Recent Opportunities

  • ARCHITECTURAL IRON & STEEL IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

    Cambridge | Dates: 02 – 04 Apr, 2016
    This important international conference – organized by Technology & Conservation, MIT Dept. of Architecture's Building Technology Program, and the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee – is the latest in our series of biennial conferences on architectural materials. Among the topics that will be covered are: – basic properties of cast iron, wrought iron, and steels and their effect on performance and durability – advances in structural steels, weathering steels, stainless steels, and other steels – developments in construction techniques for use in restoration/preservation projects and in new designs – procedures for evaluating steel's condition – steps to prevent and/or minimize degradation, as well as – several case histories focusing on both historic cast iron and wrought iron structures and steel buildings and on modern ones that represent a variety of building types (including education, religious, cultural institutions; military and government structures; residential and commercial buildings). Continuing education credits will be offered. The early registration fee is $495 U.S./person prior to Jan. 25, 2016; after Jan. 25, the registration fee is $565 U.S./person. (Registration fee includes the conference program, two luncheons, and a reception.) Full details on the conference including schedule (topics and speakers), hotel information, call for posters, and the registration form are available at the BSA's Historic Resources Committee website: For questions on the conference, contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Organizer/Chair, Tel: 1-617-623-4488, e-mail:
  • What is the Urban? Registers of a World Interior

    Ames | Dates: 04 – 05 Apr, 2016
    The urban is an unavoidable condition of contemporary life. The ubiquity of this category as a site of scholarly research may rest on the urgency we face in accommodating ourselves to its contradictions, imposed forms of violence, and the environmental fallout it has unleashed. Yet for as much as it has opened itself to scholarly research in recent years, there is little reflection on the category itself. It appears instead as a kind of background condition–the unquestioned specification for the definition of other problems. The urban, it seems, is a given. This symposium opens with a simple yet perplexing question: what is the urban? It brings together a range of internationally renowned and emerging scholars not to answer this question but to frame a problem that has yet to be fully constituted. If Peter Sloterdijk’s notion of ‘world interior’ provides a potent historical understanding of global capitalism, how can such an idea be tested through a parallel interrogation of the urban? How can it help to describe new socio-spatial ontologies of this category that transgress the familiar urban/rural, center/periphery, and even global south/north divides that so often determine the way the urban is understood? How can other emerging concepts and imaginaries be useful for unfolding relations between the material, legal, social, political, spatial and phenomenological conditions of the urban today? Speakers: James C. Scott, Yale University Max Viatori, Iowa State University Charles Rice, University of Technology Sydney Design Earth (Rania Ghosn/El Hadi Jazairy), MIT/University of Michigan Jane Rongerude, Iowa State University Ayala Levin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Marwan Ghandour, Iowa State University Nikos Katsikis, Harvard Graduate School of Design Albert Pope, Rice University Ross Exo Adams, Iowa State University AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute/Goldsmiths College Michael Bailey, Iowa State University Alice Randall, Vanderbilt University Kenny Cupers, University of Basel Barbara Ching, Iowa State University Antonio Petrov, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • CFP Future Anterior Olfaction and Preservation 22 February 2016

    Dates: 08 Dec, 2015 – 22 Feb, 2016
    Future Anterior publishes essays that explore preservation from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives. For this issue, we seek papers on architecture, atmosphere, preservation and the sense of smell. We seek scholarly papers that take stock of the recent surge of interdisciplinary research on olfaction and speculate on its relevance to the practice of preservation. 

    Our technical ability to deodorise and perfume buildings runs in advance of our theoretical understanding. Although the deep relationship between olfaction, memory and atmosphere is a trope that extends from Proust to neuroscience, the conscious practice of altering odor in order to influence how visitors experience heritage is rarely subject to scholarly scrutiny. The powerful connection between smell, memory, and emotions encouraged preservationists to experiment with scenting historic sites in the 1980s. A pioneering example is the Jorvik Viking Center in York, England, designed by John Sunderland, who conceptualized smell as a central element of what he called “time warp experiences.” 

    Papers may examine the history, successes and failures of olfactory design in preservation projects. It is now possible to document the smells of contemporary buildings and to archive them along with more traditional records such as photographs and architectural drawings. At the same time, the scenting of historic sites can be, and often is, dismissed as a gimmick.

    Papers can examine why historically smell has been so easily construed as a lure. To what degree did the introduction of manufactured smells as part of historic buildings reinforce or challenge previous conceptions of preservation? Could current knowledge regarding olfaction be used to re-read historical debates about the authenticity of buildings? What schemata are available for the categorization of historic smells? The language of smell is here a central concern. The description of smells proceeds entirely via euphemism. Would it be appropriate to categorize the smell of historic buildings according to their visual styles (eg. Gothic, Barroque, Neo-classical, Art Deco, Modernist, etc)?

    Papers might also consider the modern pursuit of the well tempered and attractively scented environment. Within flavors and fragrance companies, "fragrance wheels"—in which families of smells are arranged in an analog of the spectrum of visible colors—are often used as mnemonic and communicative devices. Other schemes array scents on musical scales, or in n-dimensional space. We also have taxonomies of scents from Carl Linnaeus (1756), Zwaardemaker (1895), Crocker and Henderson (1927), and Jellinek (1951), amongst many others. The enormous variety of such representations, which may be indispensable in the effective communication of olfactory experience, attests to their current insufficiency. What developments are to be expected on this front? Can the conventional language of smell be satisfactorily formalized for professional preservation use? In recent years, studies of the smells of decomposing materials point to a promising new form of non-destructive testing for historic architecture, and a new science of “material degradomics.” What new possibilities are offered by corpus analysis, data mining and other research techniques in the digital humanities in determining historical perceptions and theories of smell? How can these techniques best be disseminated, applied and critiqued?

    We also welcome papers that examine the historical intertwining of olfaction, atmosphere and urbanism. From the characteristic odors of the Renaissance city, through the great stenches of London and Paris in the nineteenth century, to the rise in synthetic deodorants in the twentieth, the smell of the historical city undergoes change. As Rudolph el-Khoury writes in Polish and Deodorize, “Urban historians have indeed spoken of a Copernican revolution in the Enlightenment's conception of a city. Beauty, once the governing principle of urbanism, is claimed to have been overthrown by health, hygiene and physiology”. In particular, the public fear of disease engendering miasmas, and more specifically the telluric emanations of interior walls, had a significant impact on both urban planning and interior architecture. Likewise, even as control over lighting and odor has become ever more standardised, architectural language valorising “atmosphere” has gained in prominence. What are the theoretical implications of the discussion of atmosphere, and to what extent can it be empirically tethered to the history and politics of smell?

    Future Anterior is a peer-reviewed journal that approaches the field of historic preservation from a position of critical inquiry. Future Anterior invites papers from scholars from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, geography, chemistry, engineering, philosophy, political science, juridical studies, urban studies and planning. A comparatively recent field of professional study, preservation often escapes direct academic challenges of its motives, goals, forms of practice and results. Future Anterior invites contributions that ask these difficult questions from philosophical, theoretical, and practical perspectives.

    Articles submitted for peer review should be no more than 4000 words, with up to seven illustrations. Text must be formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. All articles must be submitted in English, and spelling should follow American convention. Please let us know via which mailing list or forum you first read the call for papers. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format, while accompanying images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8” by 9” print size. Figures should be numbered and called out clearly between paragraphs in the text. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author biography (around 100 words) must accompany the text.

    For further manuscript guidelines, please visit:   Acceptance or rejection of submissions is at the discretion of the editors.   

    Please email all submissions to:   Questions about submissions can be sent to the above email address or to:  Jorge Otero-Pailos Founder and Editor, Future Anterior Jo2050 at columbia dot edu or Adam Jasper, Guest Co-Editor adamjasper [at]
  • The Attingham Trust - Applications for 2016 Courses

    Dates: 11 – 31 Jan, 2016
    The Attingham Trust is a British educational charitable trust offering specialized study courses for people professionally engaged in the field of historic houses, their collections and settings including the history and contents of royal palaces.

    Deadlines for 2016 course applications begin in January 2016.  Next year’s courses will be:

    -The London House Course

    -Study Programme: The Historic House in Denmark

    -The 65th Attingham Summer School

    -Royal Collection Studies

    -French Eighteenth-Century Studies

    For applications, specific deadline information by course or any other queries within the United States, please visit or email 

    For information and inquiries from all other countries, please visit or email

    Scholarship assistance is available for qualified candidates.
  • Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship

    Dates: 03 – 07 Dec, 2015
    The Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship helps a graduate student or emerging professional in architectural history, landscape history, urban studies, or historic preservation attend the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which in 2016 will be held in Pasadena, CA, April 6-10. Student applicants must be enrolled at a college or university, or affiliated with a research institution, in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area. Emerging professional applicants must be within five years of having received a terminal degree (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) and must be working in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area. The fellowship award includes a stipend of $750 plus electronic membership in SAH for one year; and in addition SAH will waive the conference registration fee. Persons not presenting a paper at the Annual Conference are encouraged to apply.

    The description of sessions of the 2016 SAH Annual Conference is available on the SAH website, Reports of recent recipients of this award may be seen at the Latrobe Chapter SAH website, 

    Applicants should submit a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or professional work will be enhanced by attendance at the Annual Conference and indicating the source and amount of any other funding they might receive; a curriculum vitae; and the name, e-mail, and telephone number of their faculty advisor or principal professor (for graduate students) or other reference (for emerging professionals).

    Questions may be sent to Patricia Waddy at Applications may be submitted by e-mail attachment to Patricia Waddy,, no later than December 7, 2015.
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association

    Dates: 30 Nov, 2015 – 25 Apr, 2016
    Please consider writing a review for the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s online NCS forum. As we've done in the past, we’ve posted a list of possible review titles related to both our previous and our upcoming NCSA conference themes. If you are interested in reviewing a title to maintain momentum engaging with the topic of materiality, or if you want to start thinking about “the new,” the topic of our April 2016 conference, check out for guidelines and the review lists. Contact Jennifer Hayward ( with ideas.
  • The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Bentonville | Dates: 23 Nov, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2016-2017 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Housing is provided at the Crystal Bridges Farmhouse, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. It features comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio and swimming pool; scholars have private bed and bath rooms. The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus and that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged. Up to three Scholars may be in residence at a time, with terms ranging from six weeks to nine months. In addition to housing, Scholars are provided office or carrel space in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges’ Library. Stipends are variable depending on the duration of residency, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for research travel during the residency period are available upon application. Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program and application instructions can be found at, or via email to Applicants will be advised to contact Crystal Bridges’ curators and librarians for specific details about the Museum’s collections related to their research. The application deadline for any proposed length of term during the 2016–2017 academic year is January 15, 2016.
  • German Studies Association 40th Annual Conference

    San Diego | Dates: 29 Sep – 02 Oct, 2016
    The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies. Proposals for entire sessions and for interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals and offers to serve as session moderators or commentators are also welcome. The Call for Seminar Proposals is being distributed separately. Please check your e-mail and the GSA website ( for details; that deadline is November 23. Applications for participation in seminars will be opened on January 5.
  • Civic Grandeur: Preserving Public Buildings

    New York | Dates: 14 – 14 Dec, 2015
    Monday, December 14 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York 
    New York's civic and public buildings have always included much more than drab government buildings. Many are symbolic landmarks that project the image of a majestic metropolis to New Yorkers and the world. As the city expands, however, we find ourselves needing to reuse or reconfigure many of these buildings, as with the recently renovated United Nations Headquarters. Join a panel of experts on New York City architecture, history, and preservation to discuss how we can best protect the storied past of our civic buildings, while meeting 21st century demands.
    Michael Adlerstein, FAIA, Former Assistant Secretary General for the Capital Master Plan Project

    Randall Mason, Chair, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania

    Robert Pigott, Lawyer and Author of New York’s Legal Landmarks

    Erica Avrami (moderator), Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
    Use the code SAVE50 for $10 tickets! 


    Princeton | Dates: 04 – 05 Dec, 2015
    A two-day conference focusing on points of contact between the postmodern and the contemporary with presentations by Denise Scott Brown, James Wines, Lucien Kroll, Jimenez Lai, Michael Meredith, and more.
  • International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) Special Issue on "Imagining Localities of Antiquity in Islamicate Societies"

    Dates: 18 – 30 Nov, 2015
    Deadline: Nov 30, 2015

    International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) Special Issue on "Imagining Localities of Antiquity in Islamicate Societies"; Thematic volume planned for Summer 2017 In honor of the life of Dr. Khaled al-Asaad

    Paper proposal deadline: 30 November 2015

    The tragically familiar spectacles of cultural heritage destruction performed by the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq are frequently presented as barbaric, baffling, and far outside the bounds of what are imagined to be normative, "civilized" uses of the past. 
    Often superficially explained as an attempt to stamp out idolatry or as a fundamentalist desire to revive and enforce a return to a purified monotheism, analysis of these spectacles of heritage violence posits two things: that there is, fact, an "Islamic" manner of imagining the past – its architectural manifestations, its traces and localities – and that actions carried out at these localities, whether constructive or destructive, have moral or ethical consequences for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In this reading, the iconoclastic actions of ISIS and similar groups, for example the Taliban or the Wahhabi monarchy in Saudi Arabia, are represented as one, albeit extreme, manifestation of an assumedly pervasive and historically ongoing Islamic antipathy toward images and pre-contemporary holy localities in particular, and, more broadly, toward the idea of heritage and the uses to which it has been put by modern nationalism.

    But long before the emergence of ISIS and other so-called Islamist iconoclasts, and perhaps as early as the rise of Islam itself, Muslims imagined Islamic and pre-Islamic antiquity and its localities in myriad
    ways: as sites of memory, spaces of healing, or places imbued with didactic, historical, and moral power. Ancient statuary were deployed as talismans, paintings were interpreted to foretell and reify the coming of Islam, and temples of ancient gods and churches devoted to holy saints were converted into mosques in ways that preserved their original meaning and, sometimes, even their architectural ornament and fabric. Often, such localities were valued simply as places that elicited a sense of awe and wonder, or of reflection on the present relevance of history and the greatness of past empires, a theme so prevalent it created distinct genres of Arabic and Persian literature (aja'ib, fada'il). Sites like Ctesiphon, the ancient capital of the Zoroastrian Sasanians, or the Temple Mount, where the Jewish temple had stood, were embraced by early companions of the Prophet Muhammad and incorporated into Islamic notions of the self. Furthermore, various Islamic interpretive communities as well as Jews and Christians often shared holy places and had similar haptic, sensorial, and ritual connections that enabled them to imagine place in similar ways. These engagements were often more dynamic and purposeful than conventional scholarly notions of "influence" and "transmission" can account for. 
    And yet, Muslims also sometimes destroyed ancient places or powerfully reimagined them to serve their own purposes, as for example in the aftermath of the Crusader presence in the Holy Land or in the destruction, reuse and rebuilding of ancient Buddhist and Hindu sites in the Eastern Islamic lands and South Asia.

    This special issue invites scholars from across disciplines to engage with a critical reassessment of imaginings of the past in Islamicate societies. Papers may draw on historical or contemporary examples to explore some aspect of the themes outlined here, but are not limited to them.

    1. How are and were ancient place and locality used in Islamicate societies to create a sense of the past, and what are/were the routes, rituals, and performances by which the past is inscribed on the landscape?

    2. How are holy sites, sites of memory, and sites of ancient heritage simultaneously construed as contemporary and situated in the present in Islamicate societies?

    3. Although ISIS and other Wahhabi and Salafi groups are often said to be "medieval" in their methods and attitudes, should they in fact be envisioned as hyper-modern, both in their generation of spectacles of violence designed for viral sharing in the social media age, but also in the way they target imaginings of heritage as a cherished building block of the modern nation state and of globalized notions of "universal" values?

    4. Is there a broader project of reshaping the meaning of heritage unfolding across the Islamic world? The actions of the Taliban, Wahhabi projects of destruction in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the devastation of heritage in Syria by Assad and rebel groups, and the depredations of Islamists in Mali are recent examples. Can they be considered acts of "iconoclasm" in the traditional sense? Are such acts in fact more closely related to other modern acts of heritage destruction aimed at erasing memory, for example during the Cultural Revolution in China or the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?

    5. Analysis of ISIS' destruction frequently seems to parrot the agenda of ISIS itself in ways that amplify and reinforce their message, whether through viral sharing of their slickly produced videos on social media or credulous academic and journalistic analysis that takes ISIS at its word. How can researchers analyze these hypermodern forms without re-producing and disseminating the very vision of violence that they crafted? How can we formulate an active response that goes beyond expressions of dismay and condemnation?

    6. Although Islamicate societies often found ways to revere, venerate, and coexist with the considerable traces of antiquity in their midst, Muslims were also sometimes agents of destruction. What were the contexts in which Muslims destroyed localities of antiquity in the past? What meanings were claimed for such actions and how were they justified by their agents?

    7.  Is there an "Islamic" notion of heritage? Can the ways Muslims imagined and continue to imagine the past enable a critical interrogation of notions of universal heritage that are predominant in the broader international community?
    Essays that focus on historical and theoretical analysis (DiT papers) should be a minimum of 5,000 words but no more than 8,000 words, and essays on design (DiP papers) can range from 3,000 to 4,500 words. 
    Contributions from practitioners are welcome and should bear in mind the critical framework of the journal. Contributions from scholars of heritage history and preservation as well as scholars and critics of heritage in the broadest sense are also particularly welcome.
    Please send a 400-word abstract with essay title to the guest editor, Stephennie Mulder, The University of Texas at Austin (, by 30 November 2015. Those whose proposals are accepted will be contacted soon thereafter and requested to submit full papers to the journal by 1 June 2016. All papers will undergo full peer review.

    For author instructions regarding paper guidelines, please consult:
  • Call for Nominations-Bishir Prize

    Dates: 16 Nov – 20 Dec, 2015
    The Bishir Prize, named for longtime members and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated articles, the jurors look for an article that is based on primary research, that breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and that contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Articles published in the two years prior to the VAF annual conference are eligible for consideration. Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible.

    San Diego | Dates: 23 – 23 Nov, 2015
    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)| Darcy Buerkle (Smith College) │ Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta) │ Please direct all inquiries and proposals to all three of us.
  • Mellon Junior Fellows in Humanities, Urbanism and Design

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 Nov, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    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:
  • SECAC 2016 - Call for Session Proposals

    Roanoke | Dates: 17 Nov, 2015 – 01 Jan, 2016
    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 Society Conference Call for Papers/Sessions

    Chicago | Dates: 07 – 09 Apr, 2016
    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.
  • AAH2017 43rd Annual Conference & Bookfair

    Leicestershire | Dates: 06 – 08 Apr, 2017
    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.
  • AWA+D + Wiki = #wikiD

    Los Angeles | Dates: 21 – 21 Nov, 2015
    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:
  • Pursuing Excellence in the Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage: A Journey from Sumerian Ur of the Chaldees to the Baroque Farnese Fountains

    Chicago | Dates: 17 – 17 Nov, 2015
    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) and Technical Director for the IIRPS field school in San Gemini, Italy
  • Possessed: The Material Culture of Ownership

    Winterthur | Dates: 10 Nov – 15 Dec, 2015
    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 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
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