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Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Call for Forum Proposals

Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes invites proposals for a new forum feature of the journal: The “Forum in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.”  The Forum is envisioned as an opportunity for scholars to develop collaboratively conversations in print around a specific focal point, topic, or theme in the history of gardens and designed landscapes.  The focal point might be a newly digitized manuscript or book, it might be a newly acquired set of garden plans, a newly restored or discovered landscape, or an emerging scholarly or cultural question or debate in garden and landscape history. 

It is expected that the forum would draw on interdisciplinary voices and approaches.  One might, for example, organize a forum around a specific plant that would be analyzed by scholars exploring the multivalent meanings of that plant, including its cultural meanings, representations, medicinal or commercial uses, and deployment in the garden, resulting thereby in a demonstration of plant humanities.  The Forum is intended to encourage scholarly conversation in a format more formal and less ephemeral than the typical academic conference panel, but in a smaller format capable of responding more nimbly to emerging scholarship or questions than a book.

A Forum Convener might wish to take advantage of our newly enhanced virtual meeting capabilities and host a virtual conversation as part of the project.  The Editor would be happy to participate and facilitate. Or, if external funding was acquired (note:  the journal has no funds), the Forum Convener might choose to gather scholars in person to examine the manuscript or landscape under consideration.

It is anticipated that Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes can include 1-2 fora each year.  Additional information about the journal can be found at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tgah20/current

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Submission Instructions

FORMAT:  A “Forum in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes” would consist of:

  • Introductory Essay by Forum Convener
  • 3-5 Essays by scholars drawn from a range of disciplines
  • Analysis/Conclusion by Forum Convener or Commentator
  • Total word count:  20,000-30,000 words

PROPOSALS:  Proposals and preliminary queries should be submitted to Elizabeth Hyde, Editor, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes at [email protected] and should include:

  • Forum Abstract (750-1500 words)
  • List of participants, their affiliation and area of specialization
  • Individual Abstracts (750-1000 words each)
  • Proposed Timeline for Completion