Recent Opportunities

  • Society for Industrial Archeology

    Houghton | Dates: 21 – 31 Jan, 2019

    SIA 48th Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois



    Proposals for presentations, posters, and panel discussions for the Society for Industrial Archeology's 48th Annual Conference June 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois are now being accepted. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2019. Please find a link below to the call for papers page on the SIA web site, where you will find details and links for proposal submission.

     SIA Chicago 2019 Call for Papers

     Below please find a link to download a conference flyer in PDF form. If you know of a place where a flyer promoting the SIA conference would be welcome and appropriate, please consider printing and posting the flyer. Sending the flyer via email to colleagues who may be interested in the conference will also help us spread the word.

     Conference Flyer PDF

     More details about the conference, including information about tour itineraries, updated as they evolve, can be found online at the conference web site.

     We hope to see you in Chicago!

     Yours in IA,

     Daniel Schneider

    The Society for Industrial Archeology

  • Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk 2019

    Oak Park | Dates: 18 May, 2019

    Join us for the spectacular Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Tour the interiors of eight private residences and two landmark buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in the historic Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Experience history and enjoy a festive day! Preview the lineup of featured homes in the slideshow above.

    For guests seeking the ultimate all-access invitation to one-of-a-kind architecture experiences, we offer deluxe weekend packages that include the Wright Plus Housewalk.

  • CFP: APT Miami 2019

    Miami | Dates: 18 Jan – 04 Mar, 2019
    Portal al hemisferio… portal para o hemisfério… pòtay nan emisfè a

    Located between the Everglades swamp and the Atlantic Ocean, the dynamic port city of Miami is the setting for the 2019 APT Conference. Join us in this uniquely subtropical and diverse locale where Spanish and Portuguese language is as prevalent as English. Engaging sessions, workshops and a symposium will delve into the most pressing issues affecting 21st century preservation and conservation. 

    General abstracts submissions - March 4, 2019 
    APT Student abstracts/scholarship applications - March 4, 2019 
    Notification of acceptance of abstracts and Student Scholars will be made in June 2019. 

    Additional Information 
    General Abstract Submission Guidelines 
    Student Scholar Abstract Guidelines 

    Conference Tracks 

    Track 1: Effects of Climate Change in Warm Weather Coastal Regions
    Efectos del cambio climático en regiones costeras con clima caliente...
    Efeitos das mudanças climáticas nas regiões costeiras de clima quente...
    Efè de chanjman nan klima nan rejyon cho kot Weather...
    Effets du changement climatique dans les régions côtières par temps chaud

    Many coastlines throughout the world are densely populated. In North America over 25 million people live in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding. Coastal areas are home to species and habitats that provide many benefits to society and natural ecosystems. Coastal and ocean activities, such as marine transportation of goods, offshore energy drilling, resource extraction, fish cultivation, recreation, and tourism, are integral to the nation’s economy, generating approximately 25 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP)—but in many cases threaten natural and cultural resources. However, there are many threats to heritage places in coastal settings. This conference theme will examine how climate change affects coastal areas, including built heritage, in a variety of ways. Coasts are sensitive to effects of climate change including sea level rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of storms, increases in precipitation, and warmer ocean temperatures. In addition, rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are causing the oceans to absorb more of the gas and become more acidic. This rising acidity can have significant impacts on the delicate coastal and marine ecosystems and seaside historic structures. 


    Projections of climate change: Assessing vulnerabilities and building resiliency in coastal areas affected by climate change. This subtheme will discuss current challenges affecting built heritage and infrastructure, including shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, and water pollution. Papers will examine solutions and impacts that must be weighed to safeguard heritage across the Gulf Region, the Americas, and worldwide.

    Adaptation planning for sustainability in historic coastal communities: This subtheme will examine adaptation planning schemes in the sustainability of historic coastal communities, including the role of public agencies in developing mitigation and adaptation plans for coastal cities. Case studies will examine lessons learned from implementation and monitoring of successful planning schemes.

    Education and training for the next generation of preservation professionals: Education and training programs internationally are integrating climate change into the stewardship of cultural heritage. This subtheme will solicit presentations that illustrate education programs and plans that provide communities with an understanding of policies, programs, and other actions that improve cultural heritage’s resilience to natural disasters such as high winds, floods, storms, fires, earthquakes and projected climate change.

    Cultural heritage maintenance and climate change: Maintenance is the first and ongoing line of defense in protecting cultural heritage from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. This subtheme will explore the use of documentation to ensure a baseline measurement against which to monitor changes, and how maintenance and documentation can aid in efforts for risk preparedness. Papers will focus on methods that have been successful and how we can encourage greater disaster preparedness, and preparation of tailored responses to avoid further damage to cultural resources.

    Track 2: Sustainability and Conservation of Built Heritage in the Americas
    Sosteniendo el patrimonio en las americas...
    Sustentando a herança nas américas...
    Ankouraje eritaj nan Amerik yo...
    Durabilité et conservation du patrimoine bâti dans les Amériques 

    Sustainable development in the Americas and across the world —identifying and meeting different present-day needs by using the resources already available, so as not to compromise the resources of future generations—has important implications for future environmental, economic, and social well-being. Practitioners must address the need to balance preservation of historic places and ancient living sites, while recognizing the significant relationship between conservation and development, tourism, and sustainability. There remain potentially irreconcilable differences between environmental goals and heritage conservation. This conference theme will feature case studies that demonstrate how new uses for historic buildings develop and incorporate new rehabilitation programs such as retrofits to improve energy efficiency, and how significant alterations and loss of fabric can be avoided. Participants will demonstrate how maintaining the integrity of sites can be achieved while meeting current code requirements. Practitioners will address the increasing challenges of sustainable development and how the field of preservation has demonstrated the vital role it must play in conserving and sustaining local communities, local identity, and traditions across the Americas. 


    Building resiliency in pre-colonial, maritime, and post-colonial heritage sites affected by climate change. Heritage conservation’s role in meeting the aims of environmental sustainability and resiliency is critical. In this subtheme, case studies will examine how assessing and identifying vulnerabilities in pre-colonial, maritime, and post-colonial heritage are critical to their long-term protection and adaptation. Papers will consider the specific measures that can be used to make pre-colonial, maritime and post-colonial heritage structures more resilient to increasingly destructive forces due to climate change and cyclical weather events, and how conservation treatment plans can help sustain these heritage assets in the future.

    Conservation management planning strategies and building resiliency for colonial historic centers: Urban towns and local communities are subject to risk from singular events such as fires, storms, earthquakes, flooding, and intentional attack, and ongoing degradation from environmental factors, population growth, traffic, and increased heritage tourism. This subtheme will consider successful strategies for mitigating degradation to sites and places through management tools, planning, and successful protocols to absorb and recover from the effects of adverse events.

    Stewardship of pre-colonial indigenous sites across the Americas: This subtheme will examine best practice examples of stewardship of pre-colonial indigenous sites across the Americas. Topics will include consensus-building with local native populations, conservation and preservation plans, and stewardship solutions for historic buildings for traditionally underrepresented Native American populations. Types of conditions currently impacting indigenous sites will be reviewed, including challenges and solutions for mitigation.

    Materiality, craftsmanship, and conservation of vernacular buildings in the Caribbean and Americas: This subtheme will examine the types of material deterioration and decay mechanisms associated with vernacular architecture and places similar to the Americas. Papers will address extreme environments and exposures (e.g. hot and humid climates), fragile materials, and building techniques specific to the Western Hemisphere. For example, this subtheme will examine various types of materials, craftsmanship, and conservation treatments used in the historical constructions of various typologies of buildings and places across the Caribbean, the Americas, and other places throughout the world - including their unique character as related to inherent values attained over time. Sessions will include discussion of the types of conservation strategies utilized to protect unique fabric in special geographic locations.

    Track 3: Conservation of Modern Heritage across the Americas
    La conservación del patrimonio moderno en las Américas
    Conservação do patrimônio moderno nas Américas
    Konsèvasyon nan Eritaj modèn atravè Amerik yo
    Le conservation du patrimoine moderne à travers les Amériques 

    Latin American modernism is significant as a uniquely elegant adaptation and interpretation of the International Style. With the support and patronage of governmental entities in many countries, Latin American modernism literally adapted a more European style modernism that could be acclimatized to tropical locales. The result is an impressive and eclectic architectural and landscape portfolio of the period from the 1940s through the 1970s that reflects the political and social zeitgeist of the region. This theme will focus on how modernism was adapted to a variety of environments to survive over time in the Americas. This theme will also discuss how modernism in the Americas was shaped by unique fabrication methods and technologies that responded and adapted to specific environments. Sessions will focus on challenges of conservation of materiality, retention of original technologies, craftsmanship and changing use over time. What are the vulnerabilities in the long term protection of modern heritage? How do we balance retention of material authenticity while sustaining these places in the future? 


    Climate change impacts and sustainability of modern heritage: This subtheme will explore resiliency in modern and contemporary buildings, places, and sites, and examine how modern heritage assets can be protected in the face of climate change. Environmental vulnerabilities and accompanying modifications, including structural retrofitting will be specifically explored as they pertain to twentieth century buildings.

    Modern Urban Plazas, Monuments, and Public Spaces: Modern urban public spaces are characterized by deliberate placemaking that often combine landscape design and public art. In this subtheme, case studies will examine conservation treatments that address resiliency issues of materiality. Papers will also address the special conservation needs of art associated with architecture. Types of urban public spaces and monuments that may be considered, Governmental complexes, Twentieth century art in modern public plazas, Public art, plazas, and college and university campuses. Papers will also address materiality of public sculpture, including conservation of materials and finishes used in public and monumental spaces.

    Concrete and Brutalism: Despite the abundance and richness of twentieth century large scale concrete structures such as stadiums and arenas, much of brutalist architecture across the Americas, (including in Miami), remains at risk. This session will take an in-depth look at brutalist and uncoated concrete structures across the Americas, including concrete heritage less than fifty years old: what remain the challenges and strategies for historic designation? Additional topics to this subtheme include global concrete heritage – structural and materials approaches for conservation, and challenges in conserving concrete in humid and coastal climates.

    Ordinary Everyday Modernism (OEM) in Miami, the Caribbean and the Americas. Many buildings, sites and places of the postwar era remain a miracle of simplicity and ordinary materials beautifully employed and worthy of preservation. In this subtheme, an examination of the Ordinary Everyday Modernism (OEM) will be afforded. Additional topics for consideration may include the protection of OEM neighborhoods and challenges in the designation of historic districts.

    Postwar decorative finishes in the Caribbean and the Americas: Postwar buildings in the Caribbean and Central and South America are known for a preponderance of decorative finishes and techniques that distinctly characterize them as different from many European and North American styles. Topics for consideration will include conservation treatments of murals, mosaics, terrazzo, pebble finishes, tile cladding, and unique uses of ordinary brick and wood. This subtheme will also examine ways in which these elements and materials are subject to distinct types of deterioration due to their locations, and how problems can be addressed.

    Track 4: Diversity, Population Change, and Gentrification in the Preservation Dialogue
    Diversidad, cambio poblacional y gentrificación en el diálogo de preservación
    Diversidade, Mudança de População e Gentrificação no Diálogo de Preservação
    Divèsite, Chanjman Popilasyon, ak Gentrification nan Dyalòg Prezèvasyon
    Les impacts de la diversité, l’évolution démographique et la gentrification sur le discours de préservation 

    There is an inherent social dimension across all preservation-oriented disciplines and understanding preservation’s impacts on communities is an emerging and compelling area of research. This conference theme will examine values-based preservation approaches, underrepresented and marginalized histories, public dialogue and engagement, social impacts of heritage work, policy development, and emerging methods for socially inclusive practice. 


    Social and economic impacts of preservation: How is preservation being used as a tool for fostering social inclusion, neighborhood affordability, cultural learning, creative expression, and community organizing? What are the outcomes of preservation policy and practice on communities? In asking these questions, this subtheme examines preservation within larger urban policy discussions around gentrification, equity, and justice. Submissions are encouraged from within preservation practice as well as allied disciplines.

    Participation and public engagement: An examination of the processes of preservation, including who is participating, how preservationists engage with stakeholders, and what values determine preservation decisions, particularly within the context of urban population changes.

    Architectural and historical underrepresentation: What types of buildings and places are underrepresented in preservation (i.e., modern housing, graffiti and street art; vernacular architecture; and styles significant for their social context). This subtheme seeks to elicit new narratives and new knowledge around places of significance. Preservation as an exclusionary or inclusionary tactic and the social impacts of preservation will be considered.

    Miami and Caribbean case studies: In defining a narrow geographical focus, this subtheme provides a space where the other subthemes can be examined within the geographical and social contexts of Miami and the Caribbean. A primary goal is to allow for comparison, collaboration, and capacity-building across the region.
  • CFP: Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages

    St Andrews | Dates: 18 Jan – 15 Feb, 2019

    The School of Art History, SAIMS and Special Collections Division at the University of St Andrews are pleased to announce an upcoming two-day conference on the archive in medieval art and thought.

    The word archive suggests the acts of taxonomy and conservation, but also interpretation and regulation. Its etymology traces back to the Greek arkheion, thus highlighting the political nature of the physical archive and the act of archiving itself. The medieval world maintained this sense of privileged access. Isidore of Seville connected the Latin word archivium with arca, strongbox, and arcanum, mystery. But the term was malleable, referring to collections of various goods and treasures, not just of parchment records and registers. And yet, Michael Clanchy has argued that the medieval mind did not always distinguish between the library and the archive, as we do today.

    The organisers therefore invite proposals on the theme of the expanded medieval archive, as it relates to art and material culture. What can medieval collections, compilations, and assemblages of material things tell us about the accumulation of knowledge and the preservation of memory? How is the archive manipulated to fit political or social agendas, and by whom? What are the limits of the medieval archive? Paper topics and themes may include, though are not limited to:

    • Records or inventories of collections, secular, civic, and ecclesiastical;
    • The archive as a physical object or visual record, including books and manuscripts, buildings, reliquaries, etc.;
    • The accretive nature of written testimony in the form of: chronicles, herbals, visitations, necrologies, inscriptions and tituli;
    • Time, writing history through the material, and collapsing temporalities;
    • The creation and perpetuation of memory, identity, and authority;
    • The accumulation and transmission of cultural or familial knowledge via material culture;
    • The politics of preservation, documentation, and display in the medieval world, and of the medieval in the modern world.

    Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages will take place 13–14 September 2019 in St Andrews, Scotland. Professor Erik Inglis (Oberlin College) will deliver the keynote. The organisers intend to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume.

    All papers must be no more than 30 minutes maxmimum. Please submit a 250 word abstract and title by 15 February 2019. Prof Julian Luxford, Prof Kathryn Rudy, and Dr Emily Savage, along with Senior Archivist Rachel Hart, warmly welcome all submissions and queries at

  • CFP: 2nd Urbanism at Borders Global Conference, "Borders within Border: Fragmentation, Disposition and Connection"

    Malaga | Dates: 18 – 30 Jan, 2019

    Abstract Submission: 30 January 2019

    Early Registration: 28 February 2019

    The multifaceted digital and economic divides are transmuting our understanding of the relationship between socio-economic orders and challenge the existence of the territoriality. The straight line that connects two points in the territory is at the same time the optimization of resources and the cause of the crisis of any pre-existent territorial syntaxis (Farinelli, 2007). To comprehend what befalls on the boundaries and peripheries of these straight lines we need a change of scale: to look for the -often hidden- relations between different fragments of the territory, the city, of its citizens.

    The hidden relations of this territoriality comprise thresholds, and are ?places? in themselves, overwhelmed with changing meanings, configurations and positions in very rapid periods of time; occasionally losing their inherent meaning. At the same time, the identity of boundaries between social, cultural and ethnic groups are dynamic, momentary and offer a different kind of borders inside our built environment which need to be analysed.

    Concurrently, a (city)place without polarities is a place(city) without competitions ? society contests against smaller denominators of other social entrants by manifesting socio-economic gaps and urban voids. The societal contests generate fragmentations that encroach the equilibrium locally as well as the country-wide distribution of wealth and development. Ethnicity is a historical formation, so do the emerging political and economic transformations that prompt a range of eccentricities in urban conditions. Economic dynamics are a powerful shaper of urban form and society. Policies as political tools are instrumental in mediating between various urban eccentricities.

    In the upcoming /*2nd Urbanism at Borders Global Conference*//in//*Malaga 2019*/, we do not only aim to debate on the various existing realities where these polarities happen but also aim to advance our knowledge through various researches capable of defining these eccentricities, questioning the bottom-up activism, critically reviewed the maverick governmental policies, or of any other interventionist urban theories. Also, if grounded in architecture and urbanism practices, the conference will look for radical proposals related to multidisciplinary actions in the fields of art, activism, human rights, law, amongst others.


    A.- Society-led borders

    • Ethnography of Social borders
    • Blurring borders of socio-economic divisions
    • Ethnicity, social capital and borders

    B.- Economy-led borders

    • Competitions of New economy of GLOCAL and social polarities
    • Social divisions of labour and neighbourhood clusters
    • Economic downturn, social displacement and borders of urban voids

    C.- Policy-led borders

    • City planning, urban intervention and physical segregation
    • Staggering planning policies, developmental incoherence and urban borders
    • Struggle of people-policy and urban scars

    After the first conference Urbanism at borders held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, the event in Malaga will be touching on these issues as well as invites other relevant issues to discuss.

    Abstract format: • Please use the form under the SEND ABSTRACT menu • You may find useful to prepare previously your abstract on any word processor, and later on copy and past into the form • Keep in mind that the abstract is limited to 300 words • State the core theme, objectives, methods, case study for paper submission or documentary film submission • The abstract and full paper will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee, according with the conference's timeline. Accepted full papers will be published by Routledge on Urbanism at Borders Reader series, after the conference.

  • Italian Fellowships (American Academy in Rome)

    Rome | Dates: 18 Jan – 01 Feb, 2019

    The American Academy in Rome (AAR) offers up to six fellowships for Italian artists and scholars in 2019–20. The Italian Fellows are an integral part of the AAR community. Italian artists and scholars live and work in the Academy community, pursuing their own projects participating in its collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and helping make connections between Rome Prize Fellows and their Italian peers. For a list of former Italian fellows, click here. The Academy is particularly proud to host fellowships sponsored by Fondazione Enel (architecture/landscape architecture), Tiffany & Co. (design), and Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT (applicants born in Piemonte, or who currently live and work there, or whose proposed project considers some aspect of the region.)

    Italian fellows are required to live in Rome, at the Academy. All fellowships include a single room, board, and a stipend. Length of stay varies by the fellowship.

    Italian Fellowship winners will be announced both in Italy and in New York as part of the American Academy Rome Prize ceremony.

    Humanities: Application instructions appear below.

    Arts: All candidates must be nominated; unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

    Arts and Humanities deadline: February 1, 2019.

  • ICAM-NA 2019

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 23 Jun, 2019

    Please mark your calendars! The next ICAM-NA (International Confederation of Architectural Museums - North America) meeting will be held at The Art Institute of Chicago in June of 2019. The conference will be hosted by staff of the museum's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the curatorial Department of Architecture and Design.

    When:   Thursday, June 20, to Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Where:  The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

  • CFP: CTBUH 10th World Congress in Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 30 Jan, 2019

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding by holding its 10th World Congress in Chicago, Illinois from October 28 to November 2, 2019.  The theme of the conference is “50 Forward/50 Backward: The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities.” The organizers of the conference seek abstracts for presentations fitting with the broad theme. Deadline is January 30, 2019. 

    For details and submission portal, go to:

  • Preserving the Recent Past 3 Conference

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 – 16 Mar, 2019
    Early registration ends on February 1, 2019.

    On March 13-16, 2019, the Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference in Los Angeles will offer a national forum to share the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and conserving significant structures and sites from the post-World War II era.

    The Conference program includes three tracks of presentations on advocacy challenges and preservation strategies, history and context and technical conservation issues and solutions for post-World War II resources. Presentation sessions will end Friday with a closing session and reception at the Getty Conservation Institute. Full and half day tours will provide participants the opportunity to visit preservation and recent past sites throughout the area.

    Preliminary program information is available here.

  • REDESIGNING CITIES: The Speedwell Foundation Talks @ Georgia Tech

    Atlanta | Dates: 18 Jan – 24 Apr, 2019
    How should existing cities, their systems and policies, be redesigned to address 21st Century challenges?

    REDESIGNING CITIES: The Speedwell Foundation Talks @ Georgia Institute of Technology is a series of presentations + conversations between leading urbanists that address 21st Century urban challenges: social capital, equity, climate change, outdated infrastructure, disruptive technologies, and money. The series is hosted by Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor and director of the Master of Science in Urban Design degree in the Georgia Tech School of Architecture.

    Six free live events will be held beginning December 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Historic Academy of Medicine(875 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30309) with valet parking available. The Historic Academy of Medicine is a short walk from the Midtown MARTA Station. There is also a (free) Tech Trolley stop at both the Midtown MARTA Station and directly in front of the Historic Academy of Medicine.

  • Post-Doc Fellowship, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, USA

    Williamstown | Dates: 18 Jan – 01 Feb, 2019

    Starting Date: September 02, 2019
    Application deadline: Feb 1, 2019

    The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute announces a postdoctoral fellowship in the history and theory of art. The successful candidate will join a small, committed staff in initiating and implementing a series of programs—colloquia, conferences, workshops, and other collaborations—designed to expand links among institutions engaged in art history, visual studies, art, and curatorial practice. The fellow also provides general support for Research and Academic Program operations.

    Applicants must hold the PhD in art history or a related field, as well as possess a knowledge of critical and methodological issues in art history and a demonstrable commitment to issues concerning the discipline’s expanding geography. The position entails no restrictions concerning geographic or historical specialization.

    In addition to outstanding academic credentials, the programme seeks a candidate with the following qualities: proven organizational competence; an eye for detail; an ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously; exceptional interpersonal skills; an ability to collaborate with large and varied sets of colleagues; and a clear investment in issues of methodology and critical art history.

    This is a two-year full-time position that will begin at the start of the academic year 2019-2020. There is the possibility of renewal for a third year.

    The fellow will also have access both to a leading art research library and the Research and Academic Program, which is among the country’s most active and stimulating research institutions. The fellow also will have the opportunity to co-host a colloquium related to their research in their second year; for examples of recent events, please consult:

    To apply, please send: cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a 1-page description of a possible colloquium, and one publication (it may be under review), and (under separate cover) two academic references to the

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

  • CFP: Ethics and Politics of Material in Architecture

    Florence | Dates: 18 Jan – 15 Feb, 2019

    Not only formal aspects such as style and ornament, but also the materials themselves should be regarded as carriers of meaning in architecture. Raw materials are processed into construction materials that play more than merely a practical or constructive role, and can be demonstrative of power or unity, for example. The way in which materials are able to acquire symbolic, ideological, and political dimensions (which in each case is linked with specific ontological implications) is an integral part of material cultures, and is a recurring theme in the history of building.

    Today – although based on different theoretical premises – there is increasing talk again of the agency of materials. Against the background of current debates around the 'material turn' and 'new materialism', in which 'matter' is thought to elude an objectifying, technologizing grasp, architecture is beginning to readdress the question of an 'ethics of the material' as well as of the role of the subject and the cultural dimension of this discourse, and hence not least of the political dimension of architectural design.

    This workshop initiated by the research group Ethics & Architecture sets out to discuss, to critically reflect on, and to interrogate the relations between material and architecture. Among other things, this involves the investigation of why the material aspects of our culture are presently the object of such great interest. What traditions is this preceded by, and how, historically, have these been 'materialized' in concepts and objects? What expansions, negations, modifications, or contaminations has the knowledge of a material – and the significance attributed to this – undergone? What are the contexts and circumstances that determine the breaks and continuities in our material consciousness?

    We are looking for contributions that approach this problem area through the reference to concrete material instances (wood, clay, concrete, glass, marble, granite, plastic, etc.) from different epochs and cultures. In addition to the questions mentioned above, important topics of discussion are the possible economic and ecological implications. The aim of the workshop is to provide art and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers and anthropologists, etc. with a platform for a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary dialogue.

    Please send a brief proposal (max. 400 words) and a short CV to the following email address by 15 February 2019:

    The selection of contributions will be made by 15 March 2019. The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut can cover the travel and accommodation costs incurred by the participants in conformity with the guidelines of the Federal law on travel expenses.

  • CFP: SACRPH 2019 – Northern Virginia

    Arlington | Dates: 16 Jan – 15 Mar, 2019


    Society for American City & Regional Planning History

    SACRPH 2019 – Northern Virginia

    DoubleTree by Hilton, Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
    October 31 – November 3, 2019

    SACRPH 2019 Northern Virginia, our 18th National Conference on Planning History, will take place Thursday, October 31 – Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Our conference venue is the DoubleTree by Hilton, with renovated hotel rooms and stunning views of the Washington Monument, the Potomac River, and the Pentagon.  The DoubleTree is located in Arlington, Virginia’s Crystal City area(recently in the news as a site for a new Amazon headquarters).  The venue is close to the Metro (rapid transit), one stop from Reagan Washington National Airport, and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport.

    SACRPH 2019 will include plenaries, panel presentations, roundtables, a poster session, a book exhibit, tours, and several receptions.  Lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.   We welcome academics, planners, practitioners, and graduate students to attend, participate, and present their research.  Conference registration fees will be comparable to previous SACRPH conferences.  Please stay tuned for more details on schedule, program, and registration.

    Call for Papers

    SACRPH invites scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of fields to present on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history, worldwide. Particularly welcome for our 2019 conference in Arlington, Virginia, are complete sessions, papers, roundtables, and poster sessions addressing selected themes in the past, including:

    • Comparative and global studies of planning

    • Immigration and planning

    • Planning and structural racism

    • Gender, sexuality, and planning

    • Planning the military industrial complex

    • 18th and 19th century planning

    • Suburban and peripheral planning

    • Planning for sustainable, inclusive, and equitable metropolises

    SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

    The Program Committee invites proposals for complete sessions of up to three papers, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing.

    The Program Committee also invites poster sessions, especially by graduate students at the MA or PhD level, to present their latest research.

    Proposals must be submitted by an online submission form, which will be available after December 1.  Proposals must include the following information:

    For panel submissions (due March 15, 2019):

    • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant

    • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; 1-2 page CV for each participant

    For roundtable and non-traditional panels (due March 15, 2019):

    • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant

    • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; description of the format to be used (roundtable, workshop); 1-2 page CV for each participant

    For individual paper submissions (due March 15, 2019):

    • A web-based form for paper title and contact information and four keywords identifying themes of the paper

    • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 100-word abstract for proposed paper; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)

    For poster sessions (due July 1, 2019):

    • A web-based form for poster session title and contact information

    • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 150-word abstract describing the significance, sources, methods, and major conclusions or outcomes; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)

    • Posters will need to be printed by presenters in advance, as we will not have digital capacities for poster presentation; mounting boards and easels will be provided.

    Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Do not include illustrations.

  • 2018 Chicago Prize Competition: Crossing the Line

    Dates: 15 Jan – 11 Feb, 2019

    2018 Chicago Prize Competition

    The crossing of an imaginary line 100 years ago resulted in the death of an African-American teenager named Eugene Williams, inciting the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. This chain of events demonstrates the power of lines – conceptual and physical – in shaping places and lives. Whether material or immaterial, the lines of Chicago both define, and are defined by, the power relations between the city’s spaces, its people, and how they use these spaces.

    On the centenary of the Chicago Race Riot, the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is embarking on a year-long investigation of the architectural and social construct of the line: through programming that includes this competition, an exhibition, as well as lectures and other events. Crossing the Line will investigate the physical and conceptual implications of different types of lines and their impact on our built environment.

    Chicago is a product of its lines - lines that conceptually and physically demarcate, regulate, contain, separate , and knit together our physical environment. These seams and boundaries, through their thickness and content, have the power to both connect and divide. Some lines, like the invisible one that Eugene Williams inadvertently crossed, segregate groups of people to devastating effect without leaving a physical trace. Others, such as those encircling parishes and neighborhoods, bring people together and foster identities that remain strong even after the lines themselves disappear from maps. Ward and police district boundaries can determine the distribution of power and resources between communities. Zoning boundaries separate the cityscape into distinct parcels, their character and growth set into motion by planners for decades to come. Revitalized infrastructural lines, such as the 606, are a magnet for visitors and investors, setting off a ripple of urban regeneration along their length.

    Crossing the Line will investigate these lines and many others, and the issues they raise in the city of Chicago.

    For this year’s Chicago Prize, we are calling for visionary proposals that cross the line. Participants are asked to select one or multiple material and/or immaterial lines that form Chicago, identify their significance, and propose a design that addresses the urban ramifications of these lines.

    Can the materialization of invisible lines through architectural interventions create agency?

    Can strategies that reinforce or erase a line function as a framework that can create change? Would new strategies of thickening a line merge stand-alone districts?
    Can architectural interventions function as a framework for the excitation of a line?
    How can the urban-architectural collision and negotiation of two sides create a radical emergence of the unimaginable?

    Choose your Line.

    Competitors will select a site of their choice, based on the competitors definition of line within the City of Chicago. Please see the attached diagram indicating the various material and immaterial lines that form Chicago. This is not an exhaustive list.

    This is a speculative ideas competition. There is no set program for this competition; your definition of the program is part of the design problem. Proposals will be assessed on their identification of the issues around the lines of choice, and the design proposal’s efficacy in addressing these issues.

    Competition Brief

    View the Competition Brief 

    Nov. 30, 2018: Competition Launched with Online Registration & Question and Answer Period opens*
    Dec. 20, 2018: Question and Answer Period closes
    Feb. 11, 2019: Extended Online Registration closes and Submission are due at noon CST
    Feb. 20, 2019: Jury Meeting
    Mar. 2019: Winners Announced & Exhibition Opening Event (Location will be announced in January)

    Registration Fee: $90 (Student $50)
    Students (please submit pdf copy of valid 2018-19 Student ID)

    To register, go to the competition website, follow the payment instructions, and send an email to with the contact information for the entrant or team leader.

    Confirmation of the registration along with a random 5-digit registration number will be emailed to the registrant (individual or the team leader) for identification of the final submission. One registration is required per project submitted. Participants may submit multiple entries or be part of multiple teams, but each submission must have an individual registration number.

    Registration will remain open until the submission due date. Registrations fees are non-refundable. Fees will not be returned under any circumstances. By registering for the competition, competitors agree to all competition terms and conditions.
  • Preservation Leadership Training®: ReImagining Intersections at Historic Sites

    Washington | Dates: 27 Feb – 01 Mar, 2019

    Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, developed in partnership with Museum Hue. 
    February 27–March 1, 2019
    Washington, D.C.

    This Preservation Leadership Training®, developed in partnership with Museum Hue, will provide attendees with the tools and strategies to center underrepresented stories at historic sites. 

    Over three days, attendees will learn best practices for interpreting, collecting, and building partnerships to replace exclusionary narratives with ones that honor the full American experience.

    Participants will learn from guest speakers, and from each other, as they talk through the challenges of updating interpretation at their historic sites. This work will culminate in a single real-world case study that will give them an opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice.

    Register Today!


    • $175 for members of Preservation Leadership Forum or Museum Hue

    • $225 for non-members

    Forum is a network of preservation professionals brought together by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Forum provides and curates cutting-edge content, offers online and in-person networking opportunities, and brings diverse new perspectives to the business of saving places. Become a member today!

    ReImagining Intersections at Historic Sites is part of the National Trust's Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) series. Sign up to receive updates about future trainings. 

    Questions? Email

  • Preservation Leadership Training ® Repair Work: Telling the Full History at Our Historic Sites

    Hartford | Dates: 27 Mar, 2019

    March 27, 2018
    Connecticut Convention Center
    Hartford, CT 
    In conjunction with the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Annual Meeting

    For decades public historians have been working to tell more complete American stories at sites around the country. However, due to past preservation and collections practices, limited material culture and resources are available to help tell those stories. 

    Attendees at this Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) will learn strategies and pick up tools to help them understand, interpret, and explain their sites’ full histories, even in the absence of collections, material culture, and documentation. Case studies and group work will be focused on tell the full history of the American past. 


    Register for this PLT through the NCPH Annual Meeting website. At this point registration is only open to NCPH Annual Meeting attendees.

    • $50—For NCPH Annual Meeting attendees

    Repair Work: Telling the Full History at Our Historic Sites is part of the National Trust's Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) series. Sign up to receive updates about future trainings. 

    Questions? Email
  • Call for Sessions: UAAC-AAUC 2019 Conference

    Québec | Dates: 15 Jan – 28 Feb, 2019

    L’association d’art des universités du Canada | Universities Art Association of Canada

    Conference - 2019 – Congrès
    October 24 – 27 octobre, 2019
    Hôtel Hilton Hotel, Québec, QC

    Appel de propositions de séances | Call for Session Proposals
    English version follows

    Nous invitons les propositions de séance pour le congrès annuel de l’UAAC-AAUC. Nous espérons y offrir des séances, tables rondes et ateliers qui reflètent la diversité des membres de l’UAAC-AAUC et de leurs travaux de recherche et de création. Les séances, tables rondes et ateliers pourront interroger toutes les problématiques en lien avec les arts visuels et médiatiques, quel que soit leur contexte géographique ou temporel. La recherche en histoire de l’art, culture visuelle, design, recherche-création, commissariat, muséologie, théorie, critique et enseignement sont autant d’exemples de sujets envisageables. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés à accueillir des séances portant sur des sujets ou corpus qui n’ont pas été fortement représentés lors des congrès précédents, comme les études et pratiques autochtones, les recherches portant sur la race et la racisme, l’immigration, la diaspora, ou encore les études du Moyen Âge et du début de l’époque moderne.   

    Les propositions peuvent être rédigées en français, en anglais ou dans une langue autochtone et doivent inclure un titre, une description de 150 mots ainsi que les coordonnées complètes des organisateurs. Veuillez envoyer votre proposition par courriel à Fran Pauzé ( ) avant le 28 février, 2019.

    Call for sessions

    We invite the submission of session proposals for the annual UAAC-AAUC conference. We hope to offer a range of sessions, round tables, and panels that reflect UAAC’s diverse constituents, in terms of membership and scholarship. Sessions, round tables, and panels are invited that interrogate historical and contemporary art history, visual and material culture, creative studio practice, design practice, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practice. We particularly welcome sessions that focus on areas that have not been strongly represented at previous UAAC conferences, such as Indigenous scholarship and practices, scholars, artists/theorists dealing with race(ism), immigration, diaspora, and, more recently, Medieval and Early Modern studies.  

    Proposals (which can be in English, French or an Indigenous language) should include a title; a 150-word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair/s. The deadline for submission to is February 28, 2019.

  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Digital Art History

    Durham | Dates: 15 Jan, 2019 – 15 Jan, 2020

    The Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department at Duke University is pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Digital Art History. The fellowship for $30,000 will help to offset the cost for an entering student in our Masters (MA) program in Digital Art History and Computational Media. The fellowship is specifically meant for populations of students often underrepresented in digital art history including people of color, first generation college students, and women. Duke is an ideal institution to receive this specialized intellectual training to prepare the student for success in rigorous PhD programs in art history and visual studies. For full details on the program see

    Through this fellowship we intend to help diversify our field and to develop sophisticated, and rigorous computational work. Our MA is specifically targeted to address art historical questions in conjunction with area computational and cultural specialists at Duke. 

    The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has made extraordinary contributions in the last decade to the support of new digital art history initiatives. This Kress Graduate Fellowship fosters and strengthens the connection between art historical research and the broader field of Digital Humanities. It builds off of the tested curriculum of the MA in Digital Art History & Computational Media while guiding the student to future success in an art history and visual studies PhD. 

    Our goals are: 

    1) To increase the opportunities of underrepresented populations for participation in Digital Humanities 

    2) To improve the chances of MA art historians to enter a high-level art history and visual studies PhD program or succeed in digital areas once they are in such a program, especially to prepare them for university careers 

    3) To strengthen the diversity of art history as a discipline 

    4) To expand digital art history as a subfield 

    Candidates who would like to be considered for this opportunity should apply to the MA in Digital Art History & Computational Media and express their explicit interest in their application for pursuing advanced work in an art history and visual studies PhD program. 

    For questions, contact
  • 2019 Fitch Colloquium Record / Replay: Data, Technology and Experimental Preservation

    New York | Dates: 15 Feb, 2019

    February 15, 9:30am
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

    We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Fitch Colloquium, Record/Replay: On Data, Technology and Experimental Preservation. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought provoking day of presentations and discussions with leading conservators, archivists, architects, artists, and curators.

    Free and open to the public.
    Register online to attend.

    Record/Replay: On Data, Technology and Experimental Preservation

    Can digital technologies for capturing and reproducing reality deepen our understanding and enrich our experience of built heritage? Can these new technologies not only improve the daily practice of preservation but effectively inform a new paradigm of cultural heritage? The 2019 Fitch Colloquium will explore the future of Historic Preservation through the lens of experimental approaches to digital documentation, analysis, interpretation, archiving, sharing, visualization and re-materialization of data. The symposium will examine cutting-edge processes involving the development and application of digital tools to projects of all scales, including high-resolution 3D scanning, gaming, computer-based visual pattern recognition, blockchain encryption, behavioral geo-tracking or interactive projection mapping among others. Internationally recognized experts from a varied range of disciplines will unpack their work and speculate on the conceptual changes that might emerge in response to the current upheaval in technology.


    David Gissen, PhD, Professor & Associate Chair, Graduate Programs Division of Architecture, The California College of the Arts

    Dr. Pilar Bosch Roig, Associate Professor and Researcher at the University Polytechnic of Valencia, Spain

    Dr. Frédéric Kaplan, Assistant Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

    Dr. Hannah Lewi, Professor of Architecture, University of Melbourne

    Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies, Professor of Interactive Computing Professor, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Carlos Bayod, Factum Foundation, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP

    Arnaud Baernhoft, Digital Producer, Alchemy VR

    Carlos Benaïm, Perfumer, International Flavors and Fragrances

    Yves Ubelmann, Digital Architect for Cultural Heritage, ICONEM

    Emily Spratt, PhD Candidate, Princeton University

    Chance Coughenour, Digital Archaeologist, Google Arts & Culture

    Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP

    Caitlin Blanchfield, PhD Candidate, Columbia GSAPP


    Erica Avrami, PhD, James Marston Fitch Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP

    David Benjamin, Founding Principal of The Living, Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP

    Organized by Jorge Otero-Pailos and the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia GSAPP.

  • Post-Doc Fellowship, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

    Williamstown | Dates: 15 Jan – 01 Feb, 2019
    Williamstown, MA USA, September 02, 2019
    Application deadline: Feb 1, 2019

    The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute announces a postdoctoral fellowship in the history and theory of art. The successful candidate will join a small, committed staff in initiating and implementing a series of programs—colloquia, conferences, workshops, and other collaborations—designed to expand links among institutions engaged in art history, visual studies, art, and curatorial practice. The fellow also provides general support for Research and Academic Program operations.

    Applicants must hold the PhD in art history or a related field, as well as possess a knowledge of critical and methodological issues in art history and a demonstrable commitment to issues concerning the discipline’s expanding geography. The position entails no restrictions concerning geographic or historical specialization.

    In addition to outstanding academic credentials, we seek a candidate with the following qualities: proven organizational competence; an eye for detail; an ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously; exceptional interpersonal skills; an ability to collaborate with large and varied sets of colleagues; and a clear investment in issues of methodology and critical art history. This is a two-year full-time position that will begin at the start of the academic year 2019-2020. There is the possibility of renewal for a third year. The fellow will also have access both to a leading art research library and the Research and Academic Program, which is among the country’s most active and stimulating research institutions. The fellow also will have the opportunity to co-host a colloquium related to their research in their second year; for examples of recent events, please consult:

    To apply, please send: cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a 1-page description of a possible colloquium, and one publication (it may be under review), and (under separate cover) two academic references to the

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 

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