Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Cold War Cities: Spatial Planning, Social Politics and Cultural Practices in the Era of Atomic Urbanism, 1945-65

    Dates: 22 Sep, 2016 – 30 Apr, 2017
    We are seeking 10-12 thoughtful and unpublished essays that analyse a substantive thematic area and situate this empirically in a particular city case study. Essays can draw on a range of different evidential bases, archival research, visual methods, media hermeneutics, and personal histories and lived experiences. Book chapters should deploy appropriate theoretical ideas to understand the physical planning, politics and cultures of atomic era urban development. They should be accessible to readers without deep theoretical background in the particular thematic area and little knowledge of the city case study.

    If you are interested in contributing, please provide a tentative title,
    250 words abstract and brief bio (to be used in a formal proposal to publisher). Email to<>


    * Richard Brook, Manchester School of Architecture.<>

    * Martin Dodge, Department of Geography, University of Manchester.<>

    * Jonathan Hogg, Department of History, University of Liverpool.<>

    In this book we wish to explore how the real threat of nuclear attack through the 1950s and early '60s affected the spatial planning of cities, as well considering how such 'atomic urbanism' was manifest in political processes or expressed through cultural practices. The book is consciously to be based on set of case studies of specific cities, through which we seek understandings, at an urban scale, of how cold war doctrines played out in different thematic areas (e.g. architectural designs for survivable human habitation or anti-nuclear protests). There should also be scope for questioning the degree to which the historical development of individual cities was determined or shaped by atomic threats, thus problematizing 'the Cold War' as general analytical lens.  Rather than focus on the nation state or a whole continent, we believe looking at series of individual cities (or city regions) will provide a distinctive lens through which to reinterpret cold war histories.

    The book is also focused in its time period on the crucial decades after the Second War World because they have interpretative coherence in cold war historiography and were key periods in urban redevelopment across much of the world (such as the rise of suburban consumerism in the West, Soviet directed socialist renewal in the East and decolonialisation in other places). However, contributors may also wish to consider the legacy of actions and decisions made in this period of atomic high tension down to the contemporary city if appropriate. The objective is to have an international set of contributors with a diversity of thematic perspectives, and deploying case study cities not only in North America and Western Europe but also in the former Eastern Bloc, the Soviet Union, the Asian region and, potentially, from the Global South.

    Thematic areas could include (non-exhaustive list):

    * Physical planning in the cold war city: shelters and population survivability; spatial dispersal planning; resilient infrastructures, buildings and engineering (telecommunications, transport, etc); the zoning of land for needs of military, security and the atomic state; enrolment of scientific facilities, commercial R&D and universities; planning health services, and more general welfare planning post-attack.

    * Social / political issues in the cold war city: anti-nuclear protests, passive resistance, active unrest; participation in civil defence and critiques of preparation; public information, propaganda, education; work of news media; political struggles, legal structures.
    * Cultural practices in the cold war city: visual arts, literary responses to nuclear threats; architectural design, landscape aesthetics; religious responses and faith perspective; popular culture and entertainment (television, radio, fiction); civic spaces and the representation of atomic age ideas; design and functioning of the domestic sphere.


    Practical details:
    * Submission date: April 2017
    * Length: around 7,000 words (exc. bibliography)
    * Language: UK English
    * Format: please try to use the Routledge style guide, esp. for citations and formatting of bibliography to facilitate production
    * Figures: high-quality b/w illustrations desirable. Limited colour figures may be possible in plates section. Please ensure you have copyright or can secure copyright clearance for illustrations. Authors will be responsible for any costs of copyright licensing
    * Delivery: Word document, email to<>


    Intellectual background:
    Cities across the world were the primary target of strategic atomic weaponry in the early cold war period. Post-war urban planning, politics and cultural practice became a central part of Cold War battlefront. For instance, important mechanisms to try secure cities against atomic attack were created, and social space was re-designed to contain the threat of Communism or Capitalism, or to offer an ideologically-informed vision of the modern, high-tech and consumerist or socialist future. However, the focus of historical studies of these decades has traditionally been on international relations, continental blocs and geopolitical struggles at the global scale. While there has been some historical work published in recent years on cold war planning, politics and culture at the national level, which is often strongly urban in focus (e.g. monographs by Andrew Burtch, Jennifer Light, Matthew Grant, Matthew Farish), there has been less analysis of the context of the city as site in which physical plans, social politics and cultural practices played out in distinctive ways (exceptions include theme issue of Urban History (2015) and the May 2016 Cold War Cities workshop at the University of Sheffield). One of the major features of intellectual growth in the humanities, especially history, is interdisciplinary interest in space and place. Here, the city is viewed a significant context in which to explore place, landscape and locational attributes under a set of specific imperatives of defence from an unprecedented new threat.  This edited collection will be a unique contribution that looks at how the cold war unfolded in different cities across the world.

    We intend authors to come from more than North America and Europe; they may include scholars in Japan, Russia, China and elsewhere.  Contributors will be drawn from cogent disciplinary backgrounds including, for example, architectural history, planning, history of science, economic and social history, human geography, political science, cultural studies, and other cognizant fields of scholarship.

    Proposed book structure:
    The volume will include an introductory overview essay by the editors and series of chapters grouped into three major sections: physical, social-political, cultural. Each chapter will tackle a substantial thematic issue and make use of a specific city for empirical evidence.  We expect that some contributions may speak across this threefold structure and will deal with this by section overviews.
  • Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism

    Bologna | Dates: 04 – 05 Oct, 2016
    After the first workshop at the Université Rennes 2 (January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism (Università di Bologna, October 4-5, 2016) is the second of three international workshops planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography research project (funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR) to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research.

    This second international workshop takes into consideration the actors and the vehicles of criticism: with these terms it refers to both the agents of criticism (critics, architects, historians, publishers, photographers, institutions, etc.) and the media through which criticism is disseminated (press, photography, exhibitions, etc.). The workshop aims to expand the knowledge about the specific functions of these actors and their networks and to outline their mutual relationships. The four sessions investigate the links between the actors, the media of criticism, and the historical contexts within which they materialize, as well as the cultural, intellectual, and institutional milieus from which they originate.

    The first session Vehicles and Actors: Journals, Newspapers and their Editors deals with the influence on the forms, discourse, and contents of criticism on the part of specific types of journals, from daily newspapers, to cultural magazines and building construction periodicals and wants to put into question the categories that recurrently describe the so-called “typologies of criticism”. The second (Institutions, Exhibitions, Competitions) and fourth (Critical Competencies) sessions intend to broaden the notion of “actor” of architectural criticism not only to encompass critics or authors (the same notion of “authorship” in criticism might be subject to question) but also to include professional and academic institutions, publishers, and the various specialists who are involved in the actual production of professional publications. As a different vehicle of architectural criticism, the third session (Visual Criticism) would like to pay attention to the photographic image and, more generally, to the visual components of architectural criticism.
  • CFP: Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Conference (Salt Lake City, 31 May-3 Jun 17)

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 22 Sep – 30 Oct, 2016
    Call for papers deadline: October 30, 2016

    The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017.  Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring western American themes, including ethnic settlement, landscapes of ranching, mining, and agriculture, urbanization, religious expression, Native American identity, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes.  Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved?  Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public.

    Students and young professionals may also apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference.
  • CONF: Architectural Painting in the 16th and 17th Century

    Antwerp | Dates: 10 – 10 Oct, 2016
    Antwerp, Rubenianum, October 10, 2016
    Registration deadline: Oct 5, 2016

    Colloquium organized in conjunction with the exhibition Divine Interiors held at the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp until October 16th.

    08.45     Registration and coffee

    09.30     Welcome by Dr. Claire Baisier, director Museum Mayer van den 

    Morning session

    chair: Prof. em. Dr. Hans Vlieghe, Centrum Rubenianum

    09.45     Dr. Thomas Fusenig (Universität Münster)
    Hans Vredeman de Vries as painter of illusionistic wall paintings in Antwerp

    10.10    Dr. Anna Koopstra (National Gallery, London) 
    New insights on Hendrik van Steenwijck the Younger’s use of prints as sources.

    10.35      Dr. Joost Van der Auwera (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of 
    Belgium) & Dr. Claire Baisier (Museum Mayer van den Bergh) Sebastiaen Vrancx als architectuurschilder: nieuwe toeschrijvingen

    11.00     Coffee break

    11.30     Bernard Vermet (Stichting Cultuur Inventarisatie, Amsterdam)
    Bartholomeus van Bassen, tussen Noord en Zuid

    11.55     Lorne Darnell (Leiden University)
    An Uncanny Likeness: Pieter Saenredam, Hans Vredeman de Vries and the Gothic in Perspective

    12.20     Questions and discussion

    12.30     Lunch break

    Afternoon session

    chair: Véronique Van de Kerckhof, Rubenianum

    14.00     Dr. Almut Pollmer-Schmidt (Städel Museum, Frankfurt)
    Antwerpen, Frankfurt, Delft. Kircheninterieurs als Medien des konfessionellen Diskurses

    14.25    Rutger Steenmeijer (architect, Antwerpen) 
    Architectuurschilderkunst en de restauratie van monumentale kerken in Antwerpen

    14.50     Lotte Gielen & Jeroen van Omme (Mindscape 3D)
    De mogelijkheden van 3D en virtuele realiteit in publiekswerking

    15.15     Questions and discussion

    15.30     Coffee break

    16.00    Speakers’ corner (short presentations)
    Dr. Wolfgang Cilleßen (Historisches Museum Frankfurt) Kerkinterieurs uit Frankfurt: de zaak Johann Ludwig Ernst Morgenstern

    Dr. Bernd Ebert (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München) A church interior by Jacobus Vrel

    16.15     Questions and discussion

    16.30    Closing remarks by Véronique Van de Kerckhof, director 
    Lasting perspectives for the research on church interior painting in Antwerp. Announcing the promised gift of the documentation of Mr. 
    Bernard Maillet to the Rubenianum

    17.00     Visit of the exhibition Divine Interiors. Experience churches 
    in the age of Rubens, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Lange Gasthuisstraat 19, 2000 Antwerpen

    Information: or e-mail to

    Registration: ______________________________________
    Registration is mandatory and open until October 5, 2016.
    Registration fee includes: coffee, refreshments breaks, lunch and visit to the exhibition ‘Divine Interiors’ in Museum Mayer van den Bergh.
    Full price: € 40,00
    Student (with valid student card only): € 20,00
    Payment: via bank transfer to account number (IBAN) BE42 4097 5857 0154, BIC (SWIFT) code KREDBEBB of vzw Antwerpen Kunstenstad, quoting: 
    “Divine Interiors + name & first name”.
    Registration is final once your fee has been paid.
  • CFP: Collaborations between Architects and Historians

    Detroit | Dates: 22 Sep – 05 Oct, 2016
    Detroit, ACSA Conference, March 23 - 25, 2017
    Deadline: Oct 5, 2016

    We are happy to announce a call for papers for a session related to the intersection of architecture and history at the upcoming American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) conference in Mar. 2017.

    The deadline to submit a paper to be considered in the session has just been extended, to Wed. Oct. 5, 2016.

    The session:
    In Practice: History as Research and Design Strategy

    In both the profession and the academy, there is a renewed interest in the past.  With the passing of theory, and efforts to move beyond the emphases on economics, technology, and ecology, contemporary architects are once again looking to history and the past as drivers for design.  
    History is not just a source of precedents, or a “bag of tricks” for the architect to apply, but a research problem, the source of a design strategy, even a layer of complexity in the material of architecture.  
    Architects are ever more self-consciously inventing, projecting, or manipulating the relation of present and past.

    We are interested in collecting and presenting an array of “strategies” 
    that focus on the practice of architecture as an intellectual process in dialogue with history.  We seek papers that challenge given notions of the distinct role that practice and history play, that scrutinize situations where the threads of history and practice cross paths in a critical and productive dialogue.  We welcome investigations into all manner of critical exchange between the project of architecture and the project of history. We are curious about collaborations between architects and historians, as well as architects working as historians, and vice versa.  We are especially interested in cases in which contemporary architecture pushes the historical discourse into new territories.

    Topic Chairs: 
    Dr. Francesca Torello, Carnegie Mellon University
    ( and
    Dr. Kai K. Gutschow, Carnegie Mellon University (

    For more info on the overall call for papers: 

    105th ACSA Annual Meeting  |  Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit"
    March 23-25, 2017  |  Detroit, Michigan
  • Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics

    Oslo | Dates: 30 Sep, 2016 – 27 Jan, 2017
    Oslo, Fritt Ord, September 30, 2016

    Of(f) Our Times
    The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics
    Two-Part Public Seminar
    Part I: Friday, 30 September 2016
    Fritt Ord
    Uranienborgveien 2
    0258 Oslo, Norway
    14.00 - 14.30 Introduction
    Rike Frank, Curator and Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies, Kunstakademiet, Oslo Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor for Art History, Visual Culture and Cultures of the Curatorial, Academy of Arts Leipzig
    14.30 – 15.00 Mapping
    Nora Joung, Artist and Writer, Oslo
    15.00 – 15.45
    Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong
    15.45 – 16.30 a chronicle of A Chronicle of Interventions Inti Guerrero, Art Critic and Curator, Hong Kong, Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, Tate, London & Curator of EVA International 2018, Limerick
    16.45 – 17.30 Screening El helicóptero, 2016 & panel discussion Dora García, Artist and Professor of Contemporary Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
    18.00 – 18.45 Documents of Experience: Exhibitions, archives and undisciplining histories Anthony Gardner, Art Historian, Art critic and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Oxford
    18.45 – 19.30 An ethnography as a method, an exhibition as a fiction Marcelo Rezende, Researcher, Critic and Curator, Salvador da Bahia, former director of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (2012-2015) & artistic director of the 3rd Bahia Biennial (2014)
    In a series of lectures, presentations, screenings and discussions
    Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics critically reflects on the concept of “exhibition history”. 
    It starts from an understanding of exhibiting as a practice connected to broader social, economic and political developments while constituting a medium that generates situational and non-situational forms of knowledge. In this light, “exhibition history” has to go beyond techniques of historical analysis and revision. Instead Of(f) Our Times is interested in an understanding that runs counter to the current canonization and academization of the historical writing on and referencing of exhibitions. It aims to approach the debates on ‘re-‘, historiography and historicity from a perspective that acknowledges and demonstrates the specific qualities of the exhibition as a medium and its reverberations in and entanglement with other narrative forms (such as writing, film, performance …) and cultural memories. In dialogue with artists, curators, and writers the conference thus sets out to explore modes and methods of curatorial relating, through which the actualization is rather done “with” exhibitions than “about” 
    The seminar aims to address questions such as: How do historical exhibitions participate in contemporary cultural discourses? How can ‘exhibition history’ as a methodology open up into the present and future? What are the underlying concepts of history, historiography, and historicity? And how do they relate to concepts of actualization, presence, presentism and future? How (and why) can a historical exhibition get actualized? What role do the material qualities of an exhibition play in relation to the discursive ones? And what are the characteristics (and short-comings) of the research and writings on "exhibition history" so far?
    As part of its program Of(f) Our Times will host the Oslo premiere of Dora Garcia’s new film El Helicóptero (2016).
    Rike Frank, Curator and Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies, Oslo National Academy of the Arts Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor for Art History, Visual Culture and Cultures of the Curatorial, Academy of Arts Leipzig
    Part II of the public seminar will be held on January 27, 2017 and include contributions a.o. by Milena Høgsberg, Natalie Hope O’Donnell, Lara Khaldi, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Steeds and Anne Szefer-Karlsen
    Participation in the conference is free. Due to limited seating, we kindly ask for registration until September 25, 2016. Please email to:
    For abstracts and short CV’s of the participants please go to:
    Of(f) Our Times: The Aftermath of the Ephemeral and other Curatorial Anachronics is made possible with support from Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
  • CFP: Rereading Louis Hautecour

    Rouen/Darnetal | Dates: 22 Sep – 07 Nov, 2016
    École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Normandie, May 12, 2017
    Deadline: Nov 7, 2016

    CFP - Conference "Rereading Louis Hautecœur" 
    École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Normandie, Rouen/Darnétal
    Friday 12 May 2017

    This conference focuses on Louis Hautecœur (1884-1973), who dedicated 
    his life to art and architecture, not only of the past but also of the 
    present. The importance of his numerous contributions was neglected by 
    scholars for many years, before appearing, beginning in the 1980s, in 
    works addressing the history of art and architecture of the Vichy 
    period.  It was necessary to wait two more decades for Hautecœur to 
    become the object of dedicated study.  This pioneering research 
    illustrated Hautecœur’s multiple areas of expertise while shedding 
    light on the great upheavals of the 20th century.

    As a civil servant, Hautecœur was involved in the artistic and 
    architectural debates and institutions of his day. Versatile and 
    prolific, he successively or simultaneously exercised several 
    professions: professor of art and architectural history (École du 
    Louvre, École des Beaux-Arts), architectural historian (the 
    seven-volume L’Histoire de l’Architecture classique en France), art and 
    architectural critic (Editor-in-Chief of L’Architecture), exhibition 
    curator (international exhibitions, Venice Biennales), museum 
    administrator (Musée du Luxembourg and instigator of the Musée national 
    d’art modern) and a reform-minded State administrator (Director of Fine 
    Arts in Egypt and France).

    This conference seeks to continue and broaden this research by 
    exploring lesser-known aspects of Hautecœur’s actions. Contributions 
    should cover Hautecœur’s scholarly and administrative careers, the 
    impact of his reforms, as well as the artistic, intellectual and 
    political context in which his actions were inscribed.

    In the context of this conference, it could be interesting to explore 
    one or more of several overarching themes that traverse Hautecœur's 
    career, including:
    - His conception of French Classicism as a living tradition and his 
    plea for a third way for contemporary artistic and architectural 
    production, between tradition and modernity. 
    - His interest in contemporary artists and architects as manifested in 
    his Musée du Luxembourg acquisition policies, as well as in his 
    participation in artistic and architectural commissions, exhibitions 
    and international exchanges.
    - The modernization of the administration and of institutions of arts 
    and architecture. 
    - The professionalization of actors through the creation of the 
    ‘classés-contrôlés’ museum system, the protection of titles and 
    educational reforms. 
    - The ways in which he translated his specific notion of French 
    identity through his thinking about the protection of heritage, art, 
    and landscape as well as his vision of architectural and urban design.

    Submissions, in French or in English, should include an abstract 
    (maximum 2000 characters, spaces included), accompanied by an 
    indicative bibliography of five articles, books or archival sources, as 
    well as an author’s biography (maximum 400 characters). Please submit 
    all three elements as a single Word or PDF file, labeled as follows: 
    LAST NAME_resume.doc (or .pdf). Submissions are due by 7 November 2016 
    before midnight, sent to: colloque.hautecœur[at]

    Steering Committee

    Patrice Gourbin
    Enseignant (Histoire et cultures architecturales), ENSA Normandie / ATE 
    Tricia Meehan 
    Maitre assistante (Ville et territoire), ENSA Normandie / ATE Normandie

    Academic Organization

    Élise Guillerm
    Assistante scientifique, ENSA Normandie / HiCSA

    Advisory Committee

    Antonio Brucculeri
    Maître-assistant (Histoire et cultures architecturales), ENSA Paris-Val 
    de Seine / EVCAU
    Julien Bastoen
    Docteur en architecture / AHTTEP
    Jean-Louis Cohen 
    Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of 
    Fine Arts, New York University / Professeur invité du Collège de France
    Claire Maingon 
    Maître de conférences (Histoire de l’art), Normandie Université (Rouen) 
    / GRHis
    Caroline Maniaque
    Professeure (Histoire et cultures architecturales), ENSA Normandie / 
    Pascal Ory 
    Professeur (Histoire contemporaine), Sorbonne (Paris1) / CHS
    Yves Pauwels 
    Professeur (Histoire de l’art), Université François-Rabelais de Tours / 
    Hélène Serre de Talhouët
    Enseignante (Histoire de l’art), Institut Catholique de Paris / IRHiS


    Call for proposals opens: 9 September 2016
    Deadline for receiving proposals: 7 November 2016
    Announcement of decisions: 13 January 2017 at the latest
    Submission of presentation text: 14 April 2017 at the latest
    Conference: 12 May 2017
  • CFP: Medieval Materialities

    St. Andrews | Dates: 22 Sep – 15 Nov, 2016
    St Andrews, School of Art History/St Andrews Institute of Medieval 
    Studies, January 19 - 20, 2017
    Deadline: Nov 15, 2016

    Encountering the Material Medieval

    The University of St Andrews School of Art History in collaboration 
    with the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies (SAIMS) present 
    Encountering the Material Medieval, the second edition of an 
    interdisciplinary conference on materiality and material engagements 
    with the medieval, taking place on 19-20 January 2017 in Scotland.

    The academic year 2016-2017 looks like it is going to be the year of 
    modern medievalisms, with three conferences addressing how the medieval 
    fits into our modern world in the UK, France and the USA. While the 
    idea of medievalism directly impacts modern scholarship and culture at 
    large, it encourages an engagement with a theoretical abstraction of 
    the medieval culture. This way, the materiality of the sources, and the 
    intrinsic materiality of our embodied engagement with the medieval, is 

    Beyond the digital humanities, we are interested in material 
    engagements with the medieval. This takes place in the library, where 
    we encounter manuscripts in an intimate, skin-to-skin contact; during 
    fieldwork, when we need to crouch in order to enter a medieval altar; 
    in one’s own kitchen, when we try to reproduce a recipe freshly 
    transcribed from a manuscript; or on the fairground, where we can hold 
    in our own hand a replica of medieval pottery.

    We are dedicated to encouraging multi-mediality and non-traditional 
    presentation methods during the conference. Therefore, we invite 
    interactive presentations, installations and posters, workshop and 
    hands-on activities proposals (45-50 minutes), as well as papers (not 
    longer than 20 minutes) on the following range of topics and their 
    relationship to the study of materiality, physicality and embodiment 
    in/with the Middle Ages:
    - The concept of materiality and physicality as research and teaching 
    - Bringing the materiality of the medieval to the institution or the 
    wider public;
    - Semiotics and anthropology of the material Middle Ages in modern or 
    medieval thought and practice; 
    - The human and non-human, material and embodied, materiality and 
    - Medieval to modern (dis)continuities in genealogy of material.
    Papers and workshops on other issues related to the study of 
    materiality and physicality in the Middle Ages are also welcome.

    Please send your submissions (250 word abstract) along with a short 
    biography (max. 100 words) to no later than 
    15th of November 2016.
  • Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism: Mapping.Crit.Arch Second International Workshop

    Bologna | Dates: 04 – 05 Oct, 2016
    Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism Second International Workshop ‘Mapping Architectural Criticism’, organized by Université Rennes 2 and Università di Bologna Bologna, October 4-5, 2016 Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural Criticism 20th and 21st Centuries, a Cartography Université Rennes 2 - Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) Scientific Coordinator Hélène Jannière TUESDAY OCTOBER 4th > 9.00-12.30 Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte, Conference Room 9.00 Welcome Address (Giovanni Leoni, Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Bologna) 9.15 Introduction (Paolo Scrivano, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Giovanni Leoni, Università di Bologna, Hélène Jannière, Université Rennes 2) Session 1: Vehicles and Actors: Journals, Newspapers and their Editors Chair: Paolo Scrivano, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University 9.30 Stephen PARNELL, Newcastle University, Actors of Criticism: How the Editors of AD Magazine shaped Architecture 10.00 Jasna GALJER, University of Zagreb, The Role of Architectural Journals between Medium and the Message 10.30 Coffee break 11.00 Ishraq Z. KHAN, North South University, A Journal and a Newsletter: Criticism and Provocation in a Developing Nation 11.30 Carlos MACHADO e MOURA, PhD Candidate, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, From Satire to Criticism: Comics in Architecture Publications in the 1960s and 1970s 12.00 Discussion 12.30 Lunch Keynote lecture > Accademia delle Scienze, Sala di Ulisse, Palazzo Poggi 14.30 Réjean LEGAULT, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Agendas, Actors and Authorship: Reconsidering The New Brutalism. Ethic or Aesthetic? > 16.15-19.00 Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte, Conference Room Session 2: Actors or Vehicles? Institutions, Exhibitions, Competitions Chair: Anna Rosellini, Dipartimento delle Arti - DARvipem, Università di Bologna 16.15 Matthew J. WELLS, Ph.D Candidate, Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Knowledge, History, and Work: Critical Positions at the Royal Institute of British Architects 1889-1924 16.45 Mathilde SIMONSEN DAHL, Ph.D Candidate, Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS-AHO), The 1924 Form and Color show and the Critique of Architecture Criticism 17.15 Ellen VAN IMPE, Centre for Flemish Architectural Archives, Vlaamse Architectuur Instituut (Flanders Architecture Institute), Antwerp, Architectural Exhibitions as Critical Actor in Belgium 1883-1972 17.45 Ines TOLIC, Università di Bologna, “Borba’: a Daily Newspaper, an Architecture Prize and the Spectacle of Criticism 18.15 Discussion Visit of the Exhibition La critica italiana e le culture del progetto (1945-1960). Strumenti, Temi, Attori, organized by the Dottorato di Ricerca in Architettura, Università di Bologna WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5th > 8.45-13.00 Università di Bologna, Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Architettura 8.45 Introduction Session 3: Vehicles: ‘Visual’ Criticism Chair: Nathalie Boulouch, Université Rennes 2 – Archives de la critique d’art, Rennes 9.00 Michele STAVAGNA, Independant scholar, Berlin, Writing through the Eye of an Architect. Erich Mendelsohn’s Visual Criticism 9.30 Heliana ANGOTTI-SALGUEIRO and Ruth VERDE ZEIN, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Blending Textual and Visual Rhetoric for a Critical Discourse: Oscar Niemeyer and Marcel Gautherot at Modulo (1955-1962) 10.00 Matteo CASSANI SIMONETTI, Università di Bologna, Among Criticism, Design and Photography. A Literary and Photographic Way for the Criticism in Shared Works by Vittorio Savi, Aldo Rossi and Luigi Ghirri (1972-1989) 10.30 Coffee Break Session 4: Critical Competencies: Non-Canonical Architectural Critics and Criticism Chair: Anne Hultzsch, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London and OCCAS, Oslo University 11.00 Anna KLOKE, Technische Universität Dortmund, The Manifesto as a Vehicle of Criticism in Architectural Discourse 11.30 Lutz ROBBERS, Jade University, Oldenburg, Delirious Realism: The Intermedial Architectural Criticism of Siegfried Kracauer 12.00 Erik WEGERHOFF, Technische Universität, München, On Via Gluck: Adriano Celentano as Architectural Critic 12.30 Closing discussion and announce of the forthcoming activities of the ANR Mapping Architectural Criticism research project Thursday, October 6th 14:00 Università di Bologna, Urban Center Bologna, Institut de Culture française à Bologne, Urban Center Urban@it, Round table Visioni metropolitane: Parigi, Roma, Bologna (Pierre Mansat, AIGP, Président; Paola Viganò, IUAV - Studio Secchi Viganò; Paolo Desideri, Univ. Roma Tre - Studio ABDR; Alessandro Coppola, Politecnico di Milano, Valentina Orioli, Univ. di Bologna, Assessore all’Urbanistica del Comune di Bologna, Cappella Farnese, Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art) Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University) Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2) Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna) Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University) Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) CONTACT ORGANISING COMMITTEE Université Rennes 2- EA 1279, Histoire et critique des arts Università di Bologna - Dipartimento di Architettura - Dottorato di Ricerca in Architettura Alessandro Benetti Nicolas Bisensang Matteo Cassani-Simonetti Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine Hélène Jannière Giovanni Leoni Anna Rosellini EXHIBITION La critica italiana e le culture del progetto (1945-1960). Strumenti, temi, attori Pierpaolo Ascari, Andrea Borsari, Matteo Cassani Simonetti, Elena Formia, Giovanni Leoni, Anna Rosellini, Matteo Sintini CONFERENCE VENUES Tuesday, October 4th Conference Room, Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte, Via De’ Chiari 8, Bologna Keynote Lecture Accademia delle Scienze, Sala di Ulisse, palazzo Poggi, via Zamboni 33, Bologna Wednesday, October 5th Università di Bologna, Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Architettura, Viale del Risorgimento 2, Bologna Thursday, October 6th ANR Meeting Urban Center, Sala Borsa, Piazza Nettuno 3, Bologna Roundtable Visioni Metropolitane Parigi Roma Bologna Sala Farnese, Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna
  • In Practice: History as Research and Design Strategy

    Detroit | Dates: 23 – 25 Mar, 2017
    The session: In Practice: History as Research and Design Strategy In both the profession and the academy, there is a renewed interest in the past. With the passing of theory, and efforts to move beyond the emphases on economics, technology, and ecology, contemporary architects are once again looking to history and the past as drivers for design. History is not just a source of precedents, or a “bag of tricks” for the architect to apply, but a research problem, the source of a design strategy, even a layer of complexity in the material of architecture. Architects are ever more self-consciously inventing, projecting, or manipulating the relation of present and past. We are interested in collecting and presenting an array of “strategies” that focus on the practice of architecture as an intellectual process in dialogue with history. We seek papers that challenge given notions of the distinct role that practice and history play, that scrutinize situations where the threads of history and practice cross paths in a critical and productive dialogue. We welcome investigations into all manner of critical exchange between the project of architecture and the project of history. We are curious about collaborations between architects and historians, as well as architects working as historians, and vice versa. We are especially interested in cases in which contemporary architecture pushes the historical discourse into new territories. Topic Chairs: Dr. Francesca Torello, Carnegie Mellon University ( and Dr. Kai K. Gutschow, Carnegie Mellon University (
  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships

    Austin | Dates: 14 Sep – 15 Nov, 2016
    The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for its 2017-2018 research fellowships. More than 50 fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial on-site use of the Ransom Center's collections, supporting research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 or $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement. Please note that our application deadline has changed: The application deadline for 2017–2018 fellowships is November 15, 2016, 5 p.m. CST. The 2017-2018 fellowships will support research visits that will take place during the period June 1, 2017-August 31, 2018. Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. Since the fellowship program's inauguration in 1990, the Ransom Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,000 scholars from around the world. For details and application instructions, visit: Please circulate this announcement among colleagues and students. Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions may be directed to
  • CFP: BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

    Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site | Dates: 12 Sep – 01 Nov, 2016
    BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

    6 – 10 July 2017

    Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK

    Call for Papers deadline: 1st November 2016

    From a log crossing a stream to a road linking continents, the bridge is an embedded structure in our daily lives. Though its form and design has changed over the centuries its function remains one of connecting two points for a purpose; be it one of mere social convenience, economic necessity, for conquest or technological showmanship. Bridges (viaducts, overpasses, fly-overs) physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. Fought on and fought over, bridges are strategic markers in the landscape and in our own lives. Crossing over, or under a bridge carries a symbolism of passage and transition and in real terms marks a change in environment and perspective. In their history bridges have been built of a wide variety of materials, in all shapes and sizes, and are emblematic of technological advance. But they also reflect shifting socio-cultural preferences in art, architecture and design and quickly reflect and project the identities of the communities and places they bring together.

    While of course bridges are still actively being constructed, the world is covered with a vast variety of bridges we have come to value as our heritage from the World Heritage Vizcaya Bridge near Bilbao to the covered wooden bridges of Vermont and New England in the USA, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia and the Pont d’Avignon in France. Built in a multitude of materials and styles, each bridge is laden with its own specific stories and meanings. From the Bridge of Sighs to the Bridge of Spies, bridges provide a dramatic setting for the fullest range of human endeavours and emotions. It is the role of bridges in the human imagination that adds significantly to their value as important and remarkable objects in the landscape.

    This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of the heritage of bridges –not only as physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape. It seeks to explore the relationships that places, cultures and communities develop with bridges and to discuss how and why societies value bridges as an integral part of their heritages. It seeks to examine the variety of bridges we designate as heritage and the changes in their form and functionality over the years. In particular we wish to examine the full range of meanings we ascribe to the bridge in social and cultural life. The conference welcomes academics from the widest range of disciplines and wishes to act as a forum for exchange between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will draw from anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, engineering, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape studies, literature, linguistics, museum studies, sociology, tourism studies etc. The conference will take place at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge – the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the home of the World’s first iron bridge.

    Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:

    The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
    National and local iconographies of bridges
    Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
    Communities united and communities divided by bridges
    Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
    Love and death on the bridge
    The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
    Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
    Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries

    Abstracts of 300 words submitted in the conference format should be sent as soon as possible but no later than November 1st 2016 to For any queries, or if you have trouble accessing the online submission form, please contact
  • Fellowships at Villa I Tatti, 2017/2018

    Florence | Dates: 12 Sep – 15 Oct, 2016
    Application deadline: Oct 15, 2016

    Call for applications: Full - year and term fellowships at Villa I 
    Tatti, 2017/2018

    Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance 
    Studies is currently accepting fellowship applications for academic 
    year 2017/2018.

    The deadline for applications for I Tatti Fellowships (1 year) is 15 
    October. 2016, while applications for short-term fellowships must be 
    received by no later than 14 December, 2016.

    Please see for more information.
  • Beyond Therapy: Situating Art and Design in Healthcare Contexts

    Loughborough | Dates: 12 Sep – 07 Nov, 2016
    CFP: "Beyond Therapy: Situating art and design in healthcare contexts"
    Panel at Association of Art Historians (AAH) annual conference, 6 to 8 
    April 2017, Loughborough University
    Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7 November 2016

    Tamar Tembeck, McGill University, tamar[DOT]tembeck[AT]mcgill[DOT]ca 
    Mary Hunter, McGill University, mary[DOT]hunter2[AT]mcgill[DOT]ca

    In Europe and North America, greater attention is being paid to the 
    built environment in medical spaces. 'Healthy design' initiatives are 
    increasingly being integrated into hospital planning, in a vision that 
    is coherent with the WHO's definition of health, according to which 
    'mental and social well-being' are considered in addition to 'the 
    absence of disease or infirmity'. Government percentage-for-art schemes 
    and public art funding policies count amongst the initiatives that have 
    allowed for the integration of art in hospital architecture, the 
    commissioning of in situ works, and the establishment of artists' 
    residences in medical environments.

    Existing studies on art and design in healthcare contexts 
    overwhelmingly focus on accumulating evidence of their beneficial 
    impacts on patients' recovery and general well-being. Since the birth 
    of hospitals in the Middle Ages, however, the integration of art has 
    played a variety of other roles in medical spaces, ranging from 
    providing contemplative touchstones for patients, staff, and visitors, 
    to improving the institution’s overall image in the public eye.

    This panel invites historians of art, architecture and design, as well 
    as cultural practitioners, programmers and policymakers, to reflect 
    upon, critique and question the forms and functions of contemporary and 
    historical art and design practices in healthcare environments 
    (hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, etc.). We are 
    particularly interested in investigating art and design practices that 
    are deployed outside of an explicitly therapeutic context (eg, in art 
    therapy). Submissions pertaining to live art practices in healthcare 
    spaces are also welcome.

    Please email your paper proposals to the session convenors. Provide a 
    title and abstract for a 25-minute paper (max 250 words). Include your 
    name, affiliation and email. You should receive an acknowledgement of 
    receipt of your submission within two weeks.
  • Fitch Fellowships for 2017

    Dates: 12 Sep – 26 Oct, 2016
    Since 1989, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has been in the vanguard of historic preservation practice and theory. The mission of the Fitch Foundation is to support professionals in the field of historic preservation, and to achieve this we provide mid-career grants to those working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, materials conservation, decorative arts, architectural design and history, and allied fields.

    Applications for 2017 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 26, 2016, 11PM EST. 
    Fitch Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one ore more mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields.  
    Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one mid-career professional whose research project relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century, in the context of historic preservation in the United States. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation and interpretation methodologies, philosophical and theoretical attitudes, and other factors applicable to preservation in both Europe and America. 
  • CFP: Sixth Colloquium on Architectural Theory at the Werner Oechslin Library

    Einsiedeln | Dates: 12 Sep – 05 Oct, 2016
    Call for Papers

    Sixth Colloquium on Architectural Theory at the Werner Oechslin Library

    Einsiedeln, Werner Oechslin Library, 20 - 23 April 2017

    Autodidacts, Workshops, Academies - Architectural Education 1400 -1850

    Before the establishment of the major schools of architecture in the 
    nineteenth century, there were various ways to become an architect, 
    each with different focuses. A canonical system did not exist. Studies 
    based on books or travel, apprenticeships in workshops and studios, a 
    training in the military or building administration, as well as 
    academic lessons could all be part of the education of a prospective 
    architect. A talent for drawing was always a prerequisite, as were the 
    economic possibilities of the surroundings. Aspiring to a secure 
    position in the military or administration motivated the young 
    candidates, and family connections and knowledge fostered their 
    development. Furthermore, beginning in the 17th century, textbooks were 
    published specifically for the needs of the students. This gradually 
    led to the consolidation of formats and didactic conditions for 
    training architects, including (teaching) collections that made 
    available illustrative material - similar to the artists' training for 
    sculptors or painters.

    Research to date has focused primarily on architectural training in the 
    art academies, yet beyond this, no overview considers the other 
    relevant domains. At this upcoming event, the numerous paths to 
    knowledge and the varied acquisition of competencies will be presented 
    and compared in individual studies and analyses. Relying closely on 
    historical sources, the contributions will enable us to form a general 
    outline of the topic.

    The event addresses architectural theoreticians, architects, art 
    historians, historians of technology and science, and others, and seeks 
    to bring together leading experts on the topics as well as, in 
    particular, young researchers from various countries.

    Papers should be limited to twenty-minute presentations.

    Languages for paper proposals and presentations: German, English, 
    French, Italian.  At least a passive knowledge of German is expected of 
    all participants.

    The Foundation assumes the hotel costs for course participants, as well 
    as for some group meals. Travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

    Please send short paper proposals and CVs by e-mail to:

    Deadline: 5 October 2016

    Concept & Organization: Dr. Anja Buschow-Oechslin, Dr. Martin Pozsgai, 
    Prof. Dr. Werner Oechslin (Einsiedeln, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner 
    Oechslin), Prof. Dr. Christiane Salge (Freie Universität 
    Berlin/Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften) and Prof. 
    Dr. Dr. Andreas Tacke (Universität Trier)
  • Crow Island School Tour and Talk

    Winnetka | Dates: 24 – 24 Sep, 2016
    Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL, is an elementary school significant for its progressive philosophy and its International Style architecture. The design was a collaboration between the Chicago firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will; and Eliel and Eero Saarinen. The school opened in 1940 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1990. Join Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond, in partnership with the Winnetka Historical Society, for a tour of Crow Island School and a presentation about its progressive philosophy and architectural style. Susan Saarinen, daughter of Eero, will talk about growing up in her creative family and will provide insights into her father's genius. Laurie Petersen, editor of the revised AIA Guide to Chicago, and Susan Benjamin, architectural historian, will talk about the innovative design of Crow Island. Attendees can then take a docent-led tour or download a self-guided tour on their tablet or smartphone. Purchase tickets from Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond at
  • CFP: California Design Consortium, 11-12 March 2017

    Berkeley | Dates: 11 Sep – 01 Nov, 2016
    Across the Great Divide: A Graduate Student Colloquium University of California, Berkeley Saturday – Sunday, 11-12 March 2017 The colloquium is open to all graduate students in accredited masters or doctoral programs in the United States and abroad, whose primary research concerns the architecture, landscape architecture, and design of the western United States. Up to twelve students will be invited to present twenty-minute papers related to their master’s thesis or dissertation. A senior scholar will respond to each cluster of presentations. Papers (2,000 words) must be submitted electronically in MsWord format, and should include the full text and representative images. A cover sheet with the student’s name, academic affiliation and level, postal address, telephone number, and email address should precede the paper. Participating students will receive hotel accommodation for up to three nights and funding toward travel expenses determined on an individual basis. A reception will follow the colloquium. Deadline: 1 November 2016 Papers should be sent to: and must be received no later than midnight Pacific Standard Time. For further information email: Conveners: Greg Castillo, Waverly Lowell, Andrew Shanken, Marc Treib
  • Cornell HPP 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Ithaca | Dates: 14 – 15 Oct, 2016
    The Historic Preservation Planning Program at Cornell University celebrates its 40th anniversary with two exhibitions, a colloquium, and an all-day symposium. Speakers include Robert Bruegmann, Trudi Sandmeier, Gregory Donofrio, Jeff Cody, and many others from across the US. The exhibitions include a celebration of Historic Ithaca's 50 years, and an in-depth look at the restoration of Lynn Hall and the work of its architect, Raymond Viner Hall. An HPP alumni party and a formal recognition dinner cap the two days of events.
  • Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 23 – 25 Mar, 2017
    The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, in cooperation with the Western and Northwest chapters of APT and APT International, is hosting a two-day symposium. The event will include paper sessions, tours, and a keynote address.

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