Events And Opportunities

  • What in the World is a Herbarium?

    Bronx | Dates: 04 Mar – 29 Oct, 2017
    With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in the Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
  • CFP: Footprint #22: Exploring Architectural Form: A Configurative Triad

    Dates: 25 Jan – 01 May, 2017
    This issue of Footprint aims to explore the discussions that currently gravitate around the question of architectural form, by inviting architects to reflect on the latest developments in the field of formal studies within architectural and urban theory, design, research, and pedagogy.

    Footprint 22 aims to collect a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art approaches to the question of architectural and urban form, and thus provide an updated examination of formal, morphological and typological investigations.

    As editors, we welcome a broad spectrum of interpretations, ranging from theoretical and practical applications of form-based analyses, to epistemological and pedagogical implementations of these formal analyses in diverse contexts.

    Aware of the weight that form-centred theories have had in postmodern architectural research, and in order to establish a historical landmark for this edition, the emergence of neo-rationalism in the early 1960s will serve as a point of departure. However, we deem this a landmark that is meant to be superseded.

    The neo-rationalist aim to overcome the shortcomings of modernist functionalism by contesting the idea that a building’s form resulted from its use, certainly marked a shift within architectural theory, and favoured the emergence of a strain of architectural thinking that currently offers multiple and contradictory approaches to the way architectural form is generated, understood, and communicated. Beyond their neo-rationalist predecessors, architects and authors like Peter Eisenman, Fumihiko Maki, Nicolas Bourriaud, Carlos Martí Arís and Antonio Armesto, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, and Sanford Kwinter, have more recently reclaimed important parts of the form-centred architectural discourse, with diverse intentions, and from different vantage points. Furthermore, multiple lines of inquiry which depart from the question of architectural form, still orient the production of knowledge in universities and institutes throughout the world, far beyond Western Europe, where neo-rationalism originated and thrived.

    Designers, scholars, researchers and teachers throughout the globe have found in the definition of a formal basis of architecture a valuable practical and intellectual tool, while morpho-typological approaches are still broadly used in architectural education. Within such a diversified field of studies, form-centred approaches to architecture have been severely criticised, especially for their reductive consideration of matter, with many contemporary theorists asking for a formal theory which resists taxonomies.

    With these antecedents in mind, we wish to examine architectural form today, from a threefold perspective. First, we would like to study the way in which form is produced, dealt with, or confronted by contemporary designers. Secondly, we would like to know how architects examine and study form in discursive (i.e communicative, theoretical, historiographical, but also representational) terms. Finally, we would like to evaluate the way in which innovative formal analyses affect architectural form at all scales within the built environment.

    Footprint 22 will follow a tripartite trajectory, advancing an understanding of formal studies which transverses ontological, epistemological and onto-epistemological perspectives. These perspectives directly correspond to the notions of morphogenesis, formalism and in-formation.

    Following this sequence, from an ontological perspective, morphogenetic studies deal with the processes in which matter actively co-produces its various formal expressions. Synchronously, formal discourse and morpho-typological studies function as an analytical tool for the examination of these processes. Both morphogenetic explorations and formalist approaches, while imperative for any formal study, do not suffice unless complemented with their intensive in-between: in-formation, or the way in which formal discourses and their outcomes influence form itself, and vice versa.

    We trust that by interrelating these three approaches, we can contribute to contemporary formal explorations by substituting an object-based approach with one that examines the reciprocity of formal emergence. Emulating Joseph Kosuth’s well-known triptychs, we aim to situate the question of architectural form in our time between a series of interpretations that transcend a supposed autonomy as well as a univocal cultural or epistemological origin.

    With these objectives in mind, we encourage various types of contributions. We welcome contributions consisting of full scientific articles that examine formal studies in pedagogy and research, critical reflections on the question of form in contemporary architecture, and theoretical and historiographical approaches that assess the formal discourse of architecture. In addition, we are expecting graphic and/or textually reasoned analyses of projects and buildings which suggest innovations in architectural form. Finally, we invite contributions in the form of review articles that critically reassess key literature related to this topic.

    Footprint #22 will be published in Spring 2018.

    Authors of full articles (6000-8000 words) are requested to submit their contributions to the editors before 1 May, 2017. Full articles will go through a double blind peer-review process. Review articles (2000–4000 words) and reasoned analyses (2000 words, 2 – 5 images) will be selected by the editors on the basis of a short summary (maximum 500 words) which must also be submitted before 1 May, 2017. All authors should include a short bio (300 words) with their submissions. We ask authors to refer to Footprint Author Guidelines, available at

    For submissions and inquiries, please contact editors Stavros Kousoulas and Jorge Mejía Hernández at
  • “Paris – Capital of Modernity”: Spring Seminar in Paris for Chinese Scholars

    Paris | Dates: 09 – 26 May, 2017
    Paris, May 9 - 26, 2017
    Deadline: Feb 19, 2017

    Call for Applications
    “Paris – Capital of Modernity”: Spring Seminar in Paris for Chinese Scholars

    The German Center for Art History in Paris welcomes applications from junior scholars and doctoral students from Greater China for a spring seminar titled “Paris – Capital of Modernity,” which will focus on French 19th- and 20th-century art. The seminar will take place from May 9th to May 26th, 2017 in Paris at the German Center for Art History and at several museums and research institutes in the French capital. 
    Participants will receive funding for transportation, lodging, and meals. 
    Scholars interested in participating are invited to attend a two-day introduction to the program on March 23th and 24th, 2017, in Beijing, China. Limited funding is available for prospective participants who attend the Beijing meeting.  Attendance at the introductory meeting in Beijing is not required for admission into the seminar, but is strongly encouraged. 
    The seminar is possible thanks to generous support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

    Paris – Capital of Modernity

    Paris serves as an outstanding example of Western modernism, since the city met the challenges that came with industrialization and developed a new infrastructure. The seminar’s temporal scope will be defined by the first and last world’s fairs in Paris: 1855 and 1937. The 1855 world’s fair marked the beginning of a new era, which dedicated itself to modernity; the exhibition of 1937—with, among other aspects, the strengthening of totalitarian systems on the eve of World War II and its decidedly anti-modern self-representation—marks its end. 
    With the electrification of the city and the construction of the metro system, Paris created the infrastructure of a smoothly running modern metropolis. Modern Art flourished in Paris, and the influence of the avant-garde can still be seen today in the neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse as well as in the city’s many museums devoted to modernism. Along with visits to Montmartre and Montparnasse, the seminar will include special visits to such museums as the Petit Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the national Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in the Centre Georges Pompidou. These trips will be guided by specialist scholars and curators.
    The academic content of the program will be presented through lectures and discussions held at the German Center for Art History and through the aforementioned visits to museums, where original works of art will be examined and discussed.  Additional site visits will include guided walks through Paris designed to help to contextualize modernity within the city itself.  
    The seminar’s co-directors are Thomas Kirchner (Director of the German Center for Art History in Paris) and Godehard Janzing (Deputy Director of the German Center for Art History in Paris). Lecturers include Hollis Clayson (Northwestern University) and Jean-Louis Cohen (New York University).
    The seminar aims to facilitate dialogue between participants, lecturers, museum curators and members of the German Center for Art History in Paris and to enrich and strengthen study of French Art in China.

    To be eligible, candidates must:
    1.    be citizens of Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and 
    Macau), and have a passport from one of these areas. Scholars who are currently residing outside of Greater China are also eligible and are encouraged to apply.
    2.    teach or study Western art or culture. Preference will be given 
    to art historians, architectural historians and historians of applied art, but scholars and students of other fields are welcome to apply.
    3.    be able to follow a lecture and participate in class discussions 
    in English, the languages used in all lectures and discussions. 
    Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype.
    4.    be enrolled in a PhD program, or have completed a PhD over the 
    last five years
    a.    students must have already completed their Master’s degree.
    b.    recent graduates must have a PhD certificate that bears a date 
    after January 1st,  2012.

    The application deadline is February 19th, 2017.

    -    Applications, in English, must include the following documents: 
    o    a letter of interest explaining why participation in the seminar 
    will advance your scholarly career (1 page)
    o    a curriculum vita
    o    one letter of reference

    -    Applicants seeking funding for the Beijing introductory meeting 
    should include an additional letter indicating their anticipated transportation, accommodation, and meals costs.

    Please submit all documents as one PDF file via e-mail by no later than February 19th, 2017 to:

    Further information about the Beijing meeting, including financial awards, will be sent to applicants by March 1, 2017. Applicants selected to participate in the Paris seminar will be notified by April 1.

    For further information, please visit:
  • PICTURING RIVERSIDE: An Exhibition of a National Historic Landmark Community

    Riverside | Dates: 23 Jan, 2017 – 01 Jan, 2021
    Picturing Riverside is a permanent exhibition about the many facets of a living landmark community.
  • The London House Course

    London | Dates: 03 – 09 Oct, 2017
    A nonresidential on site course studying the development of the London house form the Renaissance to the present. Visits to private houses, artists' studios, modern and contemporary houses. Lecturers include David Adshead, Neil Burton, Caroline Dakers, Sarah Nichols, Andrew Saint, and Gavin Stamp. Application deadline 12 April 2017
  • Impressions: Explorative Journey in Ladakh

    Leh & Turtuk | Dates: 05 – 12 Jun, 2017
    Turtuk is located 175 kms west of Leh. The small village is recently opened for tourism and hence is growing in a fast pace. The inhabitants of the village are Balti people, the Muslim equivelent of Sherpas, the expert mountain climbers. The village is one of the last remaining Balti village in India, as their sister villages went to other side of the border in Pakistan, dividing famalies, homes and relations. The thick border of Inda & Pakistan has scattered the lives of Balti people. The project is a continuation of Unlock Hundarman project initiated by Roots Collective in 2015. Unlock Hundarman is a project where we are documenting lives of people living in border settlements and presenting their stories to the world. The bustling village has an old historic settlement and a mosque (recently restored). The houses in the village are made of stone and timber and their system of water distribution is outstanding. Out of many craft practises in the village, the remarkable ones are utensils made of stone and many other daily usage items made of bones and horns of ibex.
  • ARDETH 02. Bottega: Ecology of design practice (PONZO Giorgio)

    Dates: 13 Jan – 02 Oct, 2017
    BOTTEGA: ecology of design practice

    Theme Editor: Albena Yaneva

    Deadline: 10/02/2017

    "If we are to offer a sound advice about how architectural practice ought to function, we must know more about how it functions now" (Cuff 1992: 6)
    Until the 1970s architectural researchers have focused all their attention on the professional products - buildings and places. The process of design was considered as insignificant; it started receiving empirical attention rather late. The first studies that bear witness for architectural processes date from the 1980s. Two works are paradigmatic in this respect: Donald Sch?n's work on educational practice (Sch?n 1987) and Dana Cuff's work on professional architectural practice (Cuff 1992). While Sch?n argued that reflection-in-action stands against the systematic, scientific, linear way of knowing basing his observations on studio-situated ethnography of professional schools, Cuff's ethnography dug deeply into the significance of the daily professional lives of architects and offered a better understanding of architectural practice.
    In the last fifteen years we witnessed a new ethnographic wave of studies that focused on practising architecture (Jacobs and Merriman 2011). Inspired by pragmatism and Science and Technology Studies (STS), this body of research aimed at grasping the socio-material dimension of architectural practice (Callon 1996). They all relied on the assumption that architecture is collective but it is shared with a variety of non-humans. It is not a social construction, like Diana Cuff assumed, but rather a composition of many heterogeneous elements, an assemblage. These "new ethnographies" followed the principles of no hierarchy, attention to the detail, symmetry: attention to what happens between humans and nonhumans; undivided attention to words and the gestural and non-verbal language. Paying specific attention to the texture of ordinary life of deisgners, they generated "thick descriptions" of the knowledge practices of different participants in design published as monographs of ar!
    chitectural practices (Houdart 2009, Loukisass 2012, Yaneva 2009). This recent trend could be also termed as "ethnographic turn in architecture" as it is the outcome of several related processes: the emergence of a reflexivity trend among architectural professionals as a key epistemological feature of architectural studies, the growing realisation of architecture as a social practice and the social nature of outcomes of architectural production, the tendency to acknowledge the collective nature of design.
    As a methodological innovation, the reintroduction of the ethnographic methods into architecture twenty years after the pioneering work of Dana Cuff does hold remarkable potential to investigate new questions. This new development can contribute to dislodge the certainty of traditional architectural knowledge, the belief placed in the absolute authority of the historical archives and its simplifications by its practitioners reducing, even naturalising architectural research to the production of critical discourse about practices, yet taking it far from the nitty-gritty realities of design making.
    This special issue of Ardeth invites contributions that will address the ecology of contemporary architectural practice. "Ecology of practice" (Stengers 2010) is a politically sensitive concept used to capture and understand contemporary design practice. We invite contributions that will:

     *   scrutinize architectural practice as complex ecology involving actors with variable ontology, scale and politics
     *   reflect theoretically and analytically on the concept of 'practice' and trace how practice has been tackled from different perspectives: from the 'Story of Practice' of Cuff and Blau's 'Architects and Firms', to recent studies of architectural and engineering practices based on multi-sited ethnographies (OMA, Foster, FOA/AZPA, Kuma, Arup, etc.)
     *   explore empirically different formats of design (modeling, presenting, competing, exhibiting, etc.) reflecting meticulously on their specific epistemologies and their role for the 'reflective practice' of architectural design
     *   reflect on the importance of ethnography for understanding contemporary architectural practices; what is the nature, the epistemological underpinnings, the potential pitfalls, and the political dimensions and challenges of architectural ethnography?
  • Abaton - Spanish Journal on Architectural Representation

    Madrid | Dates: 03 Jan – 30 Oct, 2017
    This is a call for contributions to a journal on architectural representation titled Abaton, published by the Complutense University Editions.
  • CFP: 2017 Conference on Illinois History

    Springfield | Dates: 01 – 01 May, 2017
    October 5 & 6, 2017 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Springfield The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies. Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference. The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2017.
  • 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference

    Santa Fe | Dates: 02 – 06 Oct, 2017
    Public places – our streets, plazas, squares, and green spaces – belong to ALL of us! They are our democratically shared common wealth - the most important aspect of every city. How we treat the public realm demonstrates how we value our fellow citizens, our democratic principles, and our community.

    If we treasure our plazas and main squares as beautiful places for community festivals and celebrations, we are embracing our unity and the power of our shared identity as a city.

    If we hold a daily farmers market on a square next to city hall, government representatives can demonstrate they value democratic dialogue, and civic engagement flourishes.

    If we create lively, hospitable neighborhood plazas, we exhibit our faith in the benefits of social life and community, and the opportunity to raise our children within a village of sustained adult relationships.

    If we make our streets safe for walking and biking, and provide good public transit, we show that we recognize that health is important, and that we care for our children and elders as much as for those in cars. If we make our streets beautiful, hospitable, and lively with active street facades, we encourage strolling, lingering at outdoor cafes, and the sociable interaction that can follow.

    Public places are the essential key to a livable city. Join us in Santa Fe to share your achievements and learn from others how we can take back our streets and squares - and in the process, strengthen community, civic engagement, health, and equity.

    See you in beautiful Santa Fe - “The City Different”!
  • Richard Guy Wilson Prize

    Dates: 14 Dec, 2016 – 25 May, 2017
    The Study of Buildings, Landscapes, and Places
  • CFP: Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

    Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 22 Nov, 2017
    Routledge Taylor & Francis have announced a genre establishing book, Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century.


    The book has been produced in conjunction with the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS who are preparing a special Issue on the themes of the book for late 2017. Articles should in some way respond to one of the features and /or themes of the book (see below). If you are interested in submitting an article send an initial enquiry to<>
    The book contains the first ever extended comments on architecture by Noam Chomsky.
    Other architects included are Daniel Libeskind, Kenneth Frampton, Michael Sorkin and others.
    It takes on the critical issues of the day of architectural design and practice from a social and political perspective.
    It presents a new genre in academic writing, the ?interview-article?.


    The book is by Dr. Graham Cairns, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the author of eight books.

    Routledge information:

    Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century
    This book brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky?s examination of the US?Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern?s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.
    The ?interview-article? is a variation on the interview format that deepens the scholarly potential of that particular mode of dialogue. Extensive notation - often narrative in tone - is interwoven within the text to offer supplemental information and alternative argumentation and in this regard it represents a continuation of the evolving scholarly tradition of the footnote as academic tool laid out by Anthony Grafton. In addition to these narrative commentaries, these interview-articles are accompanied by full bibliographies and specific references entwined within the text. Contributors are also encouraged to develop discursive answers to questions that they are subsequently given the opportunity to mould into more considered essay type responses.
  • Attingham Trust Summer School

    Dates: 29 Jun – 16 Jul, 2017
    THE 66th ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL June 29-July 16, 2017 Directed by David Adshead and Elizabeth Jamieson, and accompanied by specialist tutors and lecturers, this intensive 18-day course will include visits to approximately 25 houses in Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire. The Summer School will examine the country house in terms of architectural and social history, and the decorative arts. Applications are invited from those working in related fields and some partial scholarships are available.
  • Extreme: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture and Urbanism

    Longyearbyen | Dates: 21 – 25 Jan, 2018
    EXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 21-25 January 2018

    Density and sparsity, height and depth, hot and cold, centre and periphery, wet and dry, war and conflict: People the world over have adapted their living practices, architectures, and landscapes to extreme conditions. In our globalised era, local conceptions of the ideal dwelling, city, and community are increasingly exposed to alternative understandings. How do the house in the country and the flat in the skyscraper, the remote mountain village and the hyper-dense world city, the frigid arctic science station and the blazing desert financial district differ from and resemble one another? Can extreme environments foster innovative lifestyles that are conducive to community and inspire beneficial future urbanisms? Or do the technical solutions relied upon to help people cope with extremes of population, climate, light, height, and other factors necessarily distance people from each other and from the natural environment?

    This interdisciplinary conference probes the limits to community, architecture, and urbanism from the perspectives of urban studies, geography, design, architecture, anthropology, sociology, and other fields and disciplines.

    About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
    Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world's northernmost town, the main settlement in Norway's vast, icy Svalbard archipelago. The polar night, when the sun never breaches the horizon, lasts from late October until mid-February. Most residents stay for only a season or a few years, and even those who remain must eventually return to their homelands: Because Norway provides no health and social care, it is colloquially said that 'In Svalbard, it is illegal to die.' Furthermore, the risk of attack by polar bears means that people are only permitted to leave town in the company of someone with firearms training.

    Although Longyearbyen is iconically remote, the town is highly cosmopolitan, hosting citizens of over 40 nations and an economy based on tourism and mining.

    About the conference.
    Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 21 January. On 22 and 25 January, delegates will take tours out into Svalbard's spectacular arctic landscape: a hike to an ice cave and a trip out into the polar night on by dog sled. Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 23-24 January at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. Full registration covers five dinners and all conference activities.

    How to make a presentation.
    Presentations are welcome on all aspects of life in extreme conditions. Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes' question time. The early deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2017, but to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your institution or government, we recommend that you submit your abstract early. You can submit an abstract here:

    If you have any questions, please e-mail convenor Adam Grydehøj ( 
  • Restore a Greenhouse to Grandeur

    Moray, Scotland | Dates: 04 – 17 Jun, 2017
    Travel to northern Scotland with Adventures in Preservation to help save one of the last remaining Edwardian glasshouses. Delight in the area’s unique microclimate – both warmer and drier than the rest of Scotland – while you explore the Burgie Estate’s unique story: ruins of a medieval castle, an Edwardian greenhouse and elegant country home, and a man named Hamish who is dedicating his property to conservation. The focus of this hands-on experience is rescue of the greenhouse, which is deteriorating and in dire need of conservation. Survival of the greenhouse is key to Hamish Lochore’s efforts to establish an arboretum of trees from around the world. A network of international volunteers hand selects seeds and sends them to Scotland where they are nurtured in the greenhouse. It’s time for action from those passionate about preservation. Project attendees have the opportunity to learn and apply skills involving documentation, carpentry, masonry and glazing. The project is open to all regardless of experience. You will have the option of dividing your time between building conservation and plant conservation. Details and registration at:
  • The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza

    Auckland | Dates: 26 – 31 May, 2017
    Interstices Under Construction symposium, 26-28 May 2017
    Auckland University of Technology and University of Auckland, New Zealand œ
    Plenaries / keynotes include:
    Moira Gatens Challis Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
    Michael LeBuffe Baier Chair, Early Modern Philosophy, University of Otago
    Susan Ruddick Professor, Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
    Anthony Uhlmann Professor, Writing and Society, University of Western Sydney Plenary panel
    Jacob Culbertson Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Haverford College
    Albert Refiti Senior Lecturer, Spatial, Auckland University of Technology
    Carl Te Hira Mika Tuhourangi, Ngati Whanaunga Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Waikato
    By Skype
    Beth Lord Reader, Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
    Peg Rawes Professor, Architecture, Bartlett, University College London 

    We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent revival of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

    With regard to the first aim, we welcome submissions that put Spinoza’s philosophy in productive proximity with a particular artform or an individual work of art, whether literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, dance, performance, etc. — or that have an especial focus on any of the numerous artistic and literary figures who are known to have read Spinoza appreciatively and in whose works Spinozist shadings might be discerned (Goethe, Coleridge, George Eliot, Thomas Hirschhorn, etc.). Contributors might like to think of this event and journal issue as extending, in the direction of arts and architecture, the very fine work done by the anthology Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012, ed. Beth Lord).

    Since Interstices’s particular interest is in architectural studies, we would be keen to see contributions that consider Spinoza as helpful for thinking any of the design and spatial disciplines (architecture, urban design, landscape, geography, interior design, and so on). Contributors might also choose to take ‘architecture’ in the sense of ‘structure’, in which case not only would built environments and tectonics be the subject of analysis, but also the very structure of Spinoza’s texts, the extraordinary way in which his texts are wrought (the famous geometric architecture of the Ethics, for example).

    We also invite submissions that don’t necessarily fall under any of the artistic disciplines listed above, and that interpret “arts” in the broadest possible sense. Spinoza’s philosophy predates the modern idea of a differentiated domain of the arts, and so the Latin word that Spinoza uses — ars — has the older and broader sense of skill or craft or ability or proficiency.[1] We thus welcome submissions that are about ‘arts’ in this more general sense — for example, about what Spinoza teaches us about the arts of living (ars vivendi) or the arts of constructing a liberal polity (ars politica, government, statecraft).

    With regard to the second aim, we invite submissions on any aspects of Spinoza studies that have a connection to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, or Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Such papers might, for example, examine the historical reception and interpretation of Spinoza in New Zealand, Australia, the Oceanic “sea of islands”, or any proximate sister region.[2] The idea is to give geographic concreteness and local specificity to the interpretation of Spinoza — to see how Spinoza might be or has been read in New Zealand and the Pacific, and inversely to see how our ways of thinking about New Zealand and the Pacific might be productively inflected by reading Spinoza.

    A fuller Call for Papers / Discussion Document is attached as a PDF file, or available online at 

    Abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to, by midnight nzst, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (doc or docx). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.

    Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue, please send the full and completed paper to by 31st May 2017.

    Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor Eu Jin Chua,, Farzaneh Haghighi,, or to Susan Hedges, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices, [1] See Moira Gatens, “Spinoza on Goodness and Beauty and the Prophet and the Artist”, European Journal of Philosophy 23, no. 1 (2015), p. 3. [2] The reference is to Epeli Hau’ofa’s “Our Sea of Islands”, The Contemporary Pacific 6, no. 1 (1994), 147–161.
  • Docomomo US Call for Articles

    Dates: 07 Oct, 2016 – 31 Dec, 2018
    Docomomo US accepts article submissions on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. Those interested in submitting an article should send a brief description including images, drawings, etc to info(AT) Full submissions are required 15 days prior to publication. Additional details including submission guidelines are available upon request.

    Thematic Requests
    • Lesser Known Architects/Designers
    • Endangered Landscapes
    • Corporate Campuses
    • Art + Architecture
    • "Growing up Modern": Interviews w/ various children/family members of architects/designers 
    • Off the Beaten Path/Unsung Heroes" from the National Register (featured buildings/sites of the modern listings on the National Register )
    Suggest a future theme - email us info(AT)
  • CFP: Interartive, Issue #87: Street Art and its Languages

    Dates: 08 – 20 Sep, 2016
    Issue #87 of Interartive aims to focus on street art in the following 

    - Street art, architecture and urban spaces
    - The role of digital media in project communication
    - Styles, methods of intervention and practices of action
    - Participatory and urban regeneration processes
    - Institutionalization forms of the phenomenon.

    Submissions must be made by the deadline of September 20, 2016.

    All material intended for publication in InterArtive should be sent to 
    the attention of Modesta Di Paola and Marco Mondino by mail at: with mail subject: "Street art And Its Languages".

    The text should be in Spanish and/or English.

    Texts should be around 800 to 3000 words: PUBLISHNG GUIDELINES Texts

    The works and art projects will be published in the form of Online 
    Exhibition (images and short text): PUBLISHING GUIDELINES Artworks
    The 87th issue of Interartive will be published at the end of September 
  • CFP: 2017 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (Minneapolis, 30 Mar-2 Apr 17)

    Minneapolis | Dates: 08 – 15 Sep, 2016
    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 30 March — 2 April 2017
    Proposals due by 15 September 2016 to or

    Color in Eighteenth-Century Architecture
    Basile Baudez, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV

    Although associated with baroque exuberance born after the Counter Reformation movement or the nineteenth-century rediscovery of polychromy in Greek architecture, color was far from absent from eighteenth-century architecture—even if critics like Quatremère de Quincy, or draftsmen like Boullée, favored monochromy on built structures and their representation. At a moment when color was invading every aspect of daily life, when artists and printers were developing new ways to diffuse color reproductions, when authors from Roger de Piles to Goethe were revalorizing the evocative and sensualist effectiveness of color, how did architects respond to this pressure, both in their drawings and buildings? The geographic breath of this session is left deliberately open, but proposals should be unified by their close attention to the complex and paradoxical relationship between theory and practical use of color in architecture in the eighteenth-century. Key issues will include comparisons of attitudes towards color in different national traditions, the decision to hide or reveal colored materials, the place of color in architectural definitions of beauty or connotations of color within typologies, spaces or specific periods.
  • CFP: MDCCC 1800, No. 6: Arts on Display

    Dates: 08 Sep – 12 Oct, 2016
    Call for papers
    International on-line scientific peer reviewed journal MDCCC 1800
    Deadline for abstracts: 12 October 2016 
    Deadline for submission of papers: 30 December 2016.

    Call for papers
    The call for papers for the 6th issue of the MDCCC1800 journal is now 

    Arts on display: the 19th century international expositions.
    The international online peer reviewed journal MDCCC1800 wishes to 
    celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Exposition universelle held in 
    Paris in 1867 with an issue dedicated to the phenomenon of the 
    international exhibitions set up during the 19th century.?We welcome 
    original, unpublished articles offering in-depth analysis of the 
    developments, significance and legacy of this phenomenon starting from 
    the Universal Exhibition of London (1851).

    Contributors are free to propose any topic related to the general 
    theme, such as the study of single national participations, the impact 
    of the events on public opinion, the display architectures, the 
    diffusion of decorative arts and photography etc.

    A list of suggested topics, by no means exhaustive, includes:?
    - The national participation to the events (committees, single artists, 
    works of art) 
    - The art market: private collectors and museum acquisitions?
    - The divulgation of the arts: publicity, magazines, exhibitions 
    - The social and pedagogical role of international exhibitions?
    - Architecture, outfitting, national pavilions?
    - The use of decorative arts and photography at the events?
    - Colonialism and the influence and reception of non-European cultures
    - Literature and the arts: the narration of the exhibitions?
    - Correspondence (relationships among artists, architects, art critics 
    - The role played by the Antiquities at the exhibitions (as models for 
    inspiring artists; means for showing prestige; physical emblems for the 
    building of identity; political propaganda etc)

    Papers in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German are welcome.

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION | Please submit an abstract concerning the topic 
    you propose with a provisional title and a short autobiography. The 
    abstract should not exceed 3,000 characters (spaces included). Files 
    should be submitted by 12 October 2016. The authors of selected 
    abstracts will receive a reply within two weeks (by 26 October 2016).

    The editorial rules concerning the text and any images the author might 
    wish to include are available (in Italian, English and Spanish) at the 
    following link:

    We suggest that articles should be of a length between 20,000 and 
    40,000 characters. All articles will undergo a double peer review 
    process prior to publication.

    Articles should be uploaded on the MDCCC1800 platform before 30 
    December 2016.

    To obtain the credentials which will allow authors to register to the 
    platform, please send an e-mail to the editorial board at the following 
    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries you might have 
    regarding the application or any further stage of the process.
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