From 3-6 October 2017, Interpret Europe and UK’s Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) will run their joint conference in Inverness at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by stunning nature. The title will be ‘Making Connections: Re-imagining landscapes’.

Landscapes are where everything is situated or derived from – geology and landforms, habitats and species, resources that sustain life and resources we make things from, places to live and places to create meaning. Landscapes vary from the wild to the managed, rural to urban, and everything in between. We constantly recreate our relationships with landscapes, whether finding the value of true wilderness or creating cultural spaces. The conference will reflect this complexity of landscapes and the connections people make with them.

For the parallel workshops and presentations we are seeking paper abstracts which will discuss and demonstrate innovative thinking and good practice in the interpretation of landscapes. We offer three inspiration strands to help formulate your ideas:

  • Landscapes as places
    How does interpretation create connections with nature, place, people and the past?
  • Landscapes that support life and livelihoods
    How can interpretation explore people’s connections with the physical landscape?
  • Landscapes as wilderness?
    How can we interpret the wild and what does it mean for people and society?

Please have a look at our conference website for more specific information and use our online submission form to submit your paper abstract by 29 May 2017. Full papers should be delivered by 31 August 2017 to assure that the proceedings will be ready at the conference.

We are looking forward to your proposals.