Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning
2009 Conference Program
("Fields of Dreams: Landscapes of Myth and Imagination")
**Please note that this is a draft schedule and is subject to change.**
Thursday, October 1st
Opening Keynote Address by Giles Blunt, "Landscapes: Real and Imagined"
Location and Time: 7:30pm, AS 204
Registration Desk will be across from AS 204 and will open at 6:30
Friday, October 2nd (Rodman Hall)
(click here for directions to Rodman Hall. There will also be a shuttle bus from the conference hotel to Rodman Hall departing at 8:45 am)
8:45-9:15am: Registration and Morning Reception
9:15-9:30am: Opening Remarks by Dr. Rosemary Hale, Dean of Humanities, Brock University
9:30-10:45: 'Other' Land: Representation and Refraction
Chair: Duncan MacDonald (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University)
• Emily Bruusgaard (Queen's University), "A Sky Like Moiré Silk: Imagining the Prairie Landscape Through Textile"
• Leah Knight (Brock University), "Masking in These Trees: Early Modern Arboreal Writing"
• Jakub Zdebik (The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art), "Strata and Sediment Under the Fog: Deleuze Smithson and Kant's Landscapes of Thought"
10:45-11:00: Refreshment Break
11:00-12:15: Landscapes of Ruin and Decay
Chair: Catherine Heard (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University)
• Nadine Brundrett (McMaster University), "Roman Tomb Gardens: Landscapes of Abundance and Corruption"
• Charo Rovira (British Museum), "The Palace of Death: François-René Chateaubriand's Visit to Hadrian's Villa"
• Holt Parker (University of Cincinnati), "Mounds of Venus: The English Erotic Garden"
1:30-2:45: Unconscious Bodies in the Landscape
Chair: David Fancy (Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University)
• Katharine von Stackelberg (Brock University), "Altered States: Sleeping Figures in the Ancient Landscape"
• Anne MacLennan, (York University) "Submerged Women in Popular Culture: Ethereal, Mythical and Sinister"
• Susan Moore (York University), "Dream and Desire: Exploring the Unconscious in Maureen Scott Harris' The Drowned Boy"
2:45-3:00: Refreshment Break
3:00-4:15: Origins, Dreams and Destinations
Chair: Derek Knight (The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, Brock University)
•Kathryn Gleason (Cornell University), "Paradise and Geometries of Ancient Garden Design"
• Melanie Walton (Duquesne University), "Mapping the Myths of Babylon"
• Sharilyn Ingram (Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, Brock University), "Ganna Walska's Dream of Lotusland"
4:15-4:45: Soundwalk (led by Elizabeth Chitty)
Shuttle bus from Rodman Hall to the conference hotel at 5:45pm and 6:15pm
Saturday, October 3rd (Brock University Main Campus)
8:15-8:45: Continental Breakfast (Sankey Chamber)
8:15-8:45: Registration Desk Open (Sankey Chamber)
8:45-10:15: Native/Alien Landscapes (Sankey Chamber)
Chair: Leah Knight (Department of English Language & Literature, Brock University)
• Michael Carter (Brock University) "Hortus in Arena: Natural Settings for the Spectacles of the Roman Amphitheatre"
• Louise Noble (University of New England, Australia), "Wet Dreams: Floating Meadows and Dewponds in a Dry Continent"
• Jill Didur (Concordia University), " Gone Native? Cultural Studies of Colonial Science in Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain"
• Theo Finigan (University of Alberta), "Boundary Lines and Painted Chevrons: Writing and Space in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian"
10:15-10:30: Refreshment Break
10:30 - 12:00: Concurrent Sessions
10:30-12:00: Mythconceptions of Nationhood (Plaza 409)
Chair: John Sainsbury (Department of History, Brock University)
• Rachel Davies (Newnham College, Cambridge), "'The Battle of Bunarbashi': Mapping Homer's Troy"
• Tobias Torgerson (Cornell University), "A Paradoxical Threat: The Landscapes of Veii in the Roman Imagination"
• Johannes Zechner (Freie Universität Berlin), "From Idea to Ideology: Imagined Landscapes of the 'German Forest' from 1800 to 1945"
• Maggie Atkinson (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College), "Visions of 'Blighty': War, Imaginings and Ethereal Spaces
10:30-12:00: Promised Lands: Immanence and Epiphany (Plaza 410)
Chair: Sharilyn Ingram (Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, Brock University)
• Mary Modeen (University of Dundee), "Landscapes of Epiphanies"
• Nicolás Fernández-Medina, (Pennsylvania State University) "God and Self in Antonio Machado's Dream Landscapes"
•Derek Knight (The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, Brock University),"Invoking Nature, Evoking Place: Recent Public Interventions in New York City by Olafur Eliasson, Robert Smithson and Christo and Jeanne-Claude"
• Richard Hunt, (Potomac State College) "Locus Pocus: Notes on Emergent Sacrality in Contemporary Nature Writing"
1:30-3:00: Underworlds (Sankey Chamber)
Chair: Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University)
• Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (Oxford University/Archaeological Institute of America), "Landscapes of Death, Myth and Beyond: Entering the Underworld at Hadrian's Villa"
• Nicola Mann (University of Rochester), "Portal: A Journey Through The Subterranean World of Daniel Roth's Cabrini Green Forest"
• Erin Despard (Concordia University), "Unruly Plants in the Urban Landscape: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Other Botanical Horror Stories"
3:00-3:15: Refreshment Break
3:15-4:45: Green Worlds, Ideal Worlds? (Sankey Chamber)
Chair: Adam Dickinson (Department of English Language & Literature)
• Cory Lavender (University of Guelph), "Toward a Phenomenology of the Field-Forest Frontier: William Gilmore Simms' The Yemassee"
• Jonathan Allan (University of Toronto), "Re-Reading Frye's Green World: The Romantic Imagination, Ecocriticism, and Utopia's Future"
• Kristina Huneault (Concordia University), "Difference and Repetition: Gendered Identity and Botanical Drawing"
• Janine MacLeod, (York University) "Searching for the Water of Life in Contaminated Spaces"
6:30-9:30: Closing Dinner and Keynote Address by Marjorie Harris (Alphie's)