Call for Papers "Forgotten Castle Landscapes" (EAA, Bern, September 2019)

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Call for papers: European Association of Archaeologists meeting, Bern 4-7 September 2019

Forgotten Castle Landscapes. Connecting Research & Heritage, Monuments & Landcapes


The casltes of Europe are dramatic and fundamental interfaces for public understangings of the past. They can be situated in striking landscapes, which may be designated as national parks of UNESCO geoparks. Whils both castles and landscapes attract visitors, they often remain disconnected from each other in terms of scholarly and public understanding. Where these landscapes functioned at a crucial point in the process of state formation as frontiers -regions created by conquest which absorbed resident populations and supplemented them with migrants- castles were constucted to secure and manage them. The European heritage sector has promoted these monuments as tourist attractions in varying ways. Many function as public museums, others have passed into private ownership with obligations of retaining some public access. Other still have become hotels or residences, with varying levels of protection for the monument and buried archaeology. In Iberia, for example, the creation of Paradors remains one of the most effective government strategies for conserving these monuments and connecting heritage with local economic growth. However, a crucially important aspect of these sites remains largely neglected -their cultural landscapes. In the last two decades, landscapes archaeology has reshaped our understanding of medieval communities, stressing the connection between places and their associated territories. This had barely been adopted by the European heritage sector. Where casltes were utilised as tools of conquest and colonisation, the cultural landscape provides a fundamental lens on the impact of imposing a new regime and social norms on the broader population.

The aim of this session is to explore how these key regional monuments can be reconnected with their cultural landscapes, from both research and heritage monuments perspectives. Our hope is to move beyond the 'historical routes' that connect major monuments and define European regional tourism to synchronise cutting-edge scholarship with public understanding of contextually isolated heritage sites.

Please submit paper abstracts to session #55 by February 14th (https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2019)

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