Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Heiderose Kilper
Project Team: Dr. Ludger Gailing
Funding Organization: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Duration: 06/2008 - 05/2011
The importance of cultural landscapes to multilevel statehood has grown due to their capacity to act as identity-establishing spaces of action and cooperation. As such, they are subject to new political programmes and forms of governance. However, the emergence of cultural landscapes spaces and the regional planning and politics of the governance of these cultural landscapes does not occur in a consistent or uniform manner, but through a multi-sector institutional system (e.g. environmental protection, preservation of historic monuments, agricultural policies, tourism, spatial planning). With their particular rules and behavioural patterns (which can be interpreted as institutions from a social science perspective), they exert an influence on the processes and principles through which cultural landscape spaces are constituted. This project is part of the larger proposal “KULAKon – the Constitution of Cultural Landscapes” and focuses on sectoral institutional systems and forms of governance relevant to cultural landscapes, particularly those conducive to improved coordination and interaction. Social science approaches to institutions and governance arrangements are linked to empirical studies which examine the emergence of cultural landscapes as spaces of action. The overall aim of this project is to develop knowledge of the internal systems of logic within the institutional arrangements of particular sectors and assess their importance to the constitution of specific cultural landscapes and the forms through which they are governed.