New York, May 27 - 29, 2014
Deadline: Jun 5, 2013
Early Modern Gardens: Tamed Nature as the Mirror of Power.
Panel at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting 2014
Studies on gardens usually take an historical approach to the creation
and evolution of a national style and often neglect the gardens'
intimate relationship with their surroundings – specifically the
grounds and buildings – and reflection of their patron's persona.
This panel aims to look at how, through the deliberate transformation
of specific grounds (either by controlling nature and/or
re-appropriating earlier designs), Early Modern princely gardens became
the logical extension of their patrons' private and public personas as
well as the architecture of the building(s) to which they were closely
Potential topics may include the connections between royal authority
and the assertion of human control over nature, gardens as outdoor
Wunderkammers, gardens as backdrops for festivities and political
meetings, and others.
Please submit your proposal and abstract (max 150 words), a short CV
and A/V requirements to the organizers Sigrid Ruby
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laurent Odde
(email@example.com) no later than June 5