Past Nature and Tradition on the Wadden Sea – Marine Coastal Cultures

by Cormac Walsh & Martin Döring


Dawn on Schiermonnikoog, Dutch Wadden Sea. (Picture C. Walsh)

Proposed Panel Title: Past Nature and Tradition: Relational views on the Wadden Sea panorama

 Panel Convenors: Dr. Cormac Walsh & Dr. Martin Döring (College of Hamburg)

The Wadden Sea constitutes a dynamic intertidal coastal panorama, reaching from Den Helder within the Netherlands, alongside the German North Beach to Blavands Huk in southwestern Denmark. This coastal panorama has been formed over a interval of a thousand years or extra by dyke-building, land reclamation and drainage practices in addition to periodic storm flood occasions producing a cloth and symbolically highly effective boundary between the land and the ocean. As we speak the intertidal panorama in entrance of the dykes is recognised as a novel, ecologically wealthy and various ecosystem of excellent pure worth with the standing of a UNESCO World Heritage website. The Wadden Sea panorama however stays a contested panorama imbued with regionally particular cultural values and meanings which serve to problem the conservationist fable of the Wadden Sea as pure and pristine nature. Towards this background, this panel proposes to convey collectively relational views which search to transcend the nature-culture divide on the Wadden Sea and supply novel methods of pondering nature and tradition collectively.

Specifically we hope to look at and critically mirror on the next points:

  • The interrelationships between pure and cultural heritage on the Wadden Sea;
  • progressive approaches to transcending the ‘onerous boundary’ of nature and tradition within the Wadden Sea panorama;
  • cross-comparative views on the cultural meanings of nature and panorama on the Dutch, German and Danish Wadden Sea coasts;
  • doable Wadden Sea futures drawing on its wealthy historical past of nature-culture interactions;
  • challenges of bringing collectively a number of methods of understanding the Wadden Sea panorama.

 Please submit a title and summary (max 300 phrases) to cormac.walsh(at) and doering(at) by twentieth December 2018.


Advised readings / Key References:

    1. Döring, M. & Ratter, B. (2018). Coastal landscapes: The relevance of researching coastscapes for managing coastal change in North FrisiaSpace 50, 169-176.
    2. Egberts, L. (2018). Shifting Past the Laborious Boundary: Overcoming the nature-culture divide within the Dutch Wadden Sea space, Cultural Heritage Administration and Sustainable Growth.
    3. Egberts, L. & Schroor, M. (Eds) (2018). Waddenland Excellent: Historical past, Panorama and Cultural Heritage of the Wadden Sea Area, Amsterdam: Amsterdam College Press.
    4. Krauss, W., (2005). The pure and cultural panorama heritage of Northern Friesland. Int. J. Herit. Stud. 11, 39–52.
    5. Reise, Okay., 2014. A Pure Historical past of the Wadden Sea: Riddled by Contingencies, Wilhelmshaven Widespread Wadden Sea Secretariat.
    6. Walsh, C. (2018). Metageographies of coastal administration: negotiating areas of nature and tradition on the Wadden Sea. Space 50 (2), 177-185.
    7. Wöbse, A.-Okay., (2017). Area, Place, Land and Sea: The Ecological ‘Discovery’ of the International Wadden Sea. In: de Bont, R., Lachmund, L. (Eds.), Spatialiszing the Historical past of Ecology: Websites, Journeys, Mappings. Routledge, London/New York, pp. 204–222.


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