Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Sequitur Issue 3, 1, Self + Portrait

    Dates: 18 Aug – 09 Sep, 2016
    SEQUITUR, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for the Fall 2016 issue titled Self + Portrait. This issue explores the ways in which art objects and artistic endeavors influence perceptions of the self—and vice versa. While art and identity may seem inseparable, we seek submissions that highlight the power and importance of the mutually constitutive relationship between the two. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: reflections of the self in the built environment such as museums, funerary architecture, and domestic spaces; manifestations of self through art objects, collections, display, commissions and patronage; expressions of identity across media platforms; explorations, interrogations, or critiques of traditional portraiture; artistic journeys of self-discovery; identity politics. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal. We invite full submissions for the following pieces: Featured essays (1000 words) Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content is open and at the discretion of the author, but should present original material that is suitable to the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available here. Visual Essays An opportunity for M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work. The work must be reproducible in a digital format. Submissions should include jpegs of up to ten works, and must be prefaced by an introduction or artist’s statement of 250 words or less. All images must be captioned and should be at least 500 DPI. We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces (Note: Reviews of any type are not required to adhere to the issue’s theme): Exhibition reviews (500 words) Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought. Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words) Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought. Interviews (750 words) Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview. Field reports/Research spotlights (500 words) This is an opportunity for students conducting research to summarize and share their findings and experiences in a more casual format than a formal paper. All submissions and proposals are due September 9. Please direct all materials to sequitur@bu.edu Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as jpeg files. Please include “Sequitur Fall 2016” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than September 16 for December 2 publication. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at sequitur@bu.edu. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
  • Architectural Theory Review Call for new editors in 2017

    Sydney | Dates: 16 Aug – 04 Oct, 2016
    Dear Colleague, The editorial committee for the journal Architectural Theory Review, published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge, is seeking expressions of interest for two editors who will be responsible for running the journal alongside one selected colleague from the University of Sydney in 2017. Architectural Theory Review is one of the leading architectural history and theory journals in the Australasian region as well having expanded international coverage regarding cotemporary topics of design discourse. Founded almost twenty years ago at Sydney, this journal has held a longtime position in shaping views on architectural history and theory. Interested applicants should hold a PhD in architecture or architectural history/theory, or an equivalent area of study, and an academic position at an international university. We welcome those with experience in architectural history/theory, critical theory, and aesthetic theory and philosophy. Through the Scholar One portal, editors will be responsible for creating new content for the journal, organizing and managing special and open issues, coordinating peer review, recruiting reviewers, and finalizing work for proofing and copyediting. Editors will need to report to the ATR editorial committee several times a year about the operations of the journal. Editors will also work with copyeditors from Sydney and Melbourne to assure that editorial content is properly presented. Please send a brief cover letter, a 1 page proposal for future content, and a short CV to research manager Jen Ryan at jennifer.ryan@sydney.edu.au. For any inquiries regarding the journal or editorial positions, please email Jennifer Ferng at jennifer.ferng@sydney.edu.au. All expressions of interest will be due by Tuesday 4 October 2016. Decisions will be made sometime in late November 2016. Kind regards, Jen Ryan Acting Research Development Manager On behalf of Jennifer Ferng Lecturer in Architecture Editor, Architectural Theory Review
  • HPEF Partners in Training Fall 2016 Call for Proposals

    Dates: 14 Aug – 10 Oct, 2016
    The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2016 round of its Partners in Training initiative. HPEF established Partners in Training to provide training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. Partners in Training seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other institutions and organizations in the past. HPEF is inviting educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with the technical aspects of preservation projects. For grant recipients, HPEF’s contribution may include administrative as well as initial financial support. Administrative support can include participation in event planning, registration functions, and, as appropriate, assistance in online or print publication of materials prepared for the initiative. Initial financial support includes seed money to fund initial tasks. Grant recipients will assume all other responsibilities including marketing; coordination of onsite aspects associated with the venue; project budget; and staffing. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced on/around December 10, 2016. Additional information can be found on the HPEF website: www.hpef.us or by writing submissions@hpef.us.
  • CFP: Quotation: The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (Canberra, 5-8 Jul 17)

    Canberra | Dates: 14 – 31 Oct, 2016
    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31

    Quotation, Quotation:
    What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today?

    Recalling Goethe's theory of ur-phenomenon and considering the Eiffel Tower as a montage of various elements, Walter Benjamin presented quotation as the Geist of a theoretical break with the vulgar historical naturalism, and as a means to grasp the construction of history as such: as meaning in the structure of commentary. Benjamin was not alone in using quotation as a strategy to deconstruct historicism. We are also reminded of Karl Kraus, who used quotation not to preserve, but to purify, to tear from context, to destroy the established totality. Considered as a fragment, quotation can play a critical role in putting together the large construction (historiography) made out of smallest architectonic elements, the detail.

    In general we are asking, what do you quote and to what purpose?

    Recent historiographies present anachronism as a theoretical paradigm to dispense with the historicist certainties, which most often try to cement the historian's tendency for period style, solidifying the linear progression of history. Even though quotation seems to be natural to historiography, it's hard to find a text or manuscript that does not use quotation to re-activate the past, either to confirm a claim, or to expand the scope of the historiographical implications of another claim. In both cases quotation introduces interruption, a pause in the presumed linearity and natural extension of the narrative. But what is it that makes a sentence or an idea quotable? And why is it that throughout history both architects and historians have used citations, if only to save a place in the linear progression of history? The historian's interest in quotation might be that it says something about an event and/or serves as a reminder of the accuracy of a fact, a recollection. Or else, citation forces the sentence to depart from its subject matter, historical facts and events in order to enter into the realm of what might be called insight, which can also mean in-cite, or in-site. Insightful observations, nevertheless, can become facts in their own right after being quoted and referred to repeatedly. Interestingly enough, Manfredo Tafuri makes a distinction between those who use quotations "to build a new reality" and those who use the same quotations "in order to cover up the disappointments of reality." In addition to the Benjaminian concept of historiographic montage, what quotation means for architectural historiography is this: that the text, an assembly of facts, processes, events, and insightful observations offers quotable fragments when it inaugurates or establishes a different historical knowledge.

    We invite you to consider, among other relevant subjects:

    What use does quotation have for historiography, in general, and architectural history, in particular?
    What role does the historian play in assembling quotations next to verifiable facts and information?
    What is the difference between citation and quotation?
    Quotation and historicism.
    Do quotations from the past "weigh like a nightmare on the brains of living," as Marx once said?
    Is happiness experienced in quoting something that has not yet become history, as suggested in Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History"?
    Postmodernism: tradition quoted or simulated?
    Historical quotations and commentary transplanted/translated out of their historicity.
    Globalization of information and digital collection of data: is it the end of quotation, or a different beginning?
    Contemporary notion of synchronicity and its implications for the discipline of history-writing?

    Abstract submission
    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted via the Online Conference Paper Management website.

    To upload your abstract, please create a Login ID and password.

    Abstracts will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. External referees may be called upon to review an abstract if needed. Full papers (4500 words, including notes) will be double blind peer reviewed and those accepted for presentation at the conference will be published on the conference website, with print-on-demand editions of the full conference proceedings available after the conference at additional cost.

    For inclusion in the proceedings, a paper needs to be presented at the conference. In exceptional circumstances, (due to health, mobility etc.), a live video presentation by the paper's author may be accepted. Authors may only present one paper as a sole author, although they may present one additional paper as a co-author. All papers presented are to be accompanied by a unique conference registration - where a sole author of one paper is also the co-author of a second, the other co-author is required to register.

    Work submitted for review and for publication in the conference proceedings should be original research that has not previously been published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication.

    Plenary Session: the invited panelists are to be confirmed.


    .......Re-quoting Jennifer Taylor (1935-2015) and Romaldo Giurgola (1920-2016)



    Timeline

    Abstracts due: 31 October 2016
    Papers due for refereeing: 14 February 2017
    Final papers due: 1 May 2017

    Conference: 5-8 July 2017

    Submit your paper via the Online Conference Paper Management website.

    Venue
    Australian Academy of Science, The Shine Dome

    Conference Convenors
    Prof. Gevork Hartoonian gevork.hartoonian@canberra.edu.au
    Dr. John Ting john.ting@canberra.edu.au
  • Purity and Contamination in Renaissance Art and Architecture

    Cambridge | Dates: 01 – 01 Oct, 2016
    October 1, 2016
    9:30am-6:00pm
     MIT, Bartos Theater (Cambridge, Mass.)
    Registration required

    Purity and contamination have long figured in the accounts of the European Renaissance. Scholars, in the last few decades alone, have mapped the role these ideas have played in debates about godliness and sin, cleanliness, gender, and ethnicity, among other domains. Less thoroughly studied, though, is how these two intertwined categories informed European approaches to art and the built environment, both as it was created and experienced. It is precisely this lacuna that our conference aims to address. This one-day conference plots some of the myriad ways in which concerns for material purity—and contamination—shaped the artistic and architectural pursuits of early modern Europeans. The aim is not to treat these phenomena comprehensively, or to fit them within a coherent framework, but rather to recover historical instances in which they assumed particular salience: in the materials that practitioners adopted; in how they manipulated them; and in the responses (physiological, verbal, textual) that such activity provoked. To this end, participants will present case studies drawn from diverse periods and places in multiple practices, teasing out the contradictions and complexities inherent in early modern approaches to matter, but also the broader conceptual and ideological conditions that determined how matter was defined and understood. A concluding roundtable brings together a distinguished group of scholars and museum curators to debate the methodological strengths and limitations of the two categories, as well as their relevance beyond the domain of Renaissance studies.

     Participants: Joseph Ackley, Amy Bloch, Rachel Boyd, Lorenzo Buonanno, Michael Cole, Jodi Cranston, Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, David Karmon, Joseph Leo Koerner, Stephanie Leone, Jessica Maier, Carolina Mangone, Christopher Nygren, Pamela Smith, Luke Syson, Jane Tylus, Michael Waters, Carolyn Yerkes, and Daniel Zolli.

    This event is the Fall 2016 New England Renaissance Conference. It is co-organized by Lauren Jacobi and Daniel Zolli.
  • PhD Scholarship: 'Architectural design to improve Indigenous health outcomes', UQ School of Architecture

    Brisbane | Dates: 11 – 21 Aug, 2016
    The School of Architecture at the University of Queensland invites applications for the following research project: 'Architectural design to improve Indigenous health outcomes' The goal of this research project is to improve the experience and use of healthcare architecture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The aim is to identify the best design principles and practices through an analysis of existing clinics and hospitals and surveys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users. The overarching research question is: “When it comes to health service engagement, does design matter to Indigenous people, and how does it affect their decisions around accessing health care?” Professor Paul Memmott (p.memmott@uq.edu.au) and Tim O'Rourke (t.orourke@uq.edu.au) are the Chief Investigators. For enquiries please contact: Brit Winnen, Research and Projects Manager (b.winnen@uq.edu.au). Please apply online: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/uq-apa-special-round-support-arc-nhmrc-projects Scholarship Applications and Details APA scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs to domestic students during completion of a PhD. This special APA round offers scholarships for projects which are aligned with recently awarded ARC and NHMRC projects. Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national significance. Scholarship value: $26,288 per annum, indexed annually. Tuition fees do not apply. Closing date: Sunday 21 August (Asutralian Time). Offers will be sent to successful applicants in late September or very early October. Commencement: Monday 3 - Monday 31 October, 2016. Apply Online: UQ APA Special Round to Support ARC & NHMRC Projects http://www.architecture.uq.edu.au/launch-your-research-career-phd-scholarships-available-now
  • PhD Scholarship: 'How Meston's 'Wild Australia Show' Shaped Australian Aboriginal History', UQ School of Architecture

    Brisbane | Dates: 11 – 21 Aug, 2016
    The School of Architecture at the University of Queensland invites applications for the following research project: "How Meston's 'Wild Australia Show' Shaped Australian Aboriginal History" The Wild Australia Show (1892-93), staged by a diverse company of Aboriginal people for metropolitan audiences, provides the focus for an interdisciplinary study of performance, photography, collections, frontier environments and race relations in colonial Australia. Using archival and visual records, and in partnership with key cultural institutions and Indigenous communities, the research seeks to produce an authoritative and original interpretation of the Show situating it within local, national and transnational narratives informed by contemporary Indigenous perspectives. It aims to illuminate Aboriginal agency in the ensemble, reconnect Aboriginal kin to performers, and chart changing concepts of race at a critical juncture in Australian history. Students with backgrounds in history, architecture, anthropology and related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Professor Paul Memmott is the Chief Investigator (p.memmott@uq.edu.au) . For enquiries please contact: Dr. Brit Winnen, Research and Projects Manager (b.winnen@uq.edu.au). Please apply online: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/uq-apa-special-round-support-arc-nhmrc-projects Scholarship Applications and Details APA scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs to domestic students during completion of a PhD. This special APA round offers scholarships for projects which are aligned with recently awarded ARC and NHMRC projects. Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national significance. Scholarship value: $26,288 per annum, indexed annually. Tuition fees do not apply. Closing date: Sunday 21 August (Australian Time). Offers will be sent to successful applicants in late September or very early October. Commencement: Monday 3 - Monday 31 October, 2016. Apply Online: UQ APA Special Round to Support ARC & NHMRC Projects See: http://www.architecture.uq.edu.au/launch-your-research-career-phd-scholarships-available-now
  • Shore to Core: A research competition to understand how cities impact wellbeing

    West Palm Beach | Dates: 10 – 21 Aug, 2016
    You're invited to submit a proposal to Shore to Core: A research competition to understand how cities impact wellbeing

    This summer, help us understand how we can build better cities! Create a framework for measuring relationships between cities and wellbeing using West Palm Beach as a model.

    Yesterday, Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency launched Shore to Core, a research competition to develop a framework for studying and measuring how changes in the urban landscape affect the wellbeing of individuals over time. One winning team will create a pilot study that identifies:

    • The existing relationships between the built environment and residents’ physical health, mental health, and social capital
    • An approach to measuring how distinct elements of the built environment affect wellbeing
    • Tools to engage the study participants and/or residents of West Palm Beach

    One research team will be selected to participate in a three-month process to develop and implement a subsequent pilot study. The research team will receive a $40,000 stipend to develop the study, and a $10,000 stipend to implement the pilot study. Finalists will be notified in September. Download the full project brief on the competition website! 

    Teams are encouraged (but not required) to pre-register their interest by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 27. Project updates and any answers to questions submitted about the request will be emailed to team leads who have pre-registered.
    The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the Request for Qualifications is 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, August 21, 2016.  
     
  • 26th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 15 – 18 Oct, 2016
    The Conference will feature 11 panel discussions, keynote speaker Diana Al-Hadid, annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show, ARTSlams & Mentor Sessions, hands-on workshops, gallery hops, evening parties, and a number of exciting optional tours.
  • ACLS 2016-17 Competitions

    Dates: 09 Aug, 2016 – 31 Mar, 2017
    The online application system (OFA) is now open for many ACLS programs with fall 2016 deadlines.

    ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
    ACLS Digital Extension Grants
    ACLS Fellowships
    African Humanities Program
    Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
    Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
    Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
    Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies
    Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
    Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies
  • 2016 Design Matters Conference: Miami Rising

    Miami | Dates: 02 – 04 Nov, 2016
    The Design Matters Conference presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations is the world’s only dedicated annual meeting that seeks to bring top designers, journalists and civic leaders into exploratory dialogue with those not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs (exhibitions, tours, lectures and symposia, festivals and films, youth outreach) to spur broader public interest in architecture and design.

    If you’re involved with a not-for-profit architectural, design or educational institution, come join your peers at the Design Matters Conference and enjoy 2.5 days of workshops, presentations, tours and networking events. See below for preliminary Schedule, initial list of Featured Speakers, Open Call for Presenters, Lodging and Registration information.

    Conference Theme: Miami Rising
    Comparatively speaking, Miami is a young city. It is a place beset with urban challenges, but a place on the make, and evolving much more rapidly than your average American city—therein lies the excitement. At this year’s Design Matters Conference, we investigate four Miami experiments that point to realities all urban centers are certain to face sometime soon. Let’s get out and explore and meet the designers and civic leaders pushing Miami into the future. 
  • The Secret Life of Buildings

    Austin | Dates: 20 – 22 Oct, 2016
    SYMPOSIUM: OCTOBER 20-22, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN CAMPUS
     
    October 17, Goldsmith Hall Loggia
    OBJECTS Exhibition Opening 
     
    October 19, Jessen Auditorium
    Prologue Lecture by Matthew B. Crawford, “In Defense of the Attentional Commons”
     
    October 20, Goldsmith Hall Wood Shop
    Lectures by Jorge Otero-Pailos, PhD, and Albena Yaneva, PhD
    Evening reception in honor of the people who maintain The School of Architecture buildings and grounds
     
    October 21, Utility Spaces
    Morning tours

    October 21, Battle Hall Library Reading Room
    Lectures by Professor Michael Benedikt and Graham Harman, PhD

    October 22, Goldsmith Hall *(this event is closed to the public)*
    Roundtable Discussion: "Do 'Objects' and 'Relations' Make Space for Architecture?"
    Benedikt, Bieg, Harman, Otero-Pailos, Yaneva, with Ian Bogost, Levi Bryant, Timothy Morton, Craig Dykers
  • Dialogue in Architecture: An Evening with architect Toshiko Mori

    Chicago | Dates: 29 Sep, 2016
    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's annual Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas presents a conversation with acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori Sept. 29 at the University of Chicago.

    In Dialogue in Architecture: An Evening with Architect Toshiko Mori, the Harvard University professor will discuss how architecture develops languages and dialogues that reflect and respond to complex circumstances and contexts.

    The presentation takes place Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by Mori's presentation at 6 p.m. Admission is $25; $5 for students; and $20 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members, University of Chicago alumni and staff, teachers and AIA Chicago members. 
     
  • CFP: 2017 Visual Resources Association Conference Lightning Round

    Louisville | Dates: 09 – 29 Aug, 2016
    Call for Proposals for the “New Faces, New Voices: Emerging Professionals Lightning Round” Proposals due EOB August 29 Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) is pleased to to announce a call for proposals for lightning presentations by new professionals (within 10 years of the start of their career) and students for the 2017 Visual Resources Association’s Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The format is 24 x 7 (24 slides in 7 minutes), with 8-10 presenters. A moderator will keep talks on time and facilitate discussion. To submit a proposal, please fill out the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/7PgL5gHTTHLH9AFn2 If you have any questions, please email me at: alazet@collegeforcreativestudies.edu
  • 2016 SAH Awards Gala

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Nov, 2016
    The Society of Architectural Historians will present its 2016 Awards for Architectural Excellence at the 7th annual SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016. The awards represent a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, honoring the contributions of individual projects to our built environment. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Society's educational mission and the ongoing restoration of SAH's headquarters, the Landmark Charnley-Persky House.

    Honorees:

    Architectural Stewardship
    Richard H. Driehaus, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

    Public Engagement with the Built Environment
    Sarah Herda, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

    Design, Planning and Sustainability
    Peter Landon, FAIA, LEED AP, Landon Bone Baker Architects

    Co-chairing this year's gala are John M. Syvertsen, FAIA, American Architectural Foundation; Cynthia Winter, AIA, Cynthia Winter Architects LLC; and Nicholas Weingarten, FAIA.
  • SITElines.2016 much wider than a line

    Sante Fe | Dates: 08 Aug, 2016 – 08 Jan, 2017
    SITElines.2016 much wider than a line

    SITE Santa Fe presents 
    SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas

    Opening in July, this exhibition, entitled much wider than a line, is part of SITE’s ongoing biennial series with a focus on Contemporary Art from the Americas

    PREVIEW EVENTS: JULY 14 – 15, 2016
    PUBLIC OPENING: JULY 16, 2016

    #SITELINES2016
    #muchwiderthanaline

    SITE Santa Fe is pleased to present SITElines.2016 opening on July 16, 2016. This exhibition is the second installment in SITE Santa Fe’s reimagined biennial series with a focus on contemporary art from the Americas and features 35 artists from 16 countries and 11 new commissions organized around intersecting ideas brought together by a team of five curators−Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli.

    This year’s biennial, entitled much wider than a line, is an articulation of the interconnectedness of the Americas and various shared experiences such as the recognition of colonial legacies, expressions of the vernacular, the influence of indigenous understandings, and our relationship to the land.

    much wider than a line takes its title from Leanne Simpson’s, Dancing on our Turtle’s Back, a book about life ways of Nishnaabeg people. In her accounts of non-colonial conceptions of nationhood and sovereignty, it is the joint care taking required in the overlapping territorial boundaries between one Indigenous nation and another that are traditionally relationship-building. The relationships that emerge are, like the borders themselves, much wider than a line.

    The organizing principles of the exhibition take their cue from the remarkable amphitheater structure in Santa Fe designed by the architect Paolo Soleri. Commissioned in the 1960s by Lloyd Kiva New, then Arts Director of the newly founded Institute of American Indian Arts, the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater was originally built to support their groundbreaking curricula in contemporary American Indian drama. The organic concrete building drew on principles of Native American design, and was host to extraordinary performances of American Indian Theater that bridged cultures and histories. The amphitheater was completed in 1970 on the campus of the Santa Fe Indian School (established in 1890 to assimilate Native American children from tribes throughout the Southwestern United States). Today, the structure stands empty, derelict, and is very much a contested site. With research contributed by Conrad Skinner, AIA, much wider than a line presents a gallery dedicated to the amphitheater that expresses its role as both a historically potent forum for the exploration of collaborative cross-cultural processes and a stand-in for complexities of geopolitical tensions that presently exist in the region and throughout the Americas.

    Key thematic threads explored in much wider than a line include:

    Vernacular Strategies The importance of vernacular sources−in design, architecture, textiles, and technique− that influence the work of artists throughout the Americas.

    Indigenous Understandings Performance, ritual, histories, and materials drawn from indigenous sources, as they relate to the natural world.

    Shared Territories The complexity of networks and affinities in the Americas through questions around identity, race, borders, and emerging de-colonial practices.
  • CFP: Landscapes of Pre-Industrial Cities (Washington, 5-6 May 17)

    Washington | Dates: 05 Aug – 15 Sep, 2016
    LANDSCAPES OF PRE-INDUSTRIAL CITIES 
    GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM 2017
    DUMBARTON OAKS, WASHINGTON, D.C.
    MAY 5-6, 2017

    CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2016)
     
    The use of the word “landscape” to describe the formation and infrastructure of cities—as reflected, for example, in current theories of landscape urbanism—largely seems to express contemporary preoccupations with the post-industrial urban condition. Indeed, the Industrial Revolution is often seen as a turning point in the emergence of the urban landscape of the modern metropolis. The large city as commonly experienced today in the world—whether vertical or horizontal, congested or diffused, and divorced from productive nature—is certainly dependent on a range of recent (or quite recent) breakthroughs in construction technology, climate control, communication, and transportation. In this view, urban landscapes appear as a historically late development and are therefore seen to embody an essentially modern and Western concept.  

    Yet, features associated with contemporary urban landscapes—most notably the forms of human adaptation to and reshaping of the sites where cities develop and expand—can also be found in pre-industrial contexts in different time periods and across the globe. Pre-industrial urban settlements generally occupied land that had been used for other, mostly productive, purposes, and their development involved complex and dynamic relationships with the management of natural resources, especially food and water. While ancient cities are traditionally studied as the centers of commerce, trade, and artisan production as well as the seats of secular and religious authorities, questions of how the original clusters of agrarian communities evolved into urban formations, how they were spatially organized, and what their specific landscape characteristics were deserve further analysis and discussion. Another closely related question concerns the role of environmental factors and the presence or lack of particular natural resources in enabling this process of urbanization.

    To explore these questions, the Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks is planning a symposium, Landscapes of Pre-Industrial Cities. Organized by Georges Farhat (University of Toronto) and John Beardsley (Dumbarton Oaks), it will be held on May 5–6, 2017. Topics will be drawn from a wide range of historical periods and a global geographical perspective; it is anticipated that presentations will represent a wide range of disciplines and include both scholars and practitioners. In order to integrate this discussion into the current debate on the sustainable city, the speakers will be asked to address the following questions:

    How was the modern dichotomy between the urban and the rural historically expressed in the relationship between cities and the natural environment—especially with respect to land use, environmental control, and resource management?  

    To what extent was the ability to exert control over the natural environment and its resources through territorial expansion, hydraulic management, and land reclamation a determinant factor in the design, evolution, and historical fortunes of pre-industrial cities?

     What sense can we make of the contemporary concepts of urban sprawl, biodiversity, climate change, connectivity, and integrated management of natural resources if applied to pre-industrial urban landscapes? What implications does this understanding have for current scholarship, design strategies, and planning policies in an age of ecological transition? 

     Please send proposals including a 200-word abstract and a short CV (with five most significant publications), by September 15, 2016, to Georges Farhat, georges.farhat@daniels.utoronto.ca, and John Beardsley, BeardsleyJ@doaks.org.
  • City in a Garden: Alfred Caldwell's Eagle Point Park

    Dubuque | Dates: 07 – 08 Oct, 2016
    Heritage Works Inc. is hosting a symposium:  "City in a Garden:  Alfred Caldwell's Eagle Point Park" as part of its inaugural Dubuque Heritage Festival on October 7 & 8, 2016. This year’s festival will highlight Alfred Caldwell’s work at Dubuque’s Eagle Point Park.

    In 1934, the City of Dubuque, Iowa, turned to a young Prairie School landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, to design and then supervise the construction of landscapes and shelters at Dubuque’s Eagle Point Park.  It was Caldwell’s first large scale commission.  Over 80 years later, we are now celebrating his work with a two-day symposium and community celebration focusing on Caldwell’s work. 

    The symposium: “City in a Garden:  Alfred Caldwell’s Eagle Point Park” is designed for those interested in learning more about Caldwell’s work through the lens of his designs for Eagle Point Park. A list of speakers can be found on our website. Additionally, 6.0 hours of AIA CEUs and LA CES are pending approval.

    The symposium is part of a community event that will include the opening of an exhibit on Friday evening, October 7th at the Dubuque Museum of Art featuring original Alfred Caldwell drawings and artifacts from his time in Dubuque. There will be docent-led tours of Caldwell’s shelters and landscapes at Eagle Point Park on Saturday, October 8th. We hope that you will attend and also invite your colleagues and constituents to attend. 
  • Getty Research Institute Grants: Iconoclasm and Vandalism (2017-2018)

    Los Angeles | Dates: 04 Aug – 03 Oct, 2016
    Every year since 1985 the Research Institute has welcomed scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work in residence at the Institute on projects that bear upon its annual research theme. While in residence, they pursue their own research projects, make use of Getty collections, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

    2017/2018 Theme: Iconoclasm and Vandalism

    Iconoclasm raises contentious questions that transcend cultural and temporal boundaries. It can be understood as vandalism, destruction, or a means of repression, all of which fundamentally put culture at risk.

    However, iconoclasm can also be a form of protest or a vehicle for creative expression. Iconoclasm is transformative, creating entirely new objects or meanings through alterations to existing artworks. Charged with symbolism, these remains testify to a history of reception, offering clues about the life and afterlife of an object. To a certain extent, all radical changes in cultural production can be described as iconoclastic. 

    Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism. 
  • African Humanities Program Fellowships 2016-17

    Dates: 04 Aug – 02 Nov, 2016
    The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program supports the Carnegie Corporation’s efforts to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.

    Goals of the African Humanities Program
    to encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research
    to strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities
    to build the field of humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africanists worldwide.

    Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties for completion of the PhD dissertation, for revising the dissertation for publication, or for the first major research project after the PhD. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support.

    Each Fellow may request a residential stay at an African institute for advanced study. Residencies have proved to be extremely popular and productive, granting Fellows time and space to concentrate on writing. Because residencies must be taken at an institute outside the home country, they foster international communication. Currently AHP Fellows may take residencies at six institutes from South Africa to Senegal, Ghana to Tanzania.

    Fellows are invited to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Publications series, a collaboration with UNISA Press in Pretoria, South Africa. The rigorous development and peer-review process of AHP Publications is overseen by series co-editors, Kwesi Yankah, Central University College, Ghana, and Frederick Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa.

    Fellows may apply to attend a Manuscript-Development Workshop to discuss their manuscripts with AHP mentors and other Fellows in a weeklong, intensive retreat. Many authors use these discussions to guide their final revisions before submitting manuscripts for publication.

    AHP also partners with the African Studies Association every year to bring select AHP Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting as ASA Presidential Fellows.
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