Public Open Conference: Landscapes of Conflict

07 Jun ‘13

2.00PM - 5.30PM

Venue: Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

Landscapes of Conflict: Considering the role of landscape in civil and military conflicts

Organised by the University of Stirling's Centre for Environmental History and Policy, this free public conference and art exhibition invites public, post-graduate students and senior academics to discuss and explore how civil conflict may be invoked by land management, how landscapes influence conflict and what is the landscape legacy of past and present military conflicts.

The conference will be opened by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs on Friday 7th June at 2pm. Audience members are invited to stay for the full event, but are also very welcome to 'pop-in' for sessions which are of most interest.

Over the duration of this event we seek to explore various aspects of conflict at both local and international scales, and through contemporary and historical time-frames. Spanning across disciplines we are seeking to foster discussion around the role that landscape plays in conflict around three themes:

Heritage, Identity and Place
Legacies of industry - wanton environmental destruction and health risks vs. cultural and heritage value; Bannockburn – a true sense of place? Can wilderness be found in Scotland? Edgelands - alternative ways of experiencing nature.

Access and Resources
Water rights and wrongs; Access Codes – do they work? Does wind energy development impair enjoyment of the landscape? The costs and benefits of mineral exploitation; Does wind energy development impair enjoyment of the landscape?

Military Spaces
Environmental impacts of war; Should we preserve the relict landscapes of past conflicts? Military histories of the Forth Valley; The impact of peace on contemporary ecosystems.

Complementing the meeting, an exhibition titled 'Blueprints' of works by Orkney-based artist Alistair Peebles will be opened within the University Art Collection. The exhibition will be located adjacent to the Pathfoot Dining Room.

For the full programme of talks and further information, visit

RSVP: All enquiries should be sent to Paul Adderley or Catherine Mills email: and

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