Fourth IFLA APR International Cultural Landscapes Symposium 2013



The International Symposium on Cultural and Historical Landscapes (INCULS) is an annual event that was started in 2009 in response to the IFLA Cultural Landscape Committee’s (IFLA CLC) decision to highlight the importance of cultural and historical landscapes through teaching, research and consultancy in the Asia Pacific Region (APR). Subsequently, the first INCULS was held in that year in Seoul, Korea. From then on, the seminar has been held annually with increasing participation from minimum of 16 Asia Pacific Countries. Even though INCULS focuses on cultural and historical landscape planning and design of the living environment, it has received ever encouraging
participation from people of other disciplines. This is due to the fact that cultural and historical landscapes are interdisciplinary in nature and need the participation from other disciplines such as legal, planning, economics, biology, botany, agriculture, art, etc. INCULS aimed at providing a platform for interdisciplinary discussions towards a common aim ‐ providing a better and sustainable living environment for people and other living creatures sharing this planet through the lenses of cultural arid historical landscape. In addition INCULS also provides a link between policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

India’s cultural heritage is well known. Gujarat plays an important role as the southernmost portion of the famous Sindhu‐Saraswati culture. Gujarat region has a continuous cultural landscape since 8000 BC, including a large part of the Indus Valley Civilization, and has been a trading centre since Sindhu‐Saraswati Civilization (circa 4000 BC at Lothal).
The symposium is proposed to be held at Ahmedabad, the sixth largest city in India, which has a rich culture of trade and arts since time immemorial. Ahmedabad was at the heart of Indian Independence movement, from where Mahatma Gandhi led the independence struggle. Supported by an affluent trading community, Ahmedabad is home to a wide variety of built heritage ranging from traditional architecture to modern masters, and is being considered for nomination as UNESCO world heritage site.

Symposium Theme: Cultural Landscapes Transformations
Landscapes are inherently dynamic and transform through the ages due to their surroundings and the environment, which many a times consists of flora and fauna. Cultural landscapes, within their inherent definition, include any sustained relationship between man and nature. As understanding of natural resources and their relationship to man has evolved, many fields of study of cultural landscapes have arisen.
Study of Cultural Landscapes has established its roots in fields of geography, landscape, geology, hydrology, climatology, botany, archaeology, etc. While their expertise varies, they ultimately converge at the point of man‐nature relationships.
This symposium aspires to document living and established cultural landscapes and their evolution, so that this topic does not remain in the domain of research only, and transforms into a professional field of practice. Cultural landscapes need not be ancient or historical, they can also be contemporary. Colonization and unprecedented migration from rural to urban areas in the Asia‐Pacific Region has immensely transformed cultural landscapes. Examples of this include the impact of Trans‐Siberian railway as well as cultural changes due to Indigo farming and Tea cultivation in India, or the historical sea route from Egypt and Mesopotamia to India.
Many such changes have resulted in a cultural turmoil, where traditional cultural knowledge shares space with new cultures being created as well as transformed traditional cultures. The symposium will document transformations in cultural landscapes through three themes:
a. Conservation of Traditional cultural landscapes
b. Transformed cultural landscapes based on contemporary views
c. New cultural landscapes being generated in and around urban areas

Organizing Committee
The fourth IFLA APR International Cultural Landscapes Symposium is being hosted by the Gujarat Chapter of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) under the aegis of the IFLA APR Cultural Landscapes Committee.
A tentative schedule of the symposium shall be as follows:
Theme & Call for abstracts 10th July 2013  EXTENDED TILL SEPTEMBER 10
Receipt of abstracts 15th August 2013
Call for papers from selected abstracts 15th September 2013
Receipt of papers 15th October 2013
Symposium at Ahmedabad 14th & 15th December 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)
Call for Papers
We invite papers from researchers in diverse fields, with interests in the above or related themes in contributing to the body of knowledge. A few papers, as selected by the symposium screening committee, will be presented at the Symposium, and others will form a part of the symposium, to be published as proceedings. Please email your papers to
Selected Paper Presenters
All selected paper presenters shall be provided with complementary accommodation for two nights (13th – 14th December 2013) by 4th INCULS Organizing Committee, and their registration fees for the symposium shall also be waived off. You will however be required to make your own travel arrangements.
Contact Information
Postal Address:
4th INCULS Organizing Committee, c/o M/s Prabhakar B. Bhagwat,
901, Panchatirth Apartments, Jodhpur Cross Roads, Satellite,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380015
Email address:
Guidelines on Preparation of Abstracts and Papers
Your paper should be in English. We regret that translation facilities are not available.
Submit your abstract and paper in two formats:
• Portable Document Format (read only)
• Microsoft Word format (editable) or Open Document format (editable)
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and papers should not exceed 4000 words, including references, footnotes and appendices.
• Paper size: Papers must be formatted for A4 size
• Margins:
o Top: 2.5 cm including header
o Bottom: 2.5 cm including footer
o Left: 3.5 cm
o Right: 1.0 cm
• Line Spacing: Double line spacing, with a (blank) line after paragraphs, all body text left justified.
After the review, the Committee may request reformatting to single line spacing.
• Typeface: must be 11‐point Arial. Do not underline any text or headings.
• Title Page: should be in 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS and centered but not underlined. It should be followed by a single (blank) line space and author details.
• Author Details: Use 12‐point font size, centered; show the name(s) then the organization(s) on the next line, and address on the next line. Author(s) details should only appear on the title page.
Note: The author information will be removed before the blind peer review process.
• Abstract: Show the heading ABSTRACT in 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS and centered but not underlined. This heading should be followed by a single (blank) line space and an abstract (summary of the paper) of not more than 250 words, which is indented one centimetre left and right. The abstract should be followed by two (blank) line spaces and the first heading of the paper contents.
• Main Heading: 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS, left justified followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings).
• First level of subheading: 12‐point bold left justified with initial capital only (unless heading includes proper names) followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings)
• Second level of subheading: 12 point, italics, left justified with initial capital only (unless heading includes proper names) followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings)
• Body Text: 11 point Arial, justified, starting from the left margin (no indents)
• Tables and Figures: Include them in the body of the paper, not at the end. Figures should be
supplied in a standard graphics format. Titles of tables, graphs etc. should go underneath in 10‐point italic, centered. All national boundaries should be as per United Nations norms and specifications. Further, disclaimers regarding national boundaries being indicative and not exact should be included with all such figures.
• Quotations: Long quotes, of more than 40 words, should be presented as a new paragraph. 10 point indented 1.25 cm left and right. Short quotes of less than 40 words should be presented in double quote marks and run on within the paragraph.
• Header: should contain the proposed name of the paper in 10 point Arial, starting from the left margin
• Footer: should contain the page number and total number of pages in 10 point Arial, right
• Footnotes: Footnotes should be used sparingly but endnotes are not to be used.
• References: Referencing will be APA published style
Papers will be reviewed by the Committee and will be published in the Symposium Proceedings.
Carefully proof read your paper before submission, as papers should be free of typographical and grammatical errors.
It is proposed to publish edited proceedings from the symposium. The edited volume will be a significant contribution to the study and practice of cultural landscapes.
We are of the opinion that this Symposium will contribute to the literature on cultural landscapes and some papers, complete or in parts, may be used later in the research and documentation. All papers submitted to the Symposium shall be the property of the Symposium Committee. Due credit shall be given to the author and/or references.