Recent Opportunities

  • 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.
     
  • 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition

    Dates: 06 Jan – 22 Mar, 2017
    ACLS invites applications for the seventh competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $67,500 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.

    This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

    ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.
  • NEH 2017 Public Scholar Program

    Dates: 06 Jan – 01 Feb, 2017
    The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar Program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.
     
    By establishing the Public Scholar Program, NEH entered a long-term commitment to encourage scholarship in the humanities for general audiences. The program is open to both individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions and independent scholars or researchers. Projects may be at any stage of development.
  • The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

    Washington | Dates: 06 Jan – 16 Apr, 2017
    Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) was one of the most influential landscape architects of the 20th century. Over a career spanning more than five decades, he designed significant projects across the United States and even overseas. His eponymous firm became a seedbed for many talented designers now celebrated in their own right, and the innovative techniques that he pioneered changed the field of landscape architecture forever.

    Born in Brooklyn, Halprin studied at Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard University before entering military service in World War II. After the war, he settled in San Francisco, where he developed close associations with prominent architects and other designers on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. He opened his own firm there in 1949.

    Halprin’s revolutionary work was set apart by strong, expressive forms that evoked the structures and processes of nature, often with terracing enlivened by flowing water. By animating a wide array of urban areas (including industrial zones and spaces around freeways) with designs that were artistically composed and ecologically sensitive, Halprin showed that landscape architecture could be a force—indeed, the dominant force—in re-invigorating American cities.

    Marking the centennial of Halprin’s birth, this exhibition charts his career from early residential commissions in San Francisco to major projects such as Seattle’s Freeway Park, the first park built over a freeway. Among the earliest featured works is the dance deck he created at his own California house for his wife Anna, a renowned choreographer. Mid-career projects include San Francisco’s iconic Ghirardelli Square and the landscape design for the Sea Ranch community in Sonoma County. Later-in-life “capstone” projects include the Yosemite Falls approach at Yosemite National Park. A centerpiece of the exhibition is the Portland (Oregon) Open Space Sequence with the Ira Keller Fountain, completed in 1970, which New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance.”

    In the Washington area, Halprin designed the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, a sequence of outdoor rooms located across the Tidal Basin from the Jefferson Memorial and next to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. He also designed the downtown pedestrian mall in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia. Both projects are included in the exhibition.

    This traveling exhibition features more than 50 newly commissioned photographs of Halprin projects, which beautifully depict how these landscapes have matured. Included exclusively in the National Building Museum’s presentation of the exhibition are original drawings, notebooks, and other artifacts from the Lawrence Halprin Collection at the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, and early drawings from Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles.

    The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin is organized and curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in collaboration with the National Building Museum. The exhibition is organized as part of TCLF’s Landslide program, which calls attention to threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture. Along with the photographic exhibition, there will be a dedicated website and a gallery guide.
  • The Humanity Photo Awards 2017

    Beijing | Dates: 06 Jan – 15 Apr, 2017
    The Humanity Photo Awards (HPA) is a biennial photography contest focusing on folklore cultures, including portrait & costume, architecture, living custom, production & commerce, festivities and traditional rites. It was founded in 1998 by China Folklore Photographic Association and was blessed with UNESCO’s support since its 2nd session in 2000. HPA aims to encourage photographers, both amateur and professional, all over the world to document folklore cultures in an extensive and profound way. It is committed to the promotion of recording, spreading, exchanging and sharing of diverse cultures with images. During the past 18 years, photographers from 162 countries have participated in HPA and HPA has accumulated images about folklore phenomena of 178 countries and regions in the world. What makes the HPA 2017 remarkable and significant? 1. HPA 2017 is a photo contest that devotes itself to documenting, sharing and celebrating the diversity of cultures in the world; 2. HPA 2017 is an international photo contest that is free to enter and open to all photographers who love to capture the vibrancy of cultures and peoples through the power of imagery; 3. HPA 2017 only accepts photo stories/portfolios (8-14 pictures allowed for each photo set); 4. HPA 2017 provides transport allowance for more than 66 prize-winning photographers so that they can attend the Award Ceremony in China and make friends with photographers around the world; 5. Photographers from Arab States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean who have received Nomination Awards in HPA 2017 will have an opportunity to receive transportation allowance. It demonstrates an effort made by HPA 2017 to encourage photographers from those parts of the world to document cultures of their homelands. Five awards will be offered in accordance with the judging criteria: Grand Awards, Documentary Awards, Jury’s Special Awards, Nomination Awards and Performance Awards. All prize-winning photographers will be invited to attend the award ceremony and related events that last for 3 to 6 days. 6 Grand Awards winners will receive US$2,000 of cash prize and transport allowance. 1) Entry period: September 16, 2016 — April 15, 2017 2) Submit entries only via: http://www.hpa.org.cn 3) Rules on entries: each entrant can submit 3 sets of photos at most; each set should consist of 8-14 photos. 4) Contact: ● Tel: 86 10 62252175 ● Twitter: @cfpa1993 ● Email: contact@hpa.org.cn
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture and the Humanities

    Houston | Dates: 06 Jan – 03 Mar, 2017
    Rice University's Humanities Research Center, in association with the School of Architecture and the Department of Art History, is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow with a terminal degree in the history or theory of modern or contemporary architecture, including urban history. This fellowship is intended to give promising early career scholars the opportunity to teach and conduct independent research in a supportive environment. Aside from developing or continuing individual or collaborative research projects, the fellow will play a pedagogic role in the School of Architecture and/or the Department of Art History, participating in the core history and theory courses and workshops at the graduate and undergraduate levels in architecture as well as teaching and informal advising of both graduate and undergraduate students in art history. Total teaching obligations will not exceed one course per semester in addition to occasional participation in collaboratively taught courses, to be determined in consultation with the Department of Art History and/or School of Architecture. Selection of the fellow will be made on the basis of his/her scholarly record and career trajectory. Preference will be given to applicants who would particularly benefit from and contribute to the intellectual life of the campus. 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. Applicants from any humanistic, architectural, or urban design discipline are eligible to apply and must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2009. The fellow will be expected to reside in or near Houston during the academic year in order to fully engage in the broader Rice University community. To apply: http://hrc.rice.edu/node/728
  • Canada's Modern Architecture, 1886 to the Present: An Authors Event

    Chicago | Dates: 26 – 26 Jan, 2017
    Authors Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor Liscombe will discuss their new book, Canada (Modern Architectures in History). Architecture in Canada has been fashioned by the nation’s immense size, as well as its concentrated and diverse geography and demography. This richly informative history reveals how the country has contributed in no small measure to the spread of architectural modernity in the Americas and beyond. During the twentieth century, a distinct Canadian design attitude coalesced: a liberal, hybrid, pragmatic mindset intent less upon the dogma of architectural language than on thinking about the formation of inclusive spaces and places. Taking a fresh perspective on design production and its context, Canada maps the unfolding of architectural modernity across the country, from the completion of the transcontinental railway in 1886–87 to the tumultuous interwar decades, the period of Reconstruction post-1945, and the politically conflicted era of the late 1960s and ’70s. It also examines the broad pattern of Canadian political, industrial and socio-cultural evolution, urban–suburban expansion, and the technology of building. The book will be available for purchase and signing at a special price of $25 (including tax; suggested retail price is $30 + tax). Refreshments at 5:45pm. Presentation will start at approximately 6:00pm. Speakers: Michelangelo Sabatino is Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) and co-editor of Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes (2013). Rhodri Windsor Liscombe is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His books include The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938–1963 (1998) and Architecture and the Canadian Fabric (2011).
  • Abaton - Spanish Journal on Architectural Representation

    Madrid | Dates: 03 Jan – 30 Oct, 2017
    This is a call for contributions to a journal on architectural representation titled Abaton, published by the Complutense University Editions.
  • Kaira Looro Competition for Sacred Architecture

    Tanaf | Dates: 20 Jan – 23 Apr, 2017
    A tribute to the sacredness in a remote place of the earth. A national symbol for the spirituality of Senegal. Introspection, spirituality and divinity. These are the elements around which the sacred architecture revolves. The light and the lightness of the materials join sacred and profane, creating an architecture that, through spaces and forms, try to invite humans to an introspective research. The competition is open to architects, designers, engineers and students. It’s possible to participate as a team or individually. COMPETITION THEME The challenge is to celebrate this cult philosophy by designing a sustainable and culturally-driven architecture, for a place with a lack of materials and with low technology. To design place of worship means creating a new landmark, but also giving substance to a culture of a community, being lightweight and graceful to understand its spirituality. This competition has to show and describe the theme thanks to an impressive design also being integrated and able to become a symbol for all the country. Carefully included into the landscape, it will represent the conjunction between earthly and divine. JURY The internationally jusy is composed by Kengo Kuma, Ko Nakamura (University of Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA ), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architects), R. Bouman (Mohn + Bouman Architects) C. Chiarelli (Arcò), A. Ferrara (Juri Troy Architects), Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D'Urso (University of Catania), I. Gomis (Tanaf Mayor), I. Lutri (InArch), W. Baricchi (CNAPPC).
  • CFP: 2017 Conference on Illinois History

    Springfield | Dates: 01 – 01 May, 2017
    October 5 & 6, 2017 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Springfield The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies. Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference. The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2017.
  • PhD Studentships in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Open University

    Dates: 19 Dec, 2016 – 11 Jan, 2017
    Application deadline: Jan 11, 2017

    PhD Studentships in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Open 
    University (UK)

    The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group invites 
    applications for October 2017 entry to its PhD programme.

    The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group brings together staff from 
    a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open 
    University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History 
    and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, 
    religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern 
    periods.

    We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the 
    primary research interests of our group:

    •People and objects in movement: courts and cities
    •Symbolic and material witnesses: letters, objects, music and art
    •Bodies: religion and medicine
    •Elizabethan society: politics, religion, gender
    •Uses of the arts, uses of knowledge: The Mediterranean and the Italian 
    states
    •Performance and performativity: music, theatre, poetry
    •Intellectual, cultural and cross-cultural networks:  patronage, 
    production and intermediaries.

    Further details of the PhD studentships and the application process can 
    be found here: 
    http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/medieval-and-early-modern-research/news/phd-studentships-deadline-11-january-2017

    Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree 
    applications, including for studentships, is 11 January 2017.
     
  • CFP: Digital Heritage and the Immersive City (Coimbra, 26-29 Jun 17)

    Coimbra | Dates: 19 Dec, 2016 – 01 Feb, 2017
    Coimbra, Portugal, June 26 - 29, 2017
    Deadline: Feb 1, 2017

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    3rd Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research 
    Network (iLRN2017)
    Special Track 3: Digital Heritage and the Immersive City

    Overview:
    The study of the city, as multifaceted and complex as it is, has gained 
    recently a new dimension. The digital has permeated the former and has 
    brought new possibilities and challenges to the scientific and academic 
    community. Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive environments have 
    dramatically changed the scope of historical research and its display. 
    Augmented/Mixed Reality (AR / MR) techniques can be used to provide an 
    in situ, contextualized and consequently richer experience. Cities that 
    are long gone or have suffered profound changes are now presented as 
    visual models open to interaction with different research experts and 
    wide audiences, often in real time. The way information is presented 
    and citizens are able to interact and explore these immersive 
    environments are crucial issues. Documental sources are being collected 
    and tested at a growing rate enabling the swift construction of working 
    hypothesis encompassing the different
    aspects of cities through time and space. Historical data is no longer 
    restricted to the analogical sphere, it became also digital in nature 
    and it is able to reproduce and expand itself very quickly. This 
    reality has raised technological, methodological and epistemological 
    issues, which need to be addressed. In this context, the place of 
    cultural heritage in the contemporary city is also being reexamined. 
    Its value as a museum and tourism asset is also being questioned and 
    reevaluated urging the redefinition of concepts as theme parks and 
    interpretation centres. The memory of the past is being revisited as an 
    embodied experience in a contemporary social context. The past has 
    never been so present and so inextricably linked to the future.

    This panel seeks papers that examine these topics from a technological 
    point of view and / or from a methodological and philosophical 
    standpoint. With regard to the latter, we are particularly interested 
    in the role of the digital in the widening of human conscience by 
    allowing the sensorial fruition of dimensions of the past that up until 
    now only belonged to the sphere of ideas.

    We especially welcome papers that address (but are not necessarily 
    limited to) the following topics: 
    - The historic city as an immersive digital representation. 
    - VR, AR and MR in Cultural Heritage and Digital Heritage. 
    - Virtual exploration of historic spaces: techniques, methods and case 
    studies. 
    - Digital heritage and the concept of the theme park. 
    - Digital Heritage and Tourism: challenges and impact. 
    - Digital Heritage and City Museums. 
    - Education for Cultural Heritage and Digital Heritage. 
    - Digital Citizenship and the Knowledge City.

    We invite scholars and experts in the fields of heritage studies, 
    digital humanities, history, history of art and information technology 
    to submit a paper on their work as a work-in-progress or/and research 
    results:
    - Full papers accepted for Springer publication must not exceed of 14 
    pages.
    - Long papers accepted for publication at Online Proceedings must not 
    exceed of 10-12 pages.
    - Short papers accepted for publication at Online Proceedings must not 
    exceed of 6 – 8 pages.
    - Poster submissions must be accompanied with a description not 
    exceeding of 2 pages, which will be published in the Online Proceedings.

    All papers (including papers selected for Springer publication, Online 
    Proceedings and poster submissions) must follow Springer’s style 
    guidelines.
    More information available at:
    https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/author_info/

    All submissions will be evaluated taking into account the following 
    criteria:  appropriate content and relevance of the subject; clarity 
    and objectivity of the proposal.  Each submission will be judged 
    according to a blind-review process by a Program Committee of experts.

    For submitting a paper to this special track, please use the submission 
    system https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ilrn2017, log in 
    with an
    account or register, and select the track “Special Track 3: Digital 
    Heritage and the Immersive City” to add your submission.

    Submission deadline: February 1st, 2017

    Special Track Chairs:
    Alexandra Gago da Câmara – Universidade Aberta, Lisbon; Centre for Art, 
    History and Artistic Research (CHAIA)/University of Évora, Portugal
    Helena Murteira - Centre for Art History and Artistic Research 
    (CHAIA)/University of Évora, Portugal
    Maria Leonor Botelho - CITCEM/Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the 
    University of Porto, Portugal

    Programme Committee (to be expanded):
    Jim (CS) Ang, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of 
    Kent, UK
    Elizabeth Carvalho, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal
    Luís Magalhães, University of Minho, Portugal
    Mauro Figueiredo, University of Algarve, Portugal
    António Fernando Coelho, University of Porto, Portugal

    Contact: Prof. Alexandra Gago da Câmara (agagodacamara@sapo.pt)
     
  • Designing Commodity Cultures

    Dates: 17 Dec, 2016 – 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. http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/ratr-call-for-designing-commodity-cultures
  • 6th Architectural Paint Research Conference

    New York | Dates: 15 – 17 Mar, 2017
    March 2017 The Architectural Paint Research (APR) Conferences provide a venue for international attendees in the building conservation community and its allied disciplines to take part in disseminating research and engaging in cross-cultural discussions.
  • EAHN 2017 in JERUSALEM: HISTORIES IN CONFLICT: CITIES | BUILDINGS | LANDSCAPES

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

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 31 May – 03 Jun, 2017
    The 2017 VAF Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The focus of the conference is on the Great Basin and how the vast interior of the western United States was transformed beginning in the nineteenth century into one of the world’s most distinctive regional landscapes.

    Our goal, reflected in the Two Utahs conference title, is to highlight the central role the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more widely known as the Mormon Church, played in this place-making process, while at the same time acknowledging the significant contributions of non-Mormon groups as well. Rather than framing the narrative within a simple Mormon/non-Mormon opposition, however, we have chosen to break the story down into a more fundamental dialogue with religious and secular forces: both Mormons and non-Mormons had to find ways of making a living and they did this by utilizing and exploiting the ample natural resources of the region.

    The real duality here may be between idealism (religious utopia, Edenic nature, sustainable development) and pragmatism (individual enterprise, outdoor recreation, economic growth). Conference tours have been designed to introduce attendees to the intricacies of the region’s built environment, and to raise questions about how landscapes are constructed, maintained, contested, and changed.

    The 2017 VAF Conference in Salt Lake City features two days of architectural tours.
  • VRA 34: Unbridled Opportunities (Visual Resources Association)

    Louisville | Dates: 29 Mar – 01 Apr, 2017
    The Visual Resources Association is pleased to present our 34th Annual Conference, to be held in vibrant Louisville, Kentucky. Join us March 29-April 1, 2017 as we explore “Unbridled Opportunities” in image, media, and data management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. You won’t want to miss this conference opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, share your professional experience and expertise, and explore the wonders of Louisville.

    Conference organizers Chris Strasbaugh and Ryan Brubacher, working with the Local Arrangements volunteers, Amy Fordham, Stephanie Schmidt, and Heather Potter, have coordinated an exciting array of sessions, workshops, meetings, and events. 

    Early Bird Registration: Thursday, December 9, 2016 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
    Full Price Registration: Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 17, 2017.
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