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Crossed views on the construction of river landscapes

Regards croisés sur la construction des paysages fluviaux

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Published on Friday, November 05, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Today's rivers are the result of a complex and continuous metamorphosis in which the human footprint has become major since the industrial revolution. Its recent impact has largely obscured the characteristics of older river landscapes. The aim of this conference is to question, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the sources for studying the dynamics and/or the social, technical, legal and political contexts of fluvial or fluviomaritime spaces, to outline their reconstitution and to model their evolution until the beginning of the 20th century. Facilities and port spaces, temporalities of construction of fluvial landscapes and causes, modalities and consequences - ecological, hydrological, archaeological - of the transition to new landscape sequences will be questioned.

Announcement

Argument

Today's rivers are the result of a complex and continuous metamorphosis in which the human footprint has become major since the Industrial Revolution. However, human pressure has not been expressed with the same intensity in different places and at different times and its recent impact has largely obscured the characteristics of older river landscapes.

Coinciding with the completion of the PORTAGE programme (Ports et aménagements fluviaux de la Garonne maritime à l'Estuaire), the aim of this conference is to question the sources available to us focusing on the following topics :

Archaeology and history

  • What are the characteristics and specificities of the river developments (typology, implantation, density etc.) ? How do they evolve? What does the toponymy and the vocabulary of the river reflect of the heritage of these developments ?
  • What are the constituent elements of a river port area?
  • In a fluviomaritime context, is there a specific typology of developments (ports, fisheries, dykes, fords, towpaths, drainage ditches, bridges, etc.) and anthropic interventions (dredging, irrigation, pasture, etc.) ?

The river port, land/river/sea interface

  • What are the interactions between settlements, communication routes and river developments?
  • In estuarine and fluviomaritime areas, do river port areas reveal the conditions of navigation? Is there a maritimity of the centres of settlement? Has the artificialization of the river reinforced or reduced this?

The temporalities of the construction of river landscape, between economic stakes and environmental constraints

  • How can we identify the "tipping points", the points of historical rupture in the hydraulic, sedimentary and ecological balance of the river, which have generated a new landscape sequence?
  • How can we recognise the characteristics of the river landscape prior to these moments of change and its cultural and natural functionalities, when they have been obliterated today?
  • What are the causes, temporalities, modalities and ecological, hydrological and archaeological consequences of the moment(s) when the human imprint had a lasting impact on the natural dynamics?
  • How did the evolution of the river landscape and the navigability of the river influence each other?

Organisation

This conference, organised by

  • Anne Colin (Ausonius, Bordeaux Montaigne University),
  • Sylvie Faravel (Ausonius, Bordeaux Montaigne University)
  • Vincent Joineau (PhD, River History and Archaeology),

is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Registration

Due to the deteriorating health situation, this conference will be held online. Access to the videoconference requires registration at https://paysfluv.sciencesconf.org

Access to the conference is free but online registration is required. Registrations are accepted until 8th December. 

Fees :

  • 15 € for one lunch (Friday or Saturday lunch) 
  • 25 € for two lunches (Friday lunch and Saturday lunch).
  • without lunch : free Speakers and students are exempt from paying for lunch.

 Payment can be made on the website (open from 9th November) or on the day of the conference (payment by cheque or cash). 

Event format

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021

Keywords

  • géomorphologie, géohistoire, fleuve, paysage fluvial, port, navigation, épave, patrimoine, Europe

Contact(s)

  • Contact de l'organisation du colloque
    courriel : paysfluv [at] sciencesconf [dot] org

Information source

  • Anne Colin
    courriel : anne [dot] colin [at] u-bordeaux-montaigne [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Crossed views on the construction of river landscapes », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, November 05, 2021, https://calenda.org/932603

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