Dear all,

You are invited to join us for this online event organized in cooperation with Alliance Française Hyderabad and the French Institute in India.

L'Empereur's Garden : Herbals and herbaria at cultural crossroads

Abstract: The history of botany as a scientific discipline intersects with those of great cultural exchanges. "Le Jardin de Lorixa", one of the very first European illustrated herbals on South Asian flora, is a witness to this history, which continues to this day through North-South scientific cooperation. Following a screening of the short movie "L'Empereur's Garden" (dir: Mukesh Kumaravel) a discussion will take place between our panel composed of historians of sciences, curators, botanists and archivists.

Panel :

  • Kapil RAJ: Historian, EHESS (Paris).Co-author of 'Relocating Modern Science Circulation and the Construction of Knowledge in South Asia and Europe, 1650–1900", Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
  • Sita REDDY:  Sociologist and Curator based in Hyderabad. Editor : "Weight of a Petal: Ars Botanica", MARG, vol 70, no 2, 2018-9.
  • Samuel BERTHET: Historian, Director of Alliance Francaise Hyderabad.
  • Balachandra N.: Botanist at IFP. In charge of IFP herbarium.
  • Bharat S. : IFP Archivist, moderator

Tuesday, April 19 · 2:00 – 4:00pm
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L'Empereur's Garden