Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium: "Landscape, Sport, Environment: The Spaces of Sport from the Early Modern Period to Today," May 3–4, 2019



As a form of play, sports are deeply embedded in human nature and culture. Throughout history, organized sports and sport-like activities have had considerable impact on how we design and understand landscapes. Correspondingly, designed and pre-modern “natural” landscapes have contributed to the formation and development of new sports and cultures of movement and the body. With the increasing commodification of these activities, new types of landscapes continue to be created across the globe, invariably transforming our living environment in the process. Indeed, the physical environment and its built form have been key to sports activities.

The symposium seeks to explore this new ground in landscape history and landscape studies by gathering together presentations by scholars who will address the intersections of landscape, body, and movement cultures in the period ranging from early modern times to today.


  • When

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 - Saturday, May 4, 2019
    8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
    1703 32nd Street, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20007

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