African Landscapes

Interdisciplinary Approaches

  • Olaf Bubenzer
  • Michael Bollig

Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Arid Landscapes: Detection and Reconstruction - Perspectives from Earth Sciences and Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 40-40
    2. Andreas Bolten, Olaf Bubenzer, Frank Darius, Karin Kindermann
      Pages 57-77
    3. Anja Linstädter
      Pages 79-103
    4. Heiko Riemer
      Pages 119-157
    5. Tilman Lenssen-Erz, Jörg Linstädter
      Pages 159-197
  3. State, Power and Control in Africa’s Arid Landscapes: Perspectives from the Historical Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 200-200
    2. Michael Herb, Philippe Derchain
      Pages 201-224
    3. Patricia Hayes
      Pages 225-254
    4. Inge Brinkman
      Pages 275-294
  4. Identity, Memory and Power in Africa’s Arid Landscapes: Perspectives from Social and Cultural Anthropology

  5. Language and the Conceptualisation and Epistemics of African Arid Landscapes: Perspectives from Linguistics and Oral History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig
      Pages 430-453
    3. Birte Kathage
      Pages 455-471
    4. J.U. Kavari, Laura E Bleckmann
      Pages 473-500
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 501-513

About this book


Landscape studies provide a crucial perspective into the interaction between humans and their environment, shedding insight on social, cultural, and economic topics. The research explores both the way that natural processes have affected the development of culture and society, as well as the ways that natural landscapes themselves are the product of historical and cultural processes.

Most previous studies of the landscape selectively focused on either the natural sciences or the social sciences, but the research presented in African Landscapes bridges that gap. This work is unique in its interdisciplinary scope. Over the past twelve years, the contributors to this volume have participated in the collaborative research center ACACIA (Arid Climate Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa), which deals with the relationship between cultural processes and ecological dynamics in Africa’s arid areas.

The case studies presented here come from mainly Sahara/Sahel and southwestern Africa, and are all linked to broader discussions on the concept of landscape, and themes of cultural, anthropological, geographical, botanical, sociological, and archaeological interest. The contributions in this work are enhanced by full color photographs that put the discussion in context visually.


Cultural Studies Language Cognition Rituals Sahara/Sahel Water and Drought Studies drought landscape landscape archaeology urban planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Olaf Bubenzer
  • Michael Bollig

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