The conference particularly invites paper proposals that address one or several of the following issues:
- Landscapes and Cultures: how did nations come to perceive certain landscapes as iconic, and what did this mean for these environments and their human inhabitants?
- Nations and Disasters: how did catastrophic events shape national identities, and how did that influence political and social responses to these disasters?
- Iconic Species: why did some animals achieve iconic status, and what were the consequences for species, humans, and the environments in which they both lived?
- Identity as a Business Model: what was the role of economic interests (broadly conceived) in the construction and change of environmental icons?