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Full papers and posters will make use of the template provided by the organizers and comply with the editorial guidelines provided; they will have no more than 3.000 words (in addition to footnotes and references). Non-native English authors are strongly encouraged to have their papers reviewed by a professional copy-editing service. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings (electronically).The conference organizers are taking provision to offer the opportunity to a selected number of participants of being invited to submit a revised and expanded paper to special edited issues of international peer-reviewed journals (Jo LA-Journal of Landscape Architecture, CLARA Architecture/Recherche,…).However, proposals dealing with case studies in any geographic location are welcome.Over and all, the conference aims at offering, probably for the first time at this scale, a broad overview of the wide range of experiments and conditions testifying of the engagement of modernism towards the rural question.papers/Call for papers The impact of the Modern Movement and modernisation processes on rural landscapes in Europe and beyond is a widespread but little known, recognised or understood phenomenon which still exerts effects today.Within the third joint research programme of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) dedicated to “The uses of the past” which started in 2016, this subject is now being studied through several lenses within the MODSCAPES project.
Themes which are of interest include: The role of political systems in rural settlement planning, internal colonisation and state building Modernism in rural settlement planning and rural architecture The impact of modernisation (eg mechanisation, land drainage, plant breeding, mono-cultural cropping, fertilisers and pesticides) on the structure and function of the rural and natural landscape The image of modernisation of rural landscapes as presented through film, photography, art, propaganda and literature Changing social structures which emerged through political and economic processes Memories, stories and the voices of the people who helped to drive the modernisation process and who lived through it as farmers, villagers and colonists The physical legacies of the modernisation period as expressed in the landscape and built elements, (eg whether continuing in use or abandoned and ruined)Pilot and model experiments: experimental farms, exhibition villages, prison farms, model agricultural schools Alternative plans and schemes: paths not taken to modernize the countryside The place of the rural house within discourses and debates around vernacular, traditional, and modernist architecture, in the countryside as well as in the city Current practices and experiments in conservation, preservation, heritagization, and landscape restoration of modernist rural landscapes and architecture Social engineering: the making, remaking and unmaking of new rural identities Who are the policy-makers?In particular, it aims at verifying to which extent the concept of “modernist rural landscapes” can help to frame a multitude of local, regional or national episodes in the history of architecture, planning and landscapes, as a trans-national phenomenon.Within this frame, successful proposals will focus on documenting concrete and well delimited case studies, but will also strive to develop their theoretical implications, related methodological issues, and current significance.The role of experts, companies, settlers in modernist agrarian policies Which modernisms for which modernities?Concrete evidences and rhetorical symbols of power, coercion, freedom and emancipation Appropriation and inhabitation: adoption, rejection or subversion of agrarian policies, schemes, blueprints, spaces and buildings by their inhabitants through time Major and minor political, agronomical, planning and design theories of agrarian modernization Proposals may address modernist rural landscapes at any scale, ranging from the single building or site, to nation-wide policies, or transnational comparative approaches.
In recent decades, fields as diverse as geography, rural sociology, cultural studies and a number of design-related disciplines such as landscape architecture and architectural and planning history have turned their attention towards the rural landscape as an emerging field of practice and conceptualization, endeavouring to reverse the so-called ‘divorce’ between design and agriculture occurred after the Second World War.