Recent Opportunities

  • Polimorfo vol. 4: Diseños locales | Local Designs

    San Juan | Dates: 10 Sep – 10 Dec, 2016
    Spontaneously, we denominate local design any design made for the immediate spatial context in which we live, whether, for example, Puerto Rican or the Caribbean. However, like everything around us, we see and we qualify design in that way from at least three different stances, according to cultural studies (S. Hall et al). We could call local those designs we understand to reflect or directly reproduce our particular situation, but also we can name local that which designers, theorists, historians or authors predefine or preset unilaterally as local. Lastly, we can consider the local without assuming a fixed meaning, but rather multiple, changing and unstable ones. From this constructivist perspective (so called because we construct the meanings rather than discovering or impose them), although in dialogue with the aforementioned, we are interested in exploring the following questions: how do we represent and how have we represented the local through design? How has modern design dissolved but also reconsidered the local? Why, from within various disciplines, have we attempted to reproduce, define or interpret the local? What does local design endorse or question? How do spaces, languages and tectonics constitute the local? What would entail the opposition between a localized design and a local design? What paradigms and theoretical frameworks can assist us in the critical analysis and production of local design? The aim is to promote and disseminate critical reflection on the most proximate design, which will allow us to know, interpret and assess our design production and dilemmas. Polimorfo will address these and other questions in our next issue.
  • APT Conference: Preserving Heritage with Tomorrow’s Technology

    San Antonio | Dates: 30 Oct – 02 Nov, 2016
    Join the Association for Preservation Technology International for the “Preserving Heritage with Tomorrow’s Technology” Conference, October 30-November 2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • DEADLINE EXTENSION: Sequitur submissions due September 16th

    Dates: 10 – 16 Sep, 2016
    CALL FOR CONTENT Self + Portrait Sequitur Issue 3, 1 Fall 2016 Deadline: September 16 SEQUITUR, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for the Fall 2016 issue titled Self + Portrait. This issue explores the ways in which art objects and artistic endeavors influence perceptions of the self—and vice versa. While art and identity may seem inseparable, we seek submissions that highlight the power and importance of the mutually constitutive relationship between the two. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: reflections of the self in the built environment such as museums, funerary architecture, and domestic spaces; manifestations of self through art objects, collections, display, commissions and patronage; expressions of identity across media platforms; explorations, interrogations, or critiques of traditional portraiture; artistic journeys of self-discovery; identity politics. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal. We invite full submissions for the following pieces: Featured essays (1000 words) Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content is open and at the discretion of the author, but should present original material that is suitable to the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available here. Visual Essays An opportunity for M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work. The work must be reproducible in a digital format. Submissions should include jpegs of up to ten works, and must be prefaced by an introduction or artist’s statement of 250 words or less. All images must be captioned and should be at least 500 DPI. We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces (Note: Reviews of any type are not required to adhere to the issue’s theme): Exhibition reviews (500 words) Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought. Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words) Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought. Interviews (750 words) Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview. Field reports/Research spotlights (500 words) This is an opportunity for students conducting research to summarize and share their findings and experiences in a more casual format than a formal paper. All submissions and proposals are due September 16. Please direct all materials to Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as jpeg files. Please include “Sequitur Fall 2016” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than September 23 for December 2 publication. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at We look forward to receiving your proposals.
  • 2017-2018 Getty Residential Grants

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Sep – 03 Oct, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA, September 25, 2017 - June 29, 2018
    Application deadline: Oct 3, 2016

    The Getty Research Institute and the Getty Villa invite proposals for 
    the 2017–2018 academic year. 

    The Getty Research Institute theme, ICONOCLASM AND VANDALISM, explores 
    iconoclasm not only as a form of destruction or a means of repression, 
    but also as a vehicle for creative expression and protest. Iconoclasm 
    is transformative, creating entirely new objects or meanings through 
    alterations to existing artworks. Charged with symbolism, these remains 
    testify to a history of reception, offering clues about the life and 
    afterlife of an object. To a certain extent, all radical changes in 
    cultural production can be described as iconoclastic.

    Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by 
    addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, 
    protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, 
    street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism.

    investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic 
    relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to 
    AD 651. Reaching from the borders of Greece to India, the Persian 
    Empire was viewed by the Greeks as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival 
    and often as an existential threat. The rise of the Roman Empire as a 
    world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite 
    the common trade that flowed through their territories.  

    The 2017/2018 scholar year is the first of two terms that will be 
    devoted to this theme. Priority will be given to research projects that 
    are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, and that utilize a wide range 
    of archaeological, textual, and other evidence.    

    Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines are 
    available online at:

    For more information about each theme please visit:
    Please address inquiries via email to:
  • Getty Library Research Grants

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Sep – 17 Oct, 2016
    Getty Research Institute Library
    Application deadline: Oct 17, 2016

    Applications for the 2017 Getty Library Research Grants are now 
    available online at

    The deadline to apply is October 17, 2016.

    Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support to 
    researchers of all nationalities whose projects demonstrate a 
    compelling need to use Getty Research Institute materials, and whose 
    place of residence is more than 80 miles from the Getty Center in Los 

    Please contact GRI Library Reference with any questions:
  • CFP: Esse magazine #90: Feminisms/Feminismes

    Dates: 09 Sep, 2016 – 10 Jan, 2017
    Deadline: Jan 10, 2017

    (Le français suivra)


    A symbol of the emergence of feminist studies in the art history field,
    Linda Nochin's 1971 article "Why Have There Been No Great Women
    Artists?" strikingly underlined how the sexist and patriarchal
    structure inherent to art history has operated to exclude women from
    art practice and to erase them from the discourse on art. Although
    today more women than men are studying art disciplines and the number
    of women choosing a career in the art world (artist, art historian,
    curator, critic, museum director, and other professions) is growing
    constantly, they are still underrepresented - at least, in the major
    institutions. For example, the Guerrilla Girls collective, responsible
    for the famous poster called "Do Women Have To Be Naked to Get Into the
    Met. Museum?," celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year with the
    sad observation that the four most important New York museums (the
    Guggenheim, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern
    Art) even today accord a ridiculously low proportion of solo
    exhibitions to women artists. The same observation can be made of most
    large Western cities, including London, which is presenting not a
    single solo exhibition by a woman artist this fall.

    In light of this situation, this thematic section will look at the
    unique relationships between art and feminisms. To the extent that art
    practices and art-theory research can serve as a way to think about the
    world, they are not hermetic; not only are they fed by today's feminist
    struggles but they also feed into them in return. It is from the
    perspective of this back-and-forth movement that we want to address
    contemporary artistic and feminist issues. As Canada is preparing to
    institute the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous
    Women and Girls in order to comprehend why Aboriginal women, more than
    any other group, are the victims of murder, there is no longer any
    doubt that the principle of grouping all women into a single category
    cannot concretely make sense. Power relations and reasons for
    stigmatization related to race, sexual orientation, and social class,
    as the intersectional approach stipulates, combine to inform women's
    experience differently.

    At a time when the debate over the burkini is raging in France and
    policies, many of them conservative, have made use of the principle of
    male-female equality to create targeted constraints on the freedom of
    certain women and feed a racist discourse, we would like this section
    to offer understandings of how art is positioned vis-à-vis contemporary
    feminist issues. Taking account of the multiplicity of women's
    subjectivities and heterogeneity and of the fact that the word feminism
    still causes reactions (some women prefer not to use the term to refer
    to themselves), this section is intended to explore how art practices
    and theories help to deconstruct the oppressions and limitations linked
    to gender. What contribution are women (both cisgender and transgender)
    making to the visual arts? From what position may women work? Is their
    work necessarily separated from normative spaces? If yes, are the
    margins inevitably and uniquely secondary spaces? May they also be
    contested and creative spaces free of all diktats? What are the new
    feminist struggles and strategies? How do current art practices
    question the hegemonic regimes of representation? How can ways of
    discussing art and issues linked to gender be rethought when it is time
    to deal with contemporary practices?


    Send your text (1,000 - 2,000 words, footnotes included) in US letter
    format (doc, docx, or rtf) to before January 10,
    2017. Please include a short biography (30-50 words), an abstract of
    the text (80-100 words), as well as postal and e-mail addresses. We
    also welcome submissions (reviews, essays, analyses of contemporary art
    issues) not related to a particular theme (annual deadlines: September
    1, January 10, and April 1).

    All texts are submitted to the editorial committee, which reserves the
    right to accept or refuse a submission. The selection criteria are
    based on the quality of analysis and writing, the pertinence of the
    text to the edition in question, and the relevance of the corpus of
    artworks and artists analyzed. A text may be rejected due to the large
    number of submissions for a given edition. The selection process may
    take up to six weeks. The editorial committee’s decision is final.

    The author agrees to submit an original and previously unpublished
    text. Unless agreed otherwise, the editorial committee does not accept
    texts that represent a potential conflict of interest between the
    writer and the content of the article (for example, texts by artists on
    their own practice, by curators of exhibitions or events, or by
    gallerists representing a particular artist).
  • All the Beauty of the World

    Berlin | Dates: 13 – 15 Oct, 2016
    Bauakademie am Schinkelplatz, 10117 Berlin, October 13 - 15, 2016

    All the Beauty of the World. The Western Market for non-European 
    Artefacts (18th-20th century)

    Berlin 10/2016

    In the wake of the Western expansion, a fast growing number of 
    non-European artefacts entered the European market. They initially made 
    their way into princely cabinets of curiosities. Made possible by the 
    forced opening and exploitation of more and more parts of the world and 
    pushed by social and technological changes of the time, the 18th 
    century brought a boom of the market of non-European artefacts in 
    Europe. This came along with the emergence of a broader collecting 
    culture and the development of a rich museumscape.

    This market and its development between 18th and 20th century in terms 
    of actors and networks involved, methods and places of exchange and 
    monetary and ideological value of the objects are in the focus of an 
    international symposium organized by the Institute for Art History in 
    cooperation with the Center for Art Market Studies at Technical 
    University Berlin, the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine 
    (CNRS) and the Labex TransferS (PSL) in Paris.

    Convenors: Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, Dr. Christine Howald (Technische 
    Universität Berlin), Dr. Charlotte Guichard (Institut d'histoire 
    moderne et contemporaine/CNRS, Paris)
  • Architect Talks: Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects

    Chicago | Dates: 13 – 13 Sep, 2016
    Hear SHoP Architects principal Gregg Pasquarelli talk through his most high profile projects. Founded in New York City in 1996, SHoP Architects has made a name for itself in designing large-scale projects that transform neighborhoods. From Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Manhattan’s American Copper Buildings—connected by a three-story sky bridge—to their recent commission at the National Veterans Resource Complex at Syracuse University, SHoP is an in-demand firm that Fast Company called the “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World.” AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU Notes: Ticket price includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drinks. Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAF Box Office.
  • CFP: INTESDA 3rd Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability - ACAHS 2016 (Nagoya, 3-5 Dec 16)

    Nagoya | Dates: 08 – 30 Sep, 2016
    INTESDA 3rd Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability - ACAHS 2016

    3-5 December 3-5 2016
    Nagoya, Japan

    ACAHS 2016 is a weekend, international, peer-reviewed event that promotes a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches from the Arts and Humanities toward sustainability.

    This interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals invites proposals of 250 words by Friday, September 30, 2016 on these areas,

    Anthropology and Archaeology
    Art and Art History
    Asian Studies
    Cultural Sustainability
    Dance, Music and Performing Arts
    Design and Eco-Design
    Economic Sustainability
    Eco-criticism, Literature and Sustainability
    Environment, Energy and Water
    Film, Radio, Television
    Gender, Sexuality, Inequality and Justice
    Language Education and Globalization
    Literature of the World
    Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
    Political Sustainability
    Social Sustainability
    Urban Studies
  • CFP: Conference - Living and Sustainability (London, 9-10 Feb 17)

    London | Dates: 08 Sep – 20 Oct, 2016
    The conference, co-organised with AMPS, welcomes case studies, design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations on the conference themes in various formats:

    Conference presentations (20 minutes)
    Written papers (3,000 words)
    Alternative proposals: Pecha Kucha, short films, photo essays etc.
    In-person and virtual presentations (via Skype, etc.)
    Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.

    3,000 word papers will be published online and later in an ebook. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal.

    All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer-reviewed.

    The deadline for submission is Friday 20 October 2016. For more details and a submission form, please see the full conference call at AMPS or email
  • CFP: Medals and Tokens in Europe (Paris, 30 Mar-1 Apr 17)

    Paris | Dates: 08 Sep – 06 Nov, 2016
    Institut national d'histoire de l'art, March 30 - April 1, 2017
    Deadline: Nov 6, 2016


    Art for the Powerful, Multiple Objects: Medals and Tokens in Europe 
    from the Renaissance to the First World War

    The medal was revived in the princely courts of fifteenth century Italy 
    as a commemorative art and quickly adopted by sovereigns across Europe. 
    Medals, tokens and other metallic objects devoid of fiduciary value 
    became more and more widespread and benefitted from several peaks of 
    popularity in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century, as 
    illustrated by the metallic histories of Louis XIV or Napoleon, a 
    format adopted by others as far afield as the Tsar of Russia. Whilst 
    changes in taste led the medal to be seen as in or out of fashion at 
    different moments, it has continued to maintain its essentially 
    commemorative function and has been used to express the ideals of all 
    manner of political regimes from monarchies to republics. 
    This symposium seeks to explore the specificity of a form of official 
    art that associates image and text, producing objects whose message is 
    also partially conveyed by the hierarchy of values intrinsic to the 
    metals used, from the noblest gold to more modest alloys. As objects 
    that can be reproduced, that are easily portable and largely 
    distributed, their biographies also tend to be quite distinct from that 
    of other types of art objects. 

    An initial specificity is that of the role of the engraver whose 
    function oscillates between that of an artist, an artisan and an agent 
    of a commissioning power. His artistic practice can be considered in 
    some sense as paradoxical in so much as it is constrained by the 
    conventions of the medium, and by the outline of the project which his 
    talent is called on to convey in material form. 

    This opens up to the question of the expressive aims of this official 
    art that seeks to capture and commemorate History as it happens, 
    fortifying the glory of the commissioning party. Indeed medals and 
    tokens represent the result of the interplay of the different actors 
    that contribute to their elaboration: from the initial idea developed 
    by a commissioning power and affiliated scholars, to the drawing of a 
    model, to the production and diffusion of the multiple editions of the 
    final product. It also need to be considered as part of a wide range of 
    visual productions that share a common language dedicated to 
    reinforcing the powers in place.

    Finally, greater attention needs to be paid to the manner in which 
    these objects (and their models) have circulated, in particular by 
    considering the development of a market for modern and contemporary 
    medals and their status in the make-up of private and public coin 
    collections. This may also be an opportunity to consider the reciprocal 
    influence between the evolution of the taste and interest of collectors 
    and production styles, techniques and themes through time. 

    This conference will showcase current research that can provide an 
    alternative to a very dispersed historiography dominated by the genre 
    of the catalogue. We hope that a comparative effort, with cases from 
    across Europe, in a large chronological frame will help to establish an 
    interdisciplinary approach to the production and circulation of medals 
    and similar objects; one that reflects their complex nature and the 
    specificity of their biographies. We welcome perspectives from a range 
    of disciplines and research perspectives including art history, social 
    and political history, numismatics, material culture studies etc.

    Proposal of no more than 400 words should be sent accompanied by a 
    short C.V. before the 6th of November 2016 to the following address:
    Each presentation should aim to be no longer than 20 minutes and the 
    conference papers will be published. 
    Languages are French and English. 
    The organizing committee will give notice of acceptance by mid 
    December, 2016.
  • CFP: Interartive, Issue #87: Street Art and its Languages

    Dates: 08 – 20 Sep, 2016
    Issue #87 of Interartive aims to focus on street art in the following 

    - Street art, architecture and urban spaces
    - The role of digital media in project communication
    - Styles, methods of intervention and practices of action
    - Participatory and urban regeneration processes
    - Institutionalization forms of the phenomenon.

    Submissions must be made by the deadline of September 20, 2016.

    All material intended for publication in InterArtive should be sent to 
    the attention of Modesta Di Paola and Marco Mondino by mail at: with mail subject: "Street art And Its Languages".

    The text should be in Spanish and/or English.

    Texts should be around 800 to 3000 words: PUBLISHNG GUIDELINES Texts

    The works and art projects will be published in the form of Online 
    Exhibition (images and short text): PUBLISHING GUIDELINES Artworks
    The 87th issue of Interartive will be published at the end of September 
  • CFP: 2017 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (Minneapolis, 30 Mar-2 Apr 17)

    Minneapolis | Dates: 08 – 15 Sep, 2016
    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 30 March — 2 April 2017
    Proposals due by 15 September 2016 to or

    Color in Eighteenth-Century Architecture
    Basile Baudez, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV

    Although associated with baroque exuberance born after the Counter Reformation movement or the nineteenth-century rediscovery of polychromy in Greek architecture, color was far from absent from eighteenth-century architecture—even if critics like Quatremère de Quincy, or draftsmen like Boullée, favored monochromy on built structures and their representation. At a moment when color was invading every aspect of daily life, when artists and printers were developing new ways to diffuse color reproductions, when authors from Roger de Piles to Goethe were revalorizing the evocative and sensualist effectiveness of color, how did architects respond to this pressure, both in their drawings and buildings? The geographic breath of this session is left deliberately open, but proposals should be unified by their close attention to the complex and paradoxical relationship between theory and practical use of color in architecture in the eighteenth-century. Key issues will include comparisons of attitudes towards color in different national traditions, the decision to hide or reveal colored materials, the place of color in architectural definitions of beauty or connotations of color within typologies, spaces or specific periods.
  • CFP: MDCCC 1800, No. 6: Arts on Display

    Dates: 08 Sep – 12 Oct, 2016
    Call for papers
    International on-line scientific peer reviewed journal MDCCC 1800
    Deadline for abstracts: 12 October 2016 
    Deadline for submission of papers: 30 December 2016.

    Call for papers
    The call for papers for the 6th issue of the MDCCC1800 journal is now 

    Arts on display: the 19th century international expositions.
    The international online peer reviewed journal MDCCC1800 wishes to 
    celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Exposition universelle held in 
    Paris in 1867 with an issue dedicated to the phenomenon of the 
    international exhibitions set up during the 19th century.?We welcome 
    original, unpublished articles offering in-depth analysis of the 
    developments, significance and legacy of this phenomenon starting from 
    the Universal Exhibition of London (1851).

    Contributors are free to propose any topic related to the general 
    theme, such as the study of single national participations, the impact 
    of the events on public opinion, the display architectures, the 
    diffusion of decorative arts and photography etc.

    A list of suggested topics, by no means exhaustive, includes:?
    - The national participation to the events (committees, single artists, 
    works of art) 
    - The art market: private collectors and museum acquisitions?
    - The divulgation of the arts: publicity, magazines, exhibitions 
    - The social and pedagogical role of international exhibitions?
    - Architecture, outfitting, national pavilions?
    - The use of decorative arts and photography at the events?
    - Colonialism and the influence and reception of non-European cultures
    - Literature and the arts: the narration of the exhibitions?
    - Correspondence (relationships among artists, architects, art critics 
    - The role played by the Antiquities at the exhibitions (as models for 
    inspiring artists; means for showing prestige; physical emblems for the 
    building of identity; political propaganda etc)

    Papers in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German are welcome.

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION | Please submit an abstract concerning the topic 
    you propose with a provisional title and a short autobiography. The 
    abstract should not exceed 3,000 characters (spaces included). Files 
    should be submitted by 12 October 2016. The authors of selected 
    abstracts will receive a reply within two weeks (by 26 October 2016).

    The editorial rules concerning the text and any images the author might 
    wish to include are available (in Italian, English and Spanish) at the 
    following link:

    We suggest that articles should be of a length between 20,000 and 
    40,000 characters. All articles will undergo a double peer review 
    process prior to publication.

    Articles should be uploaded on the MDCCC1800 platform before 30 
    December 2016.

    To obtain the credentials which will allow authors to register to the 
    platform, please send an e-mail to the editorial board at the following 
    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries you might have 
    regarding the application or any further stage of the process.
  • Perceptions of Architecture in Early Modern Europe

    Durham | Dates: 05 – 05 Nov, 2016
    Perceptions of Architecture in Early Modern Europe Saturday, 5 November 2016 Kenworthy Hall, St. Mary's College, Durham University, Durham, UK Registration Deadline: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Across discourses and media, early modern Europeans encountered advice about and models for interacting with the built environment around them. Architects scattered brief instructions for designing a viewer’s experience throughout their treatises, poets narrated imagined tours of house and estate, and artists who composed prints and paintings of buildings located viewers at particular vantage points. Simultaneously, philosophers and scientists debated human perception of the physical world at large – for example, explanation first by Aristotelian Scholastics and then mechanistic philosophers of how particle vibrations acted upon the human senses to create mental images of objects. Such architectural, philosophical, and scientific discussions had their echoes in self-reflective viewing of buildings by travellers who described in their journals the buildings that they visited. This conference investigates the terms, criteria and questions by which early modern viewers were expected to and/or did interact with the built spaces around them. In so doing, it merges independent yet overlapping strands of scholarly inquiry: for instance, architectural and cultural historians have examined uses of spaces and a patron’s rationale behind a design, while art historians who follow Michael Baxandall’s notion of the ‘period eye’ and literary historians who discuss the imagined tours of poets have analyzed concepts underpinning early modern viewing. These and other strands of inquiry are brought together by an international, interdisciplinary group of speakers examining case studies encompassing England, France, Italy, and the Netherlands during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. For the programme and registration form, please see:
  • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS—BISHIR PRIZE, Vernacular Architecture Forum

    Dates: 08 Sep – 20 Dec, 2016
    Does your work contribute to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes?  Have you published a scholarly article on the subject in the last two years? You may be eligible for the Bishir Prize. The Bishir Prize, named for longtime member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. They should be based on primary research, break new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contribute to the intellectual vitality of these fields. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Bishir Prize is December 20, 2016. To nominate an article please submit the following: • MS Word document providing contact information, publication data (name of book publishing company or title of journal, and date of publication), and a brief statement contextualizing the author(s) and article. • PDF copy of the article. Nomination materials should be submitted to Arijit Sen at For more information:
  • Building Optimism: Public Space in South America

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 10 Sep, 2016 – 13 Feb, 2017
    Spanning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Venezuela, Building Optimism: Public Space in South America investigates ways that emerging architects and designers instigate change through design in public space. Using photography, video, drawings, and models, the exhibition immerses visitors in inventive ways that public spaces become social spaces—sites that respond to the unique circumstances and pressures of their communities.

    Related Programming:
    Friday, September 9: NIGHTIME — Enjoy a sneak preview of Building Optimism: Public Space in South America during CMOA's all-night party.
    Friday, October 7: Architecture Against All Odds: Architect Talk and Discussion — Join CMOA for an architecture talk and discussion with Marialuisa Borja, prinicipal for the architecture firm Al Borde.
  • CFP: Modern Living in Asia 1945-1990 (Brighton, 10-11 Apr 17)

    Brighton | Dates: 06 – 30 Sep, 2016
    We are pleased to announce that Professor Gyan Prakash (Princeton University) and Dr. Duanfang Lu (University of Sydney) will the keynote speakers for the conference. Professor Gyan Prakash's work ranges from sub-altern and postcolonial studies, colonial genealogies of modernity to urban history. Dr Duanfang Lu's research includes architectural history and theory, urban planning and Modern Chinese architecture, and planning history. She is the editor of Third World Modernism.
    New extended deadline 30th September 2016.

    Modern Living in Asia 1945-1990

    Dates: 10-11 April 2017

    Venue: City Campus, University of Brighton

    Hosted by University of Brighton, UK

    Supported by University of Brighton’s Rising Stars Award, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster and College of Arts and Humanities.

    Convenors: Dr. Yunah Lee and Dr. Megha Rajguru (University of Brighton)

    Extended deadline for proposals: 30 September 2016

    This conference aims to develop the study of modern living in Asia between 1945 -1990 from a transnational perspective. Scholarship on Modernism in architecture, interior design and ideas of modern living in Asian countries in post-civil war, postcolonial and pre-globalised years of 1945-1990 has been steadily rising. Most research, however, focuses on certain geographical pockets and within particular national boundaries such as China, India, Japan, and Korea, examining major architects and key architectural projects. In the midst of acutely debated theoretical positions of globalization, transnationalism and multiple modernisms, in works by Arjun Appadurai (1996), Homi Bhabha (1994), Shumei Shi (2013), Duanfang Lu (2011), we will explore cultural flows beyond borders (national, regional and political) that informed notions of modern living in Asian countries. We also aim to expand the discourse to include geographical areas or countries in Asia that have been under-explored or entirely ignored in scholarly debates.  

    Key themes that will be explored in the conference include the introduction and adaptation of Euro-American ideas of Modernism in local contexts, the development of ‘critical regionalism’ (Kenneth Frampton, 1983) and inter-Asian exchanges of ideas of modernity and modern design in living spaces. The conference will also consider methodological approaches in examining the notion of the 'modern' within an Asian context, from postcolonial perspectives and within the context of the Cold War. It will develop theoretical understandings of modernity and modernism, whether the term 'modern' was employed within these culture-specific contexts and the variations in the 'modern' or modernisms across these.

    We seek papers that will examine one or more of these areas. We also welcome suggestions.

    ·         Adaptation of vernacular forms of architecture and interior spaces into modern models of living such as apartments.
    ·         Relation of culture-specific living practices to new forms of modern and modular lifestyles.
    ·         Interior design magazines and their consumption.
    ·         Women and modern lifestyles.
    ·         Standardisation in housing and interior design.        
    ·         Modernity, modernisation and Modernism: theoretical trajectories in relation to living space.
    ·         Modern living and modernity in postcolonial contexts. 
    ·         Cold War and Modern living.
    ·         Architecture and Interior Design professions.
    ·         Exhibitions of modern living spaces and modern life.
    ·         Art in the modern home.
    The call for papers can also be found online:

    Please submit a 300-word abstract and 100-word biography to by 30th September 2016. All proposals will be peer-reviewed. Papers will be given in English. We also welcome a panel proposal with three or four papers. Please do contact us if you have any questions.
  • "The Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design" Conference

    Notre Dame | Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    Join the Notre Dame School of Architecture for the “Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design” Conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016.

    The conference comes at a crucial time.  NCARB is considering deleting drawing from the Architectural Exam, while others are touting “programs which can design buildings without architects.” At the same time, many claim hand drawing is essential to the design process. In the last five years we have seen an outpouring of interest in the subject through books, websites, and sketching trips. 

    The conference will explore the continued vitality of hand drawing in the practice of architecture, education, and scholarship. We are bringing together over 150 academics, architects, historians, and students. 
  • Building the Outer Boroughs: Architecture and Urbanism beyond Manhattan (Brooklyn College, March 23, 2017)

    Dates: 04 – 12 Sep, 2016
    Building the Outer Boroughs: Architecture and Urbanism beyond Manhattan Brooklyn College, March 23, 2017 Organizers: Anna Jozefacka (Fellow, Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015-17) and Malka Simon (Brooklyn College) Co-sponsored by the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities and the Art Department at Brooklyn College Before they were the “outer boroughs,” the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island developed as cities, towns, and villages in their own right, independent of New York City. Though these so-called outer boroughs comprise most of today’s New York and are part of its architectural identity, the bulk of existing scholarship in architecture is persistently Manhattan-centric. However, there remains much to be said about New York City’s outer boroughs and their neighborhoods. The different pace of growth and initial political independence of these parts of the city have yielded architecturally varied urban landscapes well worth examining. This symposium seeks to highlight the study of New York City’s architecture and urban development outside of Manhattan. We invite papers that expand beyond the existing field of scholarship on the city’s built environment. We aim to discuss the variety of building types, styles, and urban patterns evident in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island and to consider their roles in shaping the city. We welcome interdisciplinary papers that address architecture within the context of other fields. Papers might examine topics that include but are not limited to the following: -Early colonial settlements -Urban archeological sites -Industrial architecture and infrastructure -Civic, cultural, and religious centers past and present -Housing typologies across the outer boroughs -Gentrification and architectural style Intersections of the natural and built environments -The skyscraper outside of Manhattan -Adaptive reuse of buildings and sites -Preservation in the face of real estate development -Building with the “The Other”: voices of immigrants, women, and architects of color In recent years, native and new residents alike have “discovered” the richness of life outside Manhattan, leading to a wave of fast-paced development and neighborhood transformations. The time is right for a closer scholarly examination of the places and spaces of New York City’s outer boroughs. Please send a 500-word paper proposal and an academic CV to: Deadline for submissions is September 12, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by September 30, 2016.

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