Special Issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Geography: Mediterranean Great Wildfires
Méditerranée is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on all aspects of human and physical geography. It focuses on the circum-Mediterranean.
This issue focuses on the great wildfires that periodically devastated the Mediterranean since the end of the 1990s, with deep political and social consequences (France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Algeria and Portugal, especially in 2000, 2007, 2009 & 2010). Special attention shall be paid to the forest-city interface. Multidisciplinary contributions are welcome.
-Beside the necessary diagnosis, the authors are invited to focus upon both upstream conditions and downstream issues of such dramatic events: prior territorial “disorders”, damages’ extent, spatial and social consequences of the crisis.
-The exposure of human settlements shall be seen through the prism of official and/or unofficial land planning policies, power contests and practical conflicting interests on land.
-A general hypothesis is to be discussed: are “great events” necessary to bring official institutions revise their practical planning policies and modify territorial legislations? To put it otherwise, are disasters the only way to question territorial “orders”, playing the same function as crisis in the economic field? Are territorial institutions and actors permanently failing? Obviously, many prevention plans have to be improved or revised. Which new strategy should be adopted?
The editorial team shall gladly receive located studies of all circum-Mediterranean countries as well as comparative works at lower scales. A special importance is granted to mapping works.
For any proposal, please first communicate an abstract by email to either:
-Regis Darques, email@example.com
-Georges Sidiropoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Cristina Montiel, email@example.com
Final deadline for full contributions: June 30th 2013
Guide to authors: http://mediterranee.revues.org/584
The special issue will be published in early 2014
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