Recent Opportunities

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  • VAF Durham: Pamela H. Simpson Presenter Fellowship

    Durham | Dates: 24 – 30 Oct, 2015
    VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • VAF Durham 2016: Farm to Factory

    Durham | Dates: 23 – 30 Oct, 2015
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2016. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring African-American life, including slavery, the rise of a black middle class, the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship of race and the built environment; the transformation and industrialization of agricultural landscapes; and the architecture of institutions, including churches, schools, and hospitals. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Please include the paper title, author’s name, and email address, along with a one-page c.v.. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2016, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 4th.
  • College Art Association’s Fair Use Code: How Will It Help the Visual Arts Community?

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2015
    A presentation by Peter Jaszi, Lead Principal Investigator of CAA’s Fair Use Project
    Monday, November 9, 2015 
    2:00-4:00 PM 
    Columbia College Chicago 

    The College Art Association, in conjunction with the Business & Entrepreneurship Department and Art & Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, are proud to announce that Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law at Washington College of Law, American University and co-facilitator of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, will be speaking about the code, and answering questions on Monday, November 9th at Columbia College Chicago.

    The Code of Best Practices http://www.collegeart.org/fair-use/best-practices provides visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials. It describes how fair use can be invoked and implemented when using copyrighted materials in scholarship, teaching, museums, archives, and in the creation of art.

    A reception will be held after the event in the adjacent Hokin Gallery, where an exhibition of interdisciplinary work from BA & BFA Students from across the country juried by Buzz Spector, organized by the Art & Art History Department and mounted by the Gallery Management Practicum is ongoing.

    Attendance is free and open to the public; this un-ticketed event will be held in a space limited to 160 attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

    This event is made possible by the College Art Association with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Facebook Event:
    http://on.fb.me/1L9ygQP

    Twitter: @collegeart
    Hashtag: #caafairuse

    Location: Columbia College Chicago
    HAUS / Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Excellence
    623 S. Wabash Ave. First Floor – Chicago, IL

    Questions:
    email: art@colum.edu

    More Information about Code of Best Practices
    http://www.collegeart.org/fair-use/
     
  • CFP: Byzantine Studies Alive (Nijmegen, 16-17 Jun 16)

    Dates: 22 Oct – 01 Dec, 2015
    Radboud University Nijmegen, June 16 - 17, 2016
    Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

    Organizers: 
    Daniëlle Slootjes (Department of History, Radboud University Nijmegen) Mariëtte Verhoeven (Department of Art History, Radboud University
    Nijmegen)

    In recent decades many new studies on the Byzantine world have appeared that have offered us new perspectives on existing views of the Byzantine Empire. For instance, Judith Herrin in Byzantium. The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (2009) and Margins and Metropolis (2013) made an appeal for Byzantium to be saved from its negative stereotype of an autocratic, completely ritualized and almost fossilized empire. Averil Cameron has demonstrated in her recent Byzantine Matters (2014) that – although we have made progress in the past few decades – Byzantine Studies is still left with many questions on issues such as Byzantine identity, the Hellenistic influence or our understanding of religious practices and orthodoxy in the Byzantine world.

    However, whereas both Herrin and Cameron encourage Byzantine scholars to continue to deal with these issues, to take up new avenues and to unite the various disciplines that work on the Byzantine field, Norman Davies in his Vanished Kingdoms (2011) has been more pessimistic. In his discussion of the rise and fall of various kingdoms in Europe he offered his readers a gloomy view on our possibilities of understanding Byzantium. In fact, in the chapter on Byzantium he concluded that “describing or summarizing Europe’s greatest ‘vanished kingdom’ is almost too much to contemplate. The story is too long, too rich and too complex” (p. 322).

    This rather negative point of view of being overwhelmed by Byzantium’s complexities almost seems to suggest that we should refrain ourselves from attempting to analyze Byzantium and its history. Our conference likes to object to this suggestion as it will take up the challenge of demonstrating that Byzantine Studies is far from dead. We want to show how the diversities and complexities have made Byzantium into a fascinating world worth of our attention, encouraged by the studies of Herrin and Cameron. We are very pleased to announce that Averil Cameron will give the key note lecture of the conference.

    We would like to bring together both junior and senior scholars from various disciplines such as Byzantine history, art history, literature and archaeology in our attempt to unlock the importance of the Byzantine world for our current generations.

    We welcome proposals for papers on the following two themes:

    1) Byzantium as a key player in the relationship between East and West, A.D. 330 -1453 Byzantium can be seen as a leading catalyst in the political, cultural, economic and religious exchange between East and West, to be detected in the relationship both between Byzantium and Latin Western Europe and Byzantium and the Islamic world.

    Keywords: contacts, interchange, imitation, competition, confrontations

    We especially welcome the papers on this theme to include analyses on
    (a) Agents of exchange such as rulers, bishops, popes, diplomats, pilgrims, writers  or artists
    (b) Objects of transcultural encounter and transfer such as,
    (religious) monuments, texts (hagiography, historiography, liturgical texts, travel accounts)  decorations, liturgical objects, relics or diplomatic gifts. 
    These agents and objects can be regarded as part of the larger historical context within which Europe took shape in the Middle Ages and beyond.

    2) The position of Byzantine heritage, 7th Century - present day The definite end of the Byzantine Empire is marked by the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. Through its history, however, the dimension and identity of the Empire was not one identical continuum. In different phases of development (Arab conquests, iconoclasm, Crusaders period) Byzantine monuments and artefacts were appropriated or under threat, a phenomenon that continued after the Ottoman conquest.

    Keywords: appropriation, transformation, identity, continuity, rupture.

    We especially welcome the papers on this theme to include analyses on: 
    (a) Appropriation and transformation of Byzantine heritage (objects, monuments, cities)
    (b) Display of Byzantine heritage in museum collections
    (c) Preservation and restoration of Byzantine heritage
    (d) Byzantine heritage under threat

    Abstracts, no more than 400 words, can be submitted to d.slootjes@let.ru.nl  and m.verhoeven@let.ru.nl  before the 1st of December, 2015.
     
  • CFP Architectural Theory Review 21.1: Animal Mineral Vegetable

    Sydney | Dates: 22 Oct – 31 Dec, 2015
    Animal, mineral, vegetable? For Plato, the answer to such a question lay in the relative beauty of organisms that were divided by their chemical constitution and their notable lack of a spiritual soul. In classic philosophy, definitions across these three kingdoms were often vigorously contested: Aquinas classified plants as being created solely for the consumption of animals while in the Great Chain of Being (scala naturae), Aristotle defined human beings as rational animals who existed in a different moral realm than their lower counterparts. Even in the contemporary sphere, the underground notion of theorizing the animal extends from Stanley Cavell, Jacques Derrida, Emannuel Levinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Slavoj Zizek to current scholars like Brian Massumi and Cary Wolfe.

    The animal condition in its disciplinary iterations returns to the question of life, whether an object should be considered inanimate or animate. Even the muteness of substances such as stone possesses its own internal dynamism, unknown to the human eye. Beyond metaphysics, animality provokes issues of identity and difference linked to discourses surrounding colonialism, race, and sexuality. Across empires controlled by Western nations, the subjugation of slaves and women has long been coupled with the “animalization” of human beings and points to the animal condition as one of hierarchical economy and coercive power.

    Alongside the animal condition, biological models of architecture have drawn upon the mineral and vegetable worlds to provide inspiration for industrial design and architectural buildings – to name a few, Owen Jones’s botanical prints, Victor Ruprich Robert’s Flore ornamentale (1866-76) on the decorative arts, Claude Bragdon’s projective arabesques, and Karl Blossfeldt’s Urformen der Kunst. Organic architecture, despite its sometimes eccentric origins, has been radically reinvented since the days of modernists Hans Scharoun and Eero Saarinen. Design computation and digital fabrication have pushed these metaphors to new heights, creating sinuous forms through material properties.

    As artist Jim Dine states, “I trust objects so much. I trust disparate elements going together.” For this thematic issue, we invite contributions that examine new definitions of the animal, mineral, or vegetable in light of architectural history/theory, art history, literature, history, and philosophy, including but not limited to the following topics: animal studies, animality and race/sexuality, anthropomorphism, artistic collections that deal with animals/minerals/plants, biological models and architecture, contemporary art and the bestiary, discourse of species, labor and slavery, natural history and museum design, historical models of organicism, and posthumanism.

    Architectural Theory Review, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996 and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural theory in the Australasian region. Published by Routledge in print and online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging, and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a rigorous process of blind peer review.

    Submission Instructions
    Enquiries about this special issue theme, and possible papers, are welcome, please email the editor, Jennifer Ferng at jennifer.ferng@sydney.edu.au. The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is Wednesday, 31 December 2015. Please submit manuscripts via the journal’s online submission system. When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are applying for this special issue, for example: vol. 21.1 – Animal, Mineral, Vegetable.

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural Theory Review website.

    http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/atr-cfp-animal-mineral-vegetable
     
  • CFP: Modernism in New England, March 5th, 2016, Wellesley College

    Wellesley | Dates: 20 Oct – 13 Nov, 2015
    Modernism in New England Saturday, March 5th, 2016 Collins Cinema, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.
  • Now Accepting Applications: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures PhD Program:

    Dates: 19 Oct – 15 Dec, 2015
    The Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures doctoral program is now accepting applications! A collaborative effort between the school of Architecture at Milwaukee and the Department of Art History at Madison, BLC is a leader in innovative field-based learning. We pride ourselves on our classes getting students in the field as they expand their methods and hone their research interests. We offer innovative field schools and methods courses and take advantage of the strengths of both of our campuses. BLC PhD Students • Attain skills to explore buildings, landscapes, and cultures as process, lived, and representation • Utilize a range of methods including formal analysis of architecture, fieldwork and documentation, archival research, oral history 
 • Develop multiple forms of literacy such as spatial/architectural, landscape, cultural and visual literacy 
 Applicants may apply to UW-Madison’s Department of Art History (PhD Art History) or UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning (PhD in Architecture). For more about the program and how to apply, visit blcprogram.weebly.com Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/331499171288/ or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BLCProgram.
  • Modern Cuba: Continuity of Past and Present

    Dates: 14 – 23 May, 2016
    Docomomo US is pleased to announce registration for this educational travel tour of modern architecture in Havana, Cuba. Guests will experience the rich architectural past of this long elusive Caribbean island located just 90 miles south of U.S. soil. Modern Cuba offers a unique travel opportunity in a small group setting featuring access to modern homes and buildings considered off the beaten path or not ordinarily open to the public.
  • Back to the City - Urbanism, Density, and Housing 1976-2016

    Glasgow | Dates: 05 – 06 May, 2016
    Proposals are invited for papers and posters on topics relating to the conference themes. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to Ambrose Gillick (a.gillick@gsa.ac.uk) by 16 November 2015, along with contact details and a CV/biographical information (1-2 pages). The conference is supported by the Leverhulme Trust. A limited number of travel bursaries are available.
  • Call for Application for Three Short-Term Fellowships for New Research on Local Renaissances

    Florence/Naples | Dates: 17 – 30 Oct, 2015
    The aim of the call for applications is to create an international team formed of three scholars, either PhD candidates at the end of their research or postdoctoral fellows, to work together for three months to explore different notions of antiquarian culture and artistic patronage in different areas in Europe during the early modern period. Working on the assumption that a universal and monolithic Renaissance is increasingly seen to be a superseded concept, the research group will be encouraged to investigate the idea of “local Renaissances”, as well as crucial historiographical concepts such as “antiquity”, “identity” and “style”. Over a very long period the idea that Florence and Rome represent the canon of Renaissance art and architecture has led to a deep misunderstanding of the specific artistic cultures found in other contexts, which have often been relegated to the margins of scholarship as backward-looking peripheries. It is now well known that different local all’antica styles developed across Italy, such as those in Venice and Milan, and more attention has been devoted to the multiple ‘antiquities’ which informed also the artistic and literary cultures of Florence and Rome. The ERC-HistAntArtSI project has been working for four years on rediscovering the specific character of antiquarian culture and artistic patronage in the Kingdom of Naples between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and on redefining the concept of Southern Renaissance. This concept, once used in local historiography to indicate a phenomenon of uniformity and backwardness, is gradually being reshaped and revised, reinforcing the idea of another Renaissance, one which belongs more coherently to the regional histories presently being uncovered throughout Italy and the rest of Europe. Furthermore, recent research has demonstrated how a new fascination with the classical past was a widespread phenomenon in early modern Europe. While work has been done on the reception of antiquity in France, Germany and the Netherlands, there are other contexts that still remain at the margins of Renaissance historiography and need to be investigated. As a result of collaboration between the ERC/HistAntArtSi project and the Kunsthistorisches Institut, three research scholarships are being offered to investigate the reception of the classical past in selected areas and regions of Europe. We seek for proposals that, taking an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, look at single regions or areas which for historical or cultural reasons were connected to southern Italy, such as Spain, Dalmatia, Greece or Flanders. It is possible that other areas in northern or eastern Europe will also be considered. A particular requirement will be that the candidates investigate not only single examples of local Renaissances but also the possible connections, networks and dialogues which existed among different contexts. Scholars are encouraged to present proposals which explore local concepts of the antique in the form of archaeological excavations, works of art, architecture, antiquarian literature, and history, and which address the problem both of how the contemporary “identity” of cities and regions was formed by a local notion of the “antique” as well as how local antiquities were used to construct a sense of identity for civic institutions or individuals. We welcome cases which question the idea of a “single antiquity”, considering instead how the idea of antiquity varied widely, including not only Roman, but also Greek and pre-classical indigenous antiquities, as well as monuments and objects from the more recent medieval past. Proposals may consider aspects of the local reception of antiquity, such as the notion of competing ‘antiquities’, the character and priorities of local conceptions of the antique, the merge and clash of imported modes of classical revival with local idioms or relationships between concepts of antiquity in various regions. Candidate profile: Potential candidates will be scholars who are already working on a European area at a doctoral or postdoctoral level. In line with the approach and methodology of the HistAntArtSI research project, the selected group of scholars would work together sharing an interdisciplinary and comparative approach and maintaining constant contact with the research team hosted at the University of Naples Federico II. In addition to their individual and specific research skills, each candidate should be able to demonstrate her/his capacity to cooperate as part of a research group. Candidates should also have a good knowledge of spoken and written Italian and English. Work description: Scholarships will begin in January 2016 and end in March 2016. Fellows will be expected to live in Florence and to work at the Kunsthistorisches Institut. Each scholar will work individually on her/his research topic, but will be expected to engage closely and continuously in seminars and discussions with the other two selected scholars and with the ERC HistAntArtSI research group. The group of scholars will be expected to organize a workshop in which they will present the results of their work at the Kunsthistorisches Institut and to submit a proposal for a panel to be held in the following RSA (2017). Stipend: Each scholar will receive circa 2000 € monthly. There are no additional funds for travel to Florence. Application: Applicants must submit a thousand-word length project proposal, together with a curriculum vitae and a cover letter. The names of two established scholars ready to support the application must be listed at the end of the cover letter. Applicants are required to merge all the documents in a single PDF (max. 2 MB) and submit it via e-mail to info@histantartsi.eu + dirnova@khi.fi.it
  • CFP: (AAS-in-Asia 2016): Cities by Experts for the People

    Dates: 16 – 25 Oct, 2015
    CALL FOR PAPERS, AAS-in-ASIA 2016 Conference, KyotoCities by Experts for the People: In search of spaces of hope in the intersections of power and knowledge * Critical urban theorists have often given short shrift to bureaucracies as possible sites for emancipatory politics. Since Max Weber?s rendition of the ?iron cage of bureaucracy? and Herbert Marcuse?s critique of the ?one-dimensional man,? academic writing tends to portray professional experts working within bureaucracies as extensions of the coercive state and increasingly as collaborators of corporate powers amidst accelerating neoliberalization. Against this context, ?spaces of hope? have been largely couched in the informal and the autonomous, where ?local knowledge? and ?bottom-up? initiatives are seen as key for generating alternative futures that resist the top-down, generic solutions imposed by technical experts.

    Recent studies on the nature of expertise suggest that the assumed dichotomy between expert and indigenous knowledge has at times been overstated. Although expert practices have been central to the rise of modern statecraft and hence the normative configuration of power/knowledge, experts are constantly required to make pragmatic accommodation in projects and policies in actual operations. Despite being increasingly subjected to managerialist initiatives and market-based solutions, growing skepticism about the ?reach of the state? has also promulgated new forms of reflexivity and aspirations amongst professionals and bureaucrats.

    This panel will examine the roles of professional experts whose agencies are both augmented and restricted by bureaucratic structures. These may include urban planners, architects, development consultants, systems analysts and others whose epistemologies and interventions are spatial in nature. Research that explores the techno-politics of practice, the cultural world of expertise and performativity of administrative apparatuses are especially welcome. By examining how expertise has been reconfigured in ongoing reshaping of political formations, we ask whether there are potentials for emancipatory politics in the unlikeliest of places.

    Interested participants should submit a 250-word abstract to Lee Kah-Wee ( leekahwee@nus.edu.sg), National University of Singapore and to Cecilia L.
    Chu (clchu@hku.hk), The University of Hong Kong, by *25 October 2015*. We hope to hear from you!

    For more information on AAS-in-Asia 2016, please visit http://www.aas-in-asia.org/2016-Call-for-Proposals-Main.htm
    http://www.aas-in-asia.org
     
  • CFP: Boston University Graduate Symposium (Boston, 26-27 Feb 16)

    Dates: 16 Oct – 21 Nov, 2015
    Boston University and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, February 26 - 27, 
    2016
    Deadline: Nov 21, 2015

    The 32nd Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of 
    Art & Architecture

    Submissions Due: November 21, 2015
    Symposium Dates: February 26 – 27, 2016

    Serious Fun: Expressions of Play in the History of Art and Architecture

    In all of its forms, play is a vital expressive force. Whether 
    theatrical or athletic, rollicking or subversive, play has enacted a 
    pivotal role in shaping cultural life. The 32nd Annual Boston 
    University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & 
    Architecture invites submissions that consider aspects of play as form, 
    content, process, and methodological framework.

    Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: 
    representations of play;  entertainment, games, and toys; spaces of 
    play, leisure, and recreation; play as practice; political control of 
    play; play as dissent or activism; word play; the naughty and the 
    bawdy; revelry and whimsy; play and performance; and play as creative 
    force.

    We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their 
    studies, working in any area or discipline.

    Please send an abstract (300 words or less), paper title, and a CV to 
    the Symposium Coordinator, Catherine O’Reilly, at 
    bugraduatesymposiumhaa@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 
    Saturday, November 21, 2015. Selected speakers will be notified before 
    January 1, 2016.  Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be 
    followed by a question and answer session.

    The Symposium will be held Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27, 
    2016, with a keynote lecture (TBD) on Friday evening at the Boston 
    University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery and graduate presentations 
    on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
    Boston.

    This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for 
    the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & 
    Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University 
    Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the 
    Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.
     
  • Taliesin West Preservation Master Plan

    Scottsdale | Dates: 21 Oct, 2015
    Guided by the Foundation Board and the Taliesin West Preservation Oversight Committee, an international team of preservation experts, the Taliesin West Preservation Master Plan outlines the overarching philosophy and direction for the present and future preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's desert masterpiece in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    At the evening event, Sean Malone, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, will be joined by Gunny Harboe, FAIA, internationally recognized preservation architect and founder of Chicago-based Harboe Architects. Mr. Harboe, the plan's primary author, will present the tenants of the Taliesin West preservation plan. He has overseen the preservation of some of America's most significant historic buildings including Wright sites such as Chicago's Rookery, the Robie House and Unity Temple.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    7:00-8:30 pm
    Lecture and community dialogue. Reception to follow.

    By reservation only. Seating is limited.

    RSVP to Sally Russell at srussell@franklloydwright.org or 480-237-8055.
  • Replica of Paul Rudolph's 1952 Walker Guest House Opening Nov. 6

    Sarasota | Dates: 06 – 08 Nov, 2015
    The Sarasota Architectural Foundation has constructed a full-size replica of Paul Rudolph's 1952 Walker Guest House. The replica's grand opening is Nov. 6, the first day of SararasotaMOD Weekend, a celebration of mid-century modern architecture, which focuses on Rudolph this year.
  • Art History 40: Image and Memory: 40 Years of Art-Historical Writing

    London | Dates: 12 – 12 Dec, 2015
    This day of papers brings together for the first time the past and present editors of the Association of Art Historians journal, Art History, in a collective engagement with the role of memory and the image in art-historical writing.  As a celebration of the journal approaching 40 years of publication history, the papers will present a range of perspectives on the problem of images and memory, as arguably key to defining the conceptual practice of the discipline.  Looking both back onto the journal’s history and forward to prospective avenues of enquiry, the papers are variously concerned with situating art-historical or visual memory across a spectrum of disciplinary concerns. The papers will pursue issues of recollection, reminiscence and memory such as the affect of nostalgia, the play of temporalities, echoes and reflections, oblivions and forgettings, or conversely the afterlives of forms, whether ephemeral or archival, in their survivals and half-lives, absences and presence; and objects such as monuments, anti-monuments or memorials, mnemonic objects or displays, souvenirs, mementoes, replicas and reproductions, fragments or ruins.

    Organised by Dr Genevieve Warwick (Editor, Art History) Dr Gavin Parkinson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
     
  • CFP: Creative Placemaking and Beyond (London, 30 Aug-2 Sep 16)

    London | Dates: 25 Oct, 2015
    Creative Placemaking and Beyond: Continuing and re-invigorating the arts-led conversation

    Royal Geographical Society 2016 Annual Conference: Nexus Thinking

    30 August -2 September 2016
    London, UK

    Convenors: Cara Courage, University of Brighton and Anita McKeown, SMARTlab, University College Dublin.

    This session will continue the interrogation of notions of creative placemaking started at the RGS 2015 annual conference, aiming to take this conversation to the US and broaden international and sectora/practice discussion.

    The creative placemaking (Landesman 2009) term has entered the arts-driven placemaking sector narrative presented as a ?new [U.S.] policy platform across all levels of government? (Markusen and Gadwa 2010:26) with a particular ethos; a cross-sectoral approach to arts-led regeneration (Markusen and Gadwa 2010) and of including non-arts stakeholders within community revitalisation (Poticha, 2011).

    With contemporary debates around creative placemaking and its relations now reaching a moment in maturity and diversity a critique and a deeper understanding of practice is necessary.

    Persistent questions arise around issues of arts practice/process, power relations, individual and community agency and creative placemaking?s relation vis-?-vis the neoliberal. As such, this session encourages a re-consideration of the role of the arts and creativity within socially-engaged placemaking practices for their potential to encourage self-organisation and how citizens can take the initiative in effecting their lived spacetime (McCormack 2013). It seeks to broaden the constituents in the creative placemaking discourse through presenting an international conversation that focuses on socially practiced, co-produced and citizen-led placemakings, addressing issues of scale, interdisciplinarity and radical practices within creative place production and co-production.

    Given the vital need also for theorists to be in dialogue with practitioners, this session is seeking abstracts from both constituencies, with papers spanning theory and practice and examples of where the two intersect in the academy or in the field. It thus aims to provide a critical assessment of creative placemaking and of community driven placemaking (Hou and Rios 2003) and social design across all settlement types and conceptual, empirical, methodological papers papers are invited.

    Papers might address, but are not limited to:

    ? Challenges to the concepts of creative placemaking and citizen-driven placemaking ? Examination and re-imagination of radical practices within arts-led community regeneration.
    ? The role of the individual and the artist/practitioner and other professionals in ?open source? placemaking ? Performing and un-performing place ? Systemic approaches to creative placemaking and Place-based design - Dealing with complexity.
    ? The role of administrations and policy development effected by grassroots placemakings ? The personal is political ? behavourial related interventions of placemaking beyond party political agendas.

    Please submit an abstract for consideration, of no more than 250 words, by 25th October, to cara@caracourage.net<mailto:cara@caracourage.net> and anita@smartlab-ie.com<mailto:anita@smartlab-ie.com>. Successful applicants will be informed by 27th October for their timely registration to AAG 2016.
     
  • Architecture and Inequality

    Chicago | Dates: 07 – 07 Nov, 2015
    The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative presents at the Chicago Architecture Biennial a lecture and discussion panel to examine issues of architecture and inequality from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The event will included a series of speakers presenting original research on subjects ranging from the American welfare state and capitalism, to contemporary race and biopolitics. Featured work will include the 'Black Lives Matter' project from the Aggregate website (http://www.we-aggregate.org/project/black-lives-matter). The panel's work is framed by the following questions: What can architectural history teach us about the history of inequality in the United States? What might be learned from architectural history and architecture about paths forward out of the current situations of inequality?
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Symposium

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Nov, 2015
    The CTBUH 2015 Award Winners will be recognized at the CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner, organized in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology. The free Awards Symposium will feature presentations from the 2015 winners. Hear from senior representatives for the client and design teams of these groundbreaking projects, as well as from the 2015 CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Award winners whom have influenced the tall building profession for decades.

    The Symposium program features:
     
    • Santiago Calatrava, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers, New York – for Turning Torso, Malmö
    • Stefano Boeri, Boeri Studio, Milan – for Bosco Verticale, Milan
    • Mun Summ Wong, WOHA Architects, Singapore – for PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore
    • Kenneth Lewis, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, New York– for One World Trade Center, New York
    • Philip Nikandrov, Gorproject, Moscow – for Evolution Tower, Moscow
    • James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners, Chicago – for Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi
    • Shinichi Takeuchi, Toyo Ito Associates, Tokyo - for Capitagreen, Singapore
    • Douglas Durst, Durst Organization, New York– for One World Trade Center, New York
    • Hiroo Mori, Mori Building, Tokyo – Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Manfredi Catella, Hines Italia, Milan – for Bosco Verticale, Milan
    • Hin Kong Poon, CapitaLand, Singapore – for Capitagreen, Singapore
    • Jan Andersson, HSB Malmö – for Turning Torso, Malmö
    • Nicholas Billotti, Turner International, New York – Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal

    Following the Symposium, all of the winning projects and finalists will be celebrated, and awards will be conferred at the Awards Dinner & Ceremony. Finally, to wrap up the dinner, one overall winner will be chosen from among the regional Best Tall Building winners and announced as the overall Best Tall Building Worldwide.

    Winners’ and finalists’ poster presentations will be on display in the CTBUH 2015 Awards Exhibition held in IIT Hermann Hall’s Gallery Lounge.
  • Theatrical Presentation of Mamah Borthwick & A Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House

    Rockford | Dates: 10 – 10 Oct, 2015
    In the spirit of Halloween and the fall season, the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House has an exciting event planned for this Saturday, October 10. The event features a theatrical presentation of the ghost of Mamah Borthwick. Mamah - the subject of the recent best-selling book, “Loving Frank” - was the great love of Frank Lloyd Wright and was brutally murdered in 1914 at Wright’s home and studio, Taliesin. Presented by Ellie Carlson of Chicago, the presentation will take place in the intimate setting of the early 1900s Chamberlain Hotel at Midway Village & Museum Center in Rockford. The 4 p.m. performance will be followed by a tour of the Laurent House. Refreshments provided. Tickets and more information are on the Laurent House website at www.laurenthouse.com
  • Design History Society Grants and Awards

    London | Dates: 15 Nov, 2015 – 30 Nov, 2016
    The Design History Society (DHS) is the leading membership organisation for the study of global design histories, bringing together all those engaged in the subject - students, researchers, educators, designer-makers, critics and curators. Formed in 1977 we have played an important role in shaping inclusive design history, both in the UK and internationally. We welcome members from other disciplines such as anthropology, architecture and art history, business history, the history of science and technology, craft history, cultural studies, economic and social history, design and design management studies. We encourage liberal and inclusive definitions of design history and its methods, approaches and resources. These definitions take in the function, form and materials of artefacts of the pre-industrial and industrial periods, up to and including the present day. These definitions also include artefacts' production, dissemination and consumption as well as their cultural, economic and social meanings.
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