Recent Opportunities

  • VAF 2018 Annual Meeting - A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac

    Alexandria | Dates: 02 – 05 May, 2018

    The Vernacular Architecture Forum will meet for its 2018 Annual Conference on the banks of the Potomac River. The region preserves distinct culture and resources, which predate the founding of our nation’s capital by more than a century.  Alexandria, Virginia, a vibrant early urban center of domestic, commercial, and industrial resources, lies across the Potomac from Washington and from Southern Maryland, an agricultural landscape that showcases the evolution of three centuries of tobacco culture. This conference will be based at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, which provides notable venues for the conference paper sessions and banquet on Saturday, May 5th. 

    The Potomac Conference will focus on the connections and distinctions between the rural landscapes of the Maryland countryside and the urban setting of Alexandria, Virginia, which face each other across the Potomac River. Over the centuries, these two areas have developed on independent courses, all the while maintaining strong links across the river. Agriculture, including the exploitation of enslaved labor, was the basis for life on both shores. While Maryland’s economy relied overwhelmingly on tobacco, Alexandria’s rise was tied to a diversification of crops, pursued by the early planters of northern Virginia. Bus tours in Maryland on May 3rd and walking tours in Old Town Alexandria on May 4th will focus on evolving pre-and post-emancipation heritage, highlighting resources ranging over four centuries. They will also shine a spotlight on the distinct character of life on both sides of the river, while underscoring the architectural, economic, cultural, and religious connections that span it.

    Early registration pricing ends April 1 and registration closes April 15.

  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Summer Fellowship

    Norfolk | Dates: 21 May – 21 Aug, 2018

    The Chrysler Museum of Art is seeking a current graduate student or recent recipient of a graduate degree to serve as a Summer Fellow for Summer 2018. The Summer Fellow will provide research and assistance for a forthcoming exhibition and catalogue devoted to the architecture of Thomas Jefferson and Andrea Palladio. Working closely with the project curators, the Fellow will carry out object research, manage checklists and loan requests, coordinate catalogue submissions, and other project related duties as assigned. The fellowship is for a term of 10—12 weeks to commence around May 21, 2018 and carries a stipend of $5,000—$6,000.




    Carry out primary source and image research related to exhibition objects


    Assist with checklist development and management


    Develop and maintain research and object files


    Assist with publication management to include image requests and research for the publication


    Assist with organization of scholars’ colloquia


    Carry out correspondence related to the exhibition, to include catalogue authors and colleagues at lending institutions




    B.A. Required, Current Graduate Student or recent recipient of Graduate degree (M.A.) in Art History, American Studies, Architectural History or related discipline preferred


    Excellent written, oral, and editorial skills


    Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail


    Reading and writing in Italian preferred


    Excellent computer skills required


    Previous museum experience preferred


    Strong knowledge of early American history, architectural history, and/or Italian architecture




    Please send a cover letter explaining your interest and preparation for the fellowship and a CV or resume to: Corey Piper, Brock Curator of American Art  




    Applications due March 12, 2018, with notifications expected early April, 2018.

  • Civita Institute 2018-2019 Northeast Chapter Fellowships

    Civita di Bagnoregio | Dates: 20 Feb – 02 Apr, 2018

    The Northeast Chapter of the Civita Institute offers one and two month fellowships for independent study in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio. NE Chapter fellowships are open to architects and allied arts professionals, urban planners and landscape architects, visual and performing artists, environmental and agricultural stewards, archaeologists, historians and writers, who reside in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ or PA.

    Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

  • CFP: Gender and Public Space in History

    Rouen | Dates: 15 Feb – 15 May, 2018

    The Groupe de recherche d’Histoire EA 3831, Université de Rouen Normandie, together with the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, the Università di Napoli Federico II, the Università di Napoli L’Orientale, the Università di Roma TRE and the Universität Wien launches a Graduate School on the theme of Gender and public space in history to be held in Rouen, Normandy, from 4 to 7 June 2018.

    The separation/opposition between a public – and political – space occupied by men and a private – and domestic – space specifically designed for women is a central issue in gender history. This separation has its roots in the classical antiquity opposition between polis and oikos. It was then reasserted and complicated in the last centuries of European, and more generally Western history, particularly in the context of the political theories of liberalism and the French Revolution.

    A first approach to this issue is connected with the social history of politics: how was women’s and men’s participation in politics and citizenship defined, and how did it develop, in different historical and geographical contexts?

    A second approach takes into account the separation between work inside the household (domestic and care work, but also market-oriented production) and work outside the household. It investigates the emergence of the male breadwinner figure, as a consequence, in particular, of the Industrial Revolution. For Medieval and Modern times, the possibility for women of having access to guilds of artisans or merchants should be interpreted as an opportunity to act in the public and political space.

    A third approach looks at the category of space and examines the various ways in which men and women existed and acted in public and domestic spaces. From a historical point of view, what kinds of cultural, social, and religious issues have prevented women from having access to certain public spaces, and in some cases men from entering into certain domestic spaces?  And how have these regulations translated into dress rules and manners?

    A fourth approach aims at complicating the idea that there exists a clear-cut separation between the public and the private. For instance, we will examine the ‘public’ aspects of the home, such as the fact that it is open on the street, that it is a space for market production, where to incorporate and integrate people coming from the outside, such as apprentices and domestic workers.

    These are just a few themes that will be addressed during the Graduate school.  During the week, scholars of the partner universities will deliver lectures and Ph.D. students will present their research.

    We invite PhD students who wish to participate in the Graduate school and present their on-going research to submit their applications by sending a brief CV (max 150 words) and a short presentation, in French or English, of their dissertation project (maximum 500 words) by 1 March 2018 to The languages of the Conference are French and English.  The organizer institutions will provide for food and accommodation, but not for travel expenses. The Scientific Committee will evaluate the proposals. Acceptance notices will be sent by April 1, 2018. Accepted papers must be sent in by May 15, 2018

  • CFP: Unsettled 1968: Origins - Myths - Impact (Grad Student Workshop)

    Tuebingen | Dates: 15 Feb – 31 May, 2018

    Tuebingen, Germany | June 14-16, 2018
    Deadline May 31, 2018

    International Workshop for Graduate Students, within the Institutional Strategy (Exzellenzinitiative) of the Graduate Academy, University of Tübingen

    Keynote Speakers:
    Irena Grudzińska-Gross, University of Princeton (USA)
    Victoria Harms, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe (DE)
    Michal Mrugalski, Humboldt University Berlin (DE)

    The Institute of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Academy at University of Tübingen are pleased to announce “Unsettled 1968. Origins – Myth – Impact”, an interdisciplinary workshop for graduate students.

    In 2018, we will have the 50th anniversary of “1968” – the year which witnessed simultaneous revolts, protests, and turmoil all over the world. In addition to Paris May Revolution and the Prague Spring, or the series of student protests in the United States and elsewhere, we faced the burgeoning of new generations coming into play, and the ending of old hegemonies. Since then, 1968 has not only produced various patterns of “myth” of the era that had attracted various authors but also a firm research topic that sociologists, historians, and literary theorists had been investigating.

    The year 1968 tends to be seen as a crucial turning point in postwar history, and, for a matter of convenience or for more substantial reasons, researchers either start or end narratives around 1968, as the year was just in the middle of the Cold War and symbolic enough to make it a marker that separates before from after. With the arrival of the 68ers, the old world in which the historical consciousness of modernity shaped epistemic communities ceased to exist, and had been renewed by means of revolving old social structures from the bottom. It is true that “without 1968” we would not see a detour from Soviet-style Marxism, the developments of various dissent movements and underground activities in East Central Europe, the strong awareness of the other parts of the world (South Asia, Latin America included), and the rise of radical fundamentalism collided with terrorism. Its ephemera leaves a lot of questions and mythical arguments (the singular sujet of the “68ers”, for instance) to this day. Did it really change the world? If so, what was the locomotive of the change? How much were the movements localized, or globally resonated? What were the basis of myths around the year? To whom does it matter to discuss 1968 today?

    We intend to take this time of commemoration as the opportunity for opening our discussion on 1968, once again, in order to re-evaluate its impact to this day. We will collect opinions from different generations, and revisit the boundary of experiences, testimonies, and reflections in an inter-disciplinary manner. Combining scholarly conversations with a site-specific knowledge, we wish to enhance international cooperation and build the basis for mutual understanding of our recent common past.

    In the workshop, we would like to address these questions with the following four research topics.

    Panel I: Modernities of 1968

    This panel aims to explore the historiography of 1968, by focusing on the idea of modernity that paves theoretical backgrounds for analysing the events which took place that year, such as the March Events of Poland, Paris May, and the Prague Spring. The term "modernities" here suggest various ways to understand the modern world. The year 1968 was indeed the important turning point from modern to post-modern society, and the events then reorganized socio-economic structures as well as cultural hierarchies. Since then, there have been much-used arguments like “1968 would be equivalent to 1848”, or “1968 was the end of the modern system”.

    Issues: What kinds of modern society the participants of the events tried to deconstruct and then reconstruct? Is the modernity of 1960s comparable to that of the mid-19th century, or the 1930s? How could we make sense of the 1968 in historical contexts in each local setting? How could we identify the roles of particular generations in those events? Would it be better to assume a singular modernity or modernities that vary from one country to another?

    Panel II: 1968 between East and West and North and South

    The point of departure here is Marxism understood as a world-spread political agenda. First, we want to investigate its various forms in the late 60s, e.g. by contrasting Marxism that represented Czechoslovak national interests with Marxism that was used as anti-Semitic tool in the Middle East. Second, we want to focus on dynamics of „travelling” revolution(s) of 1968 and the role of the “mental maps” in those processes.

    Issues: Were Eastern Europe and Third World movements engaged with seriously by the young Western Marxists, or were they just used naively and instrumentally to push forward their critique of Western capitalist societies? Why was Rudi Dutschke, himself on exile from GDR, more interested in China or African revolutionary movements than he was in the communist experiment right next to him? Was it possible to bridge the gap between activists in Eastern and Western Europe, or would have that required a critical reappraisal of the Soviet sphere that Westerners in 1968 were not yet ready for?

    Panel III: Negotiating Revolution of 1968?

    Social and sociocultural change usually takes place as the effect of an informal negotiations between main groups within society. The case of 1968 is a unique one, because claiming to be a peaceful change, it actually became a violent one. The point here is to reveal hidden violence (also symbolic and discursive) that constituted deep foundation of the change embodied by the events of 1968. Concurring narratives are to be presented: hegemonic ones together with those constructed by minorities (social, national, political etc.). Another question here is to analyse the intentionality of political involvement.

    Issues: What was the nature of violence that may have been observed in 1968? To what extent 1968 was meant to be a political manifestation or rather a non-political (anti-political)? (Cross-national analysis, particularly combining the cases from East and West, are especially welcomed at this point.) 

    Panel IV: 1968, Today

    Since the world today is based on the rudiments of 1968, one should explore its long-lasting consequences. The first issue in this panel would be thus the universal paradox of every successful revolution, i.e. the mechanisms according to which the former activists become the elite members, whereas their initial ideals are adopted by the mainstream worldview. In case of 1968 one can also ask whether anti-establishment movements can be seen as a marketing tool, and revolution as another product in the disenchanted, consumerist world. The second question is the legacy of the 1968.

    Issues: Were the events in Paris or California a destroying force paving way for populism and reviving some elements of 1930s? Or was it rather a neoliberal ideology that profited from the culture of individualism and the right to self-expression and protest against such institutions as state or traditional nuclear family?

    Organization Details

    PhD and M.A. students will be given priority to participate in the workshop. We would be eager to work with the representatives of history, philosophy, literature, politics and visual and cultural studies. The participants will be asked to prepare a working paper (5-10 pages, font 12, space 2.0) that will be submitted to all participants in advance and discussed during the workshop, as the long-term goal is to prepare a volume that would consist of the workshop contributions.

    The official start (opening + keynote lecture I + panel I) will take place in the Thursday evening, which will make an immediate start the next morning (Friday) possible. The last panel and the final discussion are planned for Saturday morning.

    The participation in the workshop is free of charge. The accommodation (2 nights) and catering in Tübingen for the workshop time is provided by the workshop organizers.


    Please submit a 300-word abstract (+ panel you are interested in) and a brief bio to

    < 1968tuebingen [at]> by March 31st, 2018. Replies will be sent out by mid-April, 2018. The deadline for working papers will be May 31st, 2018.

    Contact Info: 

    Workshop organizers: Aleksandra Konarzewska (Tübingen), Anna Nakai (CEU, Budapest), Michał Przeperski (IPN/PAN, Warsaw), Miłosz Wiatrowski (Yale)

  • CFP: Motivating Monuments: Defining Collective Identities in Public Spaces

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 15 Feb – 30 Mar, 2018

    Motivating Monuments: Defining Collective Identities in Public Spaces is a symposium hosted by the graduate students of the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh held November 2-3, 2018. Dr. Jacqueline Jung will serve as the symposium's keynote speaker.

    The goal of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary discussions about the power invested in monuments and how individual attachments to them are persistently and profoundly mediated by shared group identities and will foster productive, in-depth discussions about the shared stakes of monuments. Conversations will unfold across premodern, early modern, modern, and contemporary topics, thematically linking research that might otherwise be isolated by disciplinary or historical divides.

    Visual objects can serve as vital tools of social cohesion, whether through construction, destruction, modification, or translocation; monuments link shared concerns that persist across time and geologic location, from the disassembly and installation of the Elgin Marbles in London to anti-monumentality in Gu Wenda's "Forest of Stone Steles." We welcome proposals that attend to the diverse roles of visual culture as monuments to or within collectivities. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


    • Civic or religious monuments of built environments
    • Imposed identities
    • Antimonuments


    • Censorship and erasure
    • Iconoclasm

    Modification of Relocation

    • Restoration campaigns and responses to these actions
    • Subaltern appropriation or utilization of public monuments
    • Artistic practices that subvert or challenge existing monuments

    Theoretical Concerns

    • Alternative definitions of monument
    • Issues of monumentality
    • Contact Information:

    To propose a 20-minute presentation, please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a CV to by midnight, March 30, 2018. Invitations to participate will be issues by mid-April.

    Contact Info: 
    Organizer: Sarah Reiff Conell
    Contact Email:

  • Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film (NEH Summer Institute)

    Amherst | Dates: 17 Jun – 14 Jul, 2018

    NEH Summer Institute: June 17-July 14, 2018

    This NEH Institute for college and university teachers seeks to break new ground in the study of culture during the Cold War, applying a sustained interdisciplinary examination into the role of arts and artists to the case of East German society. Please note: it is not necessary to speak German to participate in this program.

    Drawing on the latest research in art history, musicology, film studies, history and German studies, the Institute seeks to: re-evaluate debates about artistic freedom and censorship; consider relations between high and low (popular), as well as official and alternative arts cultures; and establish the importance and timeliness of revisiting this period of recent history in today’s college classrooms.

    The Institute will also offer college teachers across disciplines the chance to critically assess a wide selection of materials that present a dynamic and compelling historical perspective on issues being raised in classrooms today: the role and reach of the state; freedom of expression, individual rights and protest; surveillance and secret police; the role of race and gender in art and politics; wealth and the power gap; cultural canons and the role of cultural heritage. Four full weeks are required to do justice to the complex questions being addressed in the Institute, as well as to the wealth of musical, artistic, and cinematic materials that bring this history to life and form the basis for evaluating the questions at hand.

    Newer scholarship on the arts under socialism seeks to re-appropriate the field by bringing contemporary interests and research questions to bear upon it. Such work is yielding more nuanced and in-depth insights into how the arts functioned in socialist society, which highlight commonalities as well as differences between socialist and capitalist modernity. Because the different disciplines we engage exhibit significant interpretive differences—and the experience of East German artists working in different media was also quite varied—the Institute expects to break new ground by challenging conventional assumptions about periodization and socialist ideology and cultural policies.

  • SESAH Annual Conference

    Manhattan | Dates: 03 – 06 Oct, 2018
    Manhattan, Kansas
    October 3-6, 2018

    The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) will host its 2018 Annual Conference, October 3-6, in Manhattan, Kansas, with Kansas State University serving as our host. SESAH members will convene our annual "family reunion" at the School of Architecture building for a program of engaging keynote talks, papers, presentations, and the awards ceremony. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour architectural landmarks in Manhattan and Topeka. Details coming soon at
  • Cultural and Historic Preservation Conference

    Newport | Dates: 08 Feb – 01 May, 2018

    October 12-13, 2018

    Community Preservation through Adaptive Reuse

    Call for Papers

    We are excited to announce a call for papers for our cultural and historic preservation conference coming this Fall (October 12-13, 2018). We invite proposals for individual papers as well as complete sessions on the theme “Community Preservation through Adaptive Reuse.” Adaptive reuse is a strategy commonly employed by preservationists, architects, and planners to extend the use-life of historic buildings and sites. Perhaps because it is not as readily measurable as financial benefits, the ability of adaptive reuse to strengthen community relationships and identities is often overlooked. Despite this lack of attention, adaptive reuse has the potential to be a powerful form of place-making that promotes community solidarity.  Taking this perspective, historic buildings and sites are seen as more than fabric. They are also seen as richly layered “texts” that combine material and non-material cultural narratives of a community’s past, present, and even future.  In many cases, the range of narratives associated with a particular building or site is as diverse as the community itself, which has the potential to create a shared sense of history.

    The purpose of this conference is to explore adaptive reuse as a form of community preservation.  Potential topics include position papers, conceptualizing adaptive reuse, historical analysis, and case studies. Papers in any field of academic or applied preservation (e.g. architecture, architectural history, archaeology, museum studies, preservation planning/policy) and public history are welcome. Presenters of accepted papers will have conference registration fees waived.

     Conference to be held at Save Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI  02840

    Link to call for papers here
  • CFP: Journal of Icon Studies, 2 (2018)

    Dates: 08 Feb – 01 Jun, 2018

    The Journal of Icon Studies is now accepting submissions for its second issue, scheduled for online publication in December 2018. We welcome contributions from scholars working across a wide disciplinary range, including art history, literature and film, religious studies, gender and cultural studies, history and anthropology, conservation and museum studies.

    The Journal of Icon Studies is an online, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of icons around the globe, from the Byzantine period to the modern era. It serves as an international forum for new scholarship on the theoretical, theological and historical significance of icons, their place within a broad cultural and artistic context, as well as their conservation, collecting, and exhibiting. The journal includes reviews of books and exhibitions, archival discoveries, and translations of primary documents.

    The journal is published annually by the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA. The language of publication is English, with summaries in Russian. Translation assistance will be provided by the museum.

    Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018. All submissions will receive a double-blind peer review. For further information on publication guidelines see:

    Please send all questions and inquiries to Wendy Salmond at

  • 6th Biennial Meeting on Construction History (CHSA)

    College Park | Dates: 24 – 26 May, 2018

    The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland is hosting CHSA’s 6th Biennial Meeting on Construction History from May 24 - 26, 2018.

    The 6th Biennial meeting of the Construction History Society of America will feature research and scholarship from a diverse range of academics and practitioners, focusing generally on the history of building design, fabrication, and construction throughout the Americas over the last five hundred years. Presenters will include scholars, engineers, architects, preservationists, and contractors, who will present on topics ranging from historic building materials to postwar engineering and building science.

    Keynotes will be presented by Carl Lounsbury, College of William and Mary, and Thomas E. Boothby, Pennsylvania State University.

    Three to four guided tours led by local expert historians are being organized in the Washington DC metro area with more information to follow.

    On the evening of Thursday, May 24th, a special program celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Associated General Contractors will be presented with Kenneth D. Durr of History Associates giving the keynote address. More information on this event follows at a later date and will be posted on our website.


    6th Biennial Meeting of the Construction History Society of America: May 26 – 29, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

    Registration is currently open at

    Registration Fees: (Early Registration ends April 1, 2018)

    Standard CHSA member - $155 (early), $185 (late)

    Non-CHSA member - $210 (early), $240 (late)

    – includes $20 discounted one-year individual membership, valued at $75

    Student - $35 (early, late)

    For full conference information:

    Additional Information on CHSA Website:

    For further information contact: Executive Director Melanie Feerst / 847.894.3589
  • 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

    Genoa | Dates: 08 Feb – 15 Apr, 2018
    The Bogliasco Foundation is pleased to announce a new residential Fellowship for an American scholar in European art/architectural history. The five-week Fellowship, which will take place at the Foundation’s Study Center near Genoa during the Spring 2019 semester, includes full room and board and a travel stipend of $1000. The Fellowship is open to American art/architecture historians of all ages who are working on pre-modern projects (antiquity to early 19th century), and who are not currently in a degree-granting program. For complete instructions and eligibility details, kindly consult the Foundation’s online application site at The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2018.
  • CFP: A World of Architectural History (ARENA)

    London | Dates: 08 Feb – 28 Mar, 2018
    A World of Architectural History

    International Conference to be held at the
    Bartlett School of Architecture,
    Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment,
    University College London, UK

    Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November 2018

    This event is also the 3rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Research in Europe Network Association (ARENA)

    Conference rationale:

    The conference's aim is to critique and celebrate the latest advances within architectural history globally over the last few decades, by focusing upon the word "global" in two senses:

     *   Geographically, referring to the increasing inclusion of all parts of the world in more complex and multiple discourses of architectural history;
     *   Intellectually, the ongoing expansion of architectural history into other academic subjects, plus the reception of ideas/themes from those subjects.

    The conference will take place around the same time as the publication of Sir Banister Fletcher?s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury Press), although as a separate event. Recognition will be given to a more inclusive approach to architectural history that seeks to incorporate the histories of all countries/regions, and to the significant contributions now being made through interdisciplinary links with other subjects. As such, the conference will represent the forefront of the field internationally and also discuss where architectural history ought to head in future. Conference presenters will include those from the wide range of subject areas within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and leading figures in architectural history across the world. Papers will consist of a balance of those by invited speakers and those selected via an open call.

    Eight thematic areas are to be presented over two days of the conference, with these themes thus also framing the call for papers:

     *   Culture and Architectural History
     *   Architectural History and Design Research
     *   The Expanded Field
     *   Colonialism, Post-Colonialism and Beyond
     *   History, Environment and Technology
     *   Architectural History as Pedagogy
     *   Global Domesticity
     *   Informalities, Identities and Subjectivities

    The primary conference organiser is Murray Fraser, albeit in close association with Camillo Boano, Adrian Forty, Jonathan Hill, Barbara Penner, Rokia Raslan, Jane Rendell, Tania Sengupta and other colleagues from the Bartlett Faculty, with advice and help also from the International Academic Committee. Selected papers will be published either as essays in the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) or in a subsequent edited book. Fuller details about the conference and how to book a place will be publicized in due course.

    International Academic Committee

     *   Oya Atalay Frank: Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Winterthur, Switzerland (President, European Association for Architectural Education; ARENA member)
     *   Sibel Bozdogan: Boston University, USA
     *   Petra Brouwer: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Histories)
     *   Hugh Campbell: University College Dublin, Ireland (ARENA member)
     *   Mari Hvattum: AHO School of Architecture, Oslo, Norway
     *   David Leatherbarrow: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
     *   Hannah Lewi: University of Melbourne, Australia
     *   Lesley Lokko: University of Johannesburg, South Africa
     *   Andong Lu: Nanjing University, China
     *   Yongyi Lu: Tongji University, Shanghai, China
     *   John Macarthur: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
     *   Fredrik Nilsson: Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden (ARENA member)
     *   Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen: Yale University, New Haven, USA
     *   David Vanderburgh: University College of Louvain, Belgium (ARENA member)


     *   Conference Announcement: 7th February 2018
     *   Deadline for Call for Papers: 28th March 2018
     *   Notification of Acceptance: 25th April 2018
     *   Schedule Announced: 16th May 2018
     *   Booking opens: 6th June 2018
     *   Event: 2nd ? 4th November 2018
     *   Initial essay publications in AJAR online refereed journal: July 2019
     *   Book publication: November 2020

    Call for Papers:

    Abstracts of a minimum of 300 words and maximum of 500 words are invited for this major architectural history conference being held at the Bartlett School of Architecture in early-November 2018. Up to three pages of images can also be supplied. However, all of the text/images in each case must be combined together into one single Acrobat PDF file for submission or else will not be accepted.

    Applicants should indicate clearly in their abstracts which of the 8 conference themes they wish to be included in (see above for categories). The conference organisers however retain the right to reallocate accepted papers as they see fit.

    To ensure equal treatment for all submissions, the organizers will not respond to any individual queries about the content of papers or about the thematic categories.

    The selection panel will assess each of the proposed papers on an anonymous basis, and will be comprised of Bartlett Faculty colleagues and members of the International Academic Committee. The deadline for the call for papers is Wednesday 28th March 2018, with decisions being notified by 25th April 2018.

    Applicants need to ensure that they have their own sources of funding available to take part in the conference.


    General enquiries and the PDF files for the proposed papers should be emailed to:
    Professor Murray Fraser, Vice-Dean of Research, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment,
  • Call for Papers Footprint 24: The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn

    Dates: 07 Feb – 01 May, 2018

    Call for Papers Footprint 24

    The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn

    Editors: Nelson Mota (TU Delft) and Yael Allweil (Technion Institute of Technology)


    In 1872 Friedrich Engels’s The Housing Question indicated the societal relevance of workers’ housing provision, raising it to a prominent position in the apparatus of the capitalist mode of production. Eventually, in the interwar period, housing for workers had a key role in re-organising class relations and the city, and in shaping modernist architecture. With the reconstruction of Europe in the aftermath of World War II, housing gained momentum as a key factor to secure the social reproduction of labour. The ‘social project’ of welfare state politics identified housing as one of its main pillars and attracted the engagement and creativity of talented professionals in private offices and public housing departments. The postwar focus on housing triggered the emergence of theories on the architecture of dwelling as a social and spatial practice, which proliferated and occupied the main stage in venues such as the CIAM, UIA Congresses, Team 10 meetings, Delos Symposia and so on.

    From the 1980s until the first decade of the twenty-first century there was a sharp decline in the visibility of housing and the architecture of dwelling as mainstream topics in architectural scholarship, media and education. Furthermore, with the exception of a few events (e.g. the Barcelona Olympics, the IBA Berlin, or the harbour conversions of Amsterdam and Hamburg), over these three decades, mass housing projects have seldom made it to the portfolio of notable practicing architects and were rarely included in architectural publications. However, since the global economic downturn of 2008, housing and the architecture of dwelling have gained again widespread notoriety. Scholarship on the entwined relationship between the current housing crisis and the hegemony of the neoliberal economic system and its associated corporate monopolies is now gaining momentum (Jack Self (2014), Reinhold Martin et al. (2015), Madden & Marcuse (2016)).

    Neoliberal governance transferred the responsibility for affordable housing provision to the markets. The collusion of government (de-) regulation, market ideology, and the architectural desertion of housing theory stalled the production of innovations in the architecture of dwelling and prompted a crisis in the mechanisms producing and distributing housing solutions for different publics. We are now facing a threat to the creation of safe, resilient and inclusive cities and human settlements, one of the goals of the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda. Now, to mitigate the growing social unrest created by the current housing crisis, supra-national organisations (e.g. NGOs, the UN, the World Bank) as well as national and regional governments face a paradox: the survival of neoliberalism depends in part on intensifying the intervention of the state in affordable housing provision.

    In Footprint 24 we want to discuss the implications of the neoliberal housing paradox for the discipline of architecture. Re-theorising the architecture of dwelling is urgent to critically assess past and current experiences and provide insights to engage with future challenges. Can this be an opportunity to reiterate the social relevance of housing and thus attract the best planners, urban designers and architects to contribute innovative solutions to accommodate the ‘great number’? Which possibilities are there to engage the architecture discipline in the housing question once more? Which critical approaches to the housing issue after the neoliberal turn can be used to re-conceptualise the architecture of dwelling in a post-neoliberal period?

    This issue of Footprint aims at examining how the housing policies that unfolded since the 1980s have contributed to re-theorise the architecture of dwelling as a social and spatial practice. We welcome original research articles (6000–8000 words) that can contribute to define a new concept of housing after the neoliberal turn, exploring case studies, theoretical frameworks, research methods and analytical instruments.

    Authors of research articles are requested to submit their contributions to the editors before 1 May, 2018. The submissions should adhere to Footprint’s submission preparation checklist and author’s guidelines, available at

    All research articles will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Footprint 24 will be published in the Spring of 2019.

    For inquiries, please contact editors Nelson Mota and Yael Allweil at


  • SAH Study Day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Washington | Dates: 29 Sep, 2018
    Save the date. More information coming soon.
  • Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

    Dates: 01 Feb – 26 Sep, 2018
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for community college faculty. The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges.
    “Community colleges are a vitally important component of the higher education ecosystem in the United States and of the academic humanities in particular,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “Not only do a substantial proportion of undergraduates experience their first or only encounters with college-level humanities in community college classrooms, but community college faculty produce important humanistic knowledge, scholarship on teaching and learning, and innovative methods of classroom teaching and community engagement. These fellowships aim to support and valorize the research endeavors of these teacher-scholars.”
    These fellowships deepen ACLS’s commitment to extending the reach of its programs to humanities scholars from a broader range of institutions as the organization approaches its centennial in 2019. Last fall, the Council announced that it was expanding the number of awards offered in its central ACLS Fellowship program with the goal of increasing support for scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. The program is also part of a larger Mellon Foundation initiative. Since 2014, Mellon has made 12 grants in support of humanities faculty at community colleges.
    ACLS will award up to 26 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships in 2018-19, which will be the first of three competitions funded by this grant. The research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to be supported by this program may have a wide range of outcomes, including scholarly or pedagogical articles, book chapters, or books; course plans and textbooks; exhibitions and community/campus events; online resources, etc. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000, which may be used flexibly as salary support, research funds, or for any other activity that advances the proposed project.
    Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria are available online at The application deadline is September 26, 2018.

  • FAAC Your Syllabus! Feminist Pedagogy Workshop

    New York | Dates: 21 – 22 Apr, 2018

    FAAC Your Syllabus!

    Feminist Pedagogy Workshop



    April 21-22, 2018 at Parsons, NYC

    Part of the exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968, organized by ArchiteXX, a non-profit, independent organization, at Parsons School of Design.



    This is a call for participation in a  two-day workshop on feminist practices for teaching histories of art and architecture. During the workshop we will discuss our experiences in the classroom, and beyond in our scholarship and in our professional work; we will design teaching assignments that foreground intersectionality and collaboration; and we will write a collective manifesto both for publication and for the exhibition. Core feminist principles of collaboration, intersectionality, and empowerment will guide the workshop and the writing associated with it. Our goal is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn from each other and build inclusive and diverse communities both inside and outside our professional lives. We will meet for an afternoon session on April 21st and a morning session on April 22nd.



    —We will discuss feminist teaching approaches to non-feminist content.

    —We will compare different feminist pedagogies.

    —We will think of feminist-informed assignments.

    —We will write a collective manifesto, to be distributed through various media.



    Please submit a CV and a list of three books accompanied by a 500-word text explaining how each one of them has informed your pedagogical practice and the teaching of art and architecture. Send via email to by March 9, 2018. Accepted participants will be notified by Mid-March.



    Limited funding for  travel and lodging might be available for accepted participants coming from out of town through a partial grant.

  • SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

    Dates: 29 Jan – 02 Apr, 2018

    A collaboration by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Wüstenrot Foundation

    EXHIBITION: November 9, 2017 – April 2, 2018, GF

    The DAM is presenting the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s. The term Brutalism does not originate from the word “brutal”, but rather béton brut—the French term for exposed concrete. Brutalist architecture celebrates rawness and the bare construction. It is exceptionally photogenic and, in recent years, it has reached cult status on Facebook and Instagram. That said, many people still only see these buildings as ugly concrete monsters. The expressive style emerged during a period of experimentation and societal upheaval. Today many are at risk of being demolished. In light of this, the #SOSBrutalism campaign extends the exhibition online with a database of over 1,000 projects. Media partners are the BauNetz and uncube magazine.

    At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures that were built by the Kaiserslautern Technical University for SOS Brutalism. The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism.

    The exhibition is accompanied by another activity on social media: The visitors are encouraged to mark photos of Brutalist buildings in Frankfurt with the hashtags #Betonperle and #FFM: the best findings will be included in the exhibition.



    Exhibition curator of "SOS Brutalism" is OLIVER ELSER.

  • #SOSBrutalism

    Dates: 29 Jan, 2018 – 29 Jan, 2019
    #SOSBrutalism is a growing database that currently contains over 1000 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, it is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy. This is an unprecedented initiative: #SOSBrutalism is open to everyone who wants to join the campaign to save Brutalist buildings! It is a powerful tool that allows fans of Brutalism to communicate with one another across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and so on.

    #SOSBrutalism has also led into an exhibition which has been jointly organized by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Wüstenrot Stiftung. It is now on display at the DAM, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, until April 2, 2018.

  • Traditional Building Conference: Oak Park, IL

    Oak Park | Dates: 24 – 25 Apr, 2018
    Most know the village of Oak Park as Frank Lloyd Wright’s backyard for the early part of his career. It’s so much more than that. There are 2,400 historic sites in Oak Park alone, the majority of which are homes built in the Queen Anne, Prairie School, and Craftsman styles of architecture. With three distinct historic districts and 64 nationally recognized historic landmarks, Oak Park is truly a village of and for architects.

    Join us April 24-25, 2018 at the historic Nineteenth Century Club for networking opportunities, AIA credits, and architectural walking tours. Accredited courses include:

    The Art and Science of Preservation
    Oak Park and its Historic Districts, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
    Historic Windows:  Tax Credits, Standards and Solutions
    Investigative Technology on a Traditional Roof
    Case Study and Walking Tour: The Restoration of Unity Temple  

    The Traditional Building Conference Series delivers focused, relevant education for architects, contractors, craftspeople, designers, building owners, and facilities managers in a time efficient format at beautiful historic venues. In a two-day interactive symposium you will learn from best-in-class experts and practitioners about historic preservation, adaptive use, urban infill, classical design, sustainable design, building restoration/maintenance, and traditional craft. Meet the editors of Period Homes, Traditional Building, New Old House, Arts & Crafts Homes, Early Homes, and Old House Journal. Network with your industry peers, clients, and the technical representatives from restoration/renovation product suppliers.

    The Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education credits. Credits for NARI, AIBD, and certain NAHB classifications can be arranged. LEED accredited professionals and interior designers should contact the education director to determine if any courses have been registered for continuing education credits with the IDCEC or the USGBC. 

    Learn more and register at

    For registration inquiries, contact Carolyn Walsh at
    For sponsorship inquiries, contact Peter Miller at
    For partnership inquiries, contact Griffin Suber at
    For education inquiries, contact Judy Hayward at 
SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

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