Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Explorations in the Digital Humanities (Lisbon, 6-9 Sep 16)

    Lisbon | Dates: 10 Jun – 10 Jul, 2016
    The Digital Humanities have been largely discussed and are currently a well-established branch of knowledge with specific departments and journals. How does all this impact our on-going research projects? This workshop aims at providing concrete answers to specific needs and challenges emerging from projects carried out by master and PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers. A cluster of qualified international scholars and professionals has been put together to improve and transform our research, through theoretical analysis and technological resources.

    Seminars, as well as training sessions, will be organized in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to: 
    - (Re)center the Digital Humanities in questions raised by students, 
    researchers, scholars and professionals.
    - Facilitate the choice of techniques; 
    - Shape the outcomes trough digital tools.
    - Improve information sharing.

    See website for the full call for papers.
     
  • Byzantine Studies Alive

    Nijmegen | Dates: 16 – 17 Jun, 2016
    In recent decades many new studies on the Byzantine world have appeared that have offered us new perspectives on existing views of the Byzantine Empire. Averil Cameron (the keynote speaker of the conference!) has demonstrated in her recent Byzantine Matters (2014) that – although we have made progress in the past few decades – Byzantine Studies is still left with many questions on issues such as Byzantine identity, the Hellenistic influence or our understanding of religious practices and orthodoxy in the Byzantine world.

    This conference will take up the challenge of demonstrating that Byzantine Studies is far from dead by showing how the diversities and complexities have made Byzantium into a fascinating world worth of our attention. Both junior and senior scholars from all over the world and from various disciplines and such Byzantine history, art history, literature and archaeology will present their research during this two day conference.
  • ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe Issue 8 | 2015

    Dates: 09 Jun – 01 Dec, 2016
    ABE Journal is pleased to announce the release of issue 8 | 2015, available here.

    This issue's thematic section, guest-edited by Le?la el-Wakil (University of Geneva), is devoted to 'Ornamental Tiles' and includes contributions by Anas Soufan, Antonio Bravo-Nieto and Thibault Bechini.

    Founded in 2012, ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is a scholarly, double blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of 19th- and 20th-century architecture and urbanism outside of Europe. It focuses primarily on the transfers, adaptations and appropriations of forms, technologies, models and doctrines in colonial and postcolonial situations. Conceived as a place of exchange in an emerging and dynamic field of research, ABE Journal aims to provide a specialist scholarly forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas relating to architecture in the colonial and postcolonial realms, as well as to local forms of modernism. It publishes articles and contents in five languages (French, English, Spanish, German and Italian) and is edited by the research centre InVisu (CNRS/INHA) in Paris.

    Issue 9-10 | 2016 of ABE Journal is due in December 2016 and features a thematic section on 'Dynamic Vernacular', guest-edited by Mark Crinson (University of Manchester).

    Specific calls for thematic section papers are regularly open, with their own schedule of deadlines.

    Concurrently, we welcome the submission of papers that fit the remit of the journal while being unrelated to specific thematic sections, as well as of new thematic section proposals, at all times.

    All submissions should be sent to abe@inha.fr.
    Guidelines are available here.
     
  • CFP: ARCHTHEO '16 / 10th International Theory and History of Architecture Conference (Istanbul, 27-29 Oct 16)

    Istanbul | Dates: 09 Jun – 22 Jul, 2016
    Papers will be published in DAKAM's online library and in the proceedings e-book (with an ISBN number), which will be given to you in a DVD box and will be sent to be reviewed in the "Thomson & Reuters WOS' Conference Proceedings Citation Index-CPCI"

    ARCHTHEO '16 / X. International Theory of Architecture Conference will be held at Nippon Meeting Halls in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).

     
    THEMES

    TRACK 01:
    ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICISM

    Criticism
    - Criticism and History of Architecture
    - Architectural Criticism, Critical Theory and ‘Critical Architecture’
    - Essential Texts on Architectural Theory
    - Architect as Author: Texts by the architects

    Commenting on Space
    - Multidisciplinary Studies on architecture
    - A structural relationship between architecture and text
    - Traveling, dairies and urban space
    - Philosophy and architecture

    Book and architecture
    - History of architectural publishing
    - Book and architecture: Architectural Writing
    - Case studies on terminology and points of view
    - Definition and concepts by architectural movements or periods

    TRACK 02:
    ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICAL APPROACHES

    - Design as a Critical Tool
    - Architectural History as Critical Practice
    - Critical Theory and Space
    - Ideology and Architecture
    - Architecture and Capitalism
    - Reformism and Radicalism
    - Architecture and political art
    - Controversies, counterparts and confrontations in architecture
    (This track is connected to the Critical Approaches Research Direction of DAKAM)

    TRACK 03:
    EVERYDAY LIFE AND SPACE

    - Everyday life, ideology and culture
    - Phenomenology and architecture
    - Anthropology, locality and 'low' architecture
    - Body, movement and space
    - Perception, feeling and space
    - Metaphors, symbols and people
    - Lives of Buildings
    - Public and private life
    - Objects and interiors
    - The problem of scale in architecture
    - Buildings, urban life and environment
    (This track is connected to the Everyday Life Research Direction of DAKAM)
     
  • CFP: Between Paper and Pixels. Transmedial Traffic in Architectural Drawing (Delft/Rotterdam, 30 Nov-1 Dec 16)

    Delft and Rotterdam | Dates: 09 Jun – 29 Aug, 2016
    3D-modelling on a flat computer screen has revolutionized architectural drawing and representation. It has transformed drawing into spatial script-writing, integrating data sets and blurring boundaries between disciplines and between production modes. Not so long ago, in the 1990s when the computer invaded architectural practice, paperless studios and offices seemed the avant-gardist way forward. Yet currently, the architectural drawing on paper enjoys a surprising and refreshingly new interest from architects, historians and collectors alike. The digital turn in architecture did not result in the abandonment of paper. On the contrary, the predominance of the digital in contemporary communications and architectural production has elicited the rediscovery of the specific qualities of the old-fashioned architectural drawing and its representation techniques. In architecture schools and museums there is a new interest for sketching, drawing, collaging et cetera as a forgotten tool for observing and analysing. At the same time, one can see a new productive, transmedial traffic happening between the realms of electronic representation and the paper drawing. Experiments in digital modelling borrow from classic techniques on paper. Contemporary software enables hand drawing on touch screen devices. Annotation software faciliates immediate interaction creating electronic palimpsests. Immersive representation technologies bring about a refocus on the human body and experience. These new developments raise profound questions concerning the status of the architectural drawing, as a tool for communication, research, design and imagination.

    For its third annual conference, The Jaap Bakema Study Centre, in collaboration with TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, aims to look closer into this new cross-pollination between the media of paper and pixels. We are interested in contributions that bring to the conference a wide variety of perspectives, both historical and theoretical in nature, and which address, but are not limited to the following questions. What exactly is an architectural drawing today? Can we still talk about clear definitions here, in terms of an object, a medium of representation and communication or a tool to realize an actual building? Hand drawing comes with a draughts(wo)man. The drawing is a space in which an author appears. We might recognize the handwriting, an individual style. How are authorship and originality reconceptualized in an age of electronic reproduction? What happens when drawings become platforms for interaction between multiple actors, for instance in the case of BIM (Building Information Modelling) software? How do we keep the new architectural drawings, where do we store them? Why should we keep and store them? Are they proper 'objects' to collect? How will they transform the archive as a space of memory and knowledge (re)production? How does one exhibit the new drawings? The whole notion of 'exhibiting' seems in need of redefinition here, since the exhibition becomes the staging of a reproduction without original. Can we go beyond the postmodernist notions of simulation and hyperreality to understand the kind of representations we are looking at? And eventually, if the drawing is the ultimate medium of the architect, how is this transmedial traffic effecting the figure of the architect, his or her role, and the architectural discipline?

    ++++ Abstracts of 300-500 words plus a short bio (300 words max) should be sent to Dirk van den Heuvel: d.vandenheuvel@tudelft.nl Deadline: Monday 29 August 2016
  • East-West Center 2016 New Generation Seminar Now Accepting Applications

    Honolulu/Phnom Penh/Yangon | Dates: 18 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    Dates: September 18-October 1, 2016
     
    Theme: Cultural Heritage and Identity in a Globalizing, Urbanizing World
    Destinations: Honolulu, Hawaii; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Yangon, Myanmar
     
    Application Deadline: Thursday, June 16
     
    Program: Now in its 26th year, the New Generation Seminar is an intensive two-week study, dialogue and travel program that provides the next generation of Asia Pacific and American leaders an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of key Asia-Pacific developments, discuss policy options for common challenges, build an international network, and become leaders with a more international perspective. The first week of the program is held in Hawaii and focuses on key regional policy issues such as international relations, security, economics, population, health and environment. The second week involves field travel to either the United States or Asia Pacific for exploration of the program theme. Please see write up below for details about this year’s theme.

    Who can apply: The New Generation Seminar seeks to engage young leaders aged 25-40, from Asia Pacific and the United States who are in a position to influence policy, shape public opinion and lead action. The strongest candidates for the program will be elected officials and other political, business, law and community leaders or communicators with broad-based policy knowledge and influence and/or demonstrated leadership in their countries and communities. Social and business entrepreneurs also make strong candidates. 

    Funding: Through East-West Center and private funding, up to 14 selected candidates will be offered full or partial funding. Full funding would cover air and ground travel as well as modest meals, lodging and program-related expenses during the two-week program. Participants will be responsible for their own visa fees and visa related expenses, travel/health insurance and personal incidentals. Cost sharing by applicants is strongly encouraged and will be an important consideration for the Selection Committee.
     
    The East-West Center is an internationally recognized independent nonprofit organization established by the US Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, research and dialogue. For more than half a century, the East-West Center has been training global leaders, informing policymakers, advancing education and promoting international understanding in the Asia Pacific region around critical issues of regional and global importance.
     
    For full information about the program and how to apply please visit: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars-and-journalism-fellowships/policy-dialogue/new-generation-seminar

    EWC Contact: Ann Hartman, hartmana@eastwestcenter.org; 808-944-7619
     
    26th NGS Theme: Cultural Heritage and Identity in a Globalizing, Urbanizing World
    Over the past 20 years, the increasing pressures of intensive urbanization, globalization and a trend toward modernization have been threatening cultural and architectural heritage around the world. In many urban areas, the legacy of the past is rapidly disappearing. In October 2016, global leaders will meet at the UN international Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) to create a new urban agenda for the world, and, for the first time, issues of cultural heritage and its importance to cities will be part of the agenda. There is growing recognition that cultural heritage and architecture can be a key resource and asset for building sustainable, livable, and dynamic cities, with evidence that conserving unique heritage can bring significant economic value through tourism and creative industries. Beyond that, it also plays an important role in fostering national and local pride and a sense of identity for its residents. In communities across the world, but especially in rapidly modernizing and globalizing developing countries, government leaders and officials are expressing a strong interest in placing culture at the core of development strategies, to consider what is important to keep for future generations before it is lost forever. But doing this is not easy as leaders must also meet the enormous pressures to provide efficient infrastructure, housing, sanitation, commercial development and jobs for their communities.  
     
    The 2016 NGS participants will explore the role of cultural heritage in economic development, urban planning, tourism, and in preserving and promoting a sense of local and national identity through meetings and visits with leaders and policymakers, private sector representatives, civil society organizations, academic experts and practitioners in Honolulu, Phnom Penh, and Yangon. Honolulu will provide an example of a US city struggling to preserve its local identity and culture in its tourism development and as it upgrades its aging infrastructure and revitalizes its urban core. Phnom Penh and Yangon represent common challenges in developing nations of rapid urbanization, a need for development and threats to preserving their urban culture, including both colonial and post-colonial architectural heritage. Both are at a critical juncture in their development strategies. Phnom Penh is on a rapid growth trajectory after many years of war and internal conflict; Yangon is emerging from decades of economic and social isolation with a new democratically elected government. All three cities must manage break-neck growth, provide infrastructure and services to growing populations, attract outside investment and industry, and manage burgeoning tourism, while trying to figure out how to maintain and preserve that which represents and can foster their sense of national identity, culture and place.
     
  • Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

    Nashville | Dates: 29 Jul – 07 Nov, 2016
    The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than a quarter century. Created and organized by the Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibition is making the final stop of its nine-city tour at the Frist Center. The public opening on July 29 will be celebrated with a lecture by the distinguished Newcomb Pottery authority Sally Main, former senior curator at the Newcomb Art Museum, and a special Frist Friday concert of New Orleans music. 
     
    Newcomb pottery is one of the most significant of all American art potteries, critically acclaimed and highly coveted. With more than 180 works that span 45 years of production (1895–1940), Women, Art, and Social Change offers new insights into the Newcomb community’s enduring mark on American art and industry. The exhibition examines the role played by H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s coordinate institution for women, in promoting art for the advancement of women and, in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, which were still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. 
     
    “Women, Art, and Social Change brings together a variety of objects created during the lifespan of the Newcomb enterprise,” explains Sally Main. “The finest examples of the pottery art form will be displayed alongside pieces that will come as a revelation to many—not only a rich variety of crafts but also photos and artifacts that breathe life into the Newcomb legacy.”
     
    What began as an educational experiment flourished into a quasi-commercial venture that offered unprecedented opportunities for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. “When seen against the backdrop of social history, which this exhibition emphasizes, these beautiful works of art and the women who made them appear even more remarkable,” observes Frist Center curator Trinita Kennedy. The Frist Center’s presentation will include an educational component that demonstrates production techniques employed by Newcomb potters and decorators through a series of in-progress vessels made by Nashville ceramicists Danielle McDaniel, co-owner of the Clay Lady Studios, and Lyndy Rutledge. 
     
    Many works of the Newcomb Pottery enterprise were inspired by the native flora and fauna of the Gulf South, a distinctive hallmark that made them immediately recognizable and popular with collectors, curators and tastemakers across the country. This exhibition features iconic examples of the pottery, including a majestic daffodil motif vase by Harriet Coulter Joor recently acquired by the Newcomb Art Museum, and jewelry, such as the silver and moonstone necklace attributed to Mary Williams Butler, the head of Newcomb’s metalwork department, along with textiles, metalwork, bookbinding, works on paper, and other historical artifacts.
     
    Please see the attached press release for a listing of public programs associated with this exhibition or read it online
     
  • Mason City Architectural Walking Tours

    Mason City | Dates: 04 Jun – 24 Sep, 2016
    Explore Mason City’s treasured Prairie School architectural heritage. See the largest grouping of such homes on a unified site, ending at a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, his first in Iowa.

    To book a tour for your class/group please call 641-421-3666 or email dstraw@masoncity.net at least two weeks in advance so we have time to schedule you a docent.

    Scheduled tours are seasonal and take place every Saturday at 9 a.m. (for $5/person) from June through September, weather permitting. Please call ahead to reserve your spot or if you are wondering about weather. Tours last around 45 minutes.

    Cost of Tours

    – Educational Groups will be given tours at no cost.
    – Non-Educational groups will be charged $5 per person (minimum 10 participants).
    – We can also arrange to do a “step on” tour for bus groups. Please call 641-421-3666 to arrange this at least two weeks ahead of time. Our docent would then get on your bus and the tour would be done by driving instead of walking. This price is the same $5 per person.

    We sell Walking Tour Guide books at the museum for $5 each if you would rather do your own tour.
  • The Chapel of Contador Saldaña at Santa Clara de Tordesillas: New Proposals about its Original Appearance and Role in the Fashioning of Identity by an Early Fifteenth-Century Converso

    London | Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2016
    Speakers include

    Dr Nicola Jennings: The Courtauld Institute of Art
    Organised by

    Dr Guido Rebecchini: The Courtauld Institute of Art

    The paper proposes revisions to the chronology of the chapel’s construction, its layout, the identities of the effigies, and the locus of production of the carved retable, as well as re- interpreting some of its imagery.

    Nicola has recently given papers on conversos, material culture and patronage at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, Renaissance Society of America Conference in Berlin, International Medieval Meeting in Lleida, and Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar Colloquium at Queen Mary’s University, London.  Her publications include contributions to catalogue entries on panel paintings at Compton Verney and Sam Fogg, London. Nicola completed her PhD with Prof. Susie Nash in 2015. Nicola is Visiting Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute and Research Associate at Coll & Cortés in London.  Before studying at The Courtauld, Nicola worked at the National Gallery and at City University.
  • The Arts & Science in Early Islamic Spain

    London | Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2016
    There is a symbiotic relationship between design, art and visual culture, and the exact sciences, which is attested in early scientific objects from al-Andalus and in medieval Arabic texts. In this talk I explore the objects, spaces, and figures that illuminate this relationship, focusing on ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas (d. ca. 887), the celebrated polymath of the Cordoban Umayyad court, and on al-Andalus and its contemporaries between the 9th-11th centuries.

    Glaire D. Anderson is a historian of Islamic art of the caliphal period, with a focus on the art and court culture of Umayyad Cordoba. She is the author of The Villa in Early Islamic Iberia (Ashgate, 2013), co-editor with Mariam Rosser-Owen of Revisiting al-Andalus (Brill, 2007), and recent articles on the Islamic west in architectural history, women and the arts of Cordoba, and material culture and caliphal sovereignty.
  • OASE # 98 Narrating Urban Landscapes

    Dates: 08 Jun – 15 Jul, 2016
    This issue of *OASE* brings together an interest in the perception and
    design of urban landscapes with a particular methodological view. In urban
    planning and landscape practices developed in recent decades, notions such
    as ?sense of place? and site-specificity have been reintroduced as leading
    concepts, especially in redevelopment of ?post-productive? landscapes:
    former industrial areas, brownfields, harbours, mining sites, etcetera.
    Here, the landscape was transformed and manipulated rigorously in favour of
    industrial production processes, and often planned from a bird?s-eye
    perspective, according to tabula rasa methods or zoning plans projected
    directly from the drawing table onto the territory. In redesigning and
    making accessible such spaces, this abstracting perspective made way for an
    approach taking into account the experience on the terrain, rooting the
    identity of a site in a retracing of former uses. Therefore, in much of
    these reconversion projects (for example in Emscher Park), design
    approaches are called in that claim to ?read? the different layers and
    meanings of a site, understood as the locus of different stories, which can
    be revealed, reconstructed and altered. Today, a new type of redevelopment
    is high on the agenda: that of suburban areas around or between cities.
    Built mainly in the post-Second World War period, these urban landscapes
    are subject to far-reaching demographic changes and development pressure,
    especially because most city centres and the above-mentioned
    post-productive landscapes are becoming fully developed. However, suburban
    areas often seem to lack the site-specificity and the history of inner
    cities and brownfields. An important challenge is how to enhance the
    legibility of an urban landscape that has been planned in a seemingly
    chaotic way, from tabula rasa planning to a piecemeal infill, juxtaposing
    layers and ? often contradictory ? meanings? If suburbia is to become city,
    what is its ?sense of place?? And what is the story that holds it together?

    This issue of *OASE* investigates narrative approaches of analysis and
    design of both post-productive and suburban landscapes. How are narrative
    means (textual as well as visual) used as a way to (re)construct stories of
    landscapes, to reveal site-specific identities, to investigate experiential
    qualities, to place the subject back in the centre of the analysis and
    design project? How does narrativity foster the experience of temporality
    and history in the experience of landscape? A fertile ground for such
    explorations, in which the ?reading? of the urban landscape became subject
    of urban investigation, can be found in the critical responses to the
    abstracting perspective of modern architecture and urban planning, for
    instance by the British *Townscape* movement, and in the interest in the
    subject?s experience of the urban landscape in the work of American
    designers and researchers such as Kevin Lynch, Lawrence Halprin, Edmund
    Bacon, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. In the course of the 1960s
    and 1970s, their field of interest shifted from the inner city to suburbia
    and highway landscapes, which were in full development at the time. They
    used a wide range of media that can be described as ?narrative?: ?serial
    views?, interviews, mental mapping and they experimented with the juxta-
    and superposition of photographic images, sketches, text and maps. However,
    this interest in experiential and narrative aspects of urban landscapes has
    its precedents in older site-specific and experience-oriented approaches
    (for example Camillo Sitte?s attempt to link the modern city to the
    specificity of the site and the pedestrian experience), as well as in
    landscape architecture (for example the picturesque garden, specifically
    designed from a routing as a narrative structure).

    This issue of *OASE* aims to explore the legacy of these historical
    approaches, and seeks appropriations of such methods to address today?s
    questions of urban landscapes. We are looking for two types of
    contributions. First, we invite contributions of/on (landscape) architects
    and urban planners using a narrative approach in analysis and design today.
    Which techniques are used, and how are they brought into practice? Second,
    we invite theoretical and/or historical reflections, taking the exploration
    of the experiential and narrative aspects of urban landscape in history as
    a starting point for a critical reflection. Who constructs the narrative,
    how and why? How does the narrative relate to power relations? Can
    narrativity provide a way of conceiving of subject-object, reader-writer as
    active relationships instead of as opposites?

    The aim of this issue of *OASE* is to understand the historical foundations
    of the concept of narrativity in reading and designing the (urban)
    landscape, and to uncover the relevance of narrativity for today?s practice.

    Please send your abstract of max. 500 words before *July 15, 2016 *to
    info@oasejournal.nl

    Notification of results: 25 July 2016
    Selected papers (max. 3000 words) deadline: 15 September 2016
    Release of the issue: May 2017
  • CFP: Challenges in the Historiography of Architectural Knowledge (Brussels, 9-10 Feb 17)

    Brussels | Dates: 08 – 15 Jun, 2016
    In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s.

    It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles.

    The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture?

    We are in other words not only interested in what theorists and practicing architects were arguing for, but also how, why and where they did so. Looking at case-studies, the singular and ‘minor’ expressions of theory, the local discourses and the different formative contexts (e.g. education, publication culture) can be subjected to careful scrutiny. We particularly welcome case-studies from the 1960s to the 1990s that deal with one or more topics formulated in the full CFP:

    A) THE PLACE OF KNOWLEDGE

    1. Theory’s Geography
    2. The Expressions of Knowledge
    3. The Agendas of Theory

    B) THE FIGURE OF KNOWLEDGE

    1. Minor Historiography
    2. The Making of the Architectural Theorist

    C) THE TIME OF KNOWLEDGE

    1. Problems of Periodization
    2. Architectural Theory and Postmodernity
    3. Problems of Historical Distance

    This two-day conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Łukasz Stanek.

    We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017.

    Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students.
  • CFP: Preserving Transcultural Heritage (Lisbon, 5-8 Jul 17)

    Lisbon | Dates: 08 Jun – 31 Aug, 2016
    School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

    International Congress

    Preserving transcultural Heritage: Your Way or my Way?

    Call for Papers and Posters

    The ARTIS – Institute of History of Art, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the ICOMOS Portugal are pleased to invite all the researchers, specialists and other stakeholders involved in the process of safeguarding of architectural heritage created in the meeting of cultures, to participate in the International Congress Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?, which will take place in Lisbon, between 05 and 08 July 2017.

    Paper and poster proposals are welcome until 31 August 2016. Please submit your paper or poster by sending the proposal to the email congress.artis@letras.ulisboa.pt (see the submission guidelines below).
     
    The proposals will be selected by the session organisers and the Scientific Committee on the basis of the following criteria: relevance, innovation, scientific quality and theme of the session. On 15 September proposers will be notified regarding acceptance of their paper or poster and will receive further instructions.

    The organisation encourages multidisciplinary and international research on the safeguarding of transcultural heritage (architecture, urbanism, archaeology, landscapes and decorative arts in built heritage).

    Sessions

    Session 1: Heritage values and management of African historic cities and sites with European influences

    Session 2: Transcultural heritage, musealisation and memory: 
    preservation of the Indigenous minorities’ heritage in Americas and in the Pacific region formerly under Western rule

    Session 3: Contextualizing the (un)wanted: tourism and management of the architecture of totalitarian regimes in Europe

    Session 4: Globalisation as generator of new transcultural heritages: 
    preserving migrants’ architectural heritage

    Session 5: Greeks, Romans and Byzantines in the Mediterranean region and Near East: guarding transcultural remains containing ancient classical influences

    Session 6: Preserving shared heritage along the Silk Road, a major creator of cultural encounters

    Session 7: Memories to remember and (not) forget: slaves’ heritage outside their homelands

    Session 8: The “Indian melting pot” for religions and cultures: 
    challenges concerning transcultural heritage preservation

    Session 9: West versus East: differences and difficulties to the conservation of their shared heritage (European colonies in Far East / “Asiantowns” in the West)

    Session 10: The discovery of ancient cultures: safeguarding of native architectural heritage in European colonies

    Session 11: Religious, political and ideological fanaticisms as destroyers of “different” heritages throughout History

    Session 12: European heritage as Imperialist statements in colonies: 
    (un)desirable memories whish must be protected or to be forgotten?

    Session 13: Between Far East and the Indian Sea: Indochinese and Insulindian cultures (influences, fusions and heritage safeguarding)

    Session 14: The Ottoman Empire in the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa: fusion of cultures and heritages to preserve

    Session 15: Questions, controversies, idiosyncrasies and case studies on authenticity between different cultures, when focusing the safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage

    Session 16: Should be followed or ignored? Reception of European heritage theories within non-Western cultures

    Session 17: Safeguarding of architectural heritage belonging to ethnic and religious minorities inside countries with dominant cultures

    Session 18: Other relevant themes

    SUBMISSION  GUIDELINES

    Download the submission template (available at https://congressartis.wordpress.com/papers/), and fill it with the following data:

    Title of the paper, with 15 words maximum; Abstract with 250 words maximum; Three to five keywords; Personal data (name, professional affiliation, mail and email addresses, and telephone contact of the authors).

    The acceptance notification for submitted papers and posters will be known by 15 September 2016.

    After being accepted, preliminary versions of paper texts and poster drafts should be submitted until 30 November 2016, for peer-review.

    For further questions, please contact the organisation.

    Contact Info:
    Inês Cristóvão
    Executive Committee
    Email: ines.cristovao@campus.ul.pt
     
  • CFP: Islamic Art & Architecture (Zurich, Schaffhausen, 4-6 May 17)

    Zurich | Dates: 08 Jun – 25 Sep, 2016
    Zurich and Schaffhausen, May 4 - 06, 2017
    Deadline: Sep 25, 2016

    A l’Orientale - Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries

    International conference

    Organizers: Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Mercedes Volait (CNRS/InVisu), Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (University of Zurich)

    Cooperations: Museum Rietberg Zürich, Moser Familienmuseum Charlottenfels der Heinrich und Henri Moser Stiftung in Neuhausen bei Schaffhausen

    Keynotes Speakers: 
    Kjeld v. Folsach (David’s Collection Kopenhagen), Yannick Lintz (Musée du Louvre), Tim Stanley (V&A London), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin)

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    The Swiss Orient traveler Henri Moser Charlottenfels (1844-1923) is considered one of the pioneering 19th-century amateurs of Islamic Art, because of his activity as collector and exhibitor. His continuously growing collection had made Moser famous from 1876 onwards through much-noticed traveling exhibitions in and outside of Switzerland. His collection was later displayed permanently at the widely known private museum he established in 1906 at the Charlottenfels Castle near Schaffhausen. Through his 1914 donation to the Bern Historical Museum, Moser assured that after his disappearance the Orientalische Sammlung Henri Moser Charlottenfels (Oriental collection Henri Moser
    Charlottenfels) of over 4000 objects would remain available to the public in an exhibition hall specially built for that purpose.

    The conference wants to present Henri Moser and his collection in an international context. Does Moser’s activity of collecting and exhibiting Islamic art reflect a widespread tendency of his period? How have strategies of presentation, re-contextualisation and didactics changed since the 19th century? To what extent have private collections influenced the making of Islamic departments in national museums? And which role did private collectors such as Moser play in transmitting and appropriating Islamic art and architecture in the West during the 19th and early 20th century?

    The conference will open on Thursday, 4th May 2017, with a first section on „Displaying Islamic Art“ at the Museum Rietberg, with a roundtable discussion with representatives of the most important European collections of Islamic Art. The second day will take place at the University of Zurich and will be dedicated to the section „Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture“. Finally, a third section regarding „Collecting Islamic Art“, taking place on Saturday, 6th May 2017, will bring the topic to a close in Charlottenfels Castle.

    We invite you to propose papers on the following topics: 
    - Moser and his collection
    - Islamic art in European private collections in the 19th and early 20th centuries
    - Mapping and classifying Islamic art through collections
    - From Wunderkammer to modern exhibition - ways of presenting Islamic art
    - Transmission of Islamic aesthetics through art exhibitions
    - Strategies of appropriation in the West
    - Neo-Islamic declinations of Islamic art and architecture

    Each presentation will be of 20 minutes, and may be given in French, English or German. Please submit a proposal of maximum 300 words and a brief curriculum vitae by the 25th of September 2016 to the following e-mail address: conference@transculturalstudies.ch
     
  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 08 Jun – 01 Jul, 2016
    Architecture_MPS is calling for articles for forthcoming editions in 2016 and 2017. 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. Articles submitted for peer review should be between 5,000 – 7,000 words in length. You should also submit a full CV and a 300 word abstract. For complete submission instructions visit: http://architecturemps.com/submissions/ Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • Call for Participants: American Library Association Program on Art & Architecture in Literature

    Dates: 07 Jun – 01 Jul, 2016
    Are you a Chicago-area art historian? Have you researched or written about Chicago’s rich art and architectural history? Have you explored the city’s many museum and academic art collections, particularly special or rare books or artists books? The ACRL Arts Section and Literatures in English Section are co-sponsoring a program for the 2017 American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, IL, to be held June 22-27, 2017. We are looking for speakers interested in presenting on anything within the realm of Chicago-based art and architecture in literature. You will be given between 20 minutes to a half-hour to present followed by engaging discussion with audience members (academic, public, and special collections librarians). There is funding available for non-librarian speaker expenses, including hotel and transportation. Please submit your ideas to us by Friday, July 1. We will notify you of acceptance no later than Friday, July 15. Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2016. Thank you for your consideration, ACRL Arts Section 2017 Conference Program Planning Committee Shannon Marie Robinson, smr87@drexel.edu Kimberly Lesley, klesley@uarts.edu Mallory Sajewski, ML-Sajewski@wiu.edu
  • Books and the City Symposium

    Maastricht | Dates: 22 – 24 Jun, 2016
    Maastricht University and Van Eyck Academie, Netherlands, June 22 - 24,
    2016

    Books and the City Symposium

    Books and the City is an interdisciplinary conference that investigates the relationships between books and urban city spaces.  Cities are complex networks that exist in a constant state of transformation. More than just the built environment of the metropolis, cities are constituted through a range of cultural, geographic, social, political and economic dynamics. Drawing together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, the symposium seeks to investigate the ways in which these aspects of the city have been articulated by books: their production, distribution and collection.

    Keynote speaker: Odile Heynders, Professor of Comparative Literature, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
     
    The full conference programme can be found at http://booksandthecity.nl

    To register please follow this link: 
    http://booksandthecity.nl/registration/

    Books and the City is a collaboration between Maastricht University, NL, the Van Eyck Academie, NL, and the University of Canterbury, NZ.
     
  • Where is the History of Design Going?

    Paris | Dates: 23 Jun, 2016
    June, 23 2016
    Salle Jullian room
    Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Galerie Colbert 2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris, France

    Organized by Stéphane LAURENT
    University Pantheon-Sorbonne
    The history of design gradually established as a specific domain of research with dedicated publications since the late 1970s. It differentiated from the history of decorative arts and architecture and anchored to the field of the history of art. At that time, design as practice began to span after developing since the beginning of the industrial revolution in England in the Eighteenth century. Thus, the affirmation of the design as a creative industry and the sufficient consistency of its own history made possible to make observations and analysis.

    The first publications remained in the wake of engaged writers such as Nikolaus Pevsner and Siegfried Giedon, who struggled to advocate modernity by using a methodology rather controversial than scientific. 
    The first graduate courses in design history were often delivered by art historians in art history programs or in art schools. The approach was rationally based on “heroes” actors and “masterpieces” objects, while taking into account other factors including technical, artistic, social and economical aspects. The discipline strengthened until being able to establish, develop and support academic journals, programs and societies dealing with the history of design. The richness of the analysis, and the will to open the history of design to a cross-cultural vision brought up a new thinking. The change happened at a time when new methodologies like gender studies, post-colonialism, material history significantly modified the interpretation of art and contemporary art. Hence, part of the history of design rooted into a history of material culture.

    In France, where the history of design came later and in a more limited way, the influence of philosophy or "French theory" remained dominant after the outstanding works of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard and the intellectual debates from the Sixties to the Eighties about the relations of sociology, anthropology, semiotics, aesthetics or psychoanalysis to art. However, a history of design based on sources such as archives is also active and aims to a better acknowledgment. It leads to a comprehensive and innovative approach of a rich heritage of design, which remains widely unknown and requires a close connection with museums, sources and collections.

    The purpose of the symposium is to demonstrate the relevance of the history of design as a research field and the accuracy of its various readings. Experts will share their experience and vision. Benefiting from the advanced research in the UK and from diverse contributions, the conference will also shed light on a nascent and scattered but active and rich discipline in France.

    Speakers
    Mr. Alain Barbaret, Direcrtor of the Mobilier National et des manufactures des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie.
    Dr. Hab. Françoise Ducros, curator at the Mobilier national.
    Dr. Cloé Fontaine-Pitiot, curator at the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou.
    Dr. Hab. Stéphane Laurent, University Pantheon-Sorbonne.
    Dr. Asdis Olafsdottir, Administrator of the Maison Louis Carré and Editor of ArtNord journal.
    Dr. Penny Sparke, professor and pro vice-chancellor, Kingston University, UK.
    Dr. Jonathan Woodham, professor, University of Brighton, UK.

    Program

    9h00 Welcome of participants.

    9h30 Introduction by Hervé Barbaret.

    10h Stéphane Laurent, L’Histoire du design en France, états des lieux.

    10h30 Penny Sparke, The History of the History of Design: A Personal Perspective.

    11h Break.

    11h30 Asdis Olafsdottir, La recherche sur le design finlandais en
    France: Alvar Aalto, d'Artek à la maison Louis Carré.

    12h Discussions.

    12h30 Lunch break.

    14h Jonathan Woodham, Globalizing Design History in the 21st Century: 
    remapping and repositioning design history and culture.

    14h30 Françoise Ducros, L’Archipel créatif du Mobilier national et des manufactures nationales.

    15h Cloé Pitiot, Conserver, exposer, diffuser le design.

    15h30 Discussions & Conclusions.

    16h45 Visit of the design collections and resources of the Musée National d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou.

    With the support of the Society of Friends of the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou and the Design History Society.
     
  • CFP: Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment (Southampton, 14-15 Oct 16)

    Southampton | Dates: 06 – 29 Jun, 2016
    University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art, October 14 - 15,
    2016
    Deadline: Jun 29, 2016

    Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

    14-15 October 2016

    University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art

    Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
    Dr Renate Wiehager (Head of the Daimler Art Collection,
    Stuttgart/Berlin)
    Professor Keith Potter (Reader in Music, Goldsmiths, University of
    London)
    Professor Redell Olsen (Professor of Poetics, Royal Holloway, University of London) (Keynote Performance Lecture)

    When the object comes to itself, abstracting can end, and so can expressiveness. This is one of the thoughts underpinning minimalism in art, but far from the only one, as minimalist sculpture, in particular, began reconfiguring the gallery space, or even the space in which art could happen. The minimalist impulse is to drive creativity into forms so simple, or more accurately, so formal they had to reflect upon themselves while reflecting the viewer in a specular frenzy under cover of nothing happening. The paradoxes of minimalism suggest an equal possibility of de-formation, of formless process. For some time, critics were not happy, understandably, given the rejection of reflection that the radically simplified objects presented. But a consensus has emerged, one that focuses on, and repetitively/compulsively reproduces, a unifying vision of American key artists (Judd, Morris, Flavin, Andre…) of the 1960s. Likewise, a seamless tie binds this art with American minimalist music (Glass, Reich, Adams); but the reality of artistic production across media and forms was far more varied and geographically widespread.

    One of the purposes of this Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment is to expand our conception of what minimalism was, where it happened, who was making it, why, and how it extends through time until now. It is clear that the minimalist impulse happened in cross-national encounters (such as the 1967 show Serielle Formationen in Frankfurt) and that Europe was fertile ground for explorations in serial works, in playing with the prospect of singular forms and systematic thinking. Admitting the significance of the naming of the idea of minimalism in the 1960s, we want to look back to earlier versions of the reductionist, repetitive, singularising or multiplying intents of core minimalist endeavour. In short, we wish to see what an expanded field of minimalism looks like, sounds like.

    We want to hear about literature (& writing ABC), dance, building, interior design (& Good Design), gardens (& total fields), science, cybernetics, philosophy, painting, politics, installation, video, cinema, bodily exercise. We want to think about minimalism’s relation to modernism, and how exactly post-minimalism works. We want to think about the softening of minimalism in the 1980s, a twisting of modernist ideals into décor-discipline. We want to recognise the broad scope of projects of reduction, of elimination of the conformities of difference in favour of radical recurrence and stasis.

    Contributions are sought from all disciplines; collaborative, creative and cross-media proposals are welcome. Conceived and curated by Dr Sarah Hayden (English, Southampton), Professor Paul Hegarty (University College Cork) with Professor Ryan Bishop (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton).

    Please send an abstract of <300 words to minimalismLAM@gmail.com by June 29th 2016.
  • Ornament by Design

    London | Dates: 08 – 13 Jun, 2016
    Ornament by Design examines the interplay between ornament and architecture in drawing.   It traces the manifold ways in which the subtle, seductive lines of ornament can transform the surface of buildings and things into objects of desire.  The display presents a range of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French drawings: architectural elevations and sections, designs for ceilings and garden ornaments, capriccios and studies for specific motifs such ornamental brackets and frames.

    In the on-line catalogue below you will find additional information and extended discussion of the works exhibited.  Also included, is a brief anthology of eighteenth-century perspectives on ornament and a corresponding selection of voices provided in podcasts by scholars, curators and conservators today.  The section terms will introduce you to the vocabulary of ornament and sources will direct you to historical and critical writing on ornament and design to develop your interest.  In games you will discover resources to make your own architectural and ornament drawings.
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