David Lowenthal and the “quest for the unity of knowledge”

4th and final podcast from LRG's Annual Symposium 2018

LRG’s annual International Landscape Symposium 2018 was held in London on 4 December, and explored one of the key themes in our Research Strategy: landscape justice, with a focus on language and landscape governance.

The debate explored the relationships in language between the local and the global, from the four very different perspectives of our speakers: literature and landscape word-hoards, landscape architecture, public participation in landscape governance, and shaping regional and global perceptions, for example through the European Landscape Convention and UNESCO.

The event also commemorated David Lowenthal (1923-2018), co-founder of LRG and the organisation’s former Chair. His book, Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, was also launched at the event, in partnership with Pages of Hackney and Routledge.

David Lowenthal and the "quest for the unity of knowledge"

Professor Sverker Sörlin is an internationally prominent environmental historian who was instrumental in founding the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The Laboratory sponsors the Stockholm Archipelago Lecture series, for which David Lowenthal was the inaugural speaker, much as he was the inaugural speaker for the present LRG lecture series. Sverker Sörlin co-authored the foreword to Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, and he will make a presentation of the book and its author.

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