Recent Opportunities

  • VAF 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

    Culver City | Dates: 04 Nov – 15 Dec, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum
    Call for Nominations: 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize
    Due December 15, 2017

    The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
    - based on primary research,
    - emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
    - breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
    - contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America.

    Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2016 through December 2017 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

    The deadline for the 2018 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2017.

    There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

    Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at dupton (at)

    2018 Cummings Prize committee:

    Dell Upton, chair
    4169 Motor Avenue
    Culver City CA 90232

    Cynthia Falk
    4 Grove Street
    Cooperstown, NY 13326

    Will Moore
    226 Bay State Rd.
    Boston MA 02215

    More information is available at:
  • SSAC-SEAC 2018 Call for Sessions: Hard and Soft Histories

    St. John's, Newfoundland | Dates: 02 – 24 Nov, 2017
    Newfoundland is “the rock.” Its geography and climate
    are notoriously hard, but its people—known for their
    hospitality, language, and song—are famously soft.
    Likewise, buildings, cities, and landscapes form the
    physical fabric of our everyday lives, but they are also
    backgrounds to the cultural and social practices that
    take place there. This year the Society for the Study of
    Architecture in Canada invites proposals that reflect
    on hard and soft histories in order to explore how the
    Canadian built environment participates in shaping
    diverse identities, societies, and praxes.

    This year’s conference will be held at the base of
    Signal Hill, a National Historic Site overlooking the
    entrance to St. John’s Harbour. St. John’s is one of the
    oldest European settlements in North America. Since
    the 16th century, the city has served as the capital
    of England’s first overseas colony, the independent
    Dominion of Newfoundland, and now Canada’s tenth
    province. As always, our conference will feature paper
    presentations, tours, and a concluding banquet.

    The SSAC now welcomes proposals for sessions covering
    all aspects of the built environment in Canada,
    including buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure.
    Sessions may be historical or contemporary in scope.
    Scholars from any discipline whose work relates to
    the built environment in Canada are welcome to submit.

    A session proposal should include:
    • Name and one-page CV of proposed session chair(s)
    • Title and abstract of the session (maximum 200
    • Format of session: paper session, panel, discussion,
    debate, etc.
    • Names of possible or invited presenters (if known)
    • Any special physical or technical requirements for
    the session

    Please send session proposals to: no later than Friday,
    November 24, 2017. A call for papers will follow at
    the beginning of December.
  • PastForward Preservation Conference: Virtual Attendance

    Dates: 14 – 17 Nov, 2017

    If you can't make it to PastForward 2017 next month (Nov. 14-17), join as a virtual attendee.

    Livestreaming at PastForward is FREE and can be done in the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. The Opening Plenary and Closing Luncheon, as well as the TrustLive presentations focusing on preservation and health, technology, and creating vibrant, livable cities will be livestreamed. Sign up as a virtual attendee!

  • CFP: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe

    Ljubljana | Dates: 02 Nov – 31 Dec, 2017

    Ljubljana, May 8 - 10, 2018

    Deadline: Dec 31, 2017


    Practices, Circulation and Legacies: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe

    The City Museum of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

    Since its very beginnings, professional as well as non-professional photographers have used photography in Central and Eastern Europe to record all aspects of life. Photography has thus participated in spreading and shaping knowledge about the region, its people, and the rest of the world. In spite of the central role photography has played in the diverse socio-cultural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, research on its history in this part of the continent is still little appreciated and remains understudied.

    The 2018 conference in Ljubljana will be the third in a series of international conferences initiated in Warsaw in 2016 with the aim of developing and promoting interdisciplinary studies about photography and its histories in the region.

    In 2018, we seek to enhance understandings of the mechanisms and realities that have influenced the development of local photographic practices and their relationship with uses of photography elsewhere. We also aspire to expand knowledge about social and cultural customs that facilitated the circulation and legacies of photographs throughout the medium’s history in the region. Paper proposals may therefore address a range of interrelated topics, including but not limited to:

    - The history and state of photographic collections/archives, the opportunities they present and the challenges they face

    - The history and state of local research practices and academic discourses on photography (research topics, theory and methodology)

    - The circulation of photographs and photographic images in public and private spheres and their impact on collective imaginations in Central and Eastern Europe (e.g. the uses of photography in art, media, politics…)

    We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations from scholars working in areas such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts. 

    To propose a paper, please send your abstract (no less than 250 and no more than 300 words including the title) by the 31st December 2017 to

    In addition, please include a short biographical note of no more than 150 words with full affiliation, the title of your presentation and contact details as a separate document.

    The presentation will be given in English

    Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2018



    Marija Skočir (Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana) Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin) Marta Ziętkiewicz (Liber pro Arte, Warsaw) Petra Trnková (Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) Ewa Manikowska (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) Gil Pasternak (Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester)

  • Visualizing Renaissance Histories: A Symposium on Digital Narratives and the Study of 16th Florence and Venice

    St. Louis | Dates: 10 – 10 Nov, 2017
    A symposium on digital narratives and the study of sixteenth-century Florence and Venice. 
  • Talk: The Art of the Four

    Glasgow | Dates: 30 – 30 Nov, 2017

    Talk: The Art of the FourThe Lighthouse
    30 Nov 6-8pm

    Join us on Thursday 30th November from 6-8pm for an evening with Roger Billcliffe discussing his new book and research into the art and influence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four. Learn more about these renowned artists and enjoy a preview of the new book.

    Drinks reception before the talk with a Q&A session after.

    Free but ticketed. Donations welcome on the evening. Please reserve a place here

  • Glasgow High Rises - Served Their Time?

    Glasgow | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2017

    Talk: Glasgow High Rises - Served Their Time?
    16 Nov 6-8pm

    Join us at The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture on Thursday 16th November from 6-8pm for a discussion with Johnny Rodger and Chris Leslie on the future of High Rise flats in Glasgow. On the evening they will talk about the demolition of existing flats and examine their history and impact on a city and its people.

    Drinks reception before the talk with Q&A after.

    Free to attend but donations are welcome on the evening. Tickets are available here.

  • Shohet Scholars Grant Program 2018/19, International Catacomb Society

    Dates: 02 Nov, 2017 – 15 Jan, 2018

    Application deadline: January 15, 2018

    The Shohet Scholars Grant Program of the International Catacomb Society is now accepting applications to the Shohet Scholars cohort of 2018-2019. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

    This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

    One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage,

    Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).

    Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

    Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

    Reporting Requirements
    Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.

    Deadlines and Decisions
    The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.

    Questions ?
    If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at

  • CFP: Early Career Workshop in Medieval Intellectual History

    Oxford | Dates: 02 – 30 Nov, 2017

    CFP: Early Career Workshop in Medieval Intellectual History, All Soul’s College, Oxford, 22 March 2018
    30 November 2017

    Early career scholars, including current and recent PhD students, are warmly invited to submit a proposal for a brief presentation on their research of 10-15 minutes. The workshop will be held in the Old Library at All Soul’s College, Oxford and is organized by Dr Lydia Schumacher, Visiting Fellow at the College, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Philosophy and Theology at King’s College London, and Principal Investigator of a European Research Council project titled, ‘Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought.’ A certain number of spaces will be reserved for participants from Oxford University and King’s College London, but submissions are welcome from members of any other university. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 200 words by 30 November 2017 to Tom J. Savage (

  • CFP: International Graduate Students Colloquium, "Why did they choose this place? Settlements, Representations and References of Buildings and Objects (11th-17th centuries)"

    Amiens | Dates: 02 Nov, 2017 – 15 Jan, 2018

    Call For Papers: International Graduate Students Colloquium, "Why did they choose this place? Settlements, Representations and References of Buildings and Objects (11th-17th centuries)," Amiens (France), 29-30 May 2018
    Deadline: 15 January 2018

    The research laboratory Trame (Texts, Representations, Archaeology and Memory from Antiquity to the Renaissance) of the University of Picardie Jules Verne associated with the research unit Transitions. Middle Ages and First Modernity (University of Liège) and with the Center for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance of the University François Rabelais (Tours) is organising three international meetings implemented by PhD students of these three institutions. the aim of the meetings is to enable exchanges and discussions between PhD students, junior researchers and experimented colleagues.

    The first meeting will be held in Liège on Tuesday the 30th of January and Wednesday the 31st of January 2018 on the theme "Transition(s): concept, methods and case studies (14th-17th centuries)".

    The second meeting will be held in Amiens on Tuesday the 29 th of May and Wednesday the 30rd of May 2018 on the theme : "Why did they choose this place? Settlements, Representations and References of Buildings and Objects (11th-17th centuries)"

    This colloquium will be divided into two parts: first, the choice of the place of the building, and then the choice of the place of the object.
    The construction of a new building usually start with an important thinking concerning the localization. The choice is strategic or symbolic, sometimes both, and depend on its function, its sponsor and its geographical context. For example, a monastery will set up on a secluded place or, in the contrary, on an urban center; a military fortress must occupy a strategic place to dominate a territory etc. In this way, it’s interesting to study all these factors, actors and issues regarding the establishment process in a rural, urban or suburban context. In the same way, objects (such as paintings, sculptures, precious objects, reliquaries, pieces of jewellery, funerary monuments, pieces of furniture, symbols of power etc.) are interesting to study. A lot of them need to be placed on a specific location, whether it’s in a real place or in the composition of a bidimensional work. The place where the object is arranged can be modified in consequence as there
    are interactions between them. The goal of this meeting is to gauge the notion of place in all its forms in order to understand its meaning and its importance during the Middle Ages and First Modernity.

    Day 1: The place of the Building
    This first day will be focused on the buildings. The statements have to match the three
    following approaches:
    - The location choices of the edifice: how the place was chosen? Who were the actors of this choice? What were the effects of this implantation on a local and global historical context? Studies could focus on a specific place, a religious community, an edifice or an archaeological site. It’s a matter of showing the location strategies and the territorial transformations after the creation of a new "place of power" or a place of production in a historical and geographical context.
    - The place‘s portrayal is the second theme: why did they choose this place? How is it
    represented and why? Are they accurate the original place? How fictive places are show? The statements have to consider the different means used to point out peculiar location and the underlying goals.
    - The place’s references in the sources: how literature and manuscripts mention those places whether real or fictive? What is the purpose in those texts? In an illuminated book, how is introduced the description of the place and what are the connections between the picture and the text? The statements could cover the evolution of the terms used to qualify a place. For example, the Latin word "prioratus" is barely used to qualify a priory between the 11th and the 13th centuries in manuscripts but we find lot of others words like house, farm, church etc.

    Day 2: The place of the object
    Concerning the place of the object we propose the three following themes:
    - The position of the object:  usually, special objects are put in specific places: a building, a public space or a private one, or even a tomb. It would be interesting to attempt to understand why those objects have been placed in well-chosen areas, which were the factors and the issues according to which this decision has been made and by who. The history of the different places in which an object dating back to the 11th to the 17th century has been settled from his creation up to the present time can be made through a historiographical perspective. Reflections focusing on the methods used by historians, historians of arts or archaeologists to identify the original place of an object are
    - Interaction between the object and the place: the goal is to think about the conjoint and
    disjointed evolution of the building and the object: which are the impacts of the mutations and the intern reconstructions of the building on the object? How a building can specifically be built to accommodate one or several objects? This theme concerns both religious and public spaces, but also private places and the first experiences in museum architecture linked to a collection. Once again, all reflections about the methodology used to understand those interactions are welcomed.
    - Representation of the object in paintings, illuminated manuscripts and sculptures: this
    third theme invite to wonder about the methods used to represent the object on pieces of art. How is it put on the spot when it plays a central role in the pieces of art? How an object can be used to build up the composition of a picture?

    Contribution Modalities
    Lectures should relate to history, archaeology, history of arts and literature, from the 11th to the 17th century. The purpose is to have a brand new and interdisciplinary view on the notion of "place" which finally concern several research subjects. Communications should try to introduce historiographical elements enabling to develop comparisons between the different interventions and to think about the notion of "place" nd its evolution through time.

    The proposals are expected for the 15th of January 2018 at the latest. They should be fifteen-line summary of the proposed lecture addressed to the Organising Committee, send together with a CV, the title of the thesis et the name of the research director(s). Candidate will be informed of the approval or the rejection of their proposal by the 15 th of February 2018.
    Lectures should last 20 minutes maximum, with the possibility to project a Powerpoint. They can be made in French or in English.
    We will unfortunately not be able to provide you financial help for the accommodation or the transport.
    If you need an attestation to valorise your participation, we will be able to provide it.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
    Organising Committee:
    - Julie Colaye, PhD student in medieval history :
    - Marie Quillent, PhD student in history of medieval art :

  • CFP: Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art

    Florence | Dates: 02 Nov, 2017 – 31 Jan, 2018

    Call for Papers: Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art, Graduate Conference, Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, November 15 - 16, 2018
    Deadline: January 31, 2018.

    Advanced students currently enrolled in a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program are invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented at "Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art;" this international workshop will be held on 15-16 November 2018 at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. The event is organized by Diletta Gamberini (Italian Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Jonathan Nelson (Art History, Syracuse University in Florence), and Alessandro Nova (Art History, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut).

    For the first time, "Bad Reception" sets out to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary fields to discuss the phenomenon of the negative reception of Italian art and architecture, as expressed across a broad spectrum of responses written during the long Cinquecento (late 15th to early 17th century). Scholarly literature has generally focused on individual case studies, or else on the specific inflections of negative criticism in codified literary writings, such as vituperative poems on art. The present workshop seeks to advance the current state of scholarship by exploring the intersections of different genres of texts that were used to criticize paintings, sculptures, and architectures (e.g. artistic literature, epistolography, poetry, memorialistic, and archival documents), and by seeing the impact these discourses had on the afterlife of the art under discussion.

    We ask participants to consider one or more of the following points, ideally in reference to several different examples:

    - What were the conventions used for criticizing works of art? What were their literary and art-historical sources and models? And how did such conventions evolve over the period under examination?
    - How did the criticism articulated by one type of textual discourse (e.g. vituperative poetry) interfere with the form, contents and scope of negative comments to artworks made in different genres?
    - On what aspects of the works of art did the critic mostly focus (e.g. lack of decorum, verisimilitude, iconography, technical skill, beauty)?
    - What were the consequences of the negative evaluations for the artistic product itself and/or for its author (e.g. revision, rejection, removal, or destruction of the artwork; reduced status of the artist; different forms of reply to the comments)?

    The workshop will consist of a series of 25-minutes papers, either in English or Italian, given by senior and junior scholars. Publication of the contributions to the "Bad Reception" workshop will be decided after the event. The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz will provide funding toward the cost of travelling and accommodation for accepted speakers.

    Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral program; dissertation topics need to have been formally accepted. Proposals, written in English or Italian, must include the following information:
    1. Academic Summary (university level only): a) name and address of current institution, b) short description of PhD dissertation (200-300 words), c) expected date of completion, d) name and email address of advisor(s).
    2. Professional Summary: a list of relevant work experience and/or publications.
    3. Proposal: title, and short description (200-300 words).

    Interested applicants should send their proposal, in a single file (PDF),
    to by January 31, 2018.

  • CFP: NUME, Research Group on the Latin Middle Ages, 4th Cycle, June 2018

    Florence | Dates: 02 Nov, 2017 – 15 Jan, 2018

    Call for Papers: NUME, Research Group on the Latin Middle Ages, 4th Cycle, June 2018

    NUME, Research Group on the Latin Middle Ages, organizes the IV Cycle of Medieval Studies, June 2018.

    The goal is to offer a broad overview of the current situation of Italian and international medievalist studies. Issues which are related to many different aspects of the medieval period (V-XV century) can be addressed: history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies and so on;
    Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;
    Contributions will be structured in specific panels.

    The conference will be held from 3rd to 7th June 2018 at the Auditorium Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Folco Portinari, 5 (Florence, Italy).

    How to apply" Participation proposals must have abstract format, in Italian or English, not exceeding 300 words. They will have to be sent, along with a CV, by January 15, 2018 at the following e-mail address:

    Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.

    The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by February 1, 2018.

    The selected speakers will be asked to prepare an oral intervention, accompanied by any images or videos, not exceeding 15 minutes (+5’ discussion time). Contextually, they will be asked to send a paper of their contribution for the Conference Proceedings by April 1, 2018.

    Speakers will be required a participation fee of 100€, which, in addition to supporting the activities of the NUME Research Group, will entitle to 2 free copies of the Conference Proceedings.

    The Conference program will be published by April 30, 2018.

    The deadlines set out in this notice must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.

    Further info at:

  • SAH Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Astoria | Dates: 18 – 20 May, 2018

    The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set!  The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. 

    Our conference committee is working away, planning a stellar conference, as you can imagine it would be in such a wonderful place.  Please mark your calendars.

    The Call for Papers will come out next month, in November.  Please consider submitting an abstract.  The theme will center around Astoria’s traditional maritime history.  It will also focus on the diversity of people who settled in Astoria over time and made it their home through the traditions they brought with them, the traditions they forged once arriving in Clatsop County, and of course, the resulting architecture.  As usual, papers are also encouraged that reflect other themes relevant to the chapter’s mission.

  • NYGB Call for Fellows 2018-19

    Dates: 01 Nov, 2017 – 12 Jan, 2018

    The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers.  Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

    Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration, arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape. Recipients are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.


    Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

    Tenure of Fellowship: nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

    Fellowship award: $42,000 (forty-two thousand US dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

    How to apply: 

    The application must be submitted as a single documentMicrosoft Word or PDF file—to:

    Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at  

    All applications will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt.  If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers at

    Applications should include:

    • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
    • Project Proposal, including a 2-3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
    • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts.
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
    • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders. 
    • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation is

      January 12, 2018.    

    • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by 5 pm (EST), January 12, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants.  Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

    Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic-year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

    Housing for Fellows:  Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided. 

    Health Insurance for Fellows:  A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

    Learn more about the Humanities Institute at     

  • Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

    Princeton, NJ | Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2017
    The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that registration is filling fast for Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media, which will be held in on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Princeton University. This day-long workshop will be hosted by the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Visual Resources Collection, and is open to cultural heritage professionals, the information and educational communities, and to anyone interested in visual culture. Can We Do That? is one of four workshops being offered during the 2017-2018 VRAF Regional Workshop Program. The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

    A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone for information, academic, and cultural heritage professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances. Can We Do That? will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments. Educational usage, securing publication rights, creative reuse, rights statements, licensing, and the public domain will be explored within the context of case studies, including those provided by participants in advance of the workshop. Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making appropriate decisions regarding appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.

    Can We Do That? will be taught by Anne M. Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. In her role, she is responsible for processing all requests for the use of visual content, obtaining permissions for internal uses of images/videos, and administering the institution's onsite photography policy. She also initiates and manages all licensing agreements with artists and/or rights holders for works in the museum’s collection. Young was formerly the photographic archivist for the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and George Eastman Museum. She is currently an Master of Jurisprudence candidate at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law focusing on Intellectual Property, art, and museum law. Young previously received an Master of Arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts in art history and studio art (photography) from Indiana University. Young chaired the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAm) from 2012–2018 and was the editor of the 2015 AAM publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, for which she received the Visual Resources Association’s Nancy DeLaurier Award in 2017.

    The time is now to grab one of the remaining spaces in Can We Do That? . To register and to learn more about the workshop , visit The fee for this day-long workshop is $125. In the meantime, for more information about the workshop, feel free to contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, For questions about the Princeton University venue, please contact Trudy Jacoby, Director of the Visual Resources Collection,
  • CFP: Urban History Association Conference

    Columbia | Dates: 02 Nov, 2017 – 15 Feb, 2018
    The conference theme, “Cities at the Crossroads,” reflects the growing interdisciplinarity of the field of urban history, the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality.  

    We encourage submissions that explore the diversity of the study of cities, including contributions from other disciplines and from historians who interpret notions of “urban” broadly and synthetically, whether politically, geographically, socially, or culturally.  The program committee welcomes proposals for innovative workshops or non-traditional sessions.  Successful panel and paper proposals need not adhere strictly to the conference theme, and the program committee will pay special attention to panels marking the anniversaries of events in or profoundly affecting cities, such as the Kerner Commission Report, the Fair Housing Act, or the 1968 Paris uprising.

    Each proposal should have the following format:

    Individual paper submissions should include an abstract up to 150 words with up to four keywords, along with a one-page CV, including address and email.  These should be submitted as a single PDF file.

    Panel submissions should include a cover page indicating the lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names of the session Chair and Commentator; a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (eg panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address and e-mail, all submitted as a combined, single PDF file.
  • 2018 ARLIS/NA Research Awards

    Dates: 02 Nov – 15 Dec, 2017
    The ARLIS/NA Research Awards Sub-Committee is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Research Awards. These three awards recognize the professional, scholarly pursuits of ARLIS/NA members.
    H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award

    The H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award provides funds, up to $3,000, to be used in support of future and in-process research projects that contribute to and benefit the art librarianship and visual resources profession, and librarianship in general.

    Worldwide Books Award for Publications

    Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources
    The Worldwide Books Award for Publications and the Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources bestow cash prizes - up to $2,000 each - for outstanding print and online art publications that have been published within the past two years, 2016 or 2017. These publications may be in the form of a book, a website, an article, etc.
  • ''Fresco-Hunting'' Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches

    Sofia | Dates: 12 – 26 May, 2018
    THE EXPEDITION: The "Fresco-Hunting" Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches provides a unique opportunity for students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for the documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescos in western Bulgaria, and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, western Bulgaria and eastern Serbia. The number of these monuments has sadly been permanently decreasing due to the lack of effort to preserve and protect them from weather damage and vandalism. During the last ten years, specialists from Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia, USA, Canada and Japan as well as students from all over the world participating in the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Expedition have expanded and upgraded the existing database of drawn and photographic records of twelve churches and chapels in western Bulgaria. We aim to publish a complete corpus of these medieval frescos and to develop further projects to support and record the remaining endangered sites through conservation, restoration, development and/or improvement of each site's management, and fund-raising. Our work so far has been successful in raising public awareness, and some of the sites we documented have been protected (Balsha, Kalotina, Zimevitsa). In 2017, the Balkan Heritage Foundation issued the first e-book dedicated to one of the churches documented by the Expedition, the 17th century church St. Thedore Tyro in Zimevitsa. The work on a publication of two more churches (Balsha and Golesh) is now in progress. Unfortunately, many more remain in desperate condition, awaiting either better times or continued deterioration.

    ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT: The decline of the Byzantine Empire, the rise and fall of the Second Bulgarian Empire and Serbian Kingdom (and Empire from 1346 to 1371), the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe and the height of Ottoman power highlight the Late Medieval period in the Balkans from 13th to 17th centuries. The churches and chapels which will be visited and studied during the field school were built during these turbulent times in one of the few Balkan areas where the traditions of all the major Balkan Late Medieval art schools and guilds (those of Constantinople, Tarnovo, Ohrid, Thessaloniki, Mount Athos, Epirus, and Crete) met. What we see today from the once-flourishing medieval Orthodox art in the area are the small chapels and churches that survived the Ottoman invasion in the 14th and 15th centuries and the following social and political upheavals. Many of these monuments are characterized by humble architecture and often hide exquisite frescos behind their unattractive exterior. Most of them were abandoned long ago, and there is visible damage due to both vandalism (during the period of the Ottoman Empire by either hostile Muslims or superstitious Christians, and nowadays by looters and vandals) and/or decay due to weather and lack of maintenance following their abandonment.

    THE FIELD SCHOOL: In 2018, the project envisions to supplement the database created during the previous seasons by documenting the architecture and frescos (and their condition) of four to six medieval Christian Orthodox chapels or small churches in western Bulgarian borderlands near Tran and collect new data on their history, artifacts and environment. The region in focus is geographically and culturally very close to present-day eastern Serbia, where a photography excursion to several medieval ecclesiastic monuments will also take place. The students will be able to identify parallels and make comparisons between the churches and their murals across the border in Serbia and those that they will be working to document in Bulgaria.

    The Field School is comprised of:
    - Fieldwork that entails preliminary survey of architecture, frescos and their iconographic program; creation of textual, graphic (drawn) and photographic records of ecclesiastical edifices and their frescos (in up to six churches)
    - Specialized lectures in Southeastern European medieval history; Christian Orthodox architecture, arts and iconography; documentary photography; fresco conservation and restoration; methodology of project survey as well as introduction to photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
    - Workshops for graphic (drawn) documentation and processing of digital images as well as developing archives of digital images plus free optional workshop on illustration of architectural features and frescos (using graphic software)
    - Excursions and guided tours of Sofia, Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bulgaria, as well as the 14th-century Momchilov Grad Fortress in Pirot and Poganovo monastery, Serbia
  • Chicago Detours Grant Program Deadline Dec. 20

    Dates: 01 Nov – 20 Dec, 2017
    The Chicago Detours tour company is accepting applications from a non-profit organization with local programs to be the next recipient of our Chicago Detours Giving Program. The funds would be given by Chicago Detours to support a specific program, class, or project. Tour guides from our public tours donate half of their gratuities to this fund. The recipient of this gift would receive what we raise over the course of one year, with the possibility to extend for longer. With an average of 275 tour guests per month, the portion of the gratuities that guides give to this initiative usually totals around $4,000 per year (as a low estimate). The winning organization would also receive promotion through our website, press releases, blog, social media and word-of-mouth description given on our tours.
  • Mid-Century Modern Dream House and Holiday Party

    Highland Park | Dates: 02 – 03 Dec, 2017

    What if you took a futuristic home built in 1962 and filled it with rare vintage furniture of the era, to create a Mid-Century Modern Dream House?
    Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond and Wright Auctions are collaborating on
    the first ever Mid-Century Modern Dream house in the Chicago area. The event will be a fundraiser for the restoration of another famous Keck home, the 1933 House of Tomorrow.  It will also be the location for this year’s, members only, Potluck Holiday Retro Cocktail Party on Dec. 3, from 4-7 p.m.  

    The two-day event will be held at a 1962 Keck and Keck home in Highland Park, IL, famed for its oval design, built around an indoor swimming pool with retractable roof. The home features a 70-foot- long open living room/dining room/family room that looks onto the pool. A sunken bar area, terrazzo floors, and built-in cabinets add touches of mid-century elegance.  The home was the site of the announcement last year of the House of Tomorrow restoration project, and CBB also held a holiday party there in 2007. It will be wonderful to return to this fantastic house, ten years later, which will be decorated with rare design objects from Wright. 

    To Order Tickets – click HERE

    Experts from Wright auction house will create a stunning mid-century interior design using a selection of rare furniture and art objects to be sold at auction on December 14. The combination of vintage collectible furniture in the unique home will create an interior that mixes elegance with a bit of “Jetsons’ futurism.” During the two days of open house, visitors will be inspired to learn more about “Mad Men”-era design during short talks from experts throughout the day. Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond will be able to communicate our mission and reach out to potential new members. 

    Megan O’Sullivan, of Chicago Home Curator, tells more about the house: “Built in 1962 by brothers George Fred Keck and William Keck, icons of Modernism, the 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 5,000+ square foot ranch sits on a private, wooded 1.72 acre lot. One of their last custom projects, Keck and Keck designed this home as a fully enclosed brick walled oval, with a swimming pool in the center that could be reached through every room in the house, for year-round use.”

    “The home utilizes passive solar heating with radiant heated floors and fixed Thermopane windows with metal louvered vents for fresh air—hallmarks of Keck designs. Surrounded by nature and thoughtfully designed, all the principles of Modernism are incorporated in the design” said Joan Gand, tour organizer from Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, who also lives in a Keck home.

    Wright is the premier auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design. Since its founding in 2000, Wright has handled more than 40,000 lots across the spectrum of 20th and 21st century design.Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects people to heritage, and saves meaningful places. 
    When: Saturday and Sunday, December 2 + 3, 10 am – 4 pm
    Where: 2077 Partridge Lane, Highland Park 

    Tickets to Dream House daily: $10 donation (funds go to the House of Tomorrow restoration project)
    To Order Tickets – click HERE

    The Potluck Holiday Retro Cocktail Party is free to members, RSVP required.  

    For more information about the house, click HERE

    For more information about Wright Auction house, click HERE

    For more info about Indiana Landmarks and the House of Tomorrow Restoration project, click HERE

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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