Recent Opportunities

  • Design Awards Competition on Designing Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity

    Santa Fe | Dates: 14 Dec, 2016 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Every selected project must be of extremely high graphic quality, as well as packed with award-worthy content.  The results of the competition will be displayed to represent IMCL aspirations at future Conferences, in publications, or on the IMCL website.

    January 31, 2017 – Deadline for application form, statement of project philosophy/design criteria, Electronic Exhibit Boards, photos, and application fee

    1. WHO CAN ENTER. Urban designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, developers, cities and other governmental agencies may enter one or more projects.
    2. QUALIFYING PROJECTS. To qualify, projects may be already constructed, or in design, but must be real projects commissioned with the intention to build.  There are no restrictions as to where these projects may be located.
    3. APPLICATION PROCEDURE.  Online – see:
  • CFP: Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health, & Equity (Santa Fe, 2-6 Oct 17)

    Santa Fe | Dates: 14 Dec, 2016 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Public places – our streets, plazas, squares, and green spaces – belong to ALL of us! They are our democratically shared common wealth - the most important aspect of every city. How we treat the public realm demonstrates how we value our fellow citizens, our democratic principles, our health, and our community. In our public places we walk and bike, exercise and play, build a shared sense of identity, and develop community.

    Public places are the essential key to a livable city. Join us in Santa Fe to share your achievements and learn from others how we can take back our streets and squares - and in the process, strengthen community, civic engagement, health, and equity.

    Paper proposals are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with these issues.

    If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before January 31, 2017. Please submit online, at .

    This is a highly competitive process. Proposals are peer reviewed and selected for presentation at the conference and for inclusion in IMCL eReports published after the conference.

    For questions, contact
  • American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York (July 3–28, 2017)

    New York | Dates: 06 Jan – 01 Mar, 2017
    Call for Applicants: Bard Graduate Center will host this four-week Institute on American material culture. Our case study is New York City and its immediate environs, focusing on the nineteenth century, when the city emerged as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes. Institute participants will study significant texts in material-culture scholarship and explore avenues for innovative pedagogy. Visits to rich collections in and around New York City will feature hands-on artifact study with experts in the field. The program also offers opportunities for participants to advance their own projects and workshop their current research with colleagues and senior scholars.

    We encourage scholars from any field who are interested in material culture, regardless of disciplinary, regional, or chronological specialization, to apply. Application materials and other information about Institute content, eligibility, stipends, housing, etc. is available at: 

    The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

    Project Directors: David Jaffee and Catherine Whalen (Bard Graduate Center), and Katherine C. Grier (University of Delaware)

    For more information, please contact:
    Zahava Friedman-Stadler
    Bard Graduate Center
    38 West 86th Street
    New York, NY 10024
    212.501.3026 /

    México, D.F. | Dates: 09 Dec, 2016 – 15 Feb, 2017
    CALL FOR PAPERS BITÁCORA 36: BORDERS March-July 2017. Deadline: February 15, 2017. Throughout earth and throughout history, borders, ramparts, boundaries and walls have been used for various political, economic and military functions. These borders have been established culturally as responses to changing historical and territorial dangers and security threats. Today, gated communities, highways and large shopping centers are being built and ghettos of all types are being created; all of these need to be questioned in order to challenge the structures of power that reveal or hide themselves either through the construction of openly discriminatory and violent walls or through those that conceal delicate mechanisms of oppression behind the veil of alleged architectural or landscape poetics. Physical or symbolic borders also make evident and protect identities by establishing definitions vis-à-vis the other while, at the same time, generating complex urban, architectural, and socio-geographic imaginaries. Studies about the particular urban landscapes of border cities with their red light district zones and their peculiar interurban mobility, phenomena like migration that transform our notions of taking root, the sense of belonging and becoming attached to the territory, debates on the boundaries between public and private space, or about the alleged disappearance of borders limiting the access to information by way of the internet, among others, have led to the emergence of contemporary concepts touching on political, cultural, economic, architectural, urban, geographical, and ethical issues as well as on human rights. We welcome essays discussing these conditions and other ideas about borders for this edition of Bitácora. CONVOCATORIA DE ARTÍCULOS BITÁCORA 36: FRONTERAS Marzo - julio 2017. Fecha límite: 15 de febrero de 2017. En todo lugar del planeta, a lo largo de la historia, se han usado fronteras, murallas, límites y muros para llevar a cabo diversas funciones políticas, económicas y militares. Estas fronteras se constituyen culturalmente como ideas en torno al peligro y la seguridad que varían sustancialmente en cada época y territorio. Hoy se construyen urbanizaciones cerradas, vías rápidas y grandes centros comerciales; se generan guetos de muchos tipos, los cuales es necesario cuestionar para desafiar las estrategias de poder que se muestran o esconden, ya sea por medio de la construcción de muros abiertamente discriminatorios y violentos, o de aquellos que, detrás del velo de una supuesta poética arquitectónica o paisajística, disimulan delicados mecanismos de opresión. Las fronteras físicas o simbólicas también evidencian y protegen las identidades al establecer definiciones frente a los otros y, al mismo tiempo, generan imaginarios urbano-arquitectónicos y socio-geográficos complejos. Estudios sobre los paisajes urbanos particulares de las ciudades fronterizas, con sus zonas de tolerancia y su peculiar movilidad interurbana; fenómenos como la migración —que transforma nuestras relaciones de arraigo, de pertenencia y apego al territorio; los debates sobre los límites entre el espacio público y el privado; o la supuesta desaparición de las fronteras de acceso a la información por medio de la red; entre otros, han llevado a la aparición de conceptos contemporáneos que tocan lo político, lo cultural, lo económico, lo arquitectónico, lo urbano, lo geográfico, lo ético y los derechos humanos. Invitamos a reflexionar sobre estos temas para este número de Bitácora.
  • CFP: Gothic Modernisms (Amsterdam, 29-30 Jun 17)

    Amsterdam | Dates: 09 – 20 Dec, 2016
    Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University; the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, and Radboud University, Nijmegen

     Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University, US)

     The ‘Gothic’ has permeated visual and cultural ideas and practices of modernity. Yet the presence of a ‘Gothic Modernity’ or Gothic Modernisms challenges fundamental perceptions of how ‘modernism’ from the late nineteenth-century onwards has been historicized, created, produced and seen. The opposition of a ‘Gothic’ pre-modern past to a modern present, of age/decline or infancy to rebirth/progress, has since Jacob Burckhardt’s The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) presented such dualities as pivotal to narratives of Western modern art, construed as opposing and sublimating the ‘pre-modern’. From these perspectives, the very idea of a ‘Gothic’ becomes reified as a temporal abstraction – a trope, relegated to the ‘middle’, the ‘pre-’, ‘the ‘dark’, as the eminent French medievalist Jacques Le Goff has pointed out. This conference seeks to challenge such polarities, developing Le Goff’s idea of ‘un Gothique noir’ (an ‘unseen’ Gothic), of a modern(ist) Gothic spirit and sensibility, that is insufficiently studied, historicized or understood. The conference proposes, instead, a thorough-going engagement with the pre-modern and Gothic as a disruptive teleology and identity within late 19th- and 20th-century visual and cultural modernisms. Critically implicated in their ideologies and remaking of cultures, communities, sites and identities of art, this reshapes familiar constructs of Naturalism, Symbolism and Modernism. Further, seen from the perspectives of a ‘Gothic modernity’, this conference foregrounds underpinning arguments of history, religion, language, belief, inheritance and geo-political tussles, eclipsed or elided in canonical accounts of this period’s art. For Medieval gothic culture and aesthetics emerges as deeply entwined with modern art, art historiography, art literatures, collection-formation and museum design of the later nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth. From the Gothic revivals and appropriations of 19th-century Romantic artists, writers and historians, to the neo-medievalism of pre-Raphaelite art; from the Gothic alterities of the ‘fin de siècle’, to Expressionism and Surrealism, ‘Gothic’ as histories and recreation, as haunting and present reality, is everywhere manifest. The Gothic inspires founding historiographies of 20th-century art, museums, aesthetics, identities of culture and expressions of ‘nation-hood’, from the 1902 Bruges exhibition Les Primitifs Flamands to rival exhibitions Les Primitifs français (Paris 1904) and Meisterwerke Westdeutscher Malerei (Düsseldorf 1904); from John Duncan’s Anima Celtica (1895) to Wilhelm Worringer’s Formprobleme der Gotik (1911), to Johan Huizinga’s Waning of the Middle Ages (1919).

    Gothic Modernisms will focus on the (global) legacies, histories and contested identities of Northern European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in modernity and, in particular, on identities of modernism, including avant-gardes. It builds on two preceding, related conferences on ‘Primitive Renaissances’ (The National Gallery, London, 2014) and ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, 2016), which have opened new scholarship on 19th- and early 20th-century responses to Northern Renaissance and early Germanic art. Gothic Modernisms will expand this field of enquiry and its temporal scope. It explores the pivotal, yet still understudied, reception, construction and invention of Northern Gothic art and reception in the period spanning the 1880s to the 1950s, extending interest in Latin and Germanic Gothic to the ‘Nordic’ world. We term these artistic and cultural reinventions ‘gothic modernisms’.

    The conference thus aims to develop both a broad perspective in relation to gothic modernisms and a deepening of the issues—methodological, theoretical, aesthetic, archival—pertinent to this subject. In particular, we seek papers which pose fresh questions about the modern reception and practices of medieval art in institutions and museums, as well as in art, art historiographies, art writings and broader visual-cultural contexts.

    Further: the conference aims to revisit and examine Gothic/early-modern reinventions and appropriations in later 19th- and early 20th-century modernisms from original, to date unexplored, perspectives. We seek to explore competing ‘Gothic’ identities (Francophone, Flemish, Anglo-Germanic, Nordic, Celtic, Latinate, Slavic, via histories, images and artefacts), crossing national and geo-cultural borders, as well as to shape new nationalisms. The objective is to interrogate multiple routes through which medievalisms were construed disruptively, nationally and transnationally, to reimagine new artistic and cultural identities. These include ideas of community, canonicity, avant-gardes, sites, cults, nature, the spectral, the popular/‘people’, alterity, and aesthetic and political hybridity. We therefore also invite papers that engage with identities of gothic modernity and modernisms which challenge fundamental constructs of periodicity and modernist ‘canons’, crossing cultural and aesthetic boundaries, including to non-Western frameworks.

    Papers/panels are invited in (but not limited to) the following suggested areas:

    Gothic Identities/Empires: Latin, Germanic, Teutonic, Nordic Gothics at the ‘tournant de siècle’
    ‘Gothic’ cartographies and national revivals in 19th-/early 20th– century exhibitions, art, art writing
    Challenging periodicity; histories, Gothic rewritings, cultural memories/monuments – towards a ‘Gothic present’; the Northern Gothic Modern ‘Genius’
    Museal Gothics: Collecting/ Exhibiting/ Photographing/ Displaying Gothic modernities/ Renaissances
    Gothic sites and modernity – pilgrimages, rituals of art
    (Imagined) Gothic sites in expressionist, surrealist, or other avant-gardist film and photography
    Rooted/Transnational-cosmopolitan Gothic modernisms/communities of art (late 19th and 20th centuries)
    Nordic Gothic modernities
    Cathedrals of art/culture: architectures, design, cities – Gothic Modern citadels/ spaces and avant-gardes
    ‘Neo-Gothic’ Modernities in architecture/interiors
    New ‘Dark Ages’ and Gothic alterities
    The uncanny presence of the ‘gothic’ in avant-gardes
    Gothic modernist spiritualisms: modernist artist/writer monastics: Zealots, Hedonists, Saints, Martyrs
    Gothic Modern bodies in modernist art and visual cultures
    Migrating-transitional objects/Gothic relics/taboo
    Gothic ‘Others’ and the silences of history

    Proposals of max. 300 words should be sent to both: and by 20 December 2016.

    Please include the following details with your abstract:  name and surname; affiliation; contact e-mail address; and short biography, incl. a brief overview of most relevant publications. The organizers warmly welcome proposals from early-career researchers.

    Proposals will be selected by peer-review. A publication based on the conference papers is envisaged.

    Conference Organizing Committee:

    Prof. Dr. Juliet Simpson, Coventry University, UK

    Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin, University of Amsterdam, NL

    Dr. Jenny Reynaerts, The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL

    Dr. Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

    Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Ateneum Art Museum/Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FI

    ‘Gothic Modernisms’ forms the culminating event in a trilogy of conferences investigating the modern and modernist reception of Northern medieval and Renaissance masters in Europe, beginning with ‘Primitive Renaissances’ (National Gallery, London: 2014) and continuing with ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, UK: 2016).

    This conference will take place at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • CFP: ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe, Issue 12: The Space of Diplomacy. Design and Beyond.

    Dates: 09 Dec, 2016 – 15 Apr, 2017
    Guest editor: Paolo Girardelli – Boğaziçi University (Istanbul)

    For publication in issue 12|2017

    This guest-edited section invites contributions that reflect on the role and meanings of embassies, consular buildings and other officially “foreign” structures in the urban fabrics situated “beyond Europe”. Albeit inherently representative objects, embassies are seldom considered as architectural signifiers, or as parts of the cultural landscape of a city. While the architecture of diplomacy displaces literally a fragment of the nation beyond its territorial borders, this movement is never limited to the transfer of technologies and architectural styles. Instead, the making of diplomatic landmarks can be assessed as a dialogic process of space production, entailing negotiation and domestication in the foreign context, appropriation and reworking of local symbolic and material resources, interaction with the surrounding social and physical landscape. The afterlife of such landmarks is also an interesting aspect of the general question of their meaning and symbolic function: how embassies designed in a peculiar geo-political situation may be perceived and used in new ways after crucial disruptions or crises of the local or international order. Not only visual and stylistic, but also functional and social hybridity may be a component of the life of these structures, especially in contexts where the boundaries between diplomacy and international commerce were not yet rigidly established.
    Critical and historical studies on empirical cases or broader historical processes, as well as theoretical/conceptual issues, will be considered for inclusion in this issue. Papers studying the formation of districts or environments of diplomacy; evaluations of design policies applied by a state in different regions for the architecture of embassies; as well as monographic studies contextualizing a foreign landmark in a local landscape may be proposed for publication. Aspects of patronage and authorship (in many cases diffused, and exceeding the limits of the individual actor), integration in—or estrangement from—the urban/social fabric, as well as changing or persisting representational strategies affected by global and regional geo-political developments will be valued as important elements of the critical discussion proposed in each paper.

    Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2017

    Please send submissions to abe[at]
  • Histories Built, Carved, and Written: A Symposium in Honor of Tod A. Marder

    New Brunswick | Dates: 07 – 07 Apr, 2017
    This symposium is organized on the occasion of Tod A. Marder’s retirement from active teaching. A generous and insightful scholar, mentor, and colleague, Tod has been a significant influence on the fields of Baroque architecture, Bernini studies, and architectural history and criticism for over forty years. To celebrate Tod’s scholarship and to reflect on the current state and historiography of architectural history and Bernini studies, this symposium brings together colleagues, mentees, and former students who will speak on a range of topics inspired by Tod’s work and example.

    Organizers: Karen Lloyd and Stephanie Leone

    Host: Erik Thuno, Chair, Department of Art History, Rutgers

    Sponsored by the Department of Art History, Rutgers University and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

    9:00-9:20  WELCOME 

    Erik Thuno, Chair, Department of Art History

    Stephanie C. Leone (Boston College) and Karen J. Lloyd (Stony Brook University); Co-organizers

    9:20-10:40  SESSION I: Reconstructions

    Joseph Connors, Harvard University. The Krautheimerian Roots of Generation Seventies

    Patricia Waddy, Syracuse University. Del Bufalo Fountains at Capo Le Case: Solutions from the Archive

    Ingrid Rowland, Notre Dame University. Borromini’s Restorations in Saint John Lateran, Rome

    10:40-11:10  LAUDATIO 

    John Pinto, Princeton University. Tod Marder: An Appreciation

    11:10-11:40  COFFEE BREAK

    11:40-1:00  SESSION II: Dissemination

    Nicholas Adams, Vassar College. The Critical Edge: When Historians Met the Present

    Heather Hyde Minor, Notre Dame University. Architecture in Print: Obelisks in Baroque Rome

    Christy Anderson, University of Toronto. A Talented Man: George Waymouth and The Jewell of Artes 

    1:00-2:00  LUNCH BREAK

    2:00-3:20  SESSION III: Bernini

    Karen J. Lloyd (Stony Brook University); Lisa Neal Tice (Lebanon Valley College); Emily Urban (Philadelphia Museum of Art). Golden Ages: The Goat Amalthea and the Young Bernini

    Vernon Hyde Minor, University of Colorado Boulder. Tomb of Alexander Chigi, St. Peter’s

    Maria Grazia D’Amelio, Università degli studi Roma Tre. Gian Lorenzo Bernini: astrological divinations and professional affairs (1624-1652)

    3:20-3:40  VIDEO Susanna Pasquali, Pantheon

    3:40-4:10  COFFEE BREAK

    4:10-5:15  KEYNOTE LECTURE

    John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa. Bernini’s Colonnade: Anxiety and Control in Piazza San Pietro

    5:15  RECEPTION
  • ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference

    New Orleans | Dates: 05 – 09 Feb, 2017
    This is the premier event for art, architecture, design, and visual information professionals. Please note that there is an option to set up a ‘self-scheduled’ meeting. Janine Henri, the ARLIS/NA Liaison to SAH would be interested to know whether any SAH members planning to attend the ARLIS/NA conference would like her to organize a gathering to meet librarians that are also SAH members. Please contact Janine Henri if this is of interest!
  • SAH MDR Conference 2017 Call for Papers

    Victoria | Dates: 06 Dec, 2016 – 15 Mar, 2017
    SAH MARION DEAN ROSS / PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA JUNE 16-18, 2017 This year's conference theme is "Commemorations." According to the National Park Service, a commemorative property is important not for association with the event or person it memorializes, but for the significance it has acquired after its creation through age, tradition, or symbolic value. Please join us in Victoria, B.C., June 16-18, 2017, to celebrate commemorations, especially the Canada 150 celebrations (1867-2017), the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (2016), the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (2016), and the Parks Canada's Centennial (2011). We will also be recognizing Victoria's Centennial (1962) by reflecting on the on-going significance of Victoria's 1965 Centennial Square. A Call for Papers has been issued for the conference. Topics germane to the theme will be encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond will be welcome. Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee. Details on how to submit a paper are in the Call for Papers. Submissions are due on or before March 15, 2017. Go to our website at for further details.
  • SAH MDR Conference 2017 in Victoria BC

    Victoria | Dates: 16 – 18 Jun, 2017
    SAH MARION DEAN ROSS / PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA JUNE 16-18, 2017 This year's conference theme is "Commemorations." According to the National Park Service, a commemorative property is important not for association with the event or person it memorializes, but for the significance it has acquired after its creation through age, tradition, or symbolic value. Please join us in Victoria, B.C., June 16-18, 2017, to celebrate commemorations, especially the Canada 150 celebrations (1867-2017), the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (2016), the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (2016), and the Parks Canada's Centennial (2011). We will also be recognizing Victoria's Centennial (1962) by reflecting on the on-going significance of Victoria's 1965 Centennial Square. A Call for Papers has been issued for the conference. Topics germane to the theme will be encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond will be welcome. Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee. Details on how to submit a paper are in the Call for Papers. Submissions are due on or before March 15, 2017. Go to our website at for further details.
  • Cultural Heritage Preservation

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Dec, 2016
    The Pullman National Monument Preservation Society in cooperation with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Pullman State Historic Site are pleased to present, “Cultural Heritage Preservation,” a lecture by Vincent L. Michael, PhD; Senior Director of the Global Heritage Fund. The cultural heritage preservation process offers a way to identify, commemorate, and conserve sites that might be overlooked by traditional approaches to historic preservation. Traditional approaches tend to emphasize buildings (brick and mortar), design (architectural significance), and integrity (how well as a historic structure been preserved). Because of its emphasis on brick and mortar, traditional historic preservation approaches can leave important stories untold, rituals forgotten, and significant sites unprotected. For example, sites valued by vulnerable populations or integral to interpreting the history of social movements are often erased from the landscape. Even though the sites themselves may appear vacant, their design commonplace, or their integrity degraded; such sites may be significant because of who uses them or has used them or how they are still used by a community. The cultural heritage preservation process offers a framework for the conservation of a complex and diverse global heritage. ABOUT VINCENT L. MICHAEL, PhD Dr. Michael is a long-term champion of global historic preservation. Prior to joining the Global Heritage Fund, he was the John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also served as Director of the Historic Preservation Program from 1996 to 2010. A professional preservationist since 1983, Dr. Michael is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education. He also serves on the Board of Landmarks Illinois and has served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission. For over two decades Dr. Michael has served as an expert witness in a variety of landmark cases in Chicago, Oak Park, Illinois and San Francisco and has been a consultant on award-winning restorations, community plans, television documentaries and city plans. ABOUT THE PULLMAN NATIONAL MONUMENT PRESERVATION SOCIETY (PNMPS) In 1960, Pullman residents reactivated the Pullman Civic Organization to save the town from an urban renewal plan that would have leveled the entire neighborhood and replaced it with light industrial warehouses. In 2016, Pullman residents formed the Pullman National Monument Preservation Society to preserve the beauty and historic authenticity of the Pullman National Monument. Their purpose is to ensure, as a citizens’ advocacy group, full compliance on the part of all governmental units, most particularly the National Park Service, with all applicable laws and regulations governing the preservation of the Pullman National Monument. Admission to the event is free; however, seating is limited. Attendees can reserve tickets at
  • Final Call for Proposals - Deadline Dec 2, Midnight

    Burlington | Dates: 12 – 12 May, 2017
    The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter ( invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference: Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT.
  • CFP: Territories of Faith. Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 - 1975

    Leuven | Dates: 01 – 23 Dec, 2016
    Territories of Faith. Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 - 1975.

    Leuven, 3 - 4 July 2017

    The research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (ARP) of KU Leuven and KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of KU Leuven, are organizing an international workshop on religion, urban planning and demographic change in post-war Europe as a prelude to an edited volume on this topic, to be published by an international academic press.

    In earlier times, most settlements in Europe developed around the local parish church, the community's spatial and social nucleus. The processes of industrialization, urbanization and secularization have reversed this mechanism; already in the mid-20th century, the place of the church (both as a religious institution and as a building) was no longer self-evident. As a response, the various branches of Christian religion devised particular strategies to preserve the once-evident unity of ideology, territory and society. Many Catholic dioceses, for example, established consulting bodies for the strategic planning and financing of religious infrastructure in the newly urbanized areas. This workshop seeks to go beyond the traditional focus on liturgical renewal or modernist paradigms in the study of post-war church architecture. Rather, we propose to study the boom in religious infrastructure in Europe between 1945 - 1975 as the instrument and outcome of a particular interaction!
     between religion, (urban) planning and demographic change.

    We suggest following three possible lines of enquiry to explore this hypothesis:

    1. What kind of expertise was developed in relation to pastoral challenges in (sub)urban areas? Who were the (institutional) actors in this research, what was their agency and from which perspective did they look at the issues at stake (sociology, architecture, urban planning, theology, anthropology and so forth)? To what networks did these actors belong and how did their ideas circulate?

    2. A second set of questions is directed at a critical assessment of the body of knowledge referred to above. How was this knowledge put to use? To what extent did it have an impact on the religious zeal of the faithful? What was the impact of pastoral strategies, theological concepts or sociological theories on the architectural practise of parish infrastructure (e.g. the typology of the place for worship)? And, inversely, what lessons were learned through experiments in the field? Or, put more broadly: how did religious ideas and practices influence planning concepts or policies?

    3. A final perspective on these issues has to do with the reception, perception and assimilation of the ideas and practices mentioned under 1) and 2). How did religious leaders react to the impact of 'secular' ideas? How were new insights disseminated amongst the lower clergy? And finally, how did the local communities of faithful react to and deal with the transformation of their religious and social routines?

    Addressing these issues in a transnational (European) and comparative perspective, this workshop aims to position the religious authorities in a field of tensions between planned strategic effort and pragmatic circumstantial adaptations on the one hand, and innovation and tradition on the other. This, in turn, will offer an insight in how organized religion manages and marks its presence within a given territory, a burning issue in the light of the ever growing religious diversity in the contemporary urban environment.

    We call for chapter-length papers (between 5000 and 8000 words) that address (one of) the issues mentioned above on the base of one or more case studies. The workshop will focus on the initiatives of the Catholic Church, but we also encourage contributions dealing with other denominations or religions. Papers should be based on original research and be clear in structure, precise in focus and make clear statements about the various forms of agency at stake and their effect upon the material organization of religion.

    Prospective authors are invited to send a short CV and an abstract of no more than 300 words, clearly outlining their take on the topic, until the 23th of December, 2016 to<>. A maximum of 10 authors will be selected by the scientific committee to take part in the workshop. In order to provide a solid workshop, draft papers are to be submitted one month in advance of the workshop (by 1 June 2017) and will be distributed amongst participants for feedback. During the two-day workshop, the discussion of each paper will be initiated by one invited respondent and two of the participating authors, and then opened to the entire group. Apart from the consistency of each paper in terms of argument, method and writing, its place within the overall scope of the volume will also constitute a major focus of attention. Participants are expected to take into account the comments made during the workshop in rewriting their papers and submit !
    their final manuscripts within the deadlines set by the organizers. All final, revised manuscripts will then enter a peer-reviewing process in preparation for publication.

    There is no fee for the workshop. Lunch and drinks will be provided. The workshop also includes a ? day tour to some remarkable modern church buildings in the Leuven - Brussels area. For any inquiries, please contact<>.

    Please visit the webpage of the full Call for Papers:

    23.12.2016 - submission of abstracts
    16.01.2017- notification of acceptance
    01.06.2017- submission of draft papers
    03 - 04.07.2017 - workshop at KADOC KU Leuven
    01.10.2017 (TBC) - submission of final manuscripts

    Scientific committee
    Sven Sterken (KU Leuven), Jan De Maeyer (KU Leuven), Olivier Chatelan (Universit? Jean Moulin Lyon 3), Robert Proctor (University of Bath), and Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven).
  • CFP: Making and Unmaking the Environment (Oslo, 7-9 Sep 17)

    Oslo | Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 20 Jan, 2017
    Making and Unmaking the Environment

    7-9 September 2017
    University of Oslo, Norway
    Design History Society Annual Conference 2017

    Design and designers hold an ambiguous place in environmental discourse. They are alternatively being blamed for causing environmental problems, and hailed as possessing some of the competences that could help solving those problems. Despite this long-standing centrality of design to environmental discourse, and vice versa, these interrelations remain underexplored in design historical scholarship.

    Confirmed keynote speakers:
    Simon Sadler ? University of California, Davis
    Jennifer Gabrys ? Goldsmiths, University of London
    Peder Anker ? New York University & University of Oslo

    Half a century ago, Leo Marx coined the phrase ?the machine in the garden? to describe a trope he identified as a prominent feature of 19th and early 20th century American literature, in which the pastoral ideal is seen as disturbed by the invasion of modern technology. Marx subsequently shifted perspective from this fascination with ?the technological sublime? to a deep concern for the environmental ramifications of technological progress. The question of how we as society deal with the allegorical machine in the proverbial garden is more relevant than ever.

    Design is both making and unmaking the environment. Conversely, it might be argued that the environment is both making and unmaking design. This conference seeks to explore how these processes unfold, across timescapes and landscapes, thus opening a new agenda for the field of design history. Design thinkers from John Ruskin and William Morris to Richard Buckminster Fuller and Victor Papanek and beyond have grappled with the intricate and paradoxical relations between the natural environment and the designed environment. From Ghandi's India to Castro's Cuba, design policy has been enmeshed in concerns for its environmental ramifications. From prehistoric stone implements to contemporary nanotechnology, design has been key to shaping our environment.

    In the anthropocene, we can no longer talk about design (and) culture without also talking about design (and) nature. The conference theme is intended to stimulate new directions in design historical discourses that take seriously design?s complex interrelations with nature and the environment. Not only does design feature prominently in the making and unmaking of the environment; studying the history of these processes will also help reveal how the idea of the environment itself has been articulated over time. Engaging with issues of environmental controversies and sustainable development can move design history beyond its conventional societal significance, and may thus enable more resilient futures.

    Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

    - Design and consumption
    - Repairing, fixing, mending
    - Design in nature
    - Design of nature
    - Histories of sustainable design
    - Histories of unsustainable design
    - Environmentalist movements and design
    - Design movements and the environment
    - Durability and ephemerality
    - Impacts of materials and manufacturing
    - Imaging nature(s)
    - Greenwashing & greenwishing
    - Designs on the Anthropocene
    - Politics and policies of sustainable design
    - Design and alternative energy
    - Designing doom and gloom
    - Designing technofixes
    - Appropriate technology
    - Eco-modernism vs. green conservatism
    - Eco-fiction/Eco-topias
    - Deep ecology as design philosophy
    - Traditional design for resilient futures
    - Visual culture of the environmental crisis
    - Waste and afterlives
    - Silent springs and atomic winters
    - Social sustainability
    - Ecology and systems design
    - Navigating spaceship earth
    - Earthships and biodomes
    - Biomimicry and generative design

    Special anniversary strand: Making and Unmaking Design History

    2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Design History Society Annual Conference, held in Brighton in 1977, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Journal of Design History. In celebration of this landmark, we invite proposals for papers addressing the historiography of design and the history of the discipline, with the aim to curate a special anniversary strand on the making and unmaking of design history.

    We are inviting proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes, or proposals for thematically coherent panels of three papers. Panel proposals must include abstracts for all three papers in addition to a short description of the panel theme.

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 January 2017

    Please submit your proposals in the form of anonymous MS Word documents to:<>

    Convenor: Kjetil Fallan
    Co-convenors: Ingrid Halland, Ida Kamilla Lie, Gabriele Oropallo, and Denise Hagstr?mer
  • A Funded PhD Scholarship on the Architectural Patronage of William Wardell

    Melbourne | Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 20 Jan, 2017
    A Funded Ph D Scholarship on the Architectural Patronage of William Wardell in Colonial Melbourne

    Applications close on 20 January 2017

    The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne is seeking a candidate for a doctoral scholarship on a collaborative research project funded by the Australian Research Council on the architectural patronage of the first Catholic Archbishop in Colonial Melbourne and the British born architect William Wardell. The successful candidate will develop their thesis as a member of a dynamic inter-disciplinary team (Professor Jaynie Anderson, Shane Carmody and Professor MaxVodola), working in partnership, over a period of three and a half years, to begin in February 2017.

    The ARC project is:  A Baroque Archbishop in Colonial Australia We aim to investigate the cultural vision of the first Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, James Goold (1812-1886), whose architectural patronage has left a permanent imprint on the built environment of Melbourne. An Irishman educated in Italy, Goold was a passionate collector and missionary bishop. The Bishop imported a library and late Italian Baroque paintings to convey the intensity of European religious experience. When Goold was appointed to Melbourne it was a provincial town, but with the discovery of gold and the commissioning of St Parick's Cathedral Melbourne became an international metropolis. Through publications and an exhibition in 2019 the research may transform our understanding of the narratives of Colonial Australia.
    The applicant should have a strong Honors and/or Master's Degree. A research background and/or practical experience in architectural and/or art history would be beneficial.  Study will begin at the end of February 2017, and last 3-4 years.

    Candidates should express their interest by contacting Professor Jaynie Anderson ( as soon as possible, and by 20 January 2017 at the latest.
  • VAF Buchanan Award Announcement

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 17 Feb, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the Paul E. Buchanan Award. The award was instituted by VAF in 1993 to recognize contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. Hundreds of studies, reports, documentation projects, restoration plans, National Register nominations, exhibits, video/digital media productions and public programs are completed each year without the benefit of distribution or recognition beyond the limited audience for which they were commissioned. Nonetheless, many of these efforts can serve to inform and inspire us all. The award is named for Paul E. Buchanan who served for over thirty years as the Director of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Buchanan set the standard for architectural fieldwork in America and inspired many VAF members in the rewards of fieldwork. This award honors the valuable work that most of our members and professional associates perform. Projects completed in the last two years are eligible for consideration and may include, but are not limited to: • Architectural Recording Projects (including HABS/HAER/HALS) • Historic Structures Reports • Cultural Resource Surveys • Historic Designation Studies (including National Register and National Historic Landmark) • Preservation Plans • Restoration Projects • Furnishing Plans and Installations • Exhibits and Other Temporary Installations • Permanent Museum Exhibits • Visual Arts Presentations (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, 3-D media) • Film and Video Presentations • Computer Applications and Modeling • Educational and Interpretive Programs • Symposia, Conferences, and Public Events The application deadline for the 2017 Buchanan Award is February 17, 2017. For more information, please visit
  • The John Coolidge Research Fellowship

    Dates: 28 Nov – 23 Dec, 2016
    The John Coolidge Research Fellowship assists graduate students at a New England college or university working on topics in architectural history, the built environment, or a related field through an award of $500 to $1,000 to support their research. Applicants should submit a proposal (not to exceed three pages, typed and double-spaced) that explains the significance of their overall project, its current stage of development, plans for its completion, and a detailed plan of work that addresses how the funded research will fit into their larger project. Applicants should also submit a budget, a curriculum vitae, the source and amount of any other current or potential funding for the project, and one letter of reference (preferably from the student’s advisor). All files are to be submitted as one pdf document.
    All application material, including reference letter, must be received by:
    December 23, 2016
    Applications and reference letters should be emailed to:
    Anne-Catrin Schultz, NESAH Fellowship Coordinator at: nesah2017(at)gmail(dot)com
  • The Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship

    Glasgow | Dates: 28 Nov – 23 Dec, 2016
    The Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship helps graduate students or emerging professionals attend the SAH 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Eligibility is limited to graduate students in architectural history or a related field at a New England college or university, or recent graduates who are now living in New England. Applicants who are not currently enrolled students must have completed a relevant graduate degree within the last five years. The Rettig Fellowship includes support of $400, plus a registration fee waiver. Applicants should submit a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or work will be enhanced by attendance at the upcoming SAH annual meeting and indicating the source and amount of any other funding the applicant may receive. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae and the name and email address of their faculty advisor or current employer. All files are to be submitted as one pdf document.
    All application material, including reference letter, must be received by:
    December 23, 2016
    Applications and reference letters should be emailed to:
    Anne-Catrin Schultz, NESAH Fellowship Coordinator at: nesah2017(at)gmail(dot)com
  • CFP: EAHN Themed Conference Histories in Conflict: Cities | Buildings | Landscapes

    Jerusalem | Dates: 29 Nov, 2016 – 03 Jan, 2017
    HISTORIES IN CONFLICT: CITIES | BUILDINGS | LANDSCAPES EAHN 2017 in JERUSALEM The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the EAHN’s third thematic conference Urban Histories in Conflict, to be held at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on June 13-15 2017. On the 50-year anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the contentious unification it legislated, the conference aims to open up questions about the purpose of writing histories of urban conflicts. We ask how historians can account for the predicaments of violence and uneven distributions of power in the built environment, particularly in the face of current worldwide geo-political crises. At the heart of the conference will be the question of how eruptions of strife shape architectural and urban histories; and reciprocally, how larger architectural and planning processes, along with the histories that register their impact, intervene in the predicament of conflict. The aim of the conference is to bring together different responses to this predicament from both regional architectural and urban historians and worldwide members of the EAHN. We interrogate the inextricable ties between the history of cities and urban conflict through several complimentary questions. First, we examine how situations of socio-political conflict affect research. How does the temporality of spatial conditions stirred by conflict influence concepts of history, heritage, preservation and urban renewal? Bitter national, ethnic or class conflicts often inspire dichotomized readings of history, or conversely, generate pleas for “symmetry” or “moderation” that put the rigors of research at risk. What are the implications for architectural praxis (historiography, design, and their critical extensions) in either case? A second set of questions focuses on the architect/ historian/preservationist operating from a particular “side” of conflict, facing palpable restrictions in the form of inaccessible national, physical and moral boundaries that may put them at physical risk, or might raise questions of legitimacy, even as they may strive for scholarly rigor. Can one set claims on a “legitimate” practice from any particular perspective? Reciprocally, should architectural/urban history actively assume a civic responsibility towards conflict? How does the disparity of power affect historical analysis? And how does it affect practice, and the meaning of urban citizenship? Can history become a platform of negotiation regarding urban justice and democracy? Moreover, conflict has lingering effects. How does conflict inspire the post-traumatic histories of places such as Mostar, Famagusta and Dublin? How do these accounts intervene in current realities, such as the one we encountered in embattled Jerusalem? Situations of conflict often compel interventions that put into question disciplinary autonomies and make the issue of agency particularly pertinent. We therefore wish to explore the seam between the historian and the activist, because this is where architecture/history/heritage are negotiated, contested and pulled apart by different forces. On the one hand are scholars, and on the other hand are the state/ the market/ human rights activists—yet all of them claim a stake in the “public good”. Who is posing the rules of the game, according to which the historian as activist works? The study of this tension necessitates disciplinary exchanges between historiography and political theory, which we aim to address in this conference. Conference sub-themes: 1. The “positioning” vs. the “autonomy” of the historian 2. Agency and the seam between historiography and activism 3. The collapse of former geo-political boundaries between North/ West/ center/ metropole and South/ East/ periphery/ colonies within European cities; alternative conceptualizations of the cross-cultural, beyond the modes of area studies 4. Urban conflict resulting from labor migration and the refugee crisis. 5. Preservation of conflictual sites, their impact and interpretation of the “public good” 6. The persistence of conflict schemas within historiographic/ design practices that engage with the prospect of consensual peace or halted violence 7. Strategies for advancing research on (and funding for) histories in conflict so that history/historiography can impact the realm of praxis around issues of conflict We welcome papers that consider urban conflict and urge investigation into its related aspects of change and heterogeneity. Papers should be based on well-documented research that is primarily analytical and interpretative rather than descriptive in nature. Abstracts (of 500 words) and all queries should be addressed to conference chairs and the organizing committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Technion City, Haifa 32000, ISRAEL; Tel: (+972) 4-8294048, Fax: (+972) 4-8294617, Email:; Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus, Department of Architecture, PO Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, CYPRUS; Tel: (+357) 22892963, Fax: (+357) 22895330, Email: Important Dates: Abstract submission: January 3, 2017 Abstract selection and notification of speakers: January 13, 2017 Full papers due: May 1, 2017 Conference: June 13-15, 2017 Scientific Committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus Hilde Heynen, Catholic University Lueven Marc Crinson, The University of Manchester Sibel Bozdogan, GSD Harvard and Kadir Has University Istanbul Daniel B. Monk, Colgate University Tawfiq Da’adli, The Hebrew University Haim Yacobi, Ben Gurion University Organizing committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat, Technion Petros Phokaides, National Technical University of Athens Yoni Mendel, Van Leer Institute Jerusalem
  • VAF Access & Ambassadors Awards

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 28 Nov, 2016 – 01 Feb, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) announces two awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place in 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31 – June 3: the Access Award for first-time attendees, and the Ambassadors Award for groups of students. For more information about the conference visit ACCESS AWARD In an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes the Access Award supports first-time attendance by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field. There is no geographic restriction on the award and local practitioners, scholars, and students may apply. Winners are not required to give a paper at the meeting, although they may. The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 50 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend of $300 for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Winners, including those giving papers at the meeting, are required to write an article to be published in the VAF’s newsletter, VAN, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees. Applications are due February 1, 2017. For instructions and more information visit AMBASSADORS AWARDS The VAF Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF's recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF's visibility on campuses. During the conference, Award recipients are encouraged to use social media to communicate with a broader audience about their experiences as a participant in the conference. Following conference attendance, Award recipients are expected to act as "ambassadors" for the VAF, working to promote the study, documentation, and preservation of ordinary buildings and landscapes.  Each group of Ambassadors must also submit a written summary of its experiences to the fellowship chair.  The summary, as well as a group photograph, will be published in the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s newsletter, VAN.  Applications are due February 1, 2017. For instructions and more information visit

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