Landscape Imaginaries between Aesthetics and Ecology

by Cormac Walsh

On September 20th, the Institute for Geography, University of Hamburg will host a panel discussion on “Landscape Imaginaries between Aesthetics and Ecology” with Marco Brodde (Danish Wadden Sea National Park) and Dr. Martin Stock (Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park).


Both participants are passionate Wadden Sea conservationists (but with quite different ideas on how to protect / improve nature). In addition, both produce highly expressive images of the Wadden Sea landscape through their landscape painting (Marco) and photography (Martin). Key topics for discussion include the role of aesthetics in informing approaches to nature conservation and the relationships between intrinsic or ecological and aesthetic values.  The panel discussion will be moderated Dr. Martin Döring, a researcher at the Institute for Geography with an interdisciplinary background spanning the humanities and social sciences.

If you would like to attend, please register in advance (by 10.09.2018) via email to cormac.walsh(at)

Please note that the panel discussion forms part of the annual workshop of the German branch of the Landscape Research Group (Arbeitskreis Landschaftsforschung). The full workshop programme and registration form is available here: The workshop will take place mostly in German, the panel discussion in English. The panel discussion is generously supported by the Landscape Research Group.

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