The Deep Maps team had the pleasure of presenting on our research at the Landscapes, Environment & Heritage in Irish Studies workshop, held at University College Cork. This workshop was funded by the Irish Research Council and coordinated by Dr. Anna Pilz of the Department of English.

The workshop launched with a screening of ‘Tim Robinson: Connemara‘ followed by a question and answer session with its director Pat Collins. The workshop brought together a range of specialists and academics from diverse fields concerned with landscape, environment and heritage.

 With the idea of deep mapping, we joined our enquiries to those of other interdisciplinary researchers, concerned with investigating human interactions with the environment over time and in particular places. Place is what connects the three main parts of our project: scientific knowledge; historical representation and community perception of dangers to the marine environment. For the purposes of the presentation, we brought together these three strands via a focus on Lough Hyne, an EU-designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Ireland’s first marine nature reserve. The presentation addressed the following headings:

  1. Current state of the Lough and environmental priorities;
  2. The history of scientific investigation of the Lough from 1847 onwards;
  3. Earlier forms of knowledge about the Lough, expressed in poetry, folklore and visual art;
  4. How can Deep Maps best visualize the interrelation of cultural and biological information?

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We would like to thank Dr. Anna Pilz for kindly having the Deep Maps team and giving us the opportunity to discuss our trasdisciplinary project. It was a wonderful experience meeting and engaging with like-minded researchers.