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The Reframing Wales project seeks to bring together a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the narrative we tell of landscape in north-west Wales.
Reframing Wales will explore the relationship between the people of north-west Wales and its changing landscape.
Information will be gathered through archival research at the Bangor Archives and on-the-ground interviews. Potential stakeholders include community members, policy makers, landowners, management bodies, scholars and activists.
The study of landscape demands an interdisciplinary approach and an understanding of historical processes. That is why this project is a joint initiative by two Bangor University research centres: The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates and The Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use.
In the Global North the term landscape is commonly understood to be embedded with two definitions. These definitions revolve around the interrelationship between the inhabited landscape and the perceived, or objectified one.
Change is inherent in landscape. Barbara Bender's pleas 'for more open-ended theorizing that questions disciplinary boundaries and recognizes the untidiness and contradictoriness of human encounters with time and landscape.'
Geographer Augustin Berque writes that landscape ‘relies on a collective form of subjectivity’, as researchers we have an opportunity to prod and question the narratives that have already been formed, and possibly even solidified in our collective consciousness.
The dominant framings of landscape inform our understanding of them - these then inform how we perceive them. This leads to questions such as: are landscapes to be extracted or protected? How do we want them to change?
'Land use decision-making in the UK remains extremely fragmented and still insufficiently democratised...' writes Jeremy Burchardt. How can this change and power be shared?
Landscape remains a concept tied to the visual. Jala Makhzoumi writes, ‘people are interested in landscapes predominantly for the pleasure of viewing and experiencing them’
A national research centre which exists to enhance understanding of the role of estates and country houses in the histories, cultures and landscapes of Wales.
A collaboration amongst staff, students and partners at Bangor University. It provides a framework and forum within which to promote interdisciplinary land-centred sustainability research and teaching.