African landscapes: interdisciplinary approaches by Olaf Bubenzer (auth.), Olaf Bubenzer, Michael Bollig (eds.)

By Olaf Bubenzer (auth.), Olaf Bubenzer, Michael Bollig (eds.)

Landscape reports supply an important viewpoint into the interplay among people and their surroundings, laying off perception on social, cultural, and monetary themes. The examine explores either the way in which that normal methods have affected the improvement of tradition and society, in addition to the ways in which traditional landscapes themselves are the manufactured from old and cultural tactics.

Most prior experiences of the panorama selectively considering both the typical sciences or the social sciences, however the study provided in African Landscapes bridges that hole. This paintings is exclusive in its interdisciplinary scope. during the last twelve years, the participants to this quantity have participated within the collaborative learn middle ACACIA (Arid weather version and Cultural Innovation in Africa), which bargains with the connection among cultural techniques and ecological dynamics in Africa’s arid areas.

The case experiences offered right here come from as a rule Sahara/Sahel and southwestern Africa, and are all associated with broader discussions at the notion of panorama, and issues of cultural, anthropological, geographical, botanical, sociological, and archaeological curiosity. The contributions during this paintings are improved through complete colour images that placed the dialogue in context visually.

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Landscape planning according to fixed nationalist ideals became a major task. Mäding (1943, quoted by and translated by Gröning & Wolschke-Bulmahn, 1987, p. ’ These ideas were closely connected to the genocidal cleansing of landscapes, when, for example, a national park was established in Poland. Landscapes were to be Germanised which not only meant the enforced removal of nonethnic Germans but also the change of physical attributes of landscapes. Gröning and Wolschke-Bulmahn (1987, p. 5. Designed and undesigned German culture landscape.

1998) show how societies and landscapes were framed visually according to colonial expectations. Landau (1998) in the same volume shows how sexual aspirations and phantasies Visions of Landscapes: An Introduction 23 were visually inscribed onto the landscape. Visual presentations – painted, drawn, and later photographed – were a powerful tool in the colonisation of consciousness. Visual presentations of people and landscape of northwestern Namibia, habitually labelled as Kaokoveld or Kaokoland, are a key to the understanding of colonial hegemonic visions and the practice of colonial rule.

115) explains that the Kashmir Bakkrwal regard a person’s blood as being influenced by the food eaten and that through food, properties of soil, water, air, and altitude are absorbed into human bodies. She concludes that ‘places are thought to effect mijaj (temperament, innate temper) through the kinds of water that flows through them, the properties of their crops. . All these properties . . ’ Many authors have argued that deterritorialisation is a key element of globalisation: in such a setup recourse to the close relationship amongst locality, character, and culture may become a key element in identity strategies focussing on rootedness.

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