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VMs: Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, 6th-8th May 2004

Hi everyone,

Here's a nice looking conference (just posted up on PharmWeb) in Washington, with the first two days devoted to the history of botany and horticulture. The first listed author is an expert on Arabic and Persian agricultural manuals, and discusses the rose as synaesthesia: the second discusses Ottoman gardens and their relation to Byzantine gardens, etc. Interesting stuff! :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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"Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations, and Cultural Changes":
Smithsonian Botanical Symposium 2004, in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks and the United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC, May 6-8, 2004.

In order to analyze the potential impact on the fields of botany and horticulture of modern changes in scientific and cultural practices, presentations at this symposium will offer broad perspectives, relating large botanical and horticultural changes to the cultural, social, economic, and political context throughout history. The contributions of botanical and horticultural changes to very different domains of culture and social practice, such as medicine, religious practices, eating habits, taste for exoticism, production and use of perfumes, conspicuous consumption, and social distinction, will also be examined.

Attendees will be able to register for the Dumbarton Oaks sessions (May 6 and 7), the Smithsonian session (May 8), or both.

To get more infos about the symposium and to register, please visit:


Best regards,

Alain Touwaide

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