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Hunting and the Country House, Interdisciplinary Online Research Seminar


Ludolph de Jongh: Hunting party in the Courtyard of a Country House, ca. 1665-1670.

Hunting is an activity intimately connected to life in country houses across Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is also closely related to noble lifestyles over the centuries. Yet, the continuous existence of this activity might easily lead us to overlook the many meanings, changes and transformations that occurred as well as the different people that participated in hunting or whose livelihoods were implicated in it.

The research seminar will shed new light on hunting and the country house from four different angles: Marcus Koehler (Dresden) studies hunting lodges from an architectural perspective and in the very long run. Abigail Green (Oxford) and Tom Stammers (Durham) take a close look at Jewish country house owners and their hunting habits. Daniel Menning (Tübingen) investigates economic logics at play when it came to killing animals. Finally, Amy Freund (Dallas), though her participation is not yet fully confirmed, is an art historian, focusing on hunting in paintings.

Ferdinand Runk: Hunting scene at Hluboká Castle, 1865.



19 October, 15-16.30 CEST

2 November, 15-16.30 CEST

16 November, 15-16.30 CEST

30 November, 15-16.30 CEST


For the exact scheduling and title please pay attention to ENCOUNTER’s website and Facebook group.


Unknown: Meet of foxhounds at Hardwick House, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1900.


The research seminar is open to anyone interested in the topic. To participate, please send an email to, including your professional affiliation.