Special Issue "Living with Unpredictability: Insights from Landscape Historical Ecologies"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 8112
Interests: historical ecology; pastoralism; historical archaeology; material culture
Interests: landscape historical ecology; farming; water systems
Growing environmental unpredictability due to continued overexploitation of resources and climate change is of major international concern. Variability and unpredictability are seen as limitations and hinderances to development and planning and raise anxieties regarding local and transnational conflict over resource availability. However, many communities are living and have thrived in regions where unpredictabile climate regimes and natural resource availability are the norm, even though their environments are labelled as ‘fragile’. This particularly applies to drylands, which cover around 40% of the Earth’s landmass and include some of the most biodiverse places. Better understanding of how unpredictability and fragility are embedded in the people–landscape–energy–resources nexus is necessary.
Over the last forty years or so, historical ecology has developed new ways of studying the interplay of people, landscapes, energy and resources and their long-term development. In particular, the field has underscored how the present and future are dependent on past changes and how deep-time perspectives are key for modelling future socioecological scenarios. Historical ecology recognises that landscapes are not ‘fixed’, although the inherent unpredictability of many is overshadowed by narratives based around ‘having control’ through discussions on adaptation, transformation and resilience.
The aim of the Special Issue is to explore global historical ecological approaches to living with unpredictability and the socioecological dynamisms that this required. There is a growing need to position unpredictability as a central historical feature contributing to the development of modern landscapes and for addressing how adpative responses to uncertainty can best be embedded in planning future sustainability and resilience.
The topic will be explored through the following themes:
- Epistemologies of unpredictability and managing change;
- Accepting and valuing variability;
- Fragility and vulnerability of landscapes and human–environment interactions;
- Multiscalar and holistic socioecological responses;
- Deep-time perspectives on societal responses to ecological uncertainty.
Contributions regarding different geographical regions with a focus on landscape approaches to historical ecology from various disciplines are welcome.
Dr. Nik Petek-Sargeant
Dr. Federica Sulas
Prof. Dr. Paul Lane
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- Unpredictability and instability
- Community and landscape fragility
- Multiscalar landscape approaches
- Socioecological dynamism
- Landscape historical ecology