A call for papers / poster contributions has gone out for a session of the ‘Deer and People – Past, Present and Future’ conference to be held at the University of Lincoln between 8-11 September 2011. Further details, including submission, for this session can be found at the following conference weblink.
Deer are prime architects of landscape and environment, with the capacity to fundamentally alter and shape their surroundings. For millennia, humans have manipulated the landscape via their associations with deer – introducing them to some areas or excluding them from others. The effects of these actions may be viewed in positive or negative terms but, the results can be so dramatic as to leave lasting traces in the landscape, for instance in medieval forests and deer parks – iconic features that highlight both the cultural and ecological importance of deer to human societies.
Deer are important to human perceptions of landscape, not simply because of the physical changes that they can produce but by influencing the ways which people (from different social and cultural groups) experience, move through and think about landscape. This much is clear from artistic representations of deer and landscape which carry far greater significance than simply images of physical geography and ecosystems. This session welcomes papers, from a variety of perspectives, that seek to explore the various ways in which deer and people shape the world around us today, in the past, or the implications this special relationship might have for our future landscapes.