Recent Opportunities

  • Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Berlin

    Berlin | Dates: 26 Jan – 29 Feb, 2016
    With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for the teaching and study of American art and visual culture (pre-1980). Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, not currently holding, or having held a permanent university position, and having received a Ph.D. within four years of taking up the award.
  • SESAH Annual Conference

    New Orleans | Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter, SAH in New Orleans, LA, featuring keynote speakers, paper sessions, posters, and architectural tours over three days (Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st 2016)
  • PLATFORMS: Augmented Histories of Space

    Oakland and San Francisco | Dates: 25 – 29 Jan, 2016
    The exhibition features over 35 local and international projects by artists, architects, historians, and technologists who use digital and locative technologies to reveal the history of the built environment. From podcasts uncovering the natural history of Queens, New York, to a mobile app version of Nikolas Pevsner’s Glossary of Architectural History to virtual tours of ancient Rome, the exhibition showcases a wide range of tools for creating, and experiencing, augmented history. Curated by Irene Cheng with Lucie Waschke
  • University of Pennsylvania's Change Over Time Issue - Design & History, Spring, 2018

    Dates: 22 Jan – 01 Apr, 2016
    Change is essential to sustaining heritage sites, enabling them to meet new uses and evolving expectations, goals and requirements. Historic settings gain deeper meaning through thoughtful contemporary design, and contemporary design is enriched by rigorous dialogue with historic environs. These premises are fundamental to contemporary heritage planning, yet remain highly controversial within the realms of both cons ervation and design. Can preservation guidelines establish clear expectations without predicting design outcomes? How abstract can design references to the building or context be before they disrupt the integrity of the setting or meaning? And just as important, how should we train designers and regulators to ensure the best possible outcomes? This issue of PennDesign's scholarly journal will explore strategies for design in historic contexts. We welcome submissions on a range of topics: analyzing and documenting character-defining features of heritage settings, particularly those beyond the visual and two dimensional; regulations that promote sensitive yet organic growth and development of conservation areas; and critical analysis of design solutions for landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods and archeological sites. Papers may include theoretical explorations, historical examples or critiques of case studies. Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent of thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. Shorter case studies emphasizing initial design responses and intent will also be considered to explore how designers approach the problem of historical context. Please submit an abstract by 1 April 2016; authors will be notified by 1 June 2016, and papers due early May 2017. Author guidelines will be provided, or email Kecia Fong at or Guest Editor Pamela Hawkes FAIA ( for further information.
  • Friends of Charnley-Persky House Valentine's Reception

    Dates: 11 Feb, 2016
    The Friends of Charnley-Persky House are invited to join us for a special Valentine's reception on February 11. As we thank you for your generous and ongoing support of this National Historic Landmark, we’ll have some exciting announcements about plans for Charnley-Persky House in 2016. Wine and refreshments will be served.

    Attendance for this event is by invitation only. Please RSVP by February 4th to Carolyn Garrett at, or 312-573-1365. 

    Date: Thursday, February 11
    Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Location: 1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago

  • Social Science History Association, Annual Meeting

    Chicago | Dates: 17 – 20 Nov, 2016
    CALL FOR PAPERS 40TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATION The Culture Network invites you to submit panels, papers, and book sessions proposals for the 41st annual meeting of the Social Science History Association , November 17-20, 2016 in Chicago. For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: . The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2016 . The theme for this year's conference is Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World We welcome proposals on this theme and on the broader research network’s continuing interests in culture and its relationship to historical processes and phenomena around the globe. In addition to single papers, we also welcome full panel proposals, which should include at least 1) four papers , a 2) discussant , and a 3) chair . Book panel ("Author meets Critics") proposals are also warmly welcomed.
  • Call for Papers

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Jan – 20 Feb, 2016
  • 2016-2017 Hellenic studies Library Research Fellowship Program

    Sacramento | Dates: 01 Jul, 2016 – 30 Jun, 2017
    Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered. Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (
  • National Preservation Award Nominations Open

    Dates: 02 Jan – 01 Mar, 2016
    Several awards presented to organizations, as well as individuals in preservation and related fields.
  • 2016 Conference on Illinois History: Call for Papers

    Springfield | Dates: 06 – 07 Oct, 2016
    Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies. Proposals for teacher workshops. Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology? Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History. The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send: 1. A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. 2. A one-page resume of participant(s).
  • 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference 2016

    Lisbon | Dates: 06 – 09 Sep, 2016
    In pursuit of the mission of DOCOMOMO, as updated in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement 2014, the theme of the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference will be Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future. The aim is to promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement, to foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation and (re)use, and to explore and develop new ideas for the future of a sustainable built environment, based on the past experiences of the Modern Movement. The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary longevity. Relating technology, form and social commitment to one another, through an optimistic faith in progress, modern architects sought to attain new heights of functionality and flexibility in use. The challenge for today is how to deal with this modern legacy in relation to the continuously changing context of the current times, including physical, economic and functional changes, as well as fast-moving socio-cultural, political and scientific contextual values. Preserving the architectural heritage of the 20th century requires us to take account both of the opportunity and the duty to reuse buildings which have lost their original function, which are physically and/or technically obsolete, and which no longer meet today’s ever-more demanding standards. Such matters as the demand for material and technology reuse and for spatial and functional transformations, and the updating of regulations concerning fire, seismic stability, user safety, energy efficiency and environmental comfort legislation, are all part of the contemporary agenda. This inevitably highlights the question of the value of the existing built fabric, which can be a strong resource that calls for our attention in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability. In its pursuit of the task of conserving and rebuilding, DOCOMOMO must itself be modern and sustainable in order to continue to fulfill the Modern Movement’s social and collective project, as modernity and sustainability are part of the primary nature of Modern Movement project itself. In our view, the Modern Movement still carries on today and into the future, as an ever-present social, spatial and technological project engaged with the community, constantly engaging with the challenge of creating a better place to live. Contributions are invited to put together under discussion themes such as the interrelationship of modernity and modern heritage, economy and energy saving, the social mission of architecture and the responsibility of architects towards the future. These themes are intended to be discussed both as MoMo concepts, to be analysed chiefly through documentation, and as contemporary modern interventions, to be debated in accordance with the needs and conditions of today. As a multidisciplinary platform, this conference aims to investigate a cross-section of subjects that are raised by the challenge of preserving, renovating and transforming the Modern Movement legacy worldwide, alongside with the complex background of today’s changing times. In the end, the goal is to achieve a pluricultural comparison of standards and practices for intervention on 20th century heritage. In pursuit of a holistic approach, the general theme of the conference will be elaborated through eight sub-themes: 1) Landscapes, 2) Cities, 3) Public Spaces, 4) Complexes, 5) Buildings, 6) Construction and Technology, 7) Interior Design and Furniture and 8) Theory. Keynote Speakers: Álvaro Siza Vieira; Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal; Caruso St John Architects; Joan Busquets; Juhani Pallaasma; Winfried Brenne Program, Subthemes & Sessions: See
  • CFP: SESAH Conference (New Orleans, 29 Sep-1 Oct 16)

    New Orleans | Dates: 18 Jan – 31 Mar, 2016
    In fall 2016, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will return to New Orleans for the first time since 1994. The conference will take place September 29 to October 1. With addresses by expert speakers, multiple walking and bus tours, and of course great food, it promises to be a good time for all! Tulane University's National Register listed campus located on majestic St. Charles Avenue will be the venue for paper sessions and addresses. Conference attendees are invited to select accommodations from one of many blocks of reserved rooms and enjoy scenic rides to and from campus on the historic streetcar line. Poised between the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s Tricentennial, New Orleans today offers a built environment in which the past, present, and future are palpable. Its culturally complex and aesthetically diverse architectural fabric engages, challenges, and charms.

    The 2016 SESAH conference invites new perspectives on the architecture of the city, the region, and beyond. Potential themes of interest include creolized architecture, world's fairs, the impact of disasters on the built environment, modernism, enslavement architecture, cemeteries, schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and more. As always, papers on any architectural history topic are welcomed. Proposals for themed sessions are encouraged. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides. Submit a paper and come be a part of the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings!

    Submissions and Deadlines Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, a brief CV, and the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for session panels must include the title of the session; the names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs of all participants; and abstracts of each paper.

    Please send all materials as PDF or MS Word attachments to Laura Ewen Blokker, by March 31, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2016. All accepted presenters and conference chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Authors of accepted proposals must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by August 31, 2016; SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill this requirement.

    Graduate Students and Emerging Professionals
    SESAH offers up to three travel grants to help graduate students attend the meeting to deliver papers and one for an emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office. Send requests for grant applications to This year, SESAH also encourages graduate students to participate in the conference by presenting a poster. Poster presentations do not qualify for travel grant support, but provide the opportunity to display your work and discuss it with professionals. Posters are an excellent way to share work that does not constitute a full 20 minute paper presentation, such as works- in-progress or projects focused on visual material. Posters should be no larger than 36" X 48" and must be digitally designed in a professional manner and printed on a single sheet of quality paper (i.e. no glue ups). To submit a proposal for a poster, follow the submission instructions above and additionally include a one-page mock-up of some project images and text.
  • Arnold W. Brunner Grant

    New York | Dates: 16 Jan – 01 Feb, 2016
    AIA New York is currently rallying for applicants for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant.This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
  • VAF Conference Grants

    Dates: 01 – 01 Feb, 2016
    The VAF announces 2 awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place this year in Durham, N.C., June 1-4: the Access Award for first-time attendees, and the Ambassador Award for groups of students. For more information about the conference visit ACCESS AWARD   In an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes the Access Award supports first-time attendance by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field. There is no geographic restriction on the award and local practitioners, scholars, and students may apply. Winners are not required to give a paper at the meeting, although they may. The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 50 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend of $300 for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Winners, including those giving papers at the meeting, are required to write an article to be published in the VAF’s newsletter, VAN, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees. Applications are due February 1, 2016. For instructions and more information visit AMBASSADOR AWARDS The VAF Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF's recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF's visibility on campuses. During the conference, Award recipients are encouraged to use social media to communicate with a broader audience about their experiences as a participant in the conference. Following conference attendance, Award recipients are expected to act as "ambassadors" for the VAF, working to promote the study, documentation, and preservation of ordinary buildings and landscapes.  Each group of Ambassadors must also submit a written summary of its experiences to the fellowship chair.  The summary, as well as a group photograph, will be published in the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s newsletter, VAN.  Applications are due February 1, 2016. For instructions and more information visit
  • Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and its American Descendants

    Asheville | Dates: 17 – 20 Jul, 2016
    How do we manage information overload and make sense of the world? Early attempts are found in commonplace books sketchbooks and scrapbooks. Explore this topic at an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers in Asheville NC.
  • Launch of CENDARI--Access to more than 4,500 archives around the world

    Dublin | Dates: 15 Jan, 2016 – 31 Dec, 2099
    CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) is a powerful new tool to transform how historians research and write history. It is a leading European research project that showcases half a million resources on Medieval and World War I history from more than 1,200 institutions across the globe.
  • Call for Papers for A New Book: Israel as A Modern Architectural Experimental Lab (1948-1978)

    Dates: 15 – 15 Apr, 2016
    This is a call for contributions to a new book entitled Israel as A Modern Architectural Experimental Lab (1948-1978), edited by Dr. Anat Geva and Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler. This proposed manuscript will be considered for publication under the new book series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East, edited by Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber. The architecture of Israel during the first three decades of the nation’s establishment was innovative and experimental in character. It comprised a reassessment of modernist architectural approaches emanating from Europe, while expressing local socio-political ideologies and economical constraints. Architecture was conceived as mediating progress in all its capacity, embodying a statement of an advanced new Jewish society, conceived as a part of Western culture. Specifically, our premise is that the architecture of Israel-nation building in its cultural, political and historical contexts constituted an exceptional experiment, which employed modernism as a symbol of a new society while applying several national ideologies. Two questions are the focus of the book (a) how did architectural modern experiments express the national policy of establishing a “melting pot” society (e.g., the social uniformity concept) during the first three decades of Israel-nation building? and (b) what transformations did Israeli architecture undergo during this period? In these contexts, we wish to investigate how architecture embodied regional and specific cultural contexts such as “the conquest of the desert,” the “settlement of the Galilee,” the establishment of “development towns” and the continuation of the Zionist ideology of the Kibbutz and the Moshav. Specifically, we invite papers that address the proposed questions and discuss Israel as a modern architectural experimental lab during three consecutive decades (1948-1978). The following topics are suggested but not limited: • The Israeli case of using architecture as a political tool in forming and disseminating national ideologies. • The Israeli case of modern architecture as an outstanding example of modernism’s international expansion. • The adaptation of modern architecture to regionalism: awareness of local culture and environmental conditions in Israel. • The Israeli experimentation in new architectural theories and building technology. • The legacy of modernist endeavors in Israeli built environment: politics and approaches to re-use and conservation. Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words and a short bio of 150 words by 15 April 2016 to Dr. Anat Geva, Texas A&M University, AND to Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, Sapir Academic College / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
  • inter≈ photography and architecture

    Pamplona | Dates: 02 – 04 Nov, 2016
    International Conference inter≈ photography and architecture Museo Universidad de Navarra, 2-4 November 2016 CFP Deadline February, 15th
  • The Future of the Past: Digitizing Cultural Property in an Era of Destruction

    New York | Dates: 22 – 23 Jan, 2016
    Symposium associated with the exhibition “The Missing: Rebuilding the Past” Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York This symposium offers a roundtable conversation among scholars, artists, and technological pioneers working at the leading edge of digital cultural heritage. They will discuss the promises and perils of new technologies – what will we gain? what might we lose? – as well as explain their visions for the most crucial projects and the most interesting technologies and strategies. Audience participation is expected and encouraged.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program

    Washington | Dates: 14 Jan – 24 Mar, 2016
    The National Park Service, National Capital Region (NPS-NCR) is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2016, the Public Fellows Program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance. The NPS fellow will serve as the "Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator" in the Cultural Resources Division of the Office of Resource Stewardship & Science at the headquarters of the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. The fellowship competition will begin accepting applications on January 14. The application deadline is March 24, 2016 (8pm EDT). For more information, please visit ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.
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