Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: 106th ACSA Annual Meeting | The Ethical Imperative (Denver, 15-17 Mar 18)

    Denver | Dates: 25 May – 20 Sep, 2017

    106th ACSA Annual Meeting  |  The Ethical Imperative
    March 15-17, 2018  |  Denver, Colorado
    Co-chairs: Amir Ameri, University of Colorado Denver & Rebecca O’Neal Dagg, Auburn University

    Host School: University of Colorado Denver


    Paper Submission Deadline: SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

    ACSA invites paper submissions under the following 18 thematic session topics plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper may not be submitted to multiple topics.

    See website for full CFP.
  • SAHANZ 2017 in Canberra - keynotes and registration fees

    Canberra | Dates: 05 – 08 Jul, 2017
    We are pleased to confirm that Professor Julie Willis from the University of Melbourne will be the second keynote speaker for the conference, and that travel arrangements have been confirmed for our first keynote, Professor Jean-Louis Cohen.

    We have also confirmed the registration fees  for the conference. The conference fees are as follows:

    - Early bird regular full registration, including SAHANZ membership $400 (up to 9/6/17)
    - Early bird student full registration, including SAHANZ membership $250 (up to 9/6/17)
    - Regular full registration, including SAHANZ membership $500 (9/6/17 - 8/7/17)
    - Regular student registration, including SAHANZ membership $350 (9/6/17 - 8/7/17)
    - Regular day registration (inc. keynote if applicable) $200 per day
    - Student day registration (inc. keynote if applicable)  $50 per day
    - Keynote only registration $25 per keynote address

    The online registration page will go  live on Monday, 29 May 2017.

    Please also see attached for our conference poster (in jpeg and pdf form) for you to share. Please use the hashtag #sahanz2017 for social media.

    We have also put up some information about travel and suggestions for accommodation, although Canberra's city is very well serviced with many different options and price points. Please see:
    Travel and accommodation - University of Canberra<>
    University of Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia, Switchboard +61 2 6201 5111, ? 2015 University of Canberra The University of Canberra Bruce campus is located on ...

    Looking forward to seeing you at the conference! Please email us if you have any questions.

    Professor Gevork Hartonian ( and Dr. John Ting (

    Convenors, SAHANZ 2017
  • Pier Luigi Nervi and Australia: Outback Modernism Exhibition

    Perth | Dates: 06 – 16 Jun, 2017

    Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) was Italy’s most influential modern architect-engineer, internationally renowned for his use of curving concrete forms, soaring arches and V- or Y-profiles. He was as a designer, entrepreneur, builder, experimenter, writer and educator.

    This exhibition showcases Nervi’s most prominent works for the first time in Western Australia, highlighting the unbuilt New Norcia Cathedral scheme and his collaborative contributions to Harry Seidler’s projects. It localises Nervi’s Australian work and briefly outlines his collaborative contributions to Harry Seidler’s projects.

    Curated and organized1 by Dr Annette Condello, SOBE Curtin University with the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association, Brussels, and Cristiana Chiorino, ComunicArch Associates, Turin.

  • Call for Nominations: CHASS 2017 Australia Prizes

    Dates: 25 May – 30 Jun, 2017
    Call for Nominations: CHASS 2017 Australia Prizes
    Deadline: 30 June 2017

    The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites nominations for their 2017 Australia Prizes.

    The annual CHASS Australia Prizes are a great opportunity for the sector to showcase the excellent work being done in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) in Australia.

    Kindly note nominations are currently open for four categories:

     *   Book: non-fiction ? cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge >> 2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize<>
     *   Distinctive Work: an artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences policy ? cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge >> 2017 CHASS Australia Distinctive Work Prize<>
     *   Future Leader: an individual under 30 demonstrating leadership skills and potential in the Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences ? cash prize of $2,000 sponsored by Future Leaders >> 2017 CHASS Australia Future Leader Prize<>
     *   Student: an essay, project or performance in any Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences area ? $500 voucher sponsored by Co-Op >> 2017 CHASS Australia Student Prize<>

    Terms and conditions apply, please refer linked flyers above and the CHASS website<> for more information. Download the 2017 CHASS Australia Prizes ? Nominations Open<> flyer.

    Nominations are open from anyone regardless of their years of training/study in the field, as long as the nominated work fits within the specified criteria.

    Please note there is no nomination fee for any category, and self-nominations are welcome. Applications can be made online via the CHASS website<>.

    This year, the Australia Prizes will be awarded on 10 October in Melbourne. If you?re interested, there are photos from last year?s event on the CHASS Facebook page<> and more information about past winners is available at this link<>.

    Kindly note nominations will close at 5pm, 30 June 2017 and we strongly encourage applicants to apply early.
  • A Walk Through Time

    Chicago | Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2017
    A Walk Through Time
    Sunday June 11, 2017
    1:00 - 4:00pm

    $50.00 per person
    $40.00 for members with coupon code

    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60616
    This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. See beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble, and much more! Glessner House Museum is also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church with its landmarked Arts and Crafts interior and collection of Tiffany windows. Clarke House Museum will be open to the public for free that afternoon as well.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum courtyard for a reception featuring a jazz trio, refreshments provided by Tapas Valencia and Victory Tap, and a silent auction.
    Pre-paid tickets recommended.

    The Architecture of
    Glessner House
  • Education through Architecture and Work on the Self? A Critique

    Florence | Dates: 09 – 10 Jun, 2017
    Education through Architecture and Work on the Self? A Critique

    An "Ethics and Architecture"-Workshop at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
    Florence, 9 – 10 June 2017

    Concept and Organization: Hana Gründler and Berthold Hub

    Does architecture sensitize people not only aesthetically, but also ethically? And connected with that: Should the architect fulfill the wishes of his client and the expectations of society, or should he not rather educate them, even against their will? The history of architecture and its theories is after all rich in examples in which the educational and ethical dimension of buildings and programmes is significant. The spectrum of reflections on the inter-relation between architecture, 'ethos' and 'paideia' stretches from the rhetoric of etho-aesthetic harmony and proportion during the Renaissance, to the total artwork ('Gesamtkunstwerk') of the 'Jugendstil' at the turn of the century, and the demand for the "uniformity and self-containment of form" as counterpart of the "growing neurosis of our age". 

    A frequent corollary of such reflections, the ideal of a "new man", who ought to be stimulated through art in general and architecture in particular and lead to a new human experience, indeed a new life, also at the moral level, was a fundamental premise of Russian 

    Constructivism, of the De Stijl movement, and of the Bauhaus itself. That this ideal concealed within itself negative sides, which could rapidly morph into totalitarianism, is shown by Stalinist, Rationalist/Fascist and Nazi architecture and architectural theory. After World War II, the re-animated dictate of form of classical modernism led to a postmodern architecture predicated on the promotion of plurality, complexity and contradiction. This kind of postmodernism, and its "random" character, provoked in turn the reaction of a "critical architecture". And what about our own time? What educational, ethical and political intentions are pursued by architects today, and on what theoretical foundations are they based?

    The first annual question of the five-year 'bauhaus project' that will culminate in the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 2019 was the following: "Can design change society?" This question about the transformative power of artistic design, which is in the last analysis a question of its ethical and political potential, is one we wish to limit to architecture alone. We also wish to pose the question: How far is work in architecture in Ludwig Wittgenstein's sense a work on oneself ("working in philosophy – he said – is really more a working on oneself"), and "on one's way of seeing things"? At the same time another question is posed which needs to be critically examined: namely, the question how far this individual ethical position is only meaningful, if it never forgets that the individual with his thought and action constitutes or "figures" society.

    These connections enable us among other things to reflect on the following questions: With what formal and typological vocabulary were thought processes historically posed, structured and newly configured, and how today? How are physical movements, sensory perceptions and experiences, affections and (ethical) emotions generated, channelled, modified or transformed? From what image of man, what conceptions, and from what theories of perception, did architects and architectural theorists start out in order to elucidate the complex relation of architecture, 'ethos' and 'paideia'? And what is about the epistemic violence implicit in many forms of 'imposed' education – an aspect important for reflections on (post)colonial architecture?

    Friday, 9 June 2017

    14:30 – 15:00           
    Alessandro Nova 
    Hana Gründler | Berthold Hub 
    The Art of Living – The Art of Dwelling
    Chair: Carolin Behrmann

    15:00 – 15:45           
    Kostas Tsiambaos 
    Ethics as Aesthetics or Architecture as an Art of Living

    15:45 – 16:30           
    Beate Löffler  
    How to Construct Dwelling, Citizenship, and National Identity? Shigetsura Shiga's "Future Development of Japanese Dwelling Houses", 1905

    16:30 – 17:00 Break
    Neues Bauen – New Society
    Chair: Achim Reese

    17:00 – 17:45           
    Alena Janatková 
    "Die Architektur wird so zur Schöpferin neuer gesellschaftlicher Formen." Bruno Taut

    17:45 – 18:30          
    Sarah M. Schlachetzki 
    "Raum ist in der kleinsten Hu¨tte..." – Architektonische Teleologie in Alexander Schwabs Überzeugungsjournalismus der Weimarer Zeit
    Evening Lecture 
    Introduction: Hana Gründler

    Tomà Berlanda 
    De-colonising Architectural Education South of the Equator
    Saturday, 10 June 2017

    Architecture and Body(politics)
    Chair: Berthold Hub

    09:30 – 10:15                
    Stephan Trüby 
    Florentinische Introduktion und Konservative Revolution. Über (die rechtspopulistische Aktualität von) Leopold Ziegler

    10:15 – 11:00                
    Alexis Ruccius 
    Die Ethik des Betons. Rudolf Steiners Goetheanum II als geistiger Ort der Anthroposophie und die Sittenlehre des Brutalismus

    11:00 – 11:30 Break
    (Re)Educating the "Social Man"?
    Chair: Alessandro Nova

    11.30 – 12:15
    Salvatore Pisani 
    Rationale Moderne und Entnazifizierung. Georges-Henri Pingussons Stadtbauprojekt fu¨r Saarbru¨cken 1945 

    12:15 – 13:00
    Anna Vallye 
    Gyorgy Kepes's "Universities of Vision": From Education in Design to Design as Education of the Mind

    13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
    Constructing the Subject, Building Society
    Chair: Hana Gründler

    14:30 – 15:15
    Sol Pérez Martínez 
    Urban Studies Centres 1968-1988: A Framework to Enhance Civic Agency through Urban Pedagogy

    15:15 – 16:00
    Dikla Yizhar 
    Perceiving the User: Designing Israeli Future Society at the Turn of the 1970s

    16:00 – 16:45                          
    Carsten Ruhl 
    The Art of the Deal. Architektur im Zeitalter neoliberaler Selbstentwürfe

    16:45 – 17:15 Break
    Solicitation or Subjugation? Architecture and Politics
    Chair: Brigitte Sölch
    17:15 – 18:00
    Adam Wood 
    Spaces of Possibility: Herman Hertzberger's Architectural Theory Read through Amartya Sen

    18:00 – 18:45                
    Peter Swinnen 
    The Architect as Policy Whisperer

    Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
    Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
    Via die Servi 51
    I – 50122 Florence

  • Visual Resources Association's 36th Annual Conference, 3/27/2018 - 3/30/2018

    Philadelphia | Dates: 24 May – 28 Jul, 2017
    The Visual Resources Association’s 36th Annual Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Tuesday, March 27th, through Friday, March 30, 2018, in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The theme for the Philadelphia conference is VRA 2018: Workshop of the World. Please mark your calendars.

    Proposals for case studies, papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops are now being solicited for the 2018 program. All proposals are welcome.
    Click here to access the conference proposal form.
    • A session is a maximum 90-minute moderated session with 3 to 4 speakers at 15 to 20 minutes each followed by a facilitated brief question and answer period.
    • A workshop is a 2, 3, or 4-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.
    • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board's proposal and selection process.
    • A special interest/user group is a 60-minute to 90-minute informal facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific community within VRA.
    • A case study is detailed information about an individual, small group, or project, generally including the accounts of subjects themselves. Moderators are encouraged to submit proposals. Individual case study proposals will be reviewed for possible groupings similar to the session format.
    The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so let those creative juices flow. Perusing some of the past conference schedules will show you the range of topics presented in previous years and may inspire your proposal. Use suggested topics compiled from post-conference survey responses (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlook. If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed, participate in this process by submitting a proposal. Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after the submission of a proposal. The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, but single submissions without presenter lists are encouraged as well.

    Suggested topics:
    Changing roles and functions of Visual Resource Collections
    Coding (PHP, SQL, HTML5, etc.)
    Corporate Visual Resources careers
    DAM basics
    Data migration
    Digital collections platforms
    Digital Humanities theory
    Digital preservation
    Digital tools in the classrooms
    Engaging K-12
    Ethics in Visual Resources
    Excel tips and tricks
    Implementation case studies (Omeka, Shared Shelf, Luna)
    Information architecture
    Institutional repository management
    Library instruction
    Metadata and standards
    New technology
    Non-art related topics (archives and libraries)
    Non-Western art
    Publishing and scholarly communication
    Supervisory roles

    Questions about the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to me at

    The proposal deadline is Friday, July 28th, 2017. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Jacob Esselstrom
    Vice President for Conference Program
    Visual Resources Association

    Curator, Visual Resources Collection
    Department of Art History
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    214 Elvehjem Building
    800 University Avenue
    Madison, WI 53706
    (608) 263-2288
  • Call for Nominations: 2018 CAA Awards for Distinction

    Dates: 23 May – 01 Sep, 2017
    CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards for Distinction, which will be announced at the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles between February 21–24, 2018. All nominations must be sent with the proper nomination form including the nominee’s contact information.
    Awards for Distinction are given to professionals in a number of art fields who have been nominated by others to receive recognition for their work. These include:
    Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
    Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
    Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work
    Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
    Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art
    Distinguished Feminist Award
    CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation Award

    All nominations are due September 1, 2017.
    Nominations for Awards for Distinction require letters of support from the nominator that include the nominator’s identity, relationship to the nominee, how the nominee’s work has affected them, and why the nominee should be recognized for this particular award. It is recommended that nominators contact colleagues, students, and other professional contacts to write their own letters of nomination as well, bearing in mind that only five letters will be considered by the award jury.
    Nominations for Awards for Distinction also require a short CV (approximately two-pages) of the nominee. For Lifetime Achievement awards, a web link to a longer version of the CV can be included within the two-page CV. All materials should be sent to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs.
    For more information on these grants as well as CAA’s Awards for Distinction in Publication, please see the CAA website:
  • Call for Nominations: SACRPH Awards Competition 2017

    Cleveland | Dates: 22 May – 15 Aug, 2017

    The Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH), an interdisciplinary society of scholars and planning practitioners, announces its biennial awards competition. The awards will be presented at SACRPH’s 17th National Conference on Planning History, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 26-29, 2017. For more information, see

    Deadline to apply for Publication Prizes and Teaching Award: August 1, 2017

    Deadline to apply for Conference Paper Prize and Student Travel Awards: August 15, 2017

    (For work published between August 2015 and July 2017)

    Lewis Mumford Prize ($250)
    Best book on American city and regional planning history. Please send or direct your publisher to send three copies to the following addresses:

    Robert Fishman (Chair)
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069

    Brent D. Ryan
    Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
    Room 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge MA 02139.

    Lily Geismer
    5180 High Crest Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA. 90041

    Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize ($250)
    Best scholarly article on American city and regional planning history in any journal. Please send a PDF of your published article to Matthew Lasner:

    • Matthew Lasner, Hunter College, CUNY (Chair)
    • Anthony Raynsford, San Jose State University
    • Aaron Shkuda, Princeton University

    John Reps Prize ($250)
    Best master’s thesis and best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history. Please submit one copy of your manuscript to each of the addresses below:

    Greg Hise (Chair)
    972 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Unit D 
    Pasadena, CA 91105

    David Sloane
    Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 313
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

    June Williamson
    39 Claremont Ave #103
    New York, NY 10027

    Journal of Planning History Prize ($100)
    Best article published in the Journal of Planning History. Authors do not need to submit copies. All articles published between August 2015 and May 2017 (inclusive) will be considered.

    • Eric Sandweiss, Indiana University (Chair)
    • Elizabeth Macdonald, University of California Berkeley
    • Renia Ehrenfreucht, University of New Mexico

    (for papers accepted for presentation at the 17th National Conference on Planning History, Cleveland, Ohio, October 26-29, 2017) 

    Student Paper Prize ($100)
    Best conference paper submitted by a full-time student. For consideration, students should send their paper as a PDF to Kristin Larsen:

    • Kristin Larsen, University of Florida (Chair)
    • Mariana Mogilevich, Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League of New York
    • Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College


    Lawrence Gerckens Prize ($250)
    Awarded to a scholar-teacher who has demonstrated sustained teaching excellence and educational leadership in the field of planning history. Teaching excellence refers to the nominees influence in the classroom. Educational leadership involves, among other things, curriculum development, colleague and student mentoring, and pedagogical publishing. 
    Letters of nomination should be sent electronically to Domenic Vitiello:
    • Domenic Vitiello, University of Pennsylvania (Chair)
    • Mary Ryan, Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University
    • Lawrence Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Richard Longstreth, George Washington University

    4. Student Travel Awards (up to $250 each)

    The Robert S. Birch Endowment supports the activities of students within SACRPH and helps fund travel to the conference for students whose proposals have been accepted by the program committee. Individual grants will not exceed $250. Students presenting papers should send an electronic copy to Sara Stevens:

    • Sara Stevens, University of British Columbia (Chair)
    • David Smiley, Columbia University
    • Jennifer Hock, Maryland Institute College of Art


  • State Library of New South Wales Fellowships

    Sydney | Dates: 18 May – 17 Jul, 2017

    A range of research fellowships have been announced by the State Library of New South Wales to pursue both collections-based research and broader studies in the humanities. Details are available here:

  • CFP: Money: Economies of Architecture (Ardeth Issue 03)

    Dates: 18 May – 21 Jul, 2017

    The discussion of architecture, with all the visibility of its objects, tends to downplay the invisible flows of money that sustains its production. It is as if the dependency on economic forces is too much to face up to; better then to celebrate the catalytic genius of the architectural hero and then the glorious outputs, and try to ignore everything else that goes on in between. In the spirit of Ardeth, however, this issue intends to probe the that in between space of the operations of architecture, examining the intersection of the projects of architecture with economies, and with it their associated social and political contexts and implications. This builds on recent work in the field, such as that by Peggy Deamer and The Architecture Lobby on work, and by Doug Spencer on architecture and neoliberalism. Both of these clearly show the submission of the theories and discipline of architecture to the forces of global capital. It is only through a better understanding of the the way that contemporary economics cut across architectural operations that one can learn to deal with these dominant forces in a resistive and transformational manner.

    This special issue of Ardeth invites contributors to discuss the economies of architecture, with the following as potential areas to explore:

    • The Economies of Work: following Deamer et al, how are the various modes of architectural work (in practice, in education, in competitions) overseen by economic systems, and what are the possibilities to escape the dominance of the norms?
    • The Economies of Theory: the so-called ‘post-critical’ turn in architectural theory and practice may be read as at best a pragmatic acceptance of, at worst a complicity with, the prevailing economic orthodoxy. What types of theory might best provide a new critical edge that opens up that orthodoxy to inspection and transformation in an architectural context?
    • The Economies of Stuff: architectural operations are at heart about the manipulation of stuff, and this stuff is generally treated as commodity. What are the possibilities for new forms of the supply chain, of the commons, of reuse and so on that reconsider the use of stuff beyond its exchange value.
    • The Economies of Value: architecture, at least the 1% version of its stars, is employed to increase the cultural capital, and hence economic value, of development. Essays that investigate this process are invited, as well as those that look at the way that architecture might intervene in alternative value systems such those of social and environmental capital.
    • The Economies of the Future: with the spectre of the collapse of capitalism haunting much current political debate, we need to start thinking about other economic models and their spatial implications. This section of the issue asks how such alternative models might inflect on architectural operations, from the nature of practice to new spatial and material figurations.
  • CFP: Southern Studies Conference

    Montgomery | Dates: 14 May – 16 Oct, 2017
    Southern Studies Conference, February 9-10, 2018
    Auburn University at Montgomery, AL
    Deadline for submissions: October 16, 2017
    Contact email:

    Now in its tenth year, the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Southern Studies Conference invites proposals for pre-formed panels or individual papers on any topic pertaining to the history and culture of the American South from any time period, including presentations on art practice, American history, the history of science and medicine, the history of art, anthropology, history of music, foodways studies, theatre, literature, and sociology.

    In particular, the conference organizers invite proposals on any aspect of the history of art and architecture of the Southern United States. Topics might include:

    - Southern architecture: the plantation and/or back house, urban architecture and city/suburban planning, landscape design, the Rural Studio, Samuel Mockbee, church, camp, or meeting architecture, historic preservation, or the post-modern
    - Native American art, material culture, and manuscripts, or contemporary Native American art made of/in the American South
    - Southern folk, outsider, and self-taught art and artists, including Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, and William Edmondson
    - Considerations of the status of categories of folk, self-taught, and outsider art in relation to Southern geography and art history
    - Southern sculpture of any tradition, including studies of makers, materials, monuments, or markers
    - Southern natural history and illustration, or studies of Mark Catesby, John James Audubon, or William Bartram and the South
    - Southern sculpture or painting, including studies of portraiture and its social functions, the southern landscape tradition, plantation views, still lifes or genre scenes, or considerations of style and regionalism, or modernism in the American South
    - Slavery and its legacies in Southern art, nostalgia for the “Old South,” or the Southern Gothic
    - Reflections, case studies, or papers on Southern museums, collections, museological practice, patronage, exhibitions, or curation in the American South
    - The Civil War and/or its legacies in American art of the South
    - The art and visual and material culture of the Civil Rights Movement in the South
    - Southern material and visual culture, including metalwork, decorative arts, textiles, furniture, prints, book illustration, or Southern illustrators, lithography firms, and printers
    - Southern photography (both by makers born or practicing in the South and images of the South), from early portrait studios to photography of the Civil War, from WPA photography to the color photography of William Eggleston and William Christenberry
    - African American art rooted in or created of the American South, including the fine arts, quilt making, grave decoration, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics, and basket weaving
    - Considerations of the place of “Southern Art” within the canon of American art history or papers that address pedagogy and teaching of the “Arts of the American South”
    - Southern media, including film, cinema, or video
    - Contemporary art in/of the American South

    Proposals should be emailed to and include a 250-word abstract and a brief CV. The deadline for proposals is October 16, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website:
  • Future Passé

    London | Dates: 02 – 02 Jun, 2017
    Main speakers: Historian of Technology David Edgerton, Architectural Historian Barbara Penner, Geographer Gillian Rose, Architect Liam Young
    Keynote: Filmmaker Peter Greenaway

    How do we represent urban change and technological development in visual and textual form, historically and in the present? How has visual rhetoric been used to normalize the disruption and destruction that accompanies modern ideas of ‘progress’? And what happens when these confident predictions of future relevance fail and we are left with dead-ends and obsolete technologies, the unwanted remains of modernity?

    Join academic speakers, V&A curators, artists and filmmakers as they aim to unpick how narratives of progress have been – and continue to be – established through visual and textual representations of urban change and technological development. What ends do these narratives serve? How can they be unpicked and re-presented?

    The event is free, but online booking required:

    This conference has been generously supported by the Humanities in the European Research Area Joint Research Programme ( as part of the Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe [PriArc], a multidisciplinary research project involving Oslo School of Architecture, UCL, Leiden University, Ghent University, and designers and curators from the V&A/RIBA, Musée d'Orsay, Museum of Cultural History (Oslo) and Factum Arte:
  • Call for Papers - 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium

    Washington | Dates: 01 – 01 Jul, 2017
    Organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning. The 12th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.


    City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol

    The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating from Capitol Hill to the myriad federal agency compounds that radiate well into Virginia, Maryland, and beyond, the presence of the U.S. government is unmistakable.

    The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians welcomes paper proposals for a symposium that examines the interplay between Washington the capital and Washington the city.

    Papers might explore:
    the federal regulation of the area’s built environment and how it has enhanced or impeded the development of a vibrant local architecture;
    the influence of embassies and other international architectural statements, as well as headquarters buildings for U.S. companies and organizations, attracted by the capital;
    model government-built communities such as Greenbelt or Langston Terrace as manifestations of the federal government’s effect on local lives;
    explicit comparisons with other capital cities, considering to what degree Washington is unique; or
    considerations of planning, landscape, and/or architecture, with an eye toward the juxtaposition of the monumentality of the capital with the ordinary life around it.
    The purpose of the symposium is to feature recent research in a format that encourages comment and discussion. Papers must be analytical rather than descriptive in nature and should place the subject in a comparative context of political, social, economic, technological, or cultural forces, as appropriate.

    All paper sessions will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning.

    Please send a one-page, 350-word abstract of a 20-minute paper and an abbreviated curriculum vitae by July 1, 2017, to Lauren McHale at All applicants will be notified of the selection by July 15, 2017. September 15 is the deadline for final text to be sent to session moderators, who will work with presenters to develop themes for discussion. For further information, contact Lauren McHale at or 317-459-8973.
  • CFP: MATERIA ARQUITECTURA N°15: Wood, eternal youth

    Dates: 19 – 19 May, 2017

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is open to the whole national and international academic and professional community. The journal has a special interest in publishing works on the theoretical research and practical production of current architecture in Latin America.


    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA’s Editorial Committee invites you to submit papers reflecting the state of art in the discipline, preferably derived from academic researches.

    > MATERIA ARQUITECTURA N°15: Wood, eternal youth 
    Publication: August 2017. 
    Submission deadline: May 19th, 2017.


    To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to: or to our postal address: sede Bellavista, Bellavista 7, Recoleta, Santiago de Chile.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:

    Essays, researches, articles. It has a thematic character and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

    -Manuscript: maximum length 2.500 words.
    -Abstract: maximum length 100 words.
    -Five keywords.
    -Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.
    -Author´s biodata, 100 words maximum.
    -Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).
    -All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.
    -Plans (format: DWG).

    Critical review of architectural works and projects.

    -Text: maximum length 1,000 words.
    - Technical data.
    -Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)

    Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

    - Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.
    -8 to 20 images (300 DPI)


  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in the Arabian Peninsula

    Dates: 12 May – 01 Aug, 2017

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is currently accepting applications for grants to begin in 2018-19. U.S. Scholars to the region immerse themselves in one of the most dynamic cultural and social landscapes in the world, contributing to the region's legacy of excellence in scholarship through a wide range of awards. We encourage you to explore the awards in the countries below, and Contact Us at with any questions.

    Bahrain: Applicants sought in educational administration and teacher education, and business and economics. An All Disciplines award is also available for scholars of any specialization. Grant lengths of 10 months.

    Kuwait: Applications accepted in Multiple Disciplines; preferred specializations include but are not limited to American history and literature, communications/journalism, educational leadership. Grant lengths of 10 months, or Flex.

    Oman: Applications accepted in All Disciplines. Grant lengths of five or 10 months.

    Qatar: Applications accepted in All Disciplines. Grant lengths of five or 10 months.

    Saudi Arabia: Applications accepted in All Disciplines. Grant lengths of three to 10 months, or Flex.

    United Arab Emirates: Applications accepted in All Disciplines. Grant lengths of 10 months for applicants with a teaching component; three to nine months, or Flex for applicants conducting research-only.

    During their grant period, Scholars in the region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof.

    Applicants may also want to consider the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program (8475-MC) for projects that require research in two or more countries in the region.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2017.
  • Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live

    Bristol | Dates: 25 – 26 Jan, 2018
    Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live
    25th to 26th January 2018
    Bristol, United Kingdom

    Architects for Health and WHO keynotes at this major international / interdisciplinary conference. Multiple publications. Disciplines range from health to architecture. Themes - healthy cities, homes, design for life, accessibility and more.

    Web address:
    Sponsored by: University of the West of England 
  • C&T workshop – call for participation & abstracts

    Dates: 10 – 16 May, 2017

    Tuesday 27th June 2017 – Université de Technologie de Troyes, France


    Digital participation is emerging as a key issue for researchers, designers, educators, industry and others as government policy increasingly seeks to include people in decision-making about all aspects of their lives. Yet, that tends to focus predominantly on mainstream communities of highly urbanised settlements, often neglecting segments of society lacking access to resources, digital technology or telecommunications infrastructure. Likewise, people from diverse and marginalised backgrounds, or who are socially excluded, such as people living with disability, the elderly, disadvantaged youth and women, people identifying as LGBTQIA, refugees and migrants, Indigenous people and others, are particularly vulnerable to digital under-participation, thereby compounding disadvantage.

    This C&T 2017 workshop proposes to identify practical, innovative, and sensitive design solutions to support digital participation and foster digital skills for disadvantaged communities; investigate the role of proxies in digital inclusion; and discuss design strategies for sustaining digital inclusion in the long term.

    The workshop extends the themes discussed on a related workshop, at OzCHI 2016, Launceston, Australia. This iteration seeks to further the investigation into strategies for designing participation for the digital fringe in urban and regional environments, as well as within and across a diverse range of communities.

    We invite the submission of 1 page abstracts (using the ACM recommended templates) that describe experiences of:

    Fostering digital skills within or across communities.

    Designing, developing, adapting and utilising technology for digital inclusion in regional or urban environments.

    The role of proxies and champions for supporting digital inclusion and participation.

    Researcher strategies for recognising and responding to sensitivities during the research process.

    Sustaining digital inclusion beyond the life of the research project.

    Abstracts should also clearly outline:

    what the addressed communities are;
    what characterizes their digital exclusion;
    the reasons behind the digital exclusion (e.g. affordability; social exclusion; cultural factors; etc.), and
    how the presented research contributes to enhancement, better understanding and advancement of design participation for the digital fringe.
    Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to Hilary Davis at and Luke Hespanhol at

    Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of experts and selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop.

    The workshop will run for a full day, with the main objective of critiquing and debating submissions by participants, leading to a collaborative understanding of the field that can be captured as a special edition of a high-quality peer reviewed journal.

    Important Dates:

    Deadline for submission: 16 May 2017
    Notification of acceptance: 26 May 2017
    Workshop day: 27 June 2017
  • Architecture and Adventure Tour to Iceland

    Dates: 25 Aug – 04 Sep, 2017
    Iceland - Architecture and Adventure
    August 25 - September 4, 2017


    This tour will be an outstanding experience for us! Iceland, which is about the size of Kentucky, has some rather interesting contemporary architecture and amazing natural wonders and our tour will incorporate both aspects of this island country. We’ll spend time in Reykjavik where our guide - who is also an architect - will lead us through the most exciting architectural buildings in the city, such as Harpa – Icelandic Concert and Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson, Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrimschurch), Perlan (“The Pearl”), Austurvollur Square and Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Gallery to name a few. A high point will be our meeting with architects Steve Christer and Margrét Harðardóttur who designed Reykjavik City Hall and the Supreme Court Building. Steve and Margrét will guide us through both of these buildings. We will also visit Nordic House, a cultural institution opened in 1968 and operated by the Nordic Council of Ministers with a library designed by Alvar Aalto. Its goal is to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the other Nordic countries. Our next destination will be Gerdarsafn - a progressive art museum that specializes in modern and contemporary art. We'll spend three nights at the ION Adventure Hotel near Gullfoss, which will provide us with both architecture and adventure. In addition, we will fly to Akureyri on the northern side of the island where visits will include Hof, the new cultural center, and the main church Basalt Akureyrarkirkja (1940) that was designed by Guojon Samuelsson and the Diamond Circle. Plus, as long as there's darkness, there’s the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.
  • Conference: Friction and the City: Convergence, Divergence and Transformation in the Urban Realm

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 May, 2017
    Friction and the City is a one-day conference at the University of Chicago about the architectural, social and political dynamics of change in the urban realm, comprising an international roster of speakers from professional practice, the humanities and the social sciences.

    With their increased scale and prominence, cities have come to represent the contradictions of modernity, harboring the best (demographic diversity, technological advancement, job opportunities, a concentration of cultural events, lower carbon footprints) and the worst (gross iniquities in income distribution, crime, cramped living conditions and ghettoization) aspects of a globalized society. Increasingly these frictions are emphasized in the media, depicting racial injustice, class conflict, migrant camps, urban sprawl and uneven development as symptomatic of the failure of urban societies. Yet simultaneously, the skylines of the urban realm are held up as symbols of its success, with glossy architectural renderings representing unprecedented accumulations of wealth.

    This conference asks the question: what are the decisive factors determining friction in the city? In the literal and geological sense, the notion of friction is that of a resisting force, which is produced in the contact between two bodies altering the motion of one relative to the other. The term therefore designates a productive interaction in which different phenomena come into dynamic contact and hence provides a useful framework within which to investigate the current urban condition. As a physical process, friction can be both constructive and oppositional, but always transformative. This conference aims to understand the process of friction in the urban realm via three thematic sessions, Convergence, Divergence and Transformation, which address the dynamics of urban change within the built environment and the public realm.

    • Saskia Sassen (Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)
    • Adrian Lahoud (Dean of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London / Forensic Architecture)
    • Nicholas de Genova (formerly Reader in Human Geography at Kings College London)

    • Gia Biagi (Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact, Studio Gang Architects)
    • Luis M. Bettencourt (Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago)
    • Adrienne Brown (Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature and Language, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago)
    • Oscar Buson (Architect, Studio BLB, Brühlmann Loetscher Buson, Zürich)
    • Michael Conzen (Professor of Geography, Committee on Geographical Studies, University of Chicago)
    • Joshua Craze (Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and the College, University of Chicago)
    • Roberta Feldman (Professor Emerita, School of Architecture, University of Illinois Chicago)
    • Theaster Gates (Artist, Director of Arts + Public Life and Place Lab, Professor, DoVA, University of Chicago)
    • Sean Keller (Associate Professor, Director of History and Theory, College of Architecture Illinois Institute of Technology / Visiting Associate Professor, DoVA, University of Chicago)
    • Jon Levy (Professor of US History, Fundamentals, and the College, University of Chicago)
    • Kareem Rabie (Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and the College, University of Chicago)
    • Yehuda Safran (Adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University)
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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