Dates: 07 Nov – 31 Dec, 2013
Applications are invited for a one-year, non-teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University beginning Fall 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the year-long John E.
Sawyer Seminar titled “Critical ‘Silk Road’ Studies,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Georgetown faculty members James Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History). Applicants whose scholarly work addresses any of the geographical regions covered by the Silk Road, from ancient to contemporary, and represents any discipline in the humanities or social sciences are encouraged to apply. The fellow will be expected to attend all sessions of the Sawyer Seminar and to be an active participant in the Sawyer Seminar and University community. Additionally, the fellow is expected to pursue an active research agenda by making use of the resources of Georgetown University and the greater Washington, DC area.
The goals of the seminar are to provide an interdisciplinary and interregional platform in order to investigate the invention and development of the concept of the Silk Road as well as its on-going impact, its potential and limitations for framing fields of academic inquiry, and even its role in policy-making. By inviting the participation of scholars representing research specializations ranging from ancient and modern history, art history, religious studies, literature, musicology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as foreign policy academics and practitioners in an interrogation and exploration of the notion of the Silk Road, the seminar will furthermore address the challenges of seeing beyond the chronological, regional, linguistic, and disciplinary compartmentalization of specialists in order to better understand the workings of the trans-Eurasian Silk Road as a broader phenomenon.
For further information about the seminar, please visit silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu.
St. Andrews |
Dates: 07 Nov – 31 Dec, 2013
School of Art History, University of St. Andrews - Saturday 14 June 2014
The conference seeks to present original ideas relating to the design and construction of churches in Catholic Europe between ca. 1500 and 1750. New religious demands, arising out of the Counter-Reformation, led to innovations in both the form and function of the interior space of churches. This conference will provide a forum for presentations on these changes, and for discussion among scholars engaged in similar research.
We will consider proposals that may include but are not limited to:
- an art-historical or architectural analysis of the interior of a church built or renovated during this period, in both public and private contexts
- a study of church furnishings (e.g. altarpieces, pulpits, monuments, choir stalls), and their location and function within the church
- an investigation of patronage, both religious and secular; how the patron or donor may have influenced the construction of the church or parts of its interior.
Our plenary speaker will be Dr Martin Gaier, University of Basel, Switzerland.
The proceedings of this conference will be published in a special edition of North Street Review: Arts and Visual Culture, the postgraduate art history journal of the University of St Andrews.
Submissions will follow the formatting and image copyright guidelines set by the North Street Review, as detailed here http://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/nsr/index. Representatives from the ‘Open-Access and Online Journal System’ of the University of St Andrews Library and the Scholarly Communications team at the University of Edinburgh will give brief presentations on the constantly changing state of online and open-access publishing. This will be followed by a workshop/roundtable discussion about the implications of open-access for post-graduate scholarship. All students and staff are welcome.
We will also explore the possibility of forming a session, with presenters from our conference, to participate in the 2015 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Berlin. (Submissions for the 2015 RSA conference will not be open until spring 2014, so we cannot confirm this until then.)
Papers will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion afterwards.
To submit a proposal, send an abstract of your paper (ca.
300 words) and a CV by 31 December 2013 to:
Meredith Crosbie and Emanuela Vai,
Conference Organisers & PhD Candidates at the University of St Andrews
Dates: 07 Nov, 2013 – 01 Feb, 2014
The design, construction, and physical maintenance of U.S. low-income housing—both assisted and market-rate inventories—have undergone both remarkable innovation and astounding decay during the past century. If well designed, constructed, and maintained, affordable housing is a vital economic and social asset. If not, it is a symbol of modern urban blight, a contributor to precarious living situations, and a symptom of bureaucratic inefficiency and market disregard. The new and existing housing stock occupied by low-income Americans are mirrors of our policy and our markets. Past historical surveys of America housing have shed light on how the bricks and mortar of our nation’s housing are inscribed with social, economic, and political meaning. This symposium seeks submissions that broaden this field by applying historical or social-science analysis to the form, materials, means, and methods of low-income housing. In this symposium we will be equally interested in both the market-rate housing stock occupied by low-income households and the assisted housing stock. The topics of interest are wide and include, but are not limited to, (1) gender, race, or physical mobility and housing design; (2) municipal “incivilities” ordinances and building codes; (3) measures of inadequate or distressed housing; (4) vernacular design and occupant preferences; and (5) homebuyer and occupant maintenance and repair behaviors. Submit proposals via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles |
Dates: 07 Nov, 2013
This year, SAH/SCC celebrates our members—and a great historic building—at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the 84-year-old synagogue recently restored by Levin & Associates Architects. Principal architect Brenda Levin, FAIA, will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration process while we sit in the awe-inspiring sanctuary. We will begin with an outdoor reception, then proceed into the sanctuary for the program. We will also hear from David Judson, president of Judson Studios, which worked on the stained-glass restoration, as well as Katie Spitz, AIA, ASLA, principal of the landscape architecture firm KSA. As always, this event is free for members. We encourage you to invite guests, whose nominal entrance fee can be applied toward a new membership on that day.
Levin & Associates led both the restoration of the historic Sanctuary building and developed a campus master plan. Two initial studies that surveyed and evaluated the historic materials of the 1929 building formed the foundation of a Conservation Master Plan. The Sanctuary restoration includes all original historic finishes, fixtures, and seating. Added were eight new light niches, which are concealed by gold metal grilles whose design derives from a decorative motif seen throughout the space, particularly at the choir loft and in various floor patterns.
As part of the process, Levin created mock-ups for each historic material, from exterior plaster, cast stone, and marble, to the interior Hugo Ballin murals, art glass, and plaster dome. Among the most challenging components of the project was restoring the coffered plaster dome ceiling, rose window, art glass, and cast-stone surround.
Landscape components by KSA Landscape Architecture include Wilshire and Hobart Boulevards’ streetscapes, parking lot, a container garden, and a communal outdoor garden accessed from the east portal of the Sanctuary. Enclosed by new gates at Wilshire Boulevard that were inspired by the curved forms of the dome, the communal garden is a place for the congregation to gather as a community in reflection or celebration.
SAH/SCC Members’ Celebration: Wilshire Boulevard Temple Restored: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:30PM-8:30PM; 3663 Wilshire Blvd., LA; free for SAH/SCC Members in good standing; $10 for non-member guests, applicable to new membership; reservations are required; email us your RSVP with your name and number of attendees at email@example.com. OR call 1-800-972-4722.