CGL Visiting Scholars

CGL Visiting Scholars Program

During the winter semester 2009/10, the CGL initiated the CGL-Visiting-Scholars-programme. Visiting Scholars are being invited to Hannover for research on the history of garden culture and modern landscape architecture in collaboration with the CGL. These studies should be linked to the research activities of the CGL.

Major goals of the programme are the development of research grant applications and research on joint projects. Visiting Scholars should engage in discussions with doctoral students at the CGL on their theses (if applicable) and stimulate teaching at the Leibniz Universität Hannover through lectures and participation in courses at one or several of the faculties involved in the CGL.

  • CGL Visiting Scholars 2014

    The landscape architect Kamel Louafi was a regular guest at the CGL during the winter semester 2013/14. As guest lecturer he contributed significantly to the master project "Garten der Villa Seligmann" ("Garden of the Villa Seligmann") in Hannover, today the Europäische Zentrum für Jüdische Museum / European Centre for Jewish Music. In addition, potential further collaboration with the CGL was discussed.

  • CGL Visiting Scholars 2013

    Prof. Dr. James Hitchmough

    Prof. Dr. James Hitchmough of the University of Sheffield, England, was guest at the CGL from June 3 - 5, 2013. On June 4, 2013, he gave the public talk "Current challenges in urban planting design. A review of the research and practice of the "Sheffield School". He also spoke on "Elysium in the East End; Planting the London Olympic Park" in a seminar of Prof. Dr. Sigrid Thielking of  the Deutsches Seminar, Leibniz Universität Hannover. As a result of his stay in Hannover, he participated in the symposium "Hanover and England – a garden and personal union?" in february 2014, where he held the evening lecture on "Landscape Architecture in early C21st Britain; issues and challenges".

    Prof. Dr. John Dixon Hunt

    Prof. Dr. John Dixon Hunt, Professor emeritus of the History and Theory of Landscape in the Department of Landscape Architecture of  the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, was CGL-Visiting Scholar from June 23 to 30, 2013. Amongst others, he lectured publicly on June 25 on "The Venetian Garden. Past, Present and Future" as part of the lecture series „dienstags um 6“ of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Leibniz University Hanover and opened the symposium "1963-2013. 50 Years of the Historical Gardens Working Group in the DGGL" on 27 June with the public lecture "What is it about gardens that you want to conserve".

    Prof. Dr. Jan Ziolkowski

    Prof. Dr. Jan Ziolkowski, Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin & Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University Department of the Classics, was guest at the CGL from February 21 to 23, 2013. He participated in the Roundtable "Research Perspectives / Research Cooperations" of the CGL on February 22, 2013 and lectured on "Reading Oak Leaves: The Future of Garden Studies".

  • CGL Visiting Scholars 2012

    In September 2012, Prof. Dr. Michael Leslie, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (USA) was Visiting-Scholar at the CGL. In the context of the international symposium "Gardening and Knowledge. Landscape Design and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period", hosted by the CGL in collaboration with the International Center for Science and Technology (IZWT) of the Bergischen Universität Wuppertal (September 17 -19) in Hannover, he gave the public evening talk "The Uneasy Paradise: Why couldn't John Evelyn Complete the Elysium Britannicum?".

  • CGL Visiting Scholars 2011

    Prof. Dr. Karsten Jørgensen

    Prof. Dr. Karsten Jørgensen, University of Life Sciences, Ǻs, was CGL-Visiting-Scholar in April and May 2011. He was one of the speakers at the workshop „Environmental Policy and Landscape Architecture“, hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in collaboration with the CGL in March 2011.One goal of the workshop was the development of joint research projects. During his stay in Hannover, Prof. Jørgensen worked on the preparation of a grant application with the CGL on questions of landscape architecture and the protection of the environment. The thematic focus should be a comparative analysis of the attitude towards so-called "exotic" plants in countries like Norway, Germany and Israel.

    Furthermore, Karsten Jørgensen lectured in the seminar "Aktuelle Forschungsfragen der Gartendenkmalpflege" ("Current research questions in historical garden preservatio") of the master program Landscape Architecture on June 1, 2011. The talk was entitled: "How to publish a peer-reviewed research paper from integrative landscape research".

    Prof. Dr. Ruth Enis

    In September 2011, Prof. Dr. Ruth Enis of the Technion, Haifa, Israel, was visiting scholar at the CGL. Joint research topics were considered as well as a conference project on the gardens of the youth villages in Israel. Furthermore, she discussed a research project with the CGL on the importance and the impact of the Jewish Horticultural School Ahlem (Israelitische Gartenbauschule Ahlem) in Hannover on horticulture and landscape architecture in Israel and other countries like the USA.  


    Prof. Dr. LING Ji-yao, Prof. Dr. LIU Dao-guang, Prof. Dr. TAO Si-yan, Dr. ZHENG De-dong, Prof. Dr. ZHOU Wu-zhong

    On December 9, 2011, five scientists from the School of Art of the Southeast University Nanjing (SEU), China, were guests at the CGL. After a one-day-visit at the Bücherei des Deutschen Gartenbaus (German Horticultural Library) in Berlin they participated in an interdiscilinary exchange with scientists of the Leibniz Universität in Hannover and the CGL advisory board members Prof. Dr. Bianca Maria Rinaldi of the Unversità di Camerino, Italy and Prof. Dr. Gert Gröning of Universität der Künste Berlin. The Chinese scholars presented their own research topics, and in a subsequent detailed roundtable discussion the possiblities for future collaboration between the CGL and the Southeast University were evaluated.

    The Chinese Visiting Scholars spoke on the following topics:

    • Prof. Dr. LING JI-yao: A general summary for the aesthetics of Chinese garden
    • Prof. Dr LIU Dao-guang: The Enlightenment on contemporary Chinese landscape and architecture from Bauhaus
    • Prof. Dr. TAO Si-yan: Folk view in landscape architecture of China
    • Dr. ZHENG De-dong: The meaningful sculpture elements in Chinese classical garden, set BiXi as example
    • Prof. Dr. ZHOU Wu-zhong: Western garden in Chinese eyes
  • CGL Visiting Scholars 2010

    Prof. Dr. Gert Gröning

    Prof. Dr. Gert Gröning of the Universität der Künste Berlin was CGL-Visiting-Scholar in December 2009 and January 2010 to prepare a joint book project with the CGL on gardens and garden design in the 20th century and for discussions with CGL doctoral fellows on their theses. 

    Furthermore, he contributed to the seminar "Zur Gestaltung von Haus- und Villengärten im frühen 20. Jahrhundert“ ("On the design of house and villa gardens in the early 20th century") of the master program Landscape Architecture. In the context of the seminar he led a field trip to the Bücherei des Deutschen Gartenbaus (German Horticultural Library) in Berlin-Charlottenburg as well as to the gardens in the residential area Onkel-Toms-Hütte in Berlin-Zehlendorf.

    He gave two lectures at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, one on „Der ‚kommende Garten‘. Anmerkungen zu einer europäischen Diskussion um die Gartenkultur im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts“ (The 'coming garden'. Remarks on a European discussion on garden culture in the first third of the 20th century"), and the other one on „Die Alster in Roggendorf, Leberecht Migge und der Park von Haase – Eine Betrachtung aus 100-jähriger Distanz“ ("The Alster in Roggendorf, Leberecht Migge and the park of Haase – a reflection from a one-hundred-year distance"). 

    On February 24, 2010, he organised a workshop in Berlin for the preparation of an interdisciplinary CGL-conference on "Garden culture in Russia"

    Much attention was given to a public lecture by Professor Gröning on November 15, 2010; a result of his stay as CGL-Visiting-Scholar. He lectured in the Leibnizhaus, the guest house Gästehaus of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, on "Irma Franzen-Heinrichsdorff (1892-1983). Der ungewöhnliche Lebensweg der ersten Absolventin auf dem Gebiet der Gartenarchitektur an der Lehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Gartenbau in Berlin-Dahlem" ("Irma Franzen Heinrichsdorff (1892-1983). The unusual path of life of the first female graduate in the area of landscape gardening at the Lehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Gartenbau in Berlin Dahlem”). Gert Gröning significantly extended this lecture and added a so far unpublished plan and sketch collection and it was published as volume 22 of the CGL-Studies series in 2014, edited by Stefanie Hennecke and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn under the title "Von Dangast nach Colorado Springs: Irma Franzen Heinrichsdorff 1892-1983. Leben und Werk der ersten Absolventin eines Gartenarchitekturstudiums" ("From Dangast to Colorado Springs: Irma Franzen Heinrichsdorff 1892-1983. Life and work of the first female graduate of a landscape gardening degree”).

    Prof. Dr. Gabriel Motzkin

    Prof. Dr. Gabriel Motzkin, Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, was guest at the CGL from January 27 to 29, 2010. His stay mainly served the preparation of the workshop „Environmental Policy and Landscape Architecture“, which was jointly planned with the CGL and hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on March 23 - 24, 2011 in Jerusalem. On January 28, 2010 Prof. Motzkin lectured publicly on „Being afraid of the environment" in the Künstlerhaus/Stiftung Niedersachsen.