Recent Opportunities

  • Inside a Parish Church: Art & Religion in 18th-Century Paris

    Paris | Dates: 24 – 24 Oct, 2017

    Talk by

    Dr. Hannah Williams
    Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
    Queen Mary University of London

    Religion has become the blindspot of eighteenth-century art history. From Watteau’s fêtes galantes, to Boucher’s rococo nudes, or David’s neoclassical political dramas, the canonical images defining our discipline’s chapters on the late ancien régime are resolutely secular. But the period itself was not. In eighteenth-century Paris, religion was everywhere and so was religious art. This paper is a response to this art-historical conundrum of why eighteenth-century religious art, so important in its time, has since been so consistently overlooked. Drawn from a larger book project exploring the art and material culture of Paris’s parish churches, this paper focuses on a single parish – Saint-Merry – to discover the story behind its eighteenth-century embellishments. From the reasons that prompted new commissions, to the people involved in its productions, and the inventive ways of paying for it, this study looks at the role that artists played in the development of Paris’s churches, but also the role that religion played in the lives of the city’s artists.

  • The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces

    Cambridge | Dates: 13 – 14 Oct, 2017

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street 
    Cambridge MA

    This symposium explores the spaces of artistic, artisanal, and intellectual production. From the artist’s studio to the alchemist’s lab, the stateroom to the secret chamber, the brick-and-mortar hall to the winding corridors of cyberspace, rooms and their contents have long influenced history and transformed their inhabitants. Held in conjunction with the special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (May 19–December 31, 2017), this symposium brings together artists, architects, and historians to consider the spaces where objects and ideas are generated.

    Keynote Lecture (October 13)
    Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire
    Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

    Presentations (October 14)
    Each group of presentations will be followed by a discussion.

    Rooms for Looking: Parlor/Museum/Studio

    “‘No One Could Prevent Us Making Good Use of Our Eyes’: Enslaved Spectators and Southern Plantation Spaces”
    Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware

    “The Room of Broken Bodies: Civil War Wounds, the Army Medical Museum, and Perceiving Re-Unification”
    Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College and Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site

    “The Symposium on Habitability: Robert Irwin, NASA, and the Case of the Artist as a Meta-Scholar”
    Boris Oicherman, Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaborations, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

    Rooms for Making: Library/Laboratory/Model

    “‘A Scene in a Library’: Inventing and Destroying Enlightenment Photography at Soho House”
    Matthew Hunter, Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University

    “Connected Interiors: Learning Architecture and Observation in Meiji Japan”
    Matthew Mullane, Ph.D. candidate, School of Architecture, Princeton University

    “Interior as Microcosm: The Production of Epistemologies, Ethics, and Identities at Biosphere 2, 1991–1994”
    Meredith Sattler, Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Virtual Rooms: Theater/Period Room/Cockpit

    “A Machine of Visibility: Paul Nelson’s Surgical Theater at the Cité Hospitalière de Lille”
    Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

    “Visiting Mrs. M.—’s Cabinet: Period Room as Pedagogy”
    Sarah Anne Carter, Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation

    “Bedroom Aviators—Flight Simulation and the Domestic Realm”
    Chad Randl, Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cornell University

    “Follies and Wonder Rooms”
    Mark Dion, conceptual artist, with an introduction by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

    All symposium events will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 9:30 am.

    The symposium is presented as part of HUBweek 2017 (October 10–15). The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Please register here.

    This project is supported in part by major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation.

    The exhibition and catalogue were also supported in part by the following endowed funds: the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the William Amory Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

  • Foundation for Landscape Studies 2018 Book Prizes

    Dates: 28 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017

    The Foundation for Landscape Studies invites you to submit publications from your press for this year’s John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and David R. Coffin Publication Grant. Please see the list of previous winners of these prizes on the website.

    The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize is awarded to books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape design.  The David R. Coffin Publication Grant supports the research and publication of a book in the field of landscape studies. 

    Award recipients will be selected by a jury composed of members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Detailed descriptions of the eligibility requirements and the application procedures for each award can be found on the website. The application deadline for both awards is December 1, 2017

    We welcome nominations for the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and the David R. Coffin Publication Grant from both publishers and authors.

    Please submit all inquiries to:

    Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, President
    Foundation for Landscape Studies
    7 West 81st Street
    New York, NY 10024

  • BWAF Pioneers Series Film Screening and Lecture at the 2017 Industry Leaders Roundtable

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Oct, 2017

    Come to the second-ever BWAF Pioneers Series film screening and lecture at the 2017 Roundtable in Chicago!

    The Film: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, written and directed by Beverly Willis, FAIA

    The Lecture: Marion Mahony Re-considered by Dr. David T Van Zanten

    When: Monday, October 23, 6:30-8 PM
    Where: Perkins + Will, Wrigley Building, 400-410 Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL   

    Sign up NOW!
  • 2017 Wright Society Virtual Summit

    Dates: 20 – 22 Oct, 2017

    Free Registration Now Open For 2017 Wright Society Virtual Summit

    Today is the day! Free registration has opened and your fellow Wright enthusiasts are signing up already. Here's a quick look at this year's line up...


    SESSION 1: Kathryn Smith, Wright on Exhibit - Kathryn Smith, historian and author, reveals enlightening research into Wright's exhibits and how they spread his architectural ideas.

    SESSION 2: Roland Riesley, Life in Usonia - Original Wright homeowner Roland Riesley shares his earliest memories of joining the Usonian cooperative in Pleasantville, New York.

    SESSION 3: Sarah (Muirhead) and Mike Petersdorf, Restoring the Muirhead Farmhouse - The story of three generations of family members living in Wright's​ Usonian Muirhead Farmhouse.

    SESSION 4: Rob Barros, John H. Howe: The Poet in Stone - Rob Barros, documentary filmmaker and producer, discusses Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice John (Jack) Howe.

    SESSION 5: William Blair Scott, Jr., William Wesley Peters: Taliesin's First Fellow - Architectural historian William Blair Scott, Jr. shares insights into Wright apprentice William Wesley Peters.

    Get all the 2017 Wright Society Virtual Summit details here.

    You can even view the FAQ section if you've not previously experienced or heard about our annual virtual event. We think you'll be interested in attending for free—so be sure to sign-up!

  • Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of "Health" in History

    Houston | Dates: 14 – 14 Oct, 2017
    Free and open to the public.

    The Department of Art History at Rice University is pleased to announce its inaugural Graduate Conference, Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of "Health" in History, at the Moody Center for the Arts on the Rice campus, Saturday, October 14, 2017.

    Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of "Health" in History
    Conceptions of health and the healthfulness of bodies, societies, and environments, are sprawling. Vital Constitutions aims to facilitate an open and interdisciplinary dialogue about representations and realities of care and condemnation across time and geography as related to imaging in art, art history, and visual culture; architecture, anthropology, and beyond. A group of nine emerging scholars and artists will share their research and practices during three panels: "Biology, Politics, and Mutation," "Building, Memory, and the Forsaken," and, "Ritual, Remedy, and Form." We encourage the public to not only attend the presentations but also participate in a town hall style discussion that will conclude Saturday's programming. This portion of the conference will be led by invited panelists Dr. Suzannah Biernoff, Erika Blumenfeld, and Dr. Jairo Moreno—whose research engages subjects such as mixed-ability communities, the Anthropocene, and music history, respectively—who will speak on their work, respond to the panels, and encourage conversation.

    Planning Vital Constitutions included attention to its own role as an academic conference. We hope that the line-up and format help expand ideas of such gatherings. In addition to the presentations, ample coffee breaks will offer audience members and participants a chance to visit key parts of the conference: an exhibition of visual art and a temporary non-circulating library located in the Moody Center Lantern Room. This complementary space will, we hope, offer 'food for thought.' The Moody Center, a site straddling the border of the campus and the city, is an apt metaphor for our goal to engage Houston at large and layer perspectives.

    Further details and updates to the conference schedule can also be found at both and our Rice University blog at The Moody is wheelchair accessible.
  • 2018 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

    Dates: 23 Sep – 17 Nov, 2017
    The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2018 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

    The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017.

    The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 46th Annual ARLIS Conference in New York City, NY, in February 2018.

    Who May Apply

    This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.

    For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

    ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee:

    Jasmine Burns (Chair)
    Mario Ascencio
    Elizabeth Ernst
    Anna Helgeson
    Suzanne Rackover
  • Inessential Colors: A History of Color in Architectural Drawings, 16th–19th Centuries

    New York | Dates: 03 – 03 Oct, 2017
    Architectural historians have focused on the history of drawing primarily as a project design tool. By applying the methods of art history, this talk traces color as a key player in the long history of rivalry and exchange between European traditions in architectural drawing and practice. While Italian Renaissance drawings were largely monochrome and developed their conventions under pressure from engravers, seventeenth-century European drawings are characterized by a contrast between a colorful German and Dutch world—developed around architect-painters’ designs that influenced French and Spanish draughtsmanship—and a still largely monochrome tradition in Italy and England. At the end of Louis XIV’s reign, French architects adopted color conventions taken from engineers, largely for informational purposes. In the middle of the eighteenth century, however, a color revolution took place, one in which a new generation of architects who were working alongside painters developed a wide chromatic range that was no longer limited to informing the worker but to persuading academic juries and gaining commissions. This eighteenth-century French employment of color laid the foundation for Beaux-Arts architectural drawings in the first half of the nineteenth century, at a moment when English architectural drawings also adopted color in response to the English watercolor movement.
  • From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

    Canterbury | Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2018
    Bi-Annual Conference, Centre for European Architecture, Kent School of Architecture (UK)

    From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

    Cultural landscape refers to landscapes shaped by humans through habitation, cultivation, exploitation and stewardship, and has influenced thinking in other fields, such as architecture. Generally, architecture has been subsumed within cultural landscape itself as a comprehensive spatial continuum. Yet standard architectural histories often analyse buildings as isolated objects, sometimes within the immediate context, but typically with minimal acknowledgement of wider spatial ramifications. However, buildings may become spatial generators, not only in the immediate vicinity, but also at larger geographic scales. ‘Buildings’ in this case include architectural works in the traditional sense, as well as roads, bridges, dams, industrial works, military installations, etc. Such structures have been grouped collectively to represent territories at varying scales.
    In the context of this conference, the term ‘territories’ is appealed to rather than ‘landscape’, for the latter is associated with a given area of the earth’s surface, often aestheticized as a type of giant artefact. Territories by contrast are more abstract, and may even overlap. Discussions in this conference may consider varying territorial scale relationships, beginning with the building, moving to the regional, and even to the global. For example, at the level of architectural detailing, buildings may represent large-scale territories, or obscure others, themselves acting as media conveying messages. How tectonic-geographic relationships are represented may also be considered. Various media, primarily maps but also film and digital technologies have created mental images of territories established by buildings, and are all relevant to these discussions. Geopolitical analysis may provide another means towards understanding how architecture makes territories. Governments are often the primary agents, but not always, for religious and special interest groups have played central roles. Mass tourism and heritage management at national and international levels have reinforced, or contradicted, official government messages. Organisations dedicated to international building heritage, such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also are implicated in such processes.
    Paper proposals may cover anytime period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed.


    Conference organisers: Dr. David H. Haney, and Dr. Luciano Cardellichio.

    Conference webpage address:

    Paper abstracts: 150-200 words in length.
    Paper abstract submission due date: 15th of January, 2018.
    Paper selection announcement date: 31st of March, 2018.
    Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images):

    Conference dates: 28th and 29th of June, 2018
    Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK
    Venue: The Cathedral Lodge:
    Daily Schedule: to be published
    Conference Fee: £140 per person. Includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days.
    To pay the registration fee online, please click here:

    A conference publication containing selected essays is planned.

    Keynote Speaker Lectures:

    Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US): ‘Maps of monuments and scales of design: Strategic bombing and the postwar international order’.
    Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm): ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.
    Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel: ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.
    Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata: ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.
  • Plywood: Material of the Modern World

    London | Dates: 21 Sep – 12 Nov, 2017
    Featuring groundbreaking pieces by Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames, alongside an incredible range of objects from planes to skateboards, this exhibition tells the story of how this often-overlooked material made the modern world.
  • CFP: Urban Transformations and Transitions in the Balkans

    Belgrade | Dates: 21 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017

    At a stage of deep and very rapid changes in society it is important to
    understand the effects they can have on the built environment that
    surrounds us. Academy is giving a renewed interest to community
    participation and the use of ICTs to understand the challenges cities
    are facing in the next future, and terms like IoT, Smart Cities, commons
    or participation are today widely present in any discussion related with
    urban contexts. Bits and bytes have to look anyway for an agreement with
    atoms, in this case the established city. The Balkan region is, no more
    than other regions, facing identity challenges and dynamic
    transformations, so the Balkan Architectural Biennale offers the
    opportunity to focus on the reality of the region, where the ongoing
    European integration process and the transition from a centralized model
    to one based on free market rules are specific topics worth to be
    considered in relation with the new models proposed and imposed by
    technology development. Cities change with radical or smooth transitions
    after any event, so we want to focus on the specificities, if any could
    be found, of the region, and the potential for its development.

    Despite the risk of raising fragmented and parallel urban environments
    if social issues are not properly addressed, it is possible to intuit
    how cities do have a social resilience which will re-balance any threat.
    Recognizing the importance of digital and physical flows in the
    configuration of the contemporary cityis a first step to a broader
    approach on the evolution of urban systems and ecosystems.

    This special session aims to look at specific patterns existing in the
    region, good practices developed here or elsewhere and that could be
    implemented in the Balkans. It aims a wide range focus and
    interdisciplinary approach, under the broad umbrella of the question
    about what actions and urban governance policies are required for
    developing and strengthening a resilient urban environment, some of the
    possible but not exclusive themes to address in this session are the

     * Do new models of urban governance improve living in urban environments?
     * Do community empowerment facilitate urban experiences and justice?
     * What scenarios can we envision for the city of the future? Will ICT
       and the circular economy transform the way we live it?
     * Which urban infrastructures are built with citizens in mind, and
       which ones contribute to more social and spatial segregation?

    Cimadomo, G., (2017). Information technologies: Threats and
    opportunities for contemporary urban transformations,//ACE:
    architecture, city and environment//[en l?nea], 11: 33, 265-278.

    Finn, D. (2014). Introduction to the special issue on DIY urbanism.
    /Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban
    Sustainability/, /7/(4), 331?332.

    Geiger, J. (Ed.). (2015). /Entr?acte. Performing publics, pervasive
    media, and architecture/. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Doi:

    Expression of interest including a 300 words abstract or structured
    papers (see call) and resumed CV can be sent to the special session
    convenor: Guido Cimadomo, ETS Arquitectura, Universidad de M?laga:
    / before November the 1st .
    More detailed info about the International Conference here:

  • Docomomo US Tour Day

    Dates: 07 – 07 Oct, 2017

    Docomomo US is excited to announce the line-up of tours and events taking place during our eleventh Tour Day. The only national event of its kind, Tour Day is an annual celebration of modern architecture and design where the public and like-minded organizations across the country participate in a tour or event on the first Saturday and throughout the month of October.

    This year's theme SHELTER looks to build upon Docomomo US' advocacy theme and invites people to explore modern shelter found in their city, town, and neighborhood. Join the thousands of participants enjoying the 50+ tours, in 30+ citites nationwide.

  • Richard L. Blinder Award

    Dates: 21 Sep – 25 Oct, 2017

    The Richard L. Blinder Award will be presented biennially to an architect or other professional in a related historic preservation field for a proposal exploring architecture and preservation. The proposal may focus on a real project or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal must advance architectural preservation in the United States. The product can be graphic, text-based or a combination of both and must be able to be shared with the architecture and preservation community. The award is for a sum not to exceed $15,000.

    Criteria for Evaluation
    Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria and conditions of eligibility:

    • A demonstrated need for the proposed study and evidence of its value to advance the practice of historic preservation in the United States.
    • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or the final work product within twenty-four (24) months of receipt of the Award. Modes of dissemination include papers; lectures; conferences; presentations; or exhibitions.
    • The project has a clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget
    • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design


    • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations or university-sponsored research projects. Grants are not awarded for professional fees.
    • The applicant must be an architect or in a related field, such as historic preservation, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, the decorative arts, advocacy, and preservation law.
    • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States.

    Please email us with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.

    How to Apply

    Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

    1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email. Also, please specify whether you are applying for the Fitch Mid-Career Grant or the Richard L. Blinder Award; and specify the amount of grant money requested.
    2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
    3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
    4. Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received.
    5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

    Selection Process & Completion of Grant
    Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation. Recipients will be notified by mail in the Spring of 2018. Projects must be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the grant award. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project.

    Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project.

    The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.

    Applications for 2018 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 25, 2017, 11PM EST. 

  • David Stanley Gebhard Award

    Dates: 21 Sep – 15 Oct, 2017

    The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (mnsah) invites the submission of articles and books on the subject of Minnesota architectural history to the eleventh David Stanley Gebhard Award, which honors the late Minnesota-born sah president and nationally renowned writer, whose subjects included this state’s architectural history.

    Books and articles submitted must have been published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017. Submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2017.

    Judging will be by a panel appointed by mnsah. The winners will be announced and the awards, along with an honorarium, will be presented at the mnsah Annual Meeting in March 2018.

    Rules for the award program:

    ·      Only articles or books focusing on some historical aspect of the Minnesota built environment will be considered. The major criterion is how well the book or article strikes a balance between scholarship and accessibility.

    ·      Books and articles submitted must have been published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017.

    ·      There will be separate award categories for articles and books.

    ·      Judges reserve the right to withhold selection of an award if a minimum of three books or five articles are not submitted or if the submissions do not meet the criteria of the Gebhard Award.

    ·      There is no restriction as to the author’s place of residence.

    ·      Applicants should send three copies of the nominated work to:

    David Stanley Gebhard Award

    c/o Kristin Anderson

    2417 Como Avenue

    Saint Paul, MN 55108

    Materials will not be returned.

    ·      Submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2017. Earlier submissions are strongly encouraged to allow judges as much review time as possible.

    ·      The award winners will receive an honorarium ($300 for the book, $100 for the article), a one-year membership in MNSAH, and a framed certificate.


    For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at

  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowships 2018-2019

    Dates: 21 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017

    The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2018-2019 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada: 

    ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.

    ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.

    Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2017.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2018.

    For further information please see the ARIT webpage at

  • CFP: 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History (College Park, 24-26 May 2018)

    College Park | Dates: 21 Sep – 16 Nov, 2017

    We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History, to be held in the city of College Park, MD. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland from May 24-26, 2018, and follows successful meetings of the CHSA held in Seattle, WA (10th Anniversary Members’ Meeting 2017), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008).

    Abstracts for Presentation
    Abstracts submitted will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting.  Abstracts for presentation imply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow.  

    CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to Construction History according to their publication schedules. The submission of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process. 

    Each abstract must include:                     

    • title
    • authors’ names and institutional affiliations
    • an abstract of 4000 characters
    • key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and subjects),
    • a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status, laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other relevant work for each author.
    All presentations must be in English and related to Construction in North and South America.

    Abstract topics may include:

    • History and construction of specific projects
    • History of the building trades or specific builders
    • Organization of construction work
    • Wages and the economics of construction
    • The development of building codes and regulations
    • Trade unions and guilds
    • Military or Army Corps of Engineers
    • Structural analysis and the development of structural forms
    • Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc
    • Building techniques in response to their environments
    • Building materials, their history, production and use
    • History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings
    • The changing role of the professions in construction
    • Building archaeology
    • Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction
    • Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric
    • Recording, preservation and conservation
    • Construction in architectural writing
    • The role of construction history in education
    • The bibliography of construction history
    • The theory and practice of construction history
    Important Dates:
    November 16, 2017                 Abstract Deadline
    January 1, 2018                       Online Registration Open
    January 15, 2018                     Author Notification
    May 24-26, 2018                      Biennial 
  • CFP: The 6th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Othello's Island 2018)

    Nicosia | Dates: 21 Sep – 31 Dec, 2017
    OTHELLO'S ISLAND - The 6th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Othello's Island 2018)

    Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2018

    Now in its sixth year (2018), Othello's Island is a well established annual meeting of academics, students and the wider public interested in Byzantine, medieval, renaissance and early modern art, literature, history, culture and society.

    A broad ranging conference, with around 100 delegates from around the world, Othello's Island is still small enough to retain a friendly and collegiate atmosphere. This allows for genuine cross-referencing of research with academics from other disciplines. We are housed at the CVAR Research Centre in the heart of the medieval old town of Nicosia, and full use is made of our location, with site visits to places of interest. For academic speakers aged under 36 we have a limited amount of free living accommodation available.

    All papers are published (optional) in the proceedings of the conference.

    Web address and Call for Papers:

    Sponsored by: Othello's Island / University of Cyprus / Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR)


    Prof. James Fitzmaurice (Northern Arizona University, USA); Prof. Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Dr Sarah James (University of Kent, UK); Dr Michael Paraskos (Imperial College London, UK)

    Academic Board- as above, plus: Dr Stella Achilleos (University of Cyprus, Cyprus); Dr Jane Chick (University of East Anglia, UK); Dr Nicholas Coureas (Cyprus Research Centre, Cyprus); Dr Richard Maguire (University of East Anglia, UK); Dr Laurence Publicover (University of Bristol, UK); Dr Rita Severis (CVAR, Cyprus); Prof. Astrid Swenson (Bath Spa University, UK); and, Dr Violetta Trofimova (St Petersburg University, Russia) 
  • Archifest 2017

    Dates: 04 – 15 Oct, 2017
    Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, Archifest 2017 seeks to invite creative co-production and establish greater collaboration between various institutions and communities for a diverse programme.
    Built upon five pillars including Archi-Interfaces, Archicraft, Architours, Conference and Conversations, Archifest 2017 will be held across multiple venues in Singapore from 4 to 15 October with an exciting line-up of more than 50 events.

    Williamstown | Dates: 31 Dec, 2017 – 31 Mar, 2018
    The Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a lively Research and Academic Program (RAP). The Clark’s collections, library, visual resources, and Fellows program are located in the Manton Research Center, along with the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly with the Clark. Our campus is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum, and a brief drive away from the internationally renowned MASS MoCA.
    AS A FELLOW, you will join a distinguished, international family of scholars, critics, museum professionals, and artists. Applicants propose projects that will extend and enhance the understanding of visual art and its role in culture. Clark Fellows work in offices in the Manton Research Center—which houses the Clark library’s open stack collection of some 300,000 volumes dedicated to art history—and live in spacious, beautiful apartments in a residence across the street. Clark Fellows receive stipends that take into account sabbatical and salary replacement needs, and travel expenses are reimbursed.
    AS A CONVENER, your Clark Colloquium, Conference, Symposium, or Workshop will address a vital topic in its field. RAP welcomes proposals for these events on an ongoing basis. We give preference to projects that are multidisciplinary in structure and bring to notice innovative research.
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    Dates: 21 Sep, 2017 – 20 Jan, 2018

    The Empire of the United States began with a bang in 1898. The U.S. Navy docked the Maine battleship in Havana’s bay to protect Americans living in war-torn Cuba. It exploded mysteriously. The U.S. blamed Spain and joined rebel forces to liberate the island. Three months later, the U.S. (not Cuban) flag replaced Spain’s atop Havana’s Morro Castle. Cubans found themselves under the power of a new American Imperium.  By the end of the so-called “Splendid Little War,” the United States had taken possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Spurred by military successes and dreams of Empire, the U.S. annexed Hawai’i that same year. Massive infrastructural investments and bureaucratic overhauls from the United States redefined the ex-colonies of Spain and the island cultures of the Caribbean and Pacific, creating a visible confrontation between local indigenous, African, Asian, Spanish and U.S. imperial expressions. This book seeks essays that reconsider how the United States and the island nations of the Americas and Southeast Asia were transformed through histories of visual, spatial, and material culture after 1898; including, but not limited to, studies on photography, print culture, popular media, performance, urbanism, and architecture. 

    I invite papers that engage with questions: How does Empire define vision and experience? How might images, materials, and built objects serve as a form of resistance to Empire? Do images and built environments reflect, countersign, or challenge ideals of local and/or imperial cultures? Does the cultural geography of islands factor into imperialism? Essays might address, among other topics, forms of resistance to U.S. cultural presence; the role of architecture in expressions of state power; visual regimes of race and racism; or gendered representations of the United States and its foreign holdings in the Pacific and Caribbean. Papers examining the consumption and production of art in support or critique of U.S. imperialism at the turn of the century in the major cities of Cuba, Guam, Hawai’i, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico are encouraged. Essays that telescope back to the nineteenth century, looking at the imperialist rhetoric of the Monroe Doctrine, and project forward, thinking of the ongoing significance of vision and experience in the U.S. Empire, Latinx and Filipinx communities, and the islands of the Caribbean and Pacific, are especially welcome. Queries concerning submission topics are warmly encouraged. 

    Essay abstracts (approximately 250 words) and a CV should be sent by January 20, 2018 to Joseph R. Hartman at

    Selected authors will be notified by February 5, 2018. First full drafts of essays are due by March 20, 2018. 

    For those invited to contribute to the book project, essays should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (author-date system in Chicago style with a list of references, and minimal endnotes, are preferred.)

    The use of images is critical. Authors should note which images are most important to include. Image copyright is the responsibility of the author and should be established prior to submitting the final version of the essay. When submitting final essays, proof of copyright permission will be needed.
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