Recent Opportunities

  • 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
  • Theatricality and performativity of arts in Early Modern Age

    Málaga | Dates: 12 – 13 Dec, 2016
    Universidad de Málaga (Spain), Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, December 12 - 13, 2016 The aim of this conference is to advance in the knowledge of “Theatre and Festival”, beyond this traditional pairing, in order to address, in a global and comprehensive way, the analysis of the hybridization of artistic and scenic languages and processes in the context of visual and material European culture of Ancient Regime. It explores the theatricality and performativity of 16th and 17th centuries artistic culture (celebrations in court and daily life, theatre, music, rituals…), covering both the specific productions and the author´s work. Besides, it pays attention to the analysis of theatricality and performativity as features of architecture and visual arts. This conference is a result of the Research Project I+D+I HAR2015-70089-P (MINECO/FEDER): Appropriations and Hybridizations between Visual Arts and Performing Arts in the Early Modern Age. Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain). Principal Investigator: Carmen González-Román. PROGRAMME MONDAY, 12 DECEMBER SECTION I. The Court context 10:30h. A “multimedia” palace to the Medici: The Pitti Palace in Florence. Sara Mamone. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Anna Maria Testaverde. Università degli Studi di Bergamo. 11:30h. Coffee Break 12h. The Decorative Facet of 17th c. Court Painters: “Quadrattura” Paintings, Ephemeral Architecture, Stage Machinery and Theatre Sets. Teresa Zapata Fernández de la Hoz. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. 13h. "Umori freddi": Women, Music and Visual Performance in Ferrara y Venice (1600). Rosa Tamarit. Universidad Rovira y Virgili. 14h. Lunch break SECTION 2. The urban space 17h. The Royal Entries: Scenic Performances in Madrid (16th – 17th centuries). Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 18h. “Expanding” on the description of Great Ceremonies and Festivals. Stirling Maxwell and the artist´s role in Spanish Golden Age. Hilary Macartney. Glasgow University. TUESDAY, Martes 13 DECENBER SECTION 3. Hybridizations of arts 10:30h. How to produce things with gestures. Theatricality and performativity in Early Modern Painting. Carmen González-Román. Universidad de Málaga. 11:30h. Coffee Break 12h. The rhetoric of “l´ingegno”. Images of Invention, between military art and scenography. Consuelo Gómez López. UNED. Madrid. 13h. Lunch break SECTION 4. Digital Animation and Virtual Reality of the Performance 16h. The memory of Colour. Virtual reconstruction of festival polychromy. Victoria Soto Caba e Isabel Solís Alcudia (UNED). Madrid. 17h. Graphic Sources and Virtual Animation of Baroque Court Performance: The equestrian ballet "La contesa dell'Aria e dell'Acqua" (Viena, 1667). Andrea Sommer-Mathis y Rudi Risatti. Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte. Viena. 18h. Coffee Break 18:30h. Debate and conclusions SPANISH VERSION Con el propósito de avanzar en el conocimiento, este seminario pretende ir más allá del tradicional binomio “teatro y fiesta” para abordar, de manera global e integradora, el estudio de la hibridación de los lenguajes y procesos artísticos y escénicos en el contexto de la cultura material y visual europea del Antiguo Régimen. Se explora la teatralidad y performatividad de la cultura artística de los siglos XVI-XVIII (celebración en el entorno de la Corte y en la vida cotidiana, teatro, música, rituales, etc.), abarcando tanto el estudio de producciones concretas, como de la labor de sus artifices. Pero también apunta hacia el análisis de la teatralidad y performatividad como cualidades de la arquitectura y las artes visuales. Este Seminario Internacional es resultado del Proyecto I+D+I HAR2015-70089-P (MINECO/FEDER): ART-ES. Apropiaciones e hibridaciones entre las artes plásticas y las artes escénicas en la Edad Moderna. Ministerio de Enonomía y Competitividad. Investigadora Principal Carmen González-Román PROGRAMA LUNES 12 de diciembre 10h. Inauguración y presentación. Chantal Pérez Hernández. Vicerrectora de Estudios de Grado. UMA. Milagros León Vegas. Vicedecana de Cultura de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Carmen González-Román. Directora académica del Seminario. Sección I. El entorno de la Corte 10:30h. Una reggia 'multimediale' per i Medici: Palazzo Pitti a Firenze. Sara Mamone. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Anna Maria Testaverde. Università degli Studi di Bergamo. 11:30h. Pausa-café 12h. La faceta decorativa de los pintores de Corte seiscentistas: pinturas de quadrattura, arquitecturas efimeras, tramoyas y decorados teatrales. Teresa Zapata Fernández de la Hoz. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. 13h. "Umori freddi": mujeres, música y representación visual en Ferrara y Venecia (1600). Rosa Tamarit. Universidad Rovira y Virgili. 14h. Almuerzo Sección 2. El espacio urbano 17h. Las entradas reales, escenográficas representaciones en Madrid (siglos XVI-XVII). Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 18h. “Dilatándose con las descripciones de las grandes ceremonias y las fiestas”. Stirling Maxwell y el papel del artista en España en el Siglo de Oro. Hilary Macartney. Glasgow University. MARTES 13 de diciembre Sección 3. Hibridación de las artes 10:30h. Cómo provocar cosas con el gesto. Teatralidad y performatividad en la pintura de la Edad Moderna. Carmen González-Román. Universidad de Málaga. 11:30h. Pausa-Café 12h. La retórica de "l'ingegno". Imágenes de invención, entre el arte militar y la escenografía. Consuelo Gómez López. UNED. Madrid. 13h. Almuerzo Sección 4. Animación digital y reconstrucción virtual del espectáculo 16h. La memoria del color. Una reconstrucción virtual de la policromía festiva. Victoria Soto Caba e Isabel Solís Alcudia (UNED). Madrid. 17h. Fuentes gráficas y animación virtual del espectáculo barroco cortesano: el ballet ecuestre "La contesa dell'Aria e dell'Acqua" (Viena, 1667). Andrea Sommer-Mathis y Rudi Risatti. Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte. Viena. 18h. Pausa-Café 18:30h. Debate y conclusiones. Free access. More information: Carmen González-Román
  • Urban Heritage Narratives - Conference in Berlin

    Berlin | Dates: 16 – 17 Mar, 2017
    Urban Heritage Activism Conference SIMULIZI MIJINI URBAN NARRATIVES – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – International Conference 16 - 17 March 2017 BERLIN Deadline 18 December 2016 Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives is an interdisciplinary inquiry into urban heritage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Berlin, Germany. Through artist residencies, student exchanges and discursive events, the project seeks to develop a more inclusive approach to urban heritage that embraces multiple voices and supports diverse readings of urban environments from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective. For more information about the project and the programme of events, which have already included two summer schools, 10 artist residencies and a one-day symposium in Dar es Salaam, please visit our website: We now announce a call for abstracts for a two-day international conference at the Technical University Berlin from 16-17 March 2017, which, together with a coinciding exhibition at ZK/U, will culminate the project. For the Berlin conference we invite contributions that focus on heritage activism in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Abstracts that address the political ramifications of urban heritage, particularly in postcolonial environments, are particularly welcome. We wish to engage the grassroots movements around the world that are demanding a more inclusive approach to heritage, redefining how places in the built environment are valued and preserved. In addition we will question the role of research and scholarship as well as other forms of political, cultural and arts practice in supporting heritage movements. Rather than convening an academic event, we will create a multidisciplinary platform for activists, scholars, artists, cultural producers, students and local residents to debate urban heritage, present innovative approaches and put forward inclusive solutions. Abstracts are invited that address case studies in urban heritage activism in relation to the following topics: (curating urban heritage) How can information about urban heritage be gathered in diverse urban contexts at a community level? What are appropriate methods and tools for data collection? What role does oral history play? How can the data be archived in an open, accessible and transformable way? What strategies for curating urban heritage ‘from below’ have been successfully tried and tested? (media and protest) What can new technologies, such as augmented reality or virtual reality, offer to urban heritage research, curation and communication? What effects have social media had on documenting and archiving urban heritage? How have they affected protest movements? How can technologies be employed to hack or amend existing official heritage narratives? (activating urban heritage) Building on the Faro Convention, how can awareness be raised about urban heritage as a common cultural good and human right? What tactics can be used to increase public consciousness and foster local participation in the heritage discourse? How do we begin to (re)determine what is preserved and what is recognised as ‘historically relevant’ at a community level, thereby including diverse, minority and forgotten, ignored, or silenced voices? (performing and preserving) How can urban heritage be communicated to a wider audience effectively? How can its significance be understood and supported beyond the community level? What artistic, performative and curatorial strategies have been developed to convey the significance of certain places and practices within communities and neighbourhoods? How can these be used to protect and support their continued presence? Submissions and Deadline Please submit a 300 word abstract including contact details and a brief CV to by 18 December 2016. Travel Bursaries A limited number of travel bursaries will be available towards covering the costs of traveling to Berlin. Book Publication A selection of contributions will be included in a book publication, forthcoming in 2017. Authors interested in contributing to the book will be expected to submit a 1500 word synopsis of their conference presentation by 15 February 2017. Dar es Salaam Symposium The Berlin conference picks up on issues raised at the Reconfiguring Heritage from Below symposium held in Dar es Salaam in April 2016. There speakers from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Belgium and the UK presented heritage case studies and projects from postcolonial contexts. Notes As an interdisciplinary, transnational programme, we encourage contributions from all horizons to apply. We seek to increase the number of women, people with disabilities and non-Western contributors in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage them to apply. This project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
  • Coexistence. Bodies, Actions and Hybrid Spaces in the Contemporary City

    Rome | Dates: 24 Nov – 31 Dec, 2016
    “Coexistence. Bodies, Actions and Hybrid Spaces in the Contemporary City” is the title of a research and dissemination program. An exhibition, in Rome in 2017 Spring, and a co-written book want to celebrate the many ways to habit and build urban spaces, involving different, multiple intentions and reactions. Coexistence can take many paths, such as through exchange, joining, inserting, and layering heterogeneous activities and expressions, (sometimes even incoherently). We kindly and warmly invite scholars of any discipline, visual artists and designers engaged with this topic to join us with their own contribution for the three session of the call: 1) images (photographs as well any other techniques); 2) paper; 3) design. Every selected work will be shown during the exhibition and published in the dedicated book. Our aim is to build – together – a portrait of the multi-faceted city of our time. We’re looking for the most diverse expressions which investigate the various circumstances and situations through which the coexistence – whether spontaneous, arranged or suggested – takes place in the contemporary city and hosts the gathering of different bodies, behaviors, spaces, times, and cultures. More information about the topic and the application rules can be found here It's an initiative of the PhD Program in "Landscape of Contemporary City", from the Architecture Department of Roma Tre University
  • CFP: Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

    Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 22 Nov, 2017
    Routledge Taylor & Francis have announced a genre establishing book, Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century.


    The book has been produced in conjunction with the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS who are preparing a special Issue on the themes of the book for late 2017. Articles should in some way respond to one of the features and /or themes of the book (see below). If you are interested in submitting an article send an initial enquiry to<>
    The book contains the first ever extended comments on architecture by Noam Chomsky.
    Other architects included are Daniel Libeskind, Kenneth Frampton, Michael Sorkin and others.
    It takes on the critical issues of the day of architectural design and practice from a social and political perspective.
    It presents a new genre in academic writing, the ?interview-article?.


    The book is by Dr. Graham Cairns, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the author of eight books.

    Routledge information:

    Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century
    This book brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky?s examination of the US?Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern?s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.
    The ?interview-article? is a variation on the interview format that deepens the scholarly potential of that particular mode of dialogue. Extensive notation - often narrative in tone - is interwoven within the text to offer supplemental information and alternative argumentation and in this regard it represents a continuation of the evolving scholarly tradition of the footnote as academic tool laid out by Anthony Grafton. In addition to these narrative commentaries, these interview-articles are accompanied by full bibliographies and specific references entwined within the text. Contributors are also encouraged to develop discursive answers to questions that they are subsequently given the opportunity to mould into more considered essay type responses.
  • CFP: Design and Displacement (New York, 6-7 Apr 17)

    New York | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 06 Feb, 2017
    Design and Displacement

    6-7 April 2017
    The Twenty-Sixth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA


    The challenges faced by vast numbers of migrants and refugees worldwide?uprooted by war, persecution, or ecological crises or relocating in search of economic opportunity?are giving rise to innovative design solutions. Although often urgent, these crises are unfortunately rarely new. This symposium attempts to take a broader historical view of the relationship of design and decorative arts to the displacement and movement of people and populations since the Renaissance. From French Huguenot artisans emigrating to England in the early 18th century to artisans exiled in the wake of the 1848 revolutions to the Bauhaus? re-establishment after its dissolution by the fascists to designers? migrations all over the world, the movement of populations has spurred great change in the cultural landscape, including the creation of opportunities for new cross-cultural synthesis. Migrations also inspire architectural solutions, such as temporary housing for displaced persons during wartime or natural disasters or more substantial interventions into the landscape, such as buildings erected to accommodate the exponential growth of cities like Lagos or Rio de Janeiro. Papers might consider historical or contemporary designers or whole populations. The symposium also seeks to address issues of national and transnational identity as well as anti-immigrant sentiment.

    Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as art history, history of design, design studies, fashion studies, history of the decorative arts, urban studies, cultural anthropology, history of architecture, consumer studies, design and technology, media studies, museum studies, food studies.

    The symposium's Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeremy Aynsley, professor of design history at the University of Brighton (UK) and chair of the Design History Society. Professor Aynsley?s research interests concern late-19th- and 20th-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany, which he has explored in major exhibitions and academic publications including Nationalism and Internationalism in Design in the 20th Century (1994), Graphic Design in Germany 1890?1945 (2000), and Designing Modern Germany (2009). He is especially interested in the phenomenon of the migration of Modernism and is currently working on a project about German graphic designers in the United States on the eve of World War II.

    The keynote address will be given on Thursday evening, April 6, 2017, and the symposium sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon of Friday, April 7.
    To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography, and a c.v. to:

    Ethan Robey
    Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies<>

    The symposium is sponsored by the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies program, offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design.
  • CFP: Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design vol. 4

    Dates: 22 Nov – 19 Dec, 2016
    Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design vol. 4
    Permanence within the discipline of architecture

    Architectural permanence is widely associated with the Vitruvian definition of firmitas: mass and solidity crafted to endure. It is a lineage that runs deep in the history of architecture, from the marble and stone edifices of the past to the concrete steel skyscrapers of today. The architect Leon Krier claimed "the very condition of architecture to exist as a public art is to attain material and intellectual permanence?Without such permanence, without architecture transcending the lifespan of its builders, no public space, no collective expression such as art is ever possible.<>"

    In observing the use of the Vitruvian term today, a disconnect becomes evident: absolutism in a society defined by relativity. Speculative development, volatile real estate markets, international warfare, mass migration, a changing climate and throw-away attitudes which prioritise quick and temporary fixes for ongoing problems have repositioned the value placed on the material durability of architecture. Given the instability of today, society has seen an embrace of the architecturally impermanent, a transition from immutable buildings to a deformalised architecture that embodies its inherent transience, creating structures that are more responsive to change, more rapidly deployable for environmental and humanitarian crises, or which capitalise on an intentional impermanence affecting the future trajectory of cities.

    Architectural historian Antoine Picon argues that a new materiality of architecture, heralded by the digital revolution, will bolster this shift from permanence and immutability, to events and action.<> Performative materials, ones that can self-heal on the molecular level over a building's life-cycle, provide the unprecedented possibility of buildings that can adapt to the ravages of time and their environment rather than resisting them.

    In the Age of the Anthropocene, where construction and demolition are among the biggest producers of pollution and waste, should architecture aspire for longevity? Or can architecture successfully assimilate its own obsolescence, reflecting the ephemerality and velocity of the digital age?

    And what of those buildings from our past which we fight to preserve? Of the 180,000 steel members of the Eiffel Tower, each has been replaced at least once, where the original construction was only intended to endure 20 years. So do we seek to conserve the buildings themselves or rather the ideals and spirit the people and epochs in which they were conceived? An enquiry into architectural permanence is not only an exploration of physical and material endurance, but also of cultural and symbolic endurance. It prompts an investigation into what our architecture says about our collective psychology, across time and cultures.

    How does an understanding of architecture as occupying a point on a journey between existence and extinction shift our approach to the practices of conceiving and making space? A thorough examination of permanence in architecture will reflect upon past, present and future modes of practice; it considers the ruin and the monument, the pavilion and the 'pop-up', the owner and the tenant, the creator and the context.

    Inflection journal vol.4 invites submissions from students, academics and professionals to explore and unpack the complex inter-relationship between permanence / impermanence in architectural discourse. We welcome both academic and practice-oriented written pieces (up to 3000 words), visual essays, interviews and fictional works that engage with the issue in relation to architecture, design and their related fields.

    We look forward to your contribution!
    Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design

    Permanence vol. 4 editors:
    Nina Henderson
    Dominic On
    Jessica Wood
    Stephen Yuen

    Please submit your abstract to<> by Monday, December 19, 2016. Previous volumes of Inflection can be found at the AADR publisher?s website,
  • CFP: Research and Education in Urban History (Dresden, 30-31 Mar 17)

    Dresden | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 15 Jan, 2017
    Submission deadline for extended abstracts (1500-1700 words): January 15, 2017

    Abstract Submission:

    We kindly invite you to submit a contribution to the workshop entitled “Research and education in urban history in the age of digital libraries.” The workshop will take place in Dresden, Germany on March 30-31, 2017.

    Urban history, drawing on architectural heritage and cultural history, is one of the key areas in digital humanities. Regarding to that research interest, digital libraries play an important role, especially for visual media like photographs, paintings, or drawings, but also for physical and virtual models. Due to the wide field of possible research, different approaches, methods and technologies have emerged – and are still emerging.

    For a long time funding priorities for digital cultural heritage in general—and digital supported research on urban history in the EU and in Germany in particular—focused primarily on technological aspects. These included cost minimization, the ease of use of software tools for creating digital 3D reconstructions and specific cases of application. One focus has been on digital research environments for the digital humanities. While DARIAH and CLARIN develop and operate virtual research environments for humanities scholars, especially for text-related research approaches, projects like DC-NET or ERA-NET focus on e-infrastructures for preserving cultural heritage. ARIADNE and associated projects are dedicated to supporting archaeological information management on a European level. Complementing these, the EUROPEANA virtual library and its sub-projects are dedicated digital repositories for digital cultural heritage assets in Europe, which collect and aggregate resources from museums, libraries, and archives.

    Regarding the role of digital libraries and repositories as main facilitators, previous funding programs have not sufficiently considered the fact that digitally supported urban history research is conducted and applied in complex socio-technical arrangements. Against this background, a paradigm shift has taken place in funding politics since 2010. Besides a further development of technical infrastructures like research environments and digital repositories, human resources, transnational knowledge exchange and cooperation, social and economic impacts, valorization and dissemination are increasingly important objects of funding. Basically, an evaluation of the FP5-7 research funding programs stated that “foster the dissemination, transfer and take-up of program results” would be seen—in these programs—as an underrepresented issue.¹ The Horizon 2020 work program aims for “an understanding of Europe’s intellectual basis,” the use of “new technologies […] as they enable new and richer interpretations of our common European culture while contributing to sustainable economic growth,”² and the development of innovative research infrastructures to foster research, education, and publication of “knowledge-based resources such as collections [or] archives […]” to a European audience.³

    In this changing context, the question arises as to how research and education of urban history can be supported by digital libraries.

    The purpose of the workshop is to concentrate on the area of tension between the fields of culture, technologies and education. We aim to discuss crucial challenges for further research and encourage debate. We would like to invite contributions on theoretical and methodological issues, application scenarios and projects, as well as novel approaches and tools. This includes the following five areas:

    1. Research on architectural and urban cultural heritage

    2. Technical access

    3. Systematization

    4. Education in urban history

    5. Organizational perspectives
  • Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships (Fall 2017/Spring 2018)

    Bogliasco | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 15 Apr, 2017
    Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender.

    To be eligible for the award of a Fellowship, applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Please note that Bogliasco Fellowships are not awarded to students currently in a degree-granting program. The Foundation gives preference to those whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multilingual community of scholars and artists.

    Fall 2017 Deadline: January 15
    Spring 2018 Deadline: April 15
  • CFP: Architecture Connects: Strategies for the Co-production of Architectural Knowledge

    Oxford | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 20 Feb, 2017
    Architecture Connects:
    Strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge

    6-9 September 2017
    Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Oxford, UK

    Architecture Connects is an international conference on architectural education and research that collaborates with people in real world contexts. This includes any external collaboration that engages academics and students in learning, practice or research in order to create new knowledge. These strategies are often inter-disciplinary, innovative, and subject to the change occurring in the world around them. This means that they are complex and closely connected to the society where they take place. The conference encourages multi-disciplinary participants and offers them opportunities to disseminate their work to a variety of audiences: multi-disciplinary panels, academic paper presentations; expertise-sharing workshops; online and physical exhibitions of project case studies and films. The conference welcomes a diversity of contributions from established and early career researchers; teachers; students; practitioners; co-professionals; collaborators and experts from other!

    Examples include:
    inter-disciplinary projects in external contexts; collaboration with external organisations, non-academic partners or local communities; live projects; design build education; public interest design; stakeholder engagement; field work; research-based education; practice-based learning; and participatory design practices.

    Inter-disciplinary contributions welcomed including related fields such as:
    building performance and technology; development and emergency practice; art practice; regeneration; digital craft; anthropology; sustainability; activism; pedagogy; sociology; professional practice; wellbeing; culture and heritage; related design fields; construction industry; social entrepreneurship.

    We welcome diverse submissions that address one or more of the following connected themes:


    Conference Aims
    - to stimulate dialogue between those operating design, pedagogical and research strategies beyond the educational institution, often requiring multi-disciplinary expertise.
    - to disseminate best practice in the education of resilient and responsive architects and designers for changing society, culture and technology.
    - to articulate multi-disciplinary methodologies for the creation of new knowledge and innovation through actions that engage external collaborators.
    - to evaluate and disseminate the mutual benefits brought to society and universities by the creation of this new knowledge.

    Call for work that addresses one or more of the conference themes:
    ? Papers (3,000 ? 6,000 words)
    ? Workshop proposals (500-1,000 word description)
    ? Case Studies for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 3 images)
    ? Films for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 2-3 minute film)

    Submission Guidelines

    Paper and Workshop proposals
    Abstract of 500 words for Papers and Workshops. Can include one page of images.
    Selection via blind peer review.
    Papers selected will be allocated a 20 minute slot for their presentation. Findings from papers should be presented rather than simply read out verbatim. Selected workshops will be allocated a 60 minute slot. Paper presentations and workshops will take place on 7 or 8 September.

    Case Studies and Films for Live Projects Exhibition, Films
    500-1,000 word project description / evaluation accompanied by a completed project information form. Three images required for a Case Study and a 2-3 minute film required for a film submission.
    Selection via panel of conference organising committee.
    Those selected will be displayed in the exhibition accompanying the conference and online at the Live Projects Network<>.

    All abstracts and case study / film descriptions will be included in the ISBN online conference proceedings. Paper authors will be invited to submit a text of their paper for the proceedings. The proceedings will include a peer reviewed track for authors wishing to have their paper peer reviewed. A selection of Papers will be included in a special themed issue of the aae peer-reviewed journal, Charrette.

    Submission and Notification Schedule

    20 February 2017 ? Deadline for abstract submission for Papers and Workshop proposals.

    10 April 2017 ? Feedback on abstracts sent to potential contributors.

    8 May 2017 ? Deadline for revised abstracts.

    5 June 2017 ? Notification of acceptance for Papers and Workshops.

    3 July 2017 ? Deadline for Case Study and Film submission. Also for Full Papers where author wishes to join the Peer Review Track in the Proceedings.

    7 August 2017 ? Deadline for submission of Full Papers (non-Peer Reviewed Track), Workshop descriptions  and for Registration for participants who wish to be included in the conference proceedings.
    Notification of acceptance for Case Studies and Films.

    6 September 2017 ? Publication of online Conference Proceedings. Conference launch.

    Submission Instructions

    Paper abstracts and Workshop proposals

    Please upload your abstract using the AAE 2017 submission page on EasyChair. If you do not already have an EasyChair<> account you will need to create one.

    Fill in the submission form by clicking on the ?New Submission? button on the top menu.

    Upload a PDF of your abstract including any images that accompany the text.

    The text must be in English using the Abstract template and Style Guide.

    The abstract should be maximum 500 words long.

    Any image references and copyrights must be cleared by the author prior to submission.

    Please do not include your name or institution in the abstract submission. All submissions are required to be blind.

    Case Studies and Films

    Please send Films via a Google Drive link, Dropbox folder or YouSendIt to<>

    Please ensure that you include a short Film name in the filename of the film and also in the subject line of the email.

    Instructions on submission of Case Studies for review coming soon.

    Style Guide

    Please use the Abstract Template for Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals.

    Following acceptance, please use the correct templates for your full submission: the Full Paper Template; the Workshop / Case Study / Film Description Template.

    For referencing and bibliography instructions please use the MHRA Style Guide for referencing, a free copy of which may be found here:

    You can include images/diagrams/drawings on your paper provided you have the copyright privileges to do so.

    Download Abstract Template for Papers and Workshops<>

    Click here to submit Paper Abstracts and Workshop Descriptions<>

    Following acceptance:

    Download Template for Full Paper<>

    Download Template for Workshop / Case Study / Film Description<>

    Email enquiries to:<>
  • Call for Fellows 2017 at The Humanities Institute (NYBG)

    Bronx | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 13 Jan, 2017
    The Humanities Institute is pleased to offer an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the year 2017 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Potential fellows are invited to submit an application for a project Fellowship that would expand the Garden's role in humanities scholarship.

    Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design, environmental history and policy, urban design and urban social history, and cultural anthropology, exploration, botanical illustration and book-arts with a primary focus on areas that connect the built and natural landscape to the human experience.
  • Fellowships in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 09 Jan, 2017
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan offers three fellowships in the areas of architectural research and instruction. Each of the fellowships includes teaching related to the candidate’s area of interest, resources for the development of work, possibilities to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context, and the opportunity to share the outcome of the fellowship with the College. Fellows spend one year in residence and teach three classes in addition to pursuing their fellowship interests.

    The Muschenheim Fellowship offers design instructors early in their career the opportunity to develop a body of work in the context of teaching. Muschenheim fellows play a significant role in the definition of studio culture while pursuing their own creative endeavors. Proposals for the Muschenheim Fellowship focus upon the development of a specific project individually or with students, outside of teaching or center upon a particular set of pedagogical themes to be engaged in the studio context. 

    The Oberdick Project Fellowship facilitates the development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspect of architectural speculation and production. Fellows are provided with resources for the execution of a project that may take the form of an exhibit, publication, installation, or any other material construction. Projects may range from the exploration of emergent building, fabrication, and environmental technologies to the realization of architectural works and endeavors typically unsupported within conventional models of practice. 

    The Sanders Fellowship supports individuals with significant, compelling and timely research dealing with architectural issues. Research could dwell within architectural, urban, landscape, or cultural history or theory; architectural or environmental technology; or design studies. These agendas could emerge from recently-completed doctoral dissertations or other intense and rigorous research format. The fellowship will support both research and the development of research-related curriculum.

    The Sojourner Truth Fellow position in the Master of Urban Planning Program was created as a way to engage scholars and reflective practitioners who can bring into our program rigorous attention to issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. As the Sojourner Truth Fellow, gives a lecture open to the university community during the academic term and visit campus for workshops with Taubman College students.
  • CFP: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable? (Derby, 22-23 Jun 17)

    Derby | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 01 Mar, 2017
    Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    22-23 June 2017
    Derby, United Kingdom

    Abstracts deadline: 1 March, 2017

    This major interdisciplinary conference brings together urban designers, architects, sociologists, human geographers, planners, policy makers.


    The event is part of a series organised by an international consortium of universities and publishers including: The University of the West of England, La Universidad de Sevilla, University of Cyprus, Swinburne University Australia, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing. It is coordinated by the UK non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative. This particular event is organised by the University of Derby.


    This event is part of a global series of conferences and publications that critique multiple built environment issues:

    Cities: Speakers include urban designer, regional planners, geographers.

    Communities: Speakers include community activists, participatory design practices, sociologists studying community and local policy makers.

    Homes: Speakers include housing professionals, architects developing affordable housing models, and regional policy makers on housing provision.


    There will be a conference proceedings publication with its own ISSN. Delegates will also be considered for inclusion in two book series with UCL Press and Libri Publishing, respectively. A Special Issue of the journal Architecture_MPS is also available.

    Web address:
    Sponsored by: University of Derby
  • CFP: Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

    Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 16 Jan, 2017
    Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

    Projections Volume 13, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
    Editors: Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher Paper submission deadline: January 16, 2017 As adaptation to climate change has become a concern for municipalities, resilience has largely replaced sustainability as the dominant environmental framing in planning discourse (Fainstein 2015, Vale 2014). This shift towards the “securitization of nature” (Davoudi 2014) coincides with the elevation of climate change on military agendas. In the military’s conception, climate change will not only contribute to security issues from resource wars to refugee crises, but will act as a “threat multiplier,” magnifying all existing forms of risk (Vergano 2015). In the U.S., for instance, the military has been assertive in planning for climate change long before the federal government made it a policy priority. This potential alliance between planners and the military seems an unlikely one, but in fact there is a long history of planners both shaping urban form to meet security needs and appropriating military technologies and systems. Still, given the current iteration of urban risk, planners must consider the relationships between security, urban form, and ecological risk anew.
    This new resilience agenda has also prompted an important shift in the role of “nature” within urban planning; nature has once again become a threat rather than the beneficent asset imagined in sustainability discourse (Davoudi 2014, Nash 2014). While resilience has been touted as offering a more constructive conception of human-environment relations, it has been criticized for obfuscating power dynamics. Some urban scholars argue that planning and policy moves harness this idea of ecological risk to foster a “dual city” (Castells 1984, Graham and Marvin 2001, Davis 2006), exacerbating uneven development and “fortress” urbanism. Defensive ecological infrastructure creates “premium ecological enclaves” for those with the means to insulate themselves from the worst effects of climate change (Hodson and Marvin 2010), while it renders everyday urban space increasingly less habitable for the rest (Castells 1984; Simon and Marvin 2001).
    We invite papers that look at this intersection of security—especially as conceived of by the military and police—and ecological risk in the built environment, including, but not limited to, the following:
    •       How security organizations are using language and/or tools similar to those of urban planning organizations, comparing the impact on framing and implementation
    •       Whether and how forms of defensive urbanism are changing in response to particular conceptions of climate risk
    •       How security discourse interacts with climate justice agendas at multiple scales
    •       The relative impact of a military climate agenda in the political context of a rightward, anti-globalization turn in U.S. and European politics
    •       Security framings in relation to other contemporary climate discourses, and its relative strength and effects
    •       How urban plans or urban landscapes are being shaped to address the intertwined challenges of security and climate change
    •       The role of security in prioritizing mitigation versus adaptation in the built environment
    •       The translation of design practices from direct security applications to other types of urban climate adaptation
    •       The production of urban space in response to climate security risks, through design proposals or interventions

    Papers will be juried through a blind, peer-review process by an editorial board. Authors will be invited to present projects at a symposium to be hosted at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning April 4, 2017. This volume of Projections<> will be published in the fall of 2017.

    Please send papers of between 5,000-7,000 words (excluding references) to Aria Finkelstein (<>) and Hannah Teicher (<>) by January 16, 2017.

    •       Castells, M. (1984). The Informational City: information technology, economic restructuring, and the urban regional process. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
    •       Davis, M. (2006). City of Quartz. New York, NY: Verso Books.
    •       Davoudi, S. (2014). Climate change, securitisation of nature, and resilient urbanism. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32(2), 360–375.
    •       Fainstein, S. (2015). Resilience and Justice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(1), 157-167.
    •       Graham, S. (2011). Cities under siege: The new military urbanism. New York, NY: Verso Books.
    •       Graham, S., & Marvin, S. (2001). Splintering urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition. London; New York: Routledge.
    •       Hodson, M., & Marvin, S. (2010). World Cities And Climate Change: Producing Urban Ecological Security. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill International.
    •       Nash, R. (2014). Wilderness and the American mind. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
    •       Vale, L. (2014). The politics of resilient cities: whose resilience and whose city? Building Research & Information, 42(2), 191-201.
    •       Vergano, D. (2015). Meet the woman whose two-word catchphrase made the military care about climate. Buzzfeed News. <<>>(accessed on November 11, 2016).
  • CFP: Session Italian Art Society at SAH (St. Paul, 18-22 Apr 18)

    St. Paul | Dates: 22 Nov – 01 Dec, 2016
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Deadline: Dec 1, 2016

    The Italian Art Society is seeking ideas for one sponsored session at 
    the 71st annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians 
    (SAH) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 18-22 April 2018. Members interested in 
    putting together a panel on any topic of Italian architecture should 
    send a brief abstract (500 words max), session title, a short list of 
    potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of 
    the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV. 
    Submit by 1 December 2016 to
  • CFP: Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D, issue 6

    Dates: 22 Nov – 10 Dec, 2016
    Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies

    Submission via email:

    Publish original research projects in various fields of Humanities, 
    Culture, History, Politics, International Relations, Education, 
    Culture, History of Thought, Language and Literature, Economics, 
    anthropology, business studies, communication studies, corporate 
    governance, criminology, cross cultural studies,demography development 

    The Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D is an open access, 
    peer-reviewed and refereed journal. The main objective of JHCS is to 
    provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. JHCS 
    aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities, Culture and 
    social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social 
    science in the world.The journal publishes research papers in the 
    fields of humanities and social science such as anthropology, business 
    studies, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, 
    crosscultural studies, demography, development studies, economics, 
    education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, 
    information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library 
    science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, 
    population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, 
    social welfare, linguistics, literature, paralegal, performing arts 
    (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies 
    and so on.The journal is published in online versions.

    The JHCS is now indexed in Research Bible, MIAR, Directory of Research 
    Journals Indexing , Scipio,Electronic Journals Library, IndianScience, 
    Jifactor,Polish Scholarly Bibliography (PBN), The LINGUIST List , 
    Cosmos Impact Factor (CIF),EBSCOhost
  • 2017 Buell Dissertation Colloquium: Call for Papers

    Dates: 23 Nov, 2016 – 09 Jan, 2017
    The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture invites submissions for its biennial Dissertation Colloquium, to be held on March 31–April 1, 2017, at Columbia University. This event brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. Ten to twelve students from universities worldwide will be invited to present a twenty-minute talk drawn from their dissertation research. The presentation is to be based on a self-contained chapter or portion of the stu- dent’s dissertation research, and should not be an overview or synthesis of the dissertation as a whole. “American” is construed to mean any part or aspect of the American continents, including all of North and South America. Comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Students must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program and have completed their coursework and at least one year of dissertation research. Submissions must include a complete draft of the intended presentation, including illustrations. Submissions must also be accompanied by the following: a cover sheet specifying the student’s institutional affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone number; a 150-word abstract describing the paper’s relationship to the overall dissertation topic; and a brief statement from the student’s principal adviser certifying the applicant’s status (stage of completion) in the doctoral program. Papers selected for presentation will be announced by the end of January, 2017. Each participating student will receive hotel accommodation for two nights and funding toward travel expenses on an as-needed basis. A dinner and reception with associated students and faculty will be included in the colloquium. The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture is part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The Buell Dissertation Colloquium has been held since the Buell Center’s founding in 1982. Its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. For further information, write or consult, where past colloquium participants and topics are listed. Please send electronic submissions in PDF format and no larger than 3MB, to, by Monday, January 9, 2017.
  • Room for the Imagination

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Nov – 04 Dec, 2016
    24 architectural photo collages with contrasting images installed in a gallery to create a sense of depth for the viewer. Works include those by Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Harold Stahl, the architect of St Luke Church (Chicago, 1960).
  • Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories

    Paris and Rennes | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 08 Jan, 2017
    MAPPING.CRIT.ARCH Third International Symposium Paris/Rennes, April 3-4, 2017 Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris / Université Rennes 2 Agence Nationale de la Recherche / The French National Research Agency (ANR) Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, ( funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2). This call for papers is for the third of three international events planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Call for Papers After the first workshop (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art, Rennes, January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, the second workshop (Università di Bologna, October 2016) focused on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. This third international symposium, to be held in Paris (Institut national d’histoire de l’art) and Rennes on April 3rd and 4th, 2017, intends to debate two key questions related to the geographies of criticism: what are criticism’s disciplinary boundaries and which territories has criticism shared from the last decades of the 19th to the end of the 20th century with other disciplines. In the first place, the symposium interrogates the overlapping of architectural criticism with different kinds of architectural writing, in particular those pertaining to architectural history and theory, but also those stemming from disciplines as diverse as sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. The symposium is equally aimed at highlighting the relationships, the common terrains, and the conceptual tools that architectural criticism has in common with other genres of criticism, such as art criticism, music or film criticism, and literary criticism. The term “territory” is used here to refer primarily to the various disciplinary fields on which criticism relies and from which it borrows its concepts and patterns of interpretation, as well as its intellectual tools. The term “boundary”, for its part, is used to denote the zones of exchange and confrontation between criticism, history, theory and other types of writing on architecture, as well as between architectural criticism and other forms of criticism. The main aim of the symposium is to map these territories and delineate these boundaries. 1. Intellectual territories of architectural criticism: mapping disciplines, concepts, and “critical tools” Defining the nature of criticism -- that is, outlining its boundaries, designating its tasks, and determining its object (the techniques, programs, forms, constructive solutions, or social uses of architecture) -- has been variously attempted, in past and recent times. Many of those who have tried to give a clearer definition of criticism seem to have often failed to get past the preliminary question concerning its disciplinary frontiers as well as its perimeter, thus illustrating the semantic uncertainty that surrounds the term. This uncertainty does not simply concern the question of where criticism ends and parallel disciplines begin: the definition of “architectural criticism”, in fact, indicates alternately a profession (if one refers to the critics and their activity), a set of social practices, or a discourse on architecture within academic institutions -- with a wide range of disciplinary orientations (history, aesthetics, sociology, anthropology, to name only a few). Moreover, architectural criticism encompasses multiple registers of discourse, from manifestoes to aesthetic analysis, architectural description, and technical specifications. Architects and architectural critics, for example, put forward the specific nature of architecture -- a multifaceted endeavor involved in economic, technological, social and urban practices -- to explain the difficulty of setting the boundaries of architectural criticism and itemizing its modes of writing. Defining the frontiers and delineating what criticism encompasses largely depends on the disciplinary standpoints adopted. Moreover, the frontiers and the perimeter of criticism vary from one cultural context to another. In order to foster a debate about the disciplinary territories of architectural criticism, the symposium intends to “map” these orientations, registers of discourse, and set of activities. The symposium’s primary goal is to scrutinize the overlapping and blurred boundaries of criticism with other kinds of writings on architecture. Among the questions the event intends to pose are: does criticism borrow parts of its concepts and patterns of interpretation, modes of description, and schemes of narration from other better-defined or more “canonical” types of architectural writing like architectural history and theory? Or, does it connect to domains of knowledge like sociology or anthropology? Paper proposals are expected to investigate the “migration” of concepts from one field to another, together with their subsequent transformation, and to scrutinize criticism’s borrowing of conceptual tools from history, theory, anthropology, etc. Proposals are also expected to put into question the “typologies” of criticism -- in particular, the categories that recurrently describe the so-called “typologies of criticism”, such as “learned” vs. “popular”, professional vs. layman, formalist vs. technical, etc. -- and the criteria on which these typologies are based. 2. Architectural criticism and “other” forms of criticism The above-mentioned term “territory” equally relates to the boundaries and frontiers that criticism shares with other fields of knowledge and artistic expression. By exploring this aspect, the symposium aims to question the opposition between two distinct conceptions of architectural criticism, one as “a type of criticism” and the other as an autonomous or disciplinary discourse. Peter Collins emphasized this opposition between these two conceptions by stating that architectural criticism “… is an activity which must be considered sui generis” and exclusively linked to architecture rather than “a species or aspect of a general activity called ‘criticism’”. Architectural critics have underlined the possible links between architectural criticism and literary criticism (“the source and mold of all other forms of criticism,” in the words of Yorgos Simeoforidis ). Historians and critics of architecture are generally less inclined to establish parallels with art criticism, often rejecting it as a possible “source and mold” for architectural criticism. The rejection of any possible analogy with art criticism is based on a truism: architecture cannot be reduced to a form of visual art, given the multiple frameworks (aesthetic, technical, social, economic) it encompasses. On the opposite, architects and architectural critics often put the accent on the similarities between the fields of architecture and music, or architecture and cinema. Starting from this assumption, they more willingly put forward the comparison between architectural criticism and music or film criticism. Is such parallel grounded on shared notions, rhetorics or theoretical tools, which are common to both fields? This part of the symposium is open to proposals that analyze these similarities and overlaps between different fields. It is equally open to specialists of art criticism as well as criticism of music, film, and literature, in order to animate a debate on the possible relationships between various forms of criticism and their shared territories. By addressing all those questions, the symposium intends primarily to interrogate the multiple definitions of architectural criticism, without giving any prescriptive or normative definition of what “good” or “real” criticism might or should be. These issues can be approached from different cultural and geographical standpoints, in an attempt to help sketch a vast set of definitions of criticism, closely related to various cultural and intellectual traditions. Scientific Committee Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2) Réjean Legault (Université du Québec à Montréal) Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna) Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich, gTA) Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University) Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) Abstracts in English of maximum 300 words, accompanied by a short CV including name, affiliation and a list of selected publications (all in one file in word or rtf format), must be sent by January, 8th to: Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by January 22nd. Website: For questions regarding the organization of the workshop, please contact: or There is no registration fee; unfortunately, our organization cannot cover travel expenses.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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