Landscapes of Conflict

7-8th June 2013,
The Centre for Environmental History and Policy, University of Stirling

Conflict, physical or intellectual, constructed or natural, has for millennia shaped human experience and perception of and interactions with land. From military, political or legal struggles over real property and the resources in, on and below the land, to antithetical perceptions such as agrarian utility versus wasteland or aesthetic beauty versus horror; landscapes have driven human conflict from the individual to international scale throughout history.

The two day ‘town hall’ meeting, to be opened by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, is designed to bring academics and a wider public audience together to explore facets of such conflict on different scales, at different times through the lens of environmental history. Many contemporary conflicts over space and place have deep historical roots. These can be witnessed at many levels and across many perceptions. It is possible to consider many facets of conflict, from local to global, from individual to common culture, from hedgerows to national boundaries within a common historical framework in order to work towards resolutions of contemporary conflict.
The meeting comprises of a series of three themed interdisciplinary sessions opened by a keynote speaker; Access and Resources, Heritage, Identity and Place and Military Spaces, each followed by round table discussion. A corresponding series of printed works (cyanotype images) by Orkney-based artist Alistair Peebles and collaborator Alec Finlay entitled ‘Tags/Tags’ will be exhibited by Stirling Art Collection.

If you would like further information or would like to present a paper/attend the event could you please register your interest (places are limited) by contacting Paul Adderley, w.p.adderley@stir.ac.uk or Catherine Mills, c.j.mills@stir.ac.uk. Post-graduate participation and contributions from outside academia are particularly welcome.