Cluster Architectures of Order
Architectures of Order is an interdisciplinary research
project (2020-2023) of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Technical
University of Darmstadt, with the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal
History and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum as associated partners. Comprising
26 members, the project is concerned with an investigation of architecture as a
cultural practice of ordering, that manifests aesthetically, materially,
spatially, discursively as well as epistemologically. Hence, the project is as
much interested in the influence that architecture exercises on societal,
cultural, scientific and technological practices of ordering as it is in how
architectural practices of ordering are shaped by society, culture and science.
It furthermore focuses especially on exploring the interaction between these
two territories. Given the interdisciplinary nature of its scope, the project
assembles expertise from the fields of architectural history and theory,
history, sociology, cultural and media studies, and design theory, further
complementing them with competences in architectural design and media practice.
information on the fellowship, conference and research project, see also: For
more information see: https://architecturesoforder.org/en/
The fellowship program aims to expand
the thematic scope and expertise of the resident research group as well as its
national and international networks. It provides two fellows per year with the
opportunity to spend a research stay of 1-3 months in Frankfurt am Main, GER.
One fellow each year will be selected and invited directly by the research
group, the other is openly advertised. We accept applications from scholars at
all career levels (applicants are required to hold a PhD). The work of the
fellow should demonstrate connections with the goals of the project as well as
its annual research themes, which are:
– Architecture as Metaphor
– Built Order
– Designing Order
annual theme for 2020, Architecture as
Metaphor is also the topic of the international conference Architecture_Metaphor, organized by the
LOEWE research project and scheduled for 6-7 November 2020 at Deutsches
Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Annual research and
conference theme 2020: Architecture as Metaphor
We commonly and ubiquitously use architectural metaphors
in both everyday speech as well as various professional contexts. Yet we
rarely, if at all, register this connection. At the same time, metaphors also
feature prominently in the fields of architecture and urbanism, where they are
being used for the development of design concepts and provide useful means to
communicate, discuss and evaluate design features.
Metaphors come into being through the incongruity between
a particular term and the context within which it is being deployed, which
creates a space of continuous re-interpretation. Their meaning thus oscillates
between the body of knowledge from which the metaphor stems. Through
transferring aspects of one field’s body of knowledge to another, metaphors
disseminate and thereby consolidate social or disciplinary hierarchies, norms
and protocols inscribed in the original body of knowledge.
Rather than to examine metaphors from a linguistic
perspective, we engage them as a lens that allows us to zoom in on and
investigate the ways in which architecture as a practice of ordering
interrelates with societal as well as disciplinary structures, orders and
knowledges. This approach relies on the premise that firstly, metaphors
facilitate a connection between different fields as well as different forms of
knowledge and that secondly, they are not merely explanatory in their function
but instead interfere with epistemological thought and production processes.
In accordance with the interdisciplinary
scope of the research project, we welcome applications from diverse
disciplinary backgrounds including those but not restricted to the areas of
expertise already represented by its resident members (architectural history
and theory, art history, cultural and media studies, history, sociology and
design theory). We accept applications from scholars of all career levels, and
particularly welcome interest from early career researchers (applicants are
required to hold a PhD).
Fellows will be fully integrated into the research group
during their stay. They are expected to take up residency in Frankfurt am Main,
to actively participate in the events organized by the LOEWE cluster as well as
by the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture (http://criticalarchitecture.org/) and
to present their research (work in progress) in a public lecture.
We accept applications for stays of 1-3 months,
contingent on the scope and requirements of the proposed research project. The
exact start date and duration of fellowships will be discussed with the fellow
following a successful application. Please note that the stay should concur
with the teaching term at Goethe University Frankfurt (winter term: October –
February, summer term: April – July). We
currently accept applications for stays at any given time between October 2020
and March 2021.
Note regarding the
We understand that the current Coronavirus situation
makes any definitive planning for the coming months challenging. As it is
impossible to anticipate at the moment how long the current situation will
prevail, we hope that both the fellowship as well as our conference Architecture_Metaphor, scheduled for 6-7
November 2020 (www.architecture-metaphor.org) can take place as planned.
However, we will monitor the situation closely over the coming months and will
work together with our fellows and conference speakers to develop alternative
arrangements if coming to Frankfurt am Main proves unfeasible.
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 3,200 Euro
during their stay. Stipends are meant to cover costs for accommodation, board,
insurance etc. We will furthermore cover the costs of an economy round-trip to
Frankfurt am Main, GER.
Please send your
application including the following documents compiled in one PDF file by 1
July 2020 to Linda Walther: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project proposal – approximately 1000 words
The proposal should
briefly introduce the research project and address how it connects to the aims
of the LOEWE project and the annual theme. It is also supposed to demonstrate
the relevance of the project, locate it within current debates and specify your
goals and plans for the fellowship.
Work schedule – approximately 500 words
Please provide a
brief schedule that demonstrates how you plan to spend your time during the
A CV of no more than
This can be an
article or a chapter from a more comprehensive piece of writing of at least 10
and no more than 20 pages.
contact details for two referees.