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Conversations With Landscape

1st Edition

Edited by Karl Benediktsson, Katrín Anna Lund


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Conversations With Landscape moves beyond the conventional dualisms associated with landscape, exploring notions of landscape and its relation with humans through the metaphor of conversation. Such an approach conceives of landscape as an actor in the ongoing communication that is inherent in any perception, recognising the often-ignored mutuality of encounters between human and non-human actors. With contributions drawn from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, geography, archaeology, philosophy, literature and the visual arts, this book explores the affects and emotions engendered in the conversations between landscape and humans. Offering scope for an original and coherent approach to the study of landscape, this book will appeal to scholars and researchers across a range of social sciences and humanities.


'The central theme is clear and persuasive, the focus on northern landscapes fascinating throughout. Conversations with Landscape offers a consistently excellent set of essays which will be welcomed and widely read by anthropologists, cultural geographers, visual and aesthetic theorists, and, in particular, the wide interdisciplinary community of landscape scholars and students.' John Wylie, University of Exeter, UK 'Collectively the essays of Conversations With Landscape create an innovative landscape of their own, refusing to take landscape and human engagement with it for granted. Indeed, there is much to explore. These are fascinating tales - theoretical, ethnographic, and historical - about the moving landscape. Not only is it forever changing, it touches people in a variety of ways.' Gísli Pálsson, University of Iceland, Iceland '… unlike the rich and sometimes overwhelming experience of fieldwork for the archaeologist or anthropologist which becomes reduced, hidden or submerged and at times completely lost in the translation to text and final publication; here people's experiences of Iceland are vividly communicated to us, opening up our own expectations. Rather than being objective and detached, here relational experiences are created between observers and their surroundings. Rather than merely defining the experience, we too are taken on the journey.' Australian Archaeology We are deeply indebted to the co-editors, both in the geography department at the University of Iceland, for not only introducing us to this theme with contributions from Nordic (mostly Icelandic) scholars and others interested in circumpolar environments, but also for stimulating the rest of us to explore the subject of conversations in some new lights… I believe that the contents will resonate with members of the several scholarly communities, not just those interested in Nordic landscapes, literature, environmental ethics, human ecology, social theory, and biology but a

About the Editors

Karl Benediktsson is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Tourism at the University of Iceland. Katrín Anna Lund is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Tourism at the University of Iceland.

About the Series

Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception

The books in this series explore the relations, in human social and cultural life, between perception, creativity and skill. Their common aim is to move beyond established approaches in anthropology and material culture studies that treat the inhabited world as a repository of complete objects, already present and available for analysis. Instead these works focus on the creative processes that continually bring these objects into being, along with the persons in whose lives they are entangled. All creative activities entail movement or gesture, and the books in this series are particularly concerned to understand the relations between these creative movements and the inscriptions they yield. Likewise in considering the histories of artefacts, these studies foreground the skills of their makers-cum-users, and the transformations that ensue, rather than tracking their incorporation as finished objects within networks of interpersonal relations. This series is interdisciplinary in orientation, with the concern of the titles always being with the practice of interdisciplinarity: on ways of doing anthropology with other disciplines, rather than doing an anthropology of these subjects. Through this anthropology with focus, they aim to achieve an understanding that is at once holistic and processual, dedicated not so much to the achievement of a final synthesis as to opening up lines of inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural