In response to the success of the last two years’ seminar programs, the 40th GSA Conference in San Diego, California (September 29-October 2, 2016), will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables.
Seminars are meant to meet for all three days of the conference to explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of approximately 12 to 20 participants, including representation from different disciplines, a representative number of graduate students and faculty of different ranks. Seminars may, for instance, enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; the engagement with pre-circulated papers; the opportunity to debate the work of two scholars with different approaches; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; the in-depth discussion of a political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork, or musical piece.
Seminar proposers should design topics that will suit the three-day structure of the conference and also submit a list of potential applicants while providing enough room for other GSA members to participate. The purpose of this list is to show that an outreach effort has been undertaken. The invited participants do not make any commitment until they officially apply for the seminar after its approval. It’s important to note that application to all approved seminars will be open to all GSA members and that there is no guarantee for the invited participants that they will be accepted. The conveners decision on which applicants will be accepted or might be rejected will be based on a) the quality of the applicants’ proposals and b) a balanced proportion of professors at different career stages and graduate students, and c) the disciplinary diversity of the seminar.
In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar. We ask seminar conveners to monitor attendance and inform the program committee about no shows during the conference. Please note that seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may moderate or comment on other sessions independent of their enrollment in a seminar.
Please submit the title and a 100-word description of your seminar by November 23, 2015. The committee will then provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission which is due by December 10, 2015. In order to propose a seminar for the 2016 conference provide following materials in one integrated Word document:
1. A 500-word description of the intellectual goals of the seminar.
2. A 250-word description of the proposed seminar’s structures and procedures of participation. Make sure to address:
a. whether participants will be asked to write and read pre-circulated papers and, if so, of what length;
b. whether you will assign additional readings;
c. how you envision your communication with seminar participants in the months leading up to the conference;
d. how you define the role of the conveners.
3. A list of invited participants, their institutional affiliations, discipline, and academic rank.
4. Mini-biographies of all conveners of no more than 250 words each.
5. A statement about the desired size of the seminar (either 12 to 15 or 16 to 20)
6. A statement about whether you allow for silent auditors and if so for how many (either 1-5 or 6-10).
The GSA Seminar Program Committee will review seminar proposals after December 10, 2015, and it will post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2016. Between January 5 and January 28, 2016, association members will be invited to submit their applications for participation in specific seminars directly to the conveners. The conveners will then submit the proposals for their fully populated seminars to the GSA Seminar Program Committee for the final approval. The GSA Seminar Program Committee will inform seminar conveners and applicants on February 5, 2016, about the final makeup of the seminars. (These deadlines have been chosen to allow time for those not accepted to submit a paper proposal to the general call for papers.)
The GSA Seminar Program Committee consists of
Heikki Lempa (Moravian College)| email@example.com
Darcy Buerkle (Smith College) │ firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta) │ email@example.com
Please direct all inquiries and proposals to all three of us.
The initiative in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D) at the University of Pennsylvania is a five-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster critical and integrative consideration of the relationship between the humanities and the design professions in the analysis and shaping of the built environment. It has a number of component parts, including a bi-weekly faculty Colloquium, the sponsorship of graduate and undergraduate courses, student research funding, special lectures, participation in conferences, and a Junior Fellowship program. For more information on the initiative see:
Join us in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia for SECAC 2016, hosted by Virginia Tech with Hollins University, October 19-22, 2016. Sessions will take place at the official conference hotel, the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival!). Hotel Roanoke is in the heart of downtown Roanoke within walking distance of the Taubman Museum of Art, The Harrison Museum of African American Culture, and the O Winston Link Museum, as well as restaurants and bars.
Evening excursions to Virginia Tech and Hollins on Thursday and Friday evenings include the Artist Fellowship exhibition opening, Juried Members Show, and exhibitions by keynote speaker Lynn Hershman Leeson (speaking in the Moss Arts Center’s spectacular Snohetta-designed theater)! Post-conference options will be offered by Roanoke Mountain Adventures (kayaking, mountain biking), as well as Venture Out (caving). Enjoy a post-conference hike to one of the area’s breathtaking natural vistas, including McAfee’s Knob, one of the most spectacular points on the Appalachian Trail, and more!
Midwest Art History Society (MAHS)will hold its 43rd annual conference in Chicago, April 7-9, 2016. Scholarly sessions will be held at the DePaul Center in Chicago. Papers from architectural historians for thematic sessions (The Chicago Bauhaus: A Force of Modernism, and Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives) and for open session on Architecture are encouraged. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 1, 2016.
AAH conferences offer a platform for current research and critical debate about art history and visual culture. Internationally, the field of art history is eclectic and inclusive, reaching across geopolitical, cultural and disciplinary divides to extend our understanding of the visual
and material culture of many diverse periods and places. We are engaged with art history, contemporary practice and visual culture, linking arts-based research with advances in design, technology, media and communication, centered on the development of more sustainable and equitable global communities. We welcome proposals for sessions from scholars, practitioners and professionals in the
field whose work focuses on art, architecture and/or design from any time period or geographical location. Sessions are invited to reflect the breadth of the field from historical analysis and contemporary criticism to practice-led research and work in
curating, conservation and arts/heritage management.
Session format: Conference sessions are usually framed in the standard format of eight, 25-minute
papers, presented in 35-minute slots over a single day. We can accommodate alternative session formats, such as world café, round table or open discussions, providing that they fit with the standard time-tabling structure. We envisage that the majority of session proposals will follow the standard format, but if you would like to propose an alternative format session, please indicate on the form the type of format your session would follow and how this would be organized.
JOIN US on November 21, 2015 in the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc! The AWA+D is sponsoring a Women in Architecture #wikiD writing workshop, a global campaign for improving and increasing Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of women in architecture and the built environment. Wikipedia training begins the workshop on how to write and edit Wikipedia entries, followed by entry writing. Bring your laptop, power cord, and published information (bio, books, articles, etc.) about women whom you would like to write about. To RSVP, and for more information, visit the ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN website: http://awaplusd.org/archives-wiki/
Tuesday, November 17 @ 5:00 PM
The University of Chicago (Hyde Park campus)
5757 S. University Avenue
Saieh Hall - Room 21
(across the street from the Oriental Institute)
Door opens 5:00PM
for food and refreshments
Lecture begins at 5:15PM
Sponsored by the Hellenic Student Association (HSA)
Also, see Thursday, November 12th at UWM (SARUP) DESIGN LAB
Save the Message! A Journey from Sumerian Ur of the Chaldees to the Baroque Farnese Fountains: Pursuing Excellence in the Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage – A Lecture by Nikolas Vakalis sharing highlights of select historic preservation projects in Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, China, Greece, and Italy. With an Overview of 2016 Field Study Opportunities including Expert Led Trips in Italy & Athens
Mr. Vakalis is a Master Restorer and educator who has worked in the field of preservation for more than thirty years at cultural heritage sites around the world. An accomplished artist and graduate of the Instituto Centrale di Restauro in Rome (ISCR), Mr. Vakalis specializes in the conservation and restoration of stone artifacts, polychrome wood sculptures, canvas and panel paintings, and murals. He has worked on restoration projects as varied as a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Longmen Cave Grottoes in Henan, China, and the Bembo Fountains in Herakelion, Crete. Aside from creating and preserving works of art, his other passion is sharing his experiences in the field and providing training opportunities for the next generation of restorers and conservators.
Mr. Vakalis is currently the Director of the Athens Program of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies (IIRPS) http://iirps-athens.org/athens-2013-nikolas-vakalis and Technical Director for the IIRPS field school in San Gemini, Italy
The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for papers to be given at the 14th Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars held at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library on Friday April 22, 2016 and Saturday April 23, 2016.
We seek papers that investigate the possessability of objects and ideas, that explore the nature of ownership, and that question the relationship between humans and the things they call their own. In response to recent global data breaches, information leaks, and copyright infringements, people from different places and backgrounds have asserted their right to own the material and the immaterial in politically significant ways. At stake is the enduring question--who owns what and how is that ownership exercised? Can immaterial goods like data and designs ever be possessed? What structures interfere with or uphold the right to own something? What happens when a thing gets taken away?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The meaning of ownership of material and immaterial things
Things that resist or desire ownership
Exchanged, circulated, and transitional objects
Pirated, stolen, and leaked things
Confiscated and repurposed things
Artistic ownership, forgeries, and copies
The weight that rights of ownership bear upon an object
Hierarchies between owner(s) and object
How rituals and traditions shape the ownership of things
Heritage, legacy, and ownership
The relationship between property and propriety
How evolving technologies challenge or support notions of ownership
Finally, we encourage papers that reflect upon and promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the current state of material culture studies. This symposium is not bound by any temporal or geographical limits. Disciplines represented at past symposia have included American studies, anthropology, archaeology, consumer studies, English, gender studies, history, museum studies, and the histories of art, architecture, design, and technology. We welcome proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those beginning their teaching or professional careers.
Submissions: Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should include the focus of your object-based research and the significance of your project. Relevant images are welcome. Final symposium papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send your proposal, with a C.V. of no more than two pages, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Proposals must be received by email by Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Successful candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision in early February 2016. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit their final papers by Friday, April 1. There will be a limited number of grants available to subsidize travel fees.
2016 Emerging Scholars Co-Chairs:
Jessica Conrad (English)
Rosalie Hooper (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture)
Kaila Schedeen (Art History)
University of Delaware
Modernism in New England
A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Date: Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Location: Collins Cinema, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Though long stereotyped as a bastion of conservative culture and overshadowed by milestone events such as New York City’s 1913 Armory Show, New England in the early twentieth century was home to a vibrant group of visual artists, architects, curators, collectors, and educators who embraced modernism and looked for ways to develop its tenets and new media as a regional expression. This day-long symposium invites papers that address the explorations of modernism in New England architecture, city planning, interior design, and the visual arts during the first half of the twentieth century. Papers that examine New England modernism’s interdisciplinarity and its cross-cultural expressions are particularly welcome.
Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature rather than descriptive and should be approximately 20 minutes long. The deadline for submissions is November 13th, 2015.
Please submit 250-word proposals and a two-page c.v. via electronic mail to Martha McNamara, email@example.com and Barbara Mathews, firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include the title of the paper and the presenter’s name.
For further information, please contact Martha McNamara, email@example.com or
Barbara Mathews, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: https://acra.site-ym.com/events/register.aspx?id=702864&itemid=bb220f4f-6121-48d6-8959-ce4ef35fca2c
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.
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: http://chaps.rutgers.edu/register.html
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Sustainable Architecture in Italy
A description of the program is available at http://www.gustolab.com/spring-program/
If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to email@example.com
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 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?
Felicity D. Scott
Associate Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
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 (https://placesjournal.org).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/about/chapters-NE-meetings.html)