Kennesaw State University

2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Recipient - Garrett Smith

This research will document the land-use history and land-use economics of a Cistercian ("Trappist") Monastery near Conyers, Georgia. It will examine the flexibility of this ancient Order in making land-use decisions placed in a philosophy o f permanence, community obligations, and commitment to the Earth. This interdisciplinary project includes archeology, cultural geography, history, and religion. Methods include archival research, interviews, map analyses, and observation. Resulting scholarship includes two conference presentations, one peer-reviewed mticle, a booklet, and two course syllabi. The methodology may be applied to other study sites, and will provide the basis o f several long-term research projects on sacred places.