Recent Opportunities

  • The Victorian Society in America Summer Schools invite you to a lecture by Richard Guy Wilson

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Feb, 2017
    "The New American Opalescent Color: Newport, Chicago, and England". Lecture by Richard Guy Wilson, VSA Newport Summer School Director and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia. Lecture is FREE to the public Thursday, February 16th at 6pm Learn about the VSA Summer Schools in Newport, London and Chicago before this year’s March 1st application deadline. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 13 to admin@vsasummerschools.org
  • 1963 Dream: 2017 Realities, Creativity & Black Diaspora Architects

    San Antonio | Dates: 18 – 18 Jan, 2017
    DREAMWEEK SAN ANTONIO, 2017, AIA San Antonio/Women in Architecture, Alamo Colleges
  • Spatial Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

    Houston | Dates: 16 Jan – 06 Mar, 2017
    With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University will award one postdoctoral fellowship for a renewable one-year appointment in the theory, history, and/or practice of Spatial Humanities. The fellow will develop or continue his or her own research project in spatial humanities, give a presentation to colleagues at Rice, assist the HRC in organizing a lecture series, and offer one course per year related to his or her research. This is a full-time, benefits eligible, one-year appointment, renewable for a second year, with an annual salary of $55,000 and allowances for research and relocation to Houston. Eligibility: Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline including, but not limited to, art history, architecture, geography, history, and/or literary studies, whose research and teaching interests focus on issues related to spatial humanities are eligible to apply. The fellow should have experience working with geospatial technologies or 3D modeling software. The fellow must have received a PhD between January 2014 and June 30, 2017. Application Materials: -Cover Letter -Three page CV; please also list the three references who will submit recommendation letters -1000-word research project proposal -500-word statement outlining applicant’s active participation (theoretical or practical) in spatial humanities -Course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course on spatial humanities -Three recommendation letters In order to apply, please go to http://hrc.rice.edu/node/729.
  • Docomomo US National Symposium: Modernism and Climate

    Phoenix | Dates: 29 Mar – 02 Apr, 2017
    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.

    Join us in Phoenix, Arizona for the Fifth Annual Docomomo US National Symposium March 29th through April 2nd, 2017, in collaboration with Modern Phoenix Week. The 2017 Symposium entitled Modernism and Climate will look how modern design approached desert climates creatively and how those design strategies continue to be relevant in light of our search for sustainable solutions and what we can learn from those creative efforts. As the only national event dedicated to all aspects of the preservation of Modernism, the symposium will bring together world renowned designers, scholars, students, and professionals from around the country.
  • Docomomo US 2017 Modernism in America Awards

    Dates: 13 Jan – 01 Mar, 2017
    Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

    Early nominations are due by March 1, 2017, and all nominations must be submitted by April 14, 2017. Winners will be announced June 20, 2017 and recognized at an awards ceremony to be held in New York City later in the fall. The jury will be announced as confirmed in the following weeks.
     
  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 21.3: Designing Commodity Cultures

    Dates: 13 – 30 Jan, 2017
    Monocultural production?the dominance of a single raw material in a
    regional economy?has figured strongly in the designs and representations of
    the Global South. From the intimacy of sensory experience to the ravages of
    war, raw materials have linked disparate territories through transnational
    circuits of exchange, imperial regimes, and technology transfers. What
    remains under examined is the relationship of these commodities to
    aesthetics and the construction of the built environment in connection to
    the rise of global capitalism. This special issue of *Architectural Theory
    Review* will argue that the extraction, processing, storage, and
    circulation of commodities has shaped images, buildings, and landscapes
    across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

    What are some of the methodologies required by this shift from the iconic,
    singular object to the infrastructural network linked to the trade of
    primary materials and transfer of technologies? In exploring these themes,
    this special issue will examine architecture?s links to a larger
    constellation of disciplines, from graphic design to photography to
    infrastructure. Potential papers might treat the role of cattle, grain, or
    coffee as architecture and design participate in their commodification. For
    instance, how does oil figure in the architecture of Iraqi modernism? How
    does the sugar industry inform the logic of Cuban urbanism? We are
    interested in research that addresses a wide range of geographical areas
    and time periods, from the conquests of the fifteenth century to our
    neoliberal present, paying close attention to the relationship between
    aesthetics, politics, and economics.

    *Architectural Theory Review*, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996
    and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural
    theory in the Australasian region. Published by Routledge in print and
    online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging,
    and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a
    rigorous process of blind peer review.

    Guest Editors

    Ana Mar?a Le?n amlc@umich.edu
    Niko Vicario nvicario@amherst.edu
    Submission instructions

    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 30 January 2017.
    Please submit manuscripts to the journal?s website:
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ratr

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are applying for
    this special issue: vol. 21.3 ? Designing Commodity Cultures. For any
    questions regarding this issue, please directly contact Ana Mar?a Le?n and
    Niko Vicario.

    Manuscript submission guidelines
    <http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ratr20&page=instructions>
    can
    be found on the *Architectural Theory Review* website.
     
  • CFP: EXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism

    Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Dates: 13 Jan – 28 Feb, 2017
    Density and sparsity, height and depth, hot and cold, centre and periphery, wet and dry, war and conflict: People the world over have adapted their living practices, architectures, and landscapes to extreme conditions. In our globalised era, local conceptions of the ideal dwelling, city, and community are increasingly exposed to alternative understandings. How do the house in the country and the flat in the skyscraper, the remote mountain village and the hyper-dense world city, the frigid arctic science station and the blazing desert financial district differ from and resemble one another? Can extreme environments foster innovative lifestyles that are conducive to community and inspire beneficial future urbanisms? Or do the technical solutions relied upon to help people cope with extremes of population, climate, light, height, and other factors necessarily distance people from each other and from the natural environment?

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

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

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

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

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

    If you have any questions, please e-mail convenor Adam Grydehøj (agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org). 
     
  • ARDETH 02. Bottega: Ecology of design practice (PONZO Giorgio)

    Dates: 13 Jan – 02 Oct, 2017
    BOTTEGA: ecology of design practice

    Theme Editor: Albena Yaneva

    Deadline: 10/02/2017

    "If we are to offer a sound advice about how architectural practice ought to function, we must know more about how it functions now" (Cuff 1992: 6)
    Until the 1970s architectural researchers have focused all their attention on the professional products - buildings and places. The process of design was considered as insignificant; it started receiving empirical attention rather late. The first studies that bear witness for architectural processes date from the 1980s. Two works are paradigmatic in this respect: Donald Sch?n's work on educational practice (Sch?n 1987) and Dana Cuff's work on professional architectural practice (Cuff 1992). While Sch?n argued that reflection-in-action stands against the systematic, scientific, linear way of knowing basing his observations on studio-situated ethnography of professional schools, Cuff's ethnography dug deeply into the significance of the daily professional lives of architects and offered a better understanding of architectural practice.
    In the last fifteen years we witnessed a new ethnographic wave of studies that focused on practising architecture (Jacobs and Merriman 2011). Inspired by pragmatism and Science and Technology Studies (STS), this body of research aimed at grasping the socio-material dimension of architectural practice (Callon 1996). They all relied on the assumption that architecture is collective but it is shared with a variety of non-humans. It is not a social construction, like Diana Cuff assumed, but rather a composition of many heterogeneous elements, an assemblage. These "new ethnographies" followed the principles of no hierarchy, attention to the detail, symmetry: attention to what happens between humans and nonhumans; undivided attention to words and the gestural and non-verbal language. Paying specific attention to the texture of ordinary life of deisgners, they generated "thick descriptions" of the knowledge practices of different participants in design published as monographs of ar!
    chitectural practices (Houdart 2009, Loukisass 2012, Yaneva 2009). This recent trend could be also termed as "ethnographic turn in architecture" as it is the outcome of several related processes: the emergence of a reflexivity trend among architectural professionals as a key epistemological feature of architectural studies, the growing realisation of architecture as a social practice and the social nature of outcomes of architectural production, the tendency to acknowledge the collective nature of design.
    As a methodological innovation, the reintroduction of the ethnographic methods into architecture twenty years after the pioneering work of Dana Cuff does hold remarkable potential to investigate new questions. This new development can contribute to dislodge the certainty of traditional architectural knowledge, the belief placed in the absolute authority of the historical archives and its simplifications by its practitioners reducing, even naturalising architectural research to the production of critical discourse about practices, yet taking it far from the nitty-gritty realities of design making.
    This special issue of Ardeth invites contributions that will address the ecology of contemporary architectural practice. "Ecology of practice" (Stengers 2010) is a politically sensitive concept used to capture and understand contemporary design practice. We invite contributions that will:

     *   scrutinize architectural practice as complex ecology involving actors with variable ontology, scale and politics
     *   reflect theoretically and analytically on the concept of 'practice' and trace how practice has been tackled from different perspectives: from the 'Story of Practice' of Cuff and Blau's 'Architects and Firms', to recent studies of architectural and engineering practices based on multi-sited ethnographies (OMA, Foster, FOA/AZPA, Kuma, Arup, etc.)
     *   explore empirically different formats of design (modeling, presenting, competing, exhibiting, etc.) reflecting meticulously on their specific epistemologies and their role for the 'reflective practice' of architectural design
     *   reflect on the importance of ethnography for understanding contemporary architectural practices; what is the nature, the epistemological underpinnings, the potential pitfalls, and the political dimensions and challenges of architectural ethnography?
     
  • New Indigenous Architecture of the Pacific Rim Public Lecture

    South Brisbane | Dates: 17 – 17 Jan, 2017
    The University of Queensland’s Indigenous Design Place network and School of Architecture will present a public lecture by three of the Indigenous contributors, to a forthcomig volume on indigenous modern architecture around the world,  two of whom are editors. Carroll Go-Sam (Brisbane), Daniel Glenn (Seattle) and Albert Refiti (Auckland) will each present at New Indigenous architecture of the Pacific Rim on Tuesday 17th January 6-8pm at the State Library of Queensland. This will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Grant and Professor Paul Memmott, director of the Indigenous Design Place network and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, both University of Queensland initiatives.

    More details and free tickets are available here: http://designonline.org.au/new-indigenous-architecture-of-the-pacific-rim/
  • PhD Scholarships in Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture

    Sydney | Dates: 13 Jan – 05 Feb, 2017
    Commonwealth, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Project Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture Scholarships Innovation in Applied Design Lab

    Project ID: CRC-P50578
    The University of Sydney?s Innovation in Applied Design Lab at the Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning, together with industry partners Lendlease and DesignMake, have been awarded a prestigious Commonwealth Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Project grant. The research project will focus on innovating in the multi-storey manufactured housing area, and building on the leading work already carried out by Lendlease and DesignMake. The focus on prefabricated and modular housing reflects the growing global interest in the transformation of the construction industry towards a more industrialised, smart and sustainable manufacturing industry.

    Lendlease and its subsidiary DesignMake have been at the forefront of innovation in tall timber buildings for several years. The collaboration between Lendlease, DesignMake, and the Innovation in Applied Design Lab on this CRC-P grant aims to unlock the potential growth of Australia?s prefabricated building industry. The CRC-P Grant will enable the next generation of engineers and architects to apply advanced manufacturing principles to prefabricated modular buildings. The CRC-P aims to secure the Australian industry?s competitive advantage in the global value chain leading to local employment growth and increased exports of prefabricated products and services.

    PhD Scholarship in Architecture at the University of Sydney As part of the CRC Project, the University of Sydney together with Lendlease and DesignMake, are seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for two PhD scholarships. The PhD candidates will work within the Innovation in Applied Design Lab<http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/research/iad_lab/index.shtml> and industry partners under the supervision by Associate Professor Mathew Aitchison and other faculty within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Interested applicants should refer to the Scholarships and Application Details below.

    Selection Criteria ? Ph.D Scholarship in Architecture We are seeking appropriately qualified PhD candidates who has the capability to undertake a wide spectrum of research and development associated with the prefabricated construction industry. Candidates will work directly with Lendlease and DesignMake, along with the wider research group, and will require a broad range of skill sets and experience across a number of categories. Candidates will need to respond to some of the following selection criteria:

    Essential Criteria

      *   At least two years work experience in academia or practice
      *   Applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity at least two of the following five thematic areas:

      1.  Supply Chain Innovation: Logistics & Time-Cost Motion Analysis
      2.  Configurator: Integrated Design, Manufacturing, and Process Platform
      3.  Digitising Field Activities: Site/Factory Interface
      4.  Material Fabrication Technologies and Techniques
      5.  High Performance Modular Building Envelopes Desirable Criteria ? Architecture

      *   Excellence in Residential design and construction
      *   Experience in innovation in prefabrication and fabrication design, technologies and processes
      *   Research experience, including published research or designs.
    Scholarship Details ? PhD Scholarship in Architecture

      *   Start Date: ASAP and to be agreed with the advisory team.
      *   Duration:  Three years full-time research towards a PhD degree. A limited extension of this scholarship by 3-6 months may be agreed with the advisory team.
      *   Remuneration - Successful candidates will receive $32,000per annum (indexed annually, and in some cases tax exempt). Candidates will also be eligible to apply for further internal funding towards research travel.
      *   The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants that are eligible for admission to candidature for a higher degree by research (international applicants, please note that the scholarship provides a living allowance and will not pay the tuition fees). Domestic applicants are exempt from tuition fees. The candidate must be enrolled in full-time study, meet the eligibility criteria set out in this document, and able to attend an interview, preferably in person, but also by remote video conferencing. For further information relating the admissions process, please refer to: Postgraduate research entry requirements<http://sydney.edu.au/study/admissions/apply/entry-requirements/postgraduate-research.html>.
      *   Please refer to the detailed entry requirement, linked below. On occasion, candidates can be admitted by official invitation and through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), through CV / Folio submission where appropriate.
    Application Process
    Applications open 16th December 2016 00:00am Eastern Australian Standard Time.
    Applications close 5th February 2017. 11:30pm Eastern Australian Standard Time.
    Applicants must:

      1.  Submit a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages, addressing: the selection criteria in this application package; the motivation behind the application for this scholarship; and, any other relevant information.
      2.  Curriculum Vitae containing a minimum of academic qualifications, work experience, evidence of research/practice experience, and any other information relevant to the criteria listed in the application packages.
    If you have any questions, please email the Innovation in Applied Design Lab Manager Rachel Couper, rachel.couper@sydney.edu.au<mailto:rachel.couper@sydney.edu.au>
     
  • CFP: Architectural Fantasies (London, 13-15 Jun 17)

    London | Dates: 13 – 26 Jan, 2017
    The Courtauld Institute of Art, June 13 - 15, 2017
    Deadline: Jan 26, 2017

    Fantasy in Reality: Architecture, Representation, Reproduction

     From the capriccios of Piranesi and Canaletto to Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, Archigram’s drawings in the 1970s, and contemporary video game architecture, architectural fantasies have been produced and reproduced for centuries. On the one hand, architectural fantasies stir the imagination, represent future possibilities, and utopian dreams, on the other, they reflect and reproduce political ideologies, societal aspirations and anxieties. Though by definition, fantasy relates to that outside reality, or beyond possibility, the examples listed above engage directly with reality and they exist as realised projects in the form of architectural representations – on paper, as models, as reproductions or as digital files.

    This symposium aims to consider the intersection of fantasy and reality by examining a broad range of architectural production from the middle ages to the present day across different cultures and media. It invites explorations of the often blurred lines, or tensions between fantasy and reality in architecture and its representation. This could include, the consideration of fantasy architecture in all its multi-media forms as ‘realised’, looking at the ways in which built projects are rendered fantastic through representation and reproduction, or the ways in which fantasy architecture engages with reality by highlighting society’s aspirations or anxieties.

    Architectural fantasies created in drawings, paintings, computer renders, etchings, photographs and films and three dimensional examples in models, pavilions, or virtual reality will be considered, along with built structures, as vital forms of architectural production that both reflect and produce reality. How does the production of architectural fantasies relate to reality and attempt to shape it? How do representations of architecture construct or perpetuate fantasies of the built environment?
    How have architects, city planners and/or politicians and rulers used architecture to reinforce fantastical notions of reality? What is the role of the mass media in the production and dissemination of architectural fantasies in popular culture? In what ways do representations of built or soon to be built projects contribute to the construction of fantasy? The conference seeks to address these questions and more.

    Topics could include, but are not limited to:

    - Unbuildable architecture
    - Architecture as symbol
    - The use and abuse of digital renderings and 3D modeling in contemporary architecture
    - Architectural photography and the construction of mediated views of architecture
    - The reproduction of architecture in mass media
    - Architecture in film and theatre sets
    - Paper architecture
    - Architectural models for built and un-built architecture, models as tools for teaching,
    - The Pavilion as a test bed for architecture, and/or as an expression of National mythology
    - Dolls houses and play houses, or other examples of architecture and play
    - Architecture and taste, class, and consumption
    - Futurism, historicism, utopisanism and distopianism
    - Representations of architecture in popular culture

    The first day of the symposium, 13 June will be an opportunity for the participants to visit architectural collections in London. This will be followed by presentations of papers on 14 and 15 June.

    Proposals are welcome from postgraduate, early-career and established researchers working in all relevant disciplines. Please send a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words together with a short CV and 100 word biography to Marie Collier (marie.collier@courtauld.ac.uk) by Thursday 26 January 2017. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-February.
    Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length.

    Partial funding may be available to cover some travel costs.
     
  • Early Modern Viewers and Buildings in Motion

    Cambridge | Dates: 25 – 25 Feb, 2017
    Movement, both literal and metaphorical, lies at the heart of early modern European architectural theory, design and experience. Architectural authors invoked the notion of progress as temporal motion, structured their books as tours of buildings, and followed the ancient Roman Vitruvius in explaining how to manipulate the motions of winds through building design. Simultaneously, poets led their readers on tours of house and estate, and Aristotelian as well as mechanistic philosophers averred that motion was inherent to human perception from particle vibrations in one’s senses to neural vibrations in one’s brain. Across a range of scales in lived experience, moreover, viewers and buildings were frequently in motion; people walked through built spaces, interiors contained portable furnishings, and travelers and prints circulated ideas of buildings internationally. This conference seeks to examine the range of scales, media, and theoretical discussions which foreground early modern intersections of architecture and motion. In so doing, it both puts into motion the usually static viewer and building of historical narratives and merges often independent yet overlapping strands of analysis – for instance, the ‘mobile viewer’ studied by art historians Michael Baxandall and Svetlana Alpers and the tensions surrounding early modern globalization discussed by cultural historians. These and other strands of inquiry are brought together by an international, interdisciplinary group of speakers examining case studies encompassing England, France, Italy, German-speaking areas, and the New World during the fourteenth through nineteenth centuries. Speakers include: James Campbell (University of Cambridge), Andrew Chen (University of Cambridge), Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), Stefano Cracolici (Durham University), Daniel Jütte (New York University/University of Cambridge), Emily Mann (University of Kent), Kimberley Skelton (Durham University), Allison Stielau (University College London), Edmund Thomas (Durham University), Rebecca Tropp (University of Cambridge), Caroline van Eck (University of Cambridge), Bram Van Oostveldt (Amsterdam University/Leiden University). Registration deadline: 12 February 2017
  • NESAH Annual Meeting and Lecture

    Boston | Dates: 09 – 09 Feb, 2017
    NESAH Chapter Annual Meeting 6pm and Lecture 7pm.
  • Edgar Miller, The Architect: The Radical and Transformative Architecture of Edgar Miller

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 09 Feb, 2017
    This talk will feature a panel of experts on Chicago’s architectural and cultural history to bring to life the story of Edgar Miller, Chicago’s not-so-forgotten genius of art, design, architecture, and philosophy of everyday creativity. Miller was a self-taught artist and master craftsman—a true “Renaissance Man” of the modern era—who transformed old buildings into modern works of livable art. This program will feature Todd Palmer, Executive Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Michaelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Architecture at the IIT College of Architecture. Presentation will start at 6:00pm. Refreshments will be served.
  • EAHN Themed Conference Jerusalem 2017: extended deadline.

    Jerusalem | Dates: 09 – 15 Jan, 2017
    HISTORIES IN CONFLICT: CITIES | BUILDINGS | LANDSCAPES
    Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem

    June 13-15 2017

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    We are pleased to announce the EAHN’s third thematic conference Urban Histories in Conflict.

    On the 50-year anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the contentious unification it legislated,  we ask how can historians account for the predicaments of violence and uneven distributions of power in the built environment, particularly in the face of current worldwide geo-political crises?

    The conference aims to open up questions about the purpose of writing histories of urban conflicts.  We welcome papers that consider urban conflict and urge investigation into its related aspects of change and heterogeneity.

    At the heart of the conference will be the question of how eruptions of strife shape architectural and urban histories; and reciprocally, how larger architectural and planning processes, along with the histories that register their impact, intervene in the predicament of conflict. The aim of the conference is to bring together different responses to this predicament from both regional architectural and urban historians and worldwide members of the EAHN.

     

    Download the full Call for Papers: http://www.eahn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/EAHN4.pdf

    Abstracts of 500 words and a short CV should be sent to the conference committee: eahn2017@gmail.com


    Key Dates

    Abstract submission - January 15, 2017

    Abstract selection and notifcation of speakers - January 25, 2017

    Full papers due by 1 May 2017.
  • Resonance and Remembrance: An Interdisciplinary Bell Studies Symposium

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 31 Mar – 02 Apr, 2017
    Resonance and Remembrance: An Interdisciplinary Bell Studies Symposium Call for Papers and Works Proposal deadline: January 15, 2017 Date: Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2, 2017 URL: https://gobluebells.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/cfp-resonance-remembrance/ Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Keynote speaker: Steven Feld (Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music Emeritus at the University of New Mexico), featuring Rahim AlHaj (oud) Tower bells such as the carillon are hidden in plain sight: the instruments and their players cannot be viewed on performance stages, yet they provide soundscapes and focal points for thousands of cities and towns worldwide. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will host the campanology symposium Resonance and Remembrance as part of the U-M Bicentennial. We invite proposals from any discipline concerning bells and bell-ringing practices of all periods and cultures, as well as proposals for the presentation of creative campanological works. Scholarship and artistic practice will be put in dialogue on combined panels and performances. We encourage proposals from fields ranging from musicology and sound studies to art history, anthropology, urban studies, architecture, the history of the senses, science and technology studies, new media, Dutch studies, legal studies, media arts, creative writing, performance studies, and more, as well as from artists working in any medium. Presentations in diverse formats are encouraged, including papers, poster sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, lecture-recitals, and themed panel sessions. U-M has two carillons available for performances. Possible paper topics include but are not limited to: How do bells regulate the progression of institutional and social time? How have they shaped their cities over time? How have developers of sound synthesis and digital fabrication technologies approached the creation of bell sounds? How do bell towers serve as both reified symbols of institutional power and longevity as well as instruments of resistance and transformation? How can artistic and technological interventions enable open-ended audience interaction with the carillon, formerly an instrument for the disciplining of everyday life? Email proposals to michigancarillons@gmail.com. See website for submission guidelines.
  • Taliesin: Preservation Process and Achievement

    Chicago | Dates: 02 – 02 Feb, 2017
    During the last two decades work at Taliesin has progressed steadily as its preservation team has completed projects ranging from the augmentation of foundations and the replacement of mechanical systems to the restoration of interpreted spaces and the conservation of historic objects. John Waters, AIA, a consultant to Taliesin Preservation, Preservation Programs Manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and co‐director of the Victorian Society in America Chicago Summer School, will present an overview of work at Taliesin and discuss the preservation team’s approach. In particular, the team seeks to learn from the buildings at Taliesin themselves and follow the cues they give in their development of solutions to meet preservation goals in the unique environment created by Wright’s at his Wisconsin home and studio. This talk, which begins at 6:00pm, will include a short presentation on the VSA’s Summer School programs located in London, Newport, and Chicago. Register at www.aiachicago.org.
  • NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

    Washington | Dates: 13 – 14 Mar, 2017
    Connect with a growing network of humanities leaders from around the country
    Communicate the value of the humanities to Members of Congress
    Explore national humanities policy
    Become year-round advocates for the humanities
  • CFP: National Humanities Conference 2017 (Boston, 2-5 Nov 17)

    Dates: 06 Jan – 15 Mar, 2017
    The Program Committee invites proposals focusing on a wide range of public and academic humanities work. We especially encourage proposals that address one (or both) of the following broad questions:

    What role can and do the humanities play in re-envisioning public life? In addressing this question, proposals might consider established and possible roles the humanities play in:
    ■ Offering new insights to public conversation on a wide range of issues
    ■ Engendering civic dialogue, discussion, and convening in the context of social conflict and division
    ■ Contributing to large-scale efforts, such as placemaking and urban change, environmental sustainability,
    public health, and infrastructure planning
    ■ Reorienting K-16 education and workforce development

    How can collaborations within and beyond the humanities community magnify the public role of the humanities? More specifically, proposals might consider how collaborations:
    ■ Engender new approaches to addressing local and global challenges in sustainable ways
    ■ Redefine and expand audiences
    ■ Enable the development of digital humanities technology and tools that can serve as catalysts for social change
    ■ Enhance both pedagogy and research and deepen the public impact of both
    ■ Establish new approaches to case-making for the broad relevance of the humanities
    ■ Expand the array of funders open to supporting humanities work both locally and nationally
    ■ Engage partners across public sectors, including civic and community organizations, government agencies, STEM fields, and the private sector to deepen the impact of the humanities 
  • CFP: Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities

    Dates: 06 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Call for Book Chapters

    Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities
    Mirjana Ristic and Sybille Frank
     
    Important Note
    This call for book chapters is specifically aimed at attracting contributions that would cover case studies of urban heritage in divided cities of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

    Editors? Details
    Dr Mirjana Ristic, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt, ristic@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de<mailto:ristic@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de>
    Professor Sybille Frank, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt, frank@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de<mailto:frank@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de>

    Topic and Objective of the Book
    Through history, urban heritage has played a prominent role in the construction of collective memory and identity of national, ethnic or sectarian groups. Historic places, buildings, and monuments invested with ?myths? about glorious periods of the past gave a group of people a sense of continuity and strengthened their collective unity. Nevertheless, urban heritage also includes places invested with ?contested pasts? recalling violence, oppression and division during wars, periods of political unrest or colonial and authoritarian political regimes. Relics, traces and memories of such events in the cityscape have been regarded in the academic literature as ?dissonant heritage? (Tunbridge and Ashworth), ?difficult heritage? (McDonald) and ?places of pain and shame? (Logan and Reeves) due to their capacity to impose collective trauma or stigma upon a social group and create the grounds for continuous political tensions and disputes.

    This book seeks to explore the role of contested urban heritage in mediating and/or overcoming political conflict in the context of divided cities. We take urban heritage in a broad sense to include tangible elements of the city such as ruins, remains of border architecture, traces of violence in public space, and memorials; as well as intangible elements of city, including urban voids, everyday rituals, place names and other forms of spatial discourse. These can be both designated and undesignated urban heritage sites. We look for contributions that will cover one of the following themes:

    1. Heritage at war
    Recent political events show that urban heritage in divided cities plays a role in the war not merely as the site of violence and terror, but the very tool through which they are mediated. The Old Bridge in Mostar was bombed out in 1993, the Nablus old town was bulldozed and demolished by tank fire in 2002, while Syrian ancient sites are still being pulverized by ISIS.

    We ask: Why is urban heritage so often rendered a target of the war? What are the political, social and urban effects of its destruction? How can urban heritage be used as a tool for political resistance to war, conflict and violence?

    2. Divided heritage
    Urban heritage is often re-designed, re-invented and employed as an instrument of political division in the cityscape. Discrete religious heritage dominates the Greek and Turkish sides of Nicosia, urban parades invested with separate sectarian traditions are held in Belfast, streets in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo acquired different commemorative names after the war.

    We ask: What role do spatial remnants, practices and discourses of the past play in the demarcation of urban territories and construction of collective identities? What happens when heritage of one social group becomes ?displaced? on the side of the other? How does urban heritage mediate and contest socio-spatial marginalization, discrimination and exclusion?

    3. Dealing with contested heritage
    The political division of the city itself often leaves contested urban heritage in the cityscape. The legacy of ethnic clashes is still visible in the cityscape of Beirut, while traces and memories of the Berlin Wall still haunt the city.

    We ask: What should be done with remnants of the city?s division in the post-conflict scenario? What influence do preservation and commemoration of these places have on transformation of the city?s spatial morphology, flows of urban life and place identity? In what ways can transformation of such heritage contribute to reunification and reconciliation?

    4. The Everyday Life of Urban Heritage in Divided Cities Common research on urban heritage often focuses on representational capacities and the symbolic role of heritage sites.

    We ask: How are the official discourses of history and memory embedded in these sites accepted, contested and/or transformed through their use? In which ways are new popular and unintended meanings inscribed in these sites through spatial practices around them?

    Target Audience
    The book will be of interest to academic audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-spatial role of urban heritage in the context of political conflict. The main fields include: sociology, political sciences, history, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture, archaeology, ethnology and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in governing, planning, designing and transforming urban heritage, including: heritage practitioners, policy makers, government and city officials, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will also be relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-spatial analysis of contested urban heritage.

    Type of Contributions and Submission Procedure This book will expand on a conference panel entitled ?Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities?, held as a part of the third biannual conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies in Montreal from 3rd to 8th of June 2016. The conference panel included presentations focused on the case studies from Europe and the Middle East. In contrast, the book will be of a global scope. We specifically seek for contributions that would cover the cases of urban heritage in divided cities of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. We welcome chapter proposals from different disciplines including but not limited to: urban studies, architecture, human geography, sociology, political sciences, history, cultural studies, human geography, archaeology, ethnology, anthropology and other. We look for both empirical and theoretic chapters.

    Submission deadlines and guidelines:

    31 Jan 2017     An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    15 Feb 2017     Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.
    31 May 2017    The 1st draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6-8,000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.
    31 Aug 2017     Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    30 Sep 2017     The 2nd draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    30 Nov 2017     Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    24 Dec 2017     Final editing of chapters and book submission.
    Jun/July 2018   Book publication.
     
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