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CFP: ABE Journal, issue 11: Paradoxical Southeast Asia

Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is accepting paper submissions 
for Issue 11, 2017: 'Paradoxical Southeast Asia', guest edited by 
Caroline Herbelin, maître de conférences, Université Toulouse Le Mirail.

In Southeast Asia, a space characterized by intense regional and global 
traffic networks since the sixteenth century, the architectural 
landscape is often seen as a palimpsest of styles. The hybrid and 
syncretic nature of Southeast Asian architectural forms is seen as the 
result of the successive waves of contacts that marked the history of 
this part of the world called by some the "Asian Mediterranean." (F. 
Gipoloux). In this genealogy of architectural types, the colonial 
moment has been often considered a rupture that introduced radically 
new forms in vernacular architecture. Following this logic, the late 
twentieth century and early twenty-first century are considered as 
moments of further intensification of this architectural acculturation. 
The adoption of the international style in the megacities of the "Asian 
tigers," nerve centers of the global economy, is symbolic of an urban 
development superficially tuned to the "global" rather than the local.

By equating the evolution of architectural forms in Southeast Asia to a 
transfer, mainly from West to East, this approach evades the complexity 
of the formation of the architectural landscape of Southeast Asia. This 
issue of ABE proposes to focus on the development of "syncretic" 
architectures of Southeast Asia by precisely tracing the circulation of 
techniques and architectural forms through a contextual approach. 
Local, regional, global have not followed each other sequentially - 
such a model presupposes the existence of a local, "original," culture. 
Instead, these three levels of traffic have coexisted in the past. Far 
from simple sedimentary layers laid down over time, the production of 
Southeast Asian architecture has been multiscalar, rhizomic and a 
longue durée phenomenon. For this reason, the concept of "returns" is a 
particularly useful one for analyzing both "colonial" and "traditional" 
motifs that appear in contemporary architecture.

When rethinking the local and the global in Southeast Asian 
architecture, we must move beyond the binary oppositions between the 
vernacular and the foreign, the colonial and the post-colonial, and the 
modern and the traditional, while still exploring how actors used such 
categories dynamically. Only in this way can we explain the coexistence 
of such seemingly contradictory categories.'

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2016

Please send submissions to

Founded in 2012, ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is a 
scholarly, double blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of 
19th- and 20th-century architecture and urbanism outside of Europe. It 
focuses primarily on the transfers, adaptations and appropriations of 
forms, technologies, models and doctrines in colonial and postcolonial 
situations. Conceived as a place of exchange in an emerging and dynamic 
field of research, ABE Journal aims to provide a specialist scholarly 
forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas relating to 
architecture in the colonial and postcolonial realms, as well as to 
local forms of modernism. It publishes articles and contents in five 
languages (French, English, Spanish, German and Italian) and is edited 
by the research centre InVisu (CNRS/INHA) in Paris.
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