ISC/Urbanism+Landscape
Conference: Military Landscapes. Future for Military Heritage
DATE: 22/6/2017
"An international overview event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the decommissioning of Italian fortresses:

The 150th anniversary of the decommissioning of Italian military strongholds forms an appropriate occasion for
reflection on the significance and the future of military landscapes. This international conference, organized by the
University of Cagliari (DICAAR), the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism (Polo Museale of Sardinia),
the Istituto Italiano dei Castelli and the University of Edinburgh (ESALA), aims to share case studies, interdisciplinary
scientific research initiatives and institutional programmes concerning military landscapes with particular focus on
their possible protection, conservation and cultural enhancement, and also in the case of conversion, reuse or dual
(civil and military) use.
How have military activities interacted with the landscape, and how can we recognise, interpret and protect the
often uncomfortable memory of war, usurpation and violence by transforming it into more reassuring messages of
security, commemoration, peace and progress?
The prospect of a new wave of decommissioning brings the challenges of converting this particularly vulnerable
category of architecture and sites to the forefront of the debate. With this in mind, our interdisciplinary event will
share case studies; investigate significant experiences of analysis of military landscapes; establish protocols for the
conservation, surveillance and maintenance of heritage sites, and propose strategies for restoration and
reconversion for civil uses (e.g. residential, social, cultural, productive, touristic), focusing particularly on examples
inspired by aims of social integration, reconciliation and public use.
Sardinia, together with its archipelago of La Maddalena in the Mediterranean, constitutes a representative
microcosm of the global concerns and challenges of military heritage. For this reason, this is also a symbolic and
highly appropriate location in which to reflect on principles and guidelines for the protection of international
military landscapes."

Key dates:

Submission of extended abstract: 31 March
Acceptance of extended abstracts and communication of papers selected for oral presentation: 10 April
Full poster and final extended abstract submission: 20 May
Conference presentation: 22-23 June

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