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Virtual Talk: Parcs et Jardins de Paris au XIXe siècle by Dr Geoff Hare

Wednesday 7 October 2020 16:15-17:30

The French Institute in Scotland is proud to be partnering with the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh branch) for a first virtual event with Dr Geoff Hare.

VIRTUAL TALK: Les Parcs et Jardins de Paris au XIXe siècle: conception et identités
By Geoff Hare
Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 4:15pm
In French

(Members of the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh branch) will automatically receive the link for the talk on the day of the event.)

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The Second Empire (1852-70), in France, was a period of rapid urban growth, immense socio-economic and political change, and also material changes in cities, especially in Paris. Leaving aside the construction and reconstruction of buildings and avenues, or of sewerage and water supply systems, this talk emphasizes the multiplication of green spaces in the capital and the improvement of Parisian habitat by the development of large new parks, small squares and gardens and by how these public spaces were experienced and used. The free access to these green spaces given to all its inhabitants was essential to the city’s sustainability.

The work entrusted by the Emperor Napoleon III to the engineer Jean-Charles Alphand and his Service des Promenades et Plantations transformed Paris’s pre-existing large parks (the posh Bois de Boulogne and the working people’s Bois de Vincennes). The twenty-four new garden-squares built in the capital, including eleven in the new working class districts, provided a total of 150,000 square metres of green space, described by Alphand as "sitting rooms full of greenery and flowers", “des salons verts et fleuris”. The talk will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides.

Dr Geoff Hare is a retired academic living in Edinburgh. He worked in Aberdeen University and, mainly, Newcastle University French Departments. His academic interests covered modern French society and popular culture, including French media, sport and leisure. He has published, with Hugh Dauncey, France and the 1998 World Cup: The National Impact of a World Sporting Event (Cass), The Tour de France, 1903-2003: A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values (Routledge) and, as sole author, Football in France: A Cultural History (Berg). His approach is to use the study of sport and leisure through its historical development as a window on wider society and culture.

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