Conference: Gardens: History, Reception, and Scientific Analyses

23-24 February 2019

Integrated Research Bldg. for Humanities and Social Sciences, 7th Floor, Nagoya University (Higashiyama Campus), Nagoya, Japan

Registration Deadline:  16 February 2019 (Registration form on website)


23rd February 2019

9:00 Registration

9:30-9:45 Opening remark

9:45-10:15 Excavation and Restoration of Japanese Gardens built in the 8th Century. Kenkichi Ono (Wakayama)

10:25-10:55 The Pavilion of Kinkakuji in the History of Japanese Gardens. Shigeo Kawamoto (Kindai)


11:25-11:55 Historical Philology for the Understanding of Historical Gardens: Niwa, its Significance in Mythology, Poetry and Literature of the Ancient Times. Nicolas Fiévé (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)

12:05-12:35 Garden practice in temple estates of Suzhou in the Yuan dynasty, 13-14th Century. Pania Yanjie Mu (Hong Kong)


13:35-14:05 Garden and the Naissance of Archaic Greek Sanctuaries. Yoshiyuki Suto (Nagoya)

14:15-14:45 Planting for Power: Gardens, Horticulture, and Elite Identity in Ancient Rome. Annalisa Marzano (Reading)


15:15-15:45 Opus Topiarium and the Emergence of Formal Gardens. Yukiko Kawamoto (Nagoya)

15:55-16:25 The Forensics of Elegant Places: Excavating the Strolling Garden at the Villa Arianna, Stabiae. Kathryn Gleason (Cornell)


17:00-18:00 Keynote Lecture. Roman Garden-design: the Problem of the Programme. Nicholas Purcell (Oxford)

24th February 2019

9:30-9:45 Registration

9:45-10:15 The Concept of the Gardens in Filarete’s Treatise of Architecture. Junichiro Higaya (Tohoku)

10:25-10:55 The Renaissance Roof Garden. Fabian Jonietz (KHI-Florenz, Max Planck)


11:25-11:55 A Geometric Receptacle of Knowledge: Information Management in Padua’s Botanical Garden (1545). Koji Kuwakino (Osaka)

12:05-12:35 ‘This practice […] is descended on the Italians, whose Gardens are the Mirrors of the World […]’: Exploring the Relationships between Early Modern Gardens and Art Galleries. Stephanie Bowry (Leicester)


13:35-14:05 From a Mughal Bagh to a Colonial Archaeological Garden and everything else in between: Unravelling the layers of Badshah Shahjahan’s Hayat Baksh Bagh in the Mughal Qila at Delhi. Jyoti Pandey Sharma (Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram).

14:15-14:45 Historic Gardens and Climate Change. Conclusions and Perspectives. Heiner Krellig (Berlin/Venice)


15:15-15:45 C14 Analysis of Historical Sources: Texts and Palimpsest. Hirotaka Oda (Nagoya)

15:55-16:25 Scanzione a Somma: Examining Subterranean Structures without Excavating. Kunihiro Morishima (Nagoya)


16:55—17:45 Final Discussion

There may be a small fee for handouts and tea/coffee (approx. 500-1000 yen). Lunches will not be provided. Papers will be given in English and the following discussions can be in English or other languages (Japanese, Italian, German, and French).

Organisers: Mika Hirano, Yoshiyuki Suto, and Yukiko Kawamoto.