The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual conference in Ghent, Belgium, from 9 to 12 September 2018. The conference will be hosted by the School of Arts of the University College Ghent and is curated and coordinated by the educational programmes in Landscape and Garden Architecture and in Landscape Development, and the Research Unit Landscape Architecture. The conference theme is ‘Landscapes of Conflict’.
Belgium serves as the perfect host for the conference this year, because the conference theme ‘Landscapes of conflict’ seamlessly ties in with the commemoration of the end of the First World War, a large-scale conflict that was fought on Belgian soil.
During the conference participants will look for a multi-disciplinary approach to the theme: which arguments, expertise, knowledge and practices are used by landscape architects to recognize conflicts in a broad sense, to interpret them and how do they subsequently deal with these factors in their designs? In what way, when and where do they intervene in these conflicts?
The program already includes a series of fascinating keynote speakers: Natalie Jeremijenko, Matthew Powers, Bas Smets, Peter Vanden Abeele, Piet Chielens, Elke Rogge and Peter Swyngedauw. In addition, a colloquium will be held for doctoral students and their promoters or future promoters.
At present, the scientific part of the story is coming to an end: the reviewed and improved final papers, pecha kucha papers and posters are currently being submitted by July 25 at the latest. In the meantime, all Early Bird tickets are sold out, but it is still possible to register at the standard rate for the congress through the ticket shop until Monday 27 August.
Finally, the program also offers a range of excursions in and around Ghent, but also towards Flanders Fields.
For more information on the conference, please visit our conference website.