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  • Lecture: Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta

    Malibu | Dates: 14 Jan, 2015
    Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
    Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating in the Auditorium is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fee: $10

    New archaeological discoveries in Laconia, Greece reveal a Bronze Age settlement at the site of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta. Excavation director Adamantia Vasilogamvrou shares the extraordinary finds of Mycenaean wall paintings, objects crafted with precious materials such as gold and ivory, and an archive of tablets in Linear B -- the written language of the 14th-century-B.C. Mycenaeans -- that suggest the palatial function of the settlement. This excavation was awarded honorable distinction in 2013 by the international Shanghai Archaeology Forum. 

    About Adamantia Vasilogamvrou
    Adamantia Vasilogamvrou is director emerita of antiquities for the Greek Ministry of Culture and currently serves as director of The Ayios Vasileios Archaeological Project (AVAP) near Sparta. Adamantia obtained her degree in history and archaeology at the University of Athens, Greece, and furthered her studies at the University of Paris I, Panthéeon-Sorbonne, France, with a D.E.A. in prehistory. Adamnatia spent her career as an archaeologist at the Greek Ministry of Culture where, during her 35 years of service, she worked at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and in three local Ephorates of prehistoric and classical antiquities: in the Dodecannese and in the Pelopponnese; on the island of Rhodes as deputy director, and finally in Sparta as director. She has conducted over 200 excavations at different types of settlements and monuments dating from Late Neolithic to Late Roman (4th century B.C. to 4th century AD).

     
    Planning your visit
    The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture. 

     

    How to Get Here
    The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

  • Pittock Mansion: Christmas Past, Present and Future

    Portland | Dates: 04 Dec, 2014 – 02 Jan, 2015

    Adorning Portland’s treasured historic house with Christmas trees, ribbons, wreaths, and ornaments for the holiday season is a well-loved tradition that started more than 40 years ago. Each year, more than 80 volunteer decorators bedeck every room, hallway, and the grand staircase with their artistic interpretation of an overall decorating theme–which have varied from teddy bears to fairy tales to Christmas around the world. This year, in celebration of the Centennial, volunteers will adorn rooms with decorations inspired by the theme Christmas Past, Present and Future.

    In addition to dazzling decorations, community musicians play regularly in the mansion’s Music Room and shoppers find unique holiday decorations, jewelry, books, toys, and more in the Museum Store. Be sure to bring your friends and families to join the festivities!

    Admission is free for members, $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (65+), $7.50 for youth (ages 6 – 18), and free for children ages 5 and younger.

    Click here for information about our free shuttle from the PSU parking garage provided by America’s HUB World Tours!

    *Pittock Mansion will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and open New Year’s Day.

  • CFP: South Carolina Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

    Columbia | Dates: 12 Dec, 2014 – 02 Feb, 2015
    We are currently seeking proposals for the 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference Education Sessions. We are especially interested in proposals that fit one or more of the following categories:

    -Educating South Carolinians about our heritage and its value
    -Supporting stewardship of historic properties
    -Integrating historic preservation into public policy and planning, including sessions on local historic districts

    Education Sessions can cover a variety of topics, and range
    in difficulty from “Preservation 101” to advanced
    discussions of cutting-edge issues. Sessions should highlight
    models, strategies, and solutions that attendees can apply in
    their own communities. Top interests based on a survey of
    last year’s conference attendees include:

    -Case studies of preservation projects
    -Architectural history
    -Cemeteries
    -Heritage tourism
    -Historic landscapes
    -Technical preservation topics

    Sessions should highlight models, strategies, and solutions
    that attendees can apply in their own communities.
    The session should be interactive, featuring not more than
    three speakers and a moderator. Each session will last 45
    minutes (30 minutes presentation, 15 minutes Q&A). If
    a topic requires more time, please propose two sessions
    (Part 1 and Part 2). Education Session proposals may be
    combined when appropriate with other proposed sessions.
    Proposals are due Monday, February 2, 2015. Include:

    -a written description of your session
    -any applicable photographs or PowerPoint
    presentations
    -a list of speakers with contact information

    Mail proposals to:
    SC State Historic Preservation Office
    attn: Elizabeth Johnson
    8301 Parklane Road
    Columbia, SC 29223

    E-mail proposals to: emjohnson@scdah.state.sc.us

    The fine print: No proposals accepted after February 2, 2015.
    If chosen to present, you must send a finalized presentation and/or
    handouts no later than April 10, 2015. Only 3 speakers per session
    will have their registration fees waived.

    Questions? Contact Elizabeth Johnson at 803-896-6168 or
    emjohnson@scdah.state.sc.us.
  • Designer Craftsmen and Historic Home Show

    King of Prussia | Dates: 06 – 08 Feb, 2015

    Historic Home Show
    The event for anyone who wants to learn about, restore, renovate, decorate, or care for old houses and preserve our architectural history. This show is an invaluable tool for both professionals and homeowners! 

    Designer Craftsmen Show
    The Designer Craftsmen Show celebrates the most time honored American craftsmen in the nation, featuring the highest quality in fine art, traditional crafts, contemporary folk art, museum quality replicas, original artworks and fine furniture reproductions.

    Attendee Info
    Join us Friday night for the Opening Night Preview Party! Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while you are one of the first to preview and purchase rare collectables and hard to find items.

    $20 Admission, $30 two guest. Valid for all 3 days.
    $12 per person Saturday and Sunday. Valid for both days. Children 18 and under accompanied by a paid adult are free.

    Fri., Feb. 6 - 6pm – 9pm
    Sat., Feb. 7 - 10am – 5pm
    Sun., Feb. 8 - 11am – 4pm

  • Coverings 2015

    Orlando | Dates: 14 – 17 Apr, 2015
    Coverings is the premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders, remodelers, and real estate developers, plus the press and journalists who cover this vital and dynamic industry. The show floor – and the comprehensive education program – is completely free to attend. Many of the 70+ education sessions provide CEU credits!
  • Authors on Architecture: Suisman on the Boulevards

    Santa Monica | Dates: 31 Jan, 2015

    Take a journey down LA’s boulevards with architect, urban planner, and author Doug Suisman, at SAH/SCC’s Authors on Architecture. Suisman will discuss the new edition of his book Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public (ORO Editions, 2014). First published 25 years ago, the book was a response by “a 32-year-old architect (born and educated on the East Coast) trying to make sense of the urbanism of Los Angeles,” according to the author’s updated introduction.

    The first part of the book originally appeared as a “pamphlet” published by the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Eight chapters—with names that take the term “body” public to heart (“Umbilical,” “Girdle,” “Suture,” “Pathogen”)—explore how the boulevards establish the framework for the public realm, and how architecture and urban design play critical roles in place-making along the boulevards and in the districts and neighborhoods that line them.

    Following is “Boulevards in Practice,” new text that shows projects from Suisman’s firm, which is known for designing the LA Metro Rapid bus system and The Arc, an award-winning scheme for the West Bank and Gaza. These 10 projects range in location from Atlanta and LA to Copenhagen and Pittsburgh. The most recent project, The iQuilt Plan, brought Suisman back to his home town of Hartford, CT, where, as a 10-year-old kid riding the bus, he first started making sense of urbanism.

    Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, who also undertook a massive journalistic exploration of LA’s boulevards, contributed the foreword.

    Following the presentation, the book will be for sale and signing by the author.

    Authors on Architecture: Suisman—Saturday, January 31, 2015; 1-3PM; Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Central Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; free; seating is available on a first-come, first served basis; 310.458.8600.



  • Architectural Digest Home Design Show

    New York | Dates: 19 – 22 Mar, 2015

    A world of design inspiration awaits at the 14th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show on March 19-22, 2015. SHOP the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products for all your design projects. BE INSPIRED with seminars offered by leading talent from the world of design. CELEBRATE DESIGN at North America's Premier Design Show for the luxury market.

    • Thousands of products from more than 300 brands.
    • Design lectures hosted by Architectural Digest, Keynote presentation by Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief, along with seminars presented by The New York Times. All four days of theater programming present panels of star talent from the design world and leading industry experts.
    • Special daily events, book signings, cocktail receptions, culinary demonstrations and more.

    To see a list of 2015's exhibiting companies, click here.

  • Film Screening: The Complete Metropolis

    Boston | Dates: 09 Jan, 2015

    "The film was born from my first sight of the skyscrapers in New York in October 1924. I looked into the streets—the glaring lights and the tall buildings—and there I conceived Metropolis." –Director Fritz Lang

    Join us for an Art Deco–inspired evening at BSA Space as we screen the classic 1927 film Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang. Completely restored in 2010, the film incorporates more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, making it the definitive edition of Lang’s science-fiction masterpiece.

    The film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s score, which dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers—orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both. 

    This screening is part of the BSA Space Film Series covering a variety of design topics. All proceeds from the series support the BSA Foundation. 

  • Soft Fabrication: Lamps, Chairs and Pavilions

    Boston | Dates: 12 Dec, 2014

    Join architecture students and faculty for a critical review and celebration of Soft Fabrication, an exhibition focused on everyday objects, including lamps, chairs and pavilions built by masters and fourth-year architecture students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Taught by Jared Ramsdell Assoc. AIA of Touloukian Touloukian Inc., the intent of the course is to promote research on how complex geometries can be constructed with simple tools and materials. Chairs and pavilions will be on display in BSA Space through the weekend.

    Fabricators: (students)
    Alexander Russo, Anthony Rodriguez, Bernard Angst,  Bhavik Mistri, Cody Pratt, Eric Rigo, Francesco Stumpo,  Jake Wilson, Jenna Storey, Justin Cesino, Katherine Lux,  Kyle Pryhuber, Lauren Vorwald, Mathew Maggio,  Matt Arsenault, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Guntrum, > Michael Greco, Nebia Zeroual, Olivia Hegner, Paul Girard,  Tyler Kreshover, Vien Nguyen, Zachary Hachey

  • 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition

    Boston | Dates: 08 – 22 Dec, 2014

    The Community Design Resource Center's third annual gingerbread design competition, exhibition, and auction are underway.

    The Gingerbread Houses will be on view at BSA Space from December 8 through 22. Starting December 8 visitors can vote for their favorite house at cdrcboston.org

    VOTE NOW!

    For more details contact Gretchen Schneider at gschneider@architects.org

    All proceeds support the work of CDRC. Read more at cdrcboston.org.

    Don't miss the closing reception!

  • StereoType: New directions in typography

    Boston | Dates: 13 Nov, 2014 – 25 May, 2015

    StereoType is a groundbreaking exhibition that presents works by an array of 14 established and up-and-coming designers from the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, France, the United States, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. By exploring the opportunities at the intersection of technology and design, this new breed of artists is expanding the boundaries of traditional typography and integrating elements from the fields of animation, craft, performance, nanoscience, and graffiti into their work. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared, the exhibition heralds a departure from conventional typographical approaches focused on two-dimensional letters by incorporating the elements of time, movement, and the third dimension.

    StereoType will premiere at BSA Space on November 13, 2014 and feature some of the boldest experiments in typography today. The exhibition then travels to venues across the United States through 2016.

    List of artists and designers included in the exhibition: 

    Brian Banton, Canada
    Jerome Corgier, France
    Design Studio Edhv, The Netherlands
    Oded Ezer, Israel
    Dominique Falla, Australia 
    Masashi Kawamura, Japan
    Ji Lee, USA
    Song Hyun Ju, Germany
    Thomas G. Mason, USA
    Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Francois Moriceau, France
    Evan Roth, France
    Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh, USA.
    Alida Sayer, UK
    Dan Tobin Smith, UK

    Both the exhibition and graphics have been designed by Rice+Lipka Architects, New York.

  • Escape Routes: New Itineraries

    New York | Dates: 14 Dec, 2014
    Sunday, December 14
    4:00pm—6:00pm

    Sometimes the bustle and excitement of the city is best appreciated from a distance. Focusing on short visits to or away from the city, we asked six forward-thinking designers to consider escape in and around New York and develop new routes and experiences. Come and be inspired for your next trip out by these exciting proposals that create new connections between communities and places, visit formerly inaccessible pockets, and address the changing tourist ecologies of the city.

    Participants: designers include Michael Chen, MKCA; Mitch McEwen, McEwen Studio; Alessandro Orsini, Architensions; Rosalyne Shieh, SCHAUM/SHIEH; Gia Wolff, designer; and Peter Zuspan, Bureau V. With a response by Alexandra Lange, architecture and design critic; Signe Nielsen, Landscape Architect, President of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York; and David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute.



  • Hidden Order and Disorder: a Discussion of Opposites and Contrasts

    New York | Dates: 29 Jan, 2015

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015; 6:30 PM RECEPTION; 7:00 PM LECTURE

    The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to present Hidden Order and Disorder: a Discussion of Opposites and Contrasts, a lecture discussing Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors’ work while highlighting some of their favorite projects and the process of their design.

    Founders Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer will be showing the method in which many, if not all of their projects are started and finished. They will focus on the careful use of axis, centerlines, procession, and arrangement with the layers of conflict, contrast, and disorder in the final touches. They believe these conflicting forces lead to spaces that are both at rest and in flux, creating environments that are both comforting and provocative. Roman and Williams’ approach to design is a method in which Classical principals and geometries can be used to give a correcting and grounding effect to new projects, while the lawless and unfinished aspect of the modern age can animate formal layouts and spaces. Together, these two conflicting ways of thinking can be successfully combined into high voltage and enjoyable environments.

    Roman and Williams strives to create projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. The firm was founded in 2002 by Alesch and Standefer as a vehicle to pursue these dichotomies and reflect their diverse aesthetic interests. 

    After a decade of designing sets for well-known Hollywood movies, the pair began designing residences for notable personalities, with homes for Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others. By 2007 they had expanded into commercial projects, starting with the controversial renovation of the Royalton Hotel in New York City, followed by the acclaimed Ace Hotel NY in 2009. 2010 marked the opening of Roman and Williams’ first ground-up project, the apartment building at 211 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan. The firm has also explored working environments such as the newsroom and set for Huffington Post Live. Roman and Williams highlighted the firm’s first ten years of work in their monograph Things We Made (Rizzoli, 2012). Highly anticipated projects include the conversion of the historic Chicago Athletic Association on Michigan Avenue into a boutique hotel. Roman and Williams’ collection of work has also been honored and recognized with numerous awards throughout the years, most notably as the winners of the 2010 Palladio Award for 211 Elizabeth Street, the Lawrence Israel Prize in 2013, and as recipients of the Smithsonian’s 2014 National Design Award for excellence in Interior Design.

    Location: Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.

    Cost/Continuing Education Hours: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with current ID. $30 for the general public.

  • Door to Door: Innovating the Commute

    New York | Dates: 13 Dec, 2014

    When: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

    Where: Van Alen Institute 30 West 22nd Street New York, NY

    How can we harness existing data to reimagine our transportation infrastructure without starting from scratch? Join us for a presentation of projects that use data to improve access to information and the commuter experience on a collective scale. We'll hear from the creators of digitalMatatus, which leverages mobile technology in developing countries to collect data, improve infrastructure, and encourage better access to information; and Bridj, a service that uses millions of data points to provide a network of express shuttles that adapt in real-time.

    Sponsored by: WNYC, Archinect, Platform for Pedagogy

    Organized by: Van Alen Institute

    Speakers
    Joshua Crandall, Founder/CEO of Clever Commute
    Matthew George, CEO of Bridj
    David King, assistant professor of urban planning at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
    Charles Komanoff, Senior Fellow, Nurture Nature Foundation
    Sarah Williams, director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cost per member: $5.00

    Cost for each guest: $7.00

  • A Theory of Proportion in Architecture

    New York | Dates: 13 Dec, 2014

    When: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

    Where: ICAA 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310 New York, NY 10036 

    The class provides an overview of the concept of proportion as a design tool in traditional architecture. It is presented in the form of lectures and demonstrations. The content includes an explanation of the concept of symbolic or qualitative number; an introduction to Pythagorean and Platonic numerical philosophy; the relation of number to beauty; the derivation of the ancient musical octave; a discussion of the Golden Section, its mathematics, geometry, relation to philosophy, and particularly its role as geometrical "logos" and the connection of these ideas to the numerical-geometrical canons of classical architecture. These ideas are applied to historical archetypes, such as the four-column portico and the small house, through demonstrations using arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic ratio methods. The course may be taken as an introduction to these ideas or as a review for those who have some background with the subject.

    Sponsored by: Uberto Construction

    Organized by: Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

    SpeakerSteve Bass, Architect, ICAA Instructor

    Cost per member: $150.00

    Cost for each guest: $200.00

  • Building Connections 2014

    New York | Dates: 14 Nov, 2014 – 28 Feb, 2015

    Building Connections 2014 is the Center for Architecture Foundation's annual exhibition of K - 12 student design work from our Learning By Design:NY in-school residencies and Programs@theCenter vacation studios. The exhibition highlights our design education methods and program themes and celebrates the creativity of our students, design educators and partner teachers through a dynamic display of drawings and models. It is a valuable resource for educators interested in integrating design into their own classrooms.

    The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) works with thousands of young people each year to explore architecture and design and their impact on our daily lives. We use the interdisciplinary study of architecture to enrich student learning across the K - 12 curriculum and strengthen problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Our hands-on, project-based programs provide real world applications for core subject content, extending learning beyond the walls of the classroom into students' own communities and to other places near and far. As we enter our third decade of built environment education, CFAF continues to provide young New Yorkers with high-quality design programs that will not only open their eyes to the world around them, but also equip them to envision its future.

  • Facades+ Los Angeles

    Los Angeles | Dates: 05 – 06 Feb, 2015

    Registration is now open for Facades+ Los Angeles, happening on February 5-6, 2015. Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, Facades+ Los Angeles is the tenth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series and the first time it will take place in Los Angeles, California.

    With Resilience as this year’s theme, the two-day event is a great opportunity to form valuable professional connections, socialize with your peers, and learn something new from leading industry experts.

    Architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry are invited participate.


  • CFP: Footprint 17, issue: 'Bread & Butter' of Architecture

    Dates: 11 Dec, 2014 – 26 Jan, 2015

    In his 1942 essay ‘Bread & Butter and Architecture’, architectural historian John Summerson called on practicing architects to face ‘the real-life adventures which are looming ahead’ instead of trying ‘to fly level with the poet-innovator Le Corbusier.’ To render architecture ‘effective in English life’ once the war was over, he argued, would be the role of qualified teams of ‘salaried architects’ working for local and central authorities or commercial undertakings. Their ‘departmental architecture’ would be responsible for lifting the average quality of everyday building practice, for the benefit of all – while providing a profession chronically seeking to secure its place in society with ‘those three essential things for any born architect – bread, butter, and the opportunity to build.’ Coincidentally, the following year saw the publication of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, whose protagonist-architect epitomises the ‘prime mover’, the individualistic creative hero who singlehandedly conquered his place in history.

    Seemingly following Rand’s drive, the canon of western contemporary architecture has overlooked Summerson’s everyday, ‘salaried’ architecture, however overwhelming it may have turned out to be in our built environment, praising instead the solo designer and his groundbreaking work. Since World War I, the social role of the architect (in terms both of his place in social hierarchies and of his contribution for social betterment) seems to have been primarily tested, and largely consolidated, in ‘departmental architecture’. Yet the work of county, city and ministerial architects, heads of department in welfare commissions, guilds and cooperatives, is seldom discussed as such: its specificity as the product of institutional initiatives and agents, as the outcome of negotiation between individual and collective agendas, remains little explored, even when authors celebrate the many public-designed projects that are part of the canon. On the other hand, commercially driven architecture and the business side of the profession are still anathemas for many, despite being essential factors in the discipline’s position in society. Henry-Russell Hitchcock’s ‘bureaucratic architecture’ of large practices has often had a bitter reception in architectural culture, and occupies an awkward place in architects’ collective conscience. Between artistry and subsistence, the former has consistently taken the upper hand.

    We welcome full papers (6000-8000 words) that address the architectural production of those who played their part in inconspicuous offices and unexciting departments, and that contribute insights to discuss the place of the architecture of ‘bread & butter’ in architectural history studies and in the politics of architectural design and theory.

    This issue of Footprint wants to reassess the significance of the architecture of ‘bread & butter’ in the dissemination and hampering of architectural trends, and of the architectural culture within institutions and agencies. We welcome papers exploring theoretical frameworks, research methods and analytical instruments that project the disciplinary focus further than the work of the ‘prime mover’, discussing the relevance of ‘salaried’ architects and institutional agency in shaping the spatial and social practices of the everyday.

    The full papers will be subjected to a double blind peer-review process. Shorter papers (‘review articles’ of 2000-4000 words) focusing on case studies can be submitted for a pre-review selection by the editors. In this case the authors of review articles should contact the editors with a short summary of their proposals in advance of the official deadline for complete papers.

    The editors of Footprint #17 are Nelson Mota (Delft University of Technology) and Ricardo Agarez (Ghent University).

    Please communicate with the editors of this issue via the emails n.j.a.mota@tudelft.nl and ricardo.agarez@gmail.com, and copy the message to editors@footprintjournal.org.

    The deadline for complete papers is 26 January 2015.

  • CFP: Villes/Cities (Paris, 25-27 Jun 15)

    Paris | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014 – 30 Jan, 2015

    CFP: Villes/Cities (Paris, 25-27 Jun 15) Paris, France, June 25 - 27, 2015
    Deadline: Jan 30, 2015
    12th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris
    Dates: 25 -27 June 2015, Paris, France

    CALL FOR PAPERS
    Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015

    Keynote Speakers: Emma Dillon (King’s College, London), Carol Symes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Boris Bove (Université Paris VIII).

    The International Medieval Society, Paris (IMS-Paris) invites abstracts and session proposals for our 2015 symposium on the theme of cities in Medieval France. After the decline of late-antique cities in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, a revival of cities began in the course of the eleventh century. This phenomenon, which profoundly transformed the dynamics of the West to our day, is a field of research that has been enriched in pace with archeological discoveries and by new technologies that offer original perspectives and approaches. This symposium will approach new lines of investigation that will deepen our knowledge of medieval cities (11th – 15th centuries) not only in their cartographic and monumental dimensions, but also political and cultural ones.

    The question of the construction of urban space could be explored in a variety of ways:

    - Through its material dimensions, consisting of different forms of cityscapes, its urbanism, and its architecture.

    - Through uses of space and their performative function. For instance, the role of rituals and urban processions, how music and theater contribute to the establishment of urban space in its practical use and representations.

    We also wish to explore urban culture, which consists of material, intellectual, or spiritual culture, including:

    - The role of writing in the development of a literate, mercantile culture, and new modes of government

    - The daily lives of city dwellers: their lifestyles and patterns of consumption, their culinary tastes, etc.

    - The development of practices related to the rise of intellectual institutions (schools, universities, patronage, mendicants, etc.)

    Finally, we wish to explore the question of visual representations of the city and in the city, notably:

    - The ways in which cities were represented in the Middle Ages, and how medieval cities are represented now

    - Models for cities and the role of imaginary cities in the construction of urban spaces

    Proposals should focus on France between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, but do not need to be exclusively limited to this period and geographical area. We encourage proposals and papers from all areas of medieval studies, such as anthropology, archeology, history, economic and social history, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, etc.

    Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to
    communications.ims.paris@gmail.com no later than 30 January 2015. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.

    Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.

    Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS- Paris members).

    The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study.

    For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.

    IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

    The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

    1) symposium paper abstract/proposal

    2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)

    3) names and contact information of two academic references

    The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

     

  • CFP: Converging Narratives (Chicago, 10-11 Apr 15)

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014 – 09 Jan, 2015

    CFP: Converging Narratives (Chicago, 10-11 Apr 15)
    Chicago, IL, April 10 - 11, 2015
    Deadline: Jan 9, 2015 

    The graduate students of the departments of Germanic Studies, Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures and Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pleased to announce their first interdisciplinary graduate student conference: 
    Converging Narratives: The Personal Meets the National.

    Keynote Speaker: Graphic Novelist Marzena Sowa 2nd Keynote Speaker: TBA

    This interdisciplinary graduate student conference, titled "Converging

    Narratives: The Personal meets the National," will focus on the theme of personal narratives in an age of transnationalism and globalization.

    We will explore how the complex cultural configurations germane to a globalizing world inform storytelling, and how contradictions arise between personal and national narratives. Furthermore, we are interested in how national and transnational identities are represented in literature, visual media and performance. The contributions at the conference will investigate the following questions: How does the national delimit or particularize the personal? Could the national be a source of personal identity crisis? What do we mean by "nation," and does this cultural container hold lasting significance for the individual in a transnational age? How does a global setting influence the space between the Self and the Other? How do transnational perspectives change national (literary and filmic) canons? How do globalization and transnationalism transform "personal" and "national" narratives? Related topics of interest include borders and borderlands, mobility, new media and migration.

    Our keynote speaker is the author of, among other books, the celebrated graphic novel Marzi about life growing up in communist Poland. We therefore anticipate stimulating discussions about the graphic novel as narrative and visual medium and welcome papers and panels that focus on the graphic novel as medium for articulating personal narratives in contested spaces and times.

    Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    - the graphic novel as a unique medium for personal storytelling

    - narratives of longing and belonging

    - borders and border-crossing

    - diaspora and travel literature

    - nation and nationality

    - migration and mobility

    - globalization and transnationalism

    - multilingual and multicultural practices and representations

    - digital spaces and new media

    - personal and (trans)national identity

    - the gender and race of citizen, immigrant and refugee identities

    - orientation and dislocation

    - minor and minority literatures, film and art

    - national canons rethought from a transnational perspective

    We strongly encourage proposals submitted by graduate students from all disciplines (including, but not limited to, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Germanic Studies, Slavic and Baltic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, English, Sociology, Film Studies, Art and Architecture, and History). We also welcome dance, theatrical, literary, and cinematic contributions. Please submit a mini vita (no longer than 50 words) and an abstract (no longer than 300 words) for a

    15-20 minute presentation to uic.grad.student.conference@gmail.com no later than January 9, 2015.

    Pre-constituted panels of 3 or 4 papers are also welcome.