Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Spaces and Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies (Hull, 12-13 Oct 17)

    Hull | Dates: 02 – 12 Mar, 2017
    Spaces and Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

    12?13 October 2017
    University of Hull, Hull, UK

    http://spacesandflows.com/hullconference-2017

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Spaces and Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies will be held at the University of Hull, Hull, UK, 12-13 October 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

    Theme 1: Urban and Extraurban Spaces
    Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects
    Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows

    2017 SPECIAL FOCUS: Enculturing the City

    CONFERENCE SUBMISSION DEADLINES

    The next proposal deadline is 12 March 2017. We welcome the submission of presentation proposals at any time of the year up until 30 days before the start of the conference. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

    JOURNAL

    Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies encourages the widest range of submissions and aims to foster the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as Research Network Members.

    The Journal is indexed by:

    - SocINDEX (EBSCO)
    - SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO)
    - Sociology Source International (EBSCO)
    - The Australian Research Council (ERA)


    CONFERENCE PARTNERS

    - Geography and Geology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK

    For more information and to submit a proposal visit:
    http://spacesandflows.com/hullconference-2017

  • Apply for National Fund for Sacred Places

    Dates: 02 Mar – 01 May, 2017

    From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings within our communities. This fund aims to help keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The fund is a collaboration with Partners of Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths. Visit www.FundforSacredPlaces.org for more information and online application. 

  • The Timeless Language of Classicism

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 03 Mar, 2017
    John Simpson, Britian’s premier classical architect, will speak on “The Timeless Language of Classicism” and show his work on Friday March 3rd at the Pella Crafted Luxury show room in the Merchandise Mart. Simpson will sign copies of his new book after his lecture. Simpson is the architect of the Queen’s Gallery, at Buckingham Palace, London and of the first public building at the Prince of Wale’s development in the English new town of Poundbury. He is the architect of numerous institutional, educational and residential building both in England and the U.S. and was the winner of a competition for the new School of Architecture building for the University of Notre Dame. He has received awards from the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the AIA (for urban Design), is the winner of a Palladio Award, and was the 2008 recipient of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art’s (ICAA) Arthur Ross Award. His lecture is cosponsored by the Chicago Midwest Chapter ICAA and Chicago Chapter of the AIA.

    5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 Lecture at Pella Crafted Luxury Show Room. Friday March 3, 2017 Suite 100 Chicago Merchandise Mart. RSVPs required at Pella Crafted Luxury.com/events.
  • CFP: Fabrications (SAHANZ Journal) Themed Issue "Architecture/Heritage/Politics"

    Dates: 02 Mar – 25 Sep, 2017
    Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites submissions for a forthcoming themed issue (28:2) on ?Architecture/Heritage/Politics.? Papers are due by 25 September 2017.  See below for details.

    Architecture/Heritage/Politics

    The spaces of normative cultures dominate the heritage arena suppressing or marginalising other competing forms of heritage. Architecture is uniquely positioned to resist these hegemonic processes through substantive material presence, the resilience of which is best realised in conservation praxis. But too often heritage conservation assumes an apolitical stance by neglecting to acknowledge its own unsettling agendas. This issue of Fabrications seeks to understand the nature of the relationship between major and minor cultural practices where architecture, heritage and politics intersect. Its particular focus is the Asia-Pacific region, where tensions caused by colonisation, decolonisation, territorial conflicts, the cold war, migration, nation building and economic liberalisation have produced diverse or dissident built expressions.

    What are the implications of the politics of patrimony for architectural history? We are interested in how both normative and marginal cultures reinvent the past; how relationships of geopolitical dominance or dependence are expressed; and how majority and minority cultures operate within sovereign frameworks. Do the politics of these processes have legible architectural outcomes? Do their material expressions cross geopolitical borders? Do they suggest new methodologies for researching and writing architectural history? Could they raise questions about the place of architectural history amid the interdisciplinary practices of conservation?  What are their implications for the architecture of heritage framed internationally, nationally and regionally that has to negotiate diversity, dissent and accumulation? The issue anticipates papers that rethink the multifarious relationships between the discourses of heritage and architecture in ways that are self-reflexive, inclusive, !
    dynamic and mindful of the co-habitation of different cultural positions.


    Guidelines for Authors

    Papers should be submitted online at  www.edmgr.com/rfab<http://www.edmgr.com/rfab>  by the due dates identified above.

    The Editors consider essays of 6000 to 9000 words (including footnotes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents. Authors should use the footnote function of Word, but no automatic footing programs such as Endnote. Papers should be submitted with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper and a brief author biography (80 words), images and image captions. Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

    Instructions for authors can be found on the Taylor & Francis website here:
    http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfab20/current

    Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the Editors, Stuart King [stuart.king@utas.edu.au] and Anoma Pieris [apieris@unimelb.edu.au].

    Image Specifications

    For the refereeing process, please submit low-resolution images of illustrations as separate files (or embedded in a separate pdf file with captions).  Once a paper is accepted for publication, high-resolution images should be submitted as 300 dpi tiff files, at a minimum of 100mm wide with a separate list of captions indicating permissions.

    Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and paying all fees to reproduce images in Fabrications. Authors must meet UK copyright regulations. For information, see: http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/preparation/permission.asp

  • CFP: "Architecture, Festival and the City" AHRA Conference

    Birmingham | Dates: 02 – 17 Mar, 2017

    Conference Theme:
    Architecture, Festival and the City

    Historically the urban festival served as an occasion for affirming shared convictions and identities in the life of the city. Whether religious or civic in nature, these events provided tangible expressions of social, cultural, political and religious cohesion, often reaffirming a particular shared ethos within very diverse urban landscapes. In the life of any city some festivals inevitably become obsolete, some start afresh, while others transform into new expressions of communality that can be characterised using more recent concepts such as hypermodernity or supermodernity. Architecture, both temporary and permanent, has long served as a key aspect of festive space, exhibiting continuity in the flux of these representations through the parading of elaborate ceremonial floats in such cities as Venice, Florence and Rome (from the 13th through to the 17th century) as well as contemporary manifestations such as Notting Hill Carnival, Rio Carnival, or the ‘Day of the Dead’ throughout the Americas. These processional festivals have often been complemented by other forms of festival, such as annual music festivals or political rallies, which, although often fixed, also contribute to the transformation of the urban environment. These more recent developments raise important questions about the definition and status of festival, carnival and ritual in the contemporary world, and to what extent traditional practices can serve as meaningful references.

    Papers for this conference could look at any form of civic, religious, musical, theatrical, commercial or political festival and establish what relationship it has, if any, to its urban setting. This may involve critical evaluations of historical as well as contemporary settings and their relationships to the community they support. Delegates may also consider the Janus-faced nature of many festivals; in the way they incorporate both orderly (authoritative) and disorderly (subversive) components. At the same time, utilising different approaches fostered by different disciplines (including performance, film, drawing and music as well as written papers), papers can investigate this rich landscape of civic phenomena in order to ask how, where and when (if at all) festivals offer significant and meaningful forms of public engagement.

    Context

    There have been a number of conferences and publications on festivals but they are often very specific, historical, and focussed on the performative nature of events (most recently in Mons, 2015, on Festivals in Hainault at the time of Jacques du Broeucq: The European Importance of Festivities to honour Charles V and the future Philip II (1549)). The Society for European Festivals Research (SEFR) although multi-disciplinary, is based in the school of Theatre Studies at Warwick University and, as a consequence, also focuses much of its attention on aspects of festivals in such publications as Performativity and Performance in Baroque Rome (Ashgate; 2012). Relatively recently Bonnemaison & Macy’s Festival Architecture (Routledge, 2008), building upon Oechslin and Buschow’s Festarchitektur (Gerd Hatje; 1984), began to concentrate on the key relationship architecture has to festival by focusing on various manifestations of festive ephemeral architecture in various periods. This conference aims to build on this work and recast the multi-disciplinary discussion on festivals with architecture and the city at its core, looking at the permanent legacy of festival on the city and society as well as its short-term impact. This shift in emphasis does not exclude any particular approach but asks all delegates to consider their discipline in relation to architecture and the city.

    Submissions

    We are keen to ensure that different practices in relation to the conference theme are explored throughout the conference but also in the various sessions. Therefore, we would be looking to explore different ways of grouping papers so that delegates experience different aspects of festival broadly within their own interest.

    Contributions may also include performances (live or filmed) in chosen urban locations or descriptions of particular events (visually or verbally). Through a combination of carefully choreographed actions/gestures and a re-articulation of settings through temporary installations, these short events could serve to synthesise the some of the research topics discussed in the papers and critically speculate on what contemporary festivals ‘could be’ today.

    Disciplines who would be encouraged to engage with the conference

    Architecture, Art, Sociology, Urbanism, Performance, Fashion, Music, Media, History/Historiography, Philosophy, Geography, Law/Jurisprudence, Literature, Film making

    Conference Sessions

    20 Minute Papers for conference sessions
    20 Minute Short films for conference sessions
    20 minute Reportage for conference sessions

    Exhibition in the Parkside Foyer

    Posters, paintings, drawings or photographic essays of events
    Short films for exhibition presentation
    Performance

  • 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

    Dates: 02 Mar – 01 Aug, 2017

    The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in Fine Arts, including:

    South and Central Asia Regional Research: South and Central Asia Regional Research Program

    United Kingdom: Fulbright-University of Dundee (Art and Design)

    Egypt: Visual and Performing Arts

    Burkina Faso: All Disciplines

    Indonesia: All Disciplines

    Brazil: Postdoctoral Scholar Award in All Disciplines

    Austria: Fulbright-Q21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence

    Application Guidelines: including sample project statements
    Review Criteria: to inform the various components of your application

    Eligibility Requirements: to review program policies
    Outreach Events: a schedule of conferences, workshops, and webinars
    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

  • Relevance Conference 2017

    London | Dates: 02 – 08 Mar, 2017
    An ICOM conference from DEMHIST and CECA, 14-18 October 2017, Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, UK Booking will open in Spring 2017 Are we doing enough? Keeping heritage relevant in the 21st Century This heritage and learning conference will ask: Are historic buildings and museums working in the best way to ensure maximum impact on audiences in today’s society. Are we engaging diverse audiences? Hosted by Historic Royal Palaces - DEMHIST and CECA bring together a host of exciting international speakers to share their knowledge and experience of engaging with audiences in new and authentic ways, through objects and stories that unlock meaning and make them relevant to the 21st century.
  • CFP // Sophia Peer Review Journal

    Dates: 01 Mar – 31 Dec, 2017
    // Call for papers // Deadline: continuously open for submission. To submit your abstract (max. 300-500 words and 2 images up to 2MB), send directly to info@cityscopio.com. Crossing Boarders, Shifting Boundaries Image, Body and Territory In the first number of our scopio Sophia magazine, we published three major essays that challenged our understanding and spread new light on several Walter Benjamin’s concepts on photography and art, at the same time we were continuously defied to think about established categories namely those of photography as document, archive, critical witness, or even as critique in itself. In the upcoming number, we would like to push further and go beyond these notions perceiving how they are critically inscribed in the works of art themselves. We are especially interested in unfolding the processes of thought present in photographic, filmic, or other works engaged with image and image making, that explore the notions of Body and Territory or use them as their own expressive matters. Body and Territory frequently appear intertwined, sometimes even suggesting metaphorical uses: the city as a body (in the multiple acceptations: political, social, cultural, etc.), the body as an experimental territory (on debates around issues of identity and gender, works involving artistic and aesthetic experimentations, works for anthropological documentation and recording), the landscape in the absence of the body, as Cézanne named it, establishing a direct link between the painted landscape (the image) and our sensitive perception. Our magazine is now accepting abstracts within these fundamental themes in order to unveil how an image, a photograph or a series, or a film critically and poetically build their own thought about the body and the territory, and, above all, how they contribute and appear engaged in architectural and/ or urban processes. More info: http://sophiajournal.net/category/call-for-papers/ *Sophia Peer Review Journal* Crossing Boarders, Shifting Boundaries Sophia collection is specifically designed to address theoretical work, and it aims to be the publishing medium for a set of exploratory and critical texts on image in the broad sense, i.e. comprehending the worlds of design, photography, film, video, television and new media. The objective is to challenge different artists and creators to publish in book format original articles, reviews and other texts of interest and value. We are interested in making Sophia a mentis instrumental capable of extending our critical knowledge and questioning the universe of image in innovative ways. The published set of theoretical and critical texts on image can either be taken from sections of scopio magazine, or from our International Conference On the Surface: Photography and Architecture, or submitted by new authors and other R&D national and international centers, through our call for abstract submissions. The title Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries defines the global theme for this present cycle of Sophia and conveys the interest in promoting a critical analysis around this theme, exploring how image is a medium that, on the one hand, can cross borders and shift boundaries between different subjects and disciplines where image and photography are present in a significant way and, on the other hand, in how image and photography can be used as critical instruments to better understand the real and its different realities, always questioning the universe of image in an innovative way. http://sophiajournal.net/ Editorial Organisation Editorial Coordinator Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP) Editors of Sophia 1st Number Susana Ventura Edward Dimendberg — Invited Editor Editors of Sophia 2nd Number Pedro Leão Neto Susana Ventura Iñaki Bergera — Invited Editor Editorial Assistant of Sophia 2nd Number Diana Carvalho Scientific and Editorial Commission (CEAU-FAUP) José Miguel Rodrigues Pedro Leão Neto Rui Ramos Susana Ventura Vítor Silva Reading Committee Álvaro Domingues (FAUP/ CEAU) Ana Francisca de Azevedo (DeGeoUM/Lab2PT) Andrew Higgot (AA Grad Dipl PhD) Carlos Machado (FAUP/ CEAU) Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro (FBAUP) Joana Cunha Leal (FCSH-UNL) Joaquim Moreno (FAUP/ CCRE) Jorge Figueira (FCT-UC) Marta Cruz (FAUP/ CEAU) Marco Iuliano (LSA/CAVA) Miguel Leal (FBAUP) Olívia da Silva (IPP – ESMAE) Pedro Bandeira (EAUM) Paulo Catrica (UNL) Teresa Ferreira (EAUM/ CEAU) Colaborators Diana Carvalho Maria Neto Creative Director Né Santelmo Translation Lisbeth Ferreira
  • Carter H. Manny Memorial

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 20 May, 2017
    Please join us to celebrate the life and work of Carter H. Manny, Jr., and honor his service to the field of architecture, with family and friends:

    Saturday, May 20, 2017
    11 AM program, with a reception to follow

    S.R. Crown Hall
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    3360 S State Street
    Chicago, Illinois

    Additional details will be sent closer to the event.

    For more information please email info@grahamfoundation.org or call 312-787-4071.
  • Announcing Summer Employment Opportunities for Students

    Dates: 24 Feb – 10 Mar, 2017
    Announcing Summer Employment Opportunities for Students 
    Hiring: ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS, ARCHITECTS and LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

    Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) of the National Park Service seeks applications from qualified students for 2017 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of written historical reports or measured and interpretive drawings for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.  Application deadline – March 10.  For details regarding application and job duties visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/summer.htm 
     
  • Invention of the Environment in Architecture - CCA Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project

    Montreal | Dates: 23 Feb – 21 Apr, 2017
    Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project
    “Architecture and/for the Environment,” 2017-2019
     
    Open Call
    10 February to 21 April 2017
    CCA, Montreal

    External advisors
    Daniel Abramson, Boston University
    David Gissen, California College of the Arts
    Imre Szeman, University of Alberta 

    CCA Committee
    Mirko Zardini, Director
    Giovanna Borasi, Chief Curator
    Kim Förster, Associate Director, Research

    Invention of the Environment in Architecture

    As the effects of man-made climate change become apparent, it is now clear that architecture needs an environmental history. The Canadian Centre for Architecture is initiating a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project to write such a history. From Sorry, Out of Gas in 2007, in which we highlighted the histories of specific alternative energies, to our most recent exhibition It‘s All Happening So Fast, exploring counter-narratives of progress in Canada, the CCA has come to understand the environment as not merely reducible to nature, but first and foremost a battleground for social, political and economic issues.

    At the CCA, we propose to rethink the discipline of architecture by offering a different understanding of how architecture and the environment have been co-produced. While attention across disciplines has focused on the new realities of the Anthropocene, architecture’s complex historical relationship to nature has yet to be surveyed. We fear that the pragmatic, techno-utopian, or even environmentalist stances that have monopolized the subject do not equip us to face the challenges ahead, and that we must pursue a more critical engagement.  With “Architecture and/for the Environment,” we propose to dismantle positivistic discourse on architecture’s environmental history, and to move beyond the narratives of tragedy and apocalypse that often accompany it. 

    The CCA solicits proposals for research projects that deal with unresolved, and perhaps irresolvable, problems in architecture’s environmental history, which point to its contradictions and ambiguities. The projects should ask how architecture manifests such problems, and through what kinds of narratives environmental histories are told and connected. The thematic spectrum includes the processes of industrialization and urbanization vis-à-vis the effects of pollution; the regulation of population, food, and resources in imperial and post-colonial contexts; the rule of petro-cultures and the reliance of architecture on oil as an energy base; the lure of obsolescence and of sustainability as paradigms of change; the recognition of human impact on earth and its limits; the constricted scope for action at the scale of the sovereign state despite the planetary scope of the environmental crisis; paralysis of stakeholders in times of scarcity while inequality and injustice prevail; and the parallel hyper-regulation of nature and deregulation of the economy. 

    With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CCA will run a research project to analyze and historicize the ways in which architecture has constructed our socio-spatial relations with nature since industrialization and has reinvented the environment through using resources, in causing footprints and impacts, and by thinking in cycles and systems. The grants will support original research on specific projects or building materials, on architectural concepts or techniques, and on topical publications or events that provide concrete cases for a new history of architecture’s relationship to the environment. 

    Applicants may propose projects that revisit familiar cases in architecture’s history, introduce new episodes, or offer unexpected readings of material that one would not normally consider “environmental.” Importantly, to be successful, applicants must locate the particular cases they will be investigating in longer narratives of architecture and the environment. Proposals should also address the transdisciplinarity inherent to the theme “Architecture and/for the Environment” by engaging fields other than architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. As such, applicants should identify and explain how their project addresses open questions in disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, economic history, energy humanities, environmental history, historical geography, the history of science and technology, political ecology, and the social sciences, among others.

    Application
    The collaborative and multidisciplinary research project directed by the CCA is open to academics and cultural producers across ranks. Those interested should submit their proposal through our application portal by 21 April 2017. Applications must include a 750-word project outline based on the selected cases, a 500-word synopsis locating the proposed research within larger narratives of the environment in architecture, a bibliography of key literature and of pertinent holdings in the CCA Collection or in other archives (2 pages maximum), a CV (5 pages maximum), and a short bio of no more than 300 words highlighting the applicant’s engagement with the subject. 

    Mellon Seminar
    “Architecture and/for the Environment” will unfold in two phases. First, the CCA will invite sixteen shortlisted applicants to participate in a multiday Mellon Seminar, which will take place in Montreal in mid-July 2017. Seminar participants will discuss their individual projects and debate the conceptual terms and the methodological tasks of contending with the environment through history. All sixteen shortlisted applicants will receive a stipend to attend the Mellon Seminar. However, following a peer-review process, only eight applicants will be selected to return for the second phase of the project, and participate in the Mellon Research Project. It is essential that applicants demonstrate a productive engagement with the work of the other participants to be considered in the selection.

    Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project
    The eight selected Mellon Researchers will reconvene in the fall of 2017 to begin their eighteen-month engagement with the Mellon Research Project on “Architecture and/for the Environment,” and will continue the work through the spring of 2019. Each Mellon Researcher will receive a grant to support their research and production, including a CCA residency of twenty to thirty working days total, and to participate in three multiday Mellon workshops and seminars. Mellon Researchers will contribute to various objectives and outcomes of the research project by writing a collaborative white paper with the other Mellon Researchers, by producing individual essays in conversation with the group and with CCA staff, and by critically engaging the CCA Collection and library holdings. 
  • Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reappraisals and Revisions

    Oxford | Dates: 05 – 07 May, 2017
    As the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth comes round in 2017, he appears omnipresent in his familiarity but difficult to assess compared to the other founders of Modernism. Combining reappraisal and contextualisation of his work from leading scholars, this weekend also considers the nature and extent of his impact in Britain from the 1920s to the present. This raises general questions about the nature of influence in architecture, the identification of national character in the modern period, and continued capacity of Wright to surprise us with his multiplicity of faces.
  • The Culture of the Regency: Image, Reality and King George IV - Lecture Series

    Oxford | Dates: 10 May – 14 Jun, 2017
    The Regency period (c.1780-c.1830) was, for the visual arts, a time of exuberance, colour, experimentation – and fun. It was the period of Nash and Soane, of Turner and Constable, of Brighton Pavilion and Regent Street. Its vibrancy and originality took its cue at least partly from the personality of the Prince Regent himself (after 1830, King George IV). Prince George’s eclecticism in art, architecture and the decorative arts were in the van of taste: he helped to make the Regency era the first truly eclectic age, anticipating the Victorians’ love of mix-and-match, was responsible for considerable stylistic and technical innovation, and became the greatest ever royal builder and collector, erecting a stunning set of royal homes – which today still constitute the Crown’s most significant architectural assets – and creating much of the present-day Royal Collection. At the same time, however, George IV was seen by many of his subjects at best as a flawed figure of fun, at worst as a predatory and irresponsible spendthrift. Moreover, the style and taste of the Regency was by no means merely a royal creation: for the first time, middle-class families dictated the disposition and decoration of the home. Liberated by technology, householders were able to acquire what had, barely fifty years before, been regarded as unattainable, aristocratic luxuries – from chintz to chimneypieces to champagne.
  • Architecture and Biography: Master masons to the modern practice

    Oxford | Dates: 04 – 04 Mar, 2017
    Biography is one of the most important ways of understanding architectural history, the biographical dictionary being an indispensable tool, and the biographical monograph one of the standard forms of literature. We will examine the relevance of biography in different architectural and historical contexts from the middle ages to the present, and the relevance of biographical research to groups of patrons and craftsmen, and to the modern group practice. There will also be an opportunity to explore ways of using the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. We will look at the changing concepts of the architect and the architectural profession — from medieval master masons to those in post-war practices — and the value of biography for an understanding and appreciation of British architecture. Bringing together leading architectural historians and biographers, this day school combines three thematic surveys of the architect, in the medieval, early modern, and modern Britain, with two ‘case studies’ on biographical approaches to studying the built environment. The event is organized in connection with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography—a research and publishing project of Oxford’s History Faculty and Oxford University Press—to mark the centenary of the DNB’s association with Oxford University. During lunchtime there will be an opportunity to look at the Oxford DNB’s coverage of nearly 1000 British architects active from the twelfth to the twenty-first century.
  • CFP 2017: Extended Deadline - SACRPH (Society for American City & Regional Planning)

    Cleveland | Dates: 23 Feb – 06 Mar, 2017
    17th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PLANNING HISTORY Society for American City & Regional Planning History Westin Cleveland Downtown Cleveland, Ohio October 26-29, 2017 We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 17th National Conference on Planning History. In order to submit a proposal online, please visit http://www.sacrph.org. Call for Papers SACRPH cordially invites scholars and practitioners to present papers and talks on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history and their relationship to urban and metropolitan studies. Particularly welcome are papers, talks, roundtables, and sessions addressing the theme of Theory and Practice in Planning History. What is the relationship between the ideas shaping metropolitan development and the history of the built environment? SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (of three or four papers) and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Proposals must be submitted by March 6, 2017 (extended deadline) via the online submission form included below. Each proposal must include the following: - For individual paper submissions: a 100-word abstract - For individual paper submissions: a one-page CV, including address, phone, and e-mail (PDF or Word) - For panel submissions: a single document (PDF or Word) including cover page (indicating lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names—if available—of the session Chair and Commentator); a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address, phone, and e-mail - For all submissions: four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations. Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Rollins College, Florida; or David Freund, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Call for Book Reviews Editor (post 1800) for Architectural Histories

    Dates: 26 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017

    Architectural Histories is the online open access journal of the EAHN, published by Ubiquity Press. 

    The Editorial Board of Architectural Histories seeks to appoint a Book Reviews Editor for publications covering the history of architecture and the built environment after 1800.

    The Editor is responsible for commissioning, developing and editing book reviews for the journal. Architectural Histories publishes review essays that typically combine critiques of two or more books, exhibitions, conferences etc pertaining to a topic that is relevant to the field. In close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, the Book Review Editor selects the publications or themes for review essays, and invites reviewers. After commission, the Editor follows up on the writing and editing of the review, up to the point where it is ready for final copy-editing. The Editor is expected to deliver 2 to 3 essays per year.

    The ideal candidate is well connected with scholars working on all aspects of post-1800 architecture and closely monitors the state of the field, with an eye to commissioning reviews that will stand out as lasting contributions to historical and historiographical debate. The Editor should be familiar with good practice in the commissioning and editing of reviews.

    This call is open to all scholars working on topics related to post-1800 architectural history regardless of background, discipline or seniority. Indeed, applications from scholars working outside the traditional centers of scholarship are strongly encouraged.

    Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter specifying the candidate’s appropriate skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to Petra Brouwer, Editor-in-Chief (editor-in-chief@eahn.org), and received no later than 31st March 2017. The new Editor will be appointed on 1st May 2017 for a four-year term.

  • Call for Proofreader for Architectural Histories

    Dates: 26 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017

    Architectural Histories is the online open access journal of the EAHN, published by Ubiquity Press. 

    Since its establishment in 2011, Architectural Histories has worked with an in-house Proofreader to help ensure the quality of its output. Once professional copy-editing is completed, the Proofreader performs the final step in the journal’s system of quality control, checking the page proofs of all articles for typos and consistency with the house style guide. The Proofreader collates his/her own corrections with those of the author, sends them back to the typesetter, and signals to the Editor-in-Chief whether the article is ready for publication or requires further proofing.

    The ideal candidate combines an eagle’s eye for detail with a capacity to read several languages besides English. He/she is proactive when it comes to verifying the consistency, accuracy and completeness of the text, references and captions provided by the author and copy-editor, this on the basis of a deep familiarity with the journal’s style guide.

    The Proofreader will gain an intimate knowledge of the content of the journal, participate in the lively network of scholars that shape the journal as authors or editors, and become part of the diverse research community of EAHN. Like the other editorial positions, the work of the proofreader is not remunerated.

    Applications should consist of a letter of application and a CV (max. 3 pages), to be emailed to Petra Brouwer, the Editor-in-Chief (editor-in-chief@eahn.org), and received no later than 31st March 2017. The appointment will start on 1 May. 

  • Parting Shots: Minor White's Images of Portland, 1938-1942

    Portland | Dates: 03 Mar – 23 Dec, 2017
    Parting Shots examines nationally renowned 20th-century photographer Minor White, focusing on some of his earliest work when he was in Portland between 1938-1942 to photograph the city, from its economically depressed downtown to its opulent mansions. White’s captivating images document a city on the verge of change during the World War II era and serve as one of the few visual records of some of the city’s most significant architecture prior to its eventual demolition. For the first time, at the Architectural Heritage Center, White's photographs are presented alongside architectural artifacts rescued from many of the commercial and residential buildings that appear in his images and that are drawn from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center's permanent collection. White’s work prompts us to think about how we should document and preserve historic buildings today, especially those at risk of demolition, and the power of the photograph in depicting our architectural heritage.
  • Building the Outer Boroughs: Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Manhattan

    Brooklyn | Dates: 23 – 23 Mar, 2017
    An interdisciplinary symposium exploring the history of architecture and urban development in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Thursday, March 23, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Brooklyn College Library Keynote Speaker: Hilary Ballon Participants: Thomas J. Campanella, Jane Cowan, Andrew S. Dolkart, Kimbro Frutiger, Emma Fuller, Alyssa Loorya, Martha Nadell, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Paul Ranogajec, Christopher Ricciardi, Jon Ritter, Kara Murphy Schlichting, Jonathan D. Taylor, Frampton Tolbert, Andrew Wasserman
  • CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    Cambridge | Dates: 21 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, October 13 - 14, 2017
    Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

    The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces October 13-14, 2017

    A symposium hosted by the
    Harvard Art Museums

    Keynote Speaker:
    Louis Nelson, University of Virginia

    This symposium, held in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820, seeks papers that investigate spaces of artistic, artisanal and intellectual production throughout global history. From artist’s studios to experimental laboratories, from offices to political chambers, rooms and their contents have long impacted history and transformed their inhabitants. We invite case studies that address questions like the following: How might an assemblage of objects within a given space intersect or clash with ideological narratives? How have secret or privileged rooms, or rooms to which access is limited, served to obfuscate and facilitate the generation and dissemination of ideas? As historians and critics, how should we interpret and recreate such spaces—many of which no longer exist?

    The Philosophy Chamber exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 19 to December 31, 2017, will explore the history and collections of one of the most unusual rooms in early America. Between
    1766 and 1820, the Philosophy Chamber, a grand room adjacent to the College Library on Harvard’s Campus, was home to more than one thousand artifacts, images and specimens. Named for the discipline of Natural Philosophy, a cornerstone of the college’s Enlightenment-era curriculum that wove together astronomy, mathematics, physics and other sciences interrogating natural objects and physical phenomena, the Philosophy Chamber served as a lecture hall, experimental lab, picture gallery and convening space. Frequented by an array of artists, scientists, travelers and revolutionaries, the room and its collections stood at the center of artistic and scholarly life at Harvard and the New England region for more than fifty years. The exhibition considers the wide-ranging conversations, debates, and ideas that animated this grand room and the objects and architectural elements that shaped, supported or unintentionally undermined these discourses.

    Potential case study “rooms” include:
    •    Teaching cabinets
    •    Workshops
    •    Civic spaces
    •    Laboratories
    •    Domestic spaces
    •    Toxic rooms
    •    Secret rooms
    •    Studies or offices
    •    Artist studios
    •    Theaters
    •    Classrooms or lecture halls
    •    Chatrooms or other digital “rooms” and platforms
    •    Museum and gallery installations
    •    Exchanges
    •    Train Stations
    •    Ruins, war-torn rooms

    Due the interdisciplinary nature of this symposium, we welcome proposals from a variety of fields, including art history, architectural history, material culture studies, history, English and literature studies, American studies, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the fine arts.

    To apply, please submit a 300-word abstract and two-page CV to laura_igoe@harvard.edu by April 15, 2017.
     
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