Just Landscape? Diversity, Ethnicity, Representation Conference 2019
One-day conference explore issues of diversity, ethnicity and representation within landscape
Despite high hopes for open spaces as “the foundation for public interaction and social integration” (Urban Task Force, 2005) our urban parks, squares, country parks and rural landscapes are not unproblematically and equally open to all.
In the UK, there is significantly less quality greenspace in neighbourhoods with a high proportion of residents from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (CABE 2010), and even in parks and other nature spaces accessible to diverse communities, people from non-white backgrounds are frequently under-represented as users (Natural England 2016).
Similar findings in the United States have prompted researchers there to question whether predominantly white landscape professions are creating ethno-racially inscribed landscapes, and so influencing who feels welcome (Byrne & Wolch, 2009).
We ask: Who and what is represented in the landscape? Does power to shape the landscape promote preferred narratives and practices, limiting cultural access? Why are the professions that produce our urban and rural landscapes not more ethnically diverse?
This event will bring together leading international practitioners and researchers from the arts, from landscape architecture, and other academic disciplines, to explore issues of diversity, ethnicity and representation, to ask, is this just landscape?
For further details, contact conference organiser: Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI