Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Landscapes, Environment and Heritage in Irish Studies

This one-day workshop explores how we research within the interdisciplinary field of Irish landscapes studies and the import of such research for environmental questions and cultural heritage.

For those studying and researching Irish landscapes, there is a plethora of data and information available ranging from historic maps to GPS data, literary geographies, architectural and archaeological sources, oral histories and visual representations. What are the common codes and methodologies in this inherently inter-disciplinary research field? This Workshop seeks to contribute to this discussion both from a standpoint within and outside of the HE environment by asking: How can we develop a critical, aesthetic and political discourse that works in collaboration with governmental incentives? How can we further a dialogue between the academy, the public, and governmental institutions? What types of sources can we draw on to understand Irish landscapes, past and present? Which methodologies do we employ within the different disciplines in order to understand and interpret Irish landscapes, be they rural, urban, coastal, forests, bogs, fields, rivers, built or non-built environments, inhabited or un-inhabited? How can digital methodologies such as Geographical Information Systems assist in interpreting Irish landscapes? What methods can be employed to identify, compare, and determine change over time? How might we best overcome challenges of inter-disciplinary research projects and what type of infrastructure within the academy and beyond would be useful?

The National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2015-2025 states that ‘The Irish landscape is an integral component of our surroundings and well-being, a visual expression of the diversity of our shared cultural and natural heritage, and intrinsic to our identity as an island nation.’ One of the NLS’s key aims is to ‘establish and embed a public process of gathering, sharing and interpreting scientific, technical and cultural information in order to carry out evidence-based identification and description of the character, resources and processes of the landscape’. In this context, participants will reflect on how we research within the interdisciplinary field of Irish landscape studies and their import for environmental questions and cultural heritage. Full programme here:

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 9:30-19:00
Location: O'Rahilly Building, Room G.27
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Anna Pilz

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