[URBANTH-L]CFP: Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Fri Apr 6 18:39:19 EDT 2007

Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning

Location:Ontario, Canada
Deadline: 2007-04-30

Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning
Theme: The Garden in the City
October 18 to 21, 2007

Brock University and Rodman Hall Arts Centre
St. Catharines, Ontario

We welcome submissions for an international and interdisciplinary conference 
on gardens and designed landscapes. Garden space is increasingly recognized 
not only for its horticultural interest, but as an expression of ecological 
and environmental awareness, a venue for social interaction, and a vehicle 
for communicating and disseminating cultural information.

Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning will bring together scholars from all 
disciplines and a wide range of professional landscape architects, urban 
planners, activists and artists to discuss the subject of "The Garden in the 
City." As a living space, the garden is often considered to be the 
antithesis of the urban, built area, yet increasingly cities seek to 
incorporate garden space into their infrastructure as part of their urban 
identity. The conference will explore the ramifications of this development, 
while examining ways in which urban garden space in contemporary and 
historical environments acts a focus for social aspirations and anxieties.

We invite proposals on, but not limited to, the following topics:

.cultural history of urban gardens
.representation and meaning (in text and image) of gardens in the city
.aesthetic and psychological impact of the urban garden
.gardens and urban regeneration (ecology and community)
.programmatic and artists' gardens in the city

The conference will take place at Brock University, nestled in the Niagara 
greenbelt on a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and Rodman Hall Arts Centre, 
home of the Walker Botanical Garden. Both institutions are located in the 
city of St. Catharines, known as 'The Garden City' and situated near Royal 
Botanical Gardens, the largest in Canada.
Papers will be delivered in English and French. Funds may be available to 
contribute to the expenses of student participants. Selected papers from the 
conference will be published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Brock Review.
Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) and a brief biography to 
greenscapes at brocku.ca by April 30, 2007.

Conference organizers:

Keri Cronin (Visual Arts, Brock University), David Galbraith (Royal 
Botanical Gardens), Sharilyn J. Ingram (School of Fine and Performing Arts, 
Brock University), Leah Knight (English Language and Literature, Brock 
University), Katharine von Stackelberg (Classics, Brock University)
We acknowledge with gratitude the support of the Humanities Research 
Institute at Brock University.

Greenscapes Conference
c/o Dr. Keri Cronin
Department of Visual Arts
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON L2T 4C2

Email: greenscapes at brocku.ca
Visit the website at http://www.brocku.ca/greenscapes/ 

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