Nature and Nation in Europe since 1860 is an international workshop that will be held in Trento, Italy on 15-17 September 2010, organised by Wilko von Hardenberg (Trento) and Marco Armiero (ICTA-UAB). Peter Coates (Bristol) will serve as keynote lecturer. Deadline: 30 April 2010
This workshop focuses on both the symbolic and practical uses that European nation-states have made of the environment and of natural resources since the Second Industrial Revolution. The workshop's geographical framework should be interpreted in the widest possible sense, including countries and regions that have been under the colonial rule of European states during the period of reference. The general aim of the workshop is thus to obtain a good overview of the role of the modern nation-state and of nationalist discourse in the structuring, management and showcasing of nature/society interactions. The main issues at stake are:
- resource use and management;
- nature conservation ;
- the role of states in front of natural disasters and calamities;
- rhetorical and symbolic uses of the natural world;
- state vs. communities in the management, knowledge, and vision of nature;
- war and appropriation of nature.
The workshop is limited to 9 participants. The working language will be English.
Each participant will prepare a draft text that will be pre-circulated to workshop attendees in mid-July 2010. At the workshop, each paper will be briefly presented by the author and then fully discussed by the group in a 40 minutes session. After the workshop, participants will be asked to revise their papers for possible inclusion in an edited volume to be submitted to an international academic press or as a journal special issue. Moreover, the organizers are planning to set up a permanent research network on nature and nation in modern Europe and discuss the funding opportunities. Those who are interested are invited thus to join a common discussion about future research projects.
To be considered as a workshop participant, please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief CV (1-3 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2010. In the accompanying email please specify whether you need a travel grant and if you are interested in the group discussion on the third day.
For further information: http://www.natureandnation.eu
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