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Conference | A Manorial World

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 24, 2017

Gammel Estrup Manor, a Renaissance manor house 12 miles east of Randers in Jutland, Denmark.

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From the conference programme:

A Manorial World
Gammel Estrup Manor (near Randers, Denmark), 21–23 September 2017

Registration due by 1 September 2017

Manors and country houses were for centuries a fundamental characteristic of European societies. Notwithstanding national and regional differences across Europe, manors and country houses were in most countries an economic, administrative, and political cornerstone in society. Historical processes towards democratization have pushed the manors and country houses towards the periphery, but still manors and country houses occupy an important position in society, not least in the public memory and the heritage sector. They continue to capture the imagination of tourists and visitors, as well as the scholarly interest from researchers from a wide range of academic fields such as history, architecture, archaeology, art history, anthropology, geography, and heritage studies.

The conference will examine transnational similarities and differences in the historic role, the management and the functions of manors and country houses, as well as the present-day influence and use of estate landscapes. Not just the grand estates but all manors and country houses, large and small, have had a notable influence, and they still play an important role in the physical outline as well as the identity of place in contemporary European rural communities.

The conference will bring together curators and academics with an ambition to expand and nuance the notion of manors and country houses as European cultural heritage. In order to encourage the interdisciplinary discussion among participants, the conference does not schedule parallel sessions—all presentations will be addressed to the assembled conference audience.

The programme includes two conference days and one excursion day with visits to outstanding country houses in Jutland. The conference is held 21–23 September at Gammel Estrup – The Manor Museum, Denmark and it is organized by the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies at Gammel Estrup. The conference fee is 195€; the fee includes two conference days and an excursion day, catering during the conference, and a conference dinner on Thursday. The closing date for registration is 1 September 2017. To register, please send an e-mail to mf@gammelestrup.dk. More information about the programme, excursion, and how to register is available here.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  2 1  S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 7

8.15  Bus from Randers to Gammel Estrup

8.45  Coffee and registration

9.15  Welcome (Mette Bock, Danish Minister of Culture), Else Søjmark (Chair for Culture Municipality of Norddjurs), and Britta Andersen (Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum)

10.00  Keynote
• Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen (Museum Sønderjylland, DK), The Creation of a Manorial Landscape in Schleswig

11.00  Dutch Landscapes and Country Houses
Chair: Yme Kuiper (University of Groningen, NL)
• Yme Kuiper (NL), The Invention of the Dutch Landscape in the Golden Age?
• Gerrit van Oosterom (NL), The Danish Connection: How Dutch-Danish Oxen Trade Influenced the Development of the Manorial Landscape South of Amsterdam
• Lenneke Berkhout (NL), Joseph Dinant: Fontanier-grottier to the Prince of Orange, Successful Client, and Transnational Broker
• Martin van den Broeke (NL), Trying a New Research Model: Country House Culture on the Island of Walcheren

12.20  Lunch

13.30 Keynote
• Arne Bugge Amundsen (University of Oslo, N), Manorial Landscape of Norway

14.30  The House and the Family
Chair: Mikkel Venborg Pedersen (The National Museum of Denmark, DK)
• Stefanie Schuldt (D), Christina Piper’s Manorial World in Skåne
• Kristine Dyrmann (DK), The Social World of Funens Country Houses: The Pocket Books of Sybille Reventlow, Countess at Brahetrolleborg, 1779–1787
• Jon Stobart (UK), Ancient and Modern, English Country House, ca. 1700–1830
• Tora Holmberg (S), Choosing a Manor Dwelling? Class, Gender, and Housing Choices in Contemporary Sweden

16.15  Bus from Gammel Estrup to Hotel Randers

18.15  Bus from Hotel Randers to Clausholm

19.00  Conference dinner at Clausholm

F R I D A Y ,  2 2  S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 7

8.15  Bus from Randers to Gammel Estrup

9.00  Keynote
• Heike Düselder (Museum Lüneburg, D), Heritage Management, Museums, and Manors

10.00  Gardens and Landscapes
Chair: Jonathan Finch (University of York, UK)
• Ismo Häkkinen (SF), Kultaranta: Three Lives of a Garden
• Lars Jacob Hvinden-Haug/Aina Aske (N), Reconstructing Historical Gardens: Negotiations and Debates, the Larvik Case
• Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn/Lei Gao (N), New Knowledge about the Manorial Austrått Landscape in Ørland, Norway

11.00  Coffee

11.30  Sustainability in the Country House Landscape
Chair: TBC
• Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip (NL), The Regional Country House Landscape
• Els van der Laan (NL), Gardens and the Green Heritage Landscape
• Rodrigo Dias (P), The Tagus Estuary Quintas: Lisbon Estate Landscape

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Managing the Manorial Landscape
Chair: Paul Zalewski (Europa-Universität Viadrina, D)
• Elyze Storm-Smeets (NL), Heritage Lost and Found
• Garry Keyes (DK), To Be or Not to Be a Manor House?
• Willemieke Ottens (NL), Who Is Better in Landscape Management? Private Owners vs. Heritage Organisations?
• Janneke van Dijk (NL), Private Heritage and Public Functions

15.00  Keynote
• Fred Vogelzang (Kenniscentrum voor kasteel en buitenplats, NL), New Functions for Castles and County Houses: The Fall and Rise of Heritage?

15.00  Coffee

16.15  Discussion

16.45  Guided tour at Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum

18.15  Bus from Gammel Estrup to Randers

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8.15  Bus leaves Randers

8.45  Visit to Rosenholm (tbc)

10.30  Guided tour and lunch at Bidstrup

13.00  Arrival at Randers railway station

14.00  Arrival at Aarhus airport

15.10  SAS flight to Copenhagen

Details are subject to change.

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In October 2015 the European Network for Country House and Estate Research (ENCOUNTER) was founded at Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum, Denmark, by a group of European researchers, curators, professionals in the heritage sector and others with an academic interest in the field.

The aim of the network is to form European partnerships between scholars and cultural institutions who share a professional interest in research and interpretation of manor and country house history. It aims to explore and highlight regional variations and notable similarities in the history of castles and manors across Europe from 1500 to the present and will discuss how estates and estate landscapes are preserved and interpreted as cultural heritage today.

Members of the network wish to cross traditional boundaries between history, archaeology, art history, architecture and heritage management and to further international transdisciplinary partnerships between researchers and professionals in universities and museums.

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Call for Paperes | Zwinger and Schloss

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 24, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Zwinger & Schloss: Augustus the Strong’s Dresden Residence in a European Context, 1694–1733
Dresden, 9–11 November 2017

Proposals due by 28 July 2017

Organized by Henrik Karge, Peter Heinrich Jahn, and Juliane Beier

The Saxon elector Frederick Augustus I, King of Poland from 1699 and better known as Augustus the Strong, invested considerable effort in modernizing his palatial buildings in the center of Dresden. The so-called Dresden Zwinger—a sumptuous, architecturally enclosed showground—and the Taschenbergpalais—residence of his mistress, the Countess of Cosel—still bear witness to this grand-scale, though ultimately unfinished, project. In Dresden’s archives, numerous valuable plans and sketches provide evidence of the project’s complex planning process, and this material is currently being catalogued and examined as part of a research project at the TU Dresden. An international conference is planned to present the results of this project and to take a look at the wider historical and art-historical context of the Dresden palace plans. At the same time, the conference will continue an exploration begun at a Dresden symposium in 2015 dealing with the planning of the Japanisches Palais, the last of Augustus the Strong’s palatial projects in Dresden. As a cooperation partner, the Rudolstadt Working Group for Residential Culture is offering its interdisciplinary expertise in support of the conference.

Following his ascent to the Polish throne, Augustus the Strong felt that his original residence in Dresden should architecturally reflect his new status. The majority of his extensive plans never progressed past the planning stage, however, including the renovation of the palace, which was supposed to form an architectural ensemble, together with the Zwinger. The planning process could be characterized as a dialog between the royal client, with his passionate interest in architecture, and the Dresden court’s master builder, Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann (1662–1736). Of course, other voices made themselves heard as well, including leading members of the principality’s civil building authority as well as court officials and policy makers. The project encompassed elaborate facades, triumphal gateways, the arrangement of ceremonial and private apartments for the sovereign and his court, event and museum spaces for official use such as dining and gaming rooms, theaters, a palm gaming hall, an animal hunting arena, and a riding school with royal stables and showground. It foresaw, as well, the construction of a palace garden including an orangery which, following a series of concept changes, evolved into the Zwinger court. The orientation of the palace construction efforts apparently oscillated between a regional, traditional conservatism and a European-international focus.

Research on the Dresden palace plans is part of the art history project Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann (1662–1736): Plans for the Electoral Palace and the Zwinger in Dresden—Planning and Building in the ‘modus Romanus’, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for Scholarship and carried out at the Institute for Art and Music at the TU Dresden. Analyses of the project’s results are to be based on a variety of topics and methods, including planning and construction chronologies, geneses of type and motif, culture transfer, palace research, architectural semantics as well as questions pertaining to medium and performance in representational architecture. Taking the Dresden palace plans as a case study, historians, art historians, and cultural studies scholars are invited to participate in the discussion from other perspectives and contexts. In addition to fundamental questions concerning the possibilities of baroque representation in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture as well as questions related to medium, other disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Political history, historical sociology, cultural transfer, palace culture, court ceremony, music, and theater are valuable fields of inquiry in this context.

Preferred Topics
• The Dresden residence (history of its concept, construction, and furnishings; architectural and interior design iconography; functional, ceremonial, and sociological aspects)
• Architectural typology of palaces and palace construction, ca. 1700 (in the Holy Roman Empire, within the Saxon-Polish union, in Europe)
• Relationship between Saxony and Prussia (neighbors and/or competitors)
• Court planning and construction organization
• Adaptation methods and means of model-based design
• Questions of medium and performance in palace architecture
• Courtly spatial planning and spatial manifestations of authority
• Cultural transfer

The conference begins on Thursday midday and continues until midday on Saturday. Those interested are invited to present a talk at the conference. Presentations are limited to 30 minutes. Please e-mail an abstract (max. 400 words) and brief CV summarizing important publications related to the conference topic by July 28, 2017. Invitations will be sent in mid-August. Submit abstract to juliane.beier@mailbox.tu-dresden.de.

Organized by the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft in cooperation with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Rudolstädter Arbeitskreis zur Residenzkultur e.V. Financed by the foundation Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung.