Recent Opportunities

  • Attingham Trust Summer School

    Dates: 29 Jun – 16 Jul, 2017
    THE 66th ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL June 29-July 16, 2017 Directed by David Adshead and Elizabeth Jamieson, and accompanied by specialist tutors and lecturers, this intensive 18-day course will include visits to approximately 25 houses in Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire. The Summer School will examine the country house in terms of architectural and social history, and the decorative arts. Applications are invited from those working in related fields and some partial scholarships are available.

    Atlanta | Dates: 15 – 21 Nov, 2016
    The 41st GSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (5-8 October 2017), will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables. Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of approximately 12 to 20 participants, including representation from different disciplines, a representative number of graduate students, and faculty of different ranks. For example, seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, art work, or musical piece. Seminar proposers should design topics that will suit the three-day structure of the conference and also submit a list of potential applicants while providing enough room for other GSA members to participate. The purpose of this list is to show that an outreach effort has been undertaken. Invited participants do not make any commitment until they officially apply for the seminar after its approval. It is important to note that application to all approved seminars will be open to all GSA members and that there is no guarantee that invited participants will be accepted. The conveners’ decision on which applicants will be accepted or might be rejected will be based on a) the quality of the applicants’ proposals, b) a balanced proportion of professors at different career stages and graduate students, and c) the disciplinary diversity of the seminar. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar. We ask seminar conveners to monitor attendance and inform the program committee about no-shows during the conference. Please note that seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may moderate or comment on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar. Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years on a topic or two separate but closely related topics, we recommend that they also contact the coordinators of the interdisciplinary Networks, Professors Jennifer Evans ( and Pamela Potter ( to establish an official GSA Network on their topic. The application process has two steps. We invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the title and a 100-word description of your seminar by November 21, 2016. The committee will then provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission which is due by December 8, 2016. Submit your application online at: Please note that, despite the new screen "look," your user name and password remain unchanged. If technical questions or problems arise, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at For your application you need: A 500-word description that addresses: a. the intellectual goals of the seminar b. briefly whether participants will be asked to write and read pre-circulated papers and, if so, of what length; c. briefly whether you will assign additional readings; d. briefly your communication with seminar participants in the months leading up to the conference; e. briefly the role of the conveners. A list of invited participants, their institutional affiliations, discipline, and academic rank. Mini-biographies of all conveners of no more than 250 words each. The GSA Seminar Committee will review seminar proposals after December 8, 2016, and it will post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2017. Between January 5 and January 26, 2017, the GSA members will be invited to submit their applications for participation in specific seminars. The conveners will then select the participants and submit their fully populated seminars to the GSA Seminar Program Committee for the final approval. The GSA Seminar Committee will inform seminar conveners and applicants on February 5, 2017, about the final makeup of the seminars. (These deadlines have been chosen to allow time for those not accepted to submit a paper proposal in response to the general call for papers.) The GSA Seminar Committee consists of: Heikki Lempa (Moravian College) | Maria Mitchell (Franklin and Marshall College | Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta) | Please direct all inquiries to all three of us.
  • Picturesque Modernities: Architectural Regionalism as a Global Process (1890-1950)

    Paris | Dates: 30 Nov – 02 Dec, 2016
    International Conference
    30 November - 2 December 2016
    Venue: German Center for Art History, Hôtel Lully, 45, rue des Petits-Champs, 75001 Paris/France


    International conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” (Global Art History) at Heidelberg University, the German Center for Art History Paris, CRIHAM/Department of Art History and Archaeology at University of Poitiers, the Centre André Chastel (CNRS/University Paris-Sorbonne) and the Association d’Histoire de l’Architecture (A.H.A.)
    Concept of the Conference
    Michael Falser (Heidelberg University)

    In the last twenty years, architectural historiography approached regionalism as a pan-European movement between 1890 and 1950 which, as a flipside of the International Modern Movement with its rationalist and cosmopolitan agenda, helped to reinforce regional identities through the language of regionalist building styles. When European nation states such as France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany etc. entered a late-modern phase of political saturation and a stronger need of cultural self-definition, architectural regionalism emerged as a polymorphic set of artistic strategies: fostered either by centralist regimes to stabilize the national project through a higher (however controlled) valorisation of its peripheral elements, or by centrifugal forces towards provincial independence. In France, for example, this regionalist movement was particularly developed through a whole range identity-building structures in neo-Basque, neo-Breton etc. styles, but also in a kind of regionalist eclecticism for seaside architecture.

    Latest projects to write a 'global history of architecture' or a canon of 'world architecture' comprised of rather additive architectural case-studies around the globe with an ordering system along geographic and political entities (Europe or Non-Europe), but did not yet transpose the above-mentioned scenario to the global arena: in comparing the strategies of political and cultural stabilization, negotiation and/or resistance through architectural regionalism, a structural analogy of the centre-periphery model can also be detected between the European metropole and its overseas colonies, resp. between those colonies’ capitals and their own provinces. If 'area studies' identified similar regionalist policy changes from cultural assimilation (direct transfer) to association (regional adaptation) for European colonies in Asia and Africa during the same period (1890-1950), then the emerging 'neo-vernacular styles' in the colonies (such as the Style indochinois in French Indochina or the 'neo-Mauresque' style in French North Africa, the Indo-Saracenic Style in British India, or the Indische Stijl in the Dutch East Indies etc.) – can be read as Non-European variants of 'regionalist styles' in the European nation states. This 'trans-cultural' approach frames the diverse regionalist formations of architectural styles and forms as one globally connected process.

    Transnational approaches to set the different European colonial contexts within the first half of the 20th century in relation to each other can also help to conceptualise the recent inter-related effects between globalisation and decentralisation (like in France) where the notions of the global and the local are often enmeshed simultaneously in contemporary architecture.
  • Arthur Ross Awards

    Dates: 10 Nov – 09 Dec, 2016
    We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the annual Arthur Ross Awards, which celebrate excellence in the classical tradition. The Arthur Ross Awards honor lifetime achievement, a career, or a body of work. 

    This year, we request that all nominations be submitted electronically. The nomination guidelines can be found online. Self-nominations from individuals, firms, institutions, and organizations are accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 36th annual Arthur Ross Awards is Friday, December 9, 2016. 
  • Papertrails and Polychromies at Persepolis

    Washington | Dates: 14 – 14 Dec, 2016
    Papertrails and Polychromies at Persepolis: Working on the Monuments of Darius the Great (549-486 BCE) in Iran

    A Lecture by Alexander Nagel, PhD
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    The impressive monuments on the UNESCO world heritage site of Persepolis near the modern city of Shiraz, Iran remain one of the best-preserved architectural edifices to study aspects of ancient architecture and technology between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. Excavated since the 19th century, the buildings at Persepolis as well as those at Pasargadae and Susa were originally covered with bright colors and metal attachments. Since 2006, Dr. Nagel has been working with colleagues on the sites to determine the original polychrome appearance and to understand the functioning of the work force on the monumental architectures of these sites. This talk will provide an overview of the work, look at early 20th century polychrome Persian architecture displays in Washington, DC, and invite the audience to look beyond traditional ways of looking to past architectures, cultures and their modern preservation and display. 
  • Extreme: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture and Urbanism

    Longyearbyen | Dates: 21 – 25 Jan, 2018
    EXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 21-25 January 2018

    Density and sparsity, height and depth, hot and cold, centre and periphery, wet and dry, war and conflict: People the world over have adapted their living practices, architectures, and landscapes to extreme conditions. In our globalised era, local conceptions of the ideal dwelling, city, and community are increasingly exposed to alternative understandings. How do the house in the country and the flat in the skyscraper, the remote mountain village and the hyper-dense world city, the frigid arctic science station and the blazing desert financial district differ from and resemble one another? Can extreme environments foster innovative lifestyles that are conducive to community and inspire beneficial future urbanisms? Or do the technical solutions relied upon to help people cope with extremes of population, climate, light, height, and other factors necessarily distance people from each other and from the natural environment?

    This interdisciplinary conference probes the limits to community, architecture, and urbanism from the perspectives of urban studies, geography, design, architecture, anthropology, sociology, and other fields and disciplines.

    About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
    Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world's northernmost town, the main settlement in Norway's vast, icy Svalbard archipelago. The polar night, when the sun never breaches the horizon, lasts from late October until mid-February. Most residents stay for only a season or a few years, and even those who remain must eventually return to their homelands: Because Norway provides no health and social care, it is colloquially said that 'In Svalbard, it is illegal to die.' Furthermore, the risk of attack by polar bears means that people are only permitted to leave town in the company of someone with firearms training.

    Although Longyearbyen is iconically remote, the town is highly cosmopolitan, hosting citizens of over 40 nations and an economy based on tourism and mining.

    About the conference.
    Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 21 January. On 22 and 25 January, delegates will take tours out into Svalbard's spectacular arctic landscape: a hike to an ice cave and a trip out into the polar night on by dog sled. Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 23-24 January at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. Full registration covers five dinners and all conference activities.

    How to make a presentation.
    Presentations are welcome on all aspects of life in extreme conditions. Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes' question time. The early deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2017, but to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your institution or government, we recommend that you submit your abstract early. You can submit an abstract here:

    If you have any questions, please e-mail convenor Adam Grydehøj ( 
  • Travel Awards for 2017 VRA Conference

    Louisville | Dates: 29 Mar – 01 Apr, 2017
    Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to announce that VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2017 VRA conference in Louisville, Kentucky, March 29-April 1, 2017. The deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 21, 12pm EST. The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the week commencing December 12. A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions can be found here: Information about costs is posted here: and here: Before you apply, PLEASE READ "Travel Award Rules, Guidelines and Tips” for VRA Travel Awards Applicants, and "Types of Travel Awards", both linked here as PDFs: HERE'S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION (also accessible from the VRA Travel Awards Committee webpage): You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership. Please also note that award checks are distributed at the conference and as such, recipients will not have access to those funds ahead of the conference to set against travel expenses. In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/ other support. Travel Awards are intended to provide partial support for an individual's conference attendance, and typically supplement support from one's employer and/or personal resources. For 2017, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership including: * Two New Horizons awards of $850 each. These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees * A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources * Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 * Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference. Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above. So don't delay - apply today! We look forward to receiving your applications, Marcia Focht & Michael Donovan Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee -- Marcia Focht Curator of Visual Resources Binghamton University 607-777-2215 Michael J. Donovan Senior Cataloging and Metadata Assistant John. M. Flaxman Library | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 37 South Wabash, 5th FL, Chicago, IL 60603 312.759.1578 |
  • Restore a Greenhouse to Grandeur

    Moray, Scotland | Dates: 04 – 17 Jun, 2017
    Travel to northern Scotland with Adventures in Preservation to help save one of the last remaining Edwardian glasshouses. Delight in the area’s unique microclimate – both warmer and drier than the rest of Scotland – while you explore the Burgie Estate’s unique story: ruins of a medieval castle, an Edwardian greenhouse and elegant country home, and a man named Hamish who is dedicating his property to conservation. The focus of this hands-on experience is rescue of the greenhouse, which is deteriorating and in dire need of conservation. Survival of the greenhouse is key to Hamish Lochore’s efforts to establish an arboretum of trees from around the world. A network of international volunteers hand selects seeds and sends them to Scotland where they are nurtured in the greenhouse. It’s time for action from those passionate about preservation. Project attendees have the opportunity to learn and apply skills involving documentation, carpentry, masonry and glazing. The project is open to all regardless of experience. You will have the option of dividing your time between building conservation and plant conservation. Details and registration at:
  • Virtually Attend the PastForward Conference for Free

    Dates: 15 – 18 Nov, 2016
    If you can't make it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, PastForward, Nov. 15-18 in Houston, join us virtually for free. Select conference programming will be live-streamed, including the Closing Luncheon, featuring Theaster Gates, founder and executive director of Rebuild Foundation, and the three TrustLives featuring Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses; Nina Simon, executive director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History; and John Valadez, award-winning documentary filmmaker. Sign up as a virtually attendee today.
  • CFP: On the Meaning of "Europe" in Architectural History

    Dates: 03 Nov – 31 Dec, 2016
    Call for Papers: Special Collection of Architectural Histories

    On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the EAHN, we invite scholars to join us in rethinking some of our founding questions: how might the inextricable ties between knowledge and geopolitics be interpreted? And how can we unpack the significance of “Europe” for our scholarly domain today?

    Within architectural history we have witnessed Europe cede its position as intellectual hub to North America.  But in an increasingly global world, we ask how new distributions of power are currently affecting the production of architectural knowledge.

    For this anniversary special collection of our journal Architectural Histories, we invite position papers of up to 3000 words (footnotes and references included) that address these historiographical questions.

    Details of the call, and the remit of papers invited, can be found HERE.

    Please send abstracts (500 words) to the Editor in Chief by 31 December 2016.
  • NHC Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities June 19-23, 2017 & June 2018

    Research Triangle Park | Dates: 03 Nov, 2016 – 21 Feb, 2017
    The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architectural, urban history or material culture.  The two-year Institute will provide “hands-on” training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization. 
    Participants will develop a digital component to a research project related to the lives of things as interrogations of meaning, circulation, and change over the long life of places and objects. Participants will examine how modeling, database and mapping tools can move research in new directions, reframing evidence towards new questions and expanding scholarship into new arenas of research and public outreach. 
    The workshop is intended for mid-career scholars engaged in research that can be expanded to include a digital dimension.  No previous experience in digital scholarship required.  The Institute will be led by Caroline Bruzelius and Mark Olson, both in the Department Art, Art History &Visual Studies and co-founders of the Wired! lab at Duke University. Application may be made until midnight February 21, 2015. Instructions are available via
  • Historic House Tour Dec 3, 2016, Coral Gables, Florida

    Coral Gables | Dates: 03 – 03 Dec, 2016
    The Villagers’ Annual House Tour will take place from 10 AM until 3 PM, Saturday, December 3 in Coral Gables. This year’s tour “Finding Fink” is a carefully curated architectural journey featuring the work of Coral Gables visionary, George Fink. A first cousin of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, Fink was instrumental in the Old Spanish design implemented throughout the city’s early homes and buildings. His architectural work continued in the area to include modern homes in the post-war period. Members of The Villagers will be on-hand giving guided tours through the homes pointing out significant features of these very special structures. A gift boutique, quilt raffle and holiday treats will also be available. Visitors walk and drive in their own vehicles between the properties. The venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers, and high heels, photography and video are not permitted. Tickets are $35 and are available on-line at All proceeds support the preservation and protection of historic sites in Miami-Dade County, FL. The Villagers, Inc. is Florida’s oldest historic preservation organization. Founded in 1966, the all-volunteer organization is a not-for-profit 501(c)3.
  • Latrobe and Philadelphia: The Waln House and Furniture Revealed and Reconsidered

    Philadelphia | Dates: 04 – 04 Nov, 2016
    Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe assembled a team of artisans in 1808 to execute his designs for the house and furniture of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife Mary. The result was one of Chestnut Street's most conspicuous landmarks: a large house on a prominent corner lot with two small pavilions in front. Inside, drawing rooms painted in "flat Etruscan color, giving only outline on a rich ground" and a set of sumptuously painted and gilded furniture. Join an exciting roster of speakers who will share new scholarship and insights on Latrobe's design for the Walns' house and furniture, outlining its profound impact American on classical architecture and furniture.
  • Emeritus Fellowships

    Dates: 03 Nov, 2016 – 02 Feb, 2017
    The Leverhulme Trust is currently inviting applications for Emeritus Fellowships, which enable retired academics from UK institutions to complete a body of research for publication. Up to £22,000 is available for research costs directly related to the project. Fellowships are offered for periods of 3 to 24 months, and must begin between 1 August 2017 and 1 July 2018. Approximately 35 fellowships are available in 2017. Applicants must have retired by the time of taking up the Fellowship and no longer have a normal contract of employment, but they may hold a part-time position of up to 0.5 FTE. The closing date for the submission of applications is 2 February at 4pm. Please see for further details.
  • Giuliano da Sangallo 1516-2016

    Florence | Dates: 17 – 18 Nov, 2016
    Giuliano da Sangallo 1516-2016 Study Day Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne) in collaboration with the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi The 500th anniversary of the death of Giuliano da Sangallo offers the opportunity to examine the ambivalent reception of the artist's work. Indeed, although he was a crucial figure in the architectural panorama of his time, Giuliano's output and personality remain elusive. His fragmentary and sometimes misunderstood oeuvre has often been described as caught between two styles and two eras, the Florentine Quattrocento and the Roman High Renaissance. Only recently have almost all his architectural works been examined in their complexity and completeness as the subject of a monograph (FROMMEL 2014), a publication that provides a stimulus for further research on the under-examined aspects of his multifaceted production. Giuliano's training as legnaiuolo, for example, sheds light both on the specificity of Florentine architectural culture and on this artist's own design methods, in which architectural models played an important role. Similarly, his corpus of drawings and the technical characteristics of their execution offer an alternative understanding of the "evolution" of representational conventions over the course of the Renaissance, one which challenges the traditional history of an improbable linear progress in this field. Furthermore, Giuliano da Sangallo's interactions with and responses to his contemporaries are still to be explored. The overlaps and continuities within his large family of sculptors and architects – starting with his brother Antonio the Elder and ending with his son, Francesco, in Florence, and his nephew Antonio the Younger in Rome – also invite further research. In particular, the techniques, morphologies, and evolution of the fortifications that have been attributed to Giuliano and Antonio the Elder offer a wealth of possibilities for further study. Their catalogue of military architecture is as broad as it is unexplored, and spans a time frame of almost half a century. Moreover, the drawing practices of the workshop strongly attest to the artists' interweaving of figurative imagery and architectural inventions. The variety of genres explored by this polymorphic workshop has not yet been investigated from a broad perspective, one that considers sculpture alongside painting and decorative arts alongside large-scale architecture. The study day, organized by Sabine Frommel, Dario Donetti and Alessandro Nova, to be held 17-18 November 2016 at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, will present innovative and unpublished contributions on Giuliano da Sangallo, thus offering a new perspective on both Tuscan and Roman architecture between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. PROGRAM giovedì 17 novembre 14.30 Dario Donetti introduzione Il disegno e l'antico presiede Cammy Brothers 14.50 Christof Thoenes La Basilica Vaticana nei disegni degli Uffizi: qualche precisazione 15.20 Francesco Benelli «Nomi e vochabolj dj vetruvjo»: studi su Vitruvio (e su Alberti) di Giuliano da Sangallo 16.20 Chloé Démonet «Misurato a punto»: rilievo architettonico e disegno in scala nel corpus di Giuliano da Sangallo 16.50 Huberthus Günther Gli studi di Giuliano da Sangallo per l'architettura antica 17.20 pausa Architettura militare presiede Dario Donetti 17.30 Marco Frati «necessario […] alla sicurtà»: le mura sangallesche di Empoli, Poggio Imperiale e Firenzuola 18.00 Maria Teresa Pepe Giuliano da Sangallo ad Arezzo e nell'aretino: un sistema difensivo territoriale 18.30 Giovanni Santucci «Giuliano […] architetto, persona non molto intendente di fortezze»: la Cittadella Nuova di Pisa venerdì 18 novembre Documenti e biografia presiede Berthold Hub 9.00 Doris Carl Francesco di Bartolo Giamberti. Neue Forschungen zu seinem professionellen Profil und seinem sozialen Umfeld 9.30 Alexander Röstel Giuliano da Sangallo at the Innocenti 10.00 Christoph L. Frommel La calligrafia nei disegni di Giuliano da Sangallo 10.30 pausa Nuove attribuzioni presiede Alessandro Nova 10.40 Francesco Caglioti Un Crocifisso di Giuliano da Sangallo a Roma 11.10 Carla D'Arista The Archaeology of a Legacy: the Pucci Villa in Scandicci 11.40 pausa Ricezione presiede Sabine Frommel 11.50 Costantino Ceccanti Ventura Vitoni a Pistoia 12.20 Flaminia Bardati Giuliano da Sangallo e Domenico da Cortona 12.50 Sabine Frommel e Alessandro Nova considerazioni finali riservata ai relatori e ai moderatori: 15.00 visita al Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi saluti e benvenuto di Marzia Faietti Luogo della manifestazione Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai Via dei Servi 51 50122 Firenze ingresso libero fino all'esaurimento dei posti contatto:
  • The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza

    Auckland | Dates: 26 – 31 May, 2017
    Interstices Under Construction symposium, 26-28 May 2017
    Auckland University of Technology and University of Auckland, New Zealand œ
    Plenaries / keynotes include:
    Moira Gatens Challis Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
    Michael LeBuffe Baier Chair, Early Modern Philosophy, University of Otago
    Susan Ruddick Professor, Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
    Anthony Uhlmann Professor, Writing and Society, University of Western Sydney Plenary panel
    Jacob Culbertson Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Haverford College
    Albert Refiti Senior Lecturer, Spatial, Auckland University of Technology
    Carl Te Hira Mika Tuhourangi, Ngati Whanaunga Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Waikato
    By Skype
    Beth Lord Reader, Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
    Peg Rawes Professor, Architecture, Bartlett, University College London 

    We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent revival of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

    With regard to the first aim, we welcome submissions that put Spinoza’s philosophy in productive proximity with a particular artform or an individual work of art, whether literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, dance, performance, etc. — or that have an especial focus on any of the numerous artistic and literary figures who are known to have read Spinoza appreciatively and in whose works Spinozist shadings might be discerned (Goethe, Coleridge, George Eliot, Thomas Hirschhorn, etc.). Contributors might like to think of this event and journal issue as extending, in the direction of arts and architecture, the very fine work done by the anthology Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012, ed. Beth Lord).

    Since Interstices’s particular interest is in architectural studies, we would be keen to see contributions that consider Spinoza as helpful for thinking any of the design and spatial disciplines (architecture, urban design, landscape, geography, interior design, and so on). Contributors might also choose to take ‘architecture’ in the sense of ‘structure’, in which case not only would built environments and tectonics be the subject of analysis, but also the very structure of Spinoza’s texts, the extraordinary way in which his texts are wrought (the famous geometric architecture of the Ethics, for example).

    We also invite submissions that don’t necessarily fall under any of the artistic disciplines listed above, and that interpret “arts” in the broadest possible sense. Spinoza’s philosophy predates the modern idea of a differentiated domain of the arts, and so the Latin word that Spinoza uses — ars — has the older and broader sense of skill or craft or ability or proficiency.[1] We thus welcome submissions that are about ‘arts’ in this more general sense — for example, about what Spinoza teaches us about the arts of living (ars vivendi) or the arts of constructing a liberal polity (ars politica, government, statecraft).

    With regard to the second aim, we invite submissions on any aspects of Spinoza studies that have a connection to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, or Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Such papers might, for example, examine the historical reception and interpretation of Spinoza in New Zealand, Australia, the Oceanic “sea of islands”, or any proximate sister region.[2] The idea is to give geographic concreteness and local specificity to the interpretation of Spinoza — to see how Spinoza might be or has been read in New Zealand and the Pacific, and inversely to see how our ways of thinking about New Zealand and the Pacific might be productively inflected by reading Spinoza.

    A fuller Call for Papers / Discussion Document is attached as a PDF file, or available online at 

    Abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to, by midnight nzst, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (doc or docx). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.

    Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue, please send the full and completed paper to by 31st May 2017.

    Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor Eu Jin Chua,, Farzaneh Haghighi,, or to Susan Hedges, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices, [1] See Moira Gatens, “Spinoza on Goodness and Beauty and the Prophet and the Artist”, European Journal of Philosophy 23, no. 1 (2015), p. 3. [2] The reference is to Epeli Hau’ofa’s “Our Sea of Islands”, The Contemporary Pacific 6, no. 1 (1994), 147–161.
  • Decor and Architecture in the 17th & 18th centuries

    Lausanne | Dates: 24 – 25 Nov, 2016
    University of Lausanne, November 24 - 25, 2016

    During the Early Modern Period, décor was considered to be one of the 
    most fundamental elements of architecture. Thanks to décor, 
    architecture could elevate itself beyond simple masonry and claim a 
    superior status. Décor was thus defined as a necessary prerequisite for 
    architecture, rather than a marginal component. However, despite its 
    privileged status, many authors mistrusted it, fearing the harmful 
    effect which an uncontrollable proliferation of ornament would surely 
    have on architecture. This conference aims to question how the 
    relations between décor and architecture were defined and implemented 
    in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Our perception of these relations has often been informed by 
    teleological approaches: indeed, the radical ideas conveyed by certain 
    20th-century texts, which define décor as an unnecessary bi-product of 
    architecture, have acted as a distorting prism. History of art, for its 
    part, has often separated décor-related studies from 
    architecture-related ones, suggesting a de facto rupture between these 
    fields and potentially biasing our understanding of the artistic 
    production of the Early Modern Period by reducing its scope. As various 
    case studies have shown, the conditions to which the invention of a 
    décor was subjected varied greatly from one building to another. The 
    architects’ prerogatives differed according to the circumstances and 
    constraints imposed on them: while some were largely involved in the 
    invention of the décor, others delegated its conception to artists or 

    Scientific organisers:

    Matthieu LETT (université de Lausanne, université Paris Ouest Nanterre 
    La Défense)
    Carl MAGNUSSON (The Courtauld Institute of Art, université de Lausanne)
    Léonie MARQUAILLE (Université de Lausanne)

    Scientific committee:

    Marianne COJANNOT-LE BLANC (université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
    Alexandre GADY (université Paris-Sorbonne)
    Dave LÜTHI (université de Lausanne)
    Christian MICHEL (université de Lausanne)
    Werner OECHSLIN (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Antoine PICON (Harvard University)
    Katie SCOTT (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

    Program :

    Thursday 24th Novembre 2016

    9h30 : Accueil des participants

    9h45-10h15 : Matthieu LETT, Carl MAGNUSSON, Léonie MARQUAILLE 

    1. Les artistes au service de l’architecte ? (Président : Christian 
    Michel, Université de Lausanne)

    10h15-11h : Sébastien BONTEMPS (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
    ––– Invention, fonction(s) et exécution du décor architectural : 
    Paul-Ambroise Slodtz et
    l’embellissement du chœur de l’église Saint-Merry à Paris.

    11h : Pause

    11h30-12h15 : Hermann DEN OTTER (University of Amsterdam)
    ––– Changes in the role of the joiner in 18th century Paris

    12h15-13h : Sandra BAZIN-HENRY (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
    ––– Le langage architectural des glaces. La part de l’architecte et du 
    miroitier dans l’invention des décors.


    2. Le rôle de l’architecte (Président : Alexandre Gady, Université 
    Paris IV Sorbonne)

    14h30-15h15 : Léonie MARQUAILLE (Université de Lausanne)
    ––– Jacob van Campen, architecte et peintre de la Salle d’Orange à la 
    Huis ten Bosch.

    15h15-16h : Alexia LEBEURRE (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
    ––– « Tout est de son ressort » : l’architecte et la décoration 
    intérieure dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle.

    16h : Pause

    16h30-17h15 : Matthieu LETT (Université de Lausanne)
    ––– La question de la répartition de l’invention sur le chantier du 
    nouveau palais royal de Madrid (1735-1790).

    17h15-18h : Adrian Fernandez ALMOGUERA (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
    ––– De Versailles à Pompéi. Continuités, transformations et 
    hybridations dans le décor architectural espagnol à la fin du XVIIIe 

    Friday 25th November 2016

    1. La question de la décoration intérieure (Président : Carl Magnusson, 
    The Courtauld Institute, Université de Lausanne)

    9h30-10h15 : Hendrik ZIEGLER (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
    –––La place de la décoration intérieure française dans les récits de 
    voyage d’architectes allemands 1685-1723.

    10h15-11h : Jason NGUYEN (Harvard University)
    ––– Smoke and Mirrors: Architectural Decoration and the Physics of 
    Fire, circa 1700.

    11h : Pause

    11h30-12h15 : Thomas WILKE
    –––Jacques-François Blondel and the rules of interior decoration.

    12h15-13h : Paolo CORNAGLIA (Politecnico di Torino)
    ––– Leonardo Marini, Giuseppe Battista Piacenza and Carlo Randoni: 
    Neoclassical Interior Decoration at the Turin Court (1775-1793).


    2. Les programmes d’embellissement : une nécessaire adaptation du décor 
    à l’architecture ? (Présidente : Marie Theres Stauffer, Université de 

    14h30-15h15 : Emmanuelle BORDURE (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
    ––– Architecture religieuse et décor sculpté dans le dernier quart du 
    XVIIIe siècle : étude comparative de quatre cas d’églises paroissiales 
    en Ile-de-France.

    15h15-16h : Léonore LOSSERAND et Alexandra MICHAUD (Université Paris IV 
    ––– Les embellissements du chœur de Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois : entre 
    architecture et sculpture, 1755-1762.

    16h : Pause

    16h30-17h15 : Tomas MACSOTAY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
    ––– The rise and fall of the décor economy in ecclesiastical interiors 
    in Murcia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.

    17h15-17h45 : Christian MICHEL (Université de Lausanne)
    ––– Conclusion.

    Université de Lausanne, Quartier Centre, 
    Bâtiment Unithèque (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire), salle 511
    The conference is open to all, within the limit of the number of places 
  • Architectural dialogues: Italy and Croatia in the Interwar Period

    Zagreb | Dates: 28 Oct – 08 Dec, 2016
    Zagreb, Oris - Kuča arhitekture, Ul. kralja Držislava 3, October 
    27 - December 8, 2016

    Conference series Architectural dialogues: Italy and Croatia in the 
    interwar period

    Italian cultural institute, Zagreb, House of architecture Oris
    Organized by Giuseppe Bonaccorso (University of Camerino) and Jasenka 
    Gudelj (University of Zagreb)
    October-December 2016

    After the treatise of Rapallo (1921), Istra, Rijeka, part of the 
    Kvarner area and Zadar with its archipelago become parts of Italian 
    kingdom. Moreover, between 1941 and 1943 Italian forces occupied 
    territories of Split and Kotor forming the Governorate of Dalmatia. The 
    Italian administration of parts of present-day Croatia coincided with 
    the rise and fall of fascism and left visible traces in form of 
    architectures, projects, texts and exhibitions, analyzed so far in 
    piecemeal fashion by Croatian and Italian researchers. The conference 
    series, which includes lectures by Croatian, Italian and Swiss 
    researchers, aims to open a more articulate and comprehensive 
    discussion on the subject, confronting the historiographies often 
    separated by language barrier. The series covers different and evolving 
    aspect of subject area: interpretations the historical heritage (27 
    October 2016); urban scale interventions and planning (24 November 
    2016) and analysis of important buildings in Croatia designed by 
    protagonist of the Italian interwar architectural scene (8 December 

    The conference series will take place at House of architecture Oris, 
    Kralja Držislava 3, Zagreb, Croatia.


    1. INTERPRETING THE HERITAGE: 27 October 2016, 17:00h
    Guido Zucconi: Interpreting the heritage of the East Adriatic coast in 
    the interwar Italy 
    Marko Špikič: Restoration in Zadar, Split and Pula between the Rapallo 
    and Paris Treaties
    Marija Tonkovič: Portraying the heritage: Dalmatian photo albums of 
    Luciano Morpurgo 
    Jasenka Gudelj: Croatian heritage in Italy: the architecture of 
    institutions of St. Jerome in Rome

    Ferruccio Canali: Urban planning and interventions in the East Adriatic 
    Julija Lozzi Barkovič: Rijeka: plans, architectures, designers
    Dražen Arbutina: Zadar: plans, architectures, designers
    Sanja Cvetko Jerkovič: Planned towns: case study Raša

    3.  BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTS: 8 December 2016, 16:00h
    Giuseppe Bonaccorso: Marcello Piacentini and Assicurazioni Generali: 
    case study Zagreb
    Katrin Albrecht: Angiolo Mazzoni and Post office in Pula
    Tamara Bjažič: Fairs and conflicts? Italy-Croatia before and after 1945
    Giuseppe Bonaccorso, Jasenka Gudelj: Architectural dialogues - 
    protagonists, conclusions and new beginnings
  • CFP: Architecture & the Modern Subject (Los Angeles, 21-22 Apr 16)

    Los Angeles | Dates: 28 Oct – 15 Dec, 2016
    Los Angeles, April 21 - 22, 2017
    Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Department of Architecture and Urban Design

    The Body’s Politic: Architecture and the Modern Subject
    Organized by students of the doctoral program in Critical Studies
    April 2017

    Architecture has long been viewed as a civilizing mechanism: museums 
    make publics, boulevards make populations, housing makes citizens. 
    Under modernity, architecture has assumed an important place in the 
    pantheon of power’s tools, explicitly deployed to create subjects. But 
    this historical perspective quarantines political readings of 
    architecture to the conservative, stationary, or merely incidental. How 
    has the apparatus of architectural form, space, and representation 
    worked in ways unseen by its contingent actors, and how has this 
    apparatus biased contemporary scholarship? Imagining architecture as a 
    Foucauldian dispositif, inscribing itself upon bodies and peripheral to 
    larger spheres of social and political practice, how might focused 
    studies of architecture’s professional, cultural and tectonic 
    configurations provide new ways of considering the modern subject 
    today? Looking through identity formation to the effects of political, 
    legal, and techno-scientific systems, how have architectural objects 
    not only constructed singular subjects but proven intrinsic to 
    variegated subjectivities and contemporary politics of the body? How 
    have the kinds and natures of these subjects varied through time, from 
    the individual to the collective, the human to the nonhuman, the 
    embodied to the metaphysical? And, unlike the reformers and statists of 
    past historical tellings, how could architecture itself be considered a 
    primary historical agent in these machinations?

    We invite abstracts presenting research that historically locates the 
    politics of subject-making as well as those that propose new methods 
    for its transhistorical reading and analysis. Submissions are 
    encouraged from PhD students, researchers, and graduate students in all 
    fields, especially from architecture, art history, visual studies, the 
    history of science and technology, the history of planning and public 
    policy, political economy, cultural theory, gender and queer studies, 
    anthropology, legal studies, and the history of business. Paper 
    sessions will be guided and moderated by established international 

    Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2016

    Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a brief 
    bio and cv to: Limited funding for graduate 
    student travel stipends are available; for consideration, please 
    include a brief note detailing the circumstances of your request. 
    Accepted submissions to be notified by the end of January 2017.
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grants

    Princeton | Dates: 28 Oct, 2016 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offers short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the Library’s special collections. The award is $1,000 per week (up to four weeks) plus transportation costs. Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including the Seeley G. Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection).  Special grants are awarded in several areas: the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic Studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s literature. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World supports relevant special collections research. For more information, or to apply, please go to The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.  Grants are tenable from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.

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