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2017 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 and in collaboration with New York Botanical Garden, will offer an intensive three-week Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, June 5–23, 2017.

Bringing together early-career scholars and practitioners 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, theory, and history. It will examine the historical evolution of landscape as an idea, investigating theoretical underpinnings and methodological implications of such concepts as nature, ecology, sustainability, and design; special emphasis will be laid on urban landscape issues. Participants, typically doctoral candidates in early or advanced stages of writing dissertations and current MLA candidates or recent recipients of MLA degrees, will be invited to share among themselves and with Dumbarton Oaks staff and invited scholars selected aspects of their work. These presentations and seminar sessions will be supplemented by access to the library resources and gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, site visits in the Washington metropolitan area, and a two-day stay in New York.    

Dumbarton Oaks will provide accommodation in Washington, D.C., reimbursement of economy-class travel expenses (up to $1,600 for international travel, $1,100 for domestic travel), lunches on weekdays, and transportation to and lodging in New York. Prospective candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a five-hundred-word abstract of their dissertation or a statement of research interests, and a current CV ; please note “2017 Graduate Workshop” in the subject line. Two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by referees.

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 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: Bernardino Poccetti, detail of ceiling decoration in the Buontalenti Grotto, 1583–88, Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy. Image courtesy Anatole Tchikine.