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  • Indochina. Land and People, 1856-­1956

    Paris | Dates: 17 Oct, 2013 – 26 Jan, 2014
    The Army Museum presents for the first time an exhibition exploring 100 years of French military presence in Indochina , from conquest to decolonization, crossing stories of France, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. More than 300 rooms to discover over a chronological, thematic and educational journey for all audiences to understand this complex and rich colonial history. A selection of original pieces of collections and linking with the works, objects and documents numerous special collections and reference institutions in this area, including the National Archives overseas, the Department of Defense history, the Maritime Museum, the BNF, the Quai Branly Museum, the Musée Guimet, the Missions Foreign in Paris, the Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon ... The course - chronological and thematic - allows visitors to explore the creation of the territory of French Indochina between 1859 and 1907 , the Indochinese colonial life and movement nationals in the inter-war until the end of the French Empire in the Far East.
  • CFP: University of Oregon Dept. of the History of Art & Architecture 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

    Eugene | Dates: 17 Oct – 20 Dec, 2013
    The University of Oregon Department of the History of Art and Architecture invites papers for its 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. This cross-cultural, interdisciplinary symposium will explore the theme of “the copy,” interpreted in the broadest sense to include any form of replication, reproduction, or forgery across all time periods, media and geographic regions. While both the art market and the art historical discipline have tended to prioritize the value of the original art object over its copy, an increasingly globalized society saturated with easily available reproductions in a variety of media requires us to reconsider the complex relationship between the copy and its original. Applicants may consider but are not limited to the cultural, theoretical, historical and commercial aspects of this topic.

    Potential topics may consider:
    - Problems of authenticity, originality, authorship, genius and art-world commodification
    - Forgeries, counterfeits and the art market
    - The copy’s effect on the transmission of artistic ideas, theories and styles throughout history
    - Prints and photographic reproductions
    - Cross-cultural reproduction
    - Appropriation and the ready-made
    - Miraculous icons
    - Digital reproduction, piracy and copyright
    - Digital art museums
    - Art education

    For consideration, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and curriculum vitae as PDF attachments to uosymposium@gmail.com by December 20, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by January 15, 2014, and the full paper will be due no later than April 11, 2014.
  • CFP: 2014 Design History Society Annual Conference

    Oxford | Dates: 17 Oct, 2013 – 01 Feb, 2014
    Design for War and Peace
    Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 September 2014
    University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education
    Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

    2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, will be an apposite moment in which to reflect upon the relationship of design and craft to conflict. International and interdisciplinary scholarship burgeoned amidst the world conflicts of the twentieth-century and their aftermath. The construction of ‘collective memory’ proposed by Maurice Hallbwachs in The Social Frameworks of Memory 1925 and Marc Bloch’s rebuttal emerged amidst the interwar reassessment of the ‘war to end all wars’ and the ensuing internment of these scholars in the concentration camps of the Second World War. The paradigm shifting analyses of nationalism and identity produced by Benedict Anderson; Eric Hobsbawm; Paul Fussell; Pierre Nora reverberated not only with the long shadow of these world wars, but also the protest and peace movements of the 1968 and post-Vietnam War Era. The objects produced for war and peace offer a vibrant site for examining these debates. Academic scholarship has constellated particularly around ‘fine art’ media (painting, commemorative sculpture, etc.) or conflict landscape archaeology; the critical analysis of the historical evidence of design, craft and material culture is still emerging from technical or statistical data focussed publications or as its role as illustration within theoretical, literary studies and historical scholarship. The roles of digital technologies, oral history as well as site and collection management in enriching and redirecting pedagogic strategies for teaching and researching the history of design for war and peace will be another important strand. This conference would seek to bring together researchers from the many disciplines within design history to develop methodological approaches and explorations of a wider range of objects; a more diverse geography of theatres of conflicts and temporality, juxtaposing the often segregated methodologies war and peace studies.

    Individual papers are welcome; proposals of a panel of speakers addressing inter-related themes are also encouraged.

    Please send an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief CV (one page) by email by 1 February 2014 to warandpeace2014DHS@conted.ox.ac.uk.
  • Rice University to Offer Master of Arts and Architecture Degree through a Postbaccalaureate Program

    Houston | Dates: 17 Oct, 2013
    The Rice University School of Architecture (RSA) will offer a Master of Arts and Architecture degree through a postbaccalaureate program to begin in fall 2014.

    The two-semester graduate program titled "Present Future" is geared toward students with either professional or undergraduate design degrees, and not necessarily in architecture, according to Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, who will lead the program during its first two years.

    The program’s theme during the first year will be "Next City," as seen through the reality of Hong Kong's New Towns. The Present Future premise is that architects and urban planners need to think less about tearing down and starting over than building upon neighborhoods for which strong parameters have been set by culture and history.

    The deadline for applications is Dec. 31. For information about the program, visit http://arch.rice.edu/Fresh-News/NEW-OPTION-3-GRADUATE-PROGRAM/

  • Archiving the Digital: Current Efforts to Preserve Design Records

    London | Dates: 17 – 18 Oct, 2013
    17 October, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, 10:00 – 16:30
    18 October, John McAslan + Partners Offices, 7-9 William Road, NW1 3ER, 10:00 – 16:00

    This conference co-organised by the British Architectural Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum brings together noted UK and international experts including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and Cité de l’architecture (Paris) who are tackling the shared problem of managing long-term access to digital design records including CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

    Day one, speakers will assess the current challenges facing offices and collecting institutions and outline current best practices to preserve and share these records as well as suggesting continued collaborations to manage the lack of open-source software and non-proprietary formats.

    Day two features site visits to the office of John McAslan + Partners and Central Saint Martins King’s Cross to discover how practitioners and students create and maintain their designs in the virtual environment.

    17 October: Students £20 (Proof of ID may be needed upon entry), RIBA Members £40, Non Members £60

    18 October: Students £20 (Proof of ID may be needed upon entry), RIBA Members £40, Non Members £60

    Advanced booking is essential.
  • Little White Houses: Race, Space, and the Ordinary Postwar Home

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Oct, 2013

    RSVP here: littlewhitehouses.eventbrite.com

    Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) past-president Dianne Harris will discuss her Graham-funded book, Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), during a free lecture at the Graham Foundation on Thursday, October 17, at 6 p.m. In this lecture, Harris will examine textual and visual representations, as well as postwar houses and material culture to uncover the production of an extraordinarily powerful iconographic and cultural field that repeatedly equated ordinary, single-family houses with middle-class and white identities to the exclusion of others, creating an invidious cultural iconography that continues to resonate today. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Presented by SAH in partnership with the Graham Foundation.

    Dianne Harris is director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and professor of landscape architecture, architecture, art history and history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her tenure as president of SAH, Harris served as editor-in-chief for SAHARA, a digital image archive funded by the Mellon Foundation and developed by SAH in collaboration with ARTstor. Her research focuses on the relationship between the built environment and the construction of racial and class identities. Focusing on the visual, the material and the spatial, her work consistently seeks answers to questions about the ways representations, objects and the built environment shape social and cultural history. Harris holds a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Little White Houses book cover