Landscape, Environment and Human Agency in the City since 1700
7-8 April 2005, Urban History Group Annual Conference, University of Leicester
Distinct historical, literary, artistic, philosophical and spiritual traditions have developed in the UK dedicated to ‘the mental landscape'. This concerns the human interpretation of the environment, its representation in landscape, symbolism, and its exploration in the creative and performing arts. There is also an emerging body of research concerned with the history of the material environment itself, from air and water to gas and electricity.
Research on landscape and the urban environment are long established in urban history, historical geography, and archaeology, and interest is presently expanding across the full range of the arts and social sciences. Archival materials and artefacts are unique in their quality and scale, and a developing interest in environmental history is bringing innovative perspectives to the study of urban and landscape history.
Programme and registration details can be obtained at the Centre for Urban History website (web address provided below).
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