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  • CFP: Design and Resistance (15-16 May 2014)

    Izmir | Dates: 26 Nov, 2013 – 17 Jan, 2014
    The protest movements that have recently broken out in different regions of the world including the Arab Spring, the occupy movements and the recent Gezi protests in Istanbul have brought onto the agenda the potential of creative resistance. Particularly the advent of digital technologies has enabled rapid production and widespread distribution possibilities. As such these demonstrations have proceeded with their own peculiar visual culture, icons and symbols. Protests which were set off by strong economic and political concerns were marked by the creative use of artifacts, images and spaces. The most pertinent aspects in terms of design studies were the elements of humor, play and creativity that prevailed during the struggles. In this sense we had a striking encounter with the dissident face of design apart from its conventional conception as a marketing and styling tool. This creates an opportunity to discuss design’s relationship with the cultivation, organization and expression of social dissent. An examination of the role of design in political outcries requires questioning both established boundaries of design discipline and practice and conventional conceptions of political struggle. Questions regarding the issue include examining the representative and/or constitutive roles of design practices, the ways design addresses and transforms power relations within a given society/social order and the transformations that design thinking and practice undergo during periods of strong social dissent.

    Some of the issues contributors are invited to address are as follows:

    Resistance with design
    The role of design in representing dissent
    Visual languages and styles of resistance
    The subversive role of design in given power relations
    Designer as a political identity
    Resistance in design
    Dialogues between conflicting design approaches
    Power relations in design praxis
    Critiques of mainstream design approaches
    Resistance to design
    Anti-design approaches
    Users’ responses to/negotiations with design
    Re-appropriating design

    Those who are interested in contributing papers to the ninth 5T Congress are invited to submit a title and an abstract of 250-300 words through EasyChair [an on-line conference organizing system http://www.easychair.org/] by January 17th 2014. Registration to EasyChair is essential in order to submit abstracts. The conference language is English, therefore all abstracts, presentations and papers should be in English. For any further questions please contact Instr. Bahar Emgin (bahar.emgin@yasar.edu.tr). Selected proposals will be announced on February 17th, 2014.

    Conference Fee
    The conference fee is 100 Euro or 270 Liras. It covers lunch, tea and coffee services throughout the event, the conference dinner (May 15) and the closing reception (May 16).
  • Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Popular Culture (June 5-6, 2014)

    Nijmegen | Dates: 26 Nov, 2013 – 07 Jan, 2014
    Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but as memory itself.

    The international conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories aims to explore a sustained focus on the materiality in and of memory. Such a focus helps to understand memory as a vibrant process, by analysing the active, creative and popular forms of remembering and forgetting. At the same time a materialist focus entails recognising certain forms of agency in material objects. As Bill Brown argues, a culture constitutes itself through its inanimate objects: ‘culture as it is objectified in material forms'. In this conference we want to draw cultural memory into the discourse of ‘new materialism', inquiring how we remember with and through things. Here we avoid simple dualisms by foregrounding the intersections between the material and immaterial, natural and cultural, living or inert. Things make us remember (and forget), yet we also use things to bring about remembrance or forgetfulness. We therefore argue that memory is both mental and material.

    The conference foregrounds the materiality of memory by investigating the vital relations between past and present, absence and presence, and remembrance and object. We thus interrogate the material transfers through which cultural memories of the past are expressed and circulated in art, media and popular culture. These transfers produce, re-present and transform mediated memories, literally giving shape to them in words, images, and objects. The conference pays as much attention to how we remember, create and re-create memories as to what we remember. Cultural memory is taken as both an active process and a dynamic practice. In such processes and practices of remembering, objects and things are endowed with meaning, agency and affect. As Bergson put it poetically, recollection is like ‘a fold in a material'. This raises the question how cultural memory plays a role in the social and cultural life of objects. Or, vice versa, what is the role that material things and objects play in ‘doing' memory? That role will entail a study of the interaction between the materiality of memory, its affective nature, and its ideological frameworks. The conference will explore how memory unfolds time in its objectified materializations, both looking forwards and backwards, and realizing the affective dimensions of the here and now.

    Deadline for paper proposals: January 7, 2014
  • CFP: The US Chancery in London (SHAFR Lexington, 19-21 Jun 14)

    Lexington | Dates: 26 Nov – 01 Dec, 2013
    Lexington, Kentucky, June 19 - 21, 2014

    Deadline: Dec 1, 2013

    Reconsidering the United States Chancery in London Panel at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference

    Deadline for panel submission: December 1, 2013

    In 2009, English Heritage recognized the United States Chancery in London (1955-60) as a building of special interest that merits “every effort to preserve it.” The move to classify Eero Saarinen’s controversial building on Grosvenor Square came in the wake of the U.S. Department of State’s announcement of a competition for a new facility. This year the closure of the Grosvenor Square embassy was assured when ground was broken for the new building in South London.

    In recognition of one of the most important diplomatic buildings realized during the Cold War, this panel seeks papers that reconsider not only the chancery’s architecture, but also the public programs and activities (including exhibitions) held in it, and the diplomatic missions that were launched and pursued in it. The SHAFR conference offers an excellent opportunity to bring a variety of disciplinary approaches, among them the history of American Foreign Relations, and architectural and art history, to the building and its legacy.

    Please contact Cammie McAtee (cammie.mcatee@gmail.com) if you are interested in participating in this panel.
  • Call for Presenters: Bankrupt (Taubman College Doctoral Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning)

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 26 Nov, 2013 – 01 Jan, 2014


    Call for Presenters

    University of Michigan Doctoral Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning

    Triennial Graduate Student Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, April 4-5, 2014

    The Doctoral Programs of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning are pleased to announce a graduate student conference: BANKRUPT.

    In the context of government shutdowns, debt ceiling debates, and the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, we propose a fresh start. To do this, BANKRUPT asks: How are power relations negotiated through the built environment in a context of crisis? Must democracy be circumvented in bankruptcy? Does insolvency open opportunities for new politics, reinvented institutions, or opportunistic practices? Does austerity create possibilities for innovative building techniques? How do architecture and the city reveal or conceal traumatic economic change? We look to emerging graduate student research on buildings, cities, and landscapes for new ways of thinking about our assets and liabilities.

    This conference is open to current doctoral and master’s degree students from a range of disciplines whose research concerns the built environment including architecture, planning, urban studies, sustainability, and natural resources to name a few. We seek twenty-minute paper presentations from researchers whose work reflects on the theme.

    Graduate students are invited to submit an abstract (300 words max.) of their proposed presentation to BANKRUPT2014@gmail.com by January 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by February 1, 2014. While no travel stipend can be offered to accepted presenters, the College is happy to extend free registration for this event and refreshments to presenters and all attendees.  

    Conference Committee:

    Michael McCulloch
    Sarah Mills
    Azadeh Omidfar
    Benjamin Smith

  • Critique 2013

    Adelaide | Dates: 26 – 29 Nov, 2013
    Critique 2013 aims to provide a forum that will to bring together engaged professionals and scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds, fields of knowledge, production, and methodological approaches to discuss and debate the role, value and future of both traditional and emerging forms of critique; such as, written critique in the form of blogs, wikis, and social media, to newsprint, to academic journals; opinion versus critique; verbal critique; relationship between critics and creative practitioners; designed artefacts as critique; and curated exhibitions as critique.
  • Critique 2013 - Call for Participation

    Adelaide | Dates: 26 – 29 Nov, 2013
    Dates: 26-29 November 2013 Location: University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 March 2013