The diversity of interpretations of landscape reflects a plurality of rationalities, norms, values and ways of reading the landscape. For some, ecological feedbacks and dynamic processes of nature development are in the foreground, for others landscape means, aesthetics, beauty, calmness, or perhaps, lived experiences in and with the landscape. Landscape can be known and trusted or strange and unknowable. Landscape can be at the core of cultural identity or a place of refuge from modern civilisation. Landscape imaginaries can reflect very different perspectives on nature-society and society-space relations.
In association with this seminar, a special panel discussion wlll be held, in English, in the late afternoon of 20 September, on the topic of ‘Landscape imaginaries: between aesthetics and ecology’