Centre for Landscape and Culture seminar: Antti Vallius

10/18/2018 - 10:00 - 11:30

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The Centre for Landscape and Culture invites to a seminar where a visiting scholar dr Antti Vallius from Jyväskylä University presents his work on visual representation of environment, landscape and belonging.

Abstract and bio below. Seminar is in English

Seminar takes place on Thursday, 18 October 10.00 to 11.30, room M-328.

Perspectives and methods for examining the relationship between the visual representation of the environment, landscape conceptions and spatial belonging


The pictorial representation of the environment has influenced people's environmental views and values and place relations for centuries. Slowly changing landscape imagery, based on established topics and the ways of depiction, work as instrument that structure our collective mental images and create discursive politics of belonging. On the other hand, images can arouse personal connection to a sense of place, and images and photography can also operate as active media in place making and place attachment processes by capturing the environment and constructing meanings. In relationships between the image and spatial attachment and belonging, the above-mentioned discursive and personal levels are in close interaction and overlapping with each other. In this paper, I present, through my previous and current research, different perspectives and methods to look at the relationship between the visual representation of the environment, landscape conceptions and spatial belonging.


Antti Vallius (PhD) is a researcher of Art and Visual Culture and working now at the Center for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He majored at the Department of Art and Culture Studies (University of Jyväskylä) in Art History and received his M.A. degree in 2005. He defended his doctoral dissertation in 2013, which was published in same year under the title Kuvien maaseutu: maaseutumaisemakuvaston luomat mielikuvat suomalaisesta maaseutukulttuurista [The Pictured Countryside: An Exploration of the Mental Images of Finnish Rural Culture Created by Rural Landscape Imagery]. He is interested in concepts of landscape, place, space, belonging and the visual representation of environment. Recently he has worked in research projects called Arts of Belonging (2015–2017, funded by Kone Foundation) and Crossing Borders – Artistic Practices in Performing and Narrating Belonging (2017–2021, Funded by The Academy of Finland).

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