University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday March 15, 2013. 03:30 pm. GUGG 205

The two Pyrenees: depopulation, land-use changes, and repopulation in the EU era

Eric Perramond

Colorado College, Environmental Program

Abstract: Mountain chains are often thought of as 'natural borders,' but what happens when the mountain chain itself is home to a distinct, shared, cultural sense of identity? This presentation focuses on the Catalan Pyrenees, and how the two "state" sides of the Pyrenees have shared or diverged on socio-ecological pathways. Through long cycles of identity and state formation, de-population, and re-population, this area of the Pyrenees has been witness to conjoined cultural and biophysical changes. In the era of the European Union, these cultural and biophysical changes have paradoxically heightened the sense of localism in the eastern Pyrenees just as the union was supposed to lessen nation-state boundaries and governance.

Co-sponsored by the Colorado Regional Environmental History Network.

Geography colloquium series was made possible by the generous support from The Beirne Carter Foundation.