Recent Opportunities

  • Digital Art History Summer Institute

    Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2018

    Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks


    June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy


    Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and structures.


    With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, The Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, the University of Padua's Architecture and Engineering program and Venice International University are collaborating on a Summer Workshop that will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.


    After five editions of two-weeks summer workshops introducing concepts and methods for digital art and architectural history through hands-on tutorials and collaborative project development, the program for 2018 will shift to focus on advancing the field of digital art and architectural history through a combination of project-sharing, technology exploration, and academic discussion. After the initial two-week gathering in Venice, we still stay in touch as a community over the course of the next year, reconvening for one week in 2019 to write up and assess our work.


    This workshop is different than our earlier Visualizing Venice workshop iterations in that we are asking people to apply as teams of 2 or 3, and with a Digital Art History Mapping and/or Modeling project already in place, and which they hope to develop further in conversation with the group. The focus of applicant projects does not need to be on Venice or Visualizing Cities, though projects related to those themes are welcome. We will expect participants to share their working projects files with the group, and will work with selected participating teams in advance of the meeting to customize the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of the group.


    Alums of our previous introductory workshops are welcome to apply, as are new participants, from the US and abroad. Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, we are able to offer support for tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.


    More Info and Application at 

    Deadline: January 5, 2018

  • CFP: Research Project: Ed Ruscha’s “Streets of Los Angeles”

    Los Angeles | Dates: 05 Dec, 2017 – 19 Jan, 2018

    Call for Proposals
    Research Project: Ed Ruscha’s “Streets of Los Angeles”
    Proposals due: January 19, 2018 

    Scholars from a wide range of fields are invited to submit proposals for research projects investigating Ed Ruscha’s “Streets of Los Angeles” archive—including, but not limited to digital humanities, cultural geography, architecture, art history, photography, and visual culture. Interdisciplinary approaches and team-based projects are particularly encouraged. Selected researchers would collaborate with Getty Research Institute (GRI) staff as part of a larger research-technology project, which seeks to digitize and make publicly-accessible a portion of the archive in innovative ways. The goal is to publish resulting scholarship at the close of the project.

    The Ed Ruscha “Streets of Los Angeles” archive is almost certainly the most significant artistic attempt to record the urban fabric of a city in the postwar era. The archive comprises over half a million images to date—including negatives, digital files, hundreds of contact sheets and the complete production archive Ruscha’s seminal artist book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966)—and results from the systematic and ongoing effort by one of the best-known living artists to document the architecture and thoroughfares of Los Angeles. Tracking the distinctive elements of the Los Angeles cityscape such as its façades, building typologies, and street signage, the project spans five decades and records many of its major streets, including Hollywood Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, and the iconic Sunset Boulevard. Although Ruscha’s book on the Sunset Strip is well known, the larger photographic project was virtually unknown before the archive entered the Special Collections of the GRI in 2012. The GRI is currently digitizing a significant portion of the photographs as well as designing an innovative, web-based application compatible with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). This application will facilitate access to the archive as well as enable new points of access through a designed user interface and software that will display the 130,000 images from the first digitization campaign. The application will make the images navigable via keyword, geographic coordinates, and possibly additional attributes such as building type or optically-recognized text from signage that appears in the photographs.

    As part of the larger digitization project, the GRI will investigate the research potential of this archive, considering questions such as: how could the images be explored for the purposes of scholarship? In what ways does the archive impact conceptions of postwar photography, vernacular architecture, and the city of Los Angeles? What visual, textual, or quantitative information will be meaningful to research? How might the data generated from this body of work be leveraged in innovative ways? What research questions will be raised in these investigations? Answers to such questions identified in the research project will inform parallel development of a public-facing digital humanities platform, thus ensuring that the applications built for the archive correspond closely to the needs and expectations of the community of scholars who might be accessing these images. At the same time, we hope to explore and demonstrate the potentials of advanced computing tools and workspaces for digital image research and analysis through collaboration with this group of scholars as they work on projects related to the “Streets of Los Angeles” archive using the technologies we develop for its access.

    Selected scholars will collaborate with the project team for a period of one to three years. To enable their research, they will receive advance access to the digitized archive as well as facilitated access to metadata, including GIS information, that is being generated for the project. They will be asked to provide feedback on user interface designs and prototypes throughout the duration of the project according to a schedule worked out in advance by the scholars and project leads. The scholars may also be invited to the GRI to participate in workshops or other group meetings, where there will be opportunities to present and share research and meet with the project team. The current plan is for the collaboration to conclude with a publication in a format to be determined with GRI staff based on scholars’ input.

    Interested researchers should submit a 1000-word project description, including a work plan and a CV by January 19, 2018. Proposals are especially welcome from interdisciplinary approaches such as digital humanities, history of urban planning, cultural geography, historians of Los Angeles, in addition to allied fields of art history, photography, architecture, and visual culture. In addition, projects are sought that will consider the collection as a teaching tool, develop unique methodological approaches, and/or employ advanced computing tools or techniques, such as computer vision or data visualization. Questions and proposals can be referred to the GRI’s Digital Art History team via

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  • Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference

    The American Association for Italian Studies

    14-17 June 2018

    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy

    Session: Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    The former POW, concentration and refugee camp at Fossoli is a key example in the complex 20th-century history of peoples and prisoners in transit. Proposals are welcome on the reconstruction of the history, politics and topography of this and other sites of transit in the European and Mediterranean context from WW2 to the present.

    Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to and by December 30, 2017.


    Fondazione ex Campo Fossoli - via Giulio Rovighi, 57 41012 Carpi – MO -

    Matteo Cassani Simonetti – Dipartimento di Architettura - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna –

    Roberta Mira – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -

    Daniele Salerno – Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -
  • Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies
    Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy), June 14-17, 2018
    Conference deadline: December 30, 2017

    Session 24:
    Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Social change after WWI led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ‘DNA‘ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

    Please submit via email a 200-250-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo ( by December 30, 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines: 

    The conference languages are Italian and English.

    Session organizers and chairs: 

    Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria) Email: 

    Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany) Email:
  • SAH Annual International Conference Fellowship (SESAH)

    Dates: 01 – 15 Dec, 2017
    The SAH Annual International Conference Fellowship helps a graduate student or emerging professional in architectural history or historic preservation attend the Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which in 2018 will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, April 18-22. The fellowship includes an award of up to $1000 to support travel and attendance at the conference.
    Applicants must be members of SESAH to be eligible. To join SESAH or to renew a membership, please visit

    Student applicants must be enrolled in a college or university in the geographic region embraced by SESAH, and emerging professionals must be working within the SESAH region.
    Information about the SAH 2018 Annual International Conference is available on the SAH website,

    Preference will be given to applicants presenting a paper at the SAH conference, but persons not participating in a session at the SAH conference are encouraged to apply.
    The fellowship applications should include the following materials: (1) a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how the applicant’s studies or professional work will be enhanced by attendance at the Conference; (2) a budget outlining travel costs and indicating the source and amount of any other funding that might be received (Meal reimbursements follow per diem rates for Breakfast – $11, Lunch – $12, Dinner $23); (3) a curriculum vitae; and (4) recommendation letter from a faculty advisor or principal professor (for graduate students) or other reference (for emerging professionals).

    Applications (download the attached PDF or click on the image below) may be submitted by e-mail attachment to Lee Gray,, no later than December 15, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Winterthur Research Fellowship Program

    Winterthur | Dates: 02 Dec, 2017 – 15 Jan, 2018

    Winterthur invites scholars, graduate students, artists, and craftspeople to apply to submit applications for the 2018-2019 Research Fellowships!
    Fellowships include a 4-month postdoctoral fellowship, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–3 month short-term fellowships.

    Winterthur is once again offering short-term “Maker-Creator” Fellowships. These short-term fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general audiences.

    Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include printed and rare books, manuscripts, period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, printed ephemera, and an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum's collections, which include 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.

    Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur.

    At Winterthur, Fellows experience:

    Unparalleled Collections:
    • Printed and rare books, manuscripts and ephemera, images, museum and garden collections

    A Broad Range of Scholarly Topics and Academic Disciplines:

    • Topics in social and cultural history, art history, religion, literary studies, American studies, design history and decorative arts, material culture, and conservation studies

    • Topics related to the colonial Americas and United States from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries

    A Collegial Atmosphere:

    • Access to the expertise of librarians, curators, conservators, and research fellows, and graduate students with related interests

    A Material Culture Perspective:

    • Gain experience in seeking new knowledge from the study of the material world

    Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2018. For more details and to apply, visit the Research Fellowship web page or e-mail
  • CFP: Docomomo International Meeting Modern Heritage and Best Practices

    Santiago | Dates: 01 – 08 Dec, 2017

    The International Meeting will focus on Best Practices in Modern Heritage, in the academic and design communities through four topics. Authors are invited to submit 400 word abstracts, in English or Spanish, and a maximum of 4 images. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed. The same abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to develop the full paper (no longer than 4,000 words) which will be published after the Meeting.

    The International Meeting on Modern Heritage and Best Practices: Sustainability, Conservation, Management and Architectural Design is open for submissions to any professional, faculty, graduate and doctoral students worldwide.

    Submission to:


  • Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 08 Jan, 2018

    Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for its annual Cook Cup, a prestigious prize for exemplary restoration of a historic Indiana structure.

    The nonprofit organization awards the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration to the owner of a historic structure whose revitalization meets the highest restoration standards in method, materials and design and beneficially impacts a neighborhood or community.

    Cook Cup nominees may be an individual, corporation or partnership, nonprofit organization or a governmental entity. The restoration must have been completed within the past two years, and the structure must be in active use. Self-nominations are welcome.

    Indiana Landmarks inaugurated the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration in 2007, when the prize went to the award’s namesake family in honor of its transformation of the West Baden and French Lick Springs hotels in southern Indiana. Previous winners have included Richard Ford for the Charley Creek Inn in Wabash, Butler University for Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the Delphi Preservation Society for the Delphi Opera House restoration.

    The Cook Cup winner will receive a large, engraved silver cup on April 28, 2018, at Indiana Landmarks’ annual Rescue Party in Indianapolis, where a short video produced by Road Pictures will highlight the before-and-after restoration.

    Nomination forms are available at The deadline for nominations is Jan. 8, 2018.

  • CFP: 2018 IAWA Symposium - Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000

    Blacksburg | Dates: 01 – 15 Dec, 2017

    Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000

    2018 IAWA Symposium – March 28-30, 2018      

    The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Center
    School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 

    The IAWA invites abstracts for the 2018 IAWA Symposium - Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000

    Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2017

    Selection announced: December 20, 2017

    For centuries, women in architecture have been involved in pushing the boundaries of architecture and architectural practice. Whether as registered architects, members and leaders of architectural firms, academics and scholars, or in any of the less conventional capacities, women have helped transform the discipline of architecture and the related design fields shaping the built environment. The 2018 IAWA Symposium invites abstracts that address specific women or gendered natures of architectural invention. We welcome papers that tackle subjects or inventions generated between the years 1700-2000, and that are international or domestic in scope.

    We seek papers that conceptualize architectural invention in its many guises, including (but not limited to) ideas, technology, form-making, modes of professional practice that present views into and histories of practices of women in architecture. We encourage abstracts that address how women’s practices have been expanded through invention, as well as how architectural practice has been expanded or impacted by inventions by women. 
    Please email 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to: (subject heading: 2018 IAWA Symposium)

  • Announcing the Publication of the SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 01 Dec, 2018

    Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting would like to announce the publication of the SAHANZ 2017 annual conference proceedings. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and held at the Shine Dome in July.

    The online version of the proceedings is  available at:

    Printed versions of the proceedings are available on a print-on-demand basis - please email John Ting at

  • GLI 2018 - Executive Education for Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 14 May – 23 Jun, 2018

    The renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

    This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Have questions about GLI 2018 and the application process? Join us for an informational webinar. Click here to learn more.

    Applications due January 24, 2018.
  • NextGen2018 - Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 05 – 31 Mar, 2018

    NextGen 2018 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

    The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. Course modules focus on leadership assessment and development, design thinking and strategy, team leadership, negotiation and influence, fundraising, audience engagement and development, and innovation.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Applications due January 3, 2018.
  • CFP: Fall 2018 Issue of Exhibition

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 04 Jan, 2018


    Proposals due January 4, 2018

    Research suggests that interactivity in museum exhibitions fosters learning, engagement, and understanding. And, too, interactivity is a buzzword that excites many a board and fundraising pitch. But what really makes a great interactive? And when might the interactive quest lead us astray?

    In this issue, we take on interactivity (which we are defining as a physical interaction on the part of a visitor in a physical exhibition) in its many forms: digital and analog; simple and complex; high budget and D.I.Y.; immersive or participatory; and more.

    Papers might discuss best practices in conceptualizing, developing, designing, testing, and building successful interactive elements; how to tailor interactive elements to different audiences and learning styles; how to create interactives that promote conversation and collaboration between visitors; the role of accessibility and Universal Design; how to determine when and if an interactive is the best choice to convey an interpretive point or engage a specific audience; or something else.

    While typically the journal seeks papers of 2,000 words in length accompanied by four to five high-resolution images, for this issue we will consider approaches that use fewer words in favor of more images.

    Articles might focus on a specific exhibition or provide an overview of practices. In all cases, articles must be both descriptive and analytical; should describe the interpretive and visitor goals behind an element/s; and evaluation, even if informal, must evidence arguments for the strengths and weaknesses of the project.    

    The exhibitions/installations analyzed can be of any size, and take place in any of a variety of spaces: museums of all disciplines, historical sites, galleries, institutions that collect and display living collections, outdoor public spaces, or other physical environments. Proposals might come from designers, architects, developers, interpretive planners, curators, writers, educators, collection managers, or others who create and contribute to exhibitions.

    Proposals of 250 words maximum (submitted as Word documents) must:

    • tell how the proposed article would relate to the issue’s theme;
    • indicate the approaches, strategies, or knowledge that readers would take away from the article;
    • convey how the article would raise questions or illuminate larger issues that are widely applicable (especially if the proposal focuses on a single project or institution);
    • take into account that articles will be expected to provide critical, candid discussions about issues and challenges; and
    • include a proposed title.


    Proposals are due January 4, 2018. Along with your proposal, briefly describe your background and your qualifications for writing the article (please do not include resumes or cvs).

    Our editorial advisory board will vet proposals in a blind review, and you will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance. If your proposal is accepted, articles will be due March 30, 2018.


    Ellen Snyder-Grenier (, Editor, Exhibition.
    Submissions from colleagues and students around the world are welcomed and encouraged.

  • CFP: Reformatting the World: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Technology and the Humanities

    Toronto | Dates: 01 – 08 Dec, 2017

    The Graduate Program in Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Student Association (HuGSA) at York University are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference interrogating the critical role of technology, both past and present, in shaping human culture and society. Technology, in the broadest sense, has enriched our lives by opening up new vistas of knowledge about ourselves (or our selves) and the natural world. Digital technologies, for example, have made possible new, highly-advanced forms of social organization. They have also revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, from travel, communication, entertainment, culture and the arts to food, medicine, education, politics, and science.

    However, technology is also associated with the rise of technical rationality and a cold, calculating approach to the creation and application of technological innovation. From the industrial revolution to the development of the atomic bomb, politics in alliance with private interests have wreaked havoc on the environment, peoples and communities across the world, and threatens to alter or destroy the things we value the most. Where, for instance, is the place for privacy, freedom, spirituality, and other aspects of the human experience as we move forward in increasingly technologically administered bodies and societies? Are we destined to become slaves to our own creations, the “sex organs of the machine world,” as Marshall McLuhan predicted? Can humanism and morality withstand—or even make use of—technology for the genuine betterment of humankind?

    Or, perhaps it is technology itself that must be rethought. What changes if we conceive of a technology as anything instrumental (a material, tool, text, medium, digital platform, etc.) and/or social (writing, discourse, institution, etc.) that exerts its own subtle pressure, penetrating deeply into in human experience or culture? What happens when our discourses of social/political/cultural technological “progress” are supplemented with that of “affordances” and “constraints?” In other words, can we attend to the stakes of technicity itself as an increasingly prominent (and often assumed) conceptual framework? How can such interdisciplinary approaches trace the real and imagined effects of a given technology across past and present human societies, and where do discourses and practices of technology and the humanities converge?

    Panel themes and topics might include (but are not limited to):

    • Digital Humanities: collaboration, new perspectives and communicative technology
    • Technology and the Arts: literature, fine arts, music, film, theatre, sound, fashion, etc.
    • Human–Machine Interaction: cyborgs, the social and the technological,
    • Biotechnology and Biopolitics: policies, ethics and technologies of living organisms
    • Epistemologies: disciplines, divides and the production of knowledge
    • Media Studies: communication and culture, social impact of media
    • History and Philosophy of Technology: past and present perspectives
    • Profit and loss: Potentials of new technologies and what is made antiquated in turn
    • Prophets and the lost: how varieties of spirituality have adapted with/to technology

    We welcome submissions from graduate students of any level, as well as early career researchers, from a wide cross-section of disciplines, fields and critical approaches, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, classics, communications and culture, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural memory, digital humanities, education, film studies, fine arts, futurism, historicism, history of science and technology, media studies, medical humanities, medicine, philosophy, popular cultural studies, religious studies, representation studies, sociology, translation studies, and women’s studies.

    Submissions may take the form of 20-minute papers, or 12–15 minute roundtable papers in either English or French. Those wishing to participate are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to by 8 December, 2017. Submissions must be accompanied by

    • the presenter’s name
    • institutional affiliation, program and level of study
    • e-mail address
    • tentative title
    • a short (150-word) bio
    • as well as an indication of whether any computing or electronic equipment (e.g., laptop, projector) is needed

    We are also very pleased to welcome practitioners of digital technologies who wish to present their work. We are offering access to the Digital Media Studio in the York University School of the Arts, Media, and Performance & Design building in the evenings for post-panel workshops. This room is equipped with Oculus Rift and Vive virtual reality hardware and Unreal virtual reality software. For those wishing to organize such a session, please contact us with technology requirements [etc.?]. Other submissions, in the form of poster sessions, visual art, or performance, will also be considered.

  • Women Architects and Politics in the long 20th Century, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)

    Frankfurt-am-Main | Dates: 17 – 19 Jan, 2018
    The conference will be held at the DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM (DAM) as part of the current exhibition, FRAU ARCHITECT. Over 100 years of Women Architects 1907 - today. The Exhibition will be open until March 8. 2018

    Politics, and especially gender politics, were animating forces in the 20th century. Many women navigated modernity by defining a place for themselves in professional work and embracing politics --- sometimes even extreme positions. The symposium explores how women architects confronted such upheaval to question traditional gender roles and to forge a place for themselves in architecture. Today women have established themselves in this profession and now comprise the majority of architecture students. The following questions arise: How did politics impact the rise of the "modern woman architect"? And, how has feminism in the last 40 years impacted the writing of architectural history?

    Speakers and moderators include: Hilde Heynen, Irene Nierhaus, Despina Stratigakos, Karl Kiem, Ines Weizman, SIgal Davidi, Edina Meyer-Maril, Kathleen James Chakroborty, Eliana Perotti, Katja Frey, Helena Mattsson, Mariann Simon, Lynne Walker, Elizabeth Darling, Harriett Harriss, Ruth Morrow, Sandra Schuster, Torsten Lange, Elke Krasny, Carsten Ruhl, Wolfgang Voigt and Regina Stephan.
  • Latrobe Chapter Lecture: Follies of Belief

    Washington | Dates: 05 – 05 Dec, 2017

    Follies of Belief: Architecture, Religion, and Humor in Modern America

    Lecture by Margaret M. Grubiak

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

     Following the 2015 Islamic extremist attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis asserted “there is a limit to free speech” when it comes to religion and that we “cannot make fun of faith.” But is this true in the American context? In this talk, we will explore follies of belief in the United States—the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple, which graffiti compares to The Wizard of Oz; the so-called “Touchdown Jesus” mural at the University of Notre Dame; Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA Christian theme park; and Oral Roberts University—to understand the ways Americans have responded to religious difference using humor and satire. Our reactions to the images of religion we see in our landscape suggest that Americans can and do make fun of faith productively, helping us to negotiate religious difference and take steps toward realizing religious pluralism.

     Dr. Margaret Grubiak is an associate professor of architectural history at Villanova University and author of White Elephants on Campus: The Decline of the University Chapel in America, 1920–1960. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband. Her current book project on the humor and satire of American religious architecture was inspired by frequently passing the Mormon Temple along Washington’s Beltway on her commute to Philadelphia.

     The First Congregational United Church of Christ

    945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

    6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – brief annual meeting lecture

     Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $15.00 for non-members (reduced admission for non-members!).
  • 2018 NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

    Washington | Dates: 11 – 13 Mar, 2018
    Join us in Washington, D.C. this March to advocate for the humanities! This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 13, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.
  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture: Rhodope Mountains

    Dolen | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2018

    Dates: 14 - 28 July 2018 

    Southeastern Europe, also known as the Balkans, has been a crossroads of human migration and a pivot point of civilizations since the dawn of time. Here, central and eastern Europe have met the Mediterranean and western Asia for many millennia, sometimes resulting in conflict, but above all bringing together a unique blending of cultures, religions, languages, folklore, traditions and crafts. Traditional architecture in Bulgaria is part of the common Balkan heritage. More preserved in the mountain areas, it’s characterized by its harmonic connection with nature, fascinating interior features and picturesque settlement configurations. Bulgarian traditional architecture stems from ancient Thracian and Roman tradition, and has evolved through the centuries within the Byzantine, medieval Bulgarian and later the Ottoman world, coming in contact with many influences in these vast and diverse empires. From the Middle Ages onward, itinerant Bulgarian builders and craftsmen have crisscrossed the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, spreading their work throughout three continents, but also gathering and exchanging knowledge and techniques as far as Italy to the west, Armenia to the east, Vienna to the north and Egypt to the south. Closely and sustainably interacting with nature, combining functional simplicity, comfort of use and delicate and harmonious aesthetics perfected through the ages, Bulgarian traditional architecture is not only interesting to discover and study, but also very compatible with modern building practices tending toward a sustainable, ecological way of life.

    Today, the Rhodope Mountains mark the border between Bulgaria and Greece, but have also acted as an interface as well as a boundary throughout the ages. Here, in Orpheus’ homeland, all the influences that have swept the Balkans over the centuries have accumulated and interwoven rather than wiping away one another, giving birth to a unique amalgamation of architectural traditions and techniques, but also of cultures and beliefs. Here, coexisting with their modern lifestyle, the sturdy mountain people still preserve knowledge and ways of life that have long been forgotten elsewhere. The village of Dolen, an architectural reserve with remarkable authenticity, is a particularly interesting illustration of the rich, multi-layered history of the Rhodopes and the Balkans in general. Within the tiny boundaries of this village, one can discover key elements and processes that have shaped the Bulgarian and Balkan traditional architecture, approach traditions and folklore still carrying the echo of ancient times and feel the magic of the Rhodope Mountains.

    The Field School is comprised of:

    • - Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
    • - Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
    • - Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains      
    • - Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture - Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay   

  • VAF Access & Ambassadors Awards

    Alexandria | Dates: 28 Nov, 2017 – 01 Feb, 2018

    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) announces two awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place in 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia, May 2 –5, 2018 ( 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. The Ambassadors Awards ( provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. Applications for both awards are due February 1, 2018. For full instructions and more information visit VAF on the web.

  • Robert Rettig Fellowship

    Dates: 27 Nov – 22 Dec, 2017

    The Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship helps graduate students or emerging professionals attend the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians in Saint Paul, Minnesota (April 18-22, 2018). Eligibility is limited to graduate students in architectural history or a related field at a New England college or university, or recent graduates who are now living in New England. Applicants who are not currently enrolled students must have completed a relevant graduate degree within the last five years. The Rettig Fellowship includes support of $400, plus a registration fee waiver. Applicants should submit a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or work will be enhanced by attendance at the upcoming SAH annual meeting and indicating the source and amount of any other funding the applicant may receive. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae and the name and email address of their faculty advisor or current employer. All files are to be submitted as one pdf document.


    Due:  December 22, 2017

    Email to: Anne-Catrin Schultz, NESAH Fellowship Coordinator:

    Call for fellowships also on:

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