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H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship
Deadline: October 1, 2017
The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting applications for the 2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship. The prestigious fellowship of $50,000 will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for a book or an advanced degree. Instead, the goals are to provide an opportunity for the recipient to see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand, to think about his/her profession deeply, and to acquire knowledge useful for his/her future work and contribution to society.
The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship is open to a scholar who will earn a PhD or advanced terminal degree in the first half of 2017 (by June 30, 2017) or an emerging scholar who was awarded a PhD or advanced terminal degree in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 or 2012 in a field related to the built environment.
Such degrees include PhDs in the history, theory or criticism of architecture, landscape architecture, or urbanism; historic preservation; the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning; or other fields of advanced study related to the built environment including an MArch, MUP, MLA or a master's in a historic preservation program.
Priority will be given to those whose chosen profession is relevant to the interests and objectives of the Society of Architectural Historians, i.e., the history of the built environment, historic preservation, conservation, and social implications of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. The fellowship is intended to be a special honor for the recipient and is to be awarded to a truly outstanding candidate, based on distinguished academic achievement, leadership potential, personal motivation, and promise. This is an international fellowship so candidates from any country may apply. All applicants must be current members of the Society of Architectural Historians. (Join SAH here.) The Brooks Fellowship will be selected by the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Committee which is appointed by the president of SAH.
The Brooks Fellowship recipient will be expected to keep an online journal by posting at least once per month to the SAH Blog. The blog posts will document the fellow’s travels in text and images, including photographs, video, drawings, or other media. This record will be used by the SAH office to approve payment distribution. View past recipient blog posts here.
Fellowship recipients will write a summary article for the SAH Newsletter (1,000–2,000 words) that documents their travel, explains how the fellowship contributed to the recipient’s understanding of the built environment, and details how they anticipate the fellowship will influence their future work. While travelling or shortly thereafter, the fellowship recipient also will be expected to upload images to SAHARA, the SAH shared image archive. The recommended number of images to upload is 500. Upon their return, fellowship recipients will make themselves available to their local SAH chapter, should the chapter wish to hear a presentation about the fellowship year.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2017. Visit here for more information and to apply.
Call for Applications: Reviews Editor (pre-1800) for Architectural Histories
Architectural Histories is the online open access journal of the EAHN, published by Ubiquity Press. The Editorial Board of Architectural Histories seeks to appoint a Reviews Editor for publications and other research-based outputs covering the history of architecture and the built environment before 1800.
The Reviews Editor is responsible for commissioning, developing and editing reviews for the journal. Taking full advantage of the rapid production cycle offered by an online open access publication,Architectural Histories aims to publish reviews which respond to the releases in the field and to widen the traditional scope of reviews, to include recent exhibitions and conferences relevant to histories of architecture.
Working closely with the Editor-in-Chief and a counterpart Reviews Editor for the post-1800 period, the pre-1800 Reviews Editor identifies publications, exhibitions and conferences of interest and invites reviewers. After commission, the Editor oversees the writing and editing of each review, up to the point where it is ready for final copy-editing. The Editor is expected to deliver 5-10 reviews per year.
The ideal candidate is well connected with scholars working on all aspects of pre-1800 architecture, and closely monitors the state of the field, with an eye to commissioning reviews that will stand out as lasting contributions to historical and historiographical debate. The Editor
should be familiar with good practice in the commissioning and editing of reviews.
This call is open to all scholars working on topics related to pre-1800 architectural history regardless of background, discipline or seniority. Indeed, applications from scholars working outside the traditional centers of scholarship are strongly encouraged. Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter specifying the candidate’s appropriate skills and qualities.
Applications should be emailed to Petra Brouwer, Editor-in-Chief and received no later than 31 August 2017.
The new Reviews Editor will be appointed on 1st October 2017 for a four-year term.
Call for Abstracts: Special Collection on Digital Architectural History
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Architectural Histories, in collaboration with ETH Zürich, invites paper
abstracts for a special themed issue on Digital Architectural History.
For a Special Collection on Digital Architectural History, Architectural
Histories, the open access journal of the EAHN, in collaboration with the
Institute for the History and Theory of architecture at the ETH Zürich
(gta), seeks proposals for contributions that set a new benchmark in
digital publication in the field of the history of architecture and the
The journal intends to offer a platform for articles that explore what a
durable and truly digital architectural history could look like. Such
history activates various forms of digital visualization, data collection
and management, and digital research tools; it questions how these new
means affect and shape the work of the historian; and it examines how this
work is made available for assessment, consultation and debate. The aim of
the issue is to arrive at accessible, sustainable and potentially
interactive results that open up new critical perspectives in
Proposals should explain how digital tools are made to engage with
historical questions, and how they facilitate assessment, communication
and scholarly exchange. Proposals should specify which digital tools are
employed and how, with special attention to accessibility (file
size/platform), sustainability and interactivity. If the proposal entails
the development of new tools, a brief and a budget should be specified,
and it should be detailed how the tools will be implemented. In total,
proposals should not exceed 1000 words, excluding the brief and budget.
Selected proposals will have access to limited funding for research and
development. Means will be granted according to the potential for
innovation of the proposal. Authors will be invited to a take-off workshop
hosted by the Chair in the History and Theory of Architecture (Maarten
Delbeke) and the Institute of Digital Architectural History (Thomas
Hänsli) at the gta.
Deadline for submission is 1 October 2017, authors will receive
notification by 20 October 2017. The workshop will take place in January
2018. Publication of the issue should start in June 2018. Proposals should
be submitted to the AH Editorial Team and Prof. Maarten Delbeke.
Architecture, Citizenship, Space: British Architecture from the 1920s to the 1970s
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford
How did individuals and groups concerned with architecture and the built environment respond to, and seek to shape, the challenges and opportunities of twentieth-century life? Engaging with themes such as democracy, citizenship, leisure, culture and new subjectivities, and showcasing scholars at the forefront of emerging methodological approaches to architectural history, this conference considers how key aspects of British modernity informed architectural form and space between the 1920s and the 1970s.
The conference theme takes as its starting point the words of Jennie Lee, the newly appointed Minister for the Arts, who, in 1965, spoke of her wish for a Britain that was ‘gayer and more cultivated.’ Lee’s comment accompanied a substantial increase in state funding for the Arts, distributed via quangos such as the Arts Council and the Council for Industrial Design, and addressed a wider context in which certain forms of cultural and recreational activities – and the architectural settings for them – were deemed to have particular value. The idea was especially marked among the political left but represented a consensus: Labour’s 1959 manifesto was entitled Leisure for Living, while the Conservatives that same year published The Challenge of Leisure. Such questions seemed particularly significant given the widespread belief that technological developments would soon result in a shorter working week and an increase in leisure time. In these circumstances, communal high-cultural, educational and sporting activities were possible counterweights to individualism, materialism, and (a perceived) malign American influence.
The mid-century concern with culture, leisure and new forms of space had its roots in nineteenth-century ideas of ‘improvement’, particularly as re-worked and refined in the inter-war decades, and took place within a wider context in which certain approaches to design and cultural production were favoured. We can thus distinguish a clear attempt to ‘re-form’ Britain in a new, modern (‘cultured’) image which drew in part on apparently sophisticated European practice but which, as the Architectural Review’s ‘Townscape’ campaigns shows, also drew on consciously ‘British,’ or at least ‘English’ precedents. There was, in effect, an expert-led, ‘technocratic’ approach to modernity, in which the British would be steered in a particular direction through design, architecture and urbanism, and by a range of individuals and groups including not only national and local authorities, but also voluntary organisations and societies. The city emerged as a particular site of debate, with architect-planners creating lively images of a new communal urbanity in terms which paralleled the wider stress on community and leisure. Not only would the result be a transformed citizenry, but also a new image of Britain. Furthermore, as exhibitions such as ‘Britain Can Make It’ (1946) demonstrated, the agenda was also to ensure Britain’s prominence on the world stage.
This conference explores how these themes were manifested in architectural discourse, form and space. Its concern is architectural production in the widest sense, encompassing not only completed buildings and unbuilt projects but also texts and the media. The conference addresses an emerging ‘historical turn’ in twentieth-century British architectural history away from primarily formalist accounts of style to something akin to the deeper-rooted, more sophisticated histories of modern art and literature. This new architectural history is rooted in the archive and asks how cultural production functioned as a vehicle through which to explore such ideas as modernity, identity and community. In essence, architecture is conceived as a commentary on these ideas, whether by embracing or resisting them.
The conference, which is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and convened by Elizabeth Darling and Alistair Fair, takes place across 2 days in the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. The conference fee is £30, and includes lunch and refreshments. Any queries should be addressed to Elizabeth Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Day One: 15th June 2017
10.30 Arrival and coffee
11.00 Welcome – conference chair, Dr Elizabeth Darling
11.15 Session 1: The Pivotal Decades: Re-thinking Architecture and Nationhood 1918-1939. Theme: This session explores the re-evaluation of the purpose and nature of architecture as Britain entered full democracy. It will consider the development of new idioms of space and form to accommodate this shift.
Chair: Professor Elizabeth McKellar (Open University)
2.00 Session 2: Educating the Nation after 1945.
Theme: A modern nation required an educated citizenry. Kickstarted by the Education Act of 1944, and a baby boom, the post-war years saw a dramatic expansion in educational building.
Chair: Professor Mark Swenarton (University of Liverpool)
4.30 Roundtable & Discussion: Architecture, Citizenship, Space – beyond the Academy: Municipal Dreams, Manchester Modernist Society, Verity-Jane Keefe (The Mobile Museum).
5.45 Close – Reception
9.15 Session 3: Where and How to Live
Theme: By 1939 a consensus had emerged that British cities were inadequate to the task of accommodating modern life. Architects and architectural students increasingly sought to promote new models of urban form and dwelling.
Chair: Professor John Gold (Oxford Brookes University)
11.15 Session 4: Culture and Democracy
Theme: The proper use of leisure was a key theme in post-war Britain, with both Labour and Conservative administrations turning their attention to the subject.
Chair: Dr Robert Proctor (University of Bath)
Cornerstone Architectural Scholars is an email group (i.e., listserv) for architectural scholars that might be of interest to members. The group disseminates news about upcoming conferences, especially calls for papers, but it also publicizes exhibitions, fellowships and other events or news. Cornerstone is not meant for discussions, debates, or chats, but simply for communicating useful information. The volume of messages is fairly light, about three or four per week. The group's focus is mainly on architectural scholarship--spanning history, theory, urbanism, sustainability, technology, landscape, morphology, etc.--rather than architectural practice or design.
Cornerstone currently has about 320 members, most of whom are architecture faculty or doctoral students. There is absolutely no obligation involved in being a Cornerstone member--it only means that one receives the group messages by email. One can join or leave the group at any time. Cornerstone works through the Google Groups system, and there are no problems with spam. Anyone interested in joining Cornerstone can contact Matthew Heins.
Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History
University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education
The course is directed by Dr Paul Barnwell, Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and runs over part-time for 12 months. The course covers English architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. It will be of interest to those seeking to develop their:
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