New Approaches in Chinese Garden History

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Date / time: 18 June - 19 June, All day

Arts Tower, University of Sheffield

New Approaches in Chinese Garden History

This exceptional occasion brings together international speakers unlikely to be gathered again in the UK. Their papers will touch upon diverse aspects of Chinese gardens studies, from historical, sociological, artistic or cultural point of views; including the Western perception of “the Chinese garden” through orientalism, the “Chinese gardens” built in Western countries, the translation of Chinese sources or the study of regional gardening styles. It is relevant to Landscape, Architecture, Translation and Historical studies scholars in addition to East Asian studies and all interested.

This conference is organised to celebrate Dr. Alison Hardie’s ( University of Leeds) career upon her retirement this Summer 2015. The conference’s programme includes both international scholars and PhD students who worked closely with Dr. Hardie.

Delegate and student rates available, all interested welcome to book.

Due to the Confucius Institute’s support, new fares include student fees and a lower delegate fee.

The conference will be preceded by an optional guided tour of the Biddulph Grange garden in Staffordshire (National Trust) on Thursday 18 June, with an optional dinner in Sheffield on Thursday evening.

Provisional programme:
Thursday 18 June 2015:

  • Visit to Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, National Trust (optional)
  • Conference dinner in Sheffield (optional)

Friday 19 June 2015:

  • Alison Hardie (University of Leeds), ‘Reflections on how Chinese garden studies have changed over the course of my career’
  • Lucie Olivová (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), ‘A Boat-trip to a Yangzhou Garden on the 7th of the 7th, 1771’
  • Georges Métailié (CNRS/ MNHN- Paris), ‘Two scholar-gardeners and their plants,
  • Gao Lian and Chao Han, at the end of Ming and beginning of Qing Dynasties’
  • Lei Gao (NMBU, Norway),‘A response to Alison Hardie’s quest after a Chinese grove’
  • Bianca Rinaldi (University of Camerino, Italy), ‘Translating the Chinese Garden: the Western Invention of a Canon’
  • Emile de Bruijn (The National Trust, Great Britain), ‘The changing significance of the Chinese taste in British gardens’
  • Peter Blundell Jones (The University of Sheffield), ‘The sense of direction in Imperial Chinese architecture’

Landscape Department PhD candidates’ presentations:

  • Fei Mo, ‘The evolution of Chinese public gardens in the concessional Shanghai 1840s-1940s’
  • Liyuan Gu, ‘A critical history of rockwork in Chinese gardens’
  • Josepha Richard, ‘Cantonese gardens in the 19th century’

Venue: Floor 13, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
Arrival address: Jan Woudstra (University of Sheffield)