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Anthropology of Landscape in European Protected Areas, 1st edition

The International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at ULS in partnership with seven other European universities from Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Island, Norway, France, Belgium was participating in the international training project funded through the Comenius program of the EU entitled, Anthropology of Landscape in European Protected Areas.

The project aimed at exploring the interaction between humans and nature in protected natural and urban areas. The project work consisted completing individual and networking tasks, participation in the interactive communication with the help of ICT tools and conducting separate anthropological research work on specific areas in each participant country.

The ULS project team: Iryna Labatiuk (Cultural Anthropology in Education, Ukraine), Khrystyna Pavlutska (Education of Visual Arts, Ukraine) and Dorota Sarikova (Cultural Anthropology in Education, Slovakia) worked under the guidance of Anna Rumińska, Juliet Golden and Hana Cervinkova.

Students  explored the symbiosis of people and nature in the context of an urban protected area – Centennial Hall in Wroclaw – inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. They looked at Centennial Hall as an urban site in which cultural processes and human interests interface with the imperative of historic and natural preservation. The key themes of their research included: historic preservation, urban landscape, planning, recreation, participation, collective memory, cultural identity and sustainable management.

The results of the research were presented on the 10 days conference in Valecia, Spain.

Duration of the project: October 2010 – May 2011.