Conference "SOULSCAPES" June 2018, Portugal

This conference from 18th until 19th June 2018 in Lisboa, Portugal will be aligned by the "Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas". 


In search of genius loci

The Genius Loci is at the centre of landscape research, be it from the perspective of natural or social sciences, the humanities or design disciplines. Genius loci has been defined as the spirit of the place characterising a particular landscape. Although modern society seems to have lost the ability to observe the landscape as a whole, and be aware of a sense of belonging and identity, in many places of Europe “people continued to worship the natural characteristics of the landscape as a source of truth, beauty and justice”.

“Soulscapes: in search of genius loci” intends to provoke a scientific reflection on how landscape reveals the way people relate to their physical and spiritual environment. Intrigued by the assumption that “every place should have a spirit”, the "Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas" invite interested researchers and students to enter into dialogue about the homogenising of the landscape due to which gradually the genii loci are lost.


The conference is structured in four panels

On the 18th June 2018, at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas:
1. Observing Landscape – towards a holistic Landscape Ecology Education
2. Healing and therapeutic landscapes – opportunities for new multifunctionality
3. Landscapes as places of harmony – how to safeguard landscape quality

On the 19th June 2018, a Field Atelier, following a Goethean approach, will take place at the Interpretation Centre for Landscape/Charneca Observatory:
4. Expressing the essence of landscape in Art (Atelier for painting, music, prose, poetry…)


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