Postdoctoral Fellow, October 2018 to July 2019
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Project: Reinventing the Theatrum Botanicum: The New Display of Nature in Contemporary Botanical Gardens
Jung-Hwa Kim is a Visiting Researcher at the Environmental Planning Institute of Seoul National University. Before launching her academic career, Kim worked as a landscape architect in several design firms in Seoul. She holds a PhD in Engineering and has received MLA and BS in Agriculture from the Seoul National University. She has previously served as a lecturer at the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program of Gachon University in South Korea in 2015 and 2017 and a short-term fellow at the International Centre for Jefferson Studies in America. Her scholarly interest focuses on the nineteenth- and the twentieth-century landscape history and global contemporary landscape architecture. Her work explores the global transfer of ideas, the role of politics, technology, and plants in the field.
At IASH her research project aims to explore a phenomenon in contemporary landscape architecture, the reinvention of botanical gardens, by placing it in a longer lineage to show botanical gardens as the theatre of plants, an emblem of the human relationship with nature. She will review recent master-plan projects of botanical gardens in the UK such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.