Emeritus Professor of Humanistic Cultural Geography Department of Geography University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 19716 Visiting Professor Cultural - Humanities Geography University of Latvia
I am in Provence, following in the footsteps of "the First Modern Man " Petrarch, who climbed Mt. Ventoux nearby in the 14 th century.
Books, Chapters in Books and Monographs, Edited Journal:
- 2013 Geograafia ja elamise kunst [In Estonian: Geography and The Art of Life]. (Tallinn: Kirjastus Varrak) . (in Estonian: 2004 Geography and the Art of Life (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press). Translators: Martin Kuttim, Helen Soovali-Sepping ja Hannes Palang.
- 2011 “The ineffable, ethereal, and evanescent as landscape values of local, national, and European identities,” pp.? In Claval, Paul, Agnew, John, Rocca, Zoran, eds. Landscapes, Identities and Development (London: Ashgate), 25-36
- 2007a “Beyond Images: The Phenomenology of Travel versus Tourism and Implications for Rural Landscapes,” Roca, Zoran, et al., European Landscapes and Lifestyles. The Mediterranean and Beyond. (Lisbon: Edicoes Universitaerias Lusofonas), 385-395
- 2007b Intīmā bezgaliba (Riga: Norden). In Latvian: Intimate Immensity, translation of: 2004 Geography and the Art of Life (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press). Translator: Mara Cielēna
- 2007c Intimà bezgaliba [Intimate Inmensity] (Riga: Norden)
- 2007d Feeling is believing: Landscape as a way of being in the world. Geografiska Annaler (Sweden), 71-86
- 2004a Geography and the Art of Life (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press)
- 2004b “Softly Heaves the Glassy Sea. Nature’s Rhythms in an Era of Displacement,” in Tom Mels, ed., Rhythms of Nature, Place and Landscape (Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited), 71 - 86
- 2004c “Of Oaks, Erratic Boulders and Milkmaids. The Poet Imants Ziedonis and Art as Mediator Between Discourses About Rural Landscapes,” in Hannes Palang, Helen Soovali, Marc Antorp, Gunhild Setten, eds., European Rural Landscapes: Persistence and Change in a Globalising Envrionment (Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2004), 137 - 150
- 1999a “The Reality of Rural Landscape Symbolism in the Formation of Post-Soviet, Post-Modern Latvian Identity,” in Stetten, Gunhild and Semb, Terje, eds., Shaping the Land. Proceedings of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology), 410-439.
- 1999b “God, Thine Earth is Burning: Nature Attitudes in the Latvian Drive for Independence,” in Buttimer, A. and Wallin, L., eds., Nature, Culture, Identity (Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers), 175-187. [Reprinted from GeoJournal, Vol. 26:2, 1992].
- 1998 Sirenu balsis: Geografija ka cilveciga erudicija. Berklijas ainavu skola (In Latvian: Siren’s Voices: Geography as Humane Erudition. The Berkeley Landscape School). With special essay by Anne Buttimer. (Riga: Apgads Norden), 204pp..
- -----------------, Second printing with minor revisions (Riga: Apgads “Norden,” AB, 2000)
- 1996 "Humanism: Wisdom of the Heart and Mind." in Carville Earle, et.al., eds. Concepts in Human Geography. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield), 355-381. (invited essay; published in hard cover and paperback).
- 1994a "The Emerging Postindustrial Landscape as Exile and Its Possible Consequences for Sense of Place." in Ranah B. Singh, ed., The Spirit and Power of Place: Human Environment and Sacrality. Essays in Honor of Yi-Fu Tuan. (Varanasi, India: The National Geographic Society of India), 63-74 (invited essay). Note: author never received a copy, but essay is identical to journal essay documented in the next section.
- 1994b (invited) editor: GeoJournal: Baltic Peoples, Baltic Culture and Europe. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Vol. 33:1. (Involved travel to the three Baltic states and screening of potential authors).
Refereed Articles and EssaysSelected Earlier Publications of Note:
- 2009 “Vēl joprojām auga bērzu birstalas.” (In Latvian: The The meaning of Latvian landscapes for me: the birch groves were stiil growing”, in Akadēmiskā Dzīve, 46, 3-8
- 2007 “Feeling is Believing, or Landscape as a Way of Being in the World,” Geografiska Annaler (Sweden),vol.89 B (3), 219—231
- 2003 “Commentary on the Lowenthal Papers: Environment, Humanities, and Landscape,” in Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Dec.), 882-884
- 2001 “The Case of the Missing Sublime in Latvian Aesthetics and Ethics,” in Ethics, Place and Environment (U.K.), 2001, 4:3, 235-246
- 2000 “The Reality of Rural landscape Symbolism in the Formation of Post-Soviet, Post-Modern Latvian Identity,” in Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. Norwegian Journal of Geography, 53: 2-3,121-138
- 1994a I. Mezs, E. V. Bunkse, K. Rasa. "The Ethno-demographic Status of the Baltic States," in GeoJournal, Vol. 33-1, 9-26
- 1994b "Introduction:The Place of Baltic Peoples on the World Stage," in GeoJournal, Vol. 33-1, 1-5.
- 1994c “The Emerging Postindustrial Landscape as Exile and Its Possible Consequences for Sense of Place,” in The National Geographic Journal of India, vol. 40 pp. ? (invited essay).
- 1992a "God, Thine Earth is Burning: Nature Attitudes and the Latvian Drive for Independence," GeoJournal: History of Geographical Thought, A. Buttimer, ed., (Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, Boston, London) Vol. 26:2, 203-209 (invited essay)
- 1990a "Landscape Symbolism in the Latvian Drive for Independence," Geografiska Notiser (Sweden), Vol. 4, cover illustration and 170-178 (invited essay)
- 1990b "Commentary on Michael Pacione's 'Urban Liveability: A Review,'" Urban Geography, Vol. 1, 36-41 (invited essay)
- 1990c "A New Look at Luminist Landscapes of F. E. Church," Landscape, Vol. 30:3, 20-28
- 1990d "Saint-Exupery's Geography Lesson: Art and Science in the Creation and Cultivation of Landscape Values," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 80:1, 96-108
1986 "Lost Homelands": Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind (New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978); Siegfried Lenz, The Heritage (New York: Hill and Wang, 1981), Review Essay, Landscape, Vol. 29:1 , 19-2
1981 "Humboldt and an Aesthetic Tradition in Geography," Geographical Review, 71:2, 379-394. (Environmental perception and geography as art.)1979 "Latvian Folkloristics," Journal of American Folklore, 92:364, 196-214
1979 "The Role of a Humane Environment in Soviet Urban Planning," Geographical Review, 69:4, 379-394. (A philosophic analysis, with Riga as principal case study.)
1978 "Commoner Attitudes Toward Landscape and Nature," Annals of the Association ofAmericanGeographers, 68:4, 551-566. (Includes women's attitudes and how to access them through folklore.)
1975 "Urban Pleasure Gardens and the Spirit of the Times," The Longwood Program Seminars, Longwood Gardens, Pa., 7, 10-13.2002 BBC Film for TV (presenter, with Sir David Attenborough & others), Great Natural Travellers: An Audience With Alexander von Humboldt”(BBC 2, London, one hour).TV and Radio Productions, Interviews for Latvian Broadcasts, Riga, Latvia (in Latvian):
Latvian prime time LTV show (monthly, 80 min.), Culture Programmes Department (Production, with G. Podskocija, chief producer, director; fund raising, film crew travel arrangements, research, scripting, on camera, montaging, editing, translations from English and German): 1995 The Future of International Communications (sponsored by: British Cable & Wireless, Lattelecom; special segments: satellites and navigation, the information revolution and development; McLuhan and the future) 1994 U.S. Culture, History, People, Politics (secured $7,600 travel grant from Colgate Palmolive Co., to bring Latvian TV crew to U.S. Special segments: New York and writers; interview with C.E.O./President, Colgate Palmolive Co.; the skyscraper and the fallacy of assuming only "Americanization"; F. L. Wright and I.M. Pei; the Harley Davidson phenomenon; the Amish; American quilting culture; Washington D.C.: balance of the three branches of government; Annapolis; University of Delaware as a representative American school). Denmark... (film crew travel funding; special segment writing: Danish folk and professional architecture; American jazz in Denmark) 1994 The Benelux Countries... (2 parts) England... (special segments: David Hockney, Greenwich, 1960's British Art) Tunisia... (research and arrangements for travel and filming in Tunisia) 1993 Austria... (special segment on Oskar Kokoschka, the Vienna Secession) Germany... Also second broadcast: Four Cities in Germany: Lubeck, Bremen, Cologne, Berlin. 1992 U.S. Culture, History, People, PoliticsOther Media Work: 1996 Interview, LTV: "Commentary on the Preferred Book List of Latvians and Western Culture." 1994 Interview, ITV: "Latvian Independence Day (Nov. 18): How Far Have We Come?" 1991 TV Interview: "How Western Intellectuals Perceive Latvia" 1990 TV Interview: "About Cultural Geography and My Task in Latvia" TV Show Segment: "The Role of Adventure in Cultural Change" TV Interview: "Perspectives of International Latvians on Themselves and on Latvia" TV Show Segment: "The Art of Sculpture in The Outdoor Spaces of R§ga: A Critique" Radio Interview for Show, What and Who We Are: "Future Intellectual Connections for Latvia"
Radio Interview for Show, In The World of Science: "About Science and Latvia"
Teaching Repertoire Since 1980:
University of Delaware, Department of Geography
Public Lectures and Seminars
- Introduction to Cultural Geography (large lecture/sections)
- Advanced Cultural Geography
- Urban Cultural Geography (second writing course)
- Western Landscapes of America (honors and regular session)
- Honors Colloquium: Landscape and Literature (with B. Gates, English)
- Honors Colloquium: Nature, Human Nature, and Culture (with B. Gates, English, Don Mayer, History, Conrad Hammerman, Landscape Architect)
- Seminar: Geographic Thought (600 level)
- Seminar: Human Place in the Biosphere (800 level)
- Seminar: Landscape Aesthetics (600 level)
- Seminar: The Baltic Sea Region (600 level)
Fall 2011: three hour seminar for doctoral candidates in Cultural Studies, University of Latvia
January 23-27, 2012: Winter School:” Gaze and Glance: Ways of Seeing Culture,” Tallinn University (Estonia) , GRADUATE SCHOOL OF CULTURE STUDIES AND ARTS AND THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CULTURAL THEORY
(member of an international faculty from U. of Chicago, Toronto, Universities of London, Queens, Manchester, Dortmund, and Scandinavian ones). Students from as far as Australia, the States).
Participation at Conferences and Symposia
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