Call for Papers: Irrigation, Society and Landscape (Tribute to Thomas F. Glick)

RHN 123/2013 | Call

25-27 September 2014, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Deadline: 15 January 2014

Irrigation, Society and Landscape
(Tribute to Thomas F. Glick)

Traditional irrigation systems are one of the most valuable interactions between culture and nature. Historically, these systems have played a major role in the evolution of numerous villages and cities in arid and semiarid environments. These spaces still present in many cases a high productive capacity, together with additional social and cultural values. Moreover, these ecosystems have become an extraordinary example of a long-term sustainable management, in social and environmental terms.

Experts of very different disciplines have studied these systems. The Conference Irrigation, Society and Landscape aspires to bring together all those researchers and professionals interested in traditional irrigation, in order to discuss and reflect on the past, present and future of these natural and cultural systems.

The Conference will deal with the analysis of the historical evolution of irrigation, considering technological, agronomic, social and institutional aspects. The present and potential values of irrigation systems as cultural landscapes will be also considered. In addition, the Conference will contribute to the analysis of the challenging processes of urbanization and modernization, and the strategies oriented to strengthen the socioeconomic viability and the preservation of these systems.

The Conference pays homage to Thomas F. Glick, whose research has been an essential contribution to the study of traditional irrigation systems and has encouraged water heritage acknowledgement and protection.


  • Traditional irrigation technologies
  • Irrigation institutions
  • Collective action
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Historical agronomy
  • Common pool resources
  • Environmental functions
  • Landscape protection
  • Water culture
  • Water rights
  • Water-poverty nexus
  • Periurban farming
  • Future challenges

REGISTRATION: Early registration: Regular 125€, Students 75 € (Before 31st January 2014). Late registration: Regular 150€, Students 100 € (After 31st January 2014). Registration is only possible online.

ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION: The Conference is admitting papers for oral presentation and posters. Abstracts (500 words max.) will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Committee. Abstracts must be written either in English or Spanish.

DEADLINES: Abstracts must be sent before January 15, 2013. Abstracts acceptance / decline notices will be sent by January 31, 2014. Abstract presenters are required to be registered for the conference by January 31, 2014