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The countryhouse and the city

The conference

Castles and country houses are generally portrayed as quintessentially rural; their intimate relationship with towns and cities is often overlooked. This symposium will pay attention to the many ways in which castles and country houses are intrinsically linked with cities and city life. The relationship between the country house and the city is evident in the seasonal changes of life in cities and country houses, in the flow of people and objects travelling between the city home and the country houses, in agricultural goods transported from the country estates to the city, in early modern nobles and regents emulating archaic ideals about country life, and in country houses turned into city parks. The Netherlands as an early centre of urbanism will serve as one, but not the only, case study.


09:30 - 10:00 Doors open, coffee / tea

10:00 - 10:05 Welcome by Heidi van Limburg Stirum, director Dutch Castle Foundation

Session I: Chaired by Yme Kuiper 10:05 - 11:05 Key-note: Erik de Jong & Antonia Weiß The city a garden, the garden a city: shifting perspectives on city and countryside 11:05 - 11:25 Gerrit van Oosterom Love goes both ways: the Dutch country house as postillion d’amour between city and countryside 11:25 - 11:45 Lenneke Berkhout Harvesting crops, gifts and prestige: what gardeners’ instructions tell us about the importance of the kitchen garden 11:45 - 12:05 Discussion 12:05-13:30 Lunch with an optional guided tour of the Luther Museum Session II: Chaired by Hanneke Ronnes 13:30 - 13:50 Göran Ulväng The necessity of going to town: production and consumption in a late 18th century Swedish noble household 14:10 - 14:30 Fred Vogelzang Urban elites, castles and country houses in the 16th and 17th century in the Netherlands 14:30 - 14:50 Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip Urban aspect of living in the country: about the relationship between Dutch country houses and suburban villas and the city in the 17th century 14:50 - 15:10 Discussion 15:10 - 15:40 Tea Session III: Chaired by Jonathan Finch 15:40 - 16:00 Tadhg O’Keeffe String-courses and curved gables: renaissance exteriority and the birth of the 'country house' in early modern Ireland 16:00 - 16:20 Aina Aske The rural-urban connection in Larvik, Norway, centered around Larvik Manor 16:20 - 16:40 Dries Raeymaekers At Home with the Habsburgs: the former palace of Brussels in the early modern period 16:40 - 17:00 Discussion 17:00 Drinks


Regular € 65,- , benefactors Dutch Castle Foundation € 60,-, students € 37,50 (lunch, drinks & guided tour of Luther Museum included). All presentations will be held in English.

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