The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, September 14, 2012

EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden

EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden
 Symposium and exhibitions, June 6-9, 2013


Since time immemorial, gardens have been key in humanity’s quest to
define an ideal relation to nature. Gardens have been sources of
nourishment for the body and the soul, they have been symbols of wealth
and power, they have served as barriers against the wild, and much more.
EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden is a four-day symposium
designed for an academic audience, garden professionals, and a general
public interested in the importance and meaning of gardens.

Event Locations:
The University of Delaware
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
Winterthur Estate Gardens, Delaware
Chanticleer Garden, Pennsylvania
The Mount Cuba Center, Delaware

Events Include:
Themed garden tours and exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops, and
academic paper sessions focusing on topics such as wellness and the
garden, environment and society, historic preservation and land use,
green textiles, CSAs, the garden in the visual arts, the garden in
literature, the meaning and function of domestic and public gardens,
architecture and the garden, the spiritual associations of gardens,
gardening the planet in the face of ecological decline, political
aspects of gardening, and economies of the garden.

Featured Speakers Include:
Jane Knight, landscape architect of The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Stephen Forbes, Executive Director of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, South
Emma Marris, author of /Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a
Post-Wild World/
Margaret Morton, photographer and co-author of /Transitory Gardens,
Uprooted Lives/
Douglas Tallamy, author of /Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants
Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens/
McKay Jenkins, author of /What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a
Toxic World/

Call for Papers:
Abstracts and proposals for papers and panels due Dec. 15, 2012
This interdisciplinary event focuses on the importance and meaning of
gardens in the past, present, and the future, and that from a wide range
of perspectives, including, but not limited to the following
disciplines: art, art history, architecture, anthropology, agriculture,
philosophy, literature, history, horticulture, botany, landscape
architecture, garden design, nutrition, and law, as well as earth and
life sciences.

For instructions regarding submission of paper abstracts as well as
proposals for panels or roundtable discussions, visit:

1 comment:

Elle said...

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