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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.

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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 CalleIndiana University
  • Kathleen ContiUniversity of Texas at Austin/University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Jessica May FletcherGraduate Center, City University of New York
  • Rachel Hirsch, Harvard University
  • Sarah Mallory, Harvard University
  • Chloé Skye Nagraj, University of Virginia
  • Christina Shivers, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
  • Maxwell Smith-Holmes, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
  • Taryn Wiens, University of Virginia