Engendering Gardens

AY 2012-2013 Events


"Engendering Landscape & Landscaping Gender"

The 6th IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference
April 13-14, 2013
Greiner Hall, Ground Level, UB North Campus
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Buffalo Gardens Symposium

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Download the Symposium program here.


Gender Week 2012

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Related Events

Thursday, November 8th, 10 a.m. Cultures & Texts (C&T) UB2020 Strategic Strength Fall Faculty Workshop on Environmental Studies 509 O'Brian Hall: The Baldy Conference Center. Flyer

See also the workshop schedules of the:

Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop


More About the Theme

EGlogoEngender: to bring into existence, create, procreate, propagate, originate, generate

Urban agriculture, community gardens, public parks;
Garden chemistry and land reclamation;
Fertility, fecundity, nature, food;
Food systems, food policy, botany,
international development, locavore movement;
Literary gardens;
Mythic gardens;
Gardens and modernity, capitalism, world trade, colonialism, globalization, travel, war;
Ethics, aesthetics, and philosophies of gardening;
Human bodies as gardens: creativity, sexuality, sensuality (the five senses);
Gardens, seasons, life cycles: waste, mortality, sustainability;
Imagining our mothers’ (and fathers’) gardens: ancestry, heritage, generations;
Indigenous gardens, immigrant gardens, refugee gardens
Music and sounds of gardening;
Gardens as sites of refuge, sanctuary, and repose amidst turbulence.
"Home," Leslie Fry

Representative research questions:

How do we generate and sustain cultures of earthly care (caring, care-taking, compassion, responsibility, community)? 
How can we cultivate healthy policies and practices in relation to agriculture, urban planning, public space, and food systems? 
How can we help to democratize access to food and water locally and globally?
If we think of life in terms of gardens, how might we think freshly about “waste” (excess, decay, garbage, pollution, “wasted time,” mortality, recycling)?
What are the relationships between gardens, time, and stories?
In other words, what are the relationships between material landscapes (plots of land, cityscapes), the temporal plots of life and death, and the plots of stories (the narrative trajectories of literature, religion, politics, economics, and law)?
If we imagine the erotic as the engine of creativity as well as procreation, how can we, though research, education, community engagement, and public policy, cultivate understanding, empowerment, health, and freedom in relation to human bodies and sexualities?
What do gardens have to do with education in general and with the landscape of UB in particular?

Engendering Gardens Planning Committee:

Kari Winter (Chair), American Studies & Gender Institute
Despina Stratigakos, Architecture & Gender Institute
Lynda Schneekloth, Architecture
Samina Raja, Urban and Regional Planning
Sara Metcalf, Geography
Carine Mardorossian, English
Laura Mangan, Civic Engagement
Stacy Hubbard, English
Joe Gardella, Chemistry
Cristina Delgado, Urban and Regional Planning
Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa Api, American Studies

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