Rural History 2015

Panel 4

Organizers: Carrara, Angelo Alves (1); Tello Aragay, Enric (2); Grava, Massimiliano (3)

Affiliation: 1: Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil; 2: Universitat de Barcelona; 3: Universitat de Girona

Use of GIS in Agricultural and Landscape History: balance and perspectives

The proposal for this panel starts from a simple premise: in the recent years the number of works dealing with GIS has outstandingly grown. One important question to deserve keen attention by the practitioners of this approach is the diversity of methods employed. In a large extent, this variety stems from the very multifariousness of sources, research objetives, familiarity with softwares, and so on. However, if we expect that this evergrowing approach acquire greater consistency, then it would be interesting to share the problems, concerns and solutions around the issue of the use of GIS in research studies and Agrarian and Landscape History, with especial emphasis on themes like:

1. possibilities and limitations of using georeferencing research in Agrarian/Landscape History;

2. Possibilities and limitations of using the various constituent elements of a geographic information system (software, hardware, geographic data) applied to investigations of Agrarian/Landscape History;

3. the solutions to the problems of capture, storage and manipulation of geographically referenced information;

4. The alternatives found to establish the relationship between the variables and geographically referenced processes of:

4.1 land use (production systems and organization of cultivated land);

4.2. agricultural practice;

4.3. farms and the social structure;

4.4. agrarian conflicts.

Besides, in addition to focus on a methodological tool (GIS) the session connects long-standing fields of study of much interest to rural history, such as the Historical Geography and Landscape History, with new concerns emerging from the "Sustainability Science".


Papers (part I)

Paper 1: GIS and rural economy. The use of Geographic Information Systems in research into the production and consumption of food in the county of Barcelona (9th to 13th centuries): achievements and limitations [+]

Maria Soler Sala, University of Barcelona, Spain

Paper 2: Research and education for an archeology of the landscape in Lunigiana [+]

Enrica Salvatori, Università di Pisa, Italy; Monica Baldassari, Museo Civico di Montopoli in Val d’Arno, Italy

Paper 3: The system of coaching inns in Tuscany during the 18th century [+]

Fabiana Susini, Università di Firenze, Italy


Papers (part II)

Paper 4: Resource Distribution and Inequality in Austria’s Advanced Organic Economy – A Socio-Ecological Approach towards Seigniorial Systems [+]

Michael Neundlinger, Institute of Social Ecology, Austria

Paper 5: New sources for a historical GIS: Italian rural landscape and the digitizing of the Agrarian Reform expropriation decrees. The case study of the Tuscan Maremme (1951-64) [+]

Nicola Gabellieri, Università di Genova, Italy

Paper 6: Current landscape planning based on historical rural management. A bottom-up approach. [+]

Emma Soy Massoni, University of Girona, Spain

Paper 7: Living landscape of the Karast. A 3D GIS integrated with a cultural and natural heritage catalogue

Aleksander Panjek University of Primorska, Slovenia; Hrvoje Ratkajec, University of Primorska, Slovenia


Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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