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  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Architectural Restoration Field School (May 25-June 7, 2014)

    Forest | Dates: 10 Feb – 25 Apr, 2014

    *The deadline for applications for the 2014 Summer Session is April 25th.*

    Poplar Forest is pleased to offer its continuing Architectural Restoration Field School, begun in 1990.

    The restoration staff have designed the program to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered during the course of this model project. Multi-disciplinary approaches are emphasized and hands-on training is offered, where possible. Selected field trips place this particular project in a broader conservation and restoration perspective. The program provides an awareness and a knowledge of the rich complexity of details and issues found in the architectural restoration of historic properties.

    10 to 12 participants under the direction of the Director of Architectural Restoration receive training and education during an intensive 14-day program. Participants are accepted into the program from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and experience. Participants are selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in the restoration process. Past participants include undergraduate and graduate students, historians, architects, architectural historians, craftsmen, contractors and others.

    The program's focus will be an understanding of the process of planning and implementing a museum-quality restoration project. Training and education consists of lectures, observation, architectural investigation, documentation, conservation techniques and field trips to observe behind-the-scenes restoration work at other Jefferson sites and relevant projects in the region.

    History of Poplar Forest and Thomas Jefferson 
    Theory and Practice of Museum Quality Restoration 
    Architectural Investigation 
    Restoration Construction 
    Historic Materials 
    Masonry Conservation 
    Historical Archaeology 
    Historical Interpretation 
    Restoration Theory Field Trips

    Click here to view a typical field school schedule.

    Date: May 25 – June 7, 2014 
    Cost: $350 tuition

    Food/Lodging: Field school students are responsible for their own food and lodging. Dormitory rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities are available at Lynchburg College for approximately $35/day.

    Credit: Pre-arranged independent college course credit is the responsibility of students and their respective colleges.

    To Apply: Submit a cover letter, stating why you would like to participate, a resume and a letter of recommendation.

    Mail To: 
    Travis C. McDonald 
    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest 
    P.O. Box 419 
    Forest, VA 24551 
    (434) 534-8123

    Deadline: April 25, 2014
    Scholarships may be available

    "It exceeded my expectations. It was outstanding!" 
    "Its value as a learning tool is exemplary." 
    "This was one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had." 
    "I learned more practical experience in two weeks than I learned in two years of graduate school!" 
    "I was a bit concerned, having just completed a MS in preservation, but I learned so many new & exciting things." 
    "A wonderful educational experience and lots of fun too. I feel fortunate to have participated." 
    "The quality of the experience in regards to the caliber of people that we met, spoke to, and were lectured by was astounding." 
    "As much was incorporated into a two-week program as one could wish ... I was very pleased with the variety of students." 
    "The examples that I was shown and the literature that I was given at the Field School have and will continue to help me in my field. The Poplar Forest Restoration Field School has given me the confidence and understanding I needed to pursue my dream of restoring historic houses."

  • 2014 Carter Manny Award

    Dates: 10 Feb – 15 Mar, 2014

    The Graham Foundation invites applications for the 2014 Carter Manny Award to support doctoral dissertation research and writing.

    This annual award program recognizes outstanding doctoral students whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and concern and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields.

    The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. 

    Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree and who have been nominated by their department are eligible to apply. To learn more about the award, the eligibility requirements, and to access the application, see the award guidelines.

    2013 Carter Manny Award Recipients

    Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Disciplines and Techniques of Creativity, 1880–1985

    Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

    Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953

    Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning 

    Image: Allotment Gardeners' colony "Rosenthal" display at the Small Garden, Settlement, and Housing Exposition, exhibiting produce for the prize jury, 1923, Vienna. Courtesy of Austrian League of Allotment Gardeners. From the 2013 Carter Manny Award to Sophie Hochhäusl for Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953.



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  • CFP: NEH Summer Institute on the Visual Culture of the Civil War (July 7-18, 2014)

    New York | Dates: 10 Feb – 04 Mar, 2014

    This two-week institute supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will focus on the Civil War’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography—to assess how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict. Institute members will participate in seminars led by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; take part in hands-on sessions in museums and archives; and attend new media lab workshops. Guided by a faculty team that represents the range of work in the field, these institute activities will introduce the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, encourage exploration for further research in the field, and assist in developing approaches that use visual evidence to enhance teaching and researching the history of the war.

    Faculty: Jeanie Attie, Lynne Zacek Bassett, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, Alice Fahs, Lauren Hewes, David Jaffee, Maurie McInnis, Mary Niall Mitchell, Megan Kate Nelson, Kirk Savage, Richard Samuel West, and Deborah Willis.

    Application deadline: March 4, 2014
    Notification date: March 31, 2014

  • CFP: Visual Urban Transformations (28-29 Mar 14)

    Berlin | Dates: 10 – 25 Feb, 2014

    CFP: Visual Urban Transformations (Berlin, 28-29 Mar 14) 

    Call for Papers for the Panel:  Visual Urban Transformations: Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction in Central and Eastern Europe

    (As part of the Third Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ to be held in Berlin, Germany, 28-29 March 2014)

    Deadline for paper proposals: 25 February 2014

    Panel Description:

    As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate.

    Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of East-West, Europe-Balkans, and centre-periphery, urban - suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining state-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsest. This transformation is ever more complex in the cities of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In these last decades, during the period of socio-political and cultural deconstruction, the redefinitions of their urban space reflect the need to refashion, consolidate or even establish their new/old identities.

    Flooded with imported ‘non-places’, (not) dealing with the material legacy of memories of the recent past that seem unable to resolve, trying to accept or reject the rest of Europe in the race towards ‘Europeanization’, these cities adopt different approaches in their aim to resemble and at the same time, differ. Zagreb generously welcomed its marketing nickname “pocket size Vienna”, while regenerating itself with the mega Museum of Contemporary Art tailored up to an imagined ‘Western European’ standard. Skopje’s attention seeking project transformed the ‘open city of solidarity’ into a literal national identity construction site. The list goes on. Queuing to win the old continent’s capital of culture contest and eager to squeeze into the ever-enlarging itinerary of the consumerist Grand Tour, the only thing cities are not allowed to be, is invisible.

    As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various transitional processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

    Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

    •    Collective memory, identity and urban image construction

    •    Appropriation, instrumentalisation and functualisation of public


    •    Contemporary nomadism and the city as a common denominator for

    collective identities

    •    Architecture as ‘politics with bricks and mortar’

    •    Is there a new rise of the city-state?

    •    Urban regeneration projects, landmark buildings and ‘starchitects’

    •    Non-places and (non)identity

    •    Immigrants and the cultural identity of cities

    •    City marketing and city branding in transition

    •    European capitals of culture and European identity

    •    Identity creation and the cultural offer of the city

    •    Urban cultural heritage as identity-anchor

    •    Creative changes of the cities

    •    Art and industry in urban development

    •    Urban aesthetics

    •    Ugliness, kitsch and value in shaping contemporary urban spaces

    •    Post-communism and the shape of urban change

    •    East-West nexuses in urban development

    If interested in participating, please send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 25th of February 2014 at application@euroacademia.eu

    For the complete details of the conference and on-line application please see:


  • CFP: Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University

    Washington | Dates: 10 Feb – 15 May, 2014

    This annual conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. To further the inclusive spirit of their groundbreaking anthologies, we invite papers on subjects spanning the chronological spectrum, from the ancient world through the present, to foster a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice. Papers may address such topics as: artists, movements, and works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender,
    and sexuality within visual cultures. Submissions on under-represented
    art-historical fields, geographic areas, national traditions,
    and issues of race and ethnicity are encouraged.  

    To be considered for participation, please provide a single document in Microsoft Word. It should consist of a one-page, single-spaced proposal of unpublished work up to
    500 words for a 20-minute presentation, followed by a curriculum
    vitae of no more than two pages.

    Please name the document “[last name]-proposal” and submit with the subject line “[last name]-proposal” to fahc5papers@gmail.com.

    Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

    Invitations to participate will be sent by July 1.

    Keynote speaker

    Professor Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College

    Sessions and keynote address will be held on the campus of American University

    Sponsored by the Art History Program and the Department of Art,
    College of Arts and Sciences, American University

    Organizing committee: Kathe Albrecht, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield,
    Mary D. Garrard, Helen Langa, Andrea Pearson, and Ying-chen Peng

  • CFP: Houses as Museums/Museums as Houses (London, 12-13 Sep 14)

    London | Dates: 10 – 17 Feb, 2014

    Wallace Collection, London, September 12 - 13, 2014
    Deadline: Feb 17, 2014

    Houses as Museums/Museums as Houses

    The relationship between museums and domestic spaces is a long and complex one. Museums were born in the houses of collectors, while the reconstruction of the house or domestic room – of ‘home’, effectively – continues to be an influential if controversial model for museum display. On the other hand, museums have at times invested heavily in the idea of their spaces as public, scientific and definitively non-domestic. The line between house and museum is therefore also one between public and private, scientific and domestic; and house-museums/museum-houses have acted both to confirm, to alter, and to undermine this line completely.

    The 2014 MGHG conference seeks to understand the historical development of this relationship by investigating the ways in which museums have acted as houses, and houses have acted as museums. It will also explore the ways in which house-museums/museum-houses have been positioned in boundary zones of space and time, and what effect they have had on those boundaries. 
    The conference will take place at the Wallace Collection, London, on Friday 12 - Saturday 13 September 2014, itself an illustration of the ways in which houses may become museums, or are (re)designed as museums by their owner, as Hertford House was by Sir Richard Wallace. 
    We also encourage papers on aspects as diverse as the growth of the celebrity house museum, cabinets of curiosity, curatorial practices of the homeowner in contrast to those of the professional curator, and the development of open air museums and their approach to house reconstruction. Our focus is on the historical development of these themes, but papers which consider the interaction of historical and contemporary practice will also be considered.

    We encourage papers from museum professionals, researchers, and students from multiple disciplines.

    Keynote speakers confirmed so far: Helen Rees Leahy, Professor of Museology at the University of Manchester. 
    Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

    Country houses as museums
    Artist/writer/scientist house museums
    Houses converted into museums
    Museums in houses: cabinets of curiosity, children’s museums, amateur museums
    Museums in other domestic settings such as ‘inn parlour’ museums
    Museums as places to live, for curators, caretakers and others 
    Owners, custodians and curators
    Subjective and eccentric taxonomies

    Please send proposals for papers, of no more than 250 words, with brief
    biographical information, to secretary@mghg.org, by Monday 17 February