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  • CFP: International Journal of Islamic Architecture

    Dates: 08 Jan – 01 Mar, 2014

    CFP: International Journal of Islamic Architecture

    > Deadline: Mar 1, 2014


    > International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA)

    > Special Issue on the Conception and Use of Expertise in the 
    > Architecture of the Islamic World since 1800

    > Thematic volume planned for Summer 2015

    > Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014

    > As traditional narratives go, the internal religiously-driven 
    > architectural production of the medieval and early modern Islamic 
    > world ended around 1800, when Europe’s impact on the Islamic world 
    > became characterized more by force than by affinity. These 
    > long-standing, yet dynamic internal forms of expertise, ranging from 
    > mathematics and geometry to the mastery of certain crafts like 
    > metalwork, tile production, and masonry, faced enormous external 
    > pressure that rid the arts of Islam of their (supposed) purity. As 
    > several have argued, this transmutation of European “modernity,” as it 
    > is known, subjected most of the Islamic world to both political and 
    > psychological pressures that stymied intrinsic expertise and the 
    > monolithic notions of autonomous, universal, and divine creativity. In 
    > the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such transformations are 
    > more widely described under the rubric of “globalization,” a system 
    > where access to expertise is open to so many and so readily that its 
    > structure merely mimics capitalist culture writ large with its 
    > tendencies towards designification, mimesis, kitsch, and ubiquity.

    > The binaries of periodization (“apex” vs. “decline”) and 
    > characterization (“autonomy” vs. “dependency”) traditionally used to 
    > characterize these transformations have been duly challenged by recent 
    > scholars, but rarely with an eye toward the immensely important and 
    > mutable notion of what expertise means to those it impacts on a 
    > day-to-day basis. Although “expert” and “expertise” are commonly 
    > deployed terms for describing both historical and contemporary 
    > production processes in architecture, the meanings of the terms are 
    > markedly devoid of a critical perspective. Defined as comprehensive 
    > and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area, the 
    > notion of expertise is clearly tethered to the entanglement of power 
    > and knowledge at the core of postcolonial studies; yet its inherent 
    > function in applied “real world” and collateral design matters has 
    > exempted it from the scrutiny directed toward other economies of 
    > knowledge in the last three decades. This special issue joins the 
    > newer synthetic frameworks that opt out of dualizing narratives of the 
    > Islamic world and its other, but in the specific context of 
    > understanding the conception and use of expertise in the period post
    > 1800 and its vital role in the reconfiguration of artisanal 
    > production, the circulation of knowledge and skills, and the 
    > transformation of style.

    > Some contemporary thinkers from other humanistic fields have suggested 
    > a new sociological paradigm of “interactional” expertise that 
    > generates knowledge production through transactional and multilateral 
    > engagement, while others have theorized expertise as a system of 
    > knowledge management and contend that “expert” knowledge has no single 
    > source (such as a monolithic “West”). The resulting questions are 
    > wide-ranging.  How, for example, were the dynamics of competition 
    > between associations of craftsmen in medieval and early modern Islamic 
    > cities reconfigured after 1800, and how were the key urban spaces 
    > where information was exchanged—the storehouse, the market, and the 
    > university—reshaped or muted in the process? With rapidly increasing 
    > contact with Europe, but also Africa, East Asia, and later North 
    > America, how did conceptions of expertise shift in light of the crafts 
    > and skills of formerly unknown populations? To what extent has 
    > technology (perceived as originating outside the Islamic world) from 
    > the nineteenth century to the present reinforced the stereotype of an 
    > expert “West,” and to what extent has such technology facilitated new 
    > forms of autonomous creative production in the Islamic world? What are 
    > the promises and the pitfalls of the contemporary free market 
    > economy’s ability to import foreign expertise to develop local built 
    > environments, as in China’s intense engagement in developing much of 
    > the housing sector in Nigeria or the rapid development of oil-rich 
    > landscapes in the Islamic world designed by European and North 
    > American “experts” and executed with South Asian labor?

    > This special issue invites papers that explore the notion of expertise 
    > in the architecture of the Islamic world since 1800 in a new light, 
    > focusing on the history and practice of architecture and its allied 
    > design fields, including geography, anthropology, and civil 
    > engineering. Themes that might be addressed include, but are not 
    > limited to, the following:

    > 1. Who and/or what (e.g., guilds, masters, systems of formal training) 
    > has defined expertise in the production of architecture in Islamic 
    > lands from the late eighteenth century to the present day, and how has 
    > the definition been socially, religiously, or culturally informed—for 
    > example by the European university system?

    > 2. How have “outsider” forms of expertise in the production of 
    > architecture—such as the German apprenticeship system for Ottoman 
    > engineers in the construction of the Hejaz Railway to Mecca or the 
    > introduction of brick production in Dutch colonial Indonesia—been 
    > legitimated, imposed, or appropriated in the modern Islamic world?

    > 3. What are the contours between different forms of expertise, from 
    > the highly technical to the theoretical, in the modern Islamic world, 
    > and in what ways have these divisions had greater or lesser cultural 
    > or economic importance? For example, which forms of design expertise 
    > have been sought from abroad in major projects since decolonization, 
    > which have not, and are there patterns that divide along the lines of 
    > particular forms of technical, artistic, or theoretical expertise?

    > 4. To what extent is expertise an integral part of the power/knowledge 
    > genre? How can we understand—through examples such as the importation 
    > of French architects to Egypt in the 19th century, which had a defined 
    > relationship to a French civilizing mission, or the strong connection 
    > forged between the early Turkish Republic and German and French 
    > architects and planners, which was elective—the ways in which 
    > expertise is both an extension of and separate from the established 
    > power/knowledge genre and its geopolitical landscape? Is this 
    > contingent on the status of the state (colony vs. republic), the 
    > historical period, or something altogether different?

    > 5. What are the relationships between author and expert, authorship 
    > and expertise, in the architecture of the Islamic world—for example, 
    > in massive collaborations such as Masdar—and how are hierarchies for 
    > giving credit established and culturally constructed by the host 
    > cultures and the cultures of those providing the expertise?

    > 6. How can scholars, practitioners, professionals, and artists 
    > address, define, and critically theorize expertise, and what 
    > particular relevance does this have for the study of Islamic architecture?

    > Essays that focus on historical and theoretical analysis (DiT papers) 
    > should be a minimum of 5,000 words but no more than 8,000 words, and 
    > essays on design (DiP papers) can range from 2,000 to 3,000 words.
    > Contributions from practitioners are welcome and should bear in mind 
    > the critical framework of the journal. Contributions from scholars of 
    > craft history and preservation as well as scholars and critics of 
    > sustainability in the broadest sense are also particularly welcome.

    > Please send a 400-word abstract with essay title to the guest editor, 
    > Peter Christensen, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Technische 
    > Universität München, (peter.christensen@tum.de), by 1 March 2014. 
    > Those whose proposals are accepted will be contacted soon thereafter 
    > and requested to submit full papers to the journal by 25 July 2014. 
    > All papers will undergo full peer review.

    > For author instructions regarding paper guidelines, please consult: 
    > www.intellectbooks.com/ijia

  • CFP: Conference on Illinois History

    Dates: 08 Jan – 11 Mar, 2014

    and Proposals for Teacher Workshops

    Sixteenth Annual
    Conference on Illinois History
    September 25–26, 2014

    Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois' history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History.  The Conference welcomes 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 for teacher workshops.  Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology?  Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History.  The conference is accredited by the ISBE for CPDUs.

    To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send:

    1.  A summary of the topic

    2.  A one-page resume of participant(s)

    3. Paper summaries should include a description of major primary and secondary sources used.

    The deadline for proposals is March 11, 2014.

    Send proposals to:

    Conference on Illinois History
    Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
    1 Old State Capitol Plaza
    Springfield, IL  62701

    Phone 217/524-6045, Fax 217/785-7937
    E-mail: shanta.thoele@illinois.gov


  • CFP: 58th Annual Meeting (RCSC Los Angeles, 7 Jun 14)

    Dates: 08 – 30 Jan, 2014

    CFP: 58th Annual Meeting (RCSC Los Angeles, 7 Jun 14)

    Los Angeles, June 7, 2014
    Deadline: Jan 30, 2014


    Call for Papers

    Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC) 58th Annual Meeting Saturday, 7 June 2014 UCLA, Los Angeles CA

    Keynote Speaker
    Adam Knight Gilbert
    Director of the Early Music Program
    Thornton School of Music
    University of Southern California

    The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)

    Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to:

    Martine van Elk (martine.vanelk@csulb.edu)

    or by mail to:
    Martine van Elk
    English Department
    California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840

    Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2014

  • Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space

    New York | Dates: 08 Jan, 2014
    AIA CES: 1.5 LU

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
    Where: At The Center, 536 LaGuardia Place

    Asia's Practical Utopias are the result of private and public investments and offer the public a range of resources: privately owned public spaces, public transit, passage improvements, and space for retail, entertainment and cultural activities. Just as the retreat of the public sphere has raised questions about the future of public space in New York City, Asian cities are faced with the challenge of developing public spaces that satisfy the political and cultural expectations of their leaders and citizens. What role are Practical Utopias playing in this development?

    The goal of this program is to expand on the exhibition by exploring how lives are actually lived in or through the buildings by ordinary citizens. It will focus on cities like Shanghai, where complex projects like Xin Tian Di bring out issues of development, gentrification, and preservation, where the Bund Reconstruction offers an illustration of a phenomenal public urban stage, and where the ex-urban scale of Pudong challenges western notions of a functional city. In Hong Kong, public walkways and privately owned public spaces have become the site of political protests in the past year, including the "Occupy" movement encamped under the HSBC bank building. In Seoul, Chonggaecheon, and Tokyo, Roppongi Hills, provide an important case study as well.

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 non-members

    This program is related to the exhibition Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, on view from October 1, 2013 to January 18, 2014.
  • CONF: Nordic Cosmopolitans (8 Jan 2014)

    Aarhus | Dates: 08 – 08 Jan, 2014
    Aarhus, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, January 8, 2014

    Nordic Cosmopolitans: art and internationalism in Scandinavia and Finland at the ‘long fin-de-siècle’

    This workshop brings together academics and curators to discuss the most recent scholarship on art and internationalism in Scandinavia and Finland at the ‘long fin-de-siècle’ (c.1870-1920).

    Topics range from the Pre-Raphaelite influence on Danish painting, to neo-classicism in Finnish architecture, Scandinavian artists in Paris, Scandinavian colonial visual culture, and an inside perspective on the recent exhibition Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough (Munich and Groningen, 2012-13). The workshop is convened by Ingeborg Bugge (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Rosie Ibbotson (University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand), in collaboration with the Internationalism and Cultural Exchange research network (ICE).

    Speakers include: Charlotte Ashby, Åsa Bharathi Larsson, Ingeborg Bugge, Jan Cox, Hannah Heilmann, David Jackson, and Vibeke Röstorp.

    To register, please email iceresearchnetwork@gmail.com by 15 December 2013. There will be a subsidised registration fee of £30, or £15 for concessions.