Forests in the Americas
Representations and development
International conference of the Southwest Pole of the Institute of the Americas
University Bordeaux Montaigne and University of Bordeaux
Bordeaux, October 11-13, 2017
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The international conference “Forests in the Americas,” a scientific manifestation of the Southwest Pole of the Institute of the Americas, aims at refining knowledge about the fragile ecosystem of forests, and at improving the understanding of the roles they play in the imagination and development of both ancient and modern societies of the Americas. On every part of the continent, the forest is of prime importance, from Amazonian tropical rainforests to Canadian boreal forests; to all kinds of temperate forests. Nations such as Brazil, Canada, the United States and Peru are among the ten countries with the largest forested land. Other nations, in Central America and the Caribbean islands, are also rich in forested areas sheltering often endemic fauna and flora.
The countries and the actors concerned by forestry rarely agree on common definitions of what constitutes a forest. The study of this theme poses first a conceptual and methodological problem that the participants will be encouraged to discuss. Another purpose of the conference is to define precisely, through interdisciplinary dialogue and comparative studies, the notions commonly used by scholars to talk about the forest. On this lexical and semantic foundation, diverse representations of the forest will be analyzed.