Recent Opportunities

  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 08 Jun – 01 Jul, 2016
    Architecture_MPS is calling for articles for forthcoming editions in 2016 and 2017. Journal themes revolve around the relationship of architecture and the built environment with questions of the politics, media and society. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s diverse perspective. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): architecture, urbanism, regeneration, new technologies, heritage, cultural and political identity, socio-cultural symbolism, mediated representation and environments. Historical papers should seek to draw contemporary issues into their debates. The journal publishes two volumes per year. Each volume is contains four issues. Individual issues are published on the first day of each month during the publication cycle. Articles submitted for peer review should be between 5,000 – 7,000 words in length. You should also submit a full CV and a 300 word abstract. For complete submission instructions visit: http://architecturemps.com/submissions/ Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • Call for Participants: American Library Association Program on Art & Architecture in Literature

    Dates: 07 Jun – 01 Jul, 2016
    Are you a Chicago-area art historian? Have you researched or written about Chicago’s rich art and architectural history? Have you explored the city’s many museum and academic art collections, particularly special or rare books or artists books? The ACRL Arts Section and Literatures in English Section are co-sponsoring a program for the 2017 American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, IL, to be held June 22-27, 2017. We are looking for speakers interested in presenting on anything within the realm of Chicago-based art and architecture in literature. You will be given between 20 minutes to a half-hour to present followed by engaging discussion with audience members (academic, public, and special collections librarians). There is funding available for non-librarian speaker expenses, including hotel and transportation. Please submit your ideas to us by Friday, July 1. We will notify you of acceptance no later than Friday, July 15. Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2016. Thank you for your consideration, ACRL Arts Section 2017 Conference Program Planning Committee Shannon Marie Robinson, smr87@drexel.edu Kimberly Lesley, klesley@uarts.edu Mallory Sajewski, ML-Sajewski@wiu.edu
  • Books and the City Symposium

    Maastricht | Dates: 22 – 24 Jun, 2016
    Maastricht University and Van Eyck Academie, Netherlands, June 22 - 24,
    2016

    Books and the City Symposium

    Books and the City is an interdisciplinary conference that investigates the relationships between books and urban city spaces.  Cities are complex networks that exist in a constant state of transformation. More than just the built environment of the metropolis, cities are constituted through a range of cultural, geographic, social, political and economic dynamics. Drawing together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, the symposium seeks to investigate the ways in which these aspects of the city have been articulated by books: their production, distribution and collection.

    Keynote speaker: Odile Heynders, Professor of Comparative Literature, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
     
    The full conference programme can be found at http://booksandthecity.nl

    To register please follow this link: 
    http://booksandthecity.nl/registration/

    Books and the City is a collaboration between Maastricht University, NL, the Van Eyck Academie, NL, and the University of Canterbury, NZ.
     
  • Where is the History of Design Going?

    Paris | Dates: 23 Jun, 2016
    June, 23 2016
    Salle Jullian room
    Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Galerie Colbert 2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris, France

    Organized by Stéphane LAURENT
    University Pantheon-Sorbonne
    The history of design gradually established as a specific domain of research with dedicated publications since the late 1970s. It differentiated from the history of decorative arts and architecture and anchored to the field of the history of art. At that time, design as practice began to span after developing since the beginning of the industrial revolution in England in the Eighteenth century. Thus, the affirmation of the design as a creative industry and the sufficient consistency of its own history made possible to make observations and analysis.

    The first publications remained in the wake of engaged writers such as Nikolaus Pevsner and Siegfried Giedon, who struggled to advocate modernity by using a methodology rather controversial than scientific. 
    The first graduate courses in design history were often delivered by art historians in art history programs or in art schools. The approach was rationally based on “heroes” actors and “masterpieces” objects, while taking into account other factors including technical, artistic, social and economical aspects. The discipline strengthened until being able to establish, develop and support academic journals, programs and societies dealing with the history of design. The richness of the analysis, and the will to open the history of design to a cross-cultural vision brought up a new thinking. The change happened at a time when new methodologies like gender studies, post-colonialism, material history significantly modified the interpretation of art and contemporary art. Hence, part of the history of design rooted into a history of material culture.

    In France, where the history of design came later and in a more limited way, the influence of philosophy or "French theory" remained dominant after the outstanding works of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard and the intellectual debates from the Sixties to the Eighties about the relations of sociology, anthropology, semiotics, aesthetics or psychoanalysis to art. However, a history of design based on sources such as archives is also active and aims to a better acknowledgment. It leads to a comprehensive and innovative approach of a rich heritage of design, which remains widely unknown and requires a close connection with museums, sources and collections.

    The purpose of the symposium is to demonstrate the relevance of the history of design as a research field and the accuracy of its various readings. Experts will share their experience and vision. Benefiting from the advanced research in the UK and from diverse contributions, the conference will also shed light on a nascent and scattered but active and rich discipline in France.

    Speakers
    Mr. Alain Barbaret, Direcrtor of the Mobilier National et des manufactures des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie.
    Dr. Hab. Françoise Ducros, curator at the Mobilier national.
    Dr. Cloé Fontaine-Pitiot, curator at the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou.
    Dr. Hab. Stéphane Laurent, University Pantheon-Sorbonne.
    Dr. Asdis Olafsdottir, Administrator of the Maison Louis Carré and Editor of ArtNord journal.
    Dr. Penny Sparke, professor and pro vice-chancellor, Kingston University, UK.
    Dr. Jonathan Woodham, professor, University of Brighton, UK.

    Program

    9h00 Welcome of participants.

    9h30 Introduction by Hervé Barbaret.

    10h Stéphane Laurent, L’Histoire du design en France, états des lieux.

    10h30 Penny Sparke, The History of the History of Design: A Personal Perspective.

    11h Break.

    11h30 Asdis Olafsdottir, La recherche sur le design finlandais en
    France: Alvar Aalto, d'Artek à la maison Louis Carré.

    12h Discussions.

    12h30 Lunch break.

    14h Jonathan Woodham, Globalizing Design History in the 21st Century: 
    remapping and repositioning design history and culture.

    14h30 Françoise Ducros, L’Archipel créatif du Mobilier national et des manufactures nationales.

    15h Cloé Pitiot, Conserver, exposer, diffuser le design.

    15h30 Discussions & Conclusions.

    16h45 Visit of the design collections and resources of the Musée National d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou.

    With the support of the Society of Friends of the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou and the Design History Society.
     
  • CFP: Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment (Southampton, 14-15 Oct 16)

    Southampton | Dates: 06 – 29 Jun, 2016
    University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art, October 14 - 15,
    2016
    Deadline: Jun 29, 2016

    Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

    14-15 October 2016

    University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art

    Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
    Dr Renate Wiehager (Head of the Daimler Art Collection,
    Stuttgart/Berlin)
    Professor Keith Potter (Reader in Music, Goldsmiths, University of
    London)
    Professor Redell Olsen (Professor of Poetics, Royal Holloway, University of London) (Keynote Performance Lecture)

    When the object comes to itself, abstracting can end, and so can expressiveness. This is one of the thoughts underpinning minimalism in art, but far from the only one, as minimalist sculpture, in particular, began reconfiguring the gallery space, or even the space in which art could happen. The minimalist impulse is to drive creativity into forms so simple, or more accurately, so formal they had to reflect upon themselves while reflecting the viewer in a specular frenzy under cover of nothing happening. The paradoxes of minimalism suggest an equal possibility of de-formation, of formless process. For some time, critics were not happy, understandably, given the rejection of reflection that the radically simplified objects presented. But a consensus has emerged, one that focuses on, and repetitively/compulsively reproduces, a unifying vision of American key artists (Judd, Morris, Flavin, Andre…) of the 1960s. Likewise, a seamless tie binds this art with American minimalist music (Glass, Reich, Adams); but the reality of artistic production across media and forms was far more varied and geographically widespread.

    One of the purposes of this Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment is to expand our conception of what minimalism was, where it happened, who was making it, why, and how it extends through time until now. It is clear that the minimalist impulse happened in cross-national encounters (such as the 1967 show Serielle Formationen in Frankfurt) and that Europe was fertile ground for explorations in serial works, in playing with the prospect of singular forms and systematic thinking. Admitting the significance of the naming of the idea of minimalism in the 1960s, we want to look back to earlier versions of the reductionist, repetitive, singularising or multiplying intents of core minimalist endeavour. In short, we wish to see what an expanded field of minimalism looks like, sounds like.

    We want to hear about literature (& writing ABC), dance, building, interior design (& Good Design), gardens (& total fields), science, cybernetics, philosophy, painting, politics, installation, video, cinema, bodily exercise. We want to think about minimalism’s relation to modernism, and how exactly post-minimalism works. We want to think about the softening of minimalism in the 1980s, a twisting of modernist ideals into décor-discipline. We want to recognise the broad scope of projects of reduction, of elimination of the conformities of difference in favour of radical recurrence and stasis.

    Contributions are sought from all disciplines; collaborative, creative and cross-media proposals are welcome. Conceived and curated by Dr Sarah Hayden (English, Southampton), Professor Paul Hegarty (University College Cork) with Professor Ryan Bishop (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton).

    Please send an abstract of <300 words to minimalismLAM@gmail.com by June 29th 2016.
  • Ornament by Design

    London | Dates: 08 – 13 Jun, 2016
    Ornament by Design examines the interplay between ornament and architecture in drawing.   It traces the manifold ways in which the subtle, seductive lines of ornament can transform the surface of buildings and things into objects of desire.  The display presents a range of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French drawings: architectural elevations and sections, designs for ceilings and garden ornaments, capriccios and studies for specific motifs such ornamental brackets and frames.

    In the on-line catalogue below you will find additional information and extended discussion of the works exhibited.  Also included, is a brief anthology of eighteenth-century perspectives on ornament and a corresponding selection of voices provided in podcasts by scholars, curators and conservators today.  The section terms will introduce you to the vocabulary of ornament and sources will direct you to historical and critical writing on ornament and design to develop your interest.  In games you will discover resources to make your own architectural and ornament drawings.
  • CFP: Universities Art Association of Canada Conference (Montreal, 27-30 Oct 16)

    Montreal | Dates: 03 – 24 Jun, 2016
    Proposals for papers shall not exceed 150 words and are to be submitted to the individual Session Conveners for consideration (please see below under “Conference Regulations” for further guidelines about proposals). 

    Most sessions are composed of three or four 20-minute papers. This leaves time in the 90-minute slot for formal responses or questions from the audience. Each session must have one or a maximum of two Chair(s) who are not also speaking in the session.
    Therefore, if present Session Conveners (to whom prospective participants should submit their abstracts for consideration) wish to give a paper in their session, they must find a Chair for that session. Other formats, such as roundtable discussions, must also
    have a Chair who stands outside the discussion and moderates it.

    In order to permit the widest possible variety of sessions, double sessions are not usually permitted. Decisions to permit double sessions lie with the Session Planning Committee for the conference, who will inform chairs/conveners who petition for such sessions whether or not this will be possible within the program structure.
  • CFP: Urban Studies beyond the Aestheticized Object (Chicago, 30 Mar-1 Apr 2017)

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 04 Jun, 2016
    Sponsored by the European Architectural History Network

    Contributor: Elizabeth Merrill

    Traditionally, urban historians relied on systems and patterns to analyze cities as aesthetic constructions, parsing them in terms of morphologies and typologies. Eventually, however, cities began to be considered as embodiments and instruments of culture that communicated individual and collective identities and relationships. More recently, urban geographers, anthropologists, and theorists have modeled approaches that consider spatialized experience through the senses and body, and some envision the built realm as “more than a backdrop for action, becoming the action itself” (Bernard Tschumi, Disjunction and Architecture).

    We invite papers that propose new approaches to and readings of the experiential and sensory in respect to the early modern city. How was the city’s physical fabric experienced and perceived by locals as well as foreign travellers?  Which rhythms (e.g., day/night, canonical
    hours) defined movements of bodies through and individual experiences of the city?  How did the sensory, (e.g., concepts of hygiene and public health), guide city planning and construction? The presence of “others” in the city, whether animals, foreigners, the sick, or minority populations, might also be considered. Speakers are welcome to discuss new methodologies or techniques for studying urban history (e.g., digital mapping and visualization).

    Proposals should be submitted to Saundra Weddle (sweddle@drury.edu) and Elizabeth Merrill (elizabethmerrill11@gmail.com) by June 4, 2016 with the presenter’s full name; academic affiliation/title; e-mail address; paper title (15-word maximum); abstract (150-word maximum); and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum; prose bios will not be accepted).
     
  • CFP: The Historiography of Early Modern Architecture (Chicago, 30 Mar-1 Apr 2017)

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 04 Jun, 2016
    Renaissance Society of America (RSA) 2017 Conference, Chicago, The Palmer House Hilton

    Session Sponsored by the European Architectural History Network
    Contributor: Elizabeth Merrill

    Since the Renaissance itself, the history of early-modern architecture has been a multifaceted discipline. Antonio Manetti established the biographic format in his Life of Brunelleschi, an approach that was later developed in Vasari’s Lives.  In the same period, individuals like Giuliano da Sangallo and Francesco di Giorgio sought to elucidate architectural history through their discovery, or one might say reconstruction, of Roman antiquities. Similarly, the overwhelming interest in Vitruvius not only generated new histories of architecture, but also drove architectural practices and colored the way in which architects were perceived. The modes of scholarly inquiry initiated in the Renaissance have had long afterlives. The great interest in architectural proportions, based both on ancient models and long practiced building traditions, preoccupied theorists like Serlio and Palladio, and centuries later, was resumed by Erwin Panofsky, Rudolf Wittkower and Branko Mitrovic, among others. Correspondingly, the concern with prolonged building processes and the historical valuation of the resultant architecture has captured significant attention. The problems involved in “building-in-time” were outlined in Alberti’s theory of architecture, commented upon by Michelangelo, and in recent decades have been explored by Howard Burns and Marvin Trachtenberg.

    This session invites papers that consider the historiography of Renaissance architecture – that is, the history of scholarly understandings of early-modern European architecture (c.1400 – 1700). 
    What are the sources, techniques, and theoretical approaches that have directed the history of Renaissance architecture and what implications do they carry? How do regional or national traditions of early-modern architectural history vary? On what are these traditions based and what are their biases? Papers might also discuss architect-historians like Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, John Webb, Jacques-François Blondel, and Tommaso Temanza, and how they translated the history of Renaissance architecture in practice. In a similar vein, papers might reflect on how Renaissance architectural history been taught. What is the training of the architectural historian and how does this impact the discipline? 
    How have developments in digital technology redirected early-modern architectural history? And what might future developments bring?

    Paper proposals that stem from original research should be submitted as a Word document or PDF to Saundra Weddle (sweddle@drury.edu) and Elizabeth Merrill (elizabethmerrill11@gmail.com) by June 4, 2016. 
    Please include the following information: presenter’s full name; academic affiliation and title; e-mail address; paper title (15-word maximum); paper abstract (150-word maximum); and a short bio (300-word maximum). For CV guidelines and models see: 
    http://www.rsa.org/page/2017Chicago.
     
  • City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics

    New York | Dates: 17 Jun – 11 Sep, 2016
    Rome exists not only as an intensely physical place, but also as a romantic idea onto which artists, poets, and writers project their own imaginations and longings. City of the Soul examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

    This groundbreaking exhibition considers the ever-evolving identities of Rome during a pivotal period in the city’s history, 1770–1870, when it was transformed from a papal state to the capital of a unified, modern nation. Venerable monuments were demolished to make way for government ministries and arteries of commerce. Building projects and improvements in archaeological techniques revealed long forgotten remnants of the ancient metropolis. A tourist’s itinerary could include magnificent ruins, ecclesiastical edifices, scenic vistas, picturesque locales, fountains, gardens, and side trips to the surrounding countryside.

    The exhibition juxtaposes a century of artistic impressions of Rome through a superb selection of prints and drawings by recognized masters such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), and Edward Lear (1812–1888) along with lesser known artists whose work deserves greater attention.

    The invention of photography also influenced the image of the city. Photographers consciously played on the compositions of Piranesi and earlier masters of the veduta tradition, while at the same time exploiting the expressive potential of this new medium. As the meditative, measured pace of the Grand Tour gave way to the demands of organized tourism, they supplied their new clientele with nostalgia as well as novelty in their views of the Eternal City.
  • Opening as Editor of the EAHN Journal Architectural Histories

    Dates: 01 Jun – 01 Oct, 2016
    Applications open for Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant, Architectural Histories. The online open access journal of the EAHN

    Architectural Histories is the international, blind peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal of the European Architectural History Network that creates a space where historically grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment can be made public, consulted, and discussed. The journal is open to historical, historiographical, theoretical, and critical contributions that engage with architecture and the built environment from a historical perspective.

    Since the publication of the first article on 30 January 2013, Architectural Histories has published 81 articles (research articles, position papers, editorials, interviews and reviews). These publications were gathered in four open issues and three special collections. Since its start in 2013 the journal has established a growing and balanced readership. In March 2016 alone, the journal could note 7282 page views from 111 different countries worldwide.

    The journal is now seeking to appoint a new editor-in-chief and editorial assistant from 1 June 2017 for a four-year term. The new appointees will start working with the current team from 1 January 2017 and gradually take over their duties.

    Tasks and duties
    The editor-in-chief is responsible for all aspects of the journal. The editorial assistant supports the editor in these tasks, according to their mutual arrangement.
    The editor is responsible for the profile and identity of the journal, and safeguards the quality, relevance and scholarly rigor of the journal's content. Architectural Histories is edited by an international editorial board over which the editor presides.

    The editor apportions editorial duties to board-members and follows up on their execution. S/he is primary contact person between authors, reviewers and the journal, and makes the final decisions regarding articles in all stages of submission, review, editing and production, always in close concert with the editorial board.
    The editor steers the editorial board in all its tasks: editorial duties, prospection for content, setting up special collections, processing articles, and so forth.

    The editor manages the coordination between the different parties involved in the production of the journal: besides the authors and peer reviewers; the publisher, Ubiquity Press; the copy-editor; and the proofreader. The editor is the main contact between the journal and the publisher regarding all aspects of their collaboration, including process management, contract negotiations and payments.

    The editor manages the finances of the journal, and actively seeks to broaden and sustain the financial basis for the journal by reaching out to the appropriate organizations and institutions.

    S/he is aware of the principles of open access publishing and participates in the debates surrounding it.

    The editor is the main contact between the journal and its parent organization, the European Architectural History Network. As such, the editor sits ex officio on the EAHN board.

    The editor chairs the editorial board meeting during the annual EAHN business meetings and at the biannual EAHN-conferences.

    The position of editor or editorial assistant is not remunerated and expenses are not covered. The editor's average workload is 4 to 8 hours per week;  the average workload of the assistant is 4 hours per week;  both are subject to fluctuation.

    Qualifications

    The editor-in-chief should have a Ph.D. in architectural history (whether from an art history department or a school of architecture).  The candidate should be an established scholar who is able to bring a broad personal network of international academic contacts to the job. Her/his own work should embody the highest standards of scholarship. The candidate should have a broad understanding of architectural history across periods and geographies, and be open to academic work from a variety of scholarly, cultural and methodological backgrounds. The candidate should have a keen understanding of the workings of scientific institutions and funding agencies in and outside of Europe.


    The candidate should have an excellent command of English, and master several other European languages. Preferably, the candidate has editorial experience.  The candidate must be dedicated to working within the constraints of a periodical: advanced planning, deadlines, and flexible solutions to crises.

    Since the editor supervises and coordinates all aspects of the journal, skills in organization, negotiation and people management, a well-developed sense of responsibility, and resistance to stress, are absolutely essential.

    The editorial assistant is a junior scholar (graduate or post-doc), who supports the editor. The assistant should have the appropriate scholarly, linguistic and organizational skills. The editor and assistant work closely together, and convene on a bi-weekly basis.

    Application
    Please submit a cover letter and CV to the Editorial Search Committee by 1 October 2016 in care of Nancy Stieber at this address:  nancy.stieber@umb.edu
     
  • Reading the Walls: From Tombstones to Public Screens

    Glasgow | Dates: 01 – 06 Jun, 2016
    From dedicatory inscriptions on Greek architectural monuments to the three-dimensional lettering affixed to the fac?ade of the Bauhaus, the neon signs of Las Vegas, and the unofficial marks left by cans of spray paint, words on buildings can both overcome and augment the limits of architecture?s ability to communicate to a broad public. Scholars working in a variety of contexts have begun to explore the ways in which text informs historical interpretations and understanding of buildings and urban spaces but typically position their analysis within the confines of relatively narrow historical and disciplinary boundaries. This session seeks to build on that body of work by exploring the relationship between architecture and its inscriptions in a variety of political, geographical, and historical contexts.

    We especially welcome papers that explore the following questions: How does epigraphy influence a building?s form and composition? What is its role within discourses of power, democratic, or totalitarian? Does it simply ?fill the gap? between intention and reception in architecture?s quest to convey meaning? What can faded, deleted, re-contextualised or overwritten inscriptions tell us of a building?s pasts, its successive uses and shifting meanings? How can it control memory as a self- conscious effort to harness the past? How did the interplay of text/abstraction vs. representation/ornament shape avant-garde modernist discourse and practice? How is its use and form related to larger cultural shifts? Can branding, advertising and public screens be considered contemporary forms of this ancient practice? And if so, how do they operate?

    Session Chairs: Flavia Marcello, Swinburne University of Technology, and Lucy Maulsby, Northeastern University

    Deadline: June 6, 2016 at 5 pm CDT
     
  • Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award

    New Orleans | Dates: 31 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    Call for Nominations 2016 “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) seeks nominations for the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves, rehabilitates, or restores a historic property – including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures – in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, documentation, design, and execution. Projects with a public interpretation component are encouraged, but not required. Projects in the twelve-state SESAH region – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia – that were completed in 2014 or 2015 are eligible. Criteria for consideration: Quality of the project documentation, research, and/or design plan; Importance of the property type within its particular context (national, regional, state, local); Quality of execution; Anticipated benefits; and Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition. Nominations should consist of no more than two pages of project description and be accompanied by illustrations and any other supporting material, including a project budget and timeline. A cover letter should identify the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project. Email the nomination as a single PDF or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive/Dropbox to the 2016 “Best of the South” award committee chairperson, Susan W. Knowles at susan.knowles@mtsu.edu. Deadline: July 1, 2016. The 2016 “Best of the South” Award winner will be announced at the 2016 SESAH Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from September 28-October 1. For more information about the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award and SESAH, visit www.sesah.org.
  • The Medium and the Message: Re-evaluating Form and Meaning in European Architecture c. 1400-1950

    Birmingham, UK | Dates: 02 – 02 Jul, 2016
    Advertisement Dates: Friday 1 July - Saturday 2 July 2016 Location: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B152TS Convenors: Dr David Hemsoll (University of Birmingham) and Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York) Sponsors: the University of Birmingham, the University of York and the Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain About the Conference: All buildings – whether polite, vernacular or somewhere in between – were initially informed by some kind of presiding idea or set of ideas. Some of these ideas presumed an audience (and are therefore part of the building’s rhetoric and essential to its intended ‘meaning’), while others did not (in being part, for example, of a production process, or allied with social and cultural contexts, and no more than that). All such ideas should concern the architectural historian, but the most engaging and historically resonant may well belong to the first category and also be ones that can be inferred and recovered from the buildings themselves. The architectural historian may also profit from a keener understanding of how the ideas initially underpinning a building may, in time, have become modified, or even eclipsed by associations of very different kinds. The conference will investigate the ways in which ideas are conveyed by the physical and visual medium of architectural form. It will include case studies which will move us beyond explanations of architecture that borrow too liberally from literature and theory, and will thereby deepen our understanding both of the medium of architecture and of the construction and operation of architectural ‘meaning’. Moreover, by establishing or re-exploring the intellectual foundations sustaining the designs of certain key buildings, and by examining the ways in which they informed the physical realities of the buildings themselves, we hope to reinvigorate and enrich our understanding of significant moments in European architectural history. Papers, presented by leading international speakers from the UK, Europe and the United States, will explore the relationship between message and medium through detailed historical case studies. Keynote speakers are Sigrid DE JONG (University of Leiden) and Christine STEVENSON (Courtauld Institute of Art, London). Speakers will include Fabrizio BALLABIO (Architectural Association), Paul DAVIES (University of Reading), Richard HEWLINGS (Historic England): Olivia HORSFALL TURNER (V&A), Angeliki POLLALI (American College of Greece, Athens), Harald STÜHLINGER (ETH Zürich), Peter LINDFIELD (University of Stirling), Mark WILSON JONES (University of Bath). Tickets for the conference cost £10 and are purchased via an ‘online shop’: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/historyofart/events/2016/medium-message-conference.aspx Student applicants: Ten grants each of £30 are being offered by the Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain to registered students based outside Birmingham, to cover the £10 conference fee and to help defray costs; these will be awarded strictly on a ‘first come first served’ basis, and, to apply, you should contact David Hemsoll (d.e.hemsoll@bham.ac.uk) before 8 June heading your message ‘student request for conference support’. Tea and coffee (but not lunch) will be provided and the conference will include a concluding drinks reception in the foyer of the Barber Institute.
  • CFP: Architecture and the Environment (RSA Session) (30 Mar-1 Apr 17)

    Chicago | Dates: 26 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Deforestation, air pollution, endangered species, depleted natural resources and other environmental concerns were on the mind of early modern architects, patrons, and all those concerned with the art and act of building. During the age of exploration, ports and shipyards, cities and buildings were built through the manipulation and management of natural resources. This panel invites papers that investigate new building enterprises (cities and buildings, landscape architecture, ships and ports, mines, water basins, etc.) in terms of their effects on the environment.

    Scholars working in and on any geographical region are welcome to propose a paper.

    Papers might consider case studies analyzing single individuals and their ideas, for example, in 1582, Philip II, the builder of the Escorial, expressed to his government minister his concern for the conditions of the forests during his travel to central Castile. He called for the conservation of forests and voiced his fear “…that those who come after us will have much to complain of if we leave them depleted, and please God we do not see it in our time.” (Cited in Henry Kamen, The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance, p. 73).

    Other topics might include eco-critical interpretations of primary documents and texts, poetry, and/or drama; re-examining architectural treatises for environmental concerns; or looking at buildings and landscapes themselves in different ways.

    Please send proposals with CV to Katie Jakobiec, katie.jakobiec@ed.ac.uk by June 1.
  • CFP: Utopia: Whither the Future? ICLS Graduate Conference (New York, 22-23 Sep 16)

    New York | Dates: 26 May – 30 Jun, 2016
    Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Graduate Conference
    Columbia University, New York
    September 22nd & 23rd, 2016

    With keynote speaker Michael Hardt, Duke University Professor and Director of the Marxism & Society Certificate Program and Bass Fellow

    What are the stakes of utopia today? How can we understand utopia in history, whether in theory or practice? Are utopias possible, or even desirable? This year's Columbia ICLS Graduate Conference will confront some of the challenges posed by various utopian visions and projects: we want to emphasize the value of comparative perspectives in thinking about utopias, whether across historical periods, societies and imaginaries, or from different academic angles.

    Those interested in participating may want to consider the following categories:

    The Past. What can we learn from historical utopias? Why have so many utopian visions produced dystopian realities? How have utopian theories related to attempts to put them into practice? To the extent that we can talk about discrete utopian models, how can we learn from them? Are they always predisposed to fail?

    The Present. From Athens to Cairo to Hong Kong to New York, discontent with the present order has been palpable. But where are the alternatives? Where are the potential, and perhaps even practicable, visions for a better world? How is our present conditioned by past visions of the future? Reflexively, what is the role of academia in utopia? Is there a tension between the rigor of academic approaches and the drives of utopian desires? 

    The Future?

    The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University invites a variety of approaches, both applied and theoretical, from the worlds of academia, art and activism for its Graduate Conference 2016. The panels will be moderated by Columbia faculty.

    Possible subjects include:
    Planetary studies; The Politics of Cosmos; Religion; Justice;
    Posthumanism; Animal Studies; Vegetable life; Ecology, Cybernetics;
    Political Economy; History of Economic Thought; Capitalism; Communism;
    Society; Empire; Commonwealth; Nationalism; Cosmopolitanism; Democracy;
    New media and technologies; Science and Technology Studies; Technophilia;
    Premodern utopias; Ancient radicals; Utopias in Antiquity; 
    The afterlife of More’s Utopia;
    Dystopia; Heterotopia;
    Human Rights; NGOs; Humanitarianism; Philanthropy; New Utilitarianism; ...

    Please send a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to iclscolumbia2016@gmail.com by June 30, 2016. Decisions will be made and successful applicants informed by mid-July. Successful applicants will be required to submit the final draft of their papers by September 1, 2016. 
  • PhD Fellowship at ULB-Brussels

    Brussels | Dates: 26 May – 03 Jul, 2016
    1 PhD fellowship for a research project on Modernist reinventions of the rural landscape @ Université libre de Bruxelles

    Deadline: July 3rd 2016

    Morocco-1The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) – HABITER research center at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta is looking for highly talented and motivated candidates for 1 PhD position. The candidate will integrate the ULB team, coordinated by prof. Luisa MORETTO, and work under the supervision of Dr. Axel FISHER. He/she will focus on the Gharb plain (Morocco) case study. From a methodological point of view, the candidate will also contribute to the ULB team lead on two work packages planned in the MODSCAPES project: “documenting” agricultural development and colonization schemes; “changes and challenges” faced by modernist rural landscapes.
  • #ARCHIAFFECTS

    Dates: 26 May – 17 Jun, 2016
    An open-platform photography project exploring how architecture in Scotland affects us in our everyday lives

    Nicola Wilson, Shelly Crawford, Gemma Goodwin

    Competition open NOW til 17 June 2016
    Exhibition 08-16 July 2016

    New Glasgow Society
    1307 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TL

    #ArchiAffects aims to engage as many people as possible with architecture in Scotland through photography and social media.

    Architecture surrounds us every day. Whether its your own home, a simple bus shelter on your morning commute, a city street or a different type of space such as a sportsground, art gallery or club we're looking for your images of how you're affected by your built surroundings.

    Getting involved and to have your image included in July’s exhibition is easy, just post a photograph on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with a short caption explaining your image and include the #ArchiAffects hashtag. Done!

    PRIZES to be won include
    -A one-day tutored course on digital architectural photography with Stills
    -A chance to learn on the job by accompanying award-winning photographer Andrew Lee on a shoot
  • CFP: TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD)

    Dates: 24 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    The TAD Editorial Board is excited to announce the launch of a new journal: TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD). 

    The Call for Papers for the inaugural issue, VIRAL, is open and accepting submissions at editors@TADjournal.org until September 1, 2016. 
     
    TAD is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology, with a particular focus on its translation, integration, and impact on architecture and design. TAD will solicit, capture, and share new knowledge in the ways we think, make, and use technology within the building arts. Published articles will feature primary research in emerging materials, construction techniques, design integration, structures, building systems, energy, environmental design, information technology, digital fabrication, sustainability and resiliency, project delivery, the history and theory of technology, and building technology education. Aimed at researchers, educators, and practitioners, the journal advances and transforms the current discourse on building based technologies with the goal of expanding, reimagining, and challenging its role for architecture and design.

    Editorial Board 
    Caryn Brause, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Chris Ford, Stanford University
    Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
    Clare Olsen, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Jeane Ripple, University of Virginia
    Franca Trubiano, University of Pennsylvania
    Marci Uihlein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Andrzej Zarzycki, New Jersey Institute of Technology
     
  • A Room Without a View & the Camps

    Tasmania | Dates: 02 – 22 Jan, 2017
    In partnership with the Creative Exchange Institute, University of Tasmania
    A Room Without a View & the Camps
    Studio at the Edge of the World
    Learning Event 2017 – Launceston, Tasmania, January 2-22
    A CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (open to October 1)

    There is a major global problem of growing prison populations. 
    So often prisons create more problems than they solve and become 
    institutions of instruction in crime. Dominantly prison populations come 
    from the most disadvantaged ethnic groups and social classes. 
    At the most progressive, some prisons aim to humanise the incarcerated,
    but mostly they do the reverse.
     
    Population pressure, rapid urbanisation, the displacement of people
    by conflict and climate change impacts all now converge to expand the
    nature of criminalisation.
     
    This event will explore the issues, and examine ideas that radically
    redirect how prisons and refugee camps are conceptualised, 
    designed and function with particular reference to liberatory forms 
    of social change and education.
     
    The program will be directed by Professor Tony Fry, and limited to 
    25 people selected from around the world. For more details and instructions
    on making an expression of interest go to the Learning Event section of Studio. 
    For details of the event held in 2016 see the News section.
    www.thestudioattheedgeoftheworld.com
     
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