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Bauhaus and Greece
Conference: 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.
The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure
Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Conference date: 15th February 2019, Manchester School of Architecture
Keynote Speaker: Elain Harwood (Historic England)
Abstracts due: 5 October 2018
The Manchester School of Architecture supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art will host a multidisciplinary conference on 15th February 2019, exploring the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure during the post WW2 period in Britain. The conference will discuss questions such as form, type, material, topography, composition of infrastructure and the relationships of these with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period. We invite papers that explore these themes through alternative disciplinary lenses and methods in history, geography, environmental science, urbanism, planning, architecture and landscape. Please send an abstract of 300-500 words here by 5thOctober 2018. The selected participants will be informed of the acceptance of their paper on, or before, 26thOctober 2018. We anticipate the development of an edited volume following the conference. For the full call for papers please visit here.
Call for papers
Infrastructure is popularly conceived as a form of material production assigned to technological advancement. However, it is not exclusively a techno-centric endeavour, it is constituted by built artefacts designed through collaboration by those with more than simply an interest in its engineering. Infrastructure has the capacity to reveal much about the society in which it was produced – the political economy of infrastructure; the socio-cultural effects of infrastructure; the formal and visual impact of infrastructure and attitudes to its celebration or containment.
In the post-war period large-scale projects were manifest according to prevailing cultures, economy and policy drivers and the physically engineered landscapes that were produced signposted the rapid socio-economic and technological development following the cessation of conflict. The effect of such unprecedented and widespread infrastructural projects on both rural and urban landscapes was comparable to the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK. The enormity of the impact on the landscape was captured by leading British landscape theorist, Sylvia Crowe, who stated: ‘Our generation blames the industrialists of the nineteenth century bitterly for having destroyed so much of the landscape and left us a legacy of acres of ugly and derelict land, but this is nothing compared with the havoc we shall leave our descendants unless we take avoiding action now and find a mean of reconciling our need for power with our need for a landscape fit to live in’. The scope of the work not only impacted on the physical landscape, but also the collaborative roles of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning professionals. Co-operation and co-production were key in the British context and this mode of working informed new ideas and methods which in turn produced exceptional landscape compositions.
This multi-disciplinary conference, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre and hosted at the Manchester School of Architecture, will explore the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure. We are interested in form, type, material, topography, composition and the relationships of these topics with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period. We invite papers that explore these themes through alternative disciplinary lenses and methods in history, geography, environmental science, urbanism, planning, architecture and landscape.
Please send an abstract of 300-500 words here by 5thOctober 2018.
The selected participants will be informed of the acceptance of their paper on, or before, 26thOctober 2018. We anticipate the development of an edited volume following the conference.
Building-Object/Design-Architecture: Exploring Interconnections
A conference jointly supported by the Design History Society, the European Architectural History Network, and the Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck).
Conference dates: 6-8 June 2019, Clore Business School (Birkbeck), London
Abstracts due: 15 November 2018
“I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.” Roland Barthes, 1957
This two-day conference will explore old, new and future interconnections between Design History and Architectural History. It will address the disciplines’ shared historiography, theory, forms of analysis and objects of critical enquiry, and draw attention to how recent developments in the one can have significant implications for the other. It will attend to areas of difference, in order, ultimately to identify new areas for discussion and set future agendas for research between the disciplines.
The distinction between design history and architectural history is to some extent an artificial one, given the many ties between designed objects and designed spaces as well as between those who design and make the former and those who design and make the latter, but it follows certain disciplinary and professional developments. These are manifest, for instance, in the separate existence of the Design History Society and the European Architectural History Network, two of the sponsors of this conference.
In one art historical tradition – Kunstwissenschaft, or the critical history of art – the objects of design and architecture (as well as fine art objects) which are now usually separated out as requiring specialist study, were considered of equal significance and requiring equal attention. It was this tradition that provided some of the founding figures for both present-day design history and present-day architectural history – Semper, Riegl, Panofsky, Pevsner, among them. (Even later figures like Reyner Banham might be understood as displaced products of this tradition.) And the separation of expertise was also largely alien to the connoisseurial and antiquarian traditions. We can understand the turning away from these traditions of interdisciplinarity as an inevitable effect of emergent disciplinary identities as much as of worked-out theories. But there are untapped residues as well as new developments that may prove fertile ground for collaboration. What are we learning about materialities, about globalising perspectives, or about new forms of writing, for instance, that may benefit both disciplines? Furthermore, does the very separation of design and architectural history distort or falsely dichotomise their objects? Can their co-existence be worked into current rubrics for interdisciplinarity, or do older co-disciplines disqualify themselves?
We invite proposals for individual papers (of 20 minutes length) in any area that productively engages with the aims of the conference and we would especially like to see papers in the following areas:
Abstracts (maximum 500 words). Papers will not be accepted that have already been accepted for another conference, or that have been published or accepted for publication.
Abstracts, with a two page CV, should be sent here.
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:
The Mausolea & Monuments Trust's 2018 Symposium: Resurrecting the Dead
13 October 2018 from 10:30-16:30
Venue: The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
Programme available here and 8 student places available through SAHGB sponsorship.
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.
European architectural space: exchanges, circulations and cultural transfers
Doctoral Research Day: December 17, 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.
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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