Re-scape Colloquium and Christmas Drinks

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The Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the Design & History research group at TU Delft, and the VU Amsterdam research institute CLUE+ organize the Re-Scape colloquia for young researchers and graduate students,  to be inspired by experienced academics , learn from each other by sharing knowledge and progress on their own research. PhD students will present their work in public; graduate students will discuss their theses in interdisciplinary, thematic groups.

The Colloquium on December 15 will be held at the Faculty of Archaeology (Van Steenisbuilding Room E0.04, Einsteinweg 2, 2333 CC in Leiden) (please note there is another event at the central hall!!)

The Limits of “Landscape” - Alternative views of space

The classical notion of landscape is strongly tied to western thought - and more particularly to North-Western Europe, were it developed during the Middle Ages within a specific context of people’s relationship to the land. It is furthermore closely related to the history of visual representation (including the invention of perspective and cartography), enlightenment science and western convictions about human-nature relationships. In this setting, the landscape increasingly came to refer to a sense of territoriality, visual perception and domination over nature (and others). Moreover, since European Romanticism, the landscape has become associated with heritage, inheritance and the construction and transmission of cultural and political identities, not only at the scale of regions and nations, but also on a worldwide scale implying "outstanding universal value" (UNESCO). 

However, we can safely assume that these values of "landscape" are not shared universally. In accordance with recent trends in geographical, archaeological and anthropological research, we will critically evaluate and discuss the limits of landscape and of its identification with heritage. We will explore alternative insights and examine new ideas and notions that may better fit the spatial and cultural realities of distant societies, both in time and space - or that may reshape reflections of our own living space. The classical landscape concept has its limits from a historical, cultural and intellectual point of view, and it is an explicit aim of this session to explore these limits and cross boundaries. Topics may range from surfaces to lines, from energy landscapes to battlescapes, from liminality to heterotopias, and from archaeological interpretation to anthropological fieldwork. The relationships between space and heritage (or historical interpretation) have our specific interest.


  • 12.30 Opening by Jan Kolen
  • 12.35 Keynote Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow)
  • 13.15 Sabine Luning 
  • 13.45 Eduardo Herrera 
  • 14.05 discussion 
  • 14.30  break 
  • 14.50  Jana Pesoutova 
  • 15.10  Jef van der Schriek 
  • 15.30 discussion 
  • 16.00 Christmas drinks (Central Hall, together with the Faculty of Archaeology)

(Master students will meet after the break in F102)

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