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Landscape – an introduction to the place

Author(s): Ilona Copik
Subject(s): Human Geography, Studies of Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: landscape; place; cultural topography; natureculture; agency of a subject
Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to discuss the way of conceptualizing new methodologies related to the landscape studies and reflections on the place in contemporary humanities. The author presents and compares theoretical perspectives of research in the fields of aesthetics, cultural anthropology and humanistic geography, emphasizing the dynamics and processuality of the term “landscape” which combines elements of mediatic and material, natural and cultural, aesthetic and geographical. Landscape understood in this way requires overcoming thinking only in terms of verbal-visual representation (image, map) and perceiving it as a source of culture and society. Instead of distant perception, what is important is multisensory participation, the embodied experience of being in the world. Thus, the landscape comes close to the concept of “place,” but with the emphasis on its verbal form – the being and identity formation as well as the agency of a subject actively immersed in the environment in which creative and transformational processes are constantly ongoing.

  • Page Range: 131-153
  • Page Count: 23
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish