Research Area:
Landscape Change and Management

KuLaKon

Constitution of Cultural Landscapes through Discourses and Discourse Coalitions

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Background

This project, which is co-financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was launched in the context of the growing attention that cultural landscapes are receiving in spatial research and in politics. Cases in point are the European Landscape Convention of 2000, the Territorial Agenda of the European Union of 2007 and the German Federal Government's Visions for Spatial Development in Germany of 2006. The relevant sections in these documents centre on establishing a broader, more inclusive notion of cultural landscapes.

From a constructivist, discourse-analytical point view 'cultural landscape' does not only denote a physical or mental phenomenon, but a product and a means of communication as social praxis.

Objectives

Few authors have so far approached the issue of cultural landscapes from a discourse theoritcal perspective. The dynamics of landscape-related discourses or the interaction of competing discourses have rarely been studied. The dimensions of conflict and power have been widely neglected in existing research on cultural landscapes.

The objective was to analyse how 'cultural landscape' is constructed through conflicts. The project combined an analysis of major macro-discourses on cultural landscapes with an empirical perspective on regional and local landscape discourses.

Publications

Leibenath, M.; Heiland, S.; Kilper, H.; Tzschaschel, S. (Hg.) (2013)
Wie werden Landschaften gemacht? Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaften.
Bielefeld: Transcript.

Leibenath, Markus (2013)
Konstruktivistische, interpretative Landschaftsforschung: Prämissen und Perspektiven
In: Leibenath, M.; Heiland, S.; Kilper, H.; Tzschaschel, S. (Hg.): Wie werden Landschaften gemacht? Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaften.
Bielefeld: Transcript, S. 7-37.

Leibenath, Markus; Otto, Antje (2013)
Windräder in Wolfhagen – eine Fallstudie zur diskursiven Konstituierung von Landschaften
In: Leibenath, M.; Heiland, S.; Kilper, H.; Tzschaschel, S. (Hg.): Wie werden Landschaften gemacht? Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaften.
Bielefeld: Transcript, S. 205-236.

Leibenath, Markus; Otto, Antje (2013)
Local debates about 'landscape' as viewed by German regional planners: Results of a representative survey in a discourse analytical framework
In: Land Use Policy 32, S. 366-374.

Gailing, Ludger; Leibenath, Markus (in print)
The social construction of landscapes: Two theoretical lenses and their empirical applications
In: Landscape Research.

Gailing, Ludger; Leibenath, Markus (2012)
Von der Schwierigkeit, "Landschaft" oder "Kulturlandschaft" allgemeingültig zu definieren
In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 70 (2), 95-106.

Leibenath, Markus; Gailing, Ludger (2012)
Semantische Annäherung an "Landschaft" und "Kulturlandschaft"
In: Schenk, W.; Kühn, M.; Leibenath, M.; Tzschaschel, S. (Hrsg.): Suburbane Räume als Kulturlandschaften. Hannover : ARL, S.58-79

Leibenath, Markus; Otto, Antje (2012)
Diskursive Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaft am Beispiel politischer Windenergiediskurse in Deutschland
In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 70 (2), 119-131.

Leibenath, Markus; Otto, Antje (2011)
New insights into the German discourse of landscape related to wind turbines
In: Frantál, B. (Ed.): Exploring new landscapes of energies. Collection of extended abstracts of papers from the 8th International Geographical Conference & Workshop CONGEO 2011, August 1-5, 2011, Brno, Czech Republic. Brno : Institute of Geonics, Academy of Science oft the Czech Republik, 2011, 13-15

Gailing, Ludger; Markus Leibenath (2010)
Diskurse, Institutionen und Governance: Sozialwissenschaftliche Zugänge zum Untersuchungsgegenstand Kulturlandschaft.
In: Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde 84 (1), 9-25.

Cooperation

The project is being carried out in cooperation with three other research institutes which together form the 4R competence network. The DFG is co-financing parallel individual projects of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, and the Berlin University of Technology.

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Run Time

06/2008 - 12/2012 (presumably)

Third-Party Funding

German Research Foundation
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)