Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Synagogue and Museum (Braunschweig, 21-23 Nov 16)

    Braunschweig | Dates: 20 May – 29 Jul, 2016
    Since antiquity and especially since the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the year 70 CE synagogues have become the central places of gathering of Jewish communities. They are complex, highly significant and polyvalent objects of for religious, social, economic, architectural, and artistic developments in Jewish culture. At the same time, they reflect the interdependencies with the surrounding cultures. 
    Since the holocaust, historic synagogues also gained high importance as focal points of remembrance and education.

    However, scholars were interested in the material culture(s) of Jews all over the world well before the holocaust and turned synagogues and their furnishings into a focus of their research. The documentation of synagogues as objects of cultural and historical significance started alongside with the establishment of Jewish ethnography ("jüdische
    Volkskunde") as an academic discipline at the end of the 19th century. They became items of collecting, which were set up in exhibitions and museums. Objects from the religious and cultural practice got "musealised", as well as entire synagogue furnishings and sometimes even architectural elements.

    After 1945, the interest in synagogues as objects of cultural history continued. Besides ritual objects and furnishings, the "empty" buildings of the annihilated communities became objects of interest. Historic synagogue buildings were regarded as museums, their material substance was and is restored and interpreted in different ways. The virtual and haptic reconstruction of destroyed synagogues generated another group of "immaterial" exhibits.

    The congress will examine the subject in a wide range of perspectives of theoretical and historical reflections. Historic and actual examples of documenting, collecting, and researching synagogues and their furnishing will shed light on the history, the presence, and the future of synagogues in and as museums. Thus, the organisers encourage scholars in the fields of art and architectural history, cultural sciences, Jewish studies, restoration and museology as well as experts in museums, collections, preservation authorities, and education programs to take part in the congress.

    This call asks for papers for talks (15 minutes) and for posters for a posters-section. It is also open for young researchers as well as museums, collections and initiatives who want to present their institutions and their ongoing or future projects. The members of the international and interdisciplinary academic board and the organisers will decide on the acceptance of the papers and the posters. The publication of selected papers and posters in the book series of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture is scheduled for 2017. The conference language is English. Provisions to refund travel expenses will depend on the approval of running applications.

    The congress is organised by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture (Braunschweig/ Jerusalem) and the Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg in cooperation with the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig, and the Israel Jacobson Netzwerk für jüdische Kultur und Geschichte e.V.
    Please, send an abstract of up to 1.500 characters for a lecture of 15 minutes and a short-CV of up to 500 characters in English to the following address until July, 29th, 2016:

    Please, send a poster (PDF-file, 5 MB max.) for the poster presentation in English to the following address until September, 30th, 2016: 
  • Building a Nation: Photo Exhibit on the History of the Indiana Limestone Industry

    Bloomington | Dates: 03 Jun – 31 Jul, 2016
    Come celebrate the opening of the Building a Nation exhibit, a photographic history of the early limestone industry and its workers. Dr. Todd Thompson, State Geologist and Director of the Indiana Geological Survey, will explain how these recently discovered historic photos reflect the industry in its heyday, as well as the geology behind the stone and what makes it so unique. Available only from three Indiana counties, the Salem Limestone produces an outstanding dimension stone that has been used for many renowned buildings throughout the United States. The exhibit will remain at the History Center through July.
  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 20 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Architecture MPS (UCL Press) is calling for articles for forthcoming editions in 2017. The journal is fully open access and double peer-reviewed. 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. See: For detailed submission instructions, please visit our website: Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • CFP: 8th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design ASCAAD 2016 (London, 7-8 Nov 16)

    London | Dates: 19 May – 06 Jun, 2016
    The ever-increasing speed of technological advancements is dictating a new paradigm in which design, performance and behaviour are outcomes. Nowadays, the use of the word ‘architecture’ is subsiding in favour of the ‘Built Environment’, which is automatically recognised as a subset of the ‘Environment’. By replacing or redefining the term 'architecture' by the term 'built environment' the discourse becomes purposefully and intentionally more inclusive of the different aspects of our 'Being-in-the world'. In conjunction, our everyday ‘Being-in-the-World’ is critically influencing the environment. We note two recent outcomes that addressed this, namely, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations, and the Climate Change Summit recently held in Paris. In recognition of the role of Computer Applications in Architecture (CAAD), we tie our conference theme to the ongoing exploration into ways to combat climate change, through optimised environmental performance of buildings, sustainable use of materials and resources, and the resulting underlying development through enhancing the living conditions, with minimal impact on the environment.

    ASCAAD 8th conference theme builds on previous themes and extends them. We previously examined two particular metaphors. The first metaphor addressed aspects of virtual environments that resemble our physical world; In other words, it examined how a computer model can be 'read; or interpreted as  a physical model - how attributes of the physical world are assigned or projected upon the digital - and the reverse. In this conference, we would like to extend the exploration into aspects of virtual environments and their resemblance to physical environments by looking at the aspect of ‘performance’: the way in which environments are sensed, measured, tracked and visualised. Moreover, we reflect on matters and materiality in both virtual and physical space philosophically, theoretically, practically and reflectively. The second metaphor looked into the modes and means of interaction between our bodies and virtual environments. Here we extend the investigation to look into the ways in which environmental performance influences human interaction in real environments.

    ASCAAD society and committee welcome you to join us and participate in its 8th international conference ASCAAD 2016. With involvement of researchers and professionals in the architectural community, it will be possible for ASCAAD to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding the use of Computer-Aided Architectural Design and Information Technology and how the use / implementation would support and lead to innovative concepts, tools, systems and products on architectural, Urban/City/regional planning, and building science levels. The conference provides opportunities for participants from different fields to share their ideas and contributions.
  • CFP: Architecture and Capitalism – Solids and Flows

    Dates: 19 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    Architecture and Culture
    Vol. 5, Issue no. 2, July 2017
    Catharina Gabrielsson and Helena Mattsson, Editors.
    ‘Capitalism is back!’ 
    Nancy Fraser, “Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode: For an Expanded Conception of Capitalism”, New Left Review 86 (2014) p. 55
    The aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to revisit the relationship between architecture and capitalism, not by reverting back to ‘critique’, ‘post-criticality’ or even ‘resistance’, but from an outset of addressing their complex relationality. Going beyond the historic, industrial and building-based scenario offered by Peggy Deamer (ed.) in Architecture and Capitalism (2014), extending on and problematizing both architecture and capitalism allows us to address this relationship from other perspectives. We propose a thematic heading of ‘solids and flows’ to open up for less predictable, essentially non-linear, and more imaginary investigations. 
    Solids – which is how architecture most readily is perceived, as tied to buildings, symbolic and semiotic capital, manifestations of private or public wealth … but equally capturing the inaccessibility of corporate power; the ‘trust’ of credit ratings that certify risk-taking in the bank and finance sector; the closure and immovability of capital locked up in tax havens and offshore financial centres. 

    Flows – as in the fickle movements of global capitalism through networks of finance and speculation (and the arbitrary effects of their hitting the ground)… but equally capturing recent re-orientations in architecture towards relational or ecologist approaches, undoing the physical object, with an emphasis on process, agency and affect. Spanning across the virtual and the real, the material and the immaterial, the relationship between architecture and capitalism increases in complexity as regards to the production of identity, the generation of desire, and the forging of spatial relations. By juxtaposing solids and flows as tropes or figures of thought, we envisage the possibility for new and transversal connections; ones that, by exposing the gaps, discontinuities and ruptures in, through and between architecture and capitalism carry the potential for non-determinate futures. 

    Call for papers for this issue
    From this outset, we invite rigorously speculative, purposely imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and capitalism from unexpected angles – bearing in mind the slippery slope of too-narrowly confined definitions. This call is explicitly trans- and cross-disciplinary in nature, encouraging critical and emerging scholarship dealing with capitalist studies to engage with architecture as a tradition of projecting, shaping, assessing and experiencing the built environment; and scholars and practitioners in architecture and neighbouring disciplines to relate more closely to the dynamics of capitalism and its current transfigurations, brought to the fore through the advent of concepts and theories such as noologi, affective or immaterial labour, economies of debt, new Marxist scholarship, and neo-materialist ontologies. How can we think about these conjunctions of materialisation and immaterialisation, visibility and invisibility, solidification and vaporization? How can they be analysed, illustrated, represented, designed or described? We call for papers, essays, manifestos, historical inquires, fieldwork notes, photographic compilations, drawing materials etc. that address this broad and fluid topic in creative and original ways. 

    Contributions might address the following themes:

    • Processes and techniques of commodification and marketization in architecture 
    • Dimensions of value(s) in and through architecture, alternative values, and ‘value diremption’ (the ‘Other’ of value)    
    • Theories on the spectacular, affect/affective and experiential in architecture and their potential for generating the unexpected 
    • The spatial, material and localized conditions for central agents in global capitalism (bank and finance sector, corporate HQ, digital platforms etc.) 
    • The relationship between design, housing tenures and property ownership 
    • The architectural imports of spatial occupancy and appropriation 
    • Dispossession, austerity and the architecture of poverty
    • Thickened and thinned out spaces, secondary homes, and non-habitation
    • Real estate-driven architectures of affect
    Contributions can range from short observations or manifestos, creative pieces, or visual essays, to longer academic articles. Architecture and Culture is published in both on-line and hard-copy formats: there is capacity to host on-line contributions that operate in a different way to paper-based work. 
    Production schedule
    CfP                          May 2016
    Response                1 September 2016 at latest
    Editors selection      October 2016
    Peer Reviewing       October-December 2016
    Authors Revisions   December- February 2017
    Editorial checking    March 2017
    Copy to publisher    1 April 2017
    Issue publication     July 2017
    For author instructions, please go to ‘Instructions for Authors’ at
    Upload submissions at:
    Or via ‘submit online’ at
    If you have any queries or require further information, please contact:
    Catharina Gabrielsson:
    Helena Mattsson:
  • Architecture as Perception: Forms, Spaces, and the Human Body Symposium

    Venice | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2016
    On the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at 
    the Venice Biennale

    The proposed symposium will address the ways architecture and the built 
    environment is perceived and the various ways it interacts with our 
    brain and alters our mental states. This is most obvious in the direct 
    perception of architecture as architecture, yet goes beyond that. The 
    layout of buildings and rooms as well as the cities we live in change 
    the perception of the people and objects they contain as well as that 
    of our own bodies. Such changes in body perception directly influence 
    our conscious experience and cognitive capacities. Beyond that, the 
    built environment might also have the power to change our physical 
    bodies over evolutionary and developmental time spans. As french 
    sociologist and philosopher Henry Lefevbre - renowned for his 
    reflections on the politics and production of space and for his 
    critique of the 'quotidien' - has been asserting: the 'body serves as a 
    metronome', it is a collection of embodied histories and of rhythms 
    with different tunes that result from history, facilitated by the 
    calling on all senses, drawing on breathing and blood circulation, just 
    as much as heart beats and speech utterances as landmarks of this 

    Despite its pervasive impact on the way we feel and think, 
    architectural experience rarely has been in the focus of experimental 
    approaches in psychology and neuroscience. Yet, the inquiries and 
    reflections on body and space have always been central in artistic 
    practices and critical studies. By bringing together architects, art 
    historians, historians, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers 
    on the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at 
    the Venice Biennale we will address the questions of how we experience 
    space and architecture, and how architecture alters our bodily states 
    by exploring possible lines of convergence between different research 

    13:30 / 13:45 
    Welcome / Introduction

    14:00 - 16:15 
    Roundtable discussion with short presentations by
    Juliet Koss, Simona Malvezzi, Isabella Pasqualini, Philippe Rahm, Ana 

    16:15 - 17:00 Coffee and Refreshments

    17:00 - 18:00 
    Kurt W. Foster: 
    Schinkel, Scharoun and Gehry: Architecture as Perception

    Elena Agudio (Artistic Director, Association of Neuroesthetics)
    Joerg Fingerhut (Einstein Group "Consciousness, Emotions, Values”)
    Jörg Trempler (University of Passau)
  • ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Visiting Fellowships

    Brisbane | Dates: 18 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites applications for the Visiting Fellows Program 2017.  The program welcomes applications from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture.

    ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre.  Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ?s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people and recent events please see ATCH Website<>.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured.  The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries<>, including the Fryer Library<> and Architecture and Music Library<>. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant?s financial circumstances.

    Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.

    While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through the application round, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.

    Expressions of Interest should address the following items, in this order:

    Name and contact details


    Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?

    Is the project supported by other sources of funding?

    Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds.

    Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship.

    Title of Research Project

    Research Proposal (1000 words)

    Relevance to ATCH Centre, and existing members? work

    Relation of the project to the applicant?s past and future research

    Intended outcomes

    Names and contact details for three referees.

    Additional documents required:

    Curriculum Vitae

    Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).

    Applications should be submitted by email to: (<>) by June 1, 2016.

    For additional information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Deborah van der Plaat:<>
  • Architecture as part of the landscape - CFP - deadline 31.05

    Warsaw (Warszawa) | Dates: 23 – 24 Oct, 2016
    On 24-25 October 2016 the two Warsaw-based academic institutions: the Institute of Archaeology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw will be hosting an international conference. This year's edition of the conference, which will be already the sixth in the cycle entitled "Preventive conservation of human environment", will be devoted to the role of the architecture in the creation, enhancement and preservation of cultural landscapes. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr Mechtild Rössler (Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and Dr Stefano De Caro (Director-General of the ICCROM) Landscape, which is a creation of both the Nature and the Culture, can be described metaphorically as a palimpsest with subsequent layers of history. Thus, it is the carrier of information and meanings which should be experienced and understood in the process of study of the changing relations between man and his environment. Protection of the landscape means not a containment of changes but rather managing changes, and therefore a wise compromise between the need to preserve the historical, artistic and symbolic values, and the requirements of development. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to reach such a wise compromise for the benefit of the present and future generations. As ever, we intend to publish a special volume of the collected conference papers. Participation in the conference is free of charge. Proposals for papers with abstracts (maximum 350 words) should be sent by May 31, 2016.
  • CFP: Learning from Modern Utopias

    Dates: 17 May – 20 Jun, 2016
    Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to
    the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some
    claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric.
    Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fait. All seem however to belief
    in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the
    creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and
    1930s did.

    The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social,
    humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions
    in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the
    fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool
    in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the
    problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with
    those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density,
    circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes,
    cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and
    corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn
    from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To
    what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie
    contemporary strategies of urban design? Aren't there successful examples
    of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern
    utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?

    *Call for Papers*

    We therefore invite the scientific community to submit proposals for papers
    to integrate issue 7 of Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture.

    Topics of interest:

    (the list of topics suggests possible approaches that we are likely to
    explore. We are nevertheless open to all relevant ideas)

    1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.

    2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and
    contemporary city.

    3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their
    contemporary pertinence.

    4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the
    contemporary city.

    5. Modern utopias and smart city.

    6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.

    7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.

    8. Modern and contemporary urban space.

    9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.

    10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.

    11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance

    Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the
    journal until June 20th. Results will be published until 5 July.

    The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of
    4000 words (4000 words-25000 characters including spaces, footnotes,
    bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and
    according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.

    All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.
  • International Journal for Digital Art History Issue 3: Disruptions and Genealogies of the Digital in Architecture

    Dates: 17 May – 15 Aug, 2016
    In the realm of Digital Art History, architecture represents a broad field in which the use of various computational methods provide extraordinary tools not only for architects but also for art historians and information scientists. Art historians use computers to reconstruct historical architecture through 3D renderings and to document listed buildings and structures using video drones to gather visual data for research and conservation. Architects, on the other hand, look back on a long history of integrating software into their day-to-day work to generate and process digital images of architecture. 
    Computer-aided-design (CAD) has fundamentally changed architecture and its possibilities.

    Not only have digital methods shaped current design thinking and aesthetics, but they have also led to a complete rethink of the theoretical foundation of architecture and what defines it. In this regard, the role of IT specialists in architectural processes has to be given more attention. For example, planning and design software allow certain innovative architectural forms but at the same time exclude other design possibilities. Hence the question arises to what extent programmers are co-authors of architecture.

    Ultimately, a discussion has to unfold on how the relationship of architects and information scientists should be cultivated. What should interdisciplinary curricula look like and what is the current approach to the issue at universities around the world? Can the impact of the digital be defined as the ultimate paradigm shift in architecture, or can we trace genealogies through its history and see analogies to other developments in media culture?

    These questions and others will be in the forefront of the third issue of the DAH-Journal, which will outline a broad overview of new theoretical approaches in digital architecture history. We welcome articles from art historians, architects, information scientists, and authors from other related disciplines who are concerned with questions and projects around this topic, e.g.: historical construction research, use of gaming platforms for spatial simulation and theory, visualization software for teaching, the role of the digital image in architecture.

    The third issue is scheduled for publication at the end of 2016. The featured author will be Mario Carpo, who is currently inaugural Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett, University College London and is author of "The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012".

    Please register first at and then submit articles by August, 15 2016 (6000 words max.). For more information please visit "Information for Authors" on our website
  • CFP: Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism (Bologna, 4-5 Oct 16)

    Bologna | Dates: 17 May – 19 Jun, 2016
    Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) : The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2).

    This call for papers is for the second of three international workshops planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Conceived as milestones of the research project, these workshops intend to go beyond somewhat widespread interpretations that invoke either the specificity of architectural criticism or its partial overlapping with other forms of writing. The workshops also want to challenge simplistic views that suggest the crisis of architectural criticism if not its entire demise.

    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, the second workshop will take place at the Università di Bologna on October 4-5, 2016, focusing on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. A third Workshop (Spring 2017) will be dedicated to the notions of architectural criticism and its disciplinary boundaries.

    View the full call:
  • Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram

    Frankfurt | Dates: 14 May – 18 Sep, 2016
    The exhibition focuses on extraordinary drawings, collages and models created in the 1980s by Czech architect Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968. These exhibits are juxtaposed with works by Archigram from the DAM archive realized some 20 years earlier. The designs by the two London architect groups Archigram (Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton) and Future Systems (comprising Jan Kaplický and David Nixon) can be termed utopian architecture.

    While Archigram conceived organic architectures to ensure survival in inhospitable environments, the technical-looking designs by Future Systems are intended for use in more friendly climes. The majority of these utopian designs were not realized, but were meant to provide ideas for living and surviving in phases of immense social upheaval. The spatial architecture by Archigram was created around the time of the Moon landing in an era shaped by new beginnings. By contrast, Future Systems designed its self-sufficient, machine-like living capsules for a gloomy world at the height of the Cold War.
  • London Festival of Architecture

    London | Dates: 01 – 30 Jun, 2016
    The London Festival of Architecture, an annual happening which takes place in London, will run for the entire month of June. A tremendous variety of lectures, exhibitions, talks, films and other events will take place, of possible interest to both practitioners and scholars.
  • CFP Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference (Charleston, Feb. 2–4, 2017)

    Charleston | Dates: 02 – 04 Feb, 2017
    Call for Papers 38th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association February 2-4, 2017 Charleston, South Carolina MEMORY AND COMMEMORATION The NCSA program committee invites proposals on any aspect of “memory and commemoration” in the nineteenth century. From photographs and locks of hair to jubilee processions and civic monuments, nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. How did individuals remember loved ones, or their own histories? How did they celebrate corporate visions of the past, or dispute visions put forward by others? How were interpretations of the past used as tools of revolution, nation-building, imperialism, and other political activities? In what ways did new economies of tourism and consumerism support a culture of commemoration? How, too, have memories of the nineteenth-century past been contested by later generations? Topics might include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, or literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers may also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations. Send 250-word abstracts with 1-page CVs to by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2016. Graduate students whose proposals have been accepted may submit completed papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements:
  • Beyond Rome. Architects' Travels between the Nordic Countries and the Mediterranean

    115 27 Stockholm | Dates: 20 – 21 May, 2016
    Following the successful symposium hold in Rome at Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in november 2013, the seminar 'Beyond Rome' aims to collect the most recent studies on the travels of architects as a tool for the relationships and exchanges between the Nordic cultures and the Mediterranean. Promoted by a well-established research network, the event in Stockholm is aimed as the first stage of a seminar series that will continue in Sicily, Rome, and Istanbul. The seminar is organized into two thematic sessions of studies on Friday May 20th, followed on Saturday May 21st by a tour in Stockholm to visit places and buildings who show clear signs of Mediterranean influence. The papers will discuss the various seasons of the tour in late 19th and 20th centuries. If Rome, Pompei and Sicily represented the ideal places for the Nordic architects to experience the Classical culture and the Mediterranean, Nordic Classicism and Functionalism paved the way to the North of the Mediterranean architects, from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The results of travels – diaries, sketches and drawings, fotographs – entered into the educational system and influenced the works of many generations of architects. The seminar will explore the biographies and works of key figures and hopefully open the field for furthers steps of the research. Seminar series organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona - Italian Institute of Culture 'C.M. Lerici' - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm - Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul - Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome
  • Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, Journal

    Dates: 13 May, 2016 – 13 May, 2017
    The interior is a fluid space that responds to changes informed by culture, scale, technology, performance and materials to name a few.  These represent a sample from a greater cross section of interdisciplinary forces that shape and reshape the interior.  Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture looks to authors and designers to contribute writings, design projects, experimental studies, and new approaches to interiors in order to reveal changes affecting the interior as seen through the multitude of influences it can absorb.  
    The journal seeks to publish work that frames the discipline in its past and present through history and theory – both established and newly forming.  At the same time, it seeks to generate discussion about the ability for interiors to be flexible, dynamic, temporary and static, based upon its role and performance in relationship to changes in the built environment in the form of design and experimental work.  The journal sets out to challenge divisions between theory and practice and aims to provide an essential forum for all those with an interest in bridging these areas. 

    The journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture published by Taylor & Francis, invites submissions for forthcoming volumes.  Submissions can take the form of text, creative works with brief supporting text, exhibition reviews as well as manuscripts that challenge and inform the discipline.  Further information about the journal can be found at the following link.
  • NAPC

    MOBILE | Dates: 27 – 31 Jul, 2016
    National Association of Preservation Commissions Held in Mobile Alabama from July 27th - 31st.
  • CFP: Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017 (Funchal, 8-12 Nov 17)

    Funchal, Madeira | Dates: 12 May, 2016 – 31 May, 2017
    Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017
    8-12 November 2017, Funchal, Madeira Portugal

    This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos.

    Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet even remote, sparsely populated islands host urban centres. In the case of some small islands, physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage dense urbanisation, the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, population concentration, and ultimately the development of major cities.

    Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide. We welcome papers and panels focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual frames.

    Keynote speakers: Keller Easterling (Yale University), Lindsay Bremner (University of Westminister), May Joseph (Pratt Institute), Olivia Bina (University of Lisbon)

    About Funchal, Madeira: The Autonomous Region of Madeira is an Atlantic archipelago to the west of Morocco. Madeira is a major tourism destination, but the islands are also famous for their wine, endemic flora and fauna, and spectacular natural beauty. Although remote from the Portuguese mainland, Madeira came to serve as a key point for transatlantic transport and exchange. Even today, the International Business Centre of Madeira free trade zone means that the islands have a financial reach extending far beyond their own coasts. Funchal (population 112,000) is Madeira’s capital. Founded in 1424, this historic city possesses a wealth of cultural heritage.

    How to make a presentation: Presentations are welcome on any aspect of urban island studies. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2017. You can propose a presentation here:

    Presentations are invited to address such as questions:
    - How does islandness sustain processes of urbanisation?
    - How can urban planning and urban design address the challenges faced by island societies?
    - Why are islands historically privileged sites for urban development?
    - How does islandness influence urban cultures?
    - What roles do island cities play in national, regional, and global frameworks and processes?
    - How does urbanisation affect island society and environment?
    - How does island city status affect distributions of political authority?
    - How do urban archipelagos relate to their hinterlands and oceanic environments?
    - How are island cultures reconstituted in (mainland) urban diasporas?
    - What challenges do island environments pose to urban development and planning?
    - How does the particular mobility of island populations shape the development of island cities?
    - What other topics are critical to the future of island cities?
  • Student and Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Grants

    Charleston | Dates: 12 May – 01 Dec, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association announces the establishment of a Student Travel Grant of $500 to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by a student and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society.

    The following eligibility criteria apply:
    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the student presenting and is not
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another conference
    4) the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college or
    5) the student is traveling more than 250 miles in order to attend the
    6) the student registers for the conference and participates fully in
      its activities
    7) the travel grant decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    Students agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several student presenters competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel grant is later awarded. 
    Students with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel grant should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair by December 1st ( Final decision regarding the travel grant will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel grant recipient will be recognized at the Business meeting and in conference literature.
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award was created in 2011 in order to increase the participation of international scholars who are often hampered from attending conferences in North America because of the cost of travel. 
    This prize represents NCSA's commitment to an international scholarly exchange of ideas and the benefits to research that come from an international perspective. The first two awards were funded by generous personal gifts from founding members, William Scheuerle (2012) and Linda Zatlin (2013). Subsequent awards will be funded by the Association's endowment. The Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award of $500 is offered to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by an international scholar and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society. The following eligibility criteria

    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the international scholar presenting and
      is not co-authored
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another
    4) the international scholar is traveling from outside North America
      in order to attend the conference
    5) the international scholar registers for the conference and
      participates fully in its activities
    6) the travel award decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    International Scholars agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several international scholars competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel award is later made. International scholars with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel award should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair
    ( by December 1st. Final decision regarding the travel award will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel award recipient will be recognized at the Business Meeting and in conference literature.
  • NCSA Emerging Scholars Award

    Dates: 12 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

    Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional. 

    Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection are eligible for the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award; if the date of publication is not between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be "in print" and are thus eligible. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.

    The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award. The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Charleston, SC, February 2-4, 2017. 

    Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

    Send a PDF of published articles/essays to the committee chair, Professor Kent A. McConnell, at Address all questions to Dr. McConnell at the same email address. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility.

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