How would our ancestors have perceived Cornish landmarks like St Michael's Mount?

Medieval Perceptions of Landscape

From the 25th to the 26th of April, academics at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities on the Cornwall Campus will host a two day conference exploring how Medieval people perceived their environment.

The conference will explore how medieval and early modern people in Cornwall and Devon created ‘landscape’ through their perceptions of the world. The Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities brings academics from History, English, Geography and Politics together in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Dr Nicola Whyte, Senior Lecturer in History, comments “We hope to open windows on the further study of landscape’s past not merely in terms of landscape history but in terms of the prehistory of the concept of landscape itself”.

The conference is to be generously subsidised by the University of Exeter, and registration will cost £20. This interdisciplinary conference is open to all academics and students with an interest in historical perspectives of landscape. On the second day a field excursion will provide an opportunity to think about these questions on the ground with a trip to Godolphin, a complex medieval settled, farmed, mined and (re)designed landscape.

For more information on the conference, including booking accommodation, please see the University’s Events page.

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Date: 2 April 2013

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