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New approaches in Chinese garden history

In honour of Dr Alison Hardie's retirement

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Published on Tuesday, April 07, 2015


A conference exploring new developments in Chinese garden history, created in honour of Dr Alison Hardie's retirement.



The aims of the conference are to celebrate Dr. Alison Hardie’s (University of Leeds) career upon her retirement this Summer 2015 and consequently to explore diverse innovative approaches to Chinese gardens studies. The papers will be delivered by both internationally known scholars, and PhD candidates in Landscape who worked closely with Dr. Hardie.

It 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.

It is organised by the University of Sheffield's Landscape Department and the Confucius Institute in Sheffield.

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’

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’


  • Floor 13, Arts Tower - University of Sheffield, Western Bank
    Sheffield, Britain (S10 2TN)


  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Friday, June 19, 2015


  • jardin, chinois, paysage, garden, chinese, landscape


  • Josepha Richard
    courriel : j [dot] richard [at] sheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Information source

  • Josepha Richard
    courriel : j [dot] richard [at] sheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk


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