Call for Papers: new research in garden history Graduate Symposium at Keele University

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by Charles Boot

Call for Papers: new research in garden history Graduate Symposium at Keele University

GHS Graduate Symposium
Keele University, Staffordshire
9.30am, Friday 22 July

The aims of the GHS Graduate Symposium are:

• to provide a professional forum for the presentation of new research in the field of garden history

• to provide an opportunity for scholars to hone presentation skills

• to encourage scholars who are unpublished in the field of garden history

• to generate potential scholarly articles for inclusion in Garden History

• to add another dimension to the GHS annual conference

• to attract new members to the GHS

We were delighted with the response to our call for papers, with entries coming from throughout the UK, as well as the USA and Italy. Entries took the form of an abstract for an intended 20-minute presentation.

Our choice of five speakers is:

Oliver Cox on Jeremiah Dixon, Alfred the Great, and the merchant fathers of Leeds in the late eighteenth-century
Sarah Hundleby
on The Development of Bramham Park, 1700–31
Sarah Law on The Rufford Abbey Estate in the early eighteenth century in the context of hunting, in particular the emerging sport of fox hunting
Elaine Mitchell on ‘A fine crop of peaches, and several hundred geraniums’; the flowering of Thomas Clark’s metallic hothouse manufactory in the early eighteenth-century
Gabriele Mulè on The Extended Garden: Sicilian Landscape as an English Garden, from Castelvetrano to Selinunte following Walter Swinburne, ‘Grand Tour’ traveller

We have added the Symposium as an extra free event at the Annual Conference, we hope it will become a regular fixture in the GHS calendar. The morning will be chaired by Patrick Eyres of The New Arcadian Journal and we hope will be well attended by both GHS members and peers of the speakers as a prelude to the Society’s Annual Conference. Attendance is free, though there will be a charge for lunch if you choose to stay on, and attend the AGM.

Applicants had to  submit a 200-word abstract to the Society’s administrator by 10 January 2011.

Though this has now closed, you might be interested in our Annual Essay Prize, which close on 30 April 2011.

The selected entrants have been invited to present a 20-minute, 2,000 to 2,500 word, illustrated paper on Friday 22 July, the first day of the Society’s annual conference.

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