Call for Papers
The Medium and the Message: Re-evaluating Form and Meaning in European Architecture c. 1400-1950
Dates: Friday 1 July - Saturday 2 July 2016
Location: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, UNITED KINGDOM
Convenors: Dr David Hemsoll (University of Birmingham) and Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York)
Aims of 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.
We welcome papers that directly explore the relationship between message and medium through detailed historical case studies which directly address the agency of architecture itself in the conveying of meaning. Papers could tackle, for example, Filippo Brunelleschi’s innovative ‘Renaissance’ style of architecture; Inigo Jones’s Italianate classicism; Francesco Borromini’s departures from classical proprieties; complex stereotomy in French architecture of the early modern period; the new language and meanings of English Palladianism; the rarefied classicism of John Soane or Karl Friedrich Schinkel; form and association in the concrete architecture of Le Corbusier. In general, therefore, they will examine architecture’s expressive potential, through such topics as the materiality of buildings, the visual logic and implications of built form or the evocation (or not) of the historical past, and in relation to particular people, periods and places.
Applications to present papers: Papers should be of 20 minutes in length (followed by 5 or 10 minutes of questions). If you wish to apply, please write to Professor Anthony Geraghty (email@example.com with the subject line Medium and Message), giving the subject and a brief synopsis (250 words) of your proposed topic. Please also specify your title and full name and your institutional affiliation (if any). The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 April 2016, and we aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within 4 weeks of that date.
Hacking Heritage is a participant-led unconference for scholars, students, designers, artists, professionals and anyone else with an interest in cultural heritage, preservation and public history. It is an opportunity to discuss and debate issues related to cultural heritage; to design and prototype experimental heritage programs and interventions that reach new audiences; and to make new connections with the humanities scholars, preservation and community advocates, museum professionals, tactical urbanists and public artists who are at the forefront of rethinking cultural heritage and preservation programs for the 21st century.
Never been to an unconference before? All of the sessions are proposed and led by participants. Go to our website to learn about the unconference model and to see how you can participate – we welcome broad engagement from all sectors, cultural communities and points of view, and encourage session proposals that seek to develop new and innovative heritage projects in addition to sessions meant to provoke discussion and debate.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
at 5:30 pm
Columbus Visitors Center
Landmark Columbus is partnering with the Columbus Area Visitors Center to present a talk by Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director of PhD Program in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Sabatino will discuss Columbus’ unique contribution to the history of modern and contemporary architecture and its legacy in being an extraordinary community built on public-private partnerships.
Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. Sabatino is professor and director of the doctoral program at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago. www.michelangelo-sabatino.com.
The digital revolution, space and economics pressures, and a trend towards collaborative work have all stimulated a demand for libraries to re-invent themselves as physical spaces. Art and design libraries face particular challenges in this arena. While aspiring to embody those same, high aesthetic and design standards that are the focus of their collections, art libraries must accommodate the gamut of historic and modern library materials—from printed books and ephemera to digital images. Their patrons are similarly diverse and demanding, ranging from scholarly researchers and creative artists to museum docents and the general public.
The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is organizing a three‐day conference in Chicago that will focus on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture.
We are seeking speakers who will highlight various aspects of our theme. Facilities for art, architecture, and design library collections and art archival collections—both stand-alone facilities and those integrated within larger institutions—are of interest. Subjects include, but are not limited to:
• New art library construction projects
• Art library preservation and renovation projects
• Buildings adapted for use as art libraries
• History of art library architecture
• Art library fixtures and furnishings
• Innovative planning methodologies and design collaborations
• User studies—what patrons want from art library spaces
• Art library facility standards
• Environmental control in relation to facility design
• Security issues in relation to facility design
• Art library design and the digital shift
• Speculative approaches to new paradigms of library design
Proposals must be submitted by email no later than February 12th to:
Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section firstname.lastname@example.org
Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee email@example.com
Proposals must contain:
• Email subject line “IFLA Chicago Paper Proposal”
• Title of the paper
• Author(s) of the paper
• Paper abstract (500 words maximum)
• Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
• Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum)
• Language of the paper
• Papers must be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere
• Invitations to speakers will be issued by March 1st
Registration is now open for SEI 2016 (the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management): http://seiworkshop.org/registration/
Founded over ten years ago, SEI is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). Places traditionally have filled up quickly for this intensive workshop designed to serve a wide range of professionals eager to learn about new technologies and update job skills. Secure your spot today!
SEI 2016 will be held June 7-10, 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. SEI offers a curriculum packed with hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. It provides new professionals and more experienced staff the opportunity to stay current in a rapidly changing field, as well as significant networking opportunities. SEI is designed to serve a wide range of professionals, including museum staff, VR curators, librarians, archivists, and all those managing digital image media.
Please feel free to contact the SEI co-chairs, Greta Bahnemann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jesse Henderson (email@example.com), with any questions.
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With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for the teaching and study of American art and visual culture (pre-1980). Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, not currently holding, or having held a permanent university position, and having received a Ph.D. within four years of taking up the award.
Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter, SAH in New Orleans, LA, featuring keynote speakers, paper sessions, posters, and architectural tours over three days (Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st 2016)
The exhibition features over 35 local and international projects by artists, architects, historians, and technologists who use digital and locative technologies to reveal the history of the built environment. From podcasts uncovering the natural history of Queens, New York, to a mobile app version of Nikolas Pevsner’s Glossary of Architectural History to virtual tours of ancient Rome, the exhibition showcases a wide range of tools for creating, and experiencing, augmented history.
Curated by Irene Cheng with Lucie Waschke
Change is essential to sustaining heritage sites, enabling them to meet new uses and evolving expectations, goals and requirements. Historic settings gain deeper meaning through thoughtful contemporary design, and contemporary design is enriched by rigorous dialogue with historic environs. These premises are fundamental to contemporary heritage planning, yet remain highly controversial within the realms of both cons ervation and design.
Can preservation guidelines establish clear expectations without predicting design outcomes? How abstract can design references to the building or context be before they disrupt the integrity of the setting or meaning? And just as important, how should we train designers and regulators to ensure the best possible outcomes?
This issue of PennDesign's scholarly journal will explore strategies for design in historic contexts. We welcome submissions on a range of topics: analyzing and documenting character-defining features of heritage settings, particularly those beyond the visual and two dimensional; regulations that promote sensitive yet organic growth and development of conservation areas; and critical analysis of design solutions for landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods and archeological sites. Papers may include theoretical explorations, historical examples or critiques of case studies.
Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent of thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. Shorter case studies emphasizing initial design responses and intent will also be considered to explore how designers approach the problem of historical context. Please submit an abstract by 1 April 2016; authors will be notified by 1 June 2016, and papers due early May 2017. Author guidelines will be provided, or email Kecia Fong at firstname.lastname@example.org or Guest Editor Pamela Hawkes FAIA (email@example.com) for further information.
The Friends of Charnley-Persky House
are invited to join us for a special Valentine's reception on February 11. As we thank you for your generous and ongoing support of this National Historic Landmark, we’ll have some exciting announcements about plans for Charnley-Persky House in 2016. Wine and refreshments will be served.
Attendance for this event is by invitation only. Please RSVP by February 4th to Carolyn Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or 312-573-1365. Date:
Thursday, February 11 Time:
5:30–7:30 p.m. Location:
1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago
CALL FOR PAPERS
40TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATION
The Culture Network invites you to submit panels, papers, and book sessions proposals for the 41st annual meeting of the Social Science History Association , November 17-20, 2016 in Chicago. For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: www.ssha.org . The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2016 .
The theme for this year's conference is Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World
We welcome proposals on this theme and on the broader research network’s continuing interests in culture and its relationship to historical processes and phenomena around the globe. In addition to single papers, we also welcome full panel proposals, which should include at least 1) four papers , a 2) discussant , and a 3) chair . Book panel ("Author meets Critics") proposals are also warmly welcomed.
CALL FOR PAPERS
40TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATION
Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered.
Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos.
For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: http://library.csus.edu/tsakopoulos/lrfp.asp.html. Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (email@example.com).
Several awards presented to organizations, as well as individuals in preservation and related fields.
Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.
Proposals for teacher workshops. Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology? Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History.
The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016.
To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send:
1. A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used.
2. A one-page resume of participant(s).
In pursuit of the mission of DOCOMOMO, as updated in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement 2014, the theme of the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference will be Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future. The aim is to promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement, to foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation and (re)use, and to explore and develop new ideas for the future of a sustainable built environment, based on the past experiences of the Modern Movement.
The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary longevity. Relating technology, form and social commitment to one another, through an optimistic faith in progress, modern architects sought to attain new heights of functionality and flexibility in use. The challenge for today is how to deal with this modern legacy in relation to the continuously changing context of the current times, including physical, economic and functional changes, as well as fast-moving socio-cultural, political and scientific contextual values.
Preserving the architectural heritage of the 20th century requires us to take account both of the opportunity and the duty to reuse buildings which have lost their original function, which are physically and/or technically obsolete, and which no longer meet today’s ever-more demanding standards. Such matters as the demand for material and technology reuse and for spatial and functional transformations, and the updating of regulations concerning fire, seismic stability, user safety, energy efficiency and environmental comfort legislation, are all part of the contemporary agenda. This inevitably highlights the question of the value of the existing built fabric, which can be a strong resource that calls for our attention in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
In its pursuit of the task of conserving and rebuilding, DOCOMOMO must itself be modern and sustainable in order to continue to fulfill the Modern Movement’s social and collective project, as modernity and sustainability are part of the primary nature of Modern Movement project itself. In our view, the Modern Movement still carries on today and into the future, as an ever-present social, spatial and technological project engaged with the community, constantly engaging with the challenge of creating a better place to live.
Contributions are invited to put together under discussion themes such as the interrelationship of modernity and modern heritage, economy and energy saving, the social mission of architecture and the responsibility of architects towards the future. These themes are intended to be discussed both as MoMo concepts, to be analysed chiefly through documentation, and as contemporary modern interventions, to be debated in accordance with the needs and conditions of today. As a multidisciplinary platform, this conference aims to investigate a cross-section of subjects that are raised by the challenge of preserving, renovating and transforming the Modern Movement legacy worldwide, alongside with the complex background of today’s changing times. In the end, the goal is to achieve a pluricultural comparison of standards and practices for intervention on 20th century heritage.
In pursuit of a holistic approach, the general theme of the conference will be elaborated through eight sub-themes: 1) Landscapes, 2) Cities, 3) Public Spaces, 4) Complexes, 5) Buildings, 6) Construction and Technology, 7) Interior Design and Furniture and 8) Theory.
Keynote Speakers: Álvaro Siza Vieira; Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal; Caruso St John Architects; Joan Busquets; Juhani Pallaasma; Winfried Brenne
Program, Subthemes & Sessions:
In fall 2016, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will return to New Orleans for the first time since 1994. The conference will take place September 29 to October 1. With addresses by expert speakers, multiple walking and bus tours, and of course great food, it promises to be a good time for all! Tulane University's National Register listed campus located on majestic St. Charles Avenue will be the venue for paper sessions and addresses. Conference attendees are invited to select accommodations from one of many blocks of reserved rooms and enjoy scenic rides to and from campus on the historic streetcar line.
Poised between the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s Tricentennial, New Orleans today offers a built environment in which the past, present, and future are palpable. Its culturally complex and aesthetically diverse architectural fabric engages, challenges, and charms.
The 2016 SESAH conference invites new perspectives on the architecture of the city, the region, and beyond. Potential themes of interest include creolized architecture, world's fairs, the impact of disasters on the built environment, modernism, enslavement architecture, cemeteries, schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and more. As always, papers on any architectural history topic are welcomed. Proposals for themed sessions are encouraged. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides. Submit a paper and come be a part of the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings!
Submissions and Deadlines
Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, a brief CV, and the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for session panels must include the title of the session; the names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs of all participants; and abstracts of each paper.
Please send all materials as PDF or MS Word attachments to Laura Ewen Blokker, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2016.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2016. All accepted presenters and conference chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Authors of accepted proposals must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by August 31, 2016; SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill this requirement.
Graduate Students and Emerging Professionals
SESAH offers up to three travel grants to help graduate students attend the meeting to deliver papers and one for an emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office. Send requests for grant applications to email@example.com.
This year, SESAH also encourages graduate students to participate in the conference by presenting a poster. Poster presentations do not qualify for travel grant support, but provide the opportunity to display your work and discuss it with professionals. Posters are an excellent way to share work that does not constitute a full 20 minute paper presentation, such as works- in-progress or projects focused on visual material. Posters should be no larger than 36" X 48" and must be digitally designed in a professional manner and printed on a single sheet of quality paper (i.e. no glue ups). To submit a proposal for a poster, follow the submission instructions above and additionally include a one-page mock-up of some project images and text.
AIA New York is currently rallying for applicants for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant.This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
The VAF announces 2 awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place this year in Durham, N.C., June 1-4: the Access Award for first-time attendees, and the Ambassador Award for groups of students. For more information about the conference visit vafweb.org
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, 2016. For instructions and more information visit vafweb.org/Access-Award.
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, 2016. For instructions and more information visit vafweb.org/Ambassadors-Awards.
How do we manage information overload and make sense of the world? Early attempts are found in commonplace books sketchbooks and scrapbooks. Explore this topic at an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers in Asheville NC.