CFP: Greenscapes: The Garden in the City (4/30/07; 10/18/07-10/21/07)

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Leah Knight
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning

Theme: The Garden in the City

October 18 to 21, 2007
Brock University and Rodman Hall Arts Centre
St. Catharines, Ontario

We welcome submissions for an international and interdisciplinary conference
on gardens and designed landscapes. Garden space is increasingly recognized
not only for its horticultural interest, but as an expression of ecological
and environmental awareness, a venue for social interaction, and a vehicle
for communicating and disseminating cultural information.

Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning will bring together scholars from all
disciplines and a wide range of professional landscape architects, urban
planners, activists and artists to discuss the subject of 'The Garden in the
City.' As a living space, the garden is often considered to be the
antithesis of the urban, built area, yet increasingly cities seek to
incorporate garden space into their infrastructure as part of their urban
identity. The conference will explore the ramifications of this development,
while examining ways in which urban garden space in contemporary and
historical environments acts a focus for social aspirations and anxieties.

We invite proposals on, but not limited to, the following topics:

. cultural history of urban gardens
. representation and meaning (in text and image) of gardens in the city
. aesthetic and psychological impact of the urban garden
. gardens and urban regeneration (ecology and community)
. programmatic and artists' gardens in the city

The conference will take place at Brock University, nestled in the Niagara
greenbelt on a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and Rodman Hall Arts Centre,
home of the Walker Botanical Garden. Both institutions are located in the
city of St. Catharines, known as 'The Garden City' and situated near Royal
Botanical Gardens, the largest in Canada.
Papers will be delivered in English and French. Funds may be available to
contribute to the expenses of student participants. Selected papers from
the conference will be published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Brock

Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) and a brief biography to by April 30, 2007.

Conference organizers:
Keri Cronin (Visual Arts, Brock University), David Galbraith (Royal
Botanical Gardens), Sharilyn J. Ingram (School of Fine and Performing Arts,
Brock University), Leah Knight (English Language and Literature, Brock
University), Katharine von Stackelberg (Classics, Brock University)

We acknowledge with gratitude the support of the Humanities Research
Institute at Brock University.


Leah Knight
Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1

Office: 573 Glenridge, Room 137
Phone: (905) 688-5550 x 5379

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