Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Untold Stories of the Country House

    Doddington | Dates: 26 Oct – 01 Dec, 2017

    As the popularity of country houses continues to increase and the stories within them are told in more innovative and elaborate ways, so too does the opportunity to reveal further untold stories. This one day conference seeks to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry practice, by inviting researchers and heritage professionals to share their work and experiences of uncovering and interpreting stories yet to be fully explored in country houses.

    Stories such as the National Trust’s 2017 theme of LGBT histories, the nationwide centenary commemorations of WWI and the growing public interest of servant communities in historic properties are but a small example of untold histories shaping a ‘new’ country house experience. Along with the upcoming centenary of the RAF and women’s suffrage in 2018, to be discussed by our Keynote speaker, National Public Programmes Manager Tom Freshwater, we hope this conference will act as a platform for discussions of untold stories to further develop perspectives of the country house, expand and improve knowledge and enhance the visitor experience.

    We invite applicants to present 15 minute papers and posters (please specify in your abstract). These may focus on any time period, including the present day. Suggested topics include, but not limited to:

    • Geographical and gender history of art and collections
    • Women and land management
    • Ethnicity; sexuality; and religion
    • The wider estate
    • Social networking of the country house
    • Slavery and class
    • Leisure and hobbies in the country house

    We are also interested in papers concerning interpreting untold stories to the public and therefore encourage papers on;

    • Methods of interpretation
    • Ethical considerations
    • Issues of conservation and funding
    • Audience segmentations

    Please send abstracts between 200 and 300 words to untoldstories18@outlook.comaccompanied by a 50 word biography by Friday 1st December 2017.

  • German Studies Association: Call for Seminar Proposals

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 26 Oct – 13 Nov, 2017

    The 42nd GSA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (September 27-30, 2018) will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to 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 12 to 20 participants, including scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages. 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, artwork, or musical piece.

    In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants should participate in all three seminar meetings. 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 take on one additional role in the conference as moderator or commentator on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar, or they may participate in a roundtable.

    Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years, we give preference to newcomers and thus encourage the rotation of seminar conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that those conveners contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee, Professors Pamela Potter ( and Winson Chu (, to establish an official GSA Network on their topic.

    The application process has two steps. Initially, we invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following items:

    1. Title
    2. Names of conveners
    3. A 150-word description of the seminar's subject (which will eventually be used in the call for participants, the printed program, and the online program/mobile app)
    4. A 50-word description of the format of the seminar (which will also appear in the call for participants, etc.)

    These items are due by November 13, 2017. Please submit your application online at Your username and password are the same ones you use to log in to your GSA profile at Please note that you must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If you need your password reset, please contact Ms. Ursula Gray ( at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise with the submission interface itself, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at

    At this point, the GSA Seminar Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission, which is due by December 13, 2017. The committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2018.

    The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

    Margaret Eleanor Menninger (Texas State University) | (Chair)

    Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall College) |

    Faye Stewart (Georgia State University) |

    Please direct all inquiries to all three of us.

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

    Dates: 26 Oct, 2017 – 30 Mar, 2018

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

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

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

    Submissions due: 

    March 30, 2018

    Format for submissions:     

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

  • a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities

    Dates: 26 Oct – 03 Nov, 2017

    a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities is a pioneering programme for a European Graduate School for the Humanities, co-funded by the European Union and the University of Cologne as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Horizon 2020: MSCA). Central to this programme are its interdisciplinary approach and obligatory mobility phase.

    Designed to meet the needs of individual Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the Humanities, beginning in April 2017 a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities provides places for up to 10 ESRs per year for 3 years, training young scholars to excel in research and cope with the global challenges Europe is facing. Our mission is to empower ESRs in the Humanities to become aware of their pivotal role in shaping the future of Europe.

    ESR positions have a duration of 36 months per person. The ESRs will be employed full-time by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School (living allowance EUR 3,073 less tax deductions and employer’s contribution to social insurance plus a monthly paid mobility allowance and additional travel and, if applicable, family allowances). The employment conditions include social benefit payments such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, pension contributions and parental benefits. Please note that, in general, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School is not able to cover tuition fees for the institution chosen for the obligatory mobility phase.

    The ESRs of a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities are enrolled in the structured doctoral model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the "Integrated Track", according to two international mobility options. ESRs may apply for:

    > current announcement for doctoral fellowships in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme (application deadline: November 3, 2017)


  • Villa I Tatti Fellowships

    Florence | Dates: 26 Oct – 15 Nov, 2017

    Term Fellowships (deadline: November 15)

    Wallace Fellowship 

    Four Wallace Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for scholars who explore the historiography and impact of the Italian Renaissance in the Modern Era (19th-21st centuries). Projects could address a range of topics from historiography to the reaction to, transformation of, and commentary on the Italian Renaissance and its ties to modernity. Also welcome are projects on museum and collecting history, and on the survival of the Renaissance in modern art and architecture, in literature and music, and in philosophy and political thought. Read More

    Berenson Fellowship 

    Four Berenson Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for scholars who explore "Italy in the World". Projects should address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.) during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century. Read More

    Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

    Two Digital Humanities Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for projects that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and actively employ digital technology. Applicants can be scholars in the humanities or social sciences, librarians, archivists, and data science professionals. Projects should apply digital technologies such as mapping, textual analysis, visualization, or the semantic web to topics on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Read More

    Villa I Tatti - Boğaziçi University Joint Fellowship

    Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, Florence) and the Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University (BSRC, Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year residential fellowship. Scholars will spend the fall term at one center and the spring term at the other. The fellowship will focus on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Read more

    Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship 

    Two Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship, for four or six months, are available annually for curators and conservators. Projects can address any aspect of the Italian Renaissance art or architecture, including landscape architecture. Read More.

    David and Julie Tobey Fellowship

    One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for four or six months, is awarded annually to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, and questions of connoisseurship. Read More.

  • CFP: Walking with Saints

    Ronse | Dates: 26 Oct – 10 Dec, 2017

    Call for Papers: Walking with saints, Ronse, Belgium, May 24 - 26, 2018
    Deadline: Dec 10, 2017

    Walking with saints: protection, devotion and civic identity. The role of the landscape.

    Since the adoption of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003, the issue of cultural practices has increasingly gained the attention of heritage professionals, academics, decision makers and practitioners alike. Many practices, rituals, performances, social traditions, craftsmanship and more have since been put on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. However, despite the growing interest in the social dimensions of cultural heritage and the recognition of the importance of the intangible aspects of heritage, many issues still need further reflection.  A crucial aspect is the interaction and relationship between intangible cultural heritage and its spatial contexts. This is part of a broader “spatial turn” in historiography and research.
    For centuries people in Europa and elsewhere have walked the landscape carrying the relics of martyrs and saints. By doing so they gave meaning to and altered the significance of the land, be it urban or natural, in more ways than we imagine. One of these aspects is the way in which the landscape is transformed by walking it, thus setting paths, reinforcing boundaries, strengthening a community’s identity in relation to a certain landscape or setting the pace of life according to the repetition of the traditional acts in time.
    “Walking with saints: protection, devotion and civic identity” focusses on the origin and evolution of procession rites with a strong link with the landscape. This conference, therefore, aims at studying the religious landscape, be it a specific spot or a larger territory, not as the mere spatial background for spiritual activities, but as an active agent in the shaping, transmission and transformation of the spiritual activity of human beings throughout time. Hence, we invite also reflections on developments in the 19th and 20th centuries when a rediscovering of the past, both within and outside the Christian churches, was en vogue and when new ways of looking at the natural landscape were moulded in the aftermath of the industrialisation of the economy.

    Though the starting point is an activity that is typical for Europe, we are interested in broadening the perspective to non-Christian and non-Western traditions that have an important connection with the landscape in which they are performed.  It is generally known, for example, that the landscape and natural phenomena play an important role in the traditions of indigenous cultures in Australia, the Americas and Africa. In Asia walking with the statues of gods is a common, though little understood, phenomenon. It is to be expected that these traditions can broaden our understanding of the role of the landscape in the development and sustainability of immaterial heritage.

    Papers are invited that deal with the following themes of the conference:
    •    Sacralisation of the landscape: alteration, destruction and resistance
    •    Immaterial heritage: religion and landscape
    •    Perennial aspect of immaterial heritage
    •    Immaterial heritage and community building: identity, assimilation, integration
    •    Healing saints in their territorial context
    •    The influence of processions on the landscape and on the drawing of parochial and city boundaries
    •    Processions, pilgrimages and the senses
    •    Healing saints, magic and assimilation

    The starting point for the conference and the reason why it is held in Ronse is the Fiertel Ommegang. This procession originates from around 1090 A.D. and is yearly held on Trinity Sunday. During a walk of 32, 6 km the inhabitants of Ronse circumscribe the territorial boundaries of the city carrying Saint Hermes’s relics for protection and cure. For ages, the Fiertel has been one of the most important religious activities in the region and it has to date remained a strong symbol of the inhabitant’s civic identity even in times of secularization.
    This 3 day conference will be hosted by the city of Ronse and is part of an assessment of the local Fiertel procession as a possible candidate for recognition as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    Please submit papers for individual sessions no later than December 10 2017.
    Proposals should include
    - A paper title of max. 10 words
    - A paper abstract of max. 350 words
    - A short C.V. of max. 1000 words including current current affiliation and full contact details
    All documents should be merged into 1 single PDF file.
    Proposals should be sent to

    Call for complete session proposals

    While the sessions proposed by the conference organisers focus on the western European and Christian traditions we welcome complete session proposals on related themes covering non-Western and non-Christian traditions.
    The aim of the conference is not only to study the Fiertel in its local context, but also to trace traditions and rituals which are cross-confessional and transcultural. We hope that this reflection and dialogue will help us to understand the origins of the Fiertel, as a ritual and spiritual quest outdating Christianity.

    Full session proposal are to be submitted by December 10 2017.

    Proposal should include:
    - A session title of max. 10 words
    - A session proposal of max. 350 words
    - 3 individual paper proposals consisting out of a title of max. 10 words and an abstract of max. 350 words each.
    - A CV of max. 1000 words for each: the session organizer and the session participants. The CV should include information on the current affiliation and full contact details.

    All documents have to be merged into 1 PDF file.

    Proposals should be sent to
  • CFP: Canadian Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSO2018)

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

    Dates: 18-20 May 2018

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

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

    How to join:

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

    Abstract Submission: Abstracts should be submitted online at:

    Presentation modes: Oral, Poster or Virtual

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

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

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

    Important Dates:

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


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

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

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

  • The Wolfsonian - Florida International University Fellowship

    Miami Beach | Dates: 27 Oct – 31 Dec, 2017
    The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum and research center that promotes examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design from 1885 to 1945. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

    The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Writing | Architecture

    Dates: 21 Oct, 2017 – 15 Feb, 2018
    Writing | Architecture

    full name / name of organization:
    Special Issue of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses
    contact email:
    Call for Papers — Writing | Architecture

    Special Issue of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses

    Editors: Professor Eleni Bastéa and Dr Patrick West

    The long, entangled and fascinating association of architecture with writing has always been interwoven with concerns pertaining to the well-being of individuals and communities. Writing and architecture connect the self to others, and as much as we are shaped by the structures, cities and landscapes we inhabit, the stories that flow through our built and natural environments transform us. At the same time, traversing these connections and transformations, architecture and writing are molded by distinct disciplinary traditions, cultural imperatives and artistic and creative affordances, even in their synergistic co-existence. Furthermore, complicating and enriching the historical narrative of writing’s dialogues with architecture (and its imbrications with issues of human well-being), the emergence of the new materialism and related trains of practice and thought has served to expand the possibilities of re-inventing the human form through interaction with the diverse and challenging energies of the non-human. Through divergent, shared and holistic approaches, writers, scholars and designers are describing new and old types of practice that connect and re-connect the animate and the inanimate, the living and the constructed.

    TEXT is a fully refereed journal focused on the processes of writing and the teaching of writing, and this special issue aims to continue, interrogate and elaborate the conversation between architecture and writing that has preoccupied so many authors and architecture practitioners over time. Contributions may adopt a variety of scholarly and literary modes so as to support, expand, or challenge established positions. Submissions on individual writer-architects or architect-writers, or on individual texts, are most welcome, along with papers that use the writing-architecture nexus as a springboard for open-ended investigations into a range of thematics and disciplinary areas, including, but not limited to: material human-non-human relations, identity, imagination, urban studies, memory, space, place, thing theory, practice-led research, unbuilt architecture, built writing, design studies, cross-artform practice, paper architecture, and embodiment.

    Up to eight images may be included in each complete paper at the discretion of the author. Enquiries about submissions in hypertext or other experimental forms are very welcome.

    Potential contributors are invited to send Patrick West a title and 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, by 15 February 2018.

    Email contact:

    Invitations to submit complete papers will be sent by 28 February 2018.

    Complete papers of between 6 000 and 7 000 words will be due by 31 August 2018.

    All complete papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

    The special issue Writing | Architecture will be published in April 2019.

    cultural studies and historical approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals and collections of essays rhetoric and compositiontheory
  • Crossing Paths: The MTCC Competition 20 Years Hence

    Chicago | Dates: 27 Oct – 20 Nov, 2017
    Exhibition opening, Friday, October 27th, 2017, 6pm-8pm
    Graham Resource Center, S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Panel Discussion, Friday, November 10th, 2017, 6pm-7:30pm
    Upper Core, S.R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Exhibition on view October 27– November 20, 2017
  • Architecture of Energy

    London | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2017
    This symposium is concerned with exploring whether there are radical historical and interpretative possibilities in approaches that place energy at the centre of our understanding of architecture and the built environment.

    Approaches to the relation between energy and architecture have traditionally included the themes of resource expenditure in the making of architecture, architecture serving energy production, energy spent in maintaining architecture and the life within it, and waste and its implications for architecture. They have tended to be highly specialist in their technical aspects or localised in their historical scope. But the subject is of rising interest to academics interested in the built environment, and not only because of global warming and the currency of discourses on sustainability. Several recent books and conferences in architectural history and theory have developed discussion of related topics such as architecture and climate, tropical architecture, obsolescence, solar energy and the Cold War, the architecture of coal, architecture and carbon, and so on. In the main, however, these have also been narrow in historical scope and singular in their disciplinary orientation.

    ‘Architecture of Energy’ aims to open out the possibilities of the subject by looking at broader historical frameworks as well as interdisciplinary approaches. It draws on specialists working on a number of different historical periods and who are based in archaeology, art history, sociology and media studies as well as architectural history.
  • CFP: VAF New England Chapter 2018 Annual Meeting

    Sturbridge | Dates: 19 Oct – 15 Dec, 2017

    Vernacular Architecture Forum ~ New England Chapter
    2018 Annual Meeting: Vernacular at Mid Century, 1930- 1970
    March 24, 2018

    The New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum invites proposals for its Annual Meeting on March 24, 2018 in Sturbridge,Massachusetts. This year’s theme is: The Vernacular at Mid Century, 1930- 1970.

    We welcome scholarly papers and presentations on all topics relating to the built environment of the region, landscape, objects, construction technique, and preservation practice. Papers are typically 20 minutes in length and should be analytical rather than descriptive in nature and have a strong visual component.

    To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of 400 words describing your topic, methodology, and relationship to the theme of the meeting. Proposals may include up to two images, and should briefly describe the presenter’s professional affiliation(s).  

    Please submit proposals to by December 15, 2017.  All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt, with presenters notified by January 31, 2018.

    Students and early career professionals submitting proposals for the VAF-NE Annual Meeting are also encouraged to concurrently apply for the Richard Greenwood Award. Named in honor of a VAF-NE's past president and active member from the inception of the Chapter, the Greenwood Award provides an honorarium for presenting at the conference to a student or early career professional. To be considered for the Greenwood Award, please include a CV, along with the name and contact information of one academic or professional reference.

  • CFP: Liquidscapes: Tales and Tellings of Watery Worlds and Fluid States

    Devon | Dates: 19 Oct – 20 Nov, 2017

    A three-day (Wednesday June 20 to Friday June 22) event bringing together creative thinkers and doers to explore physically and figuratively our watery worlds and fluid states.

    We are particularly interested in submissions whose manner of presentation in some way directly performs the perspective that they wish to offer: in what senses may we approach, in our behaviours, our speech, and our work, the notion of voicing of water?


    ‘If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water’ — Loren Eiseley The Immense Journey (1957)

    Water. We are 60% water. 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in it. 97% of that water is in our oceans, which daily ebb and flow as we get nearer or further from the moon. It’s the substance of life, of mystery and myth, of joy and despair, of frivolity and fear, of war, of death.

    We gather here at the edgeland, in England’s southwest peninsula where water wraps around us and is dominant in our daily lives. Go much further on your journey to the westerly edge of Britain, and you fall into the sea. Our island-ness feels palpable here.

    At this creative summit we will explore watery worlds and the state of being liquid; we will speak of water as an element in and of transition. Water on the move with places to go; water as muse; water as a wild, uncontrolled element of the sublime; water as solid or gas; water as a boundary, as edgeland; water as an ecological healer or indicator of environmental distress; water as an agent of immersion, as a former of landscapes, stronger than rock; water as mediator of political power and cultural agency. Drought.

    ‘Water, that strong white stuff, one of the four elemental mysteries, can here be seen at its origins. Like all profound mysteries, it is so simple that it frightens me. It wells from the rock, and flows away. For unnumbered years it has welled from the rock, and flowed away. It does nothing, absolutely nothing, but be itself’  –– Nan Shepherd The Living Mountain (1977)

    Liquids leak, they ooze and transmute, they distil and become essential, they suspend and dissolve. We use liquid metaphors: cash is liquid as are assets and investments and economies; opinions are fluid; as are politicians and politics and religions (sometimes). Liquids are solid too, and sometimes disappear into the air, like magic.

    So perhaps the notion of a liquidscape becomes a metaphor for porosity and fluidity: across borders, across languages, across cultures. Water may wash away what we imagined was forever, but for millennia water was also the means of melding cultures through expedition, trade, art and war.

    ‘A wind spell can be bought from the [sea] witches in Lerwick in Shetland. The spells are bound into knots that can be untied to release the wind. Untying the first knot releases a gentle southwesterly; the second knot brings stronger north winds; and the third knot calls up a tempest. ­–– Tania Kovats Drawing Water (2014)

    Perhaps we are more conscious of this element in our environmentally troubled times, becoming fearsome as our climate seems to drift increasingly into moments of violent turmoil. Here in our little island, protected and moderated as it is by the warmth of the Gulf Stream and the cocooning of the sea itself, we are surprised when weather attacks us: and when it bites, it bites in the form of water, flooding our fields, washing away our roads and beaches, sometimes even our cars and houses. But, comparatively, our storms seem dainty, polite, rather under-stated.

    Across the globe increasingly violent storms are quite literally washing away the foundations of daily life, changing landscapes, communities and infrastructure, and diminishing governmental authority. Ice melt is causing sea level rise, palpable and threatening to increasing numbers of people. Cities, cultures and landforms are fundamentally and permanently altered.

    Climate change in incontestable form.

    Above all, whatever our origin or wherever we live, water (and other magical liquids: mercury, steel, blood) is our god and our alchemical muse: it is weaved into poetic language everywhere and in many guises. Our interconnection with it is as profound as it is absolute.

    Without it, we die.

  • CFP: A Stream on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture

    Athens | Dates: 19 Oct – 04 Dec, 2017

    A Stream on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture
    as part of the 8th Annual International Conference on Architecture
    9-12 July 2018, Athens, Greece
    sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

    The Architecture Unit of ATINER organizes A Stream on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture, 9-12 July, 2018 as part of  the 8th Annual International Conference on Architecture sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

    The aim of the stream is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Architecture’s Inter And Trans Interdisciplinary Relationships. Presentation may reflect on, but are not limited to, Architecture and Music, Architecture and Mathematics, Architecture and the Arts, Architecture and Cinema, Architecture and Cosmology, Architecture and Science, Architecture and Philosophy, Harmony in Architecture, Harmonic Proportion, Architectural Concepts such us: Space, Time, Harmony, Proportion, Notation, Representation, Presentation, Perception, Rhythm, Design, Composition; Which disciplines interact with architecture? Why these particular disciplines? In what way(s) do they interact with architecture? What type of relationship governs their interaction? Is it based on language? Based on concepts? When do such relationships take place? What periods are most paradigmatic for each type of relationship? In what conceptual contexts? Which authors have put these relationships into practice and which have theorized on them? What are the results of these inter or/and transdisciplinary relationships? 

    You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

    Fee structure information is available on

    Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

    Please submit a 300-word abstract before 4 December 2017, by email, to atiner@atiner.grDr. Clara Germana Gonçalves, Academic Member, ATINER, Researcher at CITAD, Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

    If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (  

    The association was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

    The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

    Academically, the Association is organized into seven Divisions and 37 Units.  Each Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

    Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:

  • CFP: Fearful Futures: Cities in the Twenty-First Century

    Barcelona | Dates: 19 Oct, 2017 – 28 Feb, 2018

    The conference theme for CITY is "Fearful Futures: Cities in the Twenty-First Century", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

    Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

    • Language. Literature and Linguistics
    • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
    • Media, Film and Communication Studies
    • Culture, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
    • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
    • Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
    • Sustainability: Ecology, Energy and the Environment
    • History, Anthropology and Archaeology
    • Geography and Landscape/Urban Planning, Architecture and Design
    • Political Science: Administration, Governance and Finance
    • Economics and Business Studies
    • Sociology. Social Work and Social Concerns
    • Technology and Information Science
    • Global cross-cultural comparisons
    • Public Policy (including Health and Education)
    • Travel and Tourism

    Key Information

    • Conference Dates: Friday, July 13, 2018 to Sunday, July 15, 2018
    • Conference Theme: "Fearful Futures: Cities in the Twenty-First Century"
    • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018*
    • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018
    • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Usually within three weeks
    • Full conference registration fees due for all presenters: May 30, 2018
    • Full conference paper submission (after the event): August 15, 2018

    *Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

  • Architecture and Representation

    Dates: 19 Oct, 2017 – 19 Jan, 2018

    "Architecture and Representation" is a collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Berlage, and e-flux Architecture that investigates the power of representation within and beyond the field of architecture, featuring Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jess Bier, Mark Cousins, Peggy Deamer, Mpho Matsipa, Joan Ockman, Hilary Sample, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, among others. The lecture and publication series brings to light the powers, biases, and histories embedded in the most essential formats and devices of architectural representation, and question how they disseminate into the world at large to shape social, political, and economic imaginaries.

    "Architecture and Representation" assembles a wide palette of techniques—from isometric drawings, computer renderings, and cartography to legal contracts, notational short-cuts, and building codes—that each in their own way translate phenomena into relatively fixed, conveniently sized, and orderly documents. The ability to turn architectural representation into operative metaphors is a power not only available to architects and engineers, but also to governments, banks, militaries, and scientists. From border walls and climate models to five-year plans and trickle-down economics, the architect’s toolkit is ripe for strategic appropriation, subversion, and cooperation.

  • Making Room: Housing for a Changing America

    Washington | Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 16 Sep, 2018

    The post-World War II suburbanization of America was driven by the housing needs of nuclear families, the nation’s leading demographic. In 1950, these families represented 43% of our households; in 1970, it was 40%.

    Since then, unprecedented shifts in demographics and lifestyle have redefined who we are—and how we want to live.

    Today, nuclear families account for 20% of America’s households, while nearly 30% are single adults living alone, a growing phenomenon across all ages and incomes. Supply, however, has been slow to meet the demands of this burgeoning market—or to respond to the needs of our increasingly varied mix of living arrangements: from roommates to single-parent, extended, and fluid families. Innovation has been constrained, often by deeply-rooted zoning regulations.

    A groundswell of action by housing entrepreneurs, however, is beginning to expand our options—making room for new models and design solutions. Looking beyond typical choices and layouts, they are offering alternatives at all levels of the market, from micro-units, tiny houses, and accessory apartments to cohousing, co-living, and beyond.

    Making Room: Housing for a Changing America explores these cutting-edge typologies through case studies and the presentation of The Open House—a flexible, 1,000-square-foot home designed for the exhibition by architect Pierluigi Colombo. The Open House features a hyper-efficient layout, movable walls, and multifunctional furniture, allowing the space to meet the needs of a variety of today’s growing but underserved households.

  • 2017 Housing America's Families Forum

    Detroit | Dates: 15 – 15 Nov, 2017

    America is in the midst of a silent housing crisis. Rising rents are wreaking havoc on famlies across America: more than 11 million households spend in excess of 50 percent of their incomes just on rent. At the same time, fewer and fewer Americans are able to access homeownership and the wealth-building opportunities it offers. The homeownership rates for young adults and minority families have plummeted.

    We are at a crossroads moment. We can either allow today's crisis in housing to grow in scope and intensity or we can seize the opportunity to help transform a sector of our economy that is so critical to our nation's future prosperity.

    We invite you to attend the Housing America's Families Forum in Detroit, Michigan on November 15, 2017. Bringing together leaders in real estate and finance, housing practitioners and experts from across the country, the Forum will be a must attend event!

  • Scholarship for Chicago Undergrad or Grad Students

    Dates: 19 Oct – 10 Dec, 2017
    Tour company Chicago Detours is awarding one or two students a total of $6,000-10,000 in scholarships to use for undergraduate or graduate college tuition.
    These scholarships will be awarded to support students of Chicago history, architecture, tourism, sociology, urban geography or archives. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, financial need, and the value of their intended research in contributing to scholarship of the cultural history or architectural history of Chicago.
  • Made in Illinois: Selections from the APT Building Technology Heritage Library

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2017
    AIA Chicago program at 12:00 pm.
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