Recent Opportunities

  • Webinar - Proposal Writing

    Dates: 02 – 02 Dec, 2015
    Many CRM professionals wholeheartedly embrace the research and preservation aspects of their jobs, but ignore, avoid, or fail to recognize the importance of winning work. As these employees advance, there is often the expectation that they write successful proposals.

    Every office of every company needs a strong proposal writer. But, few companies or universities have structured programs for teaching the nuances of this skill. Employees tasked with this important function, often do not reflect on how they are going about the process and on how they could improve their success rate.
    This intensive 2 hour class, focused on the nuts-and-bolts of how to write a successful proposal, offers hands on information targeted at helping CRM professionals and students learn how to increase the success rate of their proposals, assure clarity in scoping of proposals, and provides a complete framework for the proposal writing process.
    The specific objectives of the presentation include: 
          • To familiarize attendees with various forms of government and private-sector opportunities; 
          • To demonstrate the importance of a Go/No Go process in every CRM firm; 
          • To provide guidance in how to read an opportunity; 
          • To discuss the importance of proofs in successful proposal-writing; 
          • To address the role of selling and self-promotion in winning proposals; 
          • To discuss corporate steps toward improving proposal success rates, and; 
          • To identify common sins in proposal-writing.
    ACRA’s expert provider is Chris Espenshade. With more than 30 years of experience in the CRM industry, Espenshade has the practical experience of a seasoned professional. He enjoys proposal-writing, and has sought out such responsibility throughout his career. Chris, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, is a Regional Director/Archaeologist for the Michigan office of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. He holds an MA in anthropology from the University of Florida, and a BA in anthropology from Wake Forest University. Chris has worked throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Middle Atlantic, Southeast, and Caribbean.

    To register, please visit:
  • Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, November 12-15, 2015, Rutgers University

    New Brunswick | Dates: 04 – 14 Nov, 2015
    Hosted by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS), this international conference will examine the phenomenon of shifting populations and connections to urban heritage. Bringing together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities and their populations, the overarching goal is to identify new approaches towards working effectively with diverse and dynamic populations as part of current efforts to rethink the meaning and practice of heritage conservation within the “shifting cities” that define urbanism in the 21st century. FEATURED EVENTS Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 pm – Keynote Address by Ishmael Beah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and bestselling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow. The address will be followed by a reception and musical performance by the Cimarrones, an Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Ensemble. Location: Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ Friday, November 13 at 6:00 pm – Screening of Revolutionary Medicine, a documentary film about First Popular Garifuna Hospital of Honduras, a community-owned and operated hospital. A Q&A session with Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, the founder of the hospital, will follow the screening. Location: Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ Friday, November 13 at 2:00 pm – Roundtable discussion, Heritage in Armed Conflict: Syria & Iraq Location: Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ Conference panel sessions include: -Urban Development: Managing Competing Claims -Environment in the City -Urban Memories and Competing Histories -Urban Cultural Identities -Social Services: Education, Employment, and Public Health -Technology and New Media -Roundtable discussion on Camden, New Jersey The conference also includes an international poster competition, St. Croix Memorial Design Exhibition, student exhibits from the CHAPS Shifting Cities: Cultural Heritage and Community Organizing Workshop, and additional musical performances. All conference events are free and open to the public. SPACE IS LIMITED and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please visit: AIA Learning Units available through Preservation New Jersey, a proud partner of CHAPS and supporter of Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century. SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century is sponsored by Rutgers University, UNESCO, US/ICOMOS, the World Monuments Fund, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University.
  • MA and PhD applications accepted now through Jan 1

    Dallas | Dates: 06 Nov, 2015 – 01 Jan, 2016
    RASC/a is an innovative, multidisciplinary graduate program offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in a r t and architectural history that prepares students for academic and museum careers in several areas of specialization in Europe and the Americas. RASC/a ("Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture") encompasses historical and new media, urbanism and spatial practices, and critical theories of culture, race, and gender.
  • San Diego Area Architecture Tour featuring an afternoon with Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

    San Diego | Dates: 15 – 19 Feb, 2016
    February 15 - 19, 2016. Often overlooked as an architectural destination, the San Diego area offers a plethora of 20th century and contemporary architecture. Sites visited will include works by Albert Frey, Charles Moore, Irving Gill and Safdie Rabines Architects, as well as Louis Kahn's Salk Institute, William Pereira's Geisel Library at UCSD, Balboa Park, the downtown library by Rob Quigley and Richard Neutra's Airman Memorial Chapel. The highlight of our tour will be an afternoon with Kendrick Bangs Kellogg at his Lotus House for a presentation and question/answer session. Accommodations in La Jolla for the duration of the tour. Send request for tour brochure and registration. Registration deadline: December 10, 2016
  • Rediscovering the Minnesota State Capitol

    Saint Paul | Dates: 12 – 12 Nov, 2015
    Ted Lentz, FAIA, president of the Cass Gilbert Society and a public member of the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission, will speak on the challenges of dealing with the Minnesota State Capitol. When the building reopens in late 2017, the Capitol will again stand in the front rank of America’s public buildings. The presentation will develop three narratives: Design and Construction, 1896-1905; Preservation and Renovation, 2011-2017; Art and expanded public use at the Capitol, 1905-2017 and beyond. Over 20,000 square feet of new space, newly open to the public will be oriented to support and engage Minnesotans and out-of-state visitors in ways never before possible. 7 P.M.; free to members, $5 for non-members.
  • We Built This City

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Nov, 2015
    A film screening and panel discussion chronicling the contribution Irish people have made to Chicago's built and cultural fabric. Presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs of Ireland.
  • Call for Papers: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Late Years, 1946-59

    Dates: 29 Oct, 2015 – 08 Feb, 2016
    The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is now accepting proposals for presentations and panels at its 2016 annual conference, Nov. 2-6, in San Francisco, California. The theme is Wright’s Late Years, 1946-59.
  • Call for applications - Spring 2016 FOOD CULTURE+ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN in Italy program

    Dates: 15 Jan – 14 May, 2016
    We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 FOOD CULTURE+ARCHITECTURE+DESIGNin Italy program.

    The program is open to all majors, and all students, degree-seeking or not. 

    Food Writing with five senses
    Food Systems and Anthropology of food in Italy
    Food Design
    Sustainable Architecture in Italy
    Italian Language

    A description of the program is available at

    If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to
  • SESAH Annual Meeting & Conference

    Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    In 2016, SESAH will return to New Orleans for the first time since 1994. Poised between the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s tricentennial, New Orleans 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 will invite new perspectives on the architecture of the city, the region, and beyond. Come enjoy the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings and explore this one-of-a-kind urban landscape. With addresses by expert speakers, multiple walking and bus tours, and of course great food, it promises to be a good time for all!
  • Aquarius Redux: Rethinking Architecture's Counterculture - Sydney 4-5 July 2016

    Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Nov, 2015
    Aquarius Redux seeks to revisit, reconsider, reimagine and expand histories of countercultural architecture. The ambition of the symposium is to begin a wider conversation about developing insightful, innovative histories that broaden the geographies of countercultural spatial production and consider its consequences anew. We hope to move beyond extant readings of psychedelic design, communal dome building and failed utopian dreamers. We also wish to avoid a simple redemption of 1960s and 1970s experimentation and to instead pick up on opportunities for rethinking accounts of countercultural design and its legacies. There is now a significant body of intellectual history that has recalibrated conventional countercultural tropes, particularly caricatured narratives of hippiedom’s decline and inevitable failure, and its concentration in a limited set of transatlantic locations. More nuanced accounts have traced the continuity of Anglo-American countercultural thinking and practices – discerning their long-term migration into the mainstream – and offered a more expansive mapping. A more ambiguous legacy has been identified; one that sees the counterculture’s cultural, political, technological and aesthetic experimentation as important to contemporary environmentalism, lifestyle branding, business thinking or cyberculture. It has even been proposed that the reinvention of everyday life within countercultural experiments was the pivot in a deep transformation of society and the market economy. A more detailed picture has also emerged of an international, or transnational, counterculture that extended to South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, with distinctive manifestations. Such scholarship has indicated a more pervasive, though diffuse, influence for the counterculture. It has contributed to deepening and recalibrating collective understandings of the dramatic social, political, economic and cultural shifts centred in the 1960s. Architecture was affected and implicated in those shifts. Recent scholarly work in architecture has begun to similarly theorize the discipline’s relation to the tumult of the period. This symposium hopes to further this work, and with it our understanding of the discipline’s transformations, through expanding extant histories of countercultural architecture. We welcome contributions seeking to question the historical relationship between countercultural experiments and architecture’s knowledge base, pedagogical structures, technologies, territories, and its representational and practice forms. We are especially interested in tracing the broader geographies and discourses of this activity, given the burgeoning global interest in the history and continuing influence of alternative architectures, such as radical ecological, participatory and activist design practices. Our aims for the symposium raise wide-ranging questions, including: What were the intersections of architectural and countercultural networks across the globe? How were architecture and the counterculture engaged in refining and popularizing ecological ideals? How did countercultural experiments reconfigure the role of the architect? What alternative set of historical projects, events and figures are brought into focus through an examination of countercultural architecture? How were questions of disciplinary boundaries articulated through countercultural projects? How did countercultural modes of political participation inhabit and transform urban space? What are the connections between countercultural architecture and phenomena such as advocacy planning, the appropriate technology movement, and systems thinking? How might methodological and disciplinary innovations like actor-network theory, Cold War studies, ecofeminism, postcolonialism and queer theory reconfigure narratives about countercultural architecture and its legacies? - Confirmed Speakers: Felicity D. Scott Associate Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University Greg Castillo Associate Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley Through a U.C. Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship (2014) and an Associate Professor Fellowship from the Townsend Center for the Humanities at U.C. Berkeley (2011/12), Castillo has investigated the Bay Area legacy of California counterculture design. His research informed an exhibition in 2014, funded by a U.C. Berkeley Committee on Research Faculty Research Grant, entitled Design Radicals: Creativity and Protest in Wurster Hall, which reviewed “outlaw design” enterprises undertaken by faculty and students in the late-1960s and early-‘70s. For the catalogue of the upcoming Walker Art Center exhibition on counterculture design, Castillo contributed the essay “Counterculture Terroir: California’s Hippie Enterprise Zone,” in Andrew Blauvelt, ed., Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2015). His essay “Hippie Modernism, ca. 1970: How Bay Area Design Radicals Tried to Save the Planet” is slated to appear in Places, the online journal of environmental design ( Simon Sadler Professor of Design, University of California, Davis - We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from architectural historians, theorists, designers and practitioners, as well as those working on the issues identified in the synopsis from other fields, including art, media and politics. The proposals should be no more than 300 words and be should be submitted to no later than November 1st, 2015. Please send the proposal as a PDF file without identifying information and a separate document with your name, title of paper, institutional affiliation and short CV. The organising committee will invite selected presenters to develop their papers for publication in an edited book or journal special issue. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on November 28th, 2015. Symposium: Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of July, 2016
  • Call for Papers: Richard E. Greenwood Young Scholar Award

    Dates: 25 Oct, 2015 – 04 Jan, 2016
    CALL FOR PAPERS for the Richard E. Greenwood Award for younger scholars, to be presented at the VAF-NE Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.   The Board of the New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum invites submissions of abstracts for papers from younger scholars no more than 5 years beyond the terminal degree. Subject matter includes all aspects of vernacular architecture and everyday urban, suburban, and rural landscapes seen through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods. We are particularly interested in papers that incorporate field work as a component of the research, that have engaging visual images, and that investigate topics within New England. (Agendas with paper titles from recent Annual Meetings can be found at
  • VAF Durham: From Farm to Factory

    Durham | Dates: 01 – 04 Jun, 2016
    Diversity—human, agricultural, industrial, religious, and educational—characterizes North Carolina’s Piedmont region. The legacy of slavery, transformation of the agricultural landscape following the Civil War, industrialization based on tobacco and textiles, a variety of Protestant denominations, African American business leadership, and the development by both races of elementary and higher education have all left their imprint on the landscapes and communities of the region. The theme of the 2016 conference, “From Farm to Factory: Piedmont Stories in Black and White,” will be expressed through tours of plantation housing for blacks and whites; diversified farms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; turn-of-the-20th-century textile and tobacco factories and their associated villages; Quaker communities and churches built by Germans, Scotch-Irish, and African Americans; rural schools and urban universities; rural courthouse and crossroads communities; and urban neighborhoods. With a population that has ranged from 34% to 40% African American since the 1890s and a remarkable number of historic rehabilitation projects, Durham provides a unique opportunity to consider the impacts of a prosperous black middle-class, Jim Crow segregation, the Civil Rights movement, and an impressive number of incredibly successful industrialists on a place that has transformed itself from a city wreathed in cotton lint and the aroma of processed tobacco to today’s “City of Medicine” with an economy based primarily on health care.
  • VAF Durham: Pamela H. Simpson Presenter Fellowship

    Durham | Dates: 24 – 30 Oct, 2015
    VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • VAF Durham 2016: Farm to Factory

    Durham | Dates: 23 – 30 Oct, 2015
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2016. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring African-American life, including slavery, the rise of a black middle class, the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship of race and the built environment; the transformation and industrialization of agricultural landscapes; and the architecture of institutions, including churches, schools, and hospitals. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Please include the paper title, author’s name, and email address, along with a one-page c.v.. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2016, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 4th.
  • Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age

    Stanford | Dates: 28 – 28 Oct, 2015
    In this panel discussion, Sergei Tochoban and Andrew Zago will discuss the role of the architectural drawing–both analog and digital–as a tool in the design process and as an object worth collecting and putting on display. Event location is in the Cantor Auditorium at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. The event begins at 5:30pm.
  • International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

    Washington DC | Dates: 24 Oct – 09 Nov, 2015
    Organizers:  International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome (ICCROM)  The Smithsonian Institution, USA In cooperation with Prince Claus Fund, Cultural Emergency Response Programme (CER) #Culturecannotwait: Many different types of professionals respond to an unfolding crisis. This course provides strategies for interlocking culture specialists with humanitarian specialists during an emergency situation and aims to unify these sometimes conflicting perspectives. The course imparts practical skills and knowledge for taking simple measures to secure and stabilize endangered cultural heritage during a complex emergency situation, which in turn can become a driver for peace and holistic development. The recovery and stabilization of such cultural material can be a strategy that allows people to cope in a crisis. After four international, and more than nine regional and national editions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) will now be hosted for the first time in Washington DC, USA, by the Smithsonian Institution, in early summer 2016. The course content will be enriched through case examples on safeguarding cultural heritage in the aftermath of national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, Hurricane Sandy. For more information, please refer to the following: Full announcement of 2016 FAC Course Framework Document (6 pages) Infographic on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Video of final 2015 simulation exercise (05:25) The course application can be found here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, 9 November 2015.
  • College Art Association’s Fair Use Code: How Will It Help the Visual Arts Community?

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2015
    A presentation by Peter Jaszi, Lead Principal Investigator of CAA’s Fair Use Project
    Monday, November 9, 2015 
    2:00-4:00 PM 
    Columbia College Chicago 

    The College Art Association, in conjunction with the Business & Entrepreneurship Department and Art & Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, are proud to announce that Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law at Washington College of Law, American University and co-facilitator of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, will be speaking about the code, and answering questions on Monday, November 9th at Columbia College Chicago.

    The Code of Best Practices provides visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials. It describes how fair use can be invoked and implemented when using copyrighted materials in scholarship, teaching, museums, archives, and in the creation of art.

    A reception will be held after the event in the adjacent Hokin Gallery, where an exhibition of interdisciplinary work from BA & BFA Students from across the country juried by Buzz Spector, organized by the Art & Art History Department and mounted by the Gallery Management Practicum is ongoing.

    Attendance is free and open to the public; this un-ticketed event will be held in a space limited to 160 attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

    This event is made possible by the College Art Association with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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    Twitter: @collegeart
    Hashtag: #caafairuse

    Location: Columbia College Chicago
    HAUS / Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Excellence
    623 S. Wabash Ave. First Floor – Chicago, IL


    More Information about Code of Best Practices
  • CFP: Byzantine Studies Alive (Nijmegen, 16-17 Jun 16)

    Dates: 22 Oct – 01 Dec, 2015
    Radboud University Nijmegen, June 16 - 17, 2016
    Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

    Daniëlle Slootjes (Department of History, Radboud University Nijmegen) Mariëtte Verhoeven (Department of Art History, Radboud University

    In recent decades many new studies on the Byzantine world have appeared that have offered us new perspectives on existing views of the Byzantine Empire. For instance, Judith Herrin in Byzantium. The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (2009) and Margins and Metropolis (2013) made an appeal for Byzantium to be saved from its negative stereotype of an autocratic, completely ritualized and almost fossilized empire. Averil Cameron has demonstrated in her recent Byzantine Matters (2014) that – although we have made progress in the past few decades – Byzantine Studies is still left with many questions on issues such as Byzantine identity, the Hellenistic influence or our understanding of religious practices and orthodoxy in the Byzantine world.

    However, whereas both Herrin and Cameron encourage Byzantine scholars to continue to deal with these issues, to take up new avenues and to unite the various disciplines that work on the Byzantine field, Norman Davies in his Vanished Kingdoms (2011) has been more pessimistic. In his discussion of the rise and fall of various kingdoms in Europe he offered his readers a gloomy view on our possibilities of understanding Byzantium. In fact, in the chapter on Byzantium he concluded that “describing or summarizing Europe’s greatest ‘vanished kingdom’ is almost too much to contemplate. The story is too long, too rich and too complex” (p. 322).

    This rather negative point of view of being overwhelmed by Byzantium’s complexities almost seems to suggest that we should refrain ourselves from attempting to analyze Byzantium and its history. Our conference likes to object to this suggestion as it will take up the challenge of demonstrating that Byzantine Studies is far from dead. We want to show how the diversities and complexities have made Byzantium into a fascinating world worth of our attention, encouraged by the studies of Herrin and Cameron. We are very pleased to announce that Averil Cameron will give the key note lecture of the conference.

    We would like to bring together both junior and senior scholars from various disciplines such as Byzantine history, art history, literature and archaeology in our attempt to unlock the importance of the Byzantine world for our current generations.

    We welcome proposals for papers on the following two themes:

    1) Byzantium as a key player in the relationship between East and West, A.D. 330 -1453 Byzantium can be seen as a leading catalyst in the political, cultural, economic and religious exchange between East and West, to be detected in the relationship both between Byzantium and Latin Western Europe and Byzantium and the Islamic world.

    Keywords: contacts, interchange, imitation, competition, confrontations

    We especially welcome the papers on this theme to include analyses on
    (a) Agents of exchange such as rulers, bishops, popes, diplomats, pilgrims, writers  or artists
    (b) Objects of transcultural encounter and transfer such as,
    (religious) monuments, texts (hagiography, historiography, liturgical texts, travel accounts)  decorations, liturgical objects, relics or diplomatic gifts. 
    These agents and objects can be regarded as part of the larger historical context within which Europe took shape in the Middle Ages and beyond.

    2) The position of Byzantine heritage, 7th Century - present day The definite end of the Byzantine Empire is marked by the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. Through its history, however, the dimension and identity of the Empire was not one identical continuum. In different phases of development (Arab conquests, iconoclasm, Crusaders period) Byzantine monuments and artefacts were appropriated or under threat, a phenomenon that continued after the Ottoman conquest.

    Keywords: appropriation, transformation, identity, continuity, rupture.

    We especially welcome the papers on this theme to include analyses on: 
    (a) Appropriation and transformation of Byzantine heritage (objects, monuments, cities)
    (b) Display of Byzantine heritage in museum collections
    (c) Preservation and restoration of Byzantine heritage
    (d) Byzantine heritage under threat

    Abstracts, no more than 400 words, can be submitted to  and  before the 1st of December, 2015.
  • Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants

    Dates: 22 Oct, 2015 – 17 Feb, 2016
    Receipt Deadline February 17, 2016 for Projects Beginning August 2016

    Brief Summary

    In recent years, research published by Humanities Indicators, among others, has revealed that humanities PhDs pursue careers in many different professions—both inside and outside academia. Yet most humanities PhD programs in the United States still prepare students primarily for tenure-track professor positions at colleges and universities. The increasing shortage of such positions has changed students’ expected career outcomes. NEH therefore hopes to assist universities in devising a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere.

    Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Humanities knowledge and methods can make an even more substantial impact on society if students are able to translate what they learn in doctoral programs into a multitude of careers. Next Generation PhD Planning Grants are designed to bring together various important constituencies to discuss and strategize, and then to produce plans that will transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level. Students will be prepared to undertake various kinds of careers, and humanities PhD programs will increase their relevance for the twenty-first century.

    Grantee institutions must provide funds (either their own funds or funds raised from nonfederal third parties) equal to the grant funds released by NEH.

    Information about Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants is available here.
  • CFP Architectural Theory Review 21.1: Animal Mineral Vegetable

    Sydney | Dates: 22 Oct – 31 Dec, 2015
    Animal, mineral, vegetable? For Plato, the answer to such a question lay in the relative beauty of organisms that were divided by their chemical constitution and their notable lack of a spiritual soul. In classic philosophy, definitions across these three kingdoms were often vigorously contested: Aquinas classified plants as being created solely for the consumption of animals while in the Great Chain of Being (scala naturae), Aristotle defined human beings as rational animals who existed in a different moral realm than their lower counterparts. Even in the contemporary sphere, the underground notion of theorizing the animal extends from Stanley Cavell, Jacques Derrida, Emannuel Levinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Slavoj Zizek to current scholars like Brian Massumi and Cary Wolfe.

    The animal condition in its disciplinary iterations returns to the question of life, whether an object should be considered inanimate or animate. Even the muteness of substances such as stone possesses its own internal dynamism, unknown to the human eye. Beyond metaphysics, animality provokes issues of identity and difference linked to discourses surrounding colonialism, race, and sexuality. Across empires controlled by Western nations, the subjugation of slaves and women has long been coupled with the “animalization” of human beings and points to the animal condition as one of hierarchical economy and coercive power.

    Alongside the animal condition, biological models of architecture have drawn upon the mineral and vegetable worlds to provide inspiration for industrial design and architectural buildings – to name a few, Owen Jones’s botanical prints, Victor Ruprich Robert’s Flore ornamentale (1866-76) on the decorative arts, Claude Bragdon’s projective arabesques, and Karl Blossfeldt’s Urformen der Kunst. Organic architecture, despite its sometimes eccentric origins, has been radically reinvented since the days of modernists Hans Scharoun and Eero Saarinen. Design computation and digital fabrication have pushed these metaphors to new heights, creating sinuous forms through material properties.

    As artist Jim Dine states, “I trust objects so much. I trust disparate elements going together.” For this thematic issue, we invite contributions that examine new definitions of the animal, mineral, or vegetable in light of architectural history/theory, art history, literature, history, and philosophy, including but not limited to the following topics: animal studies, animality and race/sexuality, anthropomorphism, artistic collections that deal with animals/minerals/plants, biological models and architecture, contemporary art and the bestiary, discourse of species, labor and slavery, natural history and museum design, historical models of organicism, and posthumanism.

    Architectural Theory Review, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996 and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural theory in the Australasian region. Published by Routledge in print and online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging, and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a rigorous process of blind peer review.

    Submission Instructions
    Enquiries about this special issue theme, and possible papers, are welcome, please email the editor, Jennifer Ferng at The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is Wednesday, 31 December 2015. Please submit manuscripts via the journal’s online submission system. When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are applying for this special issue, for example: vol. 21.1 – Animal, Mineral, Vegetable.

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural Theory Review website.
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