International colloquium Landscapes and Daily Life, an Exchange of Looks between Research and Action

From the 16 to the 18 March an international colloquium will be held in Girona and Perpignan which gathers more than four hundred researchers from all over the world.

Landscapes of our daily life are often invisible in our eyes, because so close to us. They are the scene of our lives and, in spite of that, they are hardly ever part of what we imagine to be an ideal, idyllic landscape. However, they are spaces which require our attention and thought, precisely because a good deal of human activity takes place in them. The International Colloquium Landscapes and Daily Life, an Exchange of Looks between Research and Action, organised by the French Ministry of Ecology and the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia —Girona University being a member of the governing council of the latter— is aimed at proposing a deep, scientific debate among participating researchers.

A French project, the starting signal of the colloquium

The background of the colloquium is a French research project, Paysage et Développement Durable, that has financed sixteen lines of action over five years. Precisely these lines act as a framework for the papers presented and that represent various areas of knowledge having a particular view of landscape. Joan Nogué, lecturer of Human Geography and full professor at the UdG, is a member of the Scientific Committee of the conference. One of the main features of this event is its cross-border character, as an attempt to normalise a flow of exchanges that are very frequent, for instance, across the French-German border or the Belgian-French one, “although this decision adds a considerable logistical complexity to the conference”. Nogué mentions that the speakers at the conference, more than four-hundred in total, will have to move around the various spaces in which events will take place, between Girona and Perpignan, and also because the event includes some field trips. Girona University takes part in this event as the main research institution in Girona.

Sharing new experiences

 The colloquium acts as a meeting point to share the most recent research work done on periurban landscape and its sustainable development. The results of the studies carried out about the application of The European Landscape Convention are particularly awaited, as well as the ones about the impact of renewable energies on territory. “These are new aspects approached by research of which we will get to know the first results”, says this geographer. At the same time, various studies will be presented that are focused on encouraging citizen participation in landscape management, “because that is part of the perceptive dimension, derived from cultural aspects, and it is different depending on the social type”. “Intentionnally, the conference is a kind of brainstorming activity in which four hundred researchers will put forward their ideas, in order to share the results of their research on the broad field of landscape”, concludes Nogué.

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