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Early-Modern Gardens in Context

Call for papers. Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2009.

Sunday 8 February 2009, by Antoine Roullet

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Context” Research Network; Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Announcing the launch of a new interdisciplinary research network, and inviting papers for its inaugural conference (to be held in November 2009.).

Early-Modern Gardens in Context Research Network

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, is pleased to announce the launch of the interdisciplinary Early-Modern Gardens in Context Research Network in January 2009. The Centre is keen to hear from other institutions and also from independent scholars, students, and researchers who are interested in participating in this network. It is intended that the focus of the network should be strongly interdisciplinary, and that it will examine, primarily through conferences, workshops, and publication, a wide range of issues and themes touching on Early-Modern gardens. These would include any aspects of garden culture that would benefit from cross-disciplinary study, such as garden history, horticultural and scientific developments, and gardens in art, theatre, music, and literature.
The network’s inaugural conference will be hosted by the Centre in Trinity College Dublin in November 2009 (details to follow). If you would like to participate in the network, by offering a paper and/or by hosting a subsequent event or merely by having your name added to our mailing list, please contact the Strand Coordinator, Dr Anatole Tchikine (
Proposals for the first conference are welcome on any aspect of Early-Modern gardens. Abstracts (up to 200 words) should be emailed to Dr Tchikine by 1st June 2009. Papers will be 20 minutes in length. The themes set out below are intended only as a guideline to the focus of the conference and all suggestions will be considered:

* Gardens in myth and literature

* Gardens and the construction of political or gender identities

* Printed and manuscript sources on gardens and gardening

* Gardens and the New World

* Water in Early-Modern gardens

For more details of the Centre’s activities, discussions and projects, click on this link: Renaissance and/or contact Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, French Department/Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland;; 00 353 1 896 2686.

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