Recent Opportunities

  • CPUD '16 / International City Planning and Urban Design Conference

    Istanbul | Dates: 08 – 09 Apr, 2016
    All submitted papers are subject to double blind peer review. Conference proceedings are going to be available on DVD as e-book with an ISBN number, and will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the Thomson & Reuters CPCI and Google Scholars
  • ARCHDESIGN ’16 / 3rd Architectural Design Conference

    Istanbul | Dates: 17 – 18 Jun, 2016
    All submitted papers are subject to double blind peer review. Conference proceedings are going to be available on DVD as e-book with an ISBN number, and will be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the Thomson & Reuters CPCI and Google Scholars.
  • Early Acceptance and Financial Assistance Offered for Victorian Society Summer Schools in London, Newport, and now Chicago!

    Newport | Dates: 25 Jan – 01 Mar, 2016
    For the first time ever, the Victorian Society in America is offering financial assistance for its Newport, London, and Chicago programs---and early acceptance for its legendary, time-honored summer schools if applications received by January 25th! You are invited to study architecture, art, history landscape design, and historic preservation at one of the internationally acclaimed Victorian Society in America summer schools in Newport, Rhode Island, Chicago, Illinois, London, England, and the English Midlands. Now in its 42nd year, you will join a class of your peers to enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries, and the opportunity to connect with colleagues from diverse fields from around the world. Open to the general public, including graduate students, academics, architects, preservation professional, and the professionally curious. The Summer Schools are academically rigorous and physically demanding. A typical day involves intellectually stimulating lectures and bus and walking tours by leading scholars, considerable walking, periods of standing, and engaging social experiences. These intensive programs are action packed, with little free time. Tuition costs include expert instruction, shared accommodation, some meals, tours, and admissions. Competitive scholarships are available for London, Newport, and Chicago. Applications for early acceptance are due by January 25th while scholarship applications and applications for the general acceptance notice period are due by March 1, 2016. Please visit for more information and for online applications. Newport June 3-11, 2016 (board, tuition, and some meals provided: $2,500) Chicago June 16-21,2016 (board, tuition, and some meals provided: $1850) London July 2-17, 2016 (board, tuition, and some meals provided: $4,500) English Midlands July 3-July 7,2016 (board, tuition, and some meals provided: $2,100, no scholarships provided) Those who complete the course will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects. The Victorian Society in America was founded in 1966, as a sister organization to the Victorian Society in the United Kingdom, by preservationists including Brendan Gill, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Margot Gayle, and is the only national nonprofit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of Americas nineteenth-century heritage. Its schools provide an opportunity for in depth study of the architecture and culture of the nineteenth century and feature lectures by leading experts, site visits, and guided tours. The London program started in 1974, followed by the Newport program in 1976. More than 1,250 people have participated in its courses. Launched last year, the Chicago Summer School is the latest of several recent initiatives launched to strengthen Chicago as a destination for architecture related tourism and education. Please email James Russiello, Summer Schools Administrator, at, with any additional questions. Join the conversation on social media with #VicSocAmerica #VSASummerSchool #VSALondon #VSANewport and #VSAChicago!
  • Rijksmuseum Fellowship Program

    Dates: 22 Dec, 2015 – 13 Mar, 2016
    The Rijksmuseum operates a Fellowship Programme for outstanding candidates working on the art and history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research. The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of art and history for the future. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artefacts. The purpose of the programme is to enable applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, to strengthen the bonds between the universities and the Rijksmuseum, and to encourage the understanding of Netherlandish art and history. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories and curatorial expertise.
  • Keeping History Above Water

    Newport | Dates: 10 – 13 Apr, 2016
    Please join us in Newport, RI, April 10-13, 2016 for “Keeping History Above Water,” one of the first national conferences to focus on sea-level rise and preservation of the built environment in historic coastal communities. Over four days, specialists from the United States and abroad, including the Netherlands, the U.K., Iran, and Italy, will examine the state of the problem, share experiences, evaluate risks, and debate solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. The conference will approach the threat of sea level rise to preservation efforts from a multi-disciplinary perspective, honing in on practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and general resilience. Organized by the Newport Restoration Foundation in collaboration with Roger Williams University; Salve Regina University; the Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island; Preserve Rhode Island; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Union of Concerned Scientists. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS JAN. 15, 2016! Registration gives you full access to all events and opening address, reception and dinner on April 10; lunch and refreshments on April 11 and 12. Programming also includes discussions, workshops, tours of threatened historic areas in Newport, and other excursions, as well as plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues from around the country. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Architectural History Field School

    Lynchburg | Dates: 15 – 28 May, 2016
    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is offering its 26th annual Architectural History Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 15 - May 28. The program is open to professionals and students interested in the restoration and interpretation of historic house museums.
  • Politics, Money, and Anarchy: Historic House Museums

    New York | Dates: 14 – 14 Jan, 2016
    In what seems like the “perfect storm,” historic sites (and historic house museums in particular) are facing an uncertain future. Lovers of history cannot agree on the best ways to ensure long-term stewardship.  The debate has been highlighted by the recent publication of The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums by Franklin Vagnone & Deborah Ryan (Left Coast Press, 2015). What are the critiques? What are the solutions? Join a panel of invested experts to become a part of a lively, and at times heated debate regarding these fragile historic sites. This program delves into the themes of last year’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.
    Reception to follow!
    Ulysses Diez, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, The Newark Museum
    Deborah Ryan, Urban Designer & Community Engagement Specialist and Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, University of North Carolina
    Franklin Vagnone, Heritage Consultant and Executive Director, Historic House Trust of New York City
    Use the code SAVE50 for discount tickets! 
  • PARTNER UNIVERSITY FUND 2016 Call for Proposals

    Dates: 17 Dec, 2015 – 13 Mar, 2016
    The French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation are accepting applications for the Partner University Fund (PUF). PUF promotes innovative collaborations of excellence in research and education between French and American institutions of higher education. The program supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial 3-year grant. Since its creation, PUF has supported 78 partnerships involving more than 90 French and American institutions. In 2016, PUF will support partnerships in the Humanities. Applications will combine collaborations such as: •Joint research, joint publications and joint conferences •Graduate students, postdoc and faculty transatlantic mobility •Collaboration in teaching (organization of workshops, seminars, symposia…) •Joint and dual degrees at the master's and PhD levels. Thanks to private donors, public contributions, and a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (, the PUF program will co-finance projects in the Humanities submitted in this 2016 funding cycle up to 60% of the total project costs, to a maximum of 100,000 USD annually (up to 300,000 USD for the 3 years). Selected partnerships are supported for one year and are renewable for a total period of 3 years. Projects must be jointly submitted by at least one American and one French university or research institution. •Project proposals must be submitted by March 13th, 2016 (Midnight, EST) •Funding decisions will be announced in June 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Post-Digital Culture – a publication platform

    Dates: 14 Dec, 2015 – 31 Dec, 2016
    Post-Digital Culture – a publication platform by Daniel Kulle, Cornelia Lund, Oliver Schmidt, David Ziegenhagen (eds.) Post-Digital Culture has now been launched with a first set of articles that analyze different aspects of the post-digital in various areas, such as design, film, music video, music, and bookmaking, while they also address the concept from a theoretical and historical perspective and explore its critical potential. The world is pervaded by the digital. No act, no desire, no experience that has not been shaped by digital technologies. The “post” in post-digitality is thus not to be misunderstood as a return to some pre-digital era. What is coming to an end here is the era of digital revolution. Digitality has ceased to be a utopian fantasy, the digital has become part of our everyday lives. The so-called digital revolution is followed by a stage in which, on the one hand, digital technologies have become the (seemingly) unproblematic equipment of the digital native and in which, on the other hand, artificial “errors” and “glitches” reintegrate the analog in the realm of the digital. As the phenomena that can be subsumed under the term post-digital are still going on around us, we have decided on a dynamic form of publication, which takes the dynamic nature of the discursive field into account. Therefore, the website is not organized in form of a closed publication, but as a publication platform that will continue to proliferate along with current developments in the field. In the future, many more articles will hopefully be added to the platform. They can be in either English, German, or both, and we would like to extend an invitation to anybody interested in publishing an article around the concept of the post-digital to contact us. We also welcome artistic contributions and any kind of cross-disciplinary approaches. For more information, see the introduction: Contact / Kontakt: Table of contents Cornelia Lund: "If the Future Is Software-defined, What To Do with Our Hands? Post-digital Commons and the Unintended from a Design Perspective" Jana Herwig: "Postdigitaler Vordenker oder digitaler Antagonist? Zu Nicholas Negropontes Entwurf des Digitalen (1995)" Verena Kuni: "F (ANALOGITAL)" Holger Lund: "Make It Real & Get Dirty! Zur Entwicklung postdigitaler Ästhetiken im Musikvideo." David Ziegenhagen: "Blending, Augmented Reality und pseudodiegetische Credits. Postdigitale Ästhetik im Filmvorspann." Lasse Prang: "GLITCHs Not Dead. Der aktuelle Stand definitorischer Schwierigkeiten einer postdigitalen Ästhetik." Alessandro Ludovico: "Post-Digital Publishing, Hybrid and Processual Objects in Print" Coming soon: Klaus Birk: „Urban Digital Literacy – Lesen und Schreiben der (post-)digitalen Stadt“ Oliver Schmidt: „Postdigitalität. Zur Genese einer spätmodernen Subjektkultur“
  • Urban and Architectural Translations in Modern Asia, Postgraduate Students Conference, 27-28 May 2016, The University of Hong Kong

    Hong Kong | Dates: 12 Dec, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    Throughout the history of Asian modernity, various forms of translation have been employed in acts of cultural production as well as moments of political, economic, as well as social engagement. These modes of translation have played particularly significant roles in the development of urban and architectural forms throughout the 19th and 20th centuries amid interactions between the so-called “East” and “West”, the Global South and North, as well as between different societal groups within the region. This conference is organized around the theme of translation and the various disciplinary questions it inspires: how can we historicize and theorize acts of translation in relation to Asia’s built environments? How have different modes of architectural representation been incorporated into acts of cultural translation? How can we envision the future of translation given the rise of digital technologies in architectural production and discursive exchange? Graduate students from relevant disciplines are invited to submit paper abstracts on the subject of translation in relation to any aspect of architecture and urbanism in modern Asia. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: - Translations of texts, forms, practices, as well as typologies - Methods of representation - Material histories - Digital production and information technology Accepted papers will be organized into themed panels. Each invited participant will give a 20-minute presentation. Paper discussants will include Esra Akcan (Associate Professor, AAP Architecture Art Planning, Cornell University) and Ken Tadashi Oshima (Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Washington), who will both be the keynote speakers of the conference, as well as established scholars within the discipline of architecture, including faculty members of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and other prominent scholars in the region. Please send your paper proposal abstract (not more than 250 words) and your CV (1 page) to by 15 January 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 29 January 2016. Full papers should be submitted by 15 April 2016. All presentations should be written and delivered in English. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a potential edited volume. The conference is funded by the Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grant of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. It is supported by the Faculty of Architecture and the Department of Architecture in the University of Hong Kong. There is no registration fee. Discounted housing on campus may be provided, subject to availability. Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. For enquiries please contact:
  • Re-imagining Bengal: Architecture, Built Environment and Cultural Heritage

    Dates: 10 Dec, 2015 – 29 Feb, 2016
    Re-imagining Bengal: Architecture, built environment and cultural heritage
    Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed and Dr. Mohammad Habib Reza

    Bengal is remarkably ancient and its contemporary features are also rich and diversified. They present us with a rich palimpsest of layers of history with deep rooted imprints of Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic culture, which range from the heart of older parts of traditional city enclaves to remote rural places. They carry the tangible and intangible elements of Bengal society and sustain local identity and culture. The local built environment, having both tangible and intangible cultural qualities, often without being one or the other, is not simple to define or capture. It is not linear and embodies multiple issues and elements. Local cultural heritage is not static; it is inherited as an element to be passed on through subsequent generations. It may be the cultural legacy, and continuity inherited in time that incorporates the identity of place and people from past into the present in a perpetual process that evolves with time and embodies local tradition, knowledge and value. 

    The local built environment takes shape through everyday practices. It is embodied and embedded in rituals and prosaic subsistence practices. However, other issues such as environmental performance, accessibility, their place in urban fabric and urban design are equally important. 

    There has been limited studies in this subject area and they were often focused and not comprehensive enough to cover all critical issues of architecture, built environment and cultural heritage of Bengal. This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to address historical issues, present trends and future possibilities from a wider perspective. 

    The objective of this edited book is to provide researchers opportunity to study the concepts and related practices of architecture, built environment and cultural heritage of Bengal: past, present and future. Topics can range from broader to specific issues. Idea is to have a deeper insight into the historic aspects of cultural heritage, where they stand now and future challenges. The possible issues covered in this book will be broader in context and subject matter. This has been done to make the edited book more flexible and to stimulate further research interest. 

    Several local and international publishers have shown interest in this book. The publisher will be finalized once all the chapter proposals are received.
    Some of the possible topics for chapters include (but not limited to):
    - History of Bengal architecture
    - Environmental studies related to Bengal
    - Accessibility in heritage buildings of Bengal
    - Design aspects and possibilities of adaptive reuse
    - Heritage and its social aspect
    - Community participation in heritage conservation
    - Contemporary practices in heritage management 

    We seek contributions that will be useful references for the research community, policy makers, professionals from the heritage sector, cultural ministries and agencies, and wider communities and citizens interested on the selected topics.

    • Proposal submission deadline : 31st February 2016
    • Proposal acceptance notification : 31st March 2016
    • Chapter outline submission : 30th April 2016
    • Chapter submission deadline : 31st October 2016
    • Chapter reviewed and returned to authors : 31st December 2016
    • Camera-ready chapter submission : 31st January 2017

    Authors should submit 300 words proposals for the chapters. Once notified of the acceptance, author(s) should submit chapter outline that show the tentative topic and broad outline of the chapter contents. Both ongoing and completed research will be considered. 

    Each contribution must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere. Chapters have to be no more than 25 pages or 8,000 words length and will be evaluated by the editorial board. Instruction for authors will be made available with the proposal acceptance. They are expected to submit camera-ready version of accepted chapters by the given deadline. 

    Only Chapter proposals NOT EXCEEDING 300 words that specifically addressed the above mentioned areas would be accepted. Prospective authors are advised to adhere to the following style: 
    • Language: English 
    • Font Face: Times New Roman 
    • Font style: Regular, No spacing 
    • Font size: 11 points Line spacing: 1.5 
    • Citation/Referencing Style: APA 1 referencing style 

    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to: 
    Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed,
    Assistant Professor | Department of Architecture
    BRAC University | 66 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh 
    Phone: +880 2 8810383 
  • Soprema Scholarship Program

    Dates: 10 Dec, 2015 – 31 Jan, 2016
    Soprema is pleased to announce scholarship program. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. The scholarship is intended to assist students who are pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field at an accredited four-year college or university. Winning candidates will receive a $5,000 award.

    Soprema was founded in 1908. SOPREMA offers a comprehensive line of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering solutions combining superior products and systems with decades of proven performance.


    Applicants to the SOPREMA Scholarship Program must be:

    High school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.
    Similar field must be applicable to those seeking a career related to the building envelope (i.e. Roofing, wall systems, below grade waterproofing, etc.). Exceptions will be approved by SOPREMA.
    Planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2016-17 academic year.
    SOPREMA employees and their family members are ineligible.
    How to Apply:

    To apply for scholarship, the candidates must register themselves through the given link:

    Award Amount:

    If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to seven (7) awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year.

    Application Deadline:

    Application must be submitted by January 31, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

    Link for More Information:

    Contact Information:

    If you have any question, you can email: or call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the SOPREMA Scholarship Program.
  • The Victorian Society in America (VSA) Summer Schools

    Dates: 10 Dec, 2015 – 01 Mar, 2016
    We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public.

    The Summer Schools are academically rigorous and physically demanding. A typical day includes lectures and tours by leading scholars, considerable walking, periods of standing, and engaging social experiences. These intensive programs are action packed, with little free time. Tuition costs include expert instruction, shared accommodation, some meals, tours, and admissions. Competitive scholarships are available for London and Newport. Please email James Russiello, Summer Schools Administrator, at, with any additional questions. Applications are due by March 1.
  • Bitácora 33: Architecture and City from a Gender Perspective / La arquitectura y la ciudad desde la perspectiva de género

    México City | Dates: 09 Dec, 2015 – 15 Feb, 2016
    Bitácora 33: Architecture and City from a Gender Perspective / La arquitectura y la ciudad desde la perspectiva de género March-July 2016. Submission deadline date: February 15, 2016. Proposals are welcomed in
  • Bitácora 32: Domestic Living / El habitar doméstico

    México City | Dates: 01 Nov, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    Bitácora 32: Domestic Living / El habitar doméstico November 2015- March 2016. Submission deadline date: January15, 2016. Proposals are welcomed in
  • Expert witness needed on Los Angeles building/housing codes

    Los Angeles | Dates: 08 Dec, 2015 – 08 Dec, 2016
    I am seeking an expert witness, with Los Angeles experience, to review Los Angeles and California building codes, to testify about the historical distinctions between apartments and hotels
  • Charles E. Peterson Fellowship

    Philadelphia | Dates: 01 Jan – 01 Mar, 2016
    Overview Charles E. Peterson, c. 1976 The fellowship trust fund was endowed by Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), his colleagues, and his friends; it is administered by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia exclusively for charitable and educational purposes which reflect Mr. Peterson's life-long dedication to the study, recording, and preservation of early American architecture and building technology (pre-1860) and the teaching of conservation skills in American schools of architecture. Fellows must be persons who hold a terminal degree and possess a distinguished record of accomplishment. Research is not subject to geographical restrictions, although preference is given to Delaware Valley topics. Applications are reviewed by a committee of architects, architectural historians, and educators appointed by the Athenaeum board of directors. Outside readers may be asked to assist in the evaluation of proposals. Grants generally do not exceed $15,000 and may not be used for international travel. Applications should be submitted in the form of a single-page letter setting forth a brief statement of the project, with attached budget, schedule for completion, professional resume, and two letters of reference. A clear statement of objectives is necessary, and a final report is expected. Successful applicants may be required to give a public lecture or participate in a seminar at the Athenaeum sharing the results of the project. Submit applications to: Peterson Fellowship Committee The Athenaeum of Philadelphia 219 S. 6th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106-3794 Awards will be announced by April 30 each year
  • 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]

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