Harmen Jansz Muller, Flora, 1598-1602 (copy of Abraham Bloemaert)
© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Twee foto's van vrouwen die de kamerplanten verzorgen. Uit tijdschriften Het Landhuis (links) en de Margriet (rechts), 1938-1939.
Design History Society: Making and unmaking the environment
Deelname internationale conferentie en presentatie paper
Van 7 tot 9 september 2017 vond de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Design History Society plaats aan de universiteit van Oslo. De titel van deze internationale en hoogwaardige conferentie was 'Making and unmaking the environment'. Op de website van de DHS wordt dit onderwerp als volgt toegelicht:
"In the age of the anthropocene, we can no longer talk about design (and) culture without also talking about design (and) nature. The conference theme is intended to stimulate new directions in design historical discourses that take seriously design's complex interrelations with nature and the environment. Not only does design feature prominently in the making and unmaking of the environment, but studying the history of these processes will also help reveal how the idea of the environment itself has been articulated over time. Engaging with issues of environmental controversies and sustainable development can move design history beyond its conventional societal significance, and may thus enable more resilient futures."
Hier presenteerde ik mijn paper met de titel 'Houseplants and femininity inside the Dutch home', die ik in de nabije toekomst nog wil uitwerken tot een mogelijke publicatie.
Op de conferentieblog van de Design History Society werd de presentatie kort samengevat:
"Ilja Meijer from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam delivered a paper entitled 'Houseplants and Femininity in the Dutch Home', which explored how flowers as furniture affected the female role. Before the sixteenth-century, plants were rarely found in the Dutch home, as houses were not suited to their growth, but from the eighteenth-century, they were placed in 'female' domestic spaces, such as the salon and the bedroom. There was, however, a clear distinction between the way women interacted with flowers and the way men did. Men's growing interest in botany from 1880 was related to plants' medicinal effects, and house plants were rationalised by men, motivated by scientific engagements with nature. This shift made space for new structures in the home with the rising popularity of the conservatory and greenhouses."