Call for Papers: Archaeology, Landscape, Architecture: Crossings of Reciprocal Learnings. Joelho – Journal of Architectural Culture, Issue 11

Guest Editors: Paulo Providência, Alessandra Capuano, Domenico Palombi

Archaeological sites have been considered as places of memory preservation and celebration of a past – settlements of communities and migrations of ethnic groups, cultural exchanges between communities, religious movements and their progress in the territory, and the processes of territorial domination, among others.

An interdisciplinary interpretation of these topoi crosses geological, historical, material, environmental, architectural and landscape studies, and allows us to rethink their interaction with the contemporary territory and the preservation of the signs of the past. That is, it allows us to think of these places and sites as potential levers of social, cultural and economic development of the societies that preserve them.

Particularly, places located outside of great touristic attractions, generally placed in peripheral metropolitan locations or remote areas of the interior, or in some lost places on the coast, are particularly subject to difficult economic sustainability. In spite of their dimension, many of these sites are of great interest concerning cultural value, local appropriation and identity, and they may have a new role in local development, in difficult or even survival economies.

The next issue of the journal Joelho is devoted to crossings of reciprocal lessons in landscape, archaeology and architecture studies. It focuses on the disciplinary intersection and considers studies devoted to reflection about the sustainability and conservation of peripheral archaeological sites. It takes into account the great threats that abandonment and degradation involves or the climate change implies’ (in particular on sites located on the shore of fragile coastline systems subject to collapse, changing seawater levels, river and stream flooding regimes, and forest fires) and the actions concerning the mitigation of threats to heritage (fences and walls, coverage and other protections, inclusion in contemporary developments of archaeological remains; run-off channels; forests, plantations of fire-fighting tree and plant species), tourist pressure on the shoreline and inland desertification (construction of accessible routes, logistical and informational support, cultural uses of archaeological findings), and alternative uses of agricultural intensive soil that may take advantage of other forms of plantations, including the millennial fallow.

Potential contributors should submit their abstracts (250-400 words) until 15 April 2020. These will be subject to appraisal by the guest editorial board on a blind peer-review basis.

The full call for paper with possible themes and instructions for authors is available here.

For more information about Joelho, please visit the journal website.

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