Recent Opportunities

  • SESAH Conference in New Orleans - Registration!

    New Orleans | Dates: 28 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    Registration for the SESAH Conference is now open! Please join us September 28-October 1, 2016, in New Orleans.
  • Housing the Future - Resilient and Sustainable Design

    London | Dates: 15 Jul – 20 Oct, 2016
    As part of its book series on design and planning approaches to housing AMPS calls for submissions to the third book of the series. The Housing the Future series is a unique combination of:

    i. Built projects by planners, urban designers and architects
    ii. Essays from academics in these fields describing theory, practice or educational design projects in these areas
    iii. Student projects (typically those of the academics in section two)

    Book title:  Housing the Future - Resilient and Sustainable Design

    Publisher: Libri Publishing

    Series Mangers/Editors: AMPS

    The first round of chapter submissions are collected through the housing strand of the following conference:

    Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally

    Place: London South Bank University

    Dates: 09-10 February 2017

    Abstract Submission deadline: 20 October 2016

    Visit: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/conferences/living-sustainability-built-environment

    Abstract forms available here: http://architecturemps.com/london-2017/

    The first stage of this process is to submit an abstract. If accepted, you will be invited to submit a full paper or projects to the conference as applicable. Final selection for the book is made at that stage.
  • CFP: Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice Volume 2 Issue 1

    Dates: 15 Jul – 05 Aug, 2016
    Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (DRTP) promotes and disseminates contemporary drawing practice and research in its current cultural and disciplinary diversity. The journal encourages pluralist forms of discourse, addressing current issues of theory and practice. It is concerned with drawing as an interactive process and product, as a form of writing or visual narrative, as a model of representation; an investigative, descriptive or interpretive pursuit, a recording and communicative tool; an interactive and dynamic 'site of conception'; as performance, an aid to critical thinking, an interpretative medium and as a site of production.

    DRTP invites practitioners, researchers, educators and theorists in the disciplines of fine art, architecture, design, visual communication, technology, craft, animation, etc. to contribute articles, projects, essay and papers that deal with the various knowledges and representations of drawing.
     
  • CFP: Design Education in the Nordic Countries (Helsinki, 23-24 Sep 16)

    Helsinki | Dates: 15 Jul – 15 Aug, 2016
    DESIGN EDUCATION IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

    23?24 September 2016
    Nordic Forum for Design History Studies conference 2016
    Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Arabia campus), Helsinki, Finland

    Confirmed Keynote Speaker:
    Kjetil Fallan, Professor in Design History, University of Oslo, Norway

    Confirmed Panelists:
    Kerstin Wickman, Professor Emerita, Sweden
    Christina Zetterlund, Professor, Konstfack, Sweden
    Anders V. Munch, Professor, The University of Southern Denmark
    Harpa Thorsdottir, Museum director, Museum of Design and Applied Art, Iceland
    Ida Kamilla Lie, PhD student, University of Oslo, Norway
    K?rt Summatavet, PhD, researcher, Tallin, Estonia

    At the time of big changes in designer profession globally, the Nordic Forum for Design History Studies conference 2016 turns to examine design education. The conference aims to map the history of design education in the Nordic countries and to survey what is the status of research in this area today. The conference will reflect critically on how the history of professional education is linked to the writing of Nordic design histories and what are the relevant methods of research here.

    Nordic design is often presented as a uniform and homogenous phenomenon. What is common and shared, then, when one looks at Nordic design from the perspective of education; is there a special "Nordic design education method"? What are the similarities and differences of educational programmes? Can one talk about regionalism or are national accents or specialities offered by individual schools more significant?

    The conference examines interaction within the Nordic region and in the international framework. What was the relation to the German Bauhaus and other 20th century progressive design schools in Europe and in the USA? What kind of connections were there to design schools of the Baltic countries during Soviet era and later. And how is it now: what is the status of education in national design policies of the Nordic countries?

    We welcome abstracts for 20 minutes conference papers from scholars from a diverse range of disciplines on the theme of design education. Topics that may be considered include, but are not limited to:
    - Methods of research in design education
    - Locality / nationality as context of design education
    - Interaction and collaboration between Nordic actors of design education
    - Bauhaus and other "foreign" influences in Nordic design education
    - Links to design schools in the region of the former Soviet Union
    - Professionals coming outside of design education
    - Charateristics of contemporary design education in the Nordic countries
    - Design policies and design education in the Nordic countries
    - Turning points in design education
    - Continuum and ruptures in the design curriculum
    - Role of history in design education

    Deadline for submission: 15 August 2016
    Please send an abstract (up to 250 words) by 12th of August 2016, including a short biography (up to 50 words) to pekka.korvenmaa@aalto.fi
  • CFP: Materiality and Construction. Building site vocabulary (Rome, 21 - 22 Nov 16)

    Rome | Dates: 15 Jul – 07 Aug, 2016
    Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom, November 21 - 22, 2016
    Deadline: Aug 7, 2016

    International Conference

    MATERIALITY AND CONSTRUCTION
    Building site vocabulary – A Contribution to the Glossary of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque Building Trade

    Venue: Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom – Villino Stroganoff Via Gregoriana 28, 00187 Roma

    Scientific organisation
    Claudia Conforti (Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”) Hermann Schlimme (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom) Maria Grazia D’Amelio (Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

    Hosting institutions
    Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
    Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom

    Call for papers
    The terms used in the realization processes of architecture is often ambivalent in meaning, and can sometimes even be unintelligible. This vocabulary may not even belong to the “official” written language, or be findable in historical dictionaries. Building site words belong, in fact, to a restricted group of individuals who had a shared language and who communicated about even very complex operations using an abbreviated code. The meaning of the words changed depending on time and place; occasionally the words themselves disappeared like the dialects to which they belong, or became obsolete like the techniques they describe.
    Indispensable for an understanding of the working practices of the building site is an accurate understanding of the vocabulary that comes to light in archival documents. For this reason several scholars from the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome and the Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” have created the “Glossario dell’Edilizia Rinascimentale e Barocca” ( http://wissensgeschichte.biblhertz.it:8080/Glossario ). The glossary is intended as a tool for studies in architectural history as well as for planning the restoration of the architectural heritage. This is not a collection of fixed headwords, but on the contrary is updated following current research and aims to be a contribution to a broader history of construction knowledge. 
    The aim of the conference is to sound out the current state of research in building site vocabulary. This call for papers addresses scholars interested in reconstructing the technical vocabulary used in the early modern (Renaissance and Baroque) building sector in Rome and throughout the Italian peninsula. The conference aims to actively contribute to the enrichment of the glossary. Topics comprise but are not limited to:
    -Construction materials and tools (stone, cement, bricks, metals, wood, surface finishings, tools and instruments); -Working techniques and use of materials; -Waterworks (hydraulic construction, etc.); -Bookkeeping and other records (documentation of work in progress; building site administrative documents, etc.).

    Please send your paper proposal (300 words maximum) in Italian or English and a brief CV (150 words maximum) to Prof. Maria Grazia D’Amelio (damelio(at)uniroma2.it) and to Dr. Hermann Schlimme (schlimme(at)biblhertz.it). Deadline is August 7, 2016. The Bibliotheca Hertziana will cover travel costs (economy class) and accommodation (one night) in accordance with the provisions of the German Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekostengesetz).
     
  • Panel Discussion: New Architectures and Urbanisms of Decentralization

    Chicago | Dates: 21 – 21 Jul, 2016
    This panel discussion, moderated by Judith De Jong and Marshall Brown, questions new forms of decentralized urbanism in the contemporary American metropolis.

    While references to American suburbia typically conjure an image of vast, homogeneous tracts of post-war residential neighborhoods, this roundtable begins with an understanding that decentralization is neither new, nor specifically American. Rather, it is evident as early as the third millennium BCE, where outlying settlements of Mesopotamian cities focused on commerce and industry. Early American suburbia was likewise often industrial, and developed distinct municipalities; some of which were annexed by their central cities, while others faded into oblivion or developed into thriving economic hubs. Therefore, when looking historically, decentralization has traditionally acted back upon the city center, forcing a reconsideration of urban forms and qualities.

    The contemporary American metropolis is characterized by a wide range of decentralized urbanisms, many of which exhibit open or loose formal and spatial patterns. However, because these patterns are harder to identify, understand, and instrumentalize, and because the architecture is so often banal, these conditions are easily dismissed. This panel discussion seeks to re-examine these urban forms, as they are often some of the largest and fastest growing parts of a metropolis, as well as generators of innovative new architectures. It asks: What are these new forms of architecture and urbanism in the decentralized American metropolis? What are the primary forces being materialized in their making? And what are the opportunities for the future?

    Marshall Brown is an architect and principal of Marshall Brown Projects and an Associate Professor at the IIT College of Architecture.
     
    Robert Bruegmann is an historian and critic of the built environment and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
     
    Architect Claire Cahan is Design Director at Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism collective based in Chicago and New York.
     
    Judith K. De Jong is an architect, urbanist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
     
    Andrew Metter is Principal Design Consultant at Epstein in Chicago, Illinois.
     
    Juan Gabriel Moreno, is an architect and President/Founder of JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects).
     
    Mark Muenzer is the Director of Community Development for the City of Evanston, Illinois. 
     
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

    Dates: 14 Jul – 15 Nov, 2016
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the fourth year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies, funded by a three-year grant of $6.7 million from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

    The Foundation offers five competitions to support research and teaching.

    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

    These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants. The final products of  research supported may be in any language. It is especially important, therefore, to publicize the program in Asia, both because Asia is the historical home of Buddhist traditions and because it is the site of outstanding contemporary scholarship.

    Information about these fellowships and grants is now available in Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese.  The translations will circulate information about the program more widely, including via local Internet search engines.

    Although the final products of research may be in any language, all applications must be submitted in English.

    Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). Applications will be available by August 31, 2016.
  • "Foundations and Futures" 2016 Exhibit Columbus Symposium

    Columbus | Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    "Foundations and Futures," the 2016 inaugural symposium for Exhibit Columbus, will be held September 29 to October 1. In addition to a keynote session featuring the return of some Columbus legends, Deborah Berke, Will Miller, Robert A. M. Stern, and Michael Van Valkenburgh, you will get to hear from experts in architectural history, community members that built and maintain many of the landmarks around the city, manufacturing and fabrication experts, and discussions with all ten of the designers selected to participating in the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition.
  • Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jul, 2016
    Author Richard Cahan will present a lecture on his third book dedicated to the photographer and preservationist Richard Nickel, who was also one of the founders of Glessner House Museum in 1966. Cahan’s most recent volume utilizes Nickel’s own writings - from long letters to quick notes - that convey Nickel’s commitment to preservation, the joys of discovery, and moments of despair as Louis Sullivan’s buildings fell one after another during the 1950s and 1960s. His words and photographs continue to inspire us today. Copies of the book, co-authored by Michael Williams, will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Irving J. Gill: New Architecture For a Great Country

    San Diego | Dates: 24 Sep, 2016 – 31 Mar, 2017
    Architect Irving J. Gill was a San Diego architect, by way of Chicago, who relished the opportunity to work in this city during the end of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He saw San Diego as a blank slate with great potential. Inspired by the coast and canyons, sunlight and shadows, Gill created a new design language, what we now call modern architecture. His simple, block-like designs offered simplicity, clean lines, and efficiency at a time when faux-Victorian and Spanish Colonial architecture were mainstream. Once sought after by many of San Diego elites like, Ellen Browning Scripps and Melville Klauber, his legacy was largely overlooked after his death.

    San Diegans today may not know the name Irving Gill, but they are, perhaps unknowingly, aware of his influential and livable architecture.  From the home of Ellen Browning Scripps (today’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla), to the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, to the Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, the Marston House in Balboa Park, the Americanization School in Oceanside, and the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside. Gill’s designs made a lasting mark on San Diego County and the influence architects and their clients to this day.

    Visit the History Center’s exhibition Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes misunderstood individual who helped create in a new style of architecture revered throughout the world, but one that originated right here in San Diego.
     
  • CFP: Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film

    Dates: 13 Jul – 15 Oct, 2016
    Deadline: Oct 15, 2016

    Gardens have been a crucial part in mythology and literature. 
    Throughout English literature for example, the idea of a garden is a recurrent image; these images largely stem from the story of the Garden of Eden which is found in the Genesis, the first book of the Bible. 
    Gardens reveal the relationship between culture and nature – the garden can be seen as civilized and ‘shaped’ and therefore domesticated nature –, in the vast library of garden literature few books focus on what the garden means – on the ecology of garden as idea, place, and action. Our volume will discuss the topic of the garden in different theoretical contexts such as ecological, botanical, literary, filmic, art historical and cultural ones. We want to investigate the representations of and the interconnections between gardens and the above named fields over a wide timescale, with consideration of how gardens are represented and used as symbols and of how – for example – literature or visuality took form in, or influenced, gardens.

    Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:
    - The Biblical/Theological Garden
    - The Mythological Garden
    - The Renaissance Garden
    - The Romantic Garden
    - The Revolutionary Garden
    - The Colonial/Postcolonial Garden
    - Gardens in film
    - Gardens in Art History
    - The Garden as…
    > a location in general and as a place of romanticism specifically a 
    > crime scene a labyrinth and therefore as a mirror of psychological 
    > conditions
    - Ecological aspects on garden culture

    The timetable for the volume is as follows:
    - The deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2016
    - Feedback: October 31, 2016
    - Submission for articles (completed): April 30, 2017
    - Double peer review process and feedback due to: May 30, 2017
    - Articles sent back to editors: mid of June 2017

    A publication is planned during autumn/winter 2017.

    Chapters may explore different media (literature, movies, art, visual arts, television, etc.) and address topics on gardens. If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please email an abstract of 500 words and a short CV to both Dr. Feryal Cubukcu
    (cubukcu.feryal@gmail.com) and Dr. Sabine Planka (planka@phil.uni-siegen.de).
    Your abstract should outline your hypothesis and briefly sketch the theoretical framework(s) within which your chapter will be situated. 
    All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email was lost in the depths of cyberspace. In that case, please re-submit. 
    Please note that we will not include previously published essays in the collection.
     
  • CFP: Impenetrable Architecture in Medieval Art - Session at ICMS 2017 (Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 17)

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 13 Jul – 15 Sep, 2016
    Co­Organizers: Danny Smith and Lora Webb, Stanford University

    “The depicted door,” Jas Elsner has written of the fourth century Pola Casket, “is a kind of make­believe that might open into the box or out of which the box’s contents might venture.” The doors of the ivory casket suggest an architectural space, but one that remains wholly impenetrable to anything but the imagination. Inspired by the recent focus on absconded or hidden art objects, this panel will address the inaccessible architectures of the medieval world to ask: how do we understand space we cannot enter?

    Whether in the form of ecclesiastic spaces closed to the public, sarcophagi or censors in the form of microarchitectural models, or ruined or destroyed spaces, much of the interior architectural space of the medieval period remains steadfastly impenetrable. How can we, as scholars, interpret spaces into which we can never ourselves enter? How does the study of medieval architecture change when the architectural space is impenetrable? Does painted architecture, micro­architecture, or lost architecture demand a different kind of methodology?

    We welcome all papers pertinent to the study of impenetrable or impossible architecture in a medieval context. Topics may include:
    micro­architecture, visionary architecture, spatial or architectural ekphrasis, lost or ruined architecture, medieval architectural models, the social stratification of architectural space, or architectural historiography. 
    DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 15 September 2016

    Paper proposals should consist of the following:
    - Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 350 words)
    - Completed Participant Information Form – available on the conference website here:
    https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2016/medieval-pif-2017.pdf

    - CV with contact information.

    ALL PROPOSALS AND INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
    Danny Smith (smithda@stanford.edu) and Lora Webb (loraw@stanford.edu)
  • Young Professionals Summer Mixer at Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Aug, 2016
    Skyline Council and Glessner House Museum present an evening for young professional organizations to meet, mingle and network while celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary.

    A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture. This year, Glessner House Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
  • Architectural Historian required for panel debate on resilience of cities

    London | Dates: 08 – 08 Mar, 2017
    I work in a voluntary capacity for CoreNet, the Corporate Real Estate Network in London. We have an annual conference every March which is attended by c320 corporate real estate professionals. We’re looking for an architectural historian to join a panel at our 2017 event. The theme is resilience and the person in question would be asked to talk/ discuss the resilience of cities, and how cities have come and gone and what makes a city resilient.
  • ARPA Journal, Issue 05 "Conflicts of Interest": Call for Submissions

    Dates: 13 Jul – 01 Sep, 2016
    “Conflicts of interest” are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advancement or personal gain. If the resolution of such conflicts might typically call for avoidance, recusal or disclosure, what would such strategies mean for the design disciplines and research on the built environment? What varied interests, expressed in the form of money or other manifestations of influence, do designers contend with? Who does impartiality protect, and when are conflicts of interest productive? Issue 05 asks how researchers define an ethics of interest and disinterest across diverse structures of research funding. How do designers reify, leverage, alter or sidestep the constraints of financial support, and from what vantage points? How is the value of research assessed, and in what marketplaces? Beyond the automotive industry’s role in the Federal-Aid Highway Act or BP’s now-defunct sponsorship of the Tate Modern, even the most speculative work is governed by the economics of research. Universities shape niche publishing industries by determining tenure criteria and create new structures for commercialization as student debts escalate. Government agencies and NGOs issue grants captured from local tax bases or global markets to test ever-changing definitions of welfare, social justice and development. Even Silicon Valley-style start-ups and crowd-funding campaigns rely on licensing and liability protocols developed within the service professions. From philanthropy to profit, and from patronage to entrepreneurship, we hope to examine how researchers locate their role in directing the systemic reach of such funding structures. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research in the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, research papers on pivotal moments from a history of applied research, speculative drawing series about the protocols of research practice or photo essays on research projects. For this issue especially, we welcome opportunities to publish interviews with representatives of foundations, government agencies and design practices. Articles are not limited in length (600-2000 words, recommended) and can be published as text, photo essays, videos or other media. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise. To apply, email the following in one pdf document to editors@arpajournal.net: - Title and subtitle - Author name and 50-word bio - Abstract describing context, argument and intended format and length of your proposed contribution, 300 words max. - Design or writing samples and website urls, optional. Deadlines for Issue 05 are as follows: - Sep 1 2016: Abstracts due (we will also review abstracts on a rolling basis throughout the summer of 2016, so feel free to send them in advance). - Jan 9 2017: Contributions due (once selected). - May 2017: Publication.
  • Pella Crafted Luxury - Movie Night Hosted by Milos Stehlik

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Jul, 2016
    Milos Stehlik, founder of Facets and WBEZ movie critic, will introduce the first of two movie nights devoted to architecture on film. He will screen L’inhumaine, directed in 1924 by Marcel L’Herbier, one of the legendary achievements of early French cinema in a newly restored version, with modernist sets designed by the architect Robert Mallet- Stevens and by Fernand Léger.

    Appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP required.
  • Call for Submissions #32: Character Issue of MAS Context

    Dates: 11 Jul – 31 Aug, 2016
    The winter issue of MAS Context will focus on the topic of CHARACTER.

    What are the opportunities of conjuring fictional characters as a device to demonstrate how a building is experienced? What makes a building have or become a character? Why do architects sometimes consciously formulate their own persona as a quasi-fictional character? We are looking for critical writing, photo essays, analytical studies, data visualizations, visual explorations, architectural projects, interviews, films, etc. that probe at these questions to include in our CHARACTER issue. Join us as we consider architecture in literary terms in order to reimagine how buildings can communicate with audiences through form, expression, structure, type, decoration, experience, narrative, and metaphor.
    For more information about the submission process, visit our submission guidelines.
    Please, send your submission to submission@mascontext.com by midnight (CST) on Sunday July 31. Full contributions if selected will be due August 31, 2016.

    This issue will be guest edited by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design With Company.






  • CFP: Sessions at ICMS 2017 (Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 17)

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 15 Jul – 09 Sep, 2016
    Urban Planning:
    Buildings, Planning, and Networks of Medieval Cities  
    AVISTA sponsored sessions

    Broadly defined, urban planning is today a process one might describe 
    as half design and half social engineering.  One engaged in this 
    process considers not only the aesthetic and visual product, but also 
    the economic, political, and social implications, not to mention the 
    underlying or over-arching environmental impact of any given plan.
    While it appears that this sort of broad, multifaceted planning did not 
    take place in the middle ages because we do not have left to us the 
    tangible evidence—the maps, the drawings, the reports, recent 
    scholarship employing the methodological lens of Cultural Geography 
    seems to suggest otherwise.  Monastic historians, archaeologists, and 
    art historians have long demonstrated, based on the famous plan of St. 
    Gall, that monasteries, particularly those of the Cistercian order, 
    were very much concerned with planning in the rural sense. From the 
    intricacies of the water infrastructure, to the ordered logic of the 
    space, to the esoteric qualities of metaphysical light, to the seasonal 
    inter-dependence of pigs and pollarded oak trees, there is ample 
    evidence to support a claim that the various components of an “urban 
    plan” were understood within the monastic realm during the Middle Ages.

    But what of the integration of these various parts? This session seeks 
    to explore and expand our comprehension of how those in roles of 
    authority—both within the monastic confines and the more secular 
    enivorns—saw the big picture.  Was there a plan or a planning process?  
    What can we say by way of an analysis of architectural complexes beyond 
    the monastic enclosure about this planning process?  Are there hints in 
    literary sources that indicate sensitivity to the correlation between 
    climate, architectural orientation and positive social interaction, or 
    indications in religious documents to illustrate a planned confluence 
    between visual or aural stimulation, water features and physical 
    well-being?  In the broader context of the secular built environment, 
    where historians frequently demonstrate the economic and political 
    interaction between monastic leadership and the local or regional 
    authorities, can we detect a specific replication or modeling of the 
    integrated concern with materials and aesthetics seen in the monastic 
    complex?  Similarly, where philosophic and religious scholars highlight 
    the mirrored nature of heaven and earth in medieval texts, can we find 
    evidence of this theoretical “ordering” being planned or integrated 
    into the secular world in the same way we can see it in the monastic 
    enclosure?   What can we learn by bringing together the views of the 
    architect, the archaeologist of infrastructure, and the environmental 
    biologist with those scholars of literature, sculptural ornamentation 
    and liturgy?  With these questions in mind, we seek papers from the 
    broadest interdisciplinary point of view, where we can identify 
    glimpses of a plan or, in the modern sense of the term, a planner.

    In the Middle Ages European and eastern Mediterranean/western Asian 
    cities developed from myriad situations, their cityscapes exhibiting a 
    variety of types, as Wolfgang Braunfels outlined in Abendländische 
    Stadtbaukunst: Herrschaftsform und Baugestalt (1976; English version, 
    Urban Design in Western Europe: Regime and Architecture, 900-1900, 
    1988). While much scholarship still focuses on archaeology and 
    individual sites, since Braunfels's publication research with a greater 
    breadth of perspectives is being tackled. This examines not only the 
    role of ecclesiastical architecture within civic society, but also on 
    secular building, the functions of which always interacted with 
    religious values of medieval culture. The proposed session invites 
    papers showing innovative research and discussing specific examples or 
    topics understood within a broad framework, on such issues as the forms 
    that medieval cities and buildings took and why, what infrastructure 
    was necessary to facilitate cultural growth, what pre-existing 
    buildings and spolia conveyed to the social network of urban 
    development, and why, as well as how, people moved about and operated 
    within urban contexts (including the ex-urban and rural Hinterland). 
    Within an urban setting—whether Christian, Jewish, Islamic, or some 
    combination thereof—structures that might be investigated include city 
    halls and courts, market halls, shops, merchants' hostelries (fondaci), 
    entertainment venues, hospitals, prisons, etc., as well as 
    infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and hydraulic elements, and 
    natural features such as topography, geological phenomena, and 
    environmental impacts, which might question how the rural was 
    integrated and/or maintained as attributes of the urban.

    Papers that view specific constructions as part of the whole social 
    fabric are welcome, as are those that consider how political, 
    geographical, economic, and social issues affected the built 
    environment, or conversely were affected by it, during this period when 
    a public sphere was emerging for the first time since the Roman Empire. 
    Send abstracts of 300 words to:
    Mickey Abel
    Mickey.Abel@unt.edu

    Deadline: September 15, 2017
     
    The Material, Visual, and Cultural Life of Scholasticism

    Organizer: Martin Schwarz, University of Chicago
    Chair and Respondent: Alex Novikoff, Fordham University

    This panel explores the cultural dimensions of Scholasticism, a topic 
    of study that has been largely confined to the realm of intellectual 
    history and the history of ideas. The term principally denotes the 
    profound revolution of knowledge and learning that swept across Europe 
    during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, most notably through the 
    reception of Greco-Arabic learning, the development of new intellectual 
    methods and pedagogical practices, and the institutional formation of 
    higher education in universities. Broadly speaking, standard narratives 
    have traditionally cast Scholasticism as a purely intellectual and 
    therefore immaterial discourse dissociated from its immediate material 
    and cultural surroundings. More recently, however, scholars have begun 
    to question the disciplinary isolation of the study of Scholasticism, 
    challenging its reach from a variety of angles. In investigating, for 
    instance, Scholasticism’s dimension of sound and its relationship to 
    polyphonic music, the performative character of scholastic 
    disputations, its physical and aesthetic presence and expression in 
    urban space and architecture, or its dependence on literary forms and 
    visual representation, this new approach has in many respects sharpened 
    our perception of the co-dependence between intellectual and material 
    worlds—and has, consequently, demonstrated the need for an expanded, 
    integrative account that reckons both with the Scholasticism’s cultural 
    life and its centrality to the scholastic production of knowledge. 
    Accordingly, this panel invites contributions that address the 
    material, visual, spatial, and sonic dimensions and qualities of 
    Scholasticism from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. We aim to 
    bring together scholars from different backgrounds such as Art History, 
    Material and Visual Culture, Theatre Studies, Sound Studies, Urban 
    Studies, Musicology, and Literature to open new lines of inquiry and 
    reflect upon the disciplinary and methodological complexities of their 
    research.

    This panel will feature 15–20min papers. Please submit a 150-word 
    abstract with your paper title and a short CV by Sept 9, 2016 to Martin 
    Schwarz (schwarzm@uchicago.edu) and Alex Novikoff 
    (anovikoff@fordham.edu).
     
  • Architectural and urban perspectives in travelers´ seeks

    Buenos Aires | Dates: 10 Jul – 30 Sep, 2016
    The Institute of American Art and Aesthetic Research "Mario J. Buschiazzo" (IAA), School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, Universidad de Buenos Aires opens the Call for Papers for the Number 46 of its journal, Anales. This issue will focus on a particular topic: architectural and urban perspectives in travelers´ seeks. It calls for the submission of original articles related to the topic.
  • Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics Of Heritage And Culture

    Heidelberg | Dates: 12 – 14 Oct, 2016
    Annual Conference
    Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg
    University
    Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin) and the Max Weber Stiftung –
    Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland
    in collaboration with the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin)

    The deliberations of the conference will address some of the urgent
    questions that surround heritage as a political and cultural issue at a
    historical juncture when the idea of culture is being drawn into a
    field of intense contestation. While in certain intellectual circles
    and scholarly discussions culture is slowly but steadily being
    uncoupled from the nation, these impulses are at the same time being
    countered by moves to reinforce – even reinvent – national identities
    as culturally homogenous.  As societies confront their transcultural
    pasts, the concept of a monolithic, integrative heritage is not only
    becoming increasingly untenable, it is turning into a site of conflict.
    Ruptures induced by the spatial and cultural displacements that come
    with modernity and contemporary globalization have in turn meant a
    return to notions of an ancient, untainted civilizational identity in
    many regions of the world. Such positions cut across the domains of
    politics and civil society – they include political and institutional
    authorities as well as scholarly practices, have at the same time found
    articulation in religious extremism and xenophobia embodied by
    fundamentalist groups, themselves a modern, transnational phenomenon.
    Fissures within public spheres that cut across national boundaries in
    an increasingly connected world have brought questions of cultural
    heritage to the heart of any engagement with the tangled relationship
    between concepts of culture and the nation-state.
     
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