Events And Opportunities

  • CFP: Architecture and Capitalism – Solids and Flows

    Dates: 19 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    Architecture and Culture
    Vol. 5, Issue no. 2, July 2017
    Catharina Gabrielsson and Helena Mattsson, Editors.
    ‘Capitalism is back!’ 
    Nancy Fraser, “Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode: For an Expanded Conception of Capitalism”, New Left Review 86 (2014) p. 55
    The aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to revisit the relationship between architecture and capitalism, not by reverting back to ‘critique’, ‘post-criticality’ or even ‘resistance’, but from an outset of addressing their complex relationality. Going beyond the historic, industrial and building-based scenario offered by Peggy Deamer (ed.) in Architecture and Capitalism (2014), extending on and problematizing both architecture and capitalism allows us to address this relationship from other perspectives. We propose a thematic heading of ‘solids and flows’ to open up for less predictable, essentially non-linear, and more imaginary investigations. 
    Solids – which is how architecture most readily is perceived, as tied to buildings, symbolic and semiotic capital, manifestations of private or public wealth … but equally capturing the inaccessibility of corporate power; the ‘trust’ of credit ratings that certify risk-taking in the bank and finance sector; the closure and immovability of capital locked up in tax havens and offshore financial centres. 

    Flows – as in the fickle movements of global capitalism through networks of finance and speculation (and the arbitrary effects of their hitting the ground)… but equally capturing recent re-orientations in architecture towards relational or ecologist approaches, undoing the physical object, with an emphasis on process, agency and affect. Spanning across the virtual and the real, the material and the immaterial, the relationship between architecture and capitalism increases in complexity as regards to the production of identity, the generation of desire, and the forging of spatial relations. By juxtaposing solids and flows as tropes or figures of thought, we envisage the possibility for new and transversal connections; ones that, by exposing the gaps, discontinuities and ruptures in, through and between architecture and capitalism carry the potential for non-determinate futures. 

    Call for papers for this issue
    From this outset, we invite rigorously speculative, purposely imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and capitalism from unexpected angles – bearing in mind the slippery slope of too-narrowly confined definitions. This call is explicitly trans- and cross-disciplinary in nature, encouraging critical and emerging scholarship dealing with capitalist studies to engage with architecture as a tradition of projecting, shaping, assessing and experiencing the built environment; and scholars and practitioners in architecture and neighbouring disciplines to relate more closely to the dynamics of capitalism and its current transfigurations, brought to the fore through the advent of concepts and theories such as noologi, affective or immaterial labour, economies of debt, new Marxist scholarship, and neo-materialist ontologies. How can we think about these conjunctions of materialisation and immaterialisation, visibility and invisibility, solidification and vaporization? How can they be analysed, illustrated, represented, designed or described? We call for papers, essays, manifestos, historical inquires, fieldwork notes, photographic compilations, drawing materials etc. that address this broad and fluid topic in creative and original ways. 

    Contributions might address the following themes:

    • Processes and techniques of commodification and marketization in architecture 
    • Dimensions of value(s) in and through architecture, alternative values, and ‘value diremption’ (the ‘Other’ of value)    
    • Theories on the spectacular, affect/affective and experiential in architecture and their potential for generating the unexpected 
    • The spatial, material and localized conditions for central agents in global capitalism (bank and finance sector, corporate HQ, digital platforms etc.) 
    • The relationship between design, housing tenures and property ownership 
    • The architectural imports of spatial occupancy and appropriation 
    • Dispossession, austerity and the architecture of poverty
    • Thickened and thinned out spaces, secondary homes, and non-habitation
    • Real estate-driven architectures of affect
    Contributions can range from short observations or manifestos, creative pieces, or visual essays, to longer academic articles. Architecture and Culture is published in both on-line and hard-copy formats: there is capacity to host on-line contributions that operate in a different way to paper-based work. 
    Production schedule
    CfP                          May 2016
    Response                1 September 2016 at latest
    Editors selection      October 2016
    Peer Reviewing       October-December 2016
    Authors Revisions   December- February 2017
    Editorial checking    March 2017
    Copy to publisher    1 April 2017
    Issue publication     July 2017
    For author instructions, please go to ‘Instructions for Authors’ at
    Upload submissions at:
    Or via ‘submit online’ at
    If you have any queries or require further information, please contact:
    Catharina Gabrielsson:
    Helena Mattsson:
  • Architecture as part of the landscape - CFP - deadline 31.05

    Warsaw (Warszawa) | Dates: 23 – 24 Oct, 2016
    On 24-25 October 2016 the two Warsaw-based academic institutions: the Institute of Archaeology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw will be hosting an international conference. This year's edition of the conference, which will be already the sixth in the cycle entitled "Preventive conservation of human environment", will be devoted to the role of the architecture in the creation, enhancement and preservation of cultural landscapes. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr Mechtild Rössler (Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and Dr Stefano De Caro (Director-General of the ICCROM) Landscape, which is a creation of both the Nature and the Culture, can be described metaphorically as a palimpsest with subsequent layers of history. Thus, it is the carrier of information and meanings which should be experienced and understood in the process of study of the changing relations between man and his environment. Protection of the landscape means not a containment of changes but rather managing changes, and therefore a wise compromise between the need to preserve the historical, artistic and symbolic values, and the requirements of development. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to reach such a wise compromise for the benefit of the present and future generations. As ever, we intend to publish a special volume of the collected conference papers. Participation in the conference is free of charge. Proposals for papers with abstracts (maximum 350 words) should be sent by May 31, 2016.
  • CFP: Learning from Modern Utopias

    Dates: 17 May – 20 Jun, 2016
    Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to
    the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some
    claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric.
    Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fait. All seem however to belief
    in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the
    creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and
    1930s did.

    The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social,
    humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions
    in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the
    fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool
    in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the
    problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with
    those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density,
    circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes,
    cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and
    corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn
    from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To
    what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie
    contemporary strategies of urban design? Aren't there successful examples
    of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern
    utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?

    *Call for Papers*

    We therefore invite the scientific community to submit proposals for papers
    to integrate issue 7 of Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture.

    Topics of interest:

    (the list of topics suggests possible approaches that we are likely to
    explore. We are nevertheless open to all relevant ideas)

    1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.

    2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and
    contemporary city.

    3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their
    contemporary pertinence.

    4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the
    contemporary city.

    5. Modern utopias and smart city.

    6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.

    7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.

    8. Modern and contemporary urban space.

    9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.

    10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.

    11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance

    Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the
    journal until June 20th. Results will be published until 5 July.

    The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of
    4000 words (4000 words-25000 characters including spaces, footnotes,
    bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and
    according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.

    All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.
  • Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram

    Frankfurt | Dates: 14 May – 18 Sep, 2016
    The exhibition focuses on extraordinary drawings, collages and models created in the 1980s by Czech architect Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968. These exhibits are juxtaposed with works by Archigram from the DAM archive realized some 20 years earlier. The designs by the two London architect groups Archigram (Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton) and Future Systems (comprising Jan Kaplický and David Nixon) can be termed utopian architecture.

    While Archigram conceived organic architectures to ensure survival in inhospitable environments, the technical-looking designs by Future Systems are intended for use in more friendly climes. The majority of these utopian designs were not realized, but were meant to provide ideas for living and surviving in phases of immense social upheaval. The spatial architecture by Archigram was created around the time of the Moon landing in an era shaped by new beginnings. By contrast, Future Systems designed its self-sufficient, machine-like living capsules for a gloomy world at the height of the Cold War.
  • London Festival of Architecture

    London | Dates: 01 – 30 Jun, 2016
    The London Festival of Architecture, an annual happening which takes place in London, will run for the entire month of June. A tremendous variety of lectures, exhibitions, talks, films and other events will take place, of possible interest to both practitioners and scholars.
  • Beyond Rome. Architects' Travels between the Nordic Countries and the Mediterranean

    115 27 Stockholm | Dates: 20 – 21 May, 2016
    Following the successful symposium hold in Rome at Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in november 2013, the seminar 'Beyond Rome' aims to collect the most recent studies on the travels of architects as a tool for the relationships and exchanges between the Nordic cultures and the Mediterranean. Promoted by a well-established research network, the event in Stockholm is aimed as the first stage of a seminar series that will continue in Sicily, Rome, and Istanbul. The seminar is organized into two thematic sessions of studies on Friday May 20th, followed on Saturday May 21st by a tour in Stockholm to visit places and buildings who show clear signs of Mediterranean influence. The papers will discuss the various seasons of the tour in late 19th and 20th centuries. If Rome, Pompei and Sicily represented the ideal places for the Nordic architects to experience the Classical culture and the Mediterranean, Nordic Classicism and Functionalism paved the way to the North of the Mediterranean architects, from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The results of travels – diaries, sketches and drawings, fotographs – entered into the educational system and influenced the works of many generations of architects. The seminar will explore the biographies and works of key figures and hopefully open the field for furthers steps of the research. Seminar series organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona - Italian Institute of Culture 'C.M. Lerici' - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm - Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul - Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome
  • NAPC

    MOBILE | Dates: 27 – 31 Jul, 2016
    National Association of Preservation Commissions Held in Mobile Alabama from July 27th - 31st.
  • Student and Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Grants

    Charleston | Dates: 12 May – 01 Dec, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association announces the establishment of a Student Travel Grant of $500 to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by a student and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society.

    The following eligibility criteria apply:
    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the student presenting and is not
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another conference
    4) the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college or
    5) the student is traveling more than 250 miles in order to attend the
    6) the student registers for the conference and participates fully in
      its activities
    7) the travel grant decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    Students agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several student presenters competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel grant is later awarded. 
    Students with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel grant should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair by December 1st ( Final decision regarding the travel grant will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel grant recipient will be recognized at the Business meeting and in conference literature.
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award was created in 2011 in order to increase the participation of international scholars who are often hampered from attending conferences in North America because of the cost of travel. 
    This prize represents NCSA's commitment to an international scholarly exchange of ideas and the benefits to research that come from an international perspective. The first two awards were funded by generous personal gifts from founding members, William Scheuerle (2012) and Linda Zatlin (2013). Subsequent awards will be funded by the Association's endowment. The Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award of $500 is offered to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by an international scholar and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society. The following eligibility criteria

    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the international scholar presenting and
      is not co-authored
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another
    4) the international scholar is traveling from outside North America
      in order to attend the conference
    5) the international scholar registers for the conference and
      participates fully in its activities
    6) the travel award decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    International Scholars agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several international scholars competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel award is later made. International scholars with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel award should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair
    ( by December 1st. Final decision regarding the travel award will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel award recipient will be recognized at the Business Meeting and in conference literature.
  • NCSA Article Prize

    Dates: 13 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the thirty-eighth Annual NCSA Conference, “Memory and Commemoration” in Charleston, SC (February 2-4, 2017). Articles published between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible for consideration for the 2017 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded. Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: All submissions via email will be acknowledged; queries should be addresses to Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry at the same email address. Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection are eligible; if the date of publication is not between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be "in print" and are thus eligible. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.
  • CFP: Architect-Designed Objects (Houston, 23-24 Sep 16)

    Houston | Dates: 11 May – 15 Jun, 2016
    Call for Papers
    “A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950”

    Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents its biennial symposium to focus on objects that are the embodiments or extensions of an architect’s ideas or aesthetic. Scholars discuss objects made for particular spaces, objects used to explore new design sources, and objects intended to be part of an integrated space.
    Keynote Address: Friday, September 23, 5 p.m.
    Presented by Adriano Aymonino, lecturer and coordinator of undergraduate programs, department of art history, University of Buckingham

    Graduate and doctoral students as well as entry-level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV. Selected participants are offered a $600 stipend for travel and lodging.

    Themes of investigation may include, but are not limited to: 
    Architecture, Costume, Design, Dining, Economics, Etiquette, Gender, Interiors, Leisure Activities, Privacy, Technology, and Travel.

    Important Dates
    - Deadline to submit: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    - Notification for selected participants: On or before July 15, 2016
    - Presentation: Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Send proposals to
  • New Exhibitions Celebrate 300 Years at the Warner House

    Portsmouth | Dates: 11 May – 16 Oct, 2016
    In 2016 the Warner House in Portsmouth NH celebrates its 300th birthday. In 1715 merchant-captain Archibald Macpheadris purchased property in Portsmouth New Hampshire. He commissioned London-trained builder John Drew to build a three-story brick mansion unlike anything previously built in Portsmouth. It would have been at home in the London neighborhood of Deptford where John Drew had learned his trade. In 1760 Macpheadris’s daughter Mary wed Jonathan Warner. They updated the house and Warner’s descendants owned the house until 1932 when it became a museum. Two exhibitions are planned to celebrate this important anniversary.

    Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House at Warner House 

    The first exhibition at the house, Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House will feature vignettes from the Macpheadris years through the summer occupancy of Eveline Sherburne and her nephew Thomas Penhallow. On the first floor, the parlor will showcase four periods of dining—Macpheadris (c 1725), Warner (c1770), John Nathaniel Sherburne (c1830) and Eveline Sherburne (c1910). The setting room or small parlor will be the scene of business entertaining by Jonathan Warner while the inner kitchen will show how the enslaved Africans and servants would have eaten in the 1760’s. The upstairs will show other aspects of dining. The small chamber off the hallway highlights Archibald Macpheadris’s study where he could sample Irish cheese sent to him from Cork and evaluate the Madeira he had just imported. In the large parlor chamber, the only known fully smalt decorated room in the United States, a table is set for breakfast tea for Elizabeth Pitts (Jonathan’s 3rd wife) and Jonathan Warner. The southwest bedchamber exhibits setting-up week for Betsy Penhallow after the birth in 1846 of her first child Thomas. Setting-up week normally took place four weeks after the birth and allowed relatives and friends to greet the mother and new child while enjoying refreshments. The northwest bedroom depicts the increasingly changing domestic arrangements of bedrooms. It is being used for supper for the Whipple toddlers in their parents’ bedchamber. 

    We worked with letters, inventories, archaeological evidence and newspaper advertisements to develop place settings of ceramics, glassware and flatware with menus to accompany each vignette. Two fun food facts from the 18th century —in 1719 Archibald Macpheadris bought one hundred barrels of lemons for his own account. Some of these were undoubtedly destined for Portsmouth. In 1735 his daughter Mary was willed four hogsheads of rum from Nevis by her uncle Gilbert Macpheadris—some would been consumed at home but most sold. Explore the history of the house from the merchant captains of the 18th century to the summer residents of the early 20th century.

    Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House
    Warner House 
    150 Daniel St PO Box 895
    Portsmouth NH 03802
    June 1- October 16, 2016
    See Warner House website for more information: or email

    Celebrating 300 Years at the Warner House at Discover Portsmouth Center

    Our second exhibition will take place at the Discover Portsmouth Center curated by Richard Candee and Robert Chase. Celebrating 300 years at the Warner House expands our understanding of the house through art, artifacts, souvenirs, and ephemera both as an important Portsmouth mansion and as a house museum. Paintings by diverse artists, including Worthington Whitridge, Sarah Haven Foster, Russell Cheney, Harry Harlow and Henry Bakula are featured. 

    On view will be the first graphic reconstruction of Portsmouth’s only known English baroque doorway. Explore cutting edge 18th century technology—counterbalanced windows, the oldest existing in New England. A full range of two centuries of archaeological shards excavated at the Warner House will be on display. The shards have been used to identify and have been matched to examples of 18th and 19th century ceramics and glass. 

    The house became so beloved by the Portsmouth community that ceramic and tintype souvenirs with the image of the house were available even when it was still a private residence. Colonial revival photographs staged in 1915 by Wallace Nutting of one of the descendants were another type of souvenir. The early Warner House sign celebrates the opening of the museum in 1932, thus saving it from being destroyed and replaced by a gas station.

    Celebrating 300 Years of the Warner House
    Discover Portsmouth Center
    10 Middle St
    Portsmouth, NH
    June 1-September 2, 2016
    Discover Portsmouth website:
  • Merrill Elam - Guest Speaker

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 May, 2016
    While this award winning Atlanta firm is best known for its libraries and other institutional buildings, they have amassed a portfolio of spatially complex, inventive, cutting edge modern houses which will be the subject of Merrill Elam’s presentation.

    Merrill Elam lectures and teaches as a visiting Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received the 2014 Women in Architecture Design Leader Award from Architectural Record magazine. Among her numerous awards are the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, and an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects. Her firm is the recipient of both local and national AIA Honor Awards of Excellence.

    Appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP.

    This lecture co-sponsored by AIA Chicago CRAN.
  • L'ERMA C International Prize for Young Scholars

    Dates: 10 May – 15 Jun, 2016
  • CFP: Project to Practice: Innovating Architecture (Sydney, 30 Sep 16)

    Sydney | Dates: 06 – 16 May, 2016
    Abstracts deadline 16th May.

    The Conference will be held at venues around Sydney and in the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing building designed by Gehry Partners.

    Indy Johar of Architecture 00 has been confirmed as the first keynote speaker. Satellite events will tie-in the conference to the opening of the Sydney Architecture Festival. The Conference is jointly hosted by UTS and the NSW Architects Registration Board.

    Directors statement

    Our mission for this conference is to identify which areas of innovation are native to architectural practice, process and education and which are areas of economic and cultural opportunity for future practice that can participate fully in a globalized 21st century environment. These include products (goods or services); processes; models and methods for R&D and so on.

    Contributions to the conference linking academic and professional perspectives aim to identify the context of innovation for architectural practice and education now, and provide a critical datum from which to address the extent of structural change that may be required across the discipline so it will not only survive but prosper in a context supported by the national innovation agenda and its terms of reference 3

    Through an examination of projects and practices broadly understood as opportunities for innovation that sit in both professional and institutional contexts, this conference seeks to position forms of innovation specifically in the context of Australian architecture.

    Smart businesses are inviting their workers to co-design strategy. Citizens are co-producing policy. Companies ask customers to help design new products. The conference seeks participation from a wide variety of contributors in the form of academic papers and presentations, Practice-Based submissions and design research projects.

    We welcome submissions from practice, those operating at the margins and from academics interested in co-producing a platform for sustained innovation across the sector. Proposals and speculative papers are encouraged to provoke lively discussion about the future of the discipline and its relation to innovation agendas and innovation more broadly.

    The conference will close with the opening of the 10th annual Sydney Architecture Festival which, this year, celebrates the bicentenary of the NSW Government Architect by asking; what's next, and are we ready for it?
  • IFLA Arts Section Satellite Conference -- Registration Open

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 11 Aug, 2016
    Registration is now open for the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Art Libraries Section.
  • World Architecture Festival 2016

    Berlin | Dates: 16 – 18 Nov, 2016
    The World Architecture Festival is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate learn, exchange and be inspired. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live crit presentations and judging of over 350 award finalists, global networking, a 400 project strong gallery and an international product exhibition. World Architecture Festival 2016 will take place on the 16 - 18 November in Berlin Germany. 
  • Comparing Architectural Practices in Italian Building Sites During the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century

    Mendrisio | Dates: 30 – 31 May, 2016
    Workshop organized by the Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, curated by Maria Felicia Nicoletti and Paola Carla Verde

    An understanding of architectural practices is becoming increasingly important in the analysis of building dynamics according to the latest critical historical studies. Our upcoming workshop forms part of the research project “The Fontana builders between XVI and XVII century. Operating processes, techniques and workers’ tasks” supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (responsible applicant: Letizia Tedeschi, co-applicant: Nicola Navone, Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana). The event will investigate the organization and techniques of construction sites operating in Italy in the second half of the sixteenth century, comparing paradigmatic examples of sites managed by the Fontana in Rome with other contemporary sites in the Italian peninsula.

    Several aspects will be analyzed: the adjustment of architectural practices in which the experiences of the various families of foremen-contractors flow together and intermingle, the practices specific to the Fontana family, and the presence, in various contexts, of Ticinese families asserting themselves by ensuring that they received the contracts for major construction sites through their proven entrepreneurial skills. With this critical approach, the whole aims to develop a more precise view of the contribution of construction contractors in Italian building sites during the second half of the sixteenth century, and to promote a better understanding of architectural practices after Michelangelo.

    Scientific Committee: Giovanna Curcio, Università IUAV di Venezia; Francesco Paolo Fiore, Sapienza – Università di Roma; Nicola Navone, Archivio del Moderno – Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana; Letizia Tedeschi, Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana; Sergio Villari, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

    The entrance is free.
    For information: +41 (0)58 666 55 00;
  • International Bridges Group

    Prague | Dates: 08 – 10 Jul, 2016
    After the success of the first meeting of the International Bridges Group in Westminster Palace, the IBG will meet in Prague for their second symposium. The Charles Bridge in Prague, with its spectacular gate tower, makes the city an excellent choice, and will be a major topic of discussion. In addition to that, we have planned a one day trip to Písek, a charming medieval town outside of Prague and a home of the oldest standing bridge in the Czech Republic.

    To take advantage of Prague itself, we will be given a private tour of St. Vitus Cathedral (when it is closed to the public); of the House at the Stone Bell and of several other major sites usually closed to the public. In addition, as 2016 marks 700 years since the birth of Emperor Charles IV, our symposium there would be the perfect opportunity for the delegates to see the spectacularly planned ‘Emperor Charles IV 1316 – 2016’ exhibition in the Waldstein Riding School.
  • Call for Contributors to IAS Publications

    Dates: 05 – 31 May, 2016
    The Italian Art Society’s IASblog publishes short articles on all aspects of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. 

    We seek applications for staff writers to contribute regular features for IASblog including, but not limited to, historical notes tied to anniversary dates of births, deaths, or other significant events related to Italian artists, architects, designers, and patrons, as well as historians and critics of Italian art. Notes on current exhibitions, new publications, and news items relevant to the study and conservation of Italian art and architecture are also welcome. Staff writers will create new content and/or revise existing content, averaging five to seven short posts per month (250-1,000 words). Staff writers are encouraged to pitch ideas for blog posts outside of their assigned articles. All new content will include author byline with hyperlink to a personal or professional website, and each staff writer will have a short bio posted on the blog’s “About” page. The position of staff writer does not carry additional compensation. Visit IASblog at to see sample posts. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, cv, and a short writing sample to IASblog Editor Anne Leader and IASblog Editor designate Alexis Culotta at by 31 May 2016. Successful candidates must be members or will be asked to join the Italian Art Society and will begin contributing to IASblog upon appointment for a one-year, renewable term.

    The Italian Art Society’s Newsletter is published three times per year (February, May, and September). It includes updates and news from the organization, feature articles (such as reviews of recent books and exhibitions), exhibition listings, and short notices on all aspects of Italian art. We seek applications for editorial assistants to help solicit and manage content, and edit the Newsletter. The position of editorial assistant does not carry additional compensation. Visit the IAS at for more information and copies of past newsletters. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and cv to IAS Newsletter Editor Alison Fleming at by 31 May 2016. Successful candidates must be members or will be asked to join the Italian Art Society and will begin work with production of the Fall Newsletter.
  • CFP: Orient oder Rom? Prehistory, History and Reception of a Historiographical Myth (1880-1930) (Brno, 7-9 Feb 17)

    Brno | Dates: 05 May – 09 Sep, 2016
    Organizers: Ivan Foletti, Universities of Brno and Lausanne; Francesco Lovino, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

    Today the question "Orient oder Rom?" is no longer a topical issue in medieval art history, although a persuasive answer has never been formulated. One of the reasons for this oblivion deals with the controversial figure of Josef Strzygowski, who in 1901 published about the question his pivotal volume and nowadays discredited for its racial and proto-nazi judgement. However, the question "Orient oder Rom?" 
    concerns not only with Josef Strzygowski: the prodromes of this critical concepts goes back to the nineteenth century, when the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires fought to control contested territories, and humanities studies mirrored these conflicts.

    The conference aims to distance from the sole Strzygowski's perspective and to comprehend and rewrite the story of a pivotal concept for both art historiography and cultural identity. The goal of such reflection deals with three different moments: (I) the prehistory of the question "Orient oder Rom?" according to the nineteenth-century studies in the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and even in the Ottoman empires, where art history coincided with  political aspiration; (II) the Vienna experience and the dialectical clash between Alois Riegl's and Franz Wickhoff's school against Josef Strzygowski, and its repercussions worldwide; (III) the longue durée, or how the lumbering figure of Strzygowski determined the critical misfortune of the question during the 1920s and the 1930s, until the postwar  period.

    Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: 
    - the manner in which the question "Orient oder Rom?" was used in local context and especially in the long run;
    - the scholars who discussed and faced this critical point; the impact of "Orient oder Rom?" in the study of monuments and art objects;
    - the political use of the historiographical concept.

    Papers from a diachronic art historical perspective are especially welcome.

    The organization will provide accommodations for all participants; additionally, partial funding is available to support travel expenses.

    Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 9 September 2016 to: and
SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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