Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe, Issue 12: The Space of Diplomacy. Design and Beyond.

    Dates: 09 Dec, 2016 – 15 Apr, 2017
    Guest editor: Paolo Girardelli – Boğaziçi University (Istanbul)

    For publication in issue 12|2017

    This guest-edited section invites contributions that reflect on the role and meanings of embassies, consular buildings and other officially “foreign” structures in the urban fabrics situated “beyond Europe”. Albeit inherently representative objects, embassies are seldom considered as architectural signifiers, or as parts of the cultural landscape of a city. While the architecture of diplomacy displaces literally a fragment of the nation beyond its territorial borders, this movement is never limited to the transfer of technologies and architectural styles. Instead, the making of diplomatic landmarks can be assessed as a dialogic process of space production, entailing negotiation and domestication in the foreign context, appropriation and reworking of local symbolic and material resources, interaction with the surrounding social and physical landscape. The afterlife of such landmarks is also an interesting aspect of the general question of their meaning and symbolic function: how embassies designed in a peculiar geo-political situation may be perceived and used in new ways after crucial disruptions or crises of the local or international order. Not only visual and stylistic, but also functional and social hybridity may be a component of the life of these structures, especially in contexts where the boundaries between diplomacy and international commerce were not yet rigidly established.
    Critical and historical studies on empirical cases or broader historical processes, as well as theoretical/conceptual issues, will be considered for inclusion in this issue. Papers studying the formation of districts or environments of diplomacy; evaluations of design policies applied by a state in different regions for the architecture of embassies; as well as monographic studies contextualizing a foreign landmark in a local landscape may be proposed for publication. Aspects of patronage and authorship (in many cases diffused, and exceeding the limits of the individual actor), integration in—or estrangement from—the urban/social fabric, as well as changing or persisting representational strategies affected by global and regional geo-political developments will be valued as important elements of the critical discussion proposed in each paper.

    Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2017

    Please send submissions to abe[at]
  • Histories Built, Carved, and Written: A Symposium in Honor of Tod A. Marder

    New Brunswick | Dates: 07 – 07 Apr, 2017
    This symposium is organized on the occasion of Tod A. Marder’s retirement from active teaching. A generous and insightful scholar, mentor, and colleague, Tod has been a significant influence on the fields of Baroque architecture, Bernini studies, and architectural history and criticism for over forty years. To celebrate Tod’s scholarship and to reflect on the current state and historiography of architectural history and Bernini studies, this symposium brings together colleagues, mentees, and former students who will speak on a range of topics inspired by Tod’s work and example.

    Organizers: Karen Lloyd and Stephanie Leone

    Host: Erik Thuno, Chair, Department of Art History, Rutgers

    Sponsored by the Department of Art History, Rutgers University and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

    9:00-9:20  WELCOME 

    Erik Thuno, Chair, Department of Art History

    Stephanie C. Leone (Boston College) and Karen J. Lloyd (Stony Brook University); Co-organizers

    9:20-10:40  SESSION I: Reconstructions

    Joseph Connors, Harvard University. The Krautheimerian Roots of Generation Seventies

    Patricia Waddy, Syracuse University. Del Bufalo Fountains at Capo Le Case: Solutions from the Archive

    Ingrid Rowland, Notre Dame University. Borromini’s Restorations in Saint John Lateran, Rome

    10:40-11:10  LAUDATIO 

    John Pinto, Princeton University. Tod Marder: An Appreciation

    11:10-11:40  COFFEE BREAK

    11:40-1:00  SESSION II: Dissemination

    Nicholas Adams, Vassar College. The Critical Edge: When Historians Met the Present

    Heather Hyde Minor, Notre Dame University. Architecture in Print: Obelisks in Baroque Rome

    Christy Anderson, University of Toronto. A Talented Man: George Waymouth and The Jewell of Artes 

    1:00-2:00  LUNCH BREAK

    2:00-3:20  SESSION III: Bernini

    Karen J. Lloyd (Stony Brook University); Lisa Neal Tice (Lebanon Valley College); Emily Urban (Philadelphia Museum of Art). Golden Ages: The Goat Amalthea and the Young Bernini

    Vernon Hyde Minor, University of Colorado Boulder. Tomb of Alexander Chigi, St. Peter’s

    Maria Grazia D’Amelio, Università degli studi Roma Tre. Gian Lorenzo Bernini: astrological divinations and professional affairs (1624-1652)

    3:20-3:40  VIDEO Susanna Pasquali, Pantheon

    3:40-4:10  COFFEE BREAK

    4:10-5:15  KEYNOTE LECTURE

    John Beldon Scott, University of Iowa. Bernini’s Colonnade: Anxiety and Control in Piazza San Pietro

    5:15  RECEPTION
  • ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference

    New Orleans | Dates: 05 – 09 Feb, 2017
    This is the premier event for art, architecture, design, and visual information professionals. Please note that there is an option to set up a ‘self-scheduled’ meeting. Janine Henri, the ARLIS/NA Liaison to SAH would be interested to know whether any SAH members planning to attend the ARLIS/NA conference would like her to organize a gathering to meet librarians that are also SAH members. Please contact Janine Henri if this is of interest!
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts

    Buffalo | Dates: 08 Dec, 2016 – 15 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts At the turn of the century, the Buffalo region was an innovative hub of U.S. industry as well as the center of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Western New York boasted the lion’s share of the most influential figures in American Arts and Crafts such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Adelaide Robineau, Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter, Karl Kipp, among so many others—not to mention Buffalo Pottery, Heintz Metalwork, The Arts and Crafts Shop, etc. On the occasion of the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this international conference seeks to address the relation between Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts innovators, the industrial prowess and character of the region, and the forces that shaped the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts in this country and abroad. We invite scholars, professionals, collectors, graduate students and historians of all stripes to join us in considering the relationship between Western New York’s Arts and Crafts movement and its innovative industries, the social fabric of the community and the larger context of the progressive movement that sought to humanize life in the first quarter of the 20th century. We invite presentations on topics that may include: • The advent of Arts and Crafts as it coincided with the Buffalo region’s rapid industrialization • Wright’s designs as a reflection of his combination of the artisanal with technological innovation • The American iteration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in comparison with its British counterparts • The growth of the Buffalo School and its relationship to technology as either something to exploit or to react against • The period’s complicated understanding of the relationship among the Arts and Crafts movement, technological innovation and industry • How the Arts and Crafts movement included notions of social reform in favor of a more harmonious and healthy society • The diffusion of Arts and Crafts ideals in media and popular culture at the time • Whether Arts and Crafts worked to humanize the industrial environment or merely camouflage its many deficiencies We invite papers on any aspect of Western New York’s extensive roster of Arts and Crafts innovators. An honorarium, travel assistance, and accommodations will be offered to select contributors. This international conference will be held in conjunction with a Buffalo-wide celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s enormous local influence, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. The conference will take place October 20-22, 2017 at the University at Buffalo, and is sponsored by the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance and the University at Buffalo’s Departments of Art and School of Architecture and Planning. Please visit to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) along with a CV by April 15th, 2017. Each presentation should plan to fill a 20-25 minute conference slot, an
  • SAH MDR Conference 2017 Call for Papers

    Victoria | Dates: 06 Dec, 2016 – 15 Mar, 2017
    SAH MARION DEAN ROSS / PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA JUNE 16-18, 2017 This year's conference theme is "Commemorations." According to the National Park Service, a commemorative property is important not for association with the event or person it memorializes, but for the significance it has acquired after its creation through age, tradition, or symbolic value. Please join us in Victoria, B.C., June 16-18, 2017, to celebrate commemorations, especially the Canada 150 celebrations (1867-2017), the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (2016), the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (2016), and the Parks Canada's Centennial (2011). We will also be recognizing Victoria's Centennial (1962) by reflecting on the on-going significance of Victoria's 1965 Centennial Square. A Call for Papers has been issued for the conference. Topics germane to the theme will be encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond will be welcome. Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee. Details on how to submit a paper are in the Call for Papers. Submissions are due on or before March 15, 2017. Go to our website at for further details.
  • SAH MDR Conference 2017 in Victoria BC

    Victoria | Dates: 16 – 18 Jun, 2017
    SAH MARION DEAN ROSS / PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA JUNE 16-18, 2017 This year's conference theme is "Commemorations." According to the National Park Service, a commemorative property is important not for association with the event or person it memorializes, but for the significance it has acquired after its creation through age, tradition, or symbolic value. Please join us in Victoria, B.C., June 16-18, 2017, to celebrate commemorations, especially the Canada 150 celebrations (1867-2017), the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (2016), the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (2016), and the Parks Canada's Centennial (2011). We will also be recognizing Victoria's Centennial (1962) by reflecting on the on-going significance of Victoria's 1965 Centennial Square. A Call for Papers has been issued for the conference. Topics germane to the theme will be encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond will be welcome. Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee. Details on how to submit a paper are in the Call for Papers. Submissions are due on or before March 15, 2017. Go to our website at for further details.
  • Cultural Heritage Preservation

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Dec, 2016
    The Pullman National Monument Preservation Society in cooperation with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Pullman State Historic Site are pleased to present, “Cultural Heritage Preservation,” a lecture by Vincent L. Michael, PhD; Senior Director of the Global Heritage Fund. The cultural heritage preservation process offers a way to identify, commemorate, and conserve sites that might be overlooked by traditional approaches to historic preservation. Traditional approaches tend to emphasize buildings (brick and mortar), design (architectural significance), and integrity (how well as a historic structure been preserved). Because of its emphasis on brick and mortar, traditional historic preservation approaches can leave important stories untold, rituals forgotten, and significant sites unprotected. For example, sites valued by vulnerable populations or integral to interpreting the history of social movements are often erased from the landscape. Even though the sites themselves may appear vacant, their design commonplace, or their integrity degraded; such sites may be significant because of who uses them or has used them or how they are still used by a community. The cultural heritage preservation process offers a framework for the conservation of a complex and diverse global heritage. ABOUT VINCENT L. MICHAEL, PhD Dr. Michael is a long-term champion of global historic preservation. Prior to joining the Global Heritage Fund, he was the John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also served as Director of the Historic Preservation Program from 1996 to 2010. A professional preservationist since 1983, Dr. Michael is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education. He also serves on the Board of Landmarks Illinois and has served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission. For over two decades Dr. Michael has served as an expert witness in a variety of landmark cases in Chicago, Oak Park, Illinois and San Francisco and has been a consultant on award-winning restorations, community plans, television documentaries and city plans. ABOUT THE PULLMAN NATIONAL MONUMENT PRESERVATION SOCIETY (PNMPS) In 1960, Pullman residents reactivated the Pullman Civic Organization to save the town from an urban renewal plan that would have leveled the entire neighborhood and replaced it with light industrial warehouses. In 2016, Pullman residents formed the Pullman National Monument Preservation Society to preserve the beauty and historic authenticity of the Pullman National Monument. Their purpose is to ensure, as a citizens’ advocacy group, full compliance on the part of all governmental units, most particularly the National Park Service, with all applicable laws and regulations governing the preservation of the Pullman National Monument. Admission to the event is free; however, seating is limited. Attendees can reserve tickets at
  • Final Call for Proposals - Deadline Dec 2, Midnight

    Burlington | Dates: 12 – 12 May, 2017
    The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter ( invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference: Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT.
  • CFP: Territories of Faith. Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 - 1975

    Leuven | Dates: 01 – 23 Dec, 2016
    Territories of Faith. Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 - 1975.

    Leuven, 3 - 4 July 2017

    The research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (ARP) of KU Leuven and KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of KU Leuven, are organizing an international workshop on religion, urban planning and demographic change in post-war Europe as a prelude to an edited volume on this topic, to be published by an international academic press.

    In earlier times, most settlements in Europe developed around the local parish church, the community's spatial and social nucleus. The processes of industrialization, urbanization and secularization have reversed this mechanism; already in the mid-20th century, the place of the church (both as a religious institution and as a building) was no longer self-evident. As a response, the various branches of Christian religion devised particular strategies to preserve the once-evident unity of ideology, territory and society. Many Catholic dioceses, for example, established consulting bodies for the strategic planning and financing of religious infrastructure in the newly urbanized areas. This workshop seeks to go beyond the traditional focus on liturgical renewal or modernist paradigms in the study of post-war church architecture. Rather, we propose to study the boom in religious infrastructure in Europe between 1945 - 1975 as the instrument and outcome of a particular interaction!
     between religion, (urban) planning and demographic change.

    We suggest following three possible lines of enquiry to explore this hypothesis:

    1. What kind of expertise was developed in relation to pastoral challenges in (sub)urban areas? Who were the (institutional) actors in this research, what was their agency and from which perspective did they look at the issues at stake (sociology, architecture, urban planning, theology, anthropology and so forth)? To what networks did these actors belong and how did their ideas circulate?

    2. A second set of questions is directed at a critical assessment of the body of knowledge referred to above. How was this knowledge put to use? To what extent did it have an impact on the religious zeal of the faithful? What was the impact of pastoral strategies, theological concepts or sociological theories on the architectural practise of parish infrastructure (e.g. the typology of the place for worship)? And, inversely, what lessons were learned through experiments in the field? Or, put more broadly: how did religious ideas and practices influence planning concepts or policies?

    3. A final perspective on these issues has to do with the reception, perception and assimilation of the ideas and practices mentioned under 1) and 2). How did religious leaders react to the impact of 'secular' ideas? How were new insights disseminated amongst the lower clergy? And finally, how did the local communities of faithful react to and deal with the transformation of their religious and social routines?

    Addressing these issues in a transnational (European) and comparative perspective, this workshop aims to position the religious authorities in a field of tensions between planned strategic effort and pragmatic circumstantial adaptations on the one hand, and innovation and tradition on the other. This, in turn, will offer an insight in how organized religion manages and marks its presence within a given territory, a burning issue in the light of the ever growing religious diversity in the contemporary urban environment.

    We call for chapter-length papers (between 5000 and 8000 words) that address (one of) the issues mentioned above on the base of one or more case studies. The workshop will focus on the initiatives of the Catholic Church, but we also encourage contributions dealing with other denominations or religions. Papers should be based on original research and be clear in structure, precise in focus and make clear statements about the various forms of agency at stake and their effect upon the material organization of religion.

    Prospective authors are invited to send a short CV and an abstract of no more than 300 words, clearly outlining their take on the topic, until the 23th of December, 2016 to<>. A maximum of 10 authors will be selected by the scientific committee to take part in the workshop. In order to provide a solid workshop, draft papers are to be submitted one month in advance of the workshop (by 1 June 2017) and will be distributed amongst participants for feedback. During the two-day workshop, the discussion of each paper will be initiated by one invited respondent and two of the participating authors, and then opened to the entire group. Apart from the consistency of each paper in terms of argument, method and writing, its place within the overall scope of the volume will also constitute a major focus of attention. Participants are expected to take into account the comments made during the workshop in rewriting their papers and submit !
    their final manuscripts within the deadlines set by the organizers. All final, revised manuscripts will then enter a peer-reviewing process in preparation for publication.

    There is no fee for the workshop. Lunch and drinks will be provided. The workshop also includes a ? day tour to some remarkable modern church buildings in the Leuven - Brussels area. For any inquiries, please contact<>.

    Please visit the webpage of the full Call for Papers:

    23.12.2016 - submission of abstracts
    16.01.2017- notification of acceptance
    01.06.2017- submission of draft papers
    03 - 04.07.2017 - workshop at KADOC KU Leuven
    01.10.2017 (TBC) - submission of final manuscripts

    Scientific committee
    Sven Sterken (KU Leuven), Jan De Maeyer (KU Leuven), Olivier Chatelan (Universit? Jean Moulin Lyon 3), Robert Proctor (University of Bath), and Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven).
  • CFP: Making and Unmaking the Environment (Oslo, 7-9 Sep 17)

    Oslo | Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 20 Jan, 2017
    Making and Unmaking the Environment

    7-9 September 2017
    University of Oslo, Norway
    Design History Society Annual Conference 2017

    Design and designers hold an ambiguous place in environmental discourse. They are alternatively being blamed for causing environmental problems, and hailed as possessing some of the competences that could help solving those problems. Despite this long-standing centrality of design to environmental discourse, and vice versa, these interrelations remain underexplored in design historical scholarship.

    Confirmed keynote speakers:
    Simon Sadler ? University of California, Davis
    Jennifer Gabrys ? Goldsmiths, University of London
    Peder Anker ? New York University & University of Oslo

    Half a century ago, Leo Marx coined the phrase ?the machine in the garden? to describe a trope he identified as a prominent feature of 19th and early 20th century American literature, in which the pastoral ideal is seen as disturbed by the invasion of modern technology. Marx subsequently shifted perspective from this fascination with ?the technological sublime? to a deep concern for the environmental ramifications of technological progress. The question of how we as society deal with the allegorical machine in the proverbial garden is more relevant than ever.

    Design is both making and unmaking the environment. Conversely, it might be argued that the environment is both making and unmaking design. This conference seeks to explore how these processes unfold, across timescapes and landscapes, thus opening a new agenda for the field of design history. Design thinkers from John Ruskin and William Morris to Richard Buckminster Fuller and Victor Papanek and beyond have grappled with the intricate and paradoxical relations between the natural environment and the designed environment. From Ghandi's India to Castro's Cuba, design policy has been enmeshed in concerns for its environmental ramifications. From prehistoric stone implements to contemporary nanotechnology, design has been key to shaping our environment.

    In the anthropocene, we can no longer talk about design (and) culture without also talking about design (and) nature. The conference theme is intended to stimulate new directions in design historical discourses that take seriously design?s complex interrelations with nature and the environment. Not only does design feature prominently in the making and unmaking of the environment; studying the history of these processes will also help reveal how the idea of the environment itself has been articulated over time. Engaging with issues of environmental controversies and sustainable development can move design history beyond its conventional societal significance, and may thus enable more resilient futures.

    Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

    - Design and consumption
    - Repairing, fixing, mending
    - Design in nature
    - Design of nature
    - Histories of sustainable design
    - Histories of unsustainable design
    - Environmentalist movements and design
    - Design movements and the environment
    - Durability and ephemerality
    - Impacts of materials and manufacturing
    - Imaging nature(s)
    - Greenwashing & greenwishing
    - Designs on the Anthropocene
    - Politics and policies of sustainable design
    - Design and alternative energy
    - Designing doom and gloom
    - Designing technofixes
    - Appropriate technology
    - Eco-modernism vs. green conservatism
    - Eco-fiction/Eco-topias
    - Deep ecology as design philosophy
    - Traditional design for resilient futures
    - Visual culture of the environmental crisis
    - Waste and afterlives
    - Silent springs and atomic winters
    - Social sustainability
    - Ecology and systems design
    - Navigating spaceship earth
    - Earthships and biodomes
    - Biomimicry and generative design

    Special anniversary strand: Making and Unmaking Design History

    2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Design History Society Annual Conference, held in Brighton in 1977, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Journal of Design History. In celebration of this landmark, we invite proposals for papers addressing the historiography of design and the history of the discipline, with the aim to curate a special anniversary strand on the making and unmaking of design history.

    We are inviting proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes, or proposals for thematically coherent panels of three papers. Panel proposals must include abstracts for all three papers in addition to a short description of the panel theme.

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 January 2017

    Please submit your proposals in the form of anonymous MS Word documents to:<>

    Convenor: Kjetil Fallan
    Co-convenors: Ingrid Halland, Ida Kamilla Lie, Gabriele Oropallo, and Denise Hagstr?mer
  • A Funded PhD Scholarship on the Architectural Patronage of William Wardell

    Melbourne | Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 20 Jan, 2017
    A Funded Ph D Scholarship on the Architectural Patronage of William Wardell in Colonial Melbourne

    Applications close on 20 January 2017

    The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne is seeking a candidate for a doctoral scholarship on a collaborative research project funded by the Australian Research Council on the architectural patronage of the first Catholic Archbishop in Colonial Melbourne and the British born architect William Wardell. The successful candidate will develop their thesis as a member of a dynamic inter-disciplinary team (Professor Jaynie Anderson, Shane Carmody and Professor MaxVodola), working in partnership, over a period of three and a half years, to begin in February 2017.

    The ARC project is:  A Baroque Archbishop in Colonial Australia We aim to investigate the cultural vision of the first Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, James Goold (1812-1886), whose architectural patronage has left a permanent imprint on the built environment of Melbourne. An Irishman educated in Italy, Goold was a passionate collector and missionary bishop. The Bishop imported a library and late Italian Baroque paintings to convey the intensity of European religious experience. When Goold was appointed to Melbourne it was a provincial town, but with the discovery of gold and the commissioning of St Parick's Cathedral Melbourne became an international metropolis. Through publications and an exhibition in 2019 the research may transform our understanding of the narratives of Colonial Australia.
    The applicant should have a strong Honors and/or Master's Degree. A research background and/or practical experience in architectural and/or art history would be beneficial.  Study will begin at the end of February 2017, and last 3-4 years.

    Candidates should express their interest by contacting Professor Jaynie Anderson ( as soon as possible, and by 20 January 2017 at the latest.
  • VAF Buchanan Award Announcement

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2016 – 17 Feb, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the Paul E. Buchanan Award. The award was instituted by VAF in 1993 to recognize contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. Hundreds of studies, reports, documentation projects, restoration plans, National Register nominations, exhibits, video/digital media productions and public programs are completed each year without the benefit of distribution or recognition beyond the limited audience for which they were commissioned. Nonetheless, many of these efforts can serve to inform and inspire us all. The award is named for Paul E. Buchanan who served for over thirty years as the Director of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Buchanan set the standard for architectural fieldwork in America and inspired many VAF members in the rewards of fieldwork. This award honors the valuable work that most of our members and professional associates perform. Projects completed in the last two years are eligible for consideration and may include, but are not limited to: • Architectural Recording Projects (including HABS/HAER/HALS) • Historic Structures Reports • Cultural Resource Surveys • Historic Designation Studies (including National Register and National Historic Landmark) • Preservation Plans • Restoration Projects • Furnishing Plans and Installations • Exhibits and Other Temporary Installations • Permanent Museum Exhibits • Visual Arts Presentations (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, 3-D media) • Film and Video Presentations • Computer Applications and Modeling • Educational and Interpretive Programs • Symposia, Conferences, and Public Events The application deadline for the 2017 Buchanan Award is February 17, 2017. For more information, please visit
  • The John Coolidge Research Fellowship

    Dates: 28 Nov – 23 Dec, 2016
    The John Coolidge Research Fellowship assists graduate students at a New England college or university working on topics in architectural history, the built environment, or a related field through an award of $500 to $1,000 to support their research. Applicants should submit a proposal (not to exceed three pages, typed and double-spaced) that explains the significance of their overall project, its current stage of development, plans for its completion, and a detailed plan of work that addresses how the funded research will fit into their larger project. Applicants should also submit a budget, a curriculum vitae, the source and amount of any other current or potential funding for the project, and one letter of reference (preferably from the student’s advisor). All files are to be submitted as one pdf document.
    All application material, including reference letter, must be received by:
    December 23, 2016
    Applications and reference letters should be emailed to:
    Anne-Catrin Schultz, NESAH Fellowship Coordinator at: nesah2017(at)gmail(dot)com
  • The Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship

    Glasgow | Dates: 28 Nov – 23 Dec, 2016
    The Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship helps graduate students or emerging professionals attend the SAH 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Eligibility is limited to graduate students in architectural history or a related field at a New England college or university, or recent graduates who are now living in New England. Applicants who are not currently enrolled students must have completed a relevant graduate degree within the last five years. The Rettig Fellowship includes support of $400, plus a registration fee waiver. Applicants should submit a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or work will be enhanced by attendance at the upcoming SAH annual meeting and indicating the source and amount of any other funding the applicant may receive. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae and the name and email address of their faculty advisor or current employer. All files are to be submitted as one pdf document.
    All application material, including reference letter, must be received by:
    December 23, 2016
    Applications and reference letters should be emailed to:
    Anne-Catrin Schultz, NESAH Fellowship Coordinator at: nesah2017(at)gmail(dot)com
  • CFP: EAHN Themed Conference Histories in Conflict: Cities | Buildings | Landscapes

    Jerusalem | Dates: 29 Nov, 2016 – 03 Jan, 2017
    HISTORIES IN CONFLICT: CITIES | BUILDINGS | LANDSCAPES EAHN 2017 in JERUSALEM The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the EAHN’s third thematic conference Urban Histories in Conflict, to be held at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on June 13-15 2017. On the 50-year anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the contentious unification it legislated, the conference aims to open up questions about the purpose of writing histories of urban conflicts. We ask how historians can account for the predicaments of violence and uneven distributions of power in the built environment, particularly in the face of current worldwide geo-political crises. At the heart of the conference will be the question of how eruptions of strife shape architectural and urban histories; and reciprocally, how larger architectural and planning processes, along with the histories that register their impact, intervene in the predicament of conflict. The aim of the conference is to bring together different responses to this predicament from both regional architectural and urban historians and worldwide members of the EAHN. We interrogate the inextricable ties between the history of cities and urban conflict through several complimentary questions. First, we examine how situations of socio-political conflict affect research. How does the temporality of spatial conditions stirred by conflict influence concepts of history, heritage, preservation and urban renewal? Bitter national, ethnic or class conflicts often inspire dichotomized readings of history, or conversely, generate pleas for “symmetry” or “moderation” that put the rigors of research at risk. What are the implications for architectural praxis (historiography, design, and their critical extensions) in either case? A second set of questions focuses on the architect/ historian/preservationist operating from a particular “side” of conflict, facing palpable restrictions in the form of inaccessible national, physical and moral boundaries that may put them at physical risk, or might raise questions of legitimacy, even as they may strive for scholarly rigor. Can one set claims on a “legitimate” practice from any particular perspective? Reciprocally, should architectural/urban history actively assume a civic responsibility towards conflict? How does the disparity of power affect historical analysis? And how does it affect practice, and the meaning of urban citizenship? Can history become a platform of negotiation regarding urban justice and democracy? Moreover, conflict has lingering effects. How does conflict inspire the post-traumatic histories of places such as Mostar, Famagusta and Dublin? How do these accounts intervene in current realities, such as the one we encountered in embattled Jerusalem? Situations of conflict often compel interventions that put into question disciplinary autonomies and make the issue of agency particularly pertinent. We therefore wish to explore the seam between the historian and the activist, because this is where architecture/history/heritage are negotiated, contested and pulled apart by different forces. On the one hand are scholars, and on the other hand are the state/ the market/ human rights activists—yet all of them claim a stake in the “public good”. Who is posing the rules of the game, according to which the historian as activist works? The study of this tension necessitates disciplinary exchanges between historiography and political theory, which we aim to address in this conference. Conference sub-themes: 1. The “positioning” vs. the “autonomy” of the historian 2. Agency and the seam between historiography and activism 3. The collapse of former geo-political boundaries between North/ West/ center/ metropole and South/ East/ periphery/ colonies within European cities; alternative conceptualizations of the cross-cultural, beyond the modes of area studies 4. Urban conflict resulting from labor migration and the refugee crisis. 5. Preservation of conflictual sites, their impact and interpretation of the “public good” 6. The persistence of conflict schemas within historiographic/ design practices that engage with the prospect of consensual peace or halted violence 7. Strategies for advancing research on (and funding for) histories in conflict so that history/historiography can impact the realm of praxis around issues of conflict We welcome papers that consider urban conflict and urge investigation into its related aspects of change and heterogeneity. Papers should be based on well-documented research that is primarily analytical and interpretative rather than descriptive in nature. Abstracts (of 500 words) and all queries should be addressed to conference chairs and the organizing committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Technion City, Haifa 32000, ISRAEL; Tel: (+972) 4-8294048, Fax: (+972) 4-8294617, Email:; Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus, Department of Architecture, PO Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, CYPRUS; Tel: (+357) 22892963, Fax: (+357) 22895330, Email: Important Dates: Abstract submission: January 3, 2017 Abstract selection and notification of speakers: January 13, 2017 Full papers due: May 1, 2017 Conference: June 13-15, 2017 Scientific Committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus Hilde Heynen, Catholic University Lueven Marc Crinson, The University of Manchester Sibel Bozdogan, GSD Harvard and Kadir Has University Istanbul Daniel B. Monk, Colgate University Tawfiq Da’adli, The Hebrew University Haim Yacobi, Ben Gurion University Organizing committee: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat, Technion Petros Phokaides, National Technical University of Athens Yoni Mendel, Van Leer Institute Jerusalem
  • VAF Access & Ambassadors Awards

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 28 Nov, 2016 – 01 Feb, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) announces two awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place in 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31 – June 3: the Access Award for first-time attendees, and the Ambassadors Award for groups of students. For more information about the conference visit ACCESS AWARD In an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes the Access Award supports first-time attendance by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field. There is no geographic restriction on the award and local practitioners, scholars, and students may apply. Winners are not required to give a paper at the meeting, although they may. The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 50 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend of $300 for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Winners, including those giving papers at the meeting, are required to write an article to be published in the VAF’s newsletter, VAN, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees. Applications are due February 1, 2017. For instructions and more information visit AMBASSADORS AWARDS The VAF Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF's recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF's visibility on campuses. During the conference, Award recipients are encouraged to use social media to communicate with a broader audience about their experiences as a participant in the conference. Following conference attendance, Award recipients are expected to act as "ambassadors" for the VAF, working to promote the study, documentation, and preservation of ordinary buildings and landscapes.  Each group of Ambassadors must also submit a written summary of its experiences to the fellowship chair.  The summary, as well as a group photograph, will be published in the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s newsletter, VAN.  Applications are due February 1, 2017. For instructions and more information visit
  • Theatricality and performativity of arts in Early Modern Age

    Málaga | Dates: 12 – 13 Dec, 2016
    Universidad de Málaga (Spain), Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, December 12 - 13, 2016 The aim of this conference is to advance in the knowledge of “Theatre and Festival”, beyond this traditional pairing, in order to address, in a global and comprehensive way, the analysis of the hybridization of artistic and scenic languages and processes in the context of visual and material European culture of Ancient Regime. It explores the theatricality and performativity of 16th and 17th centuries artistic culture (celebrations in court and daily life, theatre, music, rituals…), covering both the specific productions and the author´s work. Besides, it pays attention to the analysis of theatricality and performativity as features of architecture and visual arts. This conference is a result of the Research Project I+D+I HAR2015-70089-P (MINECO/FEDER): Appropriations and Hybridizations between Visual Arts and Performing Arts in the Early Modern Age. Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain). Principal Investigator: Carmen González-Román. PROGRAMME MONDAY, 12 DECEMBER SECTION I. The Court context 10:30h. A “multimedia” palace to the Medici: The Pitti Palace in Florence. Sara Mamone. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Anna Maria Testaverde. Università degli Studi di Bergamo. 11:30h. Coffee Break 12h. The Decorative Facet of 17th c. Court Painters: “Quadrattura” Paintings, Ephemeral Architecture, Stage Machinery and Theatre Sets. Teresa Zapata Fernández de la Hoz. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. 13h. "Umori freddi": Women, Music and Visual Performance in Ferrara y Venice (1600). Rosa Tamarit. Universidad Rovira y Virgili. 14h. Lunch break SECTION 2. The urban space 17h. The Royal Entries: Scenic Performances in Madrid (16th – 17th centuries). Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 18h. “Expanding” on the description of Great Ceremonies and Festivals. Stirling Maxwell and the artist´s role in Spanish Golden Age. Hilary Macartney. Glasgow University. TUESDAY, Martes 13 DECENBER SECTION 3. Hybridizations of arts 10:30h. How to produce things with gestures. Theatricality and performativity in Early Modern Painting. Carmen González-Román. Universidad de Málaga. 11:30h. Coffee Break 12h. The rhetoric of “l´ingegno”. Images of Invention, between military art and scenography. Consuelo Gómez López. UNED. Madrid. 13h. Lunch break SECTION 4. Digital Animation and Virtual Reality of the Performance 16h. The memory of Colour. Virtual reconstruction of festival polychromy. Victoria Soto Caba e Isabel Solís Alcudia (UNED). Madrid. 17h. Graphic Sources and Virtual Animation of Baroque Court Performance: The equestrian ballet "La contesa dell'Aria e dell'Acqua" (Viena, 1667). Andrea Sommer-Mathis y Rudi Risatti. Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte. Viena. 18h. Coffee Break 18:30h. Debate and conclusions SPANISH VERSION Con el propósito de avanzar en el conocimiento, este seminario pretende ir más allá del tradicional binomio “teatro y fiesta” para abordar, de manera global e integradora, el estudio de la hibridación de los lenguajes y procesos artísticos y escénicos en el contexto de la cultura material y visual europea del Antiguo Régimen. Se explora la teatralidad y performatividad de la cultura artística de los siglos XVI-XVIII (celebración en el entorno de la Corte y en la vida cotidiana, teatro, música, rituales, etc.), abarcando tanto el estudio de producciones concretas, como de la labor de sus artifices. Pero también apunta hacia el análisis de la teatralidad y performatividad como cualidades de la arquitectura y las artes visuales. Este Seminario Internacional es resultado del Proyecto I+D+I HAR2015-70089-P (MINECO/FEDER): ART-ES. Apropiaciones e hibridaciones entre las artes plásticas y las artes escénicas en la Edad Moderna. Ministerio de Enonomía y Competitividad. Investigadora Principal Carmen González-Román PROGRAMA LUNES 12 de diciembre 10h. Inauguración y presentación. Chantal Pérez Hernández. Vicerrectora de Estudios de Grado. UMA. Milagros León Vegas. Vicedecana de Cultura de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Carmen González-Román. Directora académica del Seminario. Sección I. El entorno de la Corte 10:30h. Una reggia 'multimediale' per i Medici: Palazzo Pitti a Firenze. Sara Mamone. Università degli Studi di Firenze. Anna Maria Testaverde. Università degli Studi di Bergamo. 11:30h. Pausa-café 12h. La faceta decorativa de los pintores de Corte seiscentistas: pinturas de quadrattura, arquitecturas efimeras, tramoyas y decorados teatrales. Teresa Zapata Fernández de la Hoz. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. 13h. "Umori freddi": mujeres, música y representación visual en Ferrara y Venecia (1600). Rosa Tamarit. Universidad Rovira y Virgili. 14h. Almuerzo Sección 2. El espacio urbano 17h. Las entradas reales, escenográficas representaciones en Madrid (siglos XVI-XVII). Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 18h. “Dilatándose con las descripciones de las grandes ceremonias y las fiestas”. Stirling Maxwell y el papel del artista en España en el Siglo de Oro. Hilary Macartney. Glasgow University. MARTES 13 de diciembre Sección 3. Hibridación de las artes 10:30h. Cómo provocar cosas con el gesto. Teatralidad y performatividad en la pintura de la Edad Moderna. Carmen González-Román. Universidad de Málaga. 11:30h. Pausa-Café 12h. La retórica de "l'ingegno". Imágenes de invención, entre el arte militar y la escenografía. Consuelo Gómez López. UNED. Madrid. 13h. Almuerzo Sección 4. Animación digital y reconstrucción virtual del espectáculo 16h. La memoria del color. Una reconstrucción virtual de la policromía festiva. Victoria Soto Caba e Isabel Solís Alcudia (UNED). Madrid. 17h. Fuentes gráficas y animación virtual del espectáculo barroco cortesano: el ballet ecuestre "La contesa dell'Aria e dell'Acqua" (Viena, 1667). Andrea Sommer-Mathis y Rudi Risatti. Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte. Viena. 18h. Pausa-Café 18:30h. Debate y conclusiones. Free access. More information: Carmen González-Román
  • Urban Heritage Narratives - Conference in Berlin

    Berlin | Dates: 16 – 17 Mar, 2017
    Urban Heritage Activism Conference SIMULIZI MIJINI URBAN NARRATIVES – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – International Conference 16 - 17 March 2017 BERLIN Deadline 18 December 2016 Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives is an interdisciplinary inquiry into urban heritage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Berlin, Germany. Through artist residencies, student exchanges and discursive events, the project seeks to develop a more inclusive approach to urban heritage that embraces multiple voices and supports diverse readings of urban environments from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective. For more information about the project and the programme of events, which have already included two summer schools, 10 artist residencies and a one-day symposium in Dar es Salaam, please visit our website: We now announce a call for abstracts for a two-day international conference at the Technical University Berlin from 16-17 March 2017, which, together with a coinciding exhibition at ZK/U, will culminate the project. For the Berlin conference we invite contributions that focus on heritage activism in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Abstracts that address the political ramifications of urban heritage, particularly in postcolonial environments, are particularly welcome. We wish to engage the grassroots movements around the world that are demanding a more inclusive approach to heritage, redefining how places in the built environment are valued and preserved. In addition we will question the role of research and scholarship as well as other forms of political, cultural and arts practice in supporting heritage movements. Rather than convening an academic event, we will create a multidisciplinary platform for activists, scholars, artists, cultural producers, students and local residents to debate urban heritage, present innovative approaches and put forward inclusive solutions. Abstracts are invited that address case studies in urban heritage activism in relation to the following topics: (curating urban heritage) How can information about urban heritage be gathered in diverse urban contexts at a community level? What are appropriate methods and tools for data collection? What role does oral history play? How can the data be archived in an open, accessible and transformable way? What strategies for curating urban heritage ‘from below’ have been successfully tried and tested? (media and protest) What can new technologies, such as augmented reality or virtual reality, offer to urban heritage research, curation and communication? What effects have social media had on documenting and archiving urban heritage? How have they affected protest movements? How can technologies be employed to hack or amend existing official heritage narratives? (activating urban heritage) Building on the Faro Convention, how can awareness be raised about urban heritage as a common cultural good and human right? What tactics can be used to increase public consciousness and foster local participation in the heritage discourse? How do we begin to (re)determine what is preserved and what is recognised as ‘historically relevant’ at a community level, thereby including diverse, minority and forgotten, ignored, or silenced voices? (performing and preserving) How can urban heritage be communicated to a wider audience effectively? How can its significance be understood and supported beyond the community level? What artistic, performative and curatorial strategies have been developed to convey the significance of certain places and practices within communities and neighbourhoods? How can these be used to protect and support their continued presence? Submissions and Deadline Please submit a 300 word abstract including contact details and a brief CV to by 18 December 2016. Travel Bursaries A limited number of travel bursaries will be available towards covering the costs of traveling to Berlin. Book Publication A selection of contributions will be included in a book publication, forthcoming in 2017. Authors interested in contributing to the book will be expected to submit a 1500 word synopsis of their conference presentation by 15 February 2017. Dar es Salaam Symposium The Berlin conference picks up on issues raised at the Reconfiguring Heritage from Below symposium held in Dar es Salaam in April 2016. There speakers from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Belgium and the UK presented heritage case studies and projects from postcolonial contexts. Notes As an interdisciplinary, transnational programme, we encourage contributions from all horizons to apply. We seek to increase the number of women, people with disabilities and non-Western contributors in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage them to apply. This project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
  • Coexistence. Bodies, Actions and Hybrid Spaces in the Contemporary City

    Rome | Dates: 24 Nov – 31 Dec, 2016
    “Coexistence. Bodies, Actions and Hybrid Spaces in the Contemporary City” is the title of a research and dissemination program. An exhibition, in Rome in 2017 Spring, and a co-written book want to celebrate the many ways to habit and build urban spaces, involving different, multiple intentions and reactions. Coexistence can take many paths, such as through exchange, joining, inserting, and layering heterogeneous activities and expressions, (sometimes even incoherently). We kindly and warmly invite scholars of any discipline, visual artists and designers engaged with this topic to join us with their own contribution for the three session of the call: 1) images (photographs as well any other techniques); 2) paper; 3) design. Every selected work will be shown during the exhibition and published in the dedicated book. Our aim is to build – together – a portrait of the multi-faceted city of our time. We’re looking for the most diverse expressions which investigate the various circumstances and situations through which the coexistence – whether spontaneous, arranged or suggested – takes place in the contemporary city and hosts the gathering of different bodies, behaviors, spaces, times, and cultures. More information about the topic and the application rules can be found here It's an initiative of the PhD Program in "Landscape of Contemporary City", from the Architecture Department of Roma Tre University
  • CFP: Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

    Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 22 Nov, 2017
    Routledge Taylor & Francis have announced a genre establishing book, Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century.


    The book has been produced in conjunction with the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS who are preparing a special Issue on the themes of the book for late 2017. Articles should in some way respond to one of the features and /or themes of the book (see below). If you are interested in submitting an article send an initial enquiry to<>
    The book contains the first ever extended comments on architecture by Noam Chomsky.
    Other architects included are Daniel Libeskind, Kenneth Frampton, Michael Sorkin and others.
    It takes on the critical issues of the day of architectural design and practice from a social and political perspective.
    It presents a new genre in academic writing, the ?interview-article?.


    The book is by Dr. Graham Cairns, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the author of eight books.

    Routledge information:

    Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century
    This book brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky?s examination of the US?Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern?s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.
    The ?interview-article? is a variation on the interview format that deepens the scholarly potential of that particular mode of dialogue. Extensive notation - often narrative in tone - is interwoven within the text to offer supplemental information and alternative argumentation and in this regard it represents a continuation of the evolving scholarly tradition of the footnote as academic tool laid out by Anthony Grafton. In addition to these narrative commentaries, these interview-articles are accompanied by full bibliographies and specific references entwined within the text. Contributors are also encouraged to develop discursive answers to questions that they are subsequently given the opportunity to mould into more considered essay type responses.

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