Colleen Culleton to speak at next LAD Meeting on Wednesday December 5 10:00-12:00 @ The Gender Institute

Colleen Culleton
Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

The Landscape in the Background:
Envisioning Territory in Contemporary Catalonia

This project explores the intersection of literary, cultural, political, and environmental discourses about water in Catalonia. Water’s presence on the landscape is a prominent feature in Catalan cultural production, which, in turn, is a significant medium for the articulation of what it means to be Catalan. Is it impossible to ignore the idealization of the rural, the romanticization of landscape, and the nostalgia for a way of life that foments a sense of connectedness to place, which inform representations of the Catalan territory in contemporary media. One might read this as an obvious political gesture for this Stateless nation, especially given the very recent discussions of Catalonia’s secession from Spain. However those who take a sentimentalized approach to the landscape are missing something, for while they celebrate the territory, they leave out the tourists and the trash. The sense of territorial identity that underlies nostalgic evocations of charming rural traditions and images of postcard ready landscapes meets with compelling responses, in the arts and in environmental care, from on-the-ground approaches that have little patience for sentiment.

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Save the Date . . .

6th IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference
13-14 April 2013
Greiner Hall, Ground Level
North Campus, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Organized by: Dr. Will Meyer 2012-2013 Post-Doctoral Scholar
Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA)
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Save the Date . . .

Landscape Across the Disciplines Symposium:  April 5 & 6, 2013

Sponsored by a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Grant 
Keynote speakers include:  Edward Casey, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Stonybrook; Lucy Lippard, Independent Arts Writer, Galisteo, New Mexico; Peter Del Tredici, Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum & Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Welcome to the Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop!

We are delighted to launch the new Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop for AY2012-2013.  If you would like to know more about us, please see the “About” link above or go to our listing on the Humanities Institute Research Workshops page:

Our meetings include short faculty / guest presentations and discussion.  Calendar for Fall 2012.  All regular meetings take place at the Gender Institute, Room 207, The Commons, from 10:00 – 12:00 :

October 3 Teri Rueb, UB Media Study & David Mark, UB Geography

November 7 Tina Thurston, UB Anthropology / Archaeology

December 5 Colleen Culleton, UB Romance Languages & Literatures

SPECIAL EVENTS for Fall 2012 (please note variable locations):
October 18 Robert Pogue Harrison, 4-6 PM, Clemens 120 (co-hosted by the Gender Institute and the Eco-critical Theory Reading Group)

October 25 Leslie Carol Roberts, 1-3 PM, Center for the Arts 112 (co-hosted by Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop and the Open Air Institute)

Co-coordinators Teri Rueb (UB Media Study) and David Mark (UB Geography) are happy to answer questions or add you to our listserv which will be used for general announcements.  Please feel free to email us at: David Mark ( or Teri Rueb (

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