of the environment is required to develop sustainable ways of dealing with landscape changes in the future. Particularly important for landscapes are their relations to long-term history because cultural identities and values of landscapes are embedded in their historical and ecological development. Events and processes taking place over the last decades are currently considered as the baseline for addressing issues of landscape management, while archaeological and ecological research highlights that human impacts on the environment have a much longer history. This provides a significant common ground for historical landscape ecology and landscape archaeology, as there are fundamental questions and challenges that are easier to handle by bridging the two disciplines. This joined session of IALA, IALE and IHOPE brings together landscape archaeologists and landscape ecologists to learn about each other’s methods and approaches and to identify common research interests and the possibility for a joint collaboration between researchers of these two disciplines. An increasing need for adaptation to current and future landscape processes requires integration of the natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences. This session is calling for abstracts on research using methods that contribute to narrowing the bridge between disciplines, e.g. landscape ecology and landscape archaeology, applying either contemporary or historical sources. A platform will be given to inspiring research examples focusing on the historical use and management of natural resources and how it has changed the landscape, how to use these historical experiences to plan the future, and on challenges of modelling future processes based on trajectories and pathways over a longer time span. For the results of this session a publication or special issue will be organised, to which session presenters can contribute.

Alexandre Martinez (VU, Geoarchaeology, Amsterdam, NL), Federica Sulas (Archaeology, University of Gothenborg, SE), Rebekka Annie Paul Dossche (Ecology, IALE, Swiss Federal Research Institute, CH,), Benny Qihao Shen (Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK), Josiane Segar (Ecology, iDIV, Leipzig, GE), Valentina Pescini (IALE, Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology, ES), Aarón Moisés Santana Cordero (IALE, Universidad de Salamanca, ES), Kailin Hatlestad (Archaeology, Uppsala University, SE), Frank Arthur (NW University, NO), Václav Fanta (Ecology, IALE, University of Life Sciences Prague, CZ), Marianna Biró (IALE, Centre for Ecological Research, HU), Pille Tomson (IALE, Estonian University of Life Sciences, EE), Nik Petek-Sargeant (University of Cambridge, UK), Paul Lane (University of Cambridge, UK), Anneli Ekblom (Uppsala University, SE), Sjoerd Kluiving (IALA, VU, Amsterdam, NL), Carol Crumley (IHOPE), Matthew Davies (University of Cambridge, UK).

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