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CFP: European architectural space: exchanges, circulations and cultural transfers
Doctoral Research Day: December 17, 2018
Call for participation due: July 31. 2018
In Europe, the circulation skills and ideas, already very intensive throughout the Middle Ages, kept intensifying over centuries. This process identified as “cultural transfers” at the end of the 20th century actively supports the progressive rise of shared architectural cultures, evolving through cultural crossing and hybridization phenomena. Therefore, it seems possible to define a “European space of architecture” based on these intensive exchanges over the continent.
The concept of cultural transfer, forged out of literary studies during the 1980’s, has been recently adapted to art history by various studies. Regarding the contemporary architectural research, the doctoral research day organized in Strasbourg in February 2018 mainly focused on the historiography. It was also the opportunity to recall the multiple aspects of this phenomenon, further questioning the legitimacy of “cultural transfers” as a modern construct, sometimes poorly adapted to the various realities it aims at covering.
Considering these latest studies, the doctoral research day of December 17 2018 offers to redefine the concept of cultural transfers in the more specific frame of European architectural history. It aims at trying to single out this history as a determining conveyor for the construction of a European architectural space from the Middle Ages to nowadays. This implies to bring together several levels of analysis, from the study of these transfers’ dynamics to the questioning of the idea of the frontier itself as a barrier or a catalyst for exchange. The status of intercessors, who share their practices around them and participate into the spread of ideas and knowledge through various networks, is crucial. This discussion should also enable us to better identify the best places for the impulse and receiving of cultural transfers, gathering different realities from one period to the other. We should therefore consider the broader scopes conditioning this phenomenon – religious, political, ideological or economical – since it might voluntarily help to reinforce the dynamics of interaction and the sharing of models.
Abstracts can include questions such as the suggested following:
1. Cultural transfers, the base of a European architectural space?
The diversity of exchanges distinguishing a “Europe of flows”, inherent to the idea of “cultural transfers” themselves, seems to have led to the birth of a European architectural space. As examples, the topic of human circulations, through population migration for geopolitical or religious reasons, commercial exchanges, or individual travel seem very eloquent. These phenomena naturally contribute to the construction of meeting hubs and cultural mixing arising or declining over time, and this could very well be a case to further study.
2. Prompted cultural transfers?
One could also look at the acceleration of cultural transfers within more processed interactions, in a European frame aiming towards unity and looking for its own identity. It could also be an opportunity to insist on the exchange conveyors, and the voluntary mechanisms behind them. These being ideological, political, institutional, or part of other intellectual and pedagogical exchanges allowing the cultural assimilation we are looking at. Relationships with extra-European entities, sharing cultural dynamics with the old continent should not be neglected either.
3. An opportunistic gaze on cultural transfers?
Finally, it seems fair to remember that the rejection or the appropriation of cultural transfers can equally appear as one the driving forces to define identities in Europe. Studying their gradual exploitation or their opportunistic use therefore seems interesting. As an example, it could shed a new light on regionalist or nationalist ideals, conflicting the idea of a European architectural area in itself.
This doctoral research day is organized by Camille Lesouef, Pierre Coffy et Rafael-Florian Helfenstein, PhD candidates in Architectural History at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (HiCSA/ED 441 Histoire de l’art), under the scientific supervision of Professors Jean-Philippe Garric and Philippe Plagnieux.
Submission Guidelines: Abstracts should summarize, in French or English, in 2500-signs the arguments of the presentation, including its title, references and strengths. The officials languages for the doctoral research day are French and English. All proposals must be submitted here by July 31st.
What is Unique about Cornish Buildings? (Cornwall)
Abstracts due: August 31, 2018
Conference dates: March 22–23, 2019
The Cornish Buildings Group in association with Historic England will host a two-day conference to celebrate 50 years of the Group, at a venue to be announced. New and challenging paper submissions are invited to explore and discuss the conference question: What is unique about Cornish buildings? The theme will unite aspects of Cornish architectural design with distinctiveness and exclusivity. The Group welcome contributions from any area or discipline relative to the past, present and future of buildings in Cornwall and how they impact and affect the natural environment. The conference will embrace research looking at Cornish distinctiveness in the widest possible sense. Submissions of 250 words to Paul Holden FSA by 31 August 2018.
Sites Queer: Technologies, Spaces and Otherness
University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture, Río Piedras Campus
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 August 2018
Conference Date: February 7-9, 2019
Much of queer theory, history, art and performance have been discussed from Anglo American and European perspectives. Sites Queer is an interdisciplinary three-day conference exploring the multiple ways in which LGBTQ+ spaces and identities get reconfigured, performed and contested through the technologies and spatial politics of diverse ethnic cultures. Although we welcome submissions from all cultural backgrounds, we are particularly interested in inviting research projects rooted in Latin American, Asian, Aboriginal and African cultures.
From within the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Sites Queer will be a space to discuss, foreground and analyze divergent queer histories, narratives and spatial practices. Subsequently, playing off the word 'site' as a physical locale as well a digital space, the conference will problematize the ways the Internet, digital technologies, mobile apps and social networks are informing, changing, shaping or contesting queerness for ethnic minorities at urban and rural levels.
The outcome of the conference will be to create a book proposal acting as a critical, cultural memory; a written and visual record; and a speculative, spatial cartography of queer spaces for ethnic minorities, drawing them out from their Otherness and situating them within contemporary sociopolitical debates.
Potential themes and sub-themes of the conference include but are not limited to:
Sites Queer is funded by Dr. Regner Ramos’s FIPI research grant at the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture.
We are inviting research papers, performances, workshop sessions, roundtable sessions and pre-
constituted panels to participate. Please send 250-word abstracts and a 150-word biography here. In the case of group submissions, please provide biographies for each individual. For additional information, click here.
We are delighted to have Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus as Sites Queer's keynote speaker. Dr Mowlabocus is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Digital Media, based within the School of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex. His research focuses on gay and queer sexualities in media culture, and he has authored a variety of articles and books on the subject.
Modernism in the Home
Abstracts due: December 14, 2018
Conference dates: July 1-2, 2019 at the University of Birmingham
Studies of modernism and the home are wide-ranging; this international conference will reflect the broad scope of research, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue between literary, arts and cultural sectors. The conference invites scholars to interrogate the historical, theoretical and thematic intersections occurring in the domestic sphere in the early twentieth century. Panellists are invited to reconsider and discuss the aesthetic, social, political, technological, artistic, scientific, cultural and textual relationship between modernism and the home, in a global context.
We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers will be Professor Morag Shiach (Queen Mary University) and Professor Barbara Penner (The Bartlett School of Architecture). Professor Shiach’s work focuses on the changing nature of domestic interiors in the early twentieth century, challenging traditional associations of modernity with public space. Professor Penner’s current research focuses on ‘cardiac kitchens’ in the post-war period, and more broadly looks at themes of domestic technologies, domestic labour and domestic bodies.
We anticipate the conference programme will include a guided tour of Winterbourne House and Gardens in Birmingham.
Classic anti-domestic rhetorics of modernity have often aligned the domestic with the private, designating it a lesser to the democratic, masculine and thoroughly ‘modern’ public sphere. With its cries of ‘Make it New!’, modernism staged a bold protest against the constraints of Victorian domesticity. Yet as contemporary re-evaluations by scholars such as Chiara Briganti, Barbara Penner, Morag Shiach, Kathy Mezei, Clair Wills and Victoria Rosner suggest, the home remains a crucial space for the interrogation of our cultural relationships with technology, class, race, sexuality, and gender. The early years of the twentieth century saw this ubiquitous space evolve. No longer an emblem of Victorian patriarchy, the house became a more boundless entity whose shifting boundaries and notions of propriety were tied up with the rapidly changing cultures of consumerism and technology.
Modernism in the Home invites discussion that critiques, questions, and offers new readings of the home, challenging stereotypes surrounding the historical binary that posits the domestic realm as private, feminine, and anti-modern. We want to explore the symbiosis between architecture and literature, public and private, the house and the novel. By engaging with artists, architects and authors whose work intersects with the domestic, we hope to examine the evolving nature of the home and its inhabitants in the early twentieth century.
We welcome papers that examine the relationship between modernism and the domestic sphere. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
CFP: Performing Institutions: Reimagining their Places, Politics, Practices & Pedagogies
Deadline: August 20, 2018PERFORMING INSTITUTIONS: Reimagining their Places, Politics, Practices & Pedagogies
Call for chapters, visual essays and intermedial transmission for peer-reviewed book.
Institutions are, by definition, foundational, architectural, disciplinary, symbolic and generally fixed in nature. Aligned with well-established patterns of behavior, they are inherently performative. How do current institutions therefore perform ? academically, spatially, custodially and structurally ? and how can their performances be critiqued and re-designed?
In January 2018, the 3rd International Performance Design Symposium was held in Fara Sabina, Italy; gathering performance designers, artists, architects, theorists, researchers and educators from more than ten countries to present, develop and workshop ideas - existing and conceptual ? regarding how institutions can be rearranged, restructured and reimagined ? as academy, architecture, organization and provocation.
Since it was instigated as an emergent interdisciplinary field in 2004 ? focusing on designing performance and performing design ? Performance Design has become institutionalized and incorporated into universities as well as international events such as The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space and World Stage Design?s global performance design festival. In the same period institutions such as universities, academies, conservatories, museums, galleries and festivals have fundamentally changed, substantively and structurally, alongside cultural requirements and expectations: a combined result of aesthetic, social, global and political development. Playing into neoliberal capitalism, our institutional and individual performances are being designed, assessed and closely monitored: generally working against criticality and experimentation upon which creative fields are predicated. As theorist Jon McKenzie suggests we find ourselves having to ?perform or else?.
Performance Design is now therefore at a crossroads. Is it still a transdisciplinary creative arts paradigm or has the time come for Performance Design to (de/re)institutionalize as an independent post-disciplinary research field and artistic paradigm that resists institutionalization: including and influencing physical museums, theaters, universities and academies, as well as venues, cities, technologies, materials and event genres?
In this proposed anthology, we draw inspiration from critical thinkers such as Jane Rendell Chantal Mouffe, Felix Guattari, Isabelle Stengers, Jacques Ranci?re, Pelin Tan and the Silent University, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen among others. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for ?institutional polity? (Miessen), and more specifically Mouffe?s ?counter-hegemonic practices? and Moten and Harney?s ?undercommons? are evident, the publication?s editors invite contributors to reflect ? through written scholarship and creative practice ? on how such approaches might inform new critical encounters with/as or away from institutions.
Therefore, with a view towards an epistemological transformation, this anthology aims to expand upon the recent discourse on institutional engagement through aesthetic resistance within the broader context of pedagogical practices and methodologies of artistic research with a focus on themes addressing institutions as Place, Body, Event, Atmosphere, Commons, and Desire.
The book is currently themed and co-edited in four sections as follows: -
Academy/Pedagogy: structures of care (instituting the new)
Places of Representation: desiring change (queering the house)
Cultural Practices/Issues: manifestos & critiques (performing against discipline)
Performances/Events: testing grounds (redesigning through eventing)
We welcome contributions from fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of performance and design. Contributions may include scholarly essays (5000-8000 words, incl. maximum 5 illustrations over 15 pages), visual essays (800-1500 words, incl. maximum of 18 illustrations over 12 pages), and manifestoes/statements/narrations that do not fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; presenting models of critical engagement or discussing material instances of the realization of institutional critique through performance design practice.
We hope that many of you would like to participate in this peer-reviewed book project.
Proposals (of max. 300 words) should be sent here before August 20th. You will hear back from the Editorial team in October 2018. The deadline for full articles and essays is January 15th 2019 to be able (as we plan) to present the publication in the Summer of 2019.
All Ireland Architecture Research Group Conference 2019
Call for Papers: AIARG 8: Field ConditionsConference: January 24-25, 2019 in Dublin School of Architecture
Abstracts due: September 3, 2018
The eighth annual conference of the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG 8) seeks to explore field conditionswithin the profession and the discipline of architecture. It is a useful term in architectural discourse for a number of reasons: it is descriptive of the manner in which buildings can gather the ‘as found’ elements of a site around them; it captures something of the nature of non-hierarchical space; it recognises the way in which architecture draws connections between multiple and distinct bodies of knowledge; and it posits boundaries not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones.
We imagine that papers could address various questions, including, but not limited to:
We welcome abstracts on the theme of field conditions from practitioners, theoreticians and teachers*. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the critical zones between fields. We welcome proposals for alternative media that may step outside an academic milieu: roundtable discussions, performances, exhibitions, posters, etc. Abstracts (limited to one per individual) of not more that 350 words should be sent here no later than 3 September 2018. A selection of papers from the conference will be invited to submit to building material, the peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland.
* In the following fields: Architectural Design, Architectural History, Architectural Representation and Rendering, Architectural Research, Architectural Technology, Building Code Analysis, Building Construction, Building Systems, Civil Engineering, Client Relations, Collaborative Design, Conservation, Construction Administration, Construction Document Management, Construction Finance Management, Construction Law, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Design, Design Build, Design to Delivery, Façade Engineering, Facilities Management, Housing Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Model Making, Participative Design, Planning, Preservation, Procurement, Problem Solving, Project Management, Public Realm Design, Quantity Surveying, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Reuse, Revit Consultancy, Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design, Specification, Technical Design, Urban Design, Universal Design, etc.
Bauhaus and GreeceConference: 30 May 30 - June 1, 2019 in Athens
Abstracts due: September 30, 2018
For the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, the Athens School of Fine Arts and the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart are organising an international conference titled ‘Bauhaus and Greece’. The conference will take place in Athens from May 30 to June 1, 2019.
Call for Papers
Firstly, the conference will deal with the effects of the Bauhaus and the Bauhaus idea in architectural and artistic theory and practice in the Greek context of the pre-war period.
Particular emphasis will be placed on direct or indirect references to the Bauhaus during the formation of Greek Modernism, especially with regard to its relationship to another important contemporary current, the search for the specifically Greek character of Greek culture from the 1920s onwards.
Artistic training will be the second focal point of the congress. The Bauhaus model in its various permutations will be presented against comparable or antagonistic approaches, both during the period of its activity (1919-1933) and in the 100 years since its foundation. Initiatives such as Mendelsohn’s, Wijdeveld’s and Ozenfant’s project for a Mediterranean Academy, the Black Mountain College in North Carolina and the New Bauhaus in Chicago, the ‘Bauhaus-Architecture’ in Tel Aviv, the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Asger Jorn's International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, and the impact of Bauhaus pedagogy in contemporary educational practice will form this part of the debate.
Researchers, artists, and architects are invited to participate in the conference.
The deadline for abstracts and CVs is September 30, 2019. Submission guidelines and contact details are available on the conference website.
Mausolea and Monuments Talks hosted by the Mausolea and Monuments Trust
John Goodall, 'Mausolea, Monuments and the Country House'
5 July 2018 at 6.00 for 6.30
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
£15 members (M&M Trust); £20 guests
Clive Aslet, 'War Memorials'
12 September 2018 at 6.30 pm
Venue: The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
£15 members (M&M Trust); £20 guests
A World of Architectural History
Conference dates: November 2-4, 2018
The Bartlett, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB
£75; £40 for UCL staff; £25 for students
A World of Architectural History is the 3rd annual conference of the Architectural Research in Europe Network Association (ARENA).
The conference aims to critique and celebrate the latest global advances within architectural history over the last few decades, by focusing upon the word 'global' in two senses:
Conference presenters will include those from a wide range of subject areas within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and leading figures in architectural history across the world. Both invited speakers and those selected via an open call will contribute their papers.
Conference themesEight thematic areas will be presented over the two days of the conference, with these themes also framing the call for papers:
Conference organisersThe primary conference organiser is Murray Fraser, in close association with Camillo Boano, Adrian Forty, Jonathan Hill, Barbara Penner, Rokia Raslan, Jane Rendell, Tania Sengupta and other colleagues from The Bartlett Faculty, with advice and help also from the International Academic Committee. Selected papers will be published either as essays in the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) or in a subsequent edited book.
The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) invites applications for the SHERA Graduate Student Travel Grant to the upcoming ASEEES 50th Annual Convention, Boston MA, December 6-9, 2018.
DEADLINE: August 15, 2018. Notifications will be sent by September 15, 2018.
$1,000 USD for travel from North America
$1,500 for travel from overseas (another continent)
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants must be:
APPLICATIONS must be emailed to: SHERA Board as well as Karen Kettering, complete with:
• contact information, paper title, and abstract,
• brief CV, listing of relevant grants, publications, and talks.
GRANT DISBURSEMENT: The grant will be disbursed at SHERA’s Business Meeting at the ASEEES conference by Vice President/President Elect Karen Kettering.
Site for additional information: SHERA Graduate Student Travel Grants.
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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