Recent Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 2018 NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

    Washington | Dates: 11 – 13 Mar, 2018
    Join us in Washington, D.C. this March to advocate for the humanities! This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 13, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.
  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture: Rhodope Mountains

    Dolen | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2018

    Dates: 14 - 28 July 2018 

    Southeastern Europe, also known as the Balkans, has been a crossroads of human migration and a pivot point of civilizations since the dawn of time. Here, central and eastern Europe have met the Mediterranean and western Asia for many millennia, sometimes resulting in conflict, but above all bringing together a unique blending of cultures, religions, languages, folklore, traditions and crafts. Traditional architecture in Bulgaria is part of the common Balkan heritage. More preserved in the mountain areas, it’s characterized by its harmonic connection with nature, fascinating interior features and picturesque settlement configurations. Bulgarian traditional architecture stems from ancient Thracian and Roman tradition, and has evolved through the centuries within the Byzantine, medieval Bulgarian and later the Ottoman world, coming in contact with many influences in these vast and diverse empires. From the Middle Ages onward, itinerant Bulgarian builders and craftsmen have crisscrossed the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, spreading their work throughout three continents, but also gathering and exchanging knowledge and techniques as far as Italy to the west, Armenia to the east, Vienna to the north and Egypt to the south. Closely and sustainably interacting with nature, combining functional simplicity, comfort of use and delicate and harmonious aesthetics perfected through the ages, Bulgarian traditional architecture is not only interesting to discover and study, but also very compatible with modern building practices tending toward a sustainable, ecological way of life.

    Today, the Rhodope Mountains mark the border between Bulgaria and Greece, but have also acted as an interface as well as a boundary throughout the ages. Here, in Orpheus’ homeland, all the influences that have swept the Balkans over the centuries have accumulated and interwoven rather than wiping away one another, giving birth to a unique amalgamation of architectural traditions and techniques, but also of cultures and beliefs. Here, coexisting with their modern lifestyle, the sturdy mountain people still preserve knowledge and ways of life that have long been forgotten elsewhere. The village of Dolen, an architectural reserve with remarkable authenticity, is a particularly interesting illustration of the rich, multi-layered history of the Rhodopes and the Balkans in general. Within the tiny boundaries of this village, one can discover key elements and processes that have shaped the Bulgarian and Balkan traditional architecture, approach traditions and folklore still carrying the echo of ancient times and feel the magic of the Rhodope Mountains.

    The Field School is comprised of:

    • - Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
    • - Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
    • - Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains      
    • - Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture - Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay   

  • MILLENNIUM: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s

    New York | Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 01 Apr, 2018

    Today, the southern tip of Manhattan is one of the fastest growing urban districts in the country: a bustling mixed-use area that has combined its traditional role as America’s financial capital—and third-largest business district in the country—with a skyrocketing residential population, massive media companies and tech start-ups, nearly fifteen million tourists a year, and an impressive collection of cultural attractions, parks, and pedestrian enclaves. In many ways lower Manhattan has become a model of a 21s-century environment of living, work, and play – a dense urban fabric with rich history and innovative architecture, as well as expansive waterfront landscapes. 
    This new diversity of Downtown's economy and populations is surprising, not just because it follows the catastrophe of 9/11, but because not long ago—just twenty years, in fact—lower Manhattan was a different and far more troubled place, one whose very future seemed in doubt, buffeted by profound economic change, and wrenched by complex, often contradictory forces that seemed at once to be accelerating the area’s long decline, even as they nurtured sprouts of renewal and growth.
    new multimedia exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum, Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s, running through April 2018, vividly recaptures this strange and formative time in the history of New York’s historic commercial hub, through a striking combination of architectural drawings and models, archival and contemporary photographs, original posters, maps, sketches, renderings, and other documents of the era.  Together they offer a portrait of a time and place that, though recent in historic terms, seems oddly remote—due in large part, of course, to the tragic, world-changing event that brought the period to a sudden, unexpected close: the destruction of the World Trade Center, and loss of nearly three thousand lives, on September 11th, 2001. 

    Focusing on the years just before that unimaginable moment, the exhibition tells a fascinating, sometimes poignant story of decline and rebirth.  It is a story framed by the area’s decades-long losing battle against the gleaming postwar power of midtown Manhattan, which, through the 1990s, continued to siphon away lower Manhattan’s major corporations and financial institutions, leaving its inventory of older buildings more than one-quarter empty, and many of its once-grand banking halls and storefronts hauntingly silent.
    But Millennium also recounts another side to the story, presenting the variety of intriguing, often provocative projects—large and small, built and unbuilt—advanced by architects, planners, developers, and civic-minded activists. Aware that the century and millennium wound down and a new era beckoned, these projects began to rethink downtown Manhattan and plant the seeds for its resurgence in the decades to follow.  

    These include a host of major efforts by government agencies and established practitioners—ranging from the build-out of Battery Park City’s 92 acres of new and reclaimed Hudson River waterfront and the East River development of South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market, to sweeping city initiatives for the rezoning and landmarking of historic skyscrapers of the Financial District (today’s FiDi). A model and renderings show Skidmore Owing & Merrill’s startling unrealized proposal for a new New York Stock Exchange trading floor and tower. Beyer Blinder Belle’s work on a restored 19th century Stone Street, reclaimed from crack dealers, shows one of the areas most successful transformations to a pedestrian enclave. Plans for Frank Gehry’s post-Bilbao proposal for a vast new structure for the Guggenheim Museum above several East River piers illustrate exaggerated ambitions of the moment.

    No less intriguing are the series of smaller projects—sometimes built, sometimes not—by then-emerging architectural and urbanist figures such as Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, Machado Silvetti, Studio Asymptote (Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture), Peterson Littenberg, and James Sanders, which sought to radically reimagine existing downtown spaces—from Battery Park City, to Liberty Plaza, to the trading floor of the Stock Exchange – or introduce new institutions to the area’s mix.

    Two lower Manhattan cultural efforts, making their debut in these same years, round out the exhibition’s displays.  One is The Skyscraper Museum itself, which opened for business in 1997 with a series of pop-up exhibitions in the grand, but then-empty banking halls of Wall Street.  The other is an interpretive project that inspired the Museum’s entire Millennium project: Heritage Trails New York, a program of forty site markers and printed map, implemented in the late 1990s by the architect Richard D. Kaplan.  Heritage Trails New York was intended to encourage tourism in one of America’s most historic urban districts.  This important early public history project is represented not only through original materials on display, but through the Museum’s digital re-creation of the tours as they were in 1997, and as they would appear in 2017—thus allowing viewers to make a powerful and often moving comparison between downtown as it appeared in the last years before September 11th, and downtown today.  The Heritage Trails website and walking tour can be viewed at
    Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s will be on view at the Skyscraper Museum’s main gallery
     through April 2018. The companion website can be visited

  • Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd

    New York | Dates: 17 Nov, 2017 – 05 Mar, 2018
    November 14, 2017 - March 5, 2018

    Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd is an exhibition focusing on built and unrealized architectural projects by Judd, one of the most recognized artists of the 20th Century. The exhibition reveals how drawing and building cultures impacted his art and suggests how his work has influenced contemporary architecture.

    Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd details five selected built projects and proposals, both published and unpublished, for architecture designed between 1984 and 1994 within a threefold thematic framework, providing a window into Judd’s body of architectural work. The exhibition will include new representations of projects through both drawing and models, as well as photos of archival material, including drawings and models originally made by the curators, Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen, while assistants to Judd.

    Claude Armstrong, AIA, LEED AP, Armstrong + Cohen Architecture
    Donna Cohen, Associate Professor University of Florida, Armstrong + Cohen Architecture

  • Histories of Postwar Architecture Journal - Call for papers - 1968

    Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 28 Feb, 2018

    One in two HPA issues focuses on one single year in postwar architecture. 

    HPA Issue 2 will be on 1968

    This issue is edited by Micaela Antonucci, Sofia Nannini, Gabriele Neri and Matteo Sintini. 

    Authors are requested to send proposals limited to that chronological unit or significantly 
    related to any event occurred in that particular year. 

    Authors must submit directly full papers by
    February 1, 2018 

    Accepted authors will be noti ed by February 28, 2018 

    Publication is expected to be in July 1, 2018.

    Papers should be submitted using The guidelines for paper submission are available at

    Please, fill in the author’s profile with all the informations required as: 

    • Applicant’s name
    • Professional af liation
    • Title of paper
    • Abstract
    • 5 keywords
    • A brief CV (max 2,000 characters)

    Please submit the proposal in the form of MS Word (length between 20,000 and 80,000 characters). 
    The submitted paper must be anonymous. 
    Please delete from the text and file’s properties all informations about name, administrator etc. 
    Papers should clearly define the argument
    in relation to the available literature and indicate the sources which the paper is based on. 

    All papers received will go through a process of double-blind peer review before publication. 

    HPA also looks for contributions for the review section: 


  • Generosity: an international conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, UK

    Cardiff | Dates: 27 – 29 Jun, 2018

    GENEROSITY An international conference to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales, UK, from 27-29 June 2018

    GENEROSITY is associated with the act of giving or sharing more than is necessary, with gifting, with bravery, with notions of a benefactor and a recipient, and with a quality of being plentiful or expansive. From an architectural perspective, interpretations are many and various.  Alberto Perez Gomez writes of poïesis in architecture as ‘signifying the sort of technical making proper to humans: a poetic making in the sense that it always aimed at more than preserving life.’ Eileen Grey is more explicit, stating that ‘a house is not a machine-à-habiter. It is man’s […] continuation, his spreading out, his spiritual emanation.’  George Bataille, meanwhile, suggests that ‘everything conspires to obscure the basic movement that tends to restore wealth to its function, to gift-giving, to squandering without reciprocation…’

    From a stance of celebrating and questioning architecture’s potential for generosity, this call for papers invites academics and creative practitioners to explore ways in which architecture aspires to, or may be expected to, give more than is necessary. This could be considered within the current economic context of austerity or within the broader historic context of a discipline often working in frameworks focused on cost and quantitative measurement. Reflections are welcomed which critically examine themes of GENEROSITY as related to architecture and related fields, whether they be from a conceptual or theoretical position, embedded in everyday processes and expectations of practice, or from considerations of procurement, regulation, and policy. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

    Generosity and Delight

    Architects have long argued that good design demands qualitative as well as quantitative appreciation, and goes beyond the scale of a space or materials specifications etc. With time, attitudes to measuring value and good practice are re-articulated and new forms of generosity arise. This theme calls for papers that explore how the concept of generosity is achieved and how it changes in the built environment, whether this be through an exploration of new forms of communicative value, design of ornament, or other, alternative means of measuring such a construct.

    Generosity and Procurement

    The Artistic Directors for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2018) have announced that the festival will be concerned with ‘generosity, thoughtfulness and a desire to engage’. Meanwhile, the British Council call for proposals (2017) questioned: “How can British architecture demonstrate ‘generosity and thoughtfulness’ towards its users, citizens and the public?” If the state of the built environment is governed by developer’ appetites and procurement processes, how might generosity be better embedded in the commissioning, delivery or ownership of architecture and public space?

    Generosity and Participation

    In the vacuum of public sector inactivity, architects (among others) have been called upon to support community-led development, regeneration and invention. Such projects often follow unconventional programmes, and redefine the role of the architect – as facilitator, mediator or advisor. Papers are invited which critique the opportunities, risks and implications of generosity in co-production and participatory design.

    Generosity of Spirit

    Architecture is regularly criticised for being elitist, and overly focussed on a tiny fraction of the global population. Architects like Dominic Stevens and Alejandro Aravena have exploited the facility to share open-access information over the internet, providing housing designs or templates as freely available, open-source resources. While it is unclear what impact these ‘gifts’ will have on the global housing crisis, they are indicative of a generosity of spirit that has potential to reach the furthest corners of the planet. We invite papers that explore issues of ownership in design, or that identify and evaluate architecture or designers working outside of established boundaries or conventional definitions.

     Generation Generosity

    Against a backdrop of socio-political uncertainty, many young practitioners are responding directly to civic and social issues through self-initiated projects and research. Debates around architectural education, the value of practice based learning and the impact of tuition fees have contributed to a surge in self-directed projects amongst young practitioners. Such projects are often nimble, independently instigated and exploratory. We invite papers from postgraduates, young creative practitioners, tutors, and early career academics, to celebrate ideas that represent communality, reciprocal care and giving.

    Confirmed keynote speakers are:

    Professor Martin Bressani, Sir William C. MacDonald Chair and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Montreal


    Daisy Froud

    Architects of Change (AOC), London, UK


    Alastair Parvin

    Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, and a member of strategic design group 00


    Dr Chris L. Smith

    Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê, University of Sydney


    Nathalie Weadick

    Director, Irish Architecture Foundation


    Opening address at drinks reception: Sophie Howe Wales' Future Generations Commissioner for the The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act


    Abstracts of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation, a 3-minute film, or a workshop are invited on any topic related to themes of Generosity in architecture or related fields, and should be submitted for refereeing by 15 January 2018 to the email, using the template provided on the website.  We invite contributions from academics and creative practitioners. Authors will be notified of selection by 12 February 2018.  Following previous WSA conference publications Primitive, Quality, and Economy, we aim to publish an edited book of selected papers following the conference.

    A drinks reception will be held on the night of Wednesday 27 June and a conference dinner on Thursday 28 June. These will be included in the conference fee of £295 sterling. A reduced fee of £260 applies if payment is received by 31 March 2018. 


    Generosity is the fourth in a series of academic conferences held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, following Primitive, Quality and Economy, and is organised by Dr Mhairi McVicar, Dr Ed Green, Dr Charles Drozynski, Michael Corr, Professor Stephen Kite, and Zoe Berman. For more information, contact Helen Monks at 300 word abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018 to using the template on the website.  Registration will open on 12th February 2018 and additional information can be found on the conference website


    Ann Arbor | Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2018

    Call for Papers: NETWORKS OF POWER and KNOWLEDGE
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) 
    2018 Biennial Graduate Student Conference (March 9-10, 2018)

    Keynote Speaker: Kazys Varnelis
    Deadline: January 3, 2018

    The fourth biennial graduate conference of the Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning welcomes graduate student contributions on the theme of “Networks of Power and Knowledge.” This interdisciplinary conference engages the fields of architecture and planning, as well as neighboring fields from the humanities and social sciences.

    Knowledge in architecture and planning moves. It moves through networks of power and capital, through corporate establishments, governmental alliances, international organizations, transnational social movements, and media and technology. These networks of power deconstruct and restructure forms and relations of production—emergent and old. They also produce new social and material assemblages within which spatial knowledge is constantly re-visited and re-organized. The resulting socio-technical formations ultimately reconfigure both the products of, and knowledge within, the fields of architecture, planning, and affiliated disciplines. 

    How do we understand the networks of power and knowledge and the implicit human condition that sustains and transforms architecture and planning practices? At a juncture where our logic and systems of production are becoming digitized and automatized at an unprecedented pace, and when our understanding of the networks and technologies of information are increasingly inseparable from questions of hardware and software, of the accumulation and classification of electronic data, the human mediation of knowledge acquires a new significance. The global phenomenon of post-truth politics equally urges us to re-scrutinize the Foucauldian premise of “knowledge as power.” 

    In this highly networked era of the Anthropocene, we want to explore the interactions between people, ideas, institutions, infrastructures and material objects, especially as these pertain to architecture and planning knowledge, in order to reflect on issues including but not limited to: political economies, ecologies and geographies, poverty, inequality, warfare, mass re/dis-location of people, invasion and occupation of lands and territories.

    We invite graduate students at different stages of study in the U.S. and abroad. We welcome contributions spanning across history to the present, and encourage cross-cultural, cross-continental and interdisciplinary perspectives on the networks of power and knowledge within the built environment. 

    Please submit an abstract (300 words max.) along with a resume (250 words max.) to by January 3, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by January 10, 2018.

    While no travel stipend can be offered to accepted presenters, Taubman College extends free registration for this event to all participants. The events will take place over course of two days, with a commencing keynote address by Kazys Varnelis and a colloquium on the first day, followed by a day-long series of panels and breakout sessions with graduate students, Taubman College and U-M faculty.

  • HILT: June 4-8, 2018

    Philadelphia | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2018
    The HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) Institute is excited to announce that our 6th annual meeting will be held June 4-8, 2018, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events.

    Registration begins on November 20. Please visit our website ( for more information.
  • VRA Greater New York Chapter Travel Award

    Philadelphia | Dates: 27 – 30 Mar, 2018
    The Greater New York Chapter is pleased to offer a travel award to support attendance to the 2018 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, to be held in Philadelphia, PA from March 27-30, 2018. One award of $500 will be granted to a conference attendee residing, working, or studying in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Awards will be made in person at the conference in Philadelphia. Applicants are not required to be current members of VRA or the Greater NY Chapter.

    To apply for this award please fill out the online form (, which includes the following information:
    Contact Information
    Short description of your interest in attending the VRA conference (1-3 paragraphs) including information regarding any participation in the conference
    An estimated budget of conference costs, including institutional funding you will receive
    Preference will be given to those who do not receive full institutional funding, first-time attendees, or those who are participating in the conference as a speaker, moderator, committee member, or chapter officer.

    Deadline December 15, 2017. Award notification January 15, 2018.

    Please direct any questions to Zoe Waldron (

    Sincerely yours,
    Zoe Waldron
    VRA Greater NY Chapter
  • SAH Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Astoria | Dates: 18 – 20 May, 2018

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

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

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

  • ''Fresco-Hunting'' Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches

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

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

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

    The Field School is comprised of:
    - Fieldwork that entails preliminary survey of architecture, frescos and their iconographic program; creation of textual, graphic (drawn) and photographic records of ecclesiastical edifices and their frescos (in up to six churches)
    - Specialized lectures in Southeastern European medieval history; Christian Orthodox architecture, arts and iconography; documentary photography; fresco conservation and restoration; methodology of project survey as well as introduction to photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
    - Workshops for graphic (drawn) documentation and processing of digital images as well as developing archives of digital images plus free optional workshop on illustration of architectural features and frescos (using graphic software)
    - Excursions and guided tours of Sofia, Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bulgaria, as well as the 14th-century Momchilov Grad Fortress in Pirot and Poganovo monastery, Serbia
  • How to Narrate the History of Architecture? Centenary of Birth of Architectural Historian Bruno Zevi (1918-2000)

    Haifa | Dates: 07 – 12 May, 2018
    The Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning and Avie and Sarah Arenson Built Heritage Research Center, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is proud to announce an international conference to mark the centenary of the birth of the architect, architectural historian, critic, educator, Italian statesman and Jewish activist-Bruno Zevi (1918-2000).

    Bruno Zevi holds a prominent place in mid-20th century writing on architecture. After World War II, he was among the first to publish a vision of modern architecture, adapted to the new perspectives of the postwar era. However, not only did he critique aspects of interwar modernism, he also strove to demonstrate how one could approach the entire legacy of architectural history from a modern point of view. The early books that he published in 1945-1950 (Verso un’architettura organica; Saper vedere l’architettura; Storia dell’architettura moderna; Architettura e storiografia, translated into English and other languages) add up to a historiographical construction that relates history to modernity. In that he partakes in the perennial project of retelling and remolding architectural history for contemporary needs.

    We, therefore, dedicate the conference to Bruno Zevi’s version of architectural history, as well as to constructions of the narrative of architectural history in general.
    The need to rethink the established account in history books and in the classroom, is felt again in recent years- in view of ongoing global processes and cultural change. We therefore invite papers on the general theme: “How to narrate the history of architecture?” which addresses the dilemmas, past and present, of relating the comprehensive story of architecture.

    We also welcome papers on the portrayal of specific periods that preoccupied Bruno Zevi – Classical Architecture, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern Architecture, Architecture in Modern Italy – as well as on major concepts in his writing – Space and Architecture, Anti-classicism, Organic Architecture, Judaism and Architecture. 

    Bruno Zevi actively participated in the architectural discourse, as well as in the general public debate in Italy. At the same time, Zevi was always proud of his Jewish heritage. He was also greatly interested in Israel, and contributed in various ways to the promotion of architectural design and research in the country.

    We welcome papers on Zevi’s work and biography, and on the role he played in cultural life in Italy and Israel. 

    Please send an abstract of proposed paper, no longer than 300 words in English, together with a short CV (no longer than  500 words), before 15 December, 2017.
    to: Conference Coordinator, Ms. Lena Arbov, e-mail:

    2,500 words in English, for a 20 mins. presentation. 

    After the conference, publication of selected papers in book form will be contemplated

    Time table:
    15 December, 2017   Deadline for submission of abstracts
    15 January, 2018   Announcement on accepted proposals
    1 April, 2018              Submission of full papers
    7 May, 2018               Conference
    8 May, 2018           Tour (optional registration) 

    Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning, Technion Campus, Haifa

    Scientific Committee:
    Iris Aravot, Matteo Cassani Simonetti, Marina Epstein-Pliouchtch, Tzafrir Fainholtz, 
    Ron Fuchs (Chair), Ita Heinze-Greenberg. 

    Organizing Committee:
    Iris Aravot, Lena Arbov, Shamay Assif,  Matteo Cassani Simonetti, Marina Epstein-Pliouchtch, Elad Horn, Arieh Sonnino, Tzafrir Fainholtz,  Ron Fuchs (Chair).

    Honorary Chairman:
    Adachiara Zevi 

    Conference Coordinator:
    Lena Arbov, e-mail:

    Conference Internet Site:
  • CFP: Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, Theme Issue 9.2: Interiors + Pedagogy

    Dates: 26 Oct, 2017 – 30 Mar, 2018

    As academic subject matter, interiors permeate the curricula of multiple interrelated disciplines that together provide the educational foundation for an expanded range of creative and professional practices. Such interiors-oriented academic programs cut across fields like architecture, design, and art and are as diverse as the types of practices that shape contemporary interiors spatially and discursively. Any overall view of interiors education as such resists singularity, simplification, or standardization, benefiting instead from frameworks that embrace diversity, multivalence, and heterogeneity. The most innovative, influential, and effective pedagogies have the capacity not only to mirror practice, but also shape its future trajectories. This theme issue of Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture seeks to bring together a wide variety of exemplary pedagogical approaches that represent the latest innovations of interiors education.

    What constitutes an entry into interiors education, and how does one define its intellectual and technical foundations? How does the space of the studio impact learning? What methods of instruction advance students’ spatial thinking? Which models of experiential learning are particularly impactful and effective? What constitutes interiors-based design research and how is it taught? How do emerging technologies impact design education? Which design methodologies effectively merge technique with theory? What are the latest innovations in teaching design history? How do new models of collaboration affect instruction? In what ways is interiors education able to anticipate future societal and environmental conditions, and what tools may be available for projecting into and speculating about possible futures? How may teaching serve as a productive critique of practice? Can interiors education serve as a form of activism?

    Contributors are invited to consider these and other relevant questions that examine different aspects of interiors education from the point of view of instructors/faculty. While there is no shortage of publications that highlight cutting-edge research and practice in the realm of interiors, academic work by students under the guidance of their instructors and mentors rarely has the same visibility. This issue seeks to bring transparency to the pedagogies that shape interiors education, bringing to light both the process and its tangible outcomes. As such, contributors are invited to share samples of course descriptions, specific assignment briefs, as well as a selection of resulting student projects that support the overall thesis of each submission. Submissions may range in scope – from considering a single assignment within a course or a series of iterations of the same course over a period of time, to conceptualizing an entire curriculum or an overall program of study. As a scholarly journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture seeks to advance the critical research and creative work produced by academics and practitioners.  This theme issue seeks to illuminate the role of education – and educators as its primary agents – in the shaping of interiors from the ground up.

    Submissions due: 

    March 30, 2018

    Format for submissions:     

    The traditional format for journal manuscripts are relaxed for this theme issue in order to allow for pedagogies in interiors education to be expressed in formats inherent to course work that includes critical and creative practice. 

  • CFP: Canadian Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSO2018)

    Toronto | Dates: 26 Oct, 2017 – 15 Mar, 2018
    Canadian Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences - HUSO2018 - Toronto, Canada
    "Human Development through Social Empowerment"

    Dates: 18-20 May 2018

    HUSO2018 is a multidisciplinary international conference that provides the ideal opportunity to bring together academics, researchers and PhD students of different disciplines to discuss emerging issues, and discover the most recent developments in humanities and social sciences.

    The conferences organize by Unique Conferences Canada are truly International events and renowned for their high level of attendance, thought-leading and cutting edge contents, unrivaled networking opportunities and presenter friendly atmosphere. This time we expect presenters at least from more than 50 different countries will attend this premier event in Toronto, Canada.

    How to join:

    Presenter - send the application along with your abstract
    Listener - send the application with your profile (as the attachment instead of abstract)

    Abstract Submission: Abstracts should be submitted online at:

    Presentation modes: Oral, Poster or Virtual

    The Conference Topics: Include, but are not limited to:

    All areas of humanities including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, ethics, history, language studies, literature, linguistics, drama, music, philosophy, poetry, theater and others subjects.

    All areas of social sciences including accounting, finance, economics, management, business, marketing, education, sociology, communication, psychology, political science, law, and other subjects.

    Important Dates:

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 March 2018
    Early bird Deadline: 30 November 2017
    Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: within 05 days
    Final Paper Submission Deadline: 15 April 2018
    Registration Deadline for Presenters: 15 March 2018
    Conference Dates: 19 and 20 May 2018


    The abstracts of the registered participants will be published in print with a Canadian ISBN number as the conference book.

    The full papers will be accepted through a double blind reviewed process and will be published online as conference proceedings. Also HUSO2018 publications will be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS and Google Scholar.

    You are invited to send your abstract and participate in HUSO2018 - Canadian Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 which will be held in Toronto, Canada on 18-20 May 2018.

SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

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