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2016 Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop

To develop the field of garden and landscape studies across different disciplines and to promote the depth and breadth of future landscape scholarship, Dumbarton Oaks, with the support of the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies, will offer an intensive two-week Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, June 6–18, 2016. Bringing together early-career scholars who are pursuing cross-disciplinary research on landscape-related topics, the workshop will focus on key sites, figures, and texts in garden and landscape design and history. It will investigate the historical evolution of landscape as an idea and lay special emphasis on theoretical underpinnings and methodological implications of such concepts as nature, ecology, sustainability, and design. Participants, typically doctoral candidates in early or advanced stages of writing dissertations, will be invited to share among themselves and with Dumbarton Oaks staff and invited scholars selected aspects of their work. Seminar sessions will be supplemented by site visits in the Washington metropolitan area and access to the library and gardens at Dumbarton Oaks.   

Dumbarton Oaks will provide accommodation, reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,000, and lunches on weekdays. Prospective candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a 500-word abstract of their dissertation, and a current CV to; two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by referees. All application materials must be received by Monday, April 25, 2016. International candidates are eligible to apply; however, Dumbarton Oaks does not sponsor J visas for this program. Any geographical or chronological focus is welcome, including projects dealing specifically with urban subjects. For further information, please contact

Image: Jan Brueghel II, Satire of Tulipomania (detail), ca. 1640, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands.