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The Air, the Water, the Earthquake: perceived 'threats' from the environment and the shaping of landscape


Organizer

Gianluca Casagrande, European University of Rome (Italy)


Description

Landscape develops within the material setting of local environment and it therefore acquires many of the latter’s typical features. Through time and generations, human groups perceive environmental “givens” as part of the deep nature of places. “Domesticated” as landscape can be, the underlying nature of its material context can create dangers. Disasters may occur due to purely natural factors, or they can be triggered by human presence and actions. In any case, perceived threats from the environment become a socially and culturally shared experience; a part of the worldview. This obviously plays a role in how material components of landscape are shaped and how the immaterial ones are felt. Through past ages to this day, ancestral fears are associated to forces of nature such as storms, floods, earthquakes, considered either as periodical or exceptional phenomena; but as science and technology progress, it turns out that the effects of natural forces are significantly conditioned by anthropic factors. Depending on situations and actions, human presence can either cause or avert a disaster.
In various circumstances, human groups succeeded or failed in properly handling critical conditions generated by the environment: the outcome had obviously several possible explanations within the scope of geography. Among them, however, geosocial and geocultural aspects are certainly to be included.

This session welcomes contributions focused:

  • on how “threats-from-the-environment”, either due to nature alone or integrated with anthropic activities, are perceived by involved communities.
  • on how such perception proves effective or not in protecting inhabitants from disasters by diversely affecting reification, symbolization or structuration of landscape.

Particular attention will be given to papers offering both theoretical interpretations and case-study discussions.

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Slot 1
Chair: Elena dell'Agnese

Presentation n. 1
Title: Through the wave of disaster. Spaces and places fifty years after the Vaiont catastrophe
Author(s): Gianluca Casagrande

Presentation n. 2
Title: Economic Impact of Inundations
Author(s): Margherita Pedrana, Carmen Bizzarri

Presentation n. 3
Title: Geographic memories of the Little Ice Age (LIA) in Tuscany and surrounding areas
Author(s): Luigi Iafrate

Presentation n. 4
Title: Mediterranean Sea between XI-XII centuries: perceptions, fears, and transformations of the mental re
Presentations in central Middle Ages
Author(s): Luigi Russo

Slot 2
Chair: Elena dell'Agnese

Presentation n. 6
Title: Threats from the Environment? The Perception of Earthquakes in Antiquity
Author(s): Walter Justine

Presentation n. 7
Title: The "moral geography" of the Emilia case: the impacts on landscape of different perceived "threats" (the water, the earthquake)
Author(s): Alessandro Ricci

Presentation n. 8
Title: Social media, mobile applications and the perception of environmental risk.
Author(s): Alessandro Prunesti

Presentation n. 9
Title: Territory and perception of seismic risk: the case of Pollino, Calabria, Southern Italy and the comparison with the great earthquakes of the past.
Author(s): Marcello Bernardo, Francesco De Pascale

Presentation n. 10
Title: Man, earth, fire. Use of fire in spatial diversity and socio-cultural countries of EU.
Author(s): Donatella Carboni, Salvatorica Maria Battistina Meloni


Session code:
S31


 

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Scientific Committee:

Sergio Conti
Gino
De Vecchis
Franco
Farinelli
Henk
Ottens
Franco
Salvatori
Lidia
Scarpelli

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Sandra Leonardi
Marco Maggioli
Fiippo Randelli
Alessandro Ricci
Andrea Riggio
Claudia Robiglio
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