Recent Opportunities

  • 44th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada

    Dates: 31 Dec, 2017 – 24 Feb, 2018
    The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada invites paper proposals from researchers, professionals, and students for its 44th annual conference, Hard and Soft Histories, which will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from May 22-25, 2018.

    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.

    Paper proposals will be assessed by a scientific committee including session chairs and members of the Society. Articles building on the papers presented can also be submitted for publication in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Depending on available funds, financial support for the travel expenses of students may be provided following the conference. We are also excited to announce that this year we have partnered with Memorial University in order to offer affordable, on-campus accommodations.

    Visit to download the complete Call for Papers, including a list of proposed sessions and instructions on submitting an abstract. Submissions are due February 24, 2018.
  • Art In Public

    Iowa City | Dates: 23 Dec, 2017 – 01 Mar, 2018

    The Grant Wood Art Colony of the University of Iowa seeks proposals for 18-minute presentations or panels that utilized a similar timeframe per participant that address the topic of Art in Public.

    Public art assumes many forms in the popular imagination; large-scale sculptures dominating urban squares and plazas, mosaics adorning the walls and walkways of municipal transit hubs, murals of local heroes parading across City Hall walls. However, contemporary public art is now mired in cultural bureaucracy. As intermediaries and agencies increasingly assume responsibility for the commission and creation of art on the behalf of public (often municipal) entities, public art has become synonymous with economic redevelopment. In turn, economic development is often a proxy for exclusionary gentrification. Who is this art for? Exactly which public determines the course of art making? Is public art the same thing as art made via participatory processes?

    All presentations examining issues of public art and engaged practice will be considered, but we especially welcome those focusing on the role art plays in community building, curricular integration of socially engaged art, and the responsibilities of the artist and the community. To generate some thinking, we offer the following list of possible topics for exploration, but we stress that presentations do not need to address these areas of inquiry:

    engaged practice | the role of public art | the responsibilities of the public artist | the responsibilities of the community | community engagement through the arts | the way in which artists respond to contemporary issues | facilitating collective change through art | museum as a public device | the history of public art

    We welcome proposals from emerging and established artists, curators, and scholars from a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Art History, American Studies, Literature, History, Political Science, Agronomy, and others

    Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. 

    Proposals should consist of a single PDF or Word file containing the following:

    + presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation (if relevant)

    +title of presentation format of presentation (lecture, paper, panel, performance)

    +brief biographical information of presenter(s) or one-page CV (Please do not send a full CV.)

    + abstract of no more than 200 words

    +proposal of less than 800 words

    +brief bibliography or list of sources (as relevant)

    +anticipated AV needs and any other logistical or technical requirements

    If you are a student, please indicate if your presentation will be drawn from work in a course or internship, is part of a thesis, or is based on independent research. If submitting a full panel, please include the above information for all presenters on the panel.

    Send proposals to:
    Grant Wood Symposium 2018 Planning Committee

    Announcement of accepted proposals will be made by email in April.  The full program schedule will be posted to the symposium website by early August.

    Please direct questions to Maura Pilcher, Grant Wood Art Colony director.

    This day-long symposium will recognize the interplay between publicly engaged artistic practice and current events, and will build on the legacy of Grant Wood. A proponent of public art, Grant Wood headed the Public Works of Art Program (P.W.A.P.), a part of the New Deal, in 1934. The University of Iowa Regionalist artist and native Iowan not only completed several murals that are still extant, but encouraged other artists to create public art through his pedagogy and professional position.

  • Rock & Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    “Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. The field school is aimed at emphasizing the resilient nature-culture continuum through an approach that combines methods of anthropological fieldwork and architectural investigation. Through conversations with professional and local specialists, practical activities, local arts and crafts, theory and design, students will explore the ecology and the local resources in order to develop a new design methodology based on the relationship between nature and culture.

    This 4 weeks course will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Participants will observe and study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices. The program includes trips to small villages, significant heritage sites including the world famous San Pellegrino Terme and Bergamo. It also offers treks in the natural environment, through historical paths along streams, rivers, and canyons visiting medieval settlements. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa a charming village, north of Bergamo. The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 


  • Learning from Nature to Design Sustainable Environments

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 

  • CFP: Urban History Association's Vernacular Architecture Forum Panel Abstracts

    Columbia, SC | Dates: 21 Dec, 2017 – 28 Feb, 2018

    Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

    “Cities at the Crossroads” - October 18-21, 2018, Columbia, SC

     UHA Vernacular Architecture Forum Panel: “Crossing into the Ordinary”

     The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for a VAF-sponsored session at the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, “Cities at the Crossroads,” to be held October 18-21, 2018 in Columbia, SC.

    This session will explore how analysis of the physical forms of ordinary built environments contributes to our understanding of cities, reflecting the conference theme of the interdisciplinary nature of the field of urban history.  Students of vernacular architecture use a variety of methods – from art history and cultural geography to anthropology and folklore and beyond – to explore how buildings and landscapes can help us understand the lives of ordinary people.  Scholars of vernacular structures and cultural landscapes have increasingly brought these methods to the analysis of urban development from their original context of rural, preindustrial settings.

    Questions to be explored in this session might include:
    • How might the methods used by scholars of vernacular landscapes improve our understanding of the complex social, economic, and political dynamics of cities?
    • How does vernacular fieldwork – the careful recording of buildings and their settings – operate within the context of the urban landscape?
    • Has consideration of “everyday” architecture and environments, based in the work of Lefebvre, Crawford, and others, changed our approach to urban history?

     Papers could examine issues from a variety of periods, scales, and locations, and could involve questions of investigative method, theoretical foundations for the application of vernacular approaches to urban situations, or specific building forms.

    The session will be structured as a series of short research presentations (10 minutes) that highlight application of vernacular theoretical frameworks to specific subjects, followed by a discussion among paper authors, session organizers, and the audience about the role of vernacular architecture approaches in contemporary urban history.  Panel participants should be prepared to convey their research findings succinctly and then apply them to the larger conversation with other session attendees.

    Paper proposals should include should include an abstract of 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.

    The submission deadline is February 28, 2018.  Proposals and inquiries should be sent to the session chairs: James Buckley at the University of Oregon, Portland ( and Arijit Sen at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (
  • Urbanism at Borders - Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

    Aberdeen | Dates: 05 – 08 Sep, 2018

    Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border. 

    Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

    Borders Research Issues 

    Typologies under investigations 

    Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues: 

    • Characteristics of social displacement at the borders 

    • Transient/temporal settlement 

    • Typologies and Form of Settlement 

    • Conflict and Cultural hybridity 

    • The architecture of weak forms on borderlines 

    • Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy 

    • A phenomenology of generic places 

    • Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation? 

    • The occupation of place: between reality and authorities 

    • Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media 

    • Quick solutions: the printed habitat 

    • New Social formation/Social Capital 


    Registration for the Forum: 

    1. Early Bird registration: £200 on or before 30 January 2018 

    2. Student registration: £100 on or before 30 January 2018 

    3. Student late registration: £150 after 30 January 2018 

    4. Late registration: £250 after 30 January 2018 

    5. Registration includes attendance in opening dinner, lunch/snacks for sessions, papers from the conference 

    6. Tour on 8 September 2018 (optional): City centre and Castle in Aberdeen (Coordinated and narrated by Professor William Alvis Brogden, author of ‘A City's Architecture: Aberdeen as 'Designed City'’) 

    7. Registration for the tour is mandatory on or before 5 September 2018 with £25 deposit that includes bus and snacks 

    Urbanism at Border Secretariat: 

    Helen Aggasild 

    Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 

    Robert Gordon University 

    Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East 

    Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ, Scotland, UK 


    Urbanism at Border Convenors & Editors: 

    Dr Quazi Mahtab Zaman, Aberdeen. 

    Dr Igea Troiani, Oxford,

  • American Association for Italian Studies

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for their next conference, which will take place from 14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. 



    The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural ‘enclosures’, or ‘space dividers’ were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

    Proposals due to by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

    Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University,

  • POLIMORFO 5: Design in the Face of Disaster / El diseño ante el desastre

    San Juan, Puerto Rico | Dates: 14 Dec, 2017 – 05 Mar, 2018

    Call for papers Polimorfo vol. 5

    Submission deadline: March 5, 2018

    Theme: Design in the Face of Disaster

    According to Z. Bauman, we live in times of uncertainty, times that, rather than encouraging the realization of utopian projects or profound changes, discourage them. In our present situation, uncertainty has not only taken over general socio-economic and political conditions, it has intensified in the way we now interact and live after two relentless weather events. In these circumstances, inaction and uncritical action are equally as threatening, given that, in a state of perplexity, they can indefinitely stall solutions that are consonant with sustainable development. Thus, in our upcoming issue, we seek to assess the new conditions under which design, architecture, and the city should be produced, but also about those postponed projects that may have partially avoided the disaster. We encourage you to think critically about what took place, by identifying problems and obstacles in the process of building better spaces, and to approach slogans of reconstruction, normality, and resilience with suspicion. How can we produce urgent architecture without giving up on the collective project? How to manage a massive adaptive reuse of spaces? How to articulate the new duties of the designer? What does the disaster entail for the built heritage? How can designers, architects, planners, citizens, and academics assist in the improvement of living conditions in the short, medium, and long terms after the disaster? What teaching and working tools, theories, strategies, and methodologies should be implemented in the recovery process? What other global experiences can we learn from?

    Guidelines for authors:

    1. The texts may consist of research papers, essays, photographic essays, project descriptions and reviews and must be unpublished material, although its content may have been presented at conferences, forums and professional or academic presentations.
    2. The editorial board will be responsible for accepting or rejecting the proposed articles and materials.
    3. The editorial board reserves the right to make style and spelling corrections in the texts.
    4. The submitted material should be sent only by email to: We will not accept nor return printed documents or manuscripts.
    5. Articles should have an extension of 2000-4000 words approximately. Reviews will have an extension of 700-1000 words.
    6. Articles must include between 5 and 7 separate images, properly identified with the author's last name and the image number (i.e.: PérezRivera-Image4.jpeg).
    7. Citations or references should follow the MLA style format.
    8. The document must include endnotes instead of footnotes.
    9. Articles must be written in Spanish or English.
    10. Articles should include an abstract in Spanish and English of no more than 250 words.
    11. The titles of the texts should also be included in Spanish and English.
    12. The photographic essays should include a paragraph of about 100 words and a title in both Spanish and English and need not include an abstract.
    13. The project descriptions should have an extension of 300 words approximately and a title in both Spanish and English, and need not include an abstract.
    14. The texts of the articles must be submitted in Word or RTF formats.
    15. The article must include a brief biography of the author (with full name) not exceeding 100 words and including the institutional affiliation of the author.

    1. Images should be sent separately as TIFF or JPEG files, with no less than 300dpi resolution.
    2. Each image must be clearly identified in the text (i.e.: Figure 1), and include caption and author credits.
    3. The editorial board reserves the right to exclude poor quality or low-resolution images.
    4. The journal acknowledges copyright and reproduction rights of the material: it is the sole responsibility of the author to get permission to reproduce images and pay any reproduction fee before submission.


    Convocatoria para Polimorfo vol. 5

    Fecha límite de entrega de artículos: 5 de marzo de 2018

    Tema de portada: El diseño ante el desastre

    De acuerdo con Z. Bauman, vivimos en tiempos de incertidumbre, tiempos que, en lugar de animar la realización de proyectos utópicos o cambios profundos, los desalientan. En nuestra coyuntura, la incertidumbre no solo se ha apoderado de las condiciones socioeconómicas y políticas generales, se ha intensificado en el estado en que convivimos y habitamos luego de dos implacables fenómenos atmosféricos. En estas circunstancias, resultan igual de amenazantes tanto la inacción como la acción acrítica que, en la perplejidad, pueden aplazar indefinidamente soluciones cónsonas con un desarrollo sostenible. Así, en nuestro próximo número, proponemos hacer balance sobre las nuevas condiciones en que se deberán producir el diseño, la arquitectura y la ciudad, pero también sobre aquellos proyectos postergados que hubieran sorteado parte del desastre. Invitamos a reflexionar sobre lo acontecido críticamente, identificando problemas y obstáculos en el proceso de construcción de un mejor entorno y con suspicacia ante lemas de reconstrucción, normalidad y resiliencia. ¿Cómo podemos producir arquitectura urgente sin renunciar al proyecto colectivo? ¿Cómo gestionar una masiva reutilización adaptativa de espacios? ¿Cómo articular los nuevos deberes del diseñador? ¿Qué implica el desastre para el patrimonio? ¿Cómo los diseñadores, arquitectos, planificadores, ciudadanos y académicos pueden asistir en la mejora de las condiciones de vida a corto, mediano y largo plazo después del desastre? ¿Qué herramientas, teorías, estrategias y metodologías de trabajo y enseñanza deben implementarse en el proceso de recuperación? ¿De cuáles otras experiencias globales podemos aprender?

    Guías para autores

    1. Los textos podrán constar de investigaciones, ensayos, reportajes fotográficos, memorias de proyectos y reseñas y deben ser inéditos, aunque su contenido puede haber sido presentado en conferencias, foros y presentaciones académicas o profesionales.
    2. El comité editorial será el encargado de aceptar o rechazar los artículos y materiales propuestos.
    3. El comité editorial se reserva el derecho de realizar correcciones de estilo y ortografía sobre los textos.
    4. Los artículos y materiales propuestos deberán ser enviados únicamente por correo electrónico a: No se aceptará ni devolverá material impreso o manuscrito.
    5. El artículo debe tener una extensión de 2000 a 4000 palabras aproximadamente. Las reseñas tendrán una extensión de 700 a 1000 palabras.
    6. Los artículos deben incluir entre 5 y 7 imágenes por separado, identificadas con apellidos del autor y número de imagen (ej.: PérezRivera-Imagen4.jpeg).
    7. Las citas o referencias bibliográficas deberán seguir el formato MLA.
    8. Las notas deben estar al final del documento, no a pie de página.
    9. Los artículos deberán ser redactados en español o inglés.
    10. Los artículos deberán incluir un resumen en español e inglés de no más de 250 palabras.
    11. Los títulos de los textos también deberán incluirse en inglés y español.
    12. En el caso de los ensayos fotográficos, estos deberán incluir un párrafo de 100 palabras aproximadamente y título, ambos en español e inglés; y no será necesario incluir resumen.
    13. Las memorias de proyectos deben tener una extensión de 300 palabras aproximadamente y título, ambos en español e inglés; y no será necesario incluir resumen.
    14. El texto de los artículos debe presentarse en formato Word o RTF.
    15. El artículo debe estar acompañado de una breve biografía del autor (con el nombre y apellidos) que no supere las 100 palabras y que incluya la adscripción institucional del autor.

    1. Las imágenes deben ser enviadas como archivos TIFF o JPEG, por separado, con una resolución no menor a 300 dpi.
    2. Las imágenes deben estar claramente identificadas en el texto (ej.: Imagen 1), además de incluir pie de foto y créditos de autor en cada una.
    3. El comité editorial se reserva el derecho de excluir imágenes de poca calidad.
    4. La revista respeta los derechos de autor y de reproducción del material: es responsabilidad única del autor asegurarse de obtener permiso para reproducir las imágenes y costear cualquier gravamen de reproducción antes de enviarnos el material. 

  • The Other City

    Naples | Dates: 25 – 27 Oct, 2018

    The Other City
    History and image of urban diversity:
    places and landscapes of privilege and well-being, of isolation, of poverty, and of multiculturalism

    In modern and contemporary history, the city has taken account of social otherities’, namely of privileged classes, minorities, foreigners and immigrants, and of resulting cultural and religious diversity. The urban community has structured some parts of its fabric as places of political, military or class power, other parts as spaces for arrivals, for production and trade, but also for isolation, marginalization or remedy for catastrophe.
    In the modern age, the image of the other' city is often falsified or even denied by rulers and powerful people for purposes of political appearance or propaganda; and if, between the eighteenth and twentieth century, new methods of representation can reveal the structure and the urban landscape in their objectivity, the city portrait still shows the contradictions of a community that sometimes includes or even enhances the diversities, other times rejects them, betraying the malaise of a difficult integration.

    Macrosession A
    Inclusion and exclusion policies: reflections on the communication of the image of cities from modern to contemporary ages
    Annunziata Berrino, Gilles Bertrand

    Macrosession B
    The portrait of city and urban historical landscape as an affirmation/denial of isolation, contrast and diversity
    Alfredo Buccaro, Fabio Mangone

    Macrosession C
    Representation of urban alterity in historical and peripheral contexts
    Antonella di Luggo, Ornella Zerlenga

    Macrosession D
    The “other city. Interpreting and transmitting the identity of places between restoration and urban redevelopment
    Aldo Aveta, Renata Picone
    more info

  • Architectural Aluminum - Design & Preservation/Restoration of Historic & Contemporary Architecture

    Cambridge | Dates: 24 – 25 Mar, 2018

    Conference will Examine the Design and the Conservation/Restoration of

    Traditional & Modern Aluminum Buildings/Building Components,

    Bridges & Other Structures, and Artistic Works

    ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINUM IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture – an intensive conference to be held on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25, 2018 – will explore technical and practical issues involved in keeping new and existing aluminum facades, windows/other building components, structural elements, and artistic works in good condition and will probe the cost-benefits of procedures for preserving and protecting these building envelopes, components, bridges, ornamentation, and sculpture. The conference also will look at several innovative uses of aluminum/aluminum alloys in the design of new structures. 

    Organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee, this important symposium will feature informative, stimulation presentations by over 35 renowned architects, engineers, conservators, designers, scientists, and aluminum industry leaders on the use of aluminum in the construction and care of structures in the built environment and in the fabrication and conservation of works of art. Topics will include: structural, mechanical, corrosion-resistance, fire-resistance, and other properties of aluminum and its alloys and how these affect performance and durability new developments in fabrication and finishes case histories on the restoration/preservation of iconic aluminum buildings, including Alcoa's headquarters building and the USAF Academy's Cadet Chapel case histories detailing innovative design of several modern aluminum structures - in Europe,  the UK, Asia, the Middle East, and America. . . and much more. Continuing education credits will be available.

    The conference schedule, registration form, and other information is available on the website of the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee:

    For additional information, contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Chair, e-mail:

  • Defence Heritage 2018

    Dates: 18 – 20 Apr, 2018

    Defence Heritage 2018 - Call for Papers
    4th International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future
    18-20 April, 2018

    Conference website:

    Conference Topics:

    • Military heritage history
    • Castles and fortresses
    • Fortified cities
    • Transition from military to civilian life
    • Fortified heritage, culture and tourism
    • Conservation and restoration
    • Case studies
    • Community involvement
    • Simulation and modelling
    • Economic analysis

  • 2018 Buchanan Burnham Summer Scholars in Public History

    Newport | Dates: 07 Dec, 2017 – 01 Mar, 2018

    Application Deadline: Complete applications must be received by March 1, 2018

    Description: Join a team of students, scholars, and museum professionals studying and promoting the diverse and dynamic history of Newport, Rhode Island. Since 1854 the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved five centuries of American history and continues to document Newport’s unique contribution to our national narrative. It acts as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present.

    Fellows have access to the Newport Historical Society’s internationally important manuscript and artifact collections; engage with the public through leading tours and programs; and put theory into practice by participating in the daily operations of the Society. Training is provided.

    THE BUCHANAN BURNHAM SUMMER SCHOLARS IN PUBLIC HISTORY  program is open to students enrolled in a graduate program. Students preparing to apply to a graduate program may also apply. Ideal candidates should have public history experience and familiarity with the history and material culture of New England. Fellows lead public tours; assist with NHS programs, exhibits and ongoing initiatives; attend training sessions and workshops; and participate in the daily operations of the Newport Historical Society. A significant portion of the fellowship also involves a public history project that supports NHS initiatives. Fellows are responsible for offering a public program or writing a paper related to their project or research. NHS has the right of first refusal on any publication resulting from research produced during the fellowship.

    35 hrs/wk/11wks, 5/29/18 – 8/10/18; $5,000 stipend; 3 positions available.

    Eligibility: current graduate students with a background in museum collections, archives, or American History. Students preparing to apply to a graduate program may also apply. The Newport Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. The facilities of the NHS are not universally handicapped accessible; applicants with accessibility questions should contact the NHS for more information. 401-846-0813.

    To Apply: Send a resume, copies of transcript(s) (including both undergraduate & graduate transcripts), two letters of recommendation, and a letter stating your reasons for applying, your career goals, your area of interest or a proposed topic for an individual project to:

    Buchanan Burnham Fellowship
    Newport Historical Society
    82 Touro Street
    Newport, RI 02840

    Benefits: $5000 stipend, paid in equal installments every other week, applicable federal and state taxes will be withheld. Furnished rooms are available through a local university apartment at a rate of $150 per week. Students who wish to sign up for this housing must commit to the 11 week duration of the Fellowship. Cost of housing deducted from the stipend.

    Fellowship Selection Process: Admission to the fellowship program is competitive; candidates are selected by a committee of local scholars and NHS staff. Enthusiasm for history, historic artifacts, and public history is required. Experience studying early America, giving tours, conducting historical research, or teaching is preferred. The NHS will invite leading candidates for telephone interviews in mid March; the NHS will notify successful candidates in late March, early April.

    Internship Schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, five days per week (Monday – Friday). The first 1.5 weeks are devoted to training, with ongoing training and enrichment throughout the summer. Fellows are encourage to attend NHS lectures, programs and events.

    For More Information: See, call (401) 846-0813, or send email to

  • 2018 Museums Advocacy Day

    Washington | Dates: 26 – 27 Feb, 2018
    Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with other museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. Museums Advocacy Day 2017 brought together over 380 advocates in Washington, D.C.
  • 2018 Modernism in America Awards

    Dates: 07 Dec, 2017 – 02 Mar, 2018

    Docomomo US invites nominations for the 2018 Modernism in America Awards.
    Now in its fifth year, the Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.
    Award Categories  

    This juried award recognizes informed, thoughtful and creative design efforts to preserve, restore or adapt a modern building, structure or landscape of local, regional or national significance, securing its presence for future generations. Design Awards are recognized in the following sub-categories:

    This juried award recognizes exceptional efforts to document, inventory and/or create a preservation plan for one or more modern buildings, structures or landscapes of local, regional or national significance. Nominations may be submitted in the form of a website, book, publication, or exhibition.

    Presented by the Docomomo US Board of Directors, this award recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve and advocate for threatened modern buildings, structures or landscapes of local, regional or national significance through advocacy efforts. This award seeks to recognize preservation and advocacy organizations and other groups (including Docomomo US chapters) who have gone above and beyond to work collectively and collaboratively to advocate for a modern site or structure. 
    Early nominations must be submitted by 11:59 PM on February 2, 2018.
    All nominations must be submitted by 11:59 PM on March 2, 2018.

  • Digital Art History Summer Institute

    Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2018

    Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks


    June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy


    Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and structures.


    With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, The Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, the University of Padua's Architecture and Engineering program and Venice International University are collaborating on a Summer Workshop that will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.


    After five editions of two-weeks summer workshops introducing concepts and methods for digital art and architectural history through hands-on tutorials and collaborative project development, the program for 2018 will shift to focus on advancing the field of digital art and architectural history through a combination of project-sharing, technology exploration, and academic discussion. After the initial two-week gathering in Venice, we still stay in touch as a community over the course of the next year, reconvening for one week in 2019 to write up and assess our work.


    This workshop is different than our earlier Visualizing Venice workshop iterations in that we are asking people to apply as teams of 2 or 3, and with a Digital Art History Mapping and/or Modeling project already in place, and which they hope to develop further in conversation with the group. The focus of applicant projects does not need to be on Venice or Visualizing Cities, though projects related to those themes are welcome. We will expect participants to share their working projects files with the group, and will work with selected participating teams in advance of the meeting to customize the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of the group.


    Alums of our previous introductory workshops are welcome to apply, as are new participants, from the US and abroad. Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, we are able to offer support for tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.


    More Info and Application at 

    Deadline: January 5, 2018

  • Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference

    The American Association for Italian Studies

    14-17 June 2018

    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy

    Session: Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    The former POW, concentration and refugee camp at Fossoli is a key example in the complex 20th-century history of peoples and prisoners in transit. Proposals are welcome on the reconstruction of the history, politics and topography of this and other sites of transit in the European and Mediterranean context from WW2 to the present.

    Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to and by December 30, 2017.


    Fondazione ex Campo Fossoli - via Giulio Rovighi, 57 41012 Carpi – MO -

    Matteo Cassani Simonetti – Dipartimento di Architettura - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna –

    Roberta Mira – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -

    Daniele Salerno – Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -
  • Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies
    Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy), June 14-17, 2018
    Conference deadline: December 30, 2017

    Session 24:
    Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Social change after WWI led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ‘DNA‘ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

    Please submit via email a 200-250-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo ( by December 30, 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines: 

    The conference languages are Italian and English.

    Session organizers and chairs: 

    Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria) Email: 

    Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany) Email:
  • Announcing the Publication of the SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 01 Dec, 2018

    Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting would like to announce the publication of the SAHANZ 2017 annual conference proceedings. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and held at the Shine Dome in July.

    The online version of the proceedings is  available at:

    Printed versions of the proceedings are available on a print-on-demand basis - please email John Ting at

  • GLI 2018 - Executive Education for Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 14 May – 23 Jun, 2018

    The renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

    This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Have questions about GLI 2018 and the application process? Join us for an informational webinar. Click here to learn more.

    Applications due January 24, 2018.
  • NextGen2018 - Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 05 – 31 Mar, 2018

    NextGen 2018 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

    The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. Course modules focus on leadership assessment and development, design thinking and strategy, team leadership, negotiation and influence, fundraising, audience engagement and development, and innovation.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Applications due January 3, 2018.
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