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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 December 2013. There will be a subsidised registration fee of £30, or £15 for concessions.
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
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 (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating in this panel.
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.
Dates: 20 Nov – 01 Dec, 2013
The Charles C. Eldredge Prize is awarded annually by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for outstanding scholarship in the field of American art. A cash award of $3,000 is made to the author of a recent book-length publication that provides new insight into works of art, the artists who made them, or aspects of history and theory that enrich our understanding of America's artistic heritage.
The Eldredge Prize seeks to recognize originality and thoroughness of research, excellence of writing, clarity of method, and significance for professional or public audiences. It is especially meant to honor those authors who deepen or focus debates in the field, or who broaden the discipline by reaching beyond traditional boundaries.
Funding for the Charles C. Eldredge Prize is provided by the American Art Forum, a patrons' support organization of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The prize was instituted to honor Charles C. Eldredge, who founded the American Art Forum in 1986 during his tenure as director of the museum.
December 1 is the deadline for nominations.
Dates: 20 Nov, 2013 – 10 Jan, 2014
Led by Alina Payne, Harvard University
This research seminar zeroes in on rivers as the cultural infrastructure of the Mediterranean world in the early modern period, as carriers of people, things, and ideas tying geographies and cultures together. The king of such rivers was undoubtedly the Danube, running a parallel course to the Mediterranean and cutting across Europe from West to East.
Flowing into the Black Sea, it entered the system of communicating vessels of the Mediterranean—the old Roman mare nostrum itself, the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea, and, the last ripple that separates and unites three continents, the Sea of Azov.
But the Danube was not alone in swelling the Mediterranean world with the cultures along its shores. The Sava, the Adige, the Neretva, the Pruth, the Dniester and Dnieper, and the Don (which flows into the Sea of Azov) etc. connect the "traditional" Mediterranean cultures—the Italian, the Ottoman, the Greek/Byzantine, the French and Spanish—with the world of the Balkans and beyond. Starting from this perspective, this seminar seeks to develop a framework for understanding how the Balkans and its northern neighbors mediated between East and West, as well as the region's contribution to the larger Mediterranean cultural melting pot in the early modern period.
The premises underlying this seminar are twofold: 1) that the contours of the Mediterranean Renaissance need to be re-drawn to include a larger territory that reflects this connectedness; and 2) that the eastern frontier of Europe extending from the Mediterranean deep into the interior played a pivotal role in negotiating the dialogue between western Europe, Central Asia and Ottoman Turkey. On the cusp between cultures and religions, Balkan principalities, kingdoms, and fiefdoms came to embody hybridity, to act as a form of buffer or cultural "switching" system that assimilated, translated, and linked the cultures of near and Central Asia with those of Western Europe. Taking a trans-regional approach, this project aims to reconstruct the fluid ties that linked territories in a period in which hegemonies were short-lived and unstable, and in which contact nebulas generated artistic nebulas that challenge traditional historical categories of regional identities, East/West and center/periphery.
The seminar will run from spring of 2014 to summer of 2015 and will be guided by a distinguished group of scholars. Participants are invited to propose their own projects related to these themes on which they will work during this period. We seek contributions on building types (eg.
carvanserais/ hans), infrastructure (bridges, fortifications and roads), domestic architecture (villas/palaces), religious and domed structures, etc., building practices, materials and artisans, on Kleinarchitektur and portable architectural objects. Proposals are also invited from participants working on spolia, on "minor" arts—cloth/silks, goldsmithry, sculpture, leather, gems and books—as well as on collecting and treasuries, that is, on artworks and luxury items that allowed ornamental forms and formal ideas to circulate and created a taste for a hybrid aesthetic, as well as on historiography.
The countries under consideration here are: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
The seminar involves three stages: 1) a two-week "mobile" workshop traveling along the Dalmatian coast and using this region as case study of the issues, historiography and methodologies that this project seeks to foreground (May/June 2014); 2) a two and a half week stay at Harvard University (2 day workshop focusing on interim presentation of participants' findings and 2 week library access in January/February 2015); and 3) a final conference (presentation of developed individual
projects) and short trip to key sites on the Black Sea. On-going participation in the seminar will be based on the quality of scholarly contribution and on the level of engagement with the group.
Applicants should be post-doctoral scholars working in the Eastern European countries on which the project focuses (maximum 10 years from a doctoral degree; doctoral degree must be in hand at time of application). Travel expenses are covered. The seminar language is
English: participants will need to demonstrate a strong command of the language to enable wide-ranging discussion with the other members of the seminar. Facility with languages of the region is an asset. Applications must include: CV, personal statement, description of proposed project
(500 words + one page bibliography), one published writing sample and three letters of reference are due no later than January 10, 2014.
Finalists will be interviewed; participants will be notified by early February.
Please send applications to the attention of Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported by a Connecting Art Histories grant from the Getty Foundation.
New York |
Dates: 20 Nov, 2013 – 01 Mar, 2014
The Beaux-Arts Atelier is a one-year, full-time program in the study of classical architecture, art, and design following the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. It is housed in the NYC landmark headquarters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to some of the city's most storied examples of classical construction.
Areas of study include the following: Architectural Drafting, Drawing & Sculpture, Ornament & Relief, the Classical Orders, Literature & Theory of Classical Architecture, Reading Architecture: Masterpieces of New York, Architectural Rendering in Wash, Master Copying, Shades & Shadow, and Propotion.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2014.
Financial Assistance is available to accepted applicants according to merit and need. One regional scholarship designated for a student hailing from the Northern California region is also available.
Dates: 18 – 29 Aug, 2014
Opens December 17, at 3 p.m. CST Register here
The 2014 Croatia Study Tour explores the transformation of Croatia's rich built environment in harmony with the beauty of the natural environment along the Adriatic Sea Coast from Dubrovnik to Venice with visits to many of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Read More
Dates: 07 Feb, 2014
February 7, 2014 Time:
10 a.m.-4 p.m. EST Price:
$199 per person (non-refundable) Registration:
Opens December 17, at 3 p.m. CST Register Here
Miami is the quintessential world city. Young, dynamic, and diverse, the city finds its longstanding role as a commercial center and port of entry reflected in its emerging status as a center for art and design in the western hemisphere. This SAH Study Day offers a chance to visit two recent examples of the city’s architectural patrimony, the newly-opened Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and 1111 Lincoln Road. Pritzker Prize laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron designed both buildings, whose patrons – Robert Wennet and Terry Riley – will welcome Study Day participants. Among the exhibitions on display at PAMM will be a site-specific installation by Ai Weiwei. Read More
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.
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.
Dates: 25 Nov, 2013
A joint opportunity exists with the University of Queensland's Centre for Research on Architectural Design (ROAD), within the School of Architecture, and the School of Civil Engineering, to conduct research on medium-to-high-rise timber-framed (tall timber) buildings. Applications are currently being accepted for a Scholarship in a Research Higher Degree program for a promising candidate interested in pursuing research on an advanced level.
The use of timber in building structures has long been a part of Australian architectural and engineering tradition, however contemporary practice and regulatory building codes have often restricted the continuation and development of this unique structural typology beyond a low-rise scale. Building on emerging international research investigating the use of timber in the structure of medium- to high-rise architecture, this project will seek to test the viability of its reintroduction through design research by proposing a benchmark project that illustrates the re-emergence of this building technology. The scholarship will be a collaboration guided by experts from both the field of architecture and engineering, exploring the implementation of cutting edge structural technologies that have the potential to revolutionise the environmental impact of the architectural and construction industries.
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 email@example.com.
Dates: 28 Nov, 2013
Conference: Fashioning Taste (London, 28 Nov 13)
Thursday 28th November 2013
10.00-10.15 Coffee and registration
10.15 Welcome and introduction to IF
Graeme Brooker, Head of Fashion and Interiors, Middlesex University
10.30 Framing the Day: The last taboo: social class and cultural hierarchies Anne Massey, Professor of Design, Middlesex University
10.45 ‘Tropics of Taste: Curating The Silver Studio’
Zoe Hendon, Head of Museum Collections, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Middlesex University
11.15 Class, Modernity and Design in inter-war London Elizabeth Darling, Reader in Architectural History, Oxford Brookes University
11.45 The Forgetting of Arthur Wragg
Damon Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Design, Design Futures, Brighton University
14.00 ‘Utterly meretricious furniture’ for ‘vulgar people’: The interwar home and suburban modernity in England Deborah Sugg Ryan, Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design Falmouth University
14.30 ‘Dispelling the Myth: the influence of cinema on the fashion of
young working-class women in the 1930's'
Cheryl Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Fashion History, Middlesex University
15.15 ‘ “The Intelligent and Not So Well Informed”: the media, social class and the cultivation of public audiences for modern architecture’.
Jessica Kelly, Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at University for the Creative Arts
16.15 ‘Coals in the Bath: Taste, Anxiety and the Dirty Aesthetics of
the Working Class Home’
Christine Atha, Tutor in Department of Critical and Historical Studies, RCA
17.00 Closing Remarks
Dana Arnold, Professor of Architectural History and Theory, Middlesex University
17.30 Book Launch, The Grove, Middlesex University Graeme Brooker, Key Interiors, IB Tauris and Anne Massey, Out of the Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture
Dates: 06 Nov – 01 Dec, 2013
Newberry Library Fellowship (Chicago)
Application deadline: Dec 1, 2013
Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014–15
The application deadline for Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships is quickly approaching! Additionally, we offer Short-Term Fellowship opportunities for smaller-scale research projects. Please read on for more information.
The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry. If you study the humanities, we have something for you.
Our collection is wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric. We offer a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs. All applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the Newberry’s online catalog before applying.
These fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars. The purpose is to support fellows as they develop or complete larger-scale studies which draw on our collections, and also to nourish intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community.
Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of up to $50,400.
Deadline: December 1, 2013
PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for short-term fellowships. The purpose is to help researchers gain access to specific materials at the Newberry that are not readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago area. Most stipends are $2,500 per month.
We also invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Each scholar on a team-fellowship is awarded a full stipend.
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Dates: 06 Nov – 01 Dec, 2013
The International network "European Architecture beyond Europe: Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes, Historical Data and Material Legacy (19th-20th centuries)", chaired by Mercedes Volait and Johan Lagae, and supported by EC funding through the COST Action IS0904, is opening calls for papers for its final Conference to take place on 13-17 April 2014 at Palermo (Italy).
We invite the submission of abstracts for papers in the panel:
METHODS AND METHODOLOGIES: WRITING THE HISTORIES OF EUROPEAN IMPERIAL/COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE
chaired by Alex Bremner (Edinburgh University) and JoAnne Mancini (National University of Ireland Maynooth).
This session seeks to explore and debate the ways in which we write (and have written) the history of ‘European architecture abroad’, particularly in the context of European imperial expansion. For some thirty years now the study of European imperial and colonial architecture has largely been refracted through the theoretical lens of post-structuralism—mainly appropriated from philosophy, literary and cultural studies—in the form of the ‘Orientalist’ critique of Edward Said and other forms of Foucauldian discourse analysis, nominally referred to as ‘post-colonial theory’. As powerful and seductive as these modes of analysis may be, and as useful in their opening new ways of seeing and interpreting forms of cultural production such as architecture, they have become formulaic, predictable, and even orthodox. They have also received trenchant and sustained criticism from the wider scholarly community in historical studies (especially outside art and architecture circles) for their inherent limitations.
This leaves us with the question of where the study of European imperial and colonial architecture might turn next. On the whole, other scholarly and cognate traditions, such as early modern and modern European history, have developed more diverse and wide-ranging approaches to the study of empire and culture, adapting insights from geography, environmental studies, anthropology, and other disciplines; and have devoted significant attention to integral concepts such as networks and agency. Although not necessarily opposed to discourse analysis, these scholarly frameworks—including regional approaches (‘Atlantic’, ‘Pacific’, ‘Indian Ocean’, and ‘World/Global’ histories), network theory, and ‘connected’ histories—provide new and very different insights than those provided by post-colonial theory.
However, just as architectural historians have not fully engaged with scholars in these fields, early modern historians have also been somewhat reluctant to engage fully with architecture and the built environment as agents and repositories of social practice and social change.
Can, indeed should, architectural history engage more with these alternative scholarly traditions and modes of analysis? What can we learn from them, and how might we apply them? How might architectural historians interact more productively with colleagues in history and historical social science disciplines to encourage more architecturally-informed analysis in those fields? Or, ought post-colonial theory remain the key concept and frame of reference that underpins our study of the colonial built environment? This session welcomes papers that address any aspects of these key questions, either by dealing specifically with methodological approaches that enhance, progress, and/or transform our understanding of European imperial and colonial architecture, or by exploring case studies that allow for these methodological concerns to be elaborated in specific contexts.
Put simply: where are we, where are we going, and where do we want to be as scholars of the colonial built environment.
DEADLINE, SUBMISSIONS AND FUNDING
The deadline for proposing a paper (300-word abstract) is 1 December 2013. Submissions to the chairs of the sessions (Alex Bremner [firstname.lastname@example.org] and JoAnne Mancini [JoAnne.Mancini@nuim.ie]) should be accompanied by a short biographical note (max. 150 words).
Acceptance decisions will be communicated by mid-December. Please note that invited speakers are expected to submit their complete paper by 15 March, 2014, to be circulated among the conference’s participants.
Speakers based in countries participating in the Action (refer to the website www.architecturebeyond.eu for the complete list) will be able to claim reimbursement of their expenses. A few grants will be available for speakers based in other countries.
Dates: 05 Nov – 05 Dec, 2013
The Italian-speaking regions of early modern Switzerland exported significant expertise in the building trades throughout Europe. These émigré architects, builders, and craftsmen such as stuccatori worked for courts, monasteries, and other patrons in present-day Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and elsewhere. While often well-studied by scholars in both Switzerland and the respective regions of migration, international awareness of such careers generally remains low, with notable exceptions such as Francesco Borromini. Taken collectively, though, Swiss-Italian architects and craftsmen played important roles as agents of cultural transfer with their itinerant careers in early modern Europe.
These figures include Domenico Fontana, Carlo Maderno, and Carlo Fontana in Rome; Enrico Zuccalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi in Bavaria; and Giovanni Battista Quadro in Poland. The scholarly literature on such men is as rich yet dispersed as the architectural culture they embody. Representative publications include, in Italian, the exhibition catalogue Il giovane Borromini (1999), and books by Tommaso Manfredi (2008) and Marcello Fagiolo (ed., 2008); works in German by Sabine Heym (1984), Max Pfister (1991), and Michael Kühlenthal (ed., 1997); or several publications in Polish and Italian by Mariusz Karpowicz. Many of these studies are only available regionally.
This session aims to break down these geographic and linguistic barriers and move toward a comprehensive view of the work of the "maestri ticinesi" and "magistri grigioni" with a comparative transnational approach. The session welcomes papers on any aspect of Swiss-Italian involvement in the building trades anywhere in Europe, c. 1400-1800. Preference will be given to papers highlighting ties of workers (dynasties, networks), designs, techniques, or materials to Switzerland.
Deadline for proposals: 5 December 2013 Please send a 300-word proposal and a short CV to Susan Klaiber (sklaiber [at] bluewin [dot] ch).
Please note: Paper presenters must be members of the American Association for Italian Studies when they register for the conference.
Palm Springs |
Dates: 23 Nov, 2013
Join us for the first Architecture and Design Council lecture of the 2013-2014 season, with Charles Renfro, AIA, of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Over the past decade this dynamic New York-based firm has produced such well-known and acclaimed works as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Creative Art Center at Brown University, the redesign and expansion of the Juilliard School/Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the High Line, a former elevated rail line transformed into an urban park that weaves through Chelsea in New York. More recently, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has turned its sights to the West Coast, with projects such as The Broad in downtown Los Angeles, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Stanford University's McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, all currently under construction.
Renfro and his partners, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, carefully establish a problem that the work itself must resolve, creating what he calls the building's "gentle aggression," allowing the project both to oppose and complement its surroundings. "Our designs grow seamlessly out of an existing space, tapping into its DNA, but giving it an entirely new image and public resonance" says Renfro.
The studio has received numerous awards and recognition and its work has been exhibited worldwide at museums and institutions. Renfro, a visiting professor at Columbia University since 2000, has taught at Rice and other institutions. Additionally, he has served on the board of Storefront for Art and Architecture since 2009, and as its president since 2011. With numerous projects in the works, we look forward to hearing from Renfro about DS+R's creative process and his take on the world of architecture and design.
This event is free for ADC members, and $15 for nonmembers. Please contact the Box Office at 760-325-4490 for tickets or visit the website. A reception in the Marcuse Sculpture Garden will follow the lecture.
SPONSORED BY Jim Gaudineer, Galleria
Dates: 29 Oct, 2013
This issue examines the multiple and complex relationships of architecture as a practice, a discipline or a field of knowledge with historical instances of crisis.
Realities of crisis have always surrounded architecture, and in fact sustained it. Yet because of the ubiquity and persistence of crisis over the last few years, to speak of ‘crisis’ at this moment has become to speak of a ‘culture of crisis’, with its own politics of antagonisms, local and global. The papers in this special collection historicize ‘crisis’ in relation to architecture, precisely to uncover the complexity of stakes in moments of crisis. Architectural Histories contemplates the social role of architecture in advancing or challenging social priorities and biases; the role of architectural education in the ups-and-downs of the construction industry; the subversive potentials of art, architecture and urbanism; and indeed the complicity or resistance of architecture in the face of historical antecedents to our own culture of crisis.