Landscape history in a global perspective

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 2704965 SEK


The aim of this application is to strengthen and develop the international potential of the landscape history research group at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. Through this initiative I will be able to spend more time to produce own research, inspire and be inspired by younger colleagues, increase international visibility, build international networks and develop common concepts, theories and hypotheses. A point of departure is taken in the recent discussion on the landscape concept. It is argued that this provides a powerful tool for the analysis of practice, social relations and power in past and present landscapes. Three starting points serve as an introduction to a proposed further development of concepts, theories and hypotheses in landscape history. Firstly, landscapes are not constituted locally, they always reflect wider social relations. Secondly, the concept of landesque capital – investments in land – is crucial in landscape history. Through this concept it is possible to analyse the historical legacy in landscapes and how humans in the past have changed their environment not only for the worse, but often rather have laid a base for future sustainable land use. Thirdly, the concept of labour is proposed as an analytical tool in understanding landscapes. The different ways of mobilising labour is an important aspect that connects landscapes to the wider social relations of which they are a part.

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