Conference: « Images of the Garden: The French Garden as Cultural Palimpsest »

JPEGThis conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary panel of established scholars, early career researchers and postgraduates to deliberate on the social and cultural role of French gardens. This conference will explore the historical, cultural and sociological traces that the French garden tradition has left in its wake. It is our hope that this conference will address general questions such as why the garden works as a lieu de mémoire and how it does so, how the garden as palimpsest relates to cultural heritage within the arts and how this affects cultural reinvention, and, more specifically, how the French garden tradition has impacted on the Irish use and preservation of gardens, as well as how garden preservation is accounted for by contemporary changes in the use of space.

Presented by the French Department/Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin with the support of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy.

French Speakers :
Laurent Paya  (Artopos Jardin et Paysage/Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance): Les Parquets (1565-1570) de Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau (1511-1586) : des parangons de « Parterres »
François Trahais (Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3): The French Garden, the Unfortunate Heterotopia of
Man, and Nature from Classicism to Structuralism.

« Images of the Garden: The French Garden as Cultural Palimpsest »
25-26 MAY 2012
Neill Hoey Theatre, Long Room Hub, TCD
Papers will be given in French or English.
All Welcome.
Further details & registration:

Published on 24/05/2012

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