Landscape and Identity: Transcultural and Ecological Placemakings
Open in Spring
This course investigates these phenomena theoretically and analytically through online and offline fieldwork, hands-on modeling, readings, lectures, film watching, discussions, and presentations.
We examine how the symbolic ecological factors shape the landscape identities of local societies and influence the global perceptions of the places. Blending offline fieldwork and online learning methods, we discuss:
(1) the Pinglin rural tea region in New Taipei City, Taiwan,
(2) the Stork city of Toyooka in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan,
(3) islands of Seto Inland Sea, Japan. In three cases, people's landscape identities fundamentally constitute tea ecosystems, Oriental White Stork ecosystems, and Setouchi small island ecosystems.
Check out our introductory video below!