Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Architecture and the Environment (RSA Session) (30 Mar-1 Apr 17)

    Chicago | Dates: 26 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Deforestation, air pollution, endangered species, depleted natural resources and other environmental concerns were on the mind of early modern architects, patrons, and all those concerned with the art and act of building. During the age of exploration, ports and shipyards, cities and buildings were built through the manipulation and management of natural resources. This panel invites papers that investigate new building enterprises (cities and buildings, landscape architecture, ships and ports, mines, water basins, etc.) in terms of their effects on the environment.

    Scholars working in and on any geographical region are welcome to propose a paper.

    Papers might consider case studies analyzing single individuals and their ideas, for example, in 1582, Philip II, the builder of the Escorial, expressed to his government minister his concern for the conditions of the forests during his travel to central Castile. He called for the conservation of forests and voiced his fear “…that those who come after us will have much to complain of if we leave them depleted, and please God we do not see it in our time.” (Cited in Henry Kamen, The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance, p. 73).

    Other topics might include eco-critical interpretations of primary documents and texts, poetry, and/or drama; re-examining architectural treatises for environmental concerns; or looking at buildings and landscapes themselves in different ways.

    Please send proposals with CV to Katie Jakobiec, katie.jakobiec@ed.ac.uk by June 1.
  • CFP: Utopia: Whither the Future? ICLS Graduate Conference (New York, 22-23 Sep 16)

    New York | Dates: 26 May – 30 Jun, 2016
    Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Graduate Conference
    Columbia University, New York
    September 22nd & 23rd, 2016

    With keynote speaker Michael Hardt, Duke University Professor and Director of the Marxism & Society Certificate Program and Bass Fellow

    What are the stakes of utopia today? How can we understand utopia in history, whether in theory or practice? Are utopias possible, or even desirable? This year's Columbia ICLS Graduate Conference will confront some of the challenges posed by various utopian visions and projects: we want to emphasize the value of comparative perspectives in thinking about utopias, whether across historical periods, societies and imaginaries, or from different academic angles.

    Those interested in participating may want to consider the following categories:

    The Past. What can we learn from historical utopias? Why have so many utopian visions produced dystopian realities? How have utopian theories related to attempts to put them into practice? To the extent that we can talk about discrete utopian models, how can we learn from them? Are they always predisposed to fail?

    The Present. From Athens to Cairo to Hong Kong to New York, discontent with the present order has been palpable. But where are the alternatives? Where are the potential, and perhaps even practicable, visions for a better world? How is our present conditioned by past visions of the future? Reflexively, what is the role of academia in utopia? Is there a tension between the rigor of academic approaches and the drives of utopian desires? 

    The Future?

    The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University invites a variety of approaches, both applied and theoretical, from the worlds of academia, art and activism for its Graduate Conference 2016. The panels will be moderated by Columbia faculty.

    Possible subjects include:
    Planetary studies; The Politics of Cosmos; Religion; Justice;
    Posthumanism; Animal Studies; Vegetable life; Ecology, Cybernetics;
    Political Economy; History of Economic Thought; Capitalism; Communism;
    Society; Empire; Commonwealth; Nationalism; Cosmopolitanism; Democracy;
    New media and technologies; Science and Technology Studies; Technophilia;
    Premodern utopias; Ancient radicals; Utopias in Antiquity; 
    The afterlife of More’s Utopia;
    Dystopia; Heterotopia;
    Human Rights; NGOs; Humanitarianism; Philanthropy; New Utilitarianism; ...

    Please send a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to iclscolumbia2016@gmail.com by June 30, 2016. Decisions will be made and successful applicants informed by mid-July. Successful applicants will be required to submit the final draft of their papers by September 1, 2016. 
  • PhD Fellowship at ULB-Brussels

    Brussels | Dates: 26 May – 03 Jul, 2016
    1 PhD fellowship for a research project on Modernist reinventions of the rural landscape @ Université libre de Bruxelles

    Deadline: July 3rd 2016

    Morocco-1The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) – HABITER research center at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta is looking for highly talented and motivated candidates for 1 PhD position. The candidate will integrate the ULB team, coordinated by prof. Luisa MORETTO, and work under the supervision of Dr. Axel FISHER. He/she will focus on the Gharb plain (Morocco) case study. From a methodological point of view, the candidate will also contribute to the ULB team lead on two work packages planned in the MODSCAPES project: “documenting” agricultural development and colonization schemes; “changes and challenges” faced by modernist rural landscapes.
  • #ARCHIAFFECTS

    Dates: 26 May – 17 Jun, 2016
    An open-platform photography project exploring how architecture in Scotland affects us in our everyday lives

    Nicola Wilson, Shelly Crawford, Gemma Goodwin

    Competition open NOW til 17 June 2016
    Exhibition 08-16 July 2016

    New Glasgow Society
    1307 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TL

    #ArchiAffects aims to engage as many people as possible with architecture in Scotland through photography and social media.

    Architecture surrounds us every day. Whether its your own home, a simple bus shelter on your morning commute, a city street or a different type of space such as a sportsground, art gallery or club we're looking for your images of how you're affected by your built surroundings.

    Getting involved and to have your image included in July’s exhibition is easy, just post a photograph on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with a short caption explaining your image and include the #ArchiAffects hashtag. Done!

    PRIZES to be won include
    -A one-day tutored course on digital architectural photography with Stills
    -A chance to learn on the job by accompanying award-winning photographer Andrew Lee on a shoot
  • CFP: TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD)

    Dates: 24 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    The TAD Editorial Board is excited to announce the launch of a new journal: TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD). 

    The Call for Papers for the inaugural issue, VIRAL, is open and accepting submissions at editors@TADjournal.org until September 1, 2016. 
     
    TAD is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology, with a particular focus on its translation, integration, and impact on architecture and design. TAD will solicit, capture, and share new knowledge in the ways we think, make, and use technology within the building arts. Published articles will feature primary research in emerging materials, construction techniques, design integration, structures, building systems, energy, environmental design, information technology, digital fabrication, sustainability and resiliency, project delivery, the history and theory of technology, and building technology education. Aimed at researchers, educators, and practitioners, the journal advances and transforms the current discourse on building based technologies with the goal of expanding, reimagining, and challenging its role for architecture and design.

    Editorial Board 
    Caryn Brause, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Chris Ford, Stanford University
    Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
    Clare Olsen, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Jeane Ripple, University of Virginia
    Franca Trubiano, University of Pennsylvania
    Marci Uihlein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Andrzej Zarzycki, New Jersey Institute of Technology
     
  • A Room Without a View & the Camps

    Tasmania | Dates: 02 – 22 Jan, 2017
    In partnership with the Creative Exchange Institute, University of Tasmania
    A Room Without a View & the Camps
    Studio at the Edge of the World
    Learning Event 2017 – Launceston, Tasmania, January 2-22
    A CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (open to October 1)

    There is a major global problem of growing prison populations. 
    So often prisons create more problems than they solve and become 
    institutions of instruction in crime. Dominantly prison populations come 
    from the most disadvantaged ethnic groups and social classes. 
    At the most progressive, some prisons aim to humanise the incarcerated,
    but mostly they do the reverse.
     
    Population pressure, rapid urbanisation, the displacement of people
    by conflict and climate change impacts all now converge to expand the
    nature of criminalisation.
     
    This event will explore the issues, and examine ideas that radically
    redirect how prisons and refugee camps are conceptualised, 
    designed and function with particular reference to liberatory forms 
    of social change and education.
     
    The program will be directed by Professor Tony Fry, and limited to 
    25 people selected from around the world. For more details and instructions
    on making an expression of interest go to the Learning Event section of Studio. 
    For details of the event held in 2016 see the News section.
    www.thestudioattheedgeoftheworld.com
     
  • V&A/RCA History of Design in New York 13/14 June

    New York | Dates: 13 – 14 Jun, 2016
    Dr Sarah Teasley, Head of Programme, V&A/RCA History of Design, will be in New York on 13–14 June to present the programme's new academic developments around practice-based, public-facing research into the history of design and material culture.

    The RCA’s School of Humanities offers interdisciplinary training in critical, curatorial, 
    historical and theoretical approaches to art, design and architecture, at the heart of the world’s leading university of art and design (QS, 2015 & 2016). Graduates go on to leadership roles in universities, museums and galleries, arts programming, journalism and publishing, or to work as independent researchers and writers.

    Alongside History of Design, run in partnership with world-leading centre for scholarship and creativity, the Victoria and Albert Museum, sit fellow humanities programmes Curating Contemporary Art and Critical Writing in Art and Design. In 2016/17, V&A/RCA MA in History of Design will fully launch a new programme that integrates practice-based, public-facing methods with design and material culture-led research.

    At the same time, the School will launch MRes Humanities, a new and distinct one-year Master’s in Research programme that will foster experimentation, risk-taking and critical and creative thinking through humanities research.

    Introducing History of Design and the MRes, Dr Sarah Teasley and Professor Jane Pavitt, Dean of the School of Humanities, will also discuss: 
    • Preparing for research and curatorial careers in the arts and humanities
    • What practice-based, public-facing history can do
    The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

    This event is aimed at graduates and early- to mid-career professionals in art and design-related humanities, gallery or museums work, or those considering a career transition into these areas. 

    For those interested in applying to the School’s MA or MRes programmes, one-to-one consultations with Professor Pavitt and Dr Teasley are also available on 13 June. To book an appointment, or to attend the talk event, please contact aine.duffy@rca.ac.uk. Further information on the School and its programmes can be found at www.rca.ac.uk

    US applicants please note that the College is designated as an eligible institution for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the Direct Loan Program.
     
    Venue: British Council, New York Office, British Consulate General, 845 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022 
  • Artists' Critical Interventions into Architecture and Design, 1950 - 2016

    Coventry | Dates: 15 – 16 Jul, 2016
    University of Warwick, July 15 - 16, 2016

    Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Design, 1950 -
    2016

    University of Warwick, 15-16 July 2016

    To register, please email: artconferencewarwick2016@gmail.com

    What happens when fine artists engage with architecture and urban space?  What forms can such engagements take?  What political issues arise at the junctures between these disciplines?

    During the modern period, when artists and critics have often complained that fine art is overly remote from everyday life, one common way of overcoming this gap has been to draw on the greater social efficacy that architecture can seem to provide.  However, in other instances artists have used their relatively autonomous position to criticise or interrupt the relationship between architecture, urbanisation and power.  This conference will explore these issues as they arise in practices spanning the period from the 1960s to the present, exploring intersections between art, architecture and urbanism both within and outside Europe and North America.

    Day One: Friday 15 July 2016

    10.15 Registration

    10.40 Start

    Bill Roberts and David Hodge: Opening Remarks

    10.55 Keynote Speech

    Alexandra Kokoli (Middlesex University)

    ‘Uncanny Domesticities in Art informed by Feminist Anti-Nuclear Activism’

    (chaired by Imogen Racz, Coventry University)

    12.00 Break

    12.25 Panel 1: Race, Architecture, Art

    Gemma Rodrigues (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)

    ‘Simone Leigh’s Architectural Excavations and Inventions: A Storehouse of Signs’

    Monique Kerman (Western Washington University)

    ‘Structural Racism? Architectural Space in the Work of Mary Evans’

    13.35 Lunch

    14.35 Panel 2: Rethinking Modernism

    Natasha Adamou (Kingston University)

    ‘Shade Between Rings of Air: Architecture as Sculpture: Carlo Scarpa / Gabriel Orozco, 1952 / 2003’

    Hamed Yousefi (Independent)

    ‘The Avant-garde in the City: Koorosh Shishegaran on the Eve of the Iranian Revolution’

    Catrin Huber (Newcastle University)

    ‘Art, Architecture and Life: A Critical Discussion Between Three Historical Artists’

    16.05 Break

    16.30 Panel 3: History, Memory, the Nation

    David Burns (Royal College of Art)

    ‘The Spaces of Conflict in the Work of Mike Parr’

    Mark Stuart-Smith (Independent)

    ‘Something is Growing in the Wall: Architectural Subversions in the Work of Juan Muñoz’

    Kirstie Gregory (Leeds Beckett University)

    ‘Building inside Buildings: Michael Landy’s Semi-detached in the Duveen Galleries’

    18.00 End

    Day Two: Saturday 16 July 2016

    10.15 Registration

    10.30 Start

    Bill Roberts and David Hodge: Opening Remarks

    10.35 Keynote Speech

    Nicolas Whybrow (University of Warwick)

    ‘Complex Cities: The Architecture of Art in Urban Situations’

    11.40 Break

    12.05 Panel 1: Architecture, Urbanism and their ‘Publics’

    Kenneth Allan (Seattle University)

    ‘Billy Al Bengston, Frank Gehry and the Stakes of Spectatorship in Los Angeles, 1968’

    Danielle Child (Manchester Metropolitan University)

    ‘Art and the Public Square: From Decoration to Declaration!’

    David Hodge (The Art Academy)

    ‘Siah Armajani, Architectural Space and the Production of the Public’

    13.15 Lunch

    14.15 Panel 2: Art, Urbanism and the City

    Juliana Kei (Royal College of Art)

    ‘Art and Architecture Society, 1982-2007’

    Tomasso Gorla (Paris, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

    ‘Living Without Architecture: Italy’s Alternative Models for Life on Earth’

    Joel Robinson (Open University)

    ‘The Architecture Biennial as a Platform for Artists: The Case of the Urbanism and Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen / Hong Kong)’

    Anne Kersten (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation)

    'Knowledge and Mediation in Form – Design in the Works of Artists Group Futurefarmers and myvillages'

    16.05 Finish
     
  • Central-Asian Journal of Art Studies

    Dates: 24 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    The editors of the Central Asian Journal of Art Studies (CAJAS) call for submission of manuscripts of original research papers and articles for publication.

    CAJAS publishes papers of original research, theoretical articles, and substantive reviews of topics central to Arts (theater, cinema, music, visual and decorative arts, architecture, contemporary art), Art Studies (history, theory, art criticism), Higher Education in Art studies (art pedagogics and innovations), Art in Social Humanity and Philosophy Sciences.

    The journal is published quarterly and is peer-reviewed. The editors plan to publish both regular and thematic/special issues. Each issue
    includes: research articles, results of research/studies and reviews for books, exhibitions, performances, films etc. CAJAS’s aim is to provide a platform to exchange ideas on new emerging trends that need more focus and boost and will consider proposals that strengthen our goals.

    Prospective authors, scholars, art-critics, instructors of universities and colleges, postgraduates and undergraduates students of universities as well (undergraduates can submit as coauthors with research advisers) are invited to contribute to the publication.

    Review and Publication Process: 
    After submission of the manuscript/paper, the author(s) will be informed as soon as possible by the editorial team regarding its standing. Once the paper passes the double-blind review it will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal.

    Deadlines to submit papers: 
    1 January
    1 March
    1 June
    1 September

    Date of publication: 
    19th of January
    19th of March
    19th of June
    19th of September

    More information and submissions:
    http://cajas.kz/
    caj.artstudies.kaznai@gmail.com
  • Modelling Medieval Vaults

    London | Dates: 14 – 14 Jul, 2016
    The University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square. Seminar Room 4, 
    July 14, 2016
    Registration deadline: Jul 7, 2016

    The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser 
    scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering 
    offers the opportunity to re-examine historic architecture.

    Digital analysis has enabled new research into design processes, 
    construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and 
    relationships between buildings. Recent research on Continental 
    European and Central American architecture has established the 
    significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little 
    exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval 
    architecture in the British Isles. This is despite international 
    recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century 
    English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an 
    international context.

    The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this 
    emerging field to establish appropriate methodologies using digital 
    tools and identify significant questions for future research in the 
    area.

    The symposium will be relevant to anyone with an interest in:
    Medieval architecture
    Three-dimensional digital methodologies 
    Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of 
    architecture
     
  • CFP: THE PLAN Journal

    Dates: 23 May, 2016 – 23 May, 2017
    THE PLAN Journal (TPJ) intends to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking and relevant research, studies and criticism in architecture and urbanism.

    The criteria for selecting contributions will be innovation, clarity of purpose and method, and potential transformational impact on disciplinary fields or the broader socio-cultural context.

    The ultimate purpose of the TPJ is to enrich the dialog between research and professional fields, in order to encourage both applicable new knowledge and intellectually driven modes of practice.

    Prospective contributors are encouraged to discuss or send outlines or drafts to the Editors before making a formal submission. Such proposals, drafts or outlines (in .pdf or Word - .doc or .docx files) need not to comply with the instructions listed below for final submissions. Such proposals should be sent to:
    Dr. Maurizio Sabini
    Editor-in-Chief, THE PLAN Journal
    msabini@theplanjournal.com 
  • CFP: 2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies, May 11 & 12, 2017, Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam | Dates: 11 – 12 May, 2017
    The aim of the conference is to provide us with a framework for international compatibility on the best practice methods for digitizing our heritage, and offers an outstanding and unique opportunity for exchanging ideas on how we should meet the challenges that lie ahead. This conference will also give us the opportunity to discuss how we can incorporate new techniques into international standards of practice. Call for Short Presentations For the afternoon sessions of both days we intend to hold a series of short presentations. Potential presenters are invited to submit relevant and challenging contributions related to the conference themes. Please submit your ideas to the Conference Secretary: 2and3dphotography@rijksmuseum.nl The conference is organized by the Rijksmuseum, in cooperation with the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AHFAP). The official language will be English.
  • Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards

    Dates: 20 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    Each year, Landmarks Illinois and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation honor individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources.
     
    Richard H. Driehaus is a dedicated supporter of Landmarks Illinois. His foundation has underwritten these awards since 1994.

    Award Categories
     
    ADVOCACY
    An effective local or statewide campaign to preserve and protect a historic resource
    • Communication 
    • Community Effort/Grassroots Campaign 
    • Education 

    LEADERSHIP
    Individual, municipality, private organization, or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning, or public policy
    • Emerging Leader 
    • Professional 
    • Volunteer 

    PRESERVATION
    Projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure
    • Adaptive Use 
    • Rehabilitation 
    • Restoration 
    • Stabilization 
    • Stewardship 
    • Sustainability 
     
  • Travel grants: Global Academy conference (Salzburg, 5-6 Aug 16)

    Salzburg | Dates: 20 May – 10 Jun, 2016
    Salzburg, Austria, August 5 - 06, 2016
    Application deadline: Jun 10, 2016

    Open call for travel grant applications to attend the Global Academy conference in Salzburg

    The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts is offering several travel grants for attendance at the Global Academy conference in Salzburg, Austria on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August 2016.

    The aim of the conference is to discuss "Learning and teaching art in the globalised world", and to arrive at new forms of collaboration and knowledge exchange.

    Who can apply? Anyone who deals with the subject matter of the conference, whether as teacher, researcher, curator, writer or student. 
    The grants are intended for those who are unable to afford the travel costs.
     
    What does the grant include? Travel costs (flight, train, bus, public transport), hotel (max. 3 nights). For those travelling long distances, arrival on Thursday 3 August is recommended. In cases of special need, there is an expense allowance of 25.- Euro per day.

    Application documents: CV, letter of motivation and statement of need. 
    Please state your point of departure and mode of travel (flight, train, etc.).

    Application deadline: 10 June 2016. Written applications to office@summeracademy.at

    A jury will decide on awarding grants.

    Further details: office@summeracademy.at, www.summeraacademy.at tel. +43 662 842 113

    The grants are financed by the Austrian Federal Chancellery/Arts division.
       
        
    Global Academy
    Learning and teaching art in the globalised world Conference in Salzburg on 5/6 August 2016

    Today, education is a crucial topic in the global art field. This conference deals with the specific question: how can art be learned and taught in the globalised world? State-run academies are increasingly geared to global demand; countless studio programmes for residencies worldwide allow artists and curators to make contacts, carry out research, etc. in specific places. The focus of this symposium is on models and initiatives for a variety of formal and mainly informal artistic training and development facilities, such as Spring Sessions in Amman, ruangrupa in Jakarta, Casas Tres Patios in Medellín, RAW in Dakar, Roaming Academy in Arnhem and Open School East in London. 
        
        
    Schedule
    On Friday evening, two lectures will offer an insight into the subject-matter of the symposium. Sam Thorne will report on the current state of the discussion on innovative models. Regina Bittner will talk about the World University in Shantiniketan as an important historical example of an art school in India and its links with the Bauhaus in Dessau. On Saturday morning there follow ten 15-minute presentations by various institutions and initiatives. In the afternoon, the participants will form three working groups to discuss what kind of exchanges and collaboration are feasible and desirable in the future. 
    The working groups are not open to the public. The concluding event will be a public presentation and discussion of the results. 
     
    Friday 6 – 8.30 p.m.
    Sam Thorne, London GB, Art School Confidential Regina Bittner, Dessau DE, Schools of innovation: Bauhaus and Shantiniketan

    Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
    Presentations by the organisations / models / networks Alessio Antoniolli, Triangle Network, London GB Diana Campbell Betancourt, Samdani Seminars und Art Foundation, Dhaka BD Anna Colin, Open School East, London GB Tony Evanko, Casa Tres Patios, Medellín CO Carla Herrera Prats, SOMA Mexico Summer, Mexiko City MX Koyo Kouoh, RAW Material Company Dakar SN Ahmet Ö?üt, The Silent University, London et al., The Studio of Urgency (ended), and The Day After Debt (a long-term strategy for student loan
    relief)
    Farid Rakun, ruangrupa; Jakarta ID
    Gabriëlle Schleijpen, DAI Roaming Academy, Arnhem NL Toleen Touq, Spring Sessions, Amman JO
             
    Saturday 7 – 8.30 p.m.
    Concluding discussion with all participants Moderated by Hildegund Amanshauser, Sabine B. Vogel and Simone Wille.
        
        
    Concept: Hildegund Amanshauser in collaboration with Sabine B. Vogel

    Further details: office@summeracademy.at, www.summeracademy.at, tel. 
    +43 662 842 113
     
  • CFP: Romanticism and the Peripheries (Lisbon, 5-7 Dec 16)

    Lisbon | Dates: 20 May – 30 Jul, 2016
    Romanticism and the Peripheries
    An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

    "The Romantic phenomenon seems to defy analysis, not only because its exuberant diversity resists any attempt to reduce it to a common denominator but also and especially because of its fabulously contradictory character" (Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre, Romanticism against the Tide of Modernity, trans. by Catherine Porter,
    Durham/London: Duke University Press, 2001). In an attempt to accommodate both its diversity and contradictory character, Löwy and Sayre defined Romanticism as "a worldview constituted as a specific form of criticism of ‘modernity'" and expanded the term beyond artistic and literary phenomena to encompass a wide range of fields such as religion, political theory, philosophy, etc. Even though Löwy and Sayre may offer a guiding principle outside the interpretative confusion often generated by the term, their analysis is still mostly, if not exclusively, concerned with the definition of the phenomenon as it manifested in the principal centers of Europe (namely England, France, and Germany).

    This 3-day conference, organized on the occasion of the bicentenary of Fernando II's birth, the Portuguese king responsible for the edification of what is widely considered the hallmark of Romantic Portuguese architecture, seeks to focus on Romanticism in the peripheries, both European and non-European, and explore the validity of the concept for the analysis of artistic and cultural forms that, for the most part, originated outside the centers of bourgeois industrial civilization. Taking as its starting point the definition proposed by Löwy and Sayre, the conference invites participations on a number of issues including, but not limited to:

    1. When Was Romanticism? Attempts at Periodization and Definition.
    2. Sublime matters: Romanticism and Material Culture.
    3. Transfers and Cross-Sections: Literature, Theater and the Visual Arts.
    4. The Romantic Traveler: Drawings, Prints and Souvenirs. 
    5. Artistic Education. Academy versus Nature?
    6. Romantic Landscape, Gardens and Architecture.
    7. Romantic Nationalism – Romantic Imperialism? The Politics of Style.
       
        
    Abstracts (of no more than 300 words), accompanied by a short bio (appr. two paragraphs) should be sent to the members of the organizing committee, at iha.romanticism2016@gmail.com by July 30, 2016. 
    Participants will be notified by the end of August, and the conference program will be published in mid-September. The languages of the conference are English and Portuguese.

    A selection of papers from the conference will be published as a special number of the Revista de História da Arte, an annual peer-reviewed journal, and a second publication, in the form of a book, is also being contemplated by the organizers.

    For all questions regarding administration and practical matters, as well as the payment of the conference inscription, please contact Mariana Gonçalves (iha.divulgacao@fcsh.unl.pt).

    Conference inscription: 
    50,00 euros – Speakers
    40,00 euros – Participants
    20,00 euros – Students
         
        
    The conference is organized jointly by the Instituto de História da Arte, the Instituto de História Contemporânea (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and the Palácio Nacional da Pena (Parques de Sintra). 
        
    Organizing committee:
    Raquel Henriques da Silva (Instituto de História da Arte, FCSH/NOVA) António Nunes Pereira (Palácio Nacional da Pena, Parques de Sintra) Foteini Vlachou (Instituto de História Contemporânea, FCSH/NOVA)

    Scientific committee:
    Javier Barón (Museo Nacional del Prado)
    France Nerlich (Université François-Rabelais Tours) Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin)

    Executive committee:
    Mariana Gonçalves
     
  • CFP: Synagogue and Museum (Braunschweig, 21-23 Nov 16)

    Braunschweig | Dates: 20 May – 29 Jul, 2016
    Since antiquity and especially since the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the year 70 CE synagogues have become the central places of gathering of Jewish communities. They are complex, highly significant and polyvalent objects of for religious, social, economic, architectural, and artistic developments in Jewish culture. At the same time, they reflect the interdependencies with the surrounding cultures. 
    Since the holocaust, historic synagogues also gained high importance as focal points of remembrance and education.

    However, scholars were interested in the material culture(s) of Jews all over the world well before the holocaust and turned synagogues and their furnishings into a focus of their research. The documentation of synagogues as objects of cultural and historical significance started alongside with the establishment of Jewish ethnography ("jüdische
    Volkskunde") as an academic discipline at the end of the 19th century. They became items of collecting, which were set up in exhibitions and museums. Objects from the religious and cultural practice got "musealised", as well as entire synagogue furnishings and sometimes even architectural elements.

    After 1945, the interest in synagogues as objects of cultural history continued. Besides ritual objects and furnishings, the "empty" buildings of the annihilated communities became objects of interest. Historic synagogue buildings were regarded as museums, their material substance was and is restored and interpreted in different ways. The virtual and haptic reconstruction of destroyed synagogues generated another group of "immaterial" exhibits.

    The congress will examine the subject in a wide range of perspectives of theoretical and historical reflections. Historic and actual examples of documenting, collecting, and researching synagogues and their furnishing will shed light on the history, the presence, and the future of synagogues in and as museums. Thus, the organisers encourage scholars in the fields of art and architectural history, cultural sciences, Jewish studies, restoration and museology as well as experts in museums, collections, preservation authorities, and education programs to take part in the congress.

    This call asks for papers for talks (15 minutes) and for posters for a posters-section. It is also open for young researchers as well as museums, collections and initiatives who want to present their institutions and their ongoing or future projects. The members of the international and interdisciplinary academic board and the organisers will decide on the acceptance of the papers and the posters. The publication of selected papers and posters in the book series of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture is scheduled for 2017. The conference language is English. Provisions to refund travel expenses will depend on the approval of running applications.

    The congress is organised by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture (Braunschweig/ Jerusalem) and the Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg in cooperation with the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig, and the Israel Jacobson Netzwerk für jüdische Kultur und Geschichte e.V.
       
           
    Papers
    Please, send an abstract of up to 1.500 characters for a lecture of 15 minutes and a short-CV of up to 500 characters in English to the following address until July, 29th, 2016: u.knufinke@gmx.de

    Posters
    Please, send a poster (PDF-file, 5 MB max.) for the poster presentation in English to the following address until September, 30th, 2016: 
    u.knufinke@gmx.de 
     
  • Building a Nation: Photo Exhibit on the History of the Indiana Limestone Industry

    Bloomington | Dates: 03 Jun – 31 Jul, 2016
    Come celebrate the opening of the Building a Nation exhibit, a photographic history of the early limestone industry and its workers. Dr. Todd Thompson, State Geologist and Director of the Indiana Geological Survey, will explain how these recently discovered historic photos reflect the industry in its heyday, as well as the geology behind the stone and what makes it so unique. Available only from three Indiana counties, the Salem Limestone produces an outstanding dimension stone that has been used for many renowned buildings throughout the United States. The exhibit will remain at the History Center through July.
  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 20 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Architecture MPS (UCL Press) is calling for articles for forthcoming editions in 2017. The journal is fully open access and double peer-reviewed. Journal themes revolve around the relationship of architecture and the built environment with questions of the politics, media and society. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s diverse perspective. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): architecture, urbanism, regeneration, new technologies, heritage, cultural and political identity, socio-cultural symbolism, mediated representation and environments. Historical papers should seek to draw contemporary issues into their debates. The journal publishes two volumes per year. Each volume is contains four issues. Individual issues are published on the first day of each month during the publication cycle. See: http://architecturemps.com/back-issues/ For detailed submission instructions, please visit our website: http://architecturemps.com/submissions/ Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • CFP: 8th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design ASCAAD 2016 (London, 7-8 Nov 16)

    London | Dates: 19 May – 06 Jun, 2016
    The ever-increasing speed of technological advancements is dictating a new paradigm in which design, performance and behaviour are outcomes. Nowadays, the use of the word ‘architecture’ is subsiding in favour of the ‘Built Environment’, which is automatically recognised as a subset of the ‘Environment’. By replacing or redefining the term 'architecture' by the term 'built environment' the discourse becomes purposefully and intentionally more inclusive of the different aspects of our 'Being-in-the world'. In conjunction, our everyday ‘Being-in-the-World’ is critically influencing the environment. We note two recent outcomes that addressed this, namely, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations, and the Climate Change Summit recently held in Paris. In recognition of the role of Computer Applications in Architecture (CAAD), we tie our conference theme to the ongoing exploration into ways to combat climate change, through optimised environmental performance of buildings, sustainable use of materials and resources, and the resulting underlying development through enhancing the living conditions, with minimal impact on the environment.

    ASCAAD 8th conference theme builds on previous themes and extends them. We previously examined two particular metaphors. The first metaphor addressed aspects of virtual environments that resemble our physical world; In other words, it examined how a computer model can be 'read; or interpreted as  a physical model - how attributes of the physical world are assigned or projected upon the digital - and the reverse. In this conference, we would like to extend the exploration into aspects of virtual environments and their resemblance to physical environments by looking at the aspect of ‘performance’: the way in which environments are sensed, measured, tracked and visualised. Moreover, we reflect on matters and materiality in both virtual and physical space philosophically, theoretically, practically and reflectively. The second metaphor looked into the modes and means of interaction between our bodies and virtual environments. Here we extend the investigation to look into the ways in which environmental performance influences human interaction in real environments.

    ASCAAD society and committee welcome you to join us and participate in its 8th international conference ASCAAD 2016. With involvement of researchers and professionals in the architectural community, it will be possible for ASCAAD to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding the use of Computer-Aided Architectural Design and Information Technology and how the use / implementation would support and lead to innovative concepts, tools, systems and products on architectural, Urban/City/regional planning, and building science levels. The conference provides opportunities for participants from different fields to share their ideas and contributions.
  • CFP: Architecture and Capitalism – Solids and Flows

    Dates: 19 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    Architecture and Culture
    Vol. 5, Issue no. 2, July 2017
    Catharina Gabrielsson and Helena Mattsson, Editors.
     
    ‘Capitalism is back!’ 
    Nancy Fraser, “Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode: For an Expanded Conception of Capitalism”, New Left Review 86 (2014) p. 55
     
    The aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to revisit the relationship between architecture and capitalism, not by reverting back to ‘critique’, ‘post-criticality’ or even ‘resistance’, but from an outset of addressing their complex relationality. Going beyond the historic, industrial and building-based scenario offered by Peggy Deamer (ed.) in Architecture and Capitalism (2014), extending on and problematizing both architecture and capitalism allows us to address this relationship from other perspectives. We propose a thematic heading of ‘solids and flows’ to open up for less predictable, essentially non-linear, and more imaginary investigations. 
    Solids – which is how architecture most readily is perceived, as tied to buildings, symbolic and semiotic capital, manifestations of private or public wealth … but equally capturing the inaccessibility of corporate power; the ‘trust’ of credit ratings that certify risk-taking in the bank and finance sector; the closure and immovability of capital locked up in tax havens and offshore financial centres. 

    Flows – as in the fickle movements of global capitalism through networks of finance and speculation (and the arbitrary effects of their hitting the ground)… but equally capturing recent re-orientations in architecture towards relational or ecologist approaches, undoing the physical object, with an emphasis on process, agency and affect. Spanning across the virtual and the real, the material and the immaterial, the relationship between architecture and capitalism increases in complexity as regards to the production of identity, the generation of desire, and the forging of spatial relations. By juxtaposing solids and flows as tropes or figures of thought, we envisage the possibility for new and transversal connections; ones that, by exposing the gaps, discontinuities and ruptures in, through and between architecture and capitalism carry the potential for non-determinate futures. 

    Call for papers for this issue
     
    From this outset, we invite rigorously speculative, purposely imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and capitalism from unexpected angles – bearing in mind the slippery slope of too-narrowly confined definitions. This call is explicitly trans- and cross-disciplinary in nature, encouraging critical and emerging scholarship dealing with capitalist studies to engage with architecture as a tradition of projecting, shaping, assessing and experiencing the built environment; and scholars and practitioners in architecture and neighbouring disciplines to relate more closely to the dynamics of capitalism and its current transfigurations, brought to the fore through the advent of concepts and theories such as noologi, affective or immaterial labour, economies of debt, new Marxist scholarship, and neo-materialist ontologies. How can we think about these conjunctions of materialisation and immaterialisation, visibility and invisibility, solidification and vaporization? How can they be analysed, illustrated, represented, designed or described? We call for papers, essays, manifestos, historical inquires, fieldwork notes, photographic compilations, drawing materials etc. that address this broad and fluid topic in creative and original ways. 

    Contributions might address the following themes:

    • Processes and techniques of commodification and marketization in architecture 
    • Dimensions of value(s) in and through architecture, alternative values, and ‘value diremption’ (the ‘Other’ of value)    
    • Theories on the spectacular, affect/affective and experiential in architecture and their potential for generating the unexpected 
    • The spatial, material and localized conditions for central agents in global capitalism (bank and finance sector, corporate HQ, digital platforms etc.) 
    • The relationship between design, housing tenures and property ownership 
    • The architectural imports of spatial occupancy and appropriation 
    • Dispossession, austerity and the architecture of poverty
    • Thickened and thinned out spaces, secondary homes, and non-habitation
    • Real estate-driven architectures of affect
    Contributions can range from short observations or manifestos, creative pieces, or visual essays, to longer academic articles. Architecture and Culture is published in both on-line and hard-copy formats: there is capacity to host on-line contributions that operate in a different way to paper-based work. 
     
    Production schedule
     
    CfP                          May 2016
    Response                1 September 2016 at latest
    Editors selection      October 2016
    Peer Reviewing       October-December 2016
    Authors Revisions   December- February 2017
    Editorial checking    March 2017
    Copy to publisher    1 April 2017
    Issue publication     July 2017
     
    For author instructions, please go to ‘Instructions for Authors’ at
    http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rfac20&page=instructions#.VzRvBmN7BHg
     
    Upload submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/archcult/
    Or via ‘submit online’ at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfac
     
    If you have any queries or require further information, please contact:
    Catharina Gabrielsson: catharina.gabrielsson@arch.kth.se
    Helena Mattsson: helena.mattsson@arch.kth.se
     
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