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  • CFP: 19th Century Studies Association (Boston, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Boston | Dates: 30 – 30 Sep, 2014

    CFP: 19th Century Studies Association (Boston, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Boston, MA, March 26 - 28, 2015

    Deadline: Sep 30, 2014

    Call for Papers

    36th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association March 26-28, 2015 – Boston, MA

    Material Cultures/Material Worlds

    We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a-brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.

    Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author's name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

    Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted. All proposals received will be acknowledged, and presenters will be notified in November 2014. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who live outside the North American continent, whose proposals have been accepted, may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements http://www.ncsaweb.net).

  • Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile: Gallery Tour

    New York | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014
    Sunday, June 22, 1:30pm

    Many of New York's grandest interior spaces of the early 20th century feature elegant structural tile vaults and domes built by the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company—including the Municipal Building, St John the Divine, Temple Emmanuel, and Grand Central Terminal. Learn what makes this marriage of artistic beauty and engineering innovation so remarkable from guest curator Martin Moeller.

    Free, but registration is required.

  • New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross

    New York | Dates: 03 Jun, 2014
    June 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

    Architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of New York Transformed (The Monacelli Press, 2014), will speak about two of the 20th century’s most important, yet largely forgotten, architects, brothers John and Eliot Cross, in a conversation moderated by Donald Albrecht. Cross & Cross’s work included such iconic buildings as the General Electric Building, Tiffany’s, and luxurious apartment buildings 720 Park Avenue and One Sutton Place South—these latter two in collaboration with Rosario Candela. Pennoyer and Walker, who will sign books, will also discuss the Cross brothers’ real estate ventures, including the development of Sutton Place.

    Co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture and The Monacelli Press.

    Reservations recommended.
    Free for Museum members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.

    For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395.

  • Innovators: The Uses of Tiles Today

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Please note this event was rescheduled from Tuesday April 29th.

    Suzanne Stephens, writer, critic, and deputy editor of Architectural Record, will moderate a conversation about the latest innovations in the use, design, and manufacture of ceramics and tiles. Panelists include: Architect Daniel Libeskind, who is currently partnering with Italian tile manufacturer Casalgrande Padana on two projects—Fiera Milano and Pinnacle Installation; Ingeborg Rocker, Associate Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and co-founder and co-director of Rocker-Lange Architects; and Matthew Karlin, third-generation president of the Nemo Tile Company.

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and presented in conjunction with the Palaces for the People exhibition.

    Free for Museum members; $10 general public, students, and seniors. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395

    For more info, click here.

  • MUJI Meets Southern California

    Los Angeles | Dates: 28 May, 2014

    On Wednesday, May 28, MUJI will hold an open talk event between its president Masaaki Kanai and UCLA professor Hitoshi Abe at Venice Arts in Los Angeles.

    The talk will be a chance to hear the thoughts of two speakers who were raised in the context of Japanese aesthetics but who are currently operating on the international stage: Abe, an architect active for many years in Los Angeles, and MUJI (represented by Kanai), which has been active globally for many years but is a recent arrival to southern California.

    Kanai is president of Ryohin Keikaku (MUJI). He has worked there since its founding. His work primarily involved product development and merchandising in the company’s housewares division, one of MUJI’s three main product divisions. He entered Ryohin Keikaku in 1993 but was involved with the brand earlier through his work at Seiyu Stores, as MUJI was originally a private label company of Seiyu. He was appointed president in 2008.

    Abe is chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. As an architect, he worked at the Los Angeles office of Coop Himmelblau from 1988 and founded his own firm in 1992. His projects span small homes, bars and restaurants to museums and stadiums. He was the subject of two monographs, published by Toto in 2005 and Phaidon in 2009. As an educator he was appointed professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.

    Attendees will receive a Santa Monica-themed “my bag” tote and travel mug with specially designed graphic insert.

    Talk: MUJI Meets Southern California
    A Talk with MUJI President Masaaki Kanai and UCLA Professor Hitoshi Abe
    Moderator: Brooke Hodge, Director of Exhibitions and Publications, Hammer Museum
    Date: May 28, 2014 (Wednesday)
    6:30 - 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00)
    Location: Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard
    Tickets: Free, advance reservation required
    Reservations can be at: http://mujitalk.eventbrite.com

  • Existing High-Rise Buildings – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Jun, 2014

    Existing High-Rise Buildings – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?

    Thursday, June 12, 7:15 am-  12:00 pm

    Millions of square feet of high rise residential and commercial office buildings were built in Chicago during the post war boom. Most of these buildings were built with single-glazed curtain walls and provided with building services systems that were sized to compensate for their inefficient thermal envelopes. Designed in an era when energy resources were cheap and plentiful, these first-generation glass buildings were optimized to the standards and ideals of their day, however that day is now long gone. 

    We are now more sensitive to the demands buildings place on energy infrastructure, as well as their impacts on the environment. Additionally, many of these early curtain-walled commercial buildings in Chicago are no longer desirable as modern Class A office space. They tend to have lower floor-to-floor heights, tighter column spacing and shorter lease spans. Many still have their original, highly inefficient mechanical systems that provide sub-par regulation of temperature and outside air. Even basic code requirements for handicap accessibility, life safety measures and wind loads are difficult to rectify. This segment of Chicago’s building stock needs to be overhauled. The question is how best to approach the task, and at what cost and speed. 

    The strategy of retrofitting existing buildings with more efficient lighting, mechanical systems, and even façade upgrades will play a critical role in meeting the sustainability challenges facing the 21st century American city. For their fourth annual spring seminar, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings is organizing a half day of presentations to help focus attention on the issue. 


    • Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Director, C40 – Clinton Climate Initiative
    • Gordon Gill, FAIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
    • Craig Burton, PE, PositivEnergy Practice
    • Matthew Herman, Buro Happold
    • Panav Seth, AIA, Gensler
    • Leah B. Guzowski, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Scott Mellema, PE, SE, Permasteelisa North America

    Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:15am; the program begins at 8am. Please bring a photo I.D. and allow adequate time to pass through building security. Members of sponsoring organizations receive a discount on registration. Firm discount of five tickets for the price of four is available.

    Click here for registration and information about the CCHRB.

    This event is sponsored by Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; co-sponsors: AIA Chicago, ALA, ASHRAE, BOMA Chicago, CSI Chicago, CTBUH, USGBC Illinois, SEAOI, ULI

    Learning units: 4 LU/HSW

    Location: Harris Bank Auditorium, 115 South LaSalle Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago

    Member price: $125.00   Non-member price: $150.00

  • Laterite Monuments of Malabar, Western India

    Chicago | Dates: 21 May, 2014

    Laterite Monuments of Malabar, Western India

    Wednesday, May 21, 12 pm-  12:45 pm

    Despite the wide use of laterite in the monumental architecture of India, very little is known about its engineering properties and protection strategies. Historical monuments of international and national value listed by Archaeological Survey of India along the west coast of India include forts, temples, palaces, churches, mosques and civic buildings were made using laterite ashlars. A study of these archaeological monuments and traditional construction practices will help to understand the potentials and problems of this material. The weathering of laterite stone in different environment was studied to evolve appropriate strategies for the conservation of valuable architectural heritage.

    Dr. Kasthurba A K
    Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
    Visiting Research Fellow, UIC, Chicago

    Bring your lunch; beverages provided. Click here to learn more about APT WGL.

    This event is sponsored by Association for Preservation Technology, Western Great Lakes chapter, and Historic Resources KC

    Learning units: Not Available

    Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

    Member price: 0   Non-member price: 0

  • Howell & James of London - Retailing the Aesthetic Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014

    Lecture:  Howell & James of London - Retailing the Aesthetic Movement
    Sunday June 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

    Glessner House Museum coach house

    $10 per person / $8 for museum members

    Reservations requested to 312.326.1480

    The period from 1860 to the early 1890s witnessed the flourishing of the Aesthetic Movement, a cult of beauty that emphasized art in the production of ceramics, furniture, textiles, wallpaper, and other furnishings.  Magazines, exhibitions and new retail venues, including department stores, spread Aesthetic Movement ideas and furnishings to a wide public in both Britain and the United States.  This presentation, by independent scholar and design historian Joan Maria Hansen, will explore the activities of the prominent London emporium Howell & James, which played a vital role in spreading Aesthetic Movement ideals, particularly by extensively marketing art pottery and through their classes and exhibitions of china painting.  Although the Glessners did not shop at the Howell & James store, they were vitally interested in ceramics.  After the lecture, Ms. Hansen will take attendees through the museum to look at some pieces that the Glessners collected during the period that reflect this surge of interest in the creation and collection of ceramic objects.

  • Smart Growth: Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology

    Washington | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design, a matter that is all the more pressing in today’s densifying urban world. A principal in the firm McHarg founded, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology, one involving the integration of green infrastructure, localism, and public art as a way to render compact development the environments of choice. Bunster-Ossa signs copies of his book, Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology, after the talk.

    1.0 LU HSW-SD (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

    FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Smart Growth is generously supported by the National Association of Realtors. Additional support is provided by Smart Growth America.

    Photo: Philadelphia has adopted the comprehensive application of green infrastructure in pursuit of ‘triple bottom line’ sustainability objectives—both on private and public lands. Such integration is key towards a healthy urban ecology.  Image courtesy of Wallace Roberts & Todd.

    Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


    Pafos | Dates: 27 Jul – 10 Aug, 2014

    YARCH-WORKSHOP is in the delightful position to invite architects, students, designers and artists from around the world to take part in the YARCH 2014 X-Change Competition. The annual YArch competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine architectural design and construction through the implementation of new technologies, construction techniques, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization and adaptability. It is a forum that examines the relationship between architecture and the city, the built-environment and the un-built-environment, and the new-city and the old-city.

    The participants should take into consideration the advances in materials and construction techniques, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city.The competition is an investigation on the cultural exchange within a space and the role of the individual and the community in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive city.

    There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide freedom to the participants to engage the project with the only constraints of the structure to be able to be constructed in the duration of two-weeks. What is a spatial cultural exchange? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these structures?

    YARCH-WORKSHOP is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of Young Architects around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a spatial cultural exchange, furthermore its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.


    Supported by: Cyprus Architects Assiociation

    For more information: http://yarchworkshop.com/upcoming/

  • CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Berlin | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers RSA Conference (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Berlin, March 26-28, 2015

    Call for Papers for the sessions:

    Simone Westerman, simone.westermann@uzh.ch

    Subject: CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Deadline: June 10, 2014

    This panel seeks a more subtle understanding of artistic creation in relation to landscape and wilderness depictions in Late Medieval and Early Modern art (1300-1600). As in Dante’s "Divine Comedy", where the protagonist’s miraculous journey finds a starting point in a dark, disorientating forest (selva oscura), artistic creation often commences from undefined and disharmonic matter that gives rise to and finds its form within the artistic process. Leonardo’s "macchia" (stain,

    undergrowth) is the epitome of such a concept of creation and creativity, where a metamorphic mass not only inspires the vision of “un bel paese”, but also embodies creative invention itself – the potentiality for form and content. Moving beyond the concept of wilderness as an antipode to the idea of a civilized environment, this panel welcomes contributions that investigate landscape or wilderness depictions and descriptions that invite psychological and phenomenological modes of analysis.

    We are looking for art historical as well as interdisciplinary contributions that may relate to, but can go beyond the following


    - The interrelation between landscape and human creativity might call for an ecocritical approach: How does the wilderness relate to the human and how human is wilderness (anthropomorphic, living, even fleshy)?

    - Is a depicted wilderness an atemporal place or does it constitute a concrete place and time in human history?

    - What spiritual and imaginative powers lie in forest and landscape depictions?

    - To what extent do art-theoretical works reflect contemporary and local concepts of wilderness or landscape?

    - How might notions of forests or plants from non-European countries have inspired the production and the perception of landscape painting in the Renaissance?

    - What role do the natural properties of materials, color, and texture play in furthering the significance of landscape and wilderness?

    Please send a 150-word abstract of your paper, a brief curriculum vitae and full contact information to Filine Wagner (filine.wagner@uzh.ch) and Simone Westermann (simone.westermann@uzh.ch) by Tuesday, June 10th 2014.  

  • Matthew Brandt exhibition: 'Lakes and Reservoirs'

    Savannah | Dates: 04 Feb – 20 Jul, 2014

    "Lakes and Reservoirs," an exhibition of photographs by Los Angeles-based photographer Matthew Brandt, is the artist’s first solo show in the Southeast. Influenced largely by generations of landscape photographers before him, Brandt’s process of exploration and experimentation takes the tradition one step further.

    Using his surroundings as an additive medium, Brandt’s printed photographs are bathed in a mixture of water collected from the site in which the composition was derived. Through this experimental process, the artist becomes closer to his specific subjects and gains a better understanding of his surroundings as a whole. This controlled technique mirrors the chemical composite of the photographed landscape and therefore symbolizes today’s ecological concerns about the deterioration of our natural world. 

    Presented as part of the 2014 deFINE ART program, Feb. 18-21

    Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Museum hours:

    • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, closed
    • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

    All deFINE ART lectures, receptions and events are free and open to the public.

    The exhibition is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members and open to the public with the cost of museum admission

  • The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt

    New York | Dates: 29 Apr – 02 Nov, 2014

    This installation by Dan Graham (born 1942, Urbana, Illinois) is the second in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum's Roof Garden. Comprising curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass set between ivy hedgerows, Graham's structure is part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper facade. Viewers who enter the work are transformed into performers; in glimpsing their own reflections, they are also made acutely aware of the act of looking.

    For the past fifty years Graham has engaged his interest in architecture and the way it structures public space through a multidisciplinary practice encompassing writing, photography, video, performance, and—beginning in the 1970s—sculptural environments of mirrored glass and metal. He calls these hybrid structures "pavilions" after the ornamental buildings that decorate seventeenth- and eighteenth-century formal gardens—architectural fantasies inspired by the ruins of classical antiquity. Graham's pavilions similarly invite romance or play, but their forms and materials have a more contemporary source: the gleaming glass facades of modern office towers. For the artist, the mirrored cladding of a corporate headquarters symbolizes economic power and sleek efficiency and also provides camouflage, reflecting the world around it as it shields what happens inside from prying eyes.

    The artist's pavilions likewise respond to their specific sites. The Roof Garden, where the idyllic expanse of Central Park confronts the tall buildings of midtown Manhattan, is both of the city and at a certain remove from it. The evergreen plantings that edge the parapets also remind Graham of the shrubbery that often demarcates property lines in the New Jersey suburbs of his youth. His Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, set within a specially engineered terrain designed in collaboration with the Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt (born 1957, Balzers, Liechtenstein), employs these multilayered references—palace gardens, public parks, contemporary corporate architecture, and the suburban lawn—as it engages the viewer in a historic and complex mirror play.

  • LEGO® Build

    Washington | Dates: 01 Jun, 2014

    Join the museum and staff from Play-Well Teknologies for an exciting LEGO® Build to construct a giant bridge! Build your own LEGO® car to race across the bridge! Cost per child: $25 Non-member, $20 Member

    Ages 6 and up.

    Prepaid registration required. Tickets must be purchased by the end of the day Thursday, May 29, 2014. Adults are FREE, but must be accompanied by a child. 

    Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014 
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


    Dates: 15 May – 30 Jun, 2014

    The M+ / Design Trust Fellowship programme aims to support an original research project investigating issues relating to design and architecture in the Greater Pearl River Delta region. Apart from expanding the current body of knowledge in these areas, it is hoped that the findings from the fellowship will also inform future acquisitions and other programmes at M+.

    Applicants should engage in advanced historical research on either a single discipline, such as architecture, graphic design, industrial design and urbanism, or cross-disciplinary developments, taking into consideration the region’s cultural, social, economic and political milieus as well as its international and cross-cultural networks. Although post-1949 topics are preferred, exceptional proposals focusing on issues related to the beginning of the twentieth century will also be considered.

    The successful applicant will be attached to M+ for three to six months between September 2014 and September 2015, conducting independent research on a full-time basis. The fellow is encouraged to engage in intellectual exchanges with the museum’s curatorial staff and participate in its programmes. While outcomes may vary, the fellowship should at the minimum result in a paper (5,000 words or more) disseminated digitally or in print through Design Trust and M+’s platforms, as well as a talk as part of the museum’s public programme.


    Applications are welcome from individuals of all nationalities whose areas of research are in design, architecture or a related field. If necessary, Design Trust will endeavour to aid the successful candidate in obtaining a visa. However, the provision of the fellowship will ultimately depend on the result of the visa application.

    Applicants should either hold a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with minimum 3 years relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.



    The M+ / Design Trust Fellow will be provided a monthly lump-sum stipend of $40,000 HKD (equivalent to around $5,150 USD) for three to six months to cover research-related and living costs. An overseas fellow may request a one-time travel subsidy of up to $10,000 HKD (equivalent to around $1,290 USD), covering the transportation to and from the place of origin and Hong Kong.

    Deadline: June 30 2014

    For more information and application instructions, please visit: http://www.westkowloon.hk/designfellow

    For enquiries, please contact: designfellow@wkcda.hk

    About M+

    M+ is the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District, encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture and the moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond.  From its vantage point in one of the world's most dynamic regions, M+ seeks, through its exhibitions, programming and permanent collection, to document the past, inform the present and contribute to the future of visual culture within an ever more interconnected global landscape.

    About Design Trust

    Design Trust is a network of individuals passionate about design and its powerful role in societal's transformation. The Trust supports creative projects that promote design talent, research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region.  Across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, fashion to the built environment, the Trust aims to actively accelerate the creative design and development of meaningful projects.

  • Panel Talk: Rebuild by Design

    Washington | Dates: 24 Jun, 2014

    Rebuild by Design (RBD) is a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. Representatives from two of the winning design teams present their innovative design solutions followed by a panel discussion with RBD jurors.This program complements the exhibition Designing for Disaster, which is open to attendees before the discussion.

    Scott Davis, senior policy advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (moderator)
    Nancy Kete, managing director, Rockefeller Foundation (invited)
    Harriet Tregoning, director of the Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (invited)

    Continuing education credits pending.

    $12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    This program is generously sponsored by Rebuild by Design.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Photo: People engaged in the Rebuild by Design process. Photo by Cameron Blaylock.

    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • CFP: Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice (Istanbul, 2-4 Sep 2014)

    Istanbul | Dates: 14 May – 20 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers: Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice (Istanbul, 2-4 Sep 2014)

    Deadline: Jun 20, 2014

    IMAGES IV – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna – Venice A 2-3-days international and interdisciplinary conference

    Call for Papers

    After the conferences IMAGES (I) – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters (2011), IMAGES (II) – Images of the Poor (2012) and IMAGES

    (III) – Images of the City (2013), the IMAGES project is planning to focus on Images of the Other as documented in the images/ representations of Istanbul, Vienna and Venice in its 2014 conference.

    Starting from the Middle Ages all three cities have been (culturally) mythologized as points of cultural intersection in works of literature, arts and film; be it as the spaces where East meets West, where lines blur between the conscious and the subconscious, between life and death, between the visible/ the seen and the invisible/ the unseen, or as spaces identified with the evil, as the Moloch luring – all these mythologizations being part both of the self-perception documented in the native cultural production and of the perception from the (cultural) “outside”.

    Regarding this fact the IMAGES project has decided to discuss the (historically) changing representation and perception of the three cities in its 2014 conference IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other:

    Istanbul – Vienna – Venice; the representations being seen as documentations of cultural approaches and also of cultural concepts.

    Hence, the historically grown mythologizations of the three cities create a sheer unlimited number of potential cases of both cultural encounters and conflicts, including most of the socially relevant fields in the academic discourse on the topic, like politics, communication, culture, and migration.

    In order to discuss issues like the above mentioned IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna - Venice invites scholars, but also architects, photographers, writers, artists and filmmakers to propose papers in the following fields of research and interest:

    •    The Making of a Myth (theoretical approaches with special reference to the three cities Istanbul, Vienna, Venice)

    •    The psychology of feeling Istanbulite, Viennese and Venetian

    •    The psychology of attraction (theoretical approaches with special

    reference to the three cities Istanbul, Vienna, Venice)

    •    Istanbul’s, Vienna’s, Venice’s cityscape as a (mythologized) statement

    •    The impact of the media (news, internet, daily soaps) on the perception of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in feature films (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in the Arts (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice as seen by photographers (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in literature (present and past)

    The conference IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna - Venice is planned as a 2-3 days interdisciplinary international conference.

    It will bring together senior scholars with PhD students, postdoctoral academics, and members of the artistic community without following the classical keynote speaker pattern but rather inviting all speakers either to present their research findings in 20 minute (paper) presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion or in 120-150 minute panels (4-5 panelists).

    There will be no parallel sessions. All sessions will be plenary sessions.

    The conference language is English.

    Selected articles of each session/ field of research will be published as a volume of conference proceedings. Münster, Berlin, Vienna and New York based LIT Verlag has already declared strong interest in publishing the conference proceedings. The publication will provide

    (limited) space for black-and-white illustrations.

    Conference site and date:

    Istanbul, Austrian Cultural Forum, 02-04 September 2014

    Deadline for paper proposals:

    20 June 2014 (24.00 MET)

    Please, send paper proposals to images-1@gmx.at and cc them to veronika.bernard@uibk.ac.at and otuzun@hotmail.com and gonul.ucele@bahcesehir.edu.tr

    Deadline for paper submission (for publication in conference


    1 month after conference

    Planned date of publication of conference proceedings: July 2015

    IMAGES project director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck)

  • New England Archivists Announces Collaboration with Yale University Library

    Dates: 05 May, 2014
    New England Archivists (NEA) is proud to announce a significant development – a collaboration with Yale University Library to establish the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS). Led by Michael Lotstein, Managing Editor, JCAS's mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, as well as to serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication.Yale University Library, which includes the Manuscripts and Archives department at Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is making the JCAS freely accessible through an open-source platform, Yale's institutional repository, EliScholar <http://www.elischolar.library.yale.edu/>. Articles will be published as content is submitted, reviewed, and edited. JCAS will be a resource for students, those new to the archives profession, and established professionals alike.

    The first Editors-At-Large, appointed by Yale and NEA, include three NEA members: William Ross (Professor and Head of Milne Special Collections & Archives, University of New Hampshire), James Roth (Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum), and Sarah Shoemaker (Director of University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University).

    Every day, dynamic and thought-provoking advances are being made in the information sciences, with active participation from NEA members. This is an exciting opportunity to share new and innovative research with a broad audience in a peer-reviewed journal. The first call for articles was announced on March 25, 2014. NEA Immediate Past President Alyssa Pacy notes that "partnering with Yale University Library on JCAS is exactly the kind of innovative programming that NEA seeks to offer to its members. We are thrilled to be involved with such an important project."
  • CFP: 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Berlin | Dates: 31 May, 2014
    Call for Papers RSA Conference (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Berlin, March 26-28, 2015

    The past two decades have seen growing interest in early modern funerary monuments and the religious and socio-political contexts in which they emerged. Nevertheless, the monuments of the diverse and numerous members of the Habsburg dynasty — found all over modern-day Northern and Southern Europe — have not yet received the investigation they deserve. Brigitta Lauro’s 2007 catalogue “Die Grabstätten der Habsburger” lays the foundations for such research, but these monuments should be (re-)examined in greater depth, as key objects for both historians and art historians, to better understand the practices of commissioning funerary sculpture in general and their importance within early modern society. This panel therefore intends to investigate, from a broader view, early modern Habsburg funerary monuments, larger funerary chapels, their settings and the ephemeral aspects around their installation, such as funeral processions and temporary architectural structures. Areas to be addressed include temporality, materiality, memoria and fama, dynastic identity, framing and viewership, as well as whether or not these “objects of memory” can be understood as a cohesive group within the wider context of funerary monument production in early modern Europe.

    We are seeking papers addressing specific Habsburg funerary monuments or the development of these artworks more broadly after about 1500. 

    Please send a paper title, abstract (max. 150 words), a short biography (max. 300 words) and a full CV to Ivo Raband (ivo.raband@ikg.unibe.ch) and Léon Lock (leon.lock@asro.kuleuven.be). The submission deadline is
    31 May 2014.

  • Cocktails & Conversations: Massimiliano Fuksas, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Paul Goldberger

    New York | Dates: 16 May, 2014

    AIA CES 1 LU

    When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM FRIDAY, MAY 16

    Where: At The Center   

    Join us for a conversation with architect Massimiliano Fuksas Hon. FAIA, Studio Fuksas, Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects, and Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA

    How do you spend Friday evening? Do you join those who jam NYC’s cultural institutions or those crowds over populating film theaters? When it hosts a pair of NYC's most interesting and provocatively creative thinkers, the AIA Center for Architecture—one of NYC's premiere cultural institutions—can certainly lift your spirits. This series of dialogues about design joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Friday night is not “Friday Night” without the appropriate beverage. We’ll provide a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect's work and created especially for this event. Join us in growing the tradition of Delight Night in New York's Weekend Cultural Scene—Blight Night it is not.

    Massimiliano Fuksas Hon. FAIA, Co-Founder Studio Fuksas
    Of Lithuanian descent, Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1969. Since the eighties he has been one of the main protagonists of the contemporary architectural scene. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities such as: Columbia University in New York, the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. From 1998 to 2000 he directed the “VII Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia”: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”. Since 2000 he has been the author of the architecture column - founded by Bruno Zevi - in the Italian news magazine "L'Espresso".

    He is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the "Medaglia della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri" in 2012; the “Légion d’Honneur” given by the President of the French Republic in 2010, and the “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française” in 2000. He won the “Grand Prix National d'Architecture Française“, in 1999 and the career prize "Vitruvio International a la Trayectoria", in 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    He is a member of RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK -, AIA - American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C., USA -, the Académie d'Architecture, Paris, France, and the Accademia di San Luca, Italy.

    Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects
    Gregg Pasquarelli is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction. Pasquarelli received his architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science from Villanova’s School of Business. He has taught at Yale, The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida, and has lectured internationally.

    Paul Goldberger, who the Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.

    He is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters, published in 2009 by Yale University Press; Building Up and Tearing DownReflections on the Age of Architecture, a collection of his architecture essays published in 2009 by Monacelli Press, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, published in 2010 by Taschen. He is now at work on a full-length biography of the architect Frank Gehry, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. In 2008 Monacelli published Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons, which he produced in association with the photographer Jake Rajs. Goldberger’s chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, entitled UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, which was published by Random House in the fall of 2004, and brought out in a new, updated paperback edition in 2005, was named one of The New York Times Notable Books for 2004. Goldberger has also writtenThe City Observed: New YorkThe SkyscraperOn the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern AgeAbove New York, and The World Trade Center Remembered.

    Toby Cecchini
    Toby is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008.

    Price: One drink included: $15 for AIA members; $20 for non-members

    Register Here

    Organized bycultureNOW and the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee

    This program is presented as a part of NYCxDESIGN 2014.