Wednesday 8 October 2008

Routes to Landscapes

International workshop hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore (ICEF), Hólmavík, October 10 - 11, 2008

Organised by the Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Iceland the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore

Funded by The Nordic Landscape Research Network




The workshop's focus is on the ways in which people move in landscapes and the routes they follow in spatial as well as temporal way. Simultaneously, the workshop considers how landscapes change their forms and/or meanings as people move through them as well as considering landscapes as moving forces that can influence people's mobility and directions. Routes and directions, when considered from a spatial/temporal position, not only lead people to and from landscapes but also connect landscapes (or disconnect) and, moreover, make, construct and, even, transform landscapes. The directions, connections and makings and how they entwine will be at the forefront of this workshop. How these come together is linked through different types of mobilities, and, how people connect with and to the landscapes through their movements as well as through how landscapes move. In this context the seminar will also address the different technologies which provide the ways in which people can direct themselves into, through and out of landscapes since they are key elements in shaping the connections and constructing them.


Photography exhibition

An exhibition of photographs by the Danish photographer Brian Berg will be held in the ICEF centre. The exhibition Landscape in Motion is put together in cooperation with ICEF for the Routes to landscape workshop. It focuses on what the photographer calls the infrastructure of nature and nature of infrastructure and offers visually restricted views of the boundaries between civilisation and the wild.

Programme and speakers


Friday, October 10

14.00 - 14.30 Katrín Anna Lund, University of Iceland: Routes to landscape - an opening address.
14.30 - 15.00 Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University:
Moving through everyday landscapes: the pleasures of commuting through predictable space.
15.00 - 15.30 Mattias Qviström, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Tunnel vision: Exploring the heterogeneous heritage of railways and mechanical mobility in green-structure planning.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.30 Arnar Árnason, University of Aberdeen: Speed is it.
16.30 - 17.00 David Crouch, University of Derby: Flirting with
landscape: Journeys and creativity.


Saturday, October 11

9.00 - 9.30 John Wylie, University of Exeter: Absence and
estrangement: Landscape and the limits of phenomenology.
9.30 - 10.00 Edward H. Huijbens, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre:
Emergent landscapes of power.
10.00 - 10.30 Patrick Olsson, The Regional Museum, Kristianstad: TBA.
10.30 - 11.00 Anna Jakobsson, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Ruled by motion & medicine, routine and ritual - the landscape of Ronneby Spa.
11.30 - 12.00 Kenneth R. Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: "Biodiversity," "Biophilia" and the Roots/Routes of Landscape 12.00 - 12.20 Discussant TBA 12.20 - 13.00 General discussion

The workshop will be held at Pakkhúsið, Café Riis and is open to all interested