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2020 Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop

May 18–June 5, 2020, hosted virtually | Intensive three-week workshop, focusing on the public realm and the design and construction of public landscapes, for PhD and MLA candidates.

Syllabus Course Documents Participants

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, instead of being an on-site workshop, we have developed a robust digital program of lectures, readings, discussions, and projects.

To develop the field of garden and landscape studies and to promote the depth and breadth of future landscape scholarship, Dumbarton Oaks, with the support of the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies is hosting an intensive three-week Virtual Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop from May 18 to June 5, 2020. We will be welcoming nine graduate students from schools across the nation whose research is engaged in questions of landscapes, gardens, and cities. These include students researching music history, cultural geography, social justice and design, philosophy, and so much more. The workshop engages with readings, discussions, and guest lectures tackling key issues in landscape studies with special focus on public landscapes and the public realm. We will discuss seminal works in landscape and urban history while exploring emerging practices and methods of inquiry such as theories of the public realm, race and identity, and environmental and urban history. This work will be enriched with participation of guest lecturers who will share their current projects as well as their research methods and frameworks.

Graduate Workshop Participants will meet daily (Monday through Friday) in a Zoom seminar from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. We will use the first half for lectures including those by a stellar list of guest scholars. The second half will focus on discussions of the readings as well as of your own research. Two group projects focused on teaching and undertaking research in a digital age will be assigned externally to the seminar portion.

This is an exciting opportunity to engage in new ways and to build a broad foundation of materials for use in digital scholarship and teaching. We look forward to expanding and enriching the community of garden, landscape, and urban history scholars and colleagues.

 

Workshop Participants

Miguel Arango Calle

Miguel Arango Calle

“Listening to the Garden: The Construction of Operatic Gardens in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro

Kathleen Conti

Kathleen Conti

“Tell It Like It Was: Race, Memory, and Historic Preservation in the American South”

Jessica May Fletcher

Jessica May Fletcher

“Accumulative Modernity: Architecture, Gender, and the Welfare State in New York City and London, 1920–1950”

Rachel Hirsch

Rachel Hirsch

“Mughal Landscape Practices and the Ontologies Revealed through the Perceptions of Nature in the Early Modern Period”

Sarah Mallory

Sarah Mallory

“Ecology in the ‘Golden Age’: Environmental Blindness and Dutch Landscape Images”

Chloé Skye Nagraj

Chloé Skye Nagraj

“Decommission as Design: Reconciling Opaque Landscapes”

Christina Shivers

Christina Shivers

“Reclaiming Nature: Land Reclamation and the Rise of Market-Based Environmentalism”

Maxwell Smith-Holmes

Maxwell Smith-Holmes

“Media and Ecological Crisis at the Edges of Sovereignty”

Taryn Wiens

Taryn Wiens

“Designing with Soil and Time-Based Practices in the Lost River Subbasin”