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Vauxhall Revisited: Pleasure Gardens and their Publics, 1660-1880
A Three-Day Interdisciplinary Conference, accompanied by a Concert

Tate Britain and the Museum of Garden History, London, July 14-16, 2008

Sponsored by
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and
The Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research

Call for Papers

Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2008
Convenor: Dr Jonathan Conlin (University of Southampton)

Pleasure gardens have been linked to a nascent public sphere, an urban
renaissance and the commodification of culture in Georgian Britain.
Verifying such claims, however, requires knowledge of pleasure gardens
outside London, and a willingness to engage musicologists, art historians,
historians, literary scholars and cultural geographers. This conference
will do exactly that, providing an opportunity to compare different
approaches, bringing new perspectives to bear on familiar sites of
Georgian London. It will also showcase a wide range of research into
hitherto neglected regional and foreign pleasure gardens and the
reinvention of the pleasure garden in the Victorian period. Panels on
musical and theatrical aspects and a performance of pleasure garden music
at the Museum of Garden History will add another dimension to this very
special event. Speakers include Peter Borsay, John Brewer, Rachel Cowgill,
John Dixon Hunt, Deborah Epstein Nord and Aileen Ribeiro.

Conference webpage:

Proposals (200 words) for papers are solicited from scholars from the
fields of history, music, dance, English literature, art and architectural
history and cultural geography. Papers on non-British pleasure gardens are
particularly welcome.

For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Conlin, School of
Humanities (History), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton
SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom. Email:
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