Current Calls for Papers


  • 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January 13 – 16, 2010, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA
    • Submission Deadline:  August 21, 2009, extended until September 12, 2009. (Submit well in advance of the above deadline and take advantage of our NEW low early bird registration rate.  See website for details!)
    • Sponsored by: University of Louisville – Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods
    • The 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held from January 13 (Wednesday) to January 16 (Saturday), 2010 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.  Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome.
  • VAF 2010 Annual Meeting “Housing Washington” in Washington, D.C.
    • The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 19-22, 2010. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions are encouraged to explore topics related to the conference theme of residential development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including planned communities, suburban living, apartment housing, urban renewal, and racial and ethnic neighborhoods. Papers should be twenty-minutes in length, although proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions, or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are also welcome.
    • Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include paper title, author’s name, and email address. Please state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature, rather than descriptive. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. The deadline for proposals is September 10, 2009.
    • Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference and submit their papers to their session chair by April 1, 2010, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on May 22. Presenter Fellowships to offset registration costs are available to students and recent graduates. For more information on Presenter Fellowships see
    • Electronic submissions of proposals and CVs in Word format are preferred. Please send email proposals to <> or hard copies to Cynthia Falk, VAF c/o Cooperstown Graduate Program, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For general information about the Washington, D.C. VAF Meeting, contact Lisa Davidson at <>or 202-354-2179.
  • Visualizing Interiority in the Eighteenth Century, 41st ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting Albuquerque, NM, March 18-21, 2010
    • Interiority is a trope that has been crucial to the understanding of a diverse range of fields, from architectural design to scientific experiment and understandings of subjectivity, broadly conceived. Please send proposals to session chairs Catherine Clinger and Richard Taws: and , or c/o Richard Taws, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, 853 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T6, Canada. Deadline: September 15, 2009


  • Looking into the Modern Interior: History, Theory and Discipline in Education and Practice, Interior Design Educators Council’s Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia March 23-24, 2010.
    • The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and Modern Interiors Research Center (MIRC) are proud to sponsor a symposium centered on the modern interior, c. 1870 to the present. Abstracts are invited that explore the conference theme of history, theory and disciplinarity in the modern interior.
    • Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be attached to an email and sent by October 1, 2009 to Dr. Anne Massey, Kingston Univesity, OR Dr. Mary Anne Beecher University of Manitoba, Authors are to submit a brief vita along with their abstracts. Please identify your emails by including “Symposium Proposal” in the subject line. The symposium will take place immediately before the Interior Design Educators. Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 24-27, 2010.
  • First International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Guimarães, Portugal, June 17-20 2010.
    • Papers are sought for the twenty-five sessions and roundtables at the conference which will cover architecture of all periods, from antiquity, medieval, and early modern, up through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as topics from allied disciplines.
    • The call for papers can be viewed on the conference or downloaded at the following URL:
    • Complete details for submissions are included in the CFP, with proposals and supporting material to be sent directly to the chair(s) of each session or roundtable.
    • The deadline for paper proposals is 30 October 2009.
  • Architecture and the State, 1940s to 1970s
    • 2-3 April 2010
    • The worldwide formation and reconfiguration of states in the 1940s presented architectural culture with new ideological scenarios and an increased opportunity for building and planning. From reconstruction of old states to the construction of new ones, from definitions of the limits of the sovereignty of the state to the development of international relationships and transnational organizations, models varied from the Welfare State and Social Democracy Planning to dictatorial and autarchic regimes. Arguably, in the following decades the state operated, overtly or not, as a dominant framework of social, political and cultural life at a global scale. Issues pertaining to the building of the state were also confronted through architectural strategies, such as migration of populations; ethnic diversity; urban and rural territorial management; centralization and de-centralization. In all, state initiatives like planning urban expansion or new towns, the provision of public housing and services (such as health and education), buildings for new institutions, new legislative measures in planning and building, and the international projection of a state’s image through cultural objects, reconfigured the public role of the architect and called for his or her intervention. The intention of the symposium is to explore the dynamics between architecture, urbanism and the state during the 1940s to1970s: How did architects assess and take a position – of collaboration, critical negotiation, or resistance – vis-à-vis the apparatus of the state? What were the instruments devised, both at conceptual and practical levels, to support these positions? How did this new socio-political frame become the ground for revising the legacy of early modern architecture? In what ways were these revisions circulated, incorporated, and translated internationally? And finally, how did the architectural or urban object embody these dynamics? We call for research that helps to construct the variegated panorama of institutional initiatives, social services, public policies and architectural responses in a broad geopolitical frame that may include the post-World War II reconfiguration of states, the new postcolonial nations, different welfare models, the soviet bloc, and the works and demise of dictatorial regimes. Ultimately, our hope is to open the territory in between the instrumentality of architecture (by the state) and the political agency of architecture for historical exploration.
    • Deadlines: 20 minutes paper abstracts (max. 500 words):October 1 2009. Proposals should be sent via email in WORD or PDF format to:
    • Acceptance notifications: November 20 2009; Paper deadline: February 1 2010.
    • Architecture and the State, 1940s to 1970s is part of Architecture Inside/Out a forum for academic discussion organized by the doctoral students in architectural history and theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. Limited financial assistance for speakers will be available upon application. The conference is supported by the GSAPP and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
  • Spaces and Practices of Leisure in Early Modern Europe, European Architectural History Network, 1st International Meeting, Guimaraes, Portugal, June 17-20, 2010.
    • Leisure was a concept fundamental to the practices and spaces of early modern European society.  Authors identified books to be studied at leisure, while architects designed increasingly codified urban and rural social spaces.  Since at least the fourteenth century, leisure suggested time unoccupied by often public duties and responsibilities – time in which individuals could pursue entertainment, intellectual and spiritual enrichment, and physical relaxation.  With the renewed fifteenth-century interest in Antiquity and the simultaneous shift from a landed feudal to a professional elite, the concept of leisure became both more formalized and more complex.  It became associated particularly with wealthy elites, assumed learned connectio ns to Antiquity, and encompassed more identifiable activities in particular spaces.  Authors published! books and poems describing the leisured elite life, while exclusive social circles moved in specific spaces from rural villas to urban pleasure grounds to late seventeenth-century royal palaces.
    • Intersections of shifting practices and spaces of leisure, however, have been studied primarily for the industrialized world and have remained split among leisure studies, cultural and social history, and analyses of building types.  This session offers a more synthetic and interdisciplinary approach to early modern leisure; it invites papers concerning built spaces of leisure, landscape architecture, and visual and written depictions of villa life or other leisure activities.  We particularly seek proposals that suggest new methodological approaches or that aim to re-evaluate long-standing approaches and arguments – for instance, through a new variety of sources or a study of social alongside architectural context.  Themes of especial inter est include:  city-country connections, the relationship of interior to exterior leisure spaces, the villa’s seemingly paradoxical role as working farm and site of elite leisure, practices of hospitality and their connections to architectural design, changing social and architectural relationships of public to private, the role of the renewed interest in Classical Antiquity (eg, villa culture, notions of negotium/otium, and philosophical claims about contemplative v. active life), the commercialization of leisure, the role of gender, varying ideas of leisure with social class, court culture, and the relationship of regional to international in circulating ideas of leisure.
    • Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words (including applicant’s name and affiliation), a short CV, and full contact information (email and postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers) by October 30, 2009 to:  Dr. Freek Schmidt, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel: 0031 205986372, fax: 0031 205986500, and Dr. Kimberley Skelton, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA, 02453, USA,  tel:  001-443-253-5529, fax:  001-781-736-2672,
    • Further information on abstract submission and on the EAHN conference is available at:
  • Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe, April 9-11, 2010, British Archaeological Association.
    • The conference aims to examine how and why a concern for the past manifested itself in the art and architecture of the Latin Church during the Romanesque period. The papers at the conference are therefore concerned with the revival of classical or earlier medieval forms, spolia, selective quotation, archaism, and the construction of histories. More information will be provided in the Joining Instructions sent out to registered delegates in February. A conference booking form for continental European and North American applicants only is available from either of the conference convenors; or [and also on the ICMA web site under X]. A separate booking form for UK applicants and members of the BAA will be posted in September, 2009. A limited number of scholarships for students are available to cover the cost of the conference. Please apply by 31 October 2009, attaching a short CV along with the name and contact details of one referee. Applications should be sent to either of the conference convenors; or


  • Call for Session Proposals, SAH 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 13-17, 2011
    • At its 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Society of Architectural Historians will offer six concurrent sessions for the first time in its history. While this change translates directly into five additional sessions and 20-25 additional papers, it also offers the potential for enriching the temporal, geographical, and thematic coverage of the conference as a whole. If you have been interested in chairing a session at an SAH meeting, this is an excellent time to submit a session proposal.
    • Members of the Society, representatives of affiliated societies, and other scholars who wish to chair a session at the 2011 annual meeting are asked to submit proposals by January 4, 2010, to Prof. Abigail A. Van Slyck, General Chair of the SAH 64th Annual Meeting (Dayton Professor of Art History, Connecticut College, Box 5565, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4196, As SAH membership is required to present research at the annual meeting, non-members who wish to chair a session or deliver a paper will be required to join the Society and to pre-register for the meeting in September 2010. SAH will offer a limited number of travel fellowships (with a value of up to $1000) for speakers participating in the annual meeting; session chairs are not eligible for these awards. The deadline for applying will be in October 2010.
    • Since the principal purpose of the annual meeting is to inform the Society’s members of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every period in the history of architecture and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged. Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist, or documentary in premise and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historiographic terms, and should be substantiated by a distinct body of either established or emerging scholarship.
    • Proposals of no more than 500 words (including a session title not longer than 62 characters) should summarize the subject and the premise. Include your name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and a current CV. For examples of content, consult the call for papers for the SAH 2010 meeting in Chicago. The 2010 call for papers is available on the SAH website at To find the call for papers, visit the Publications section of the website, choose Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians-SAH News, select March 2009, and click on Call for Papers. Proposals and CVs should be submitted, if possible, both by mail and by email. E-mail submissions should include the text of the proposal both in the body of the email and as an attachment.
    • Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced program. Proposals for pre-1800 topics and topics exploring the architecture of the New Orleans area are especially encouraged, as are those dealing with related fields of urban and landscape history around the world. Since late proposals cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted and their receipt confirmed well before the deadline. The General Chair cannot be responsible for last-minute submissions, electronic or otherwise, that fail to reach their destination. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to draft a more concise Call for Papers of not more than 300 words. This will be distributed and published in the March 2010 SAH Newsletter.


  • International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, The Utopia of Tradition, IASTE 2010. American University of Beirut. 15-18 December 2010.
    • In recent years IASTE scholars have examined traditions and their multitude of built forms in an increasingly interconnected global landscape. To advance this effort, this conference seeks to study how tradition inspires and informs changing concepts of utopia in theory and space. Utopian theories and plans emerge from a complex symbiotic relationship with traditions that are based on notions of the ideal. Indeed, utopias cannot be understood without understanding the traditions from which they develop.
    • At its etymological root, utopia embodies both the theoretical paradox of an ideal place, eu-topia, and a non-place, ou-topia, rendering it an impossibility. As an ideal place, utopia relies on tradition, but as a non-place it attempts to negate it. Although most utopias have spatial manifestations, they often attempt to harness and make static the traditions used to create these spaces. The geographies of utopia physically ground tradition, but tradition simultaneously controls these very same geographies. This contemporary moment of economic crisis necessitates a re-examination of this dynamic.
    • The word utopiais no longer as commonly referenced in professional practice as it was a few decades ago. However, architects, planners, and politicians continue to look for and disseminate notions of ideal forms. Regulated by ethnicity, religion, or race, the identity enclaves of many modern nations use territory to perpetuate visions of perfect communities based on specific traditions. The continuation and strengthening of tradition, cloaked in the language of utopia, may thus be seen to provide the focus for new gated communities in the developing world, the dreamscapes in cities around the Persian Gulf and the Pacific Rim, and the faux-colonial homes in American suburbs. On the other hand, there is an emerging discourse that reconceptualizes utopia itself, not as a product but as an open process aimed at transforming, rather than transcending, the existing condition.
    • Perhaps the relationship between utopia and tradition can best be understood by examining dystopia, utopias twin other. Dystopia finds its clearest manifestation in literary and filmic representations, such as 1984 and Blade Runner, which embody complex imageries of terror, control, and urban anxiety. Tradition, in these brave new worlds, has often been explicitly rejected, and new forms are introduced as alternatives.
    • The historical development of utopia both draws upon and creates anew traditions of space, citizenship, and government. Those engaged with the idea of utopia have always come back to its physical realization within space, however elusive and/or illusory. In writing his Republic, Plato drew heavily on Greek traditions of warfare, civic engagement, and physical form, while Augustine of Hippos City of God was a response to a particular moment of empire and decadence. Thomas More created a sketchy ideological geography of no placeas a mythical island with a-spatial intonations. Since the Renaissance, when architects and artists such as Vitruvius searched for the citte felice, practitioners have tried to create physical spaces that would provide Eden-like environments for humankind. In more recent times, the modernist schemes of Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier envisioned ideal spaces that claimed to erase difference. This IASTE conference will focus on the theme of utopia and tradition in the twenty-first century.
    • The conference will attract an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners from around the world working in the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, art and architectural history, city and regional planning, cultural studies, geography, history, landscape studies, sociology, and urban studies. They will present papers related to the following three themes:
      • Track 1. Utopian Ideals versus Traditional Physical Realities. Central to the conference theme is the main tenet that utopias use tradition in their formulation and perpetuation of the ideal. Inquiries regarding attributes of utopia that may be rooted in traditional practices are encouraged in this line of inquiry. This track seeks to explore the convergence of ideals and realities as well as the underlying concepts of utopia and how they relate to a given traditional context or are manifested in space.
      • Track 2. The Practices of Utopia and the Politics of Tradition. The deployment of tradition demands a certain selectivity that negates some forms of the past while celebrating others, making this exercise inherently political. In constructing utopias, practitioners also draw upon traditional discourses, practices, and forms, thus politicizing the quest for ideal communities. A key component in interrogating utopia and tradition is the political backdrop against which they occur. Examining the linkages between utopias, politics, and tradition, papers in this track are encouraged to investigate how tradition is deployed within the political sphere, and the role the state plays in formulating notions of community and governance.
      • Track 3. Utopia and the Space of Difference. By the end of the twentieth century, the crisis within modernism and the critical opposition to authoritarianism had caused a retreat from the idea of utopia as an ideal and perfected spatial form. This track seeks to examine new concepts of utopia that have risen to question its previous incarnations and established traditions. Papers in this track are encouraged to explore how the latest utopias have become more of an open process that engages both the present condition and the forbidden, the unseen, and the marginalized, straying from the imagined idyllic landscapes towards a new politics of difference.
    • Submission Requirements. Please refer to our website for detailed instructions on abstract submissions. A one-page abstract of 500 words and a one-page CV are required. For further inquiries, please email IASTE Coordinator Sophie Gonick at
    • Proposals for complete panels are welcome. All papers must be written and presented in English. Following a blind peer-review process, papers may be accepted for presentation in the conference and/or publication in the Working Paper Series.
    • Contributors whose abstracts are accepted must pre-register for the conference, pay registration fees of $400 (which includes a special discounted $25 IASTE membership fee), and prepare a full-length paper of 20-25 double-spaced pages. Registered students may qualify for a reduced registration fee of $200 (which includes a special discounted $25 IASTE membership fee). All participants must be IASTE members. Please note that expenses associated with hotel accommodations, travel, and additional excursions are not covered by the registration fees and have to be paid directly to the designated travel agent. Registration fees cover the conference program, conference abstracts, and access to all conference activities including receptions, keynote panels, and a tour of the Beirut Central District.
    • Conference Schedule: February 12: Deadline for receipt of abstracts and CVs; May 5: Notification of accepted abstracts for presentation; July 15: Deadline for pre-registration and full paper submissions for possible publication in the Working Paper Series; October 5: Notification of accepted papers for the Working Paper Series; December 15-18: Conference program; December 19 and 20-22: Optional trips
  • Re-appraising the Neo-Georgian 1880-1980: An International Interdisciplinary Conference Organized by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, English Heritage and the Open University- May 6-7, 2011
    • The conference, which will be held at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, seeks to address the Georgian as a widespread movement across the arts embracing literature, film and art as well as its better known manifestations in architecture, town planning, landscape and design. Send abstracts for papers by end February 2010 to the conference convenors Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar at: and Abstracts for papers should be 800-1,000 words in length. Some financial assistance will be available for speakers without sufficient institutional support. Please indicate if you are likely to need such support.


    • The four transdisciplinary courses of this year’s eikones Summer School focus on threshold areas of iconicity. The course topics will range from the object in Modern Art as a consolidation or contraction of the image to the transformation of perception by modern urbanization and its reflection in motion pictures, from the filmed image as a medium of documentation in ethnology to the manifold roles the image played as a paradigm in the French philosophy of the 20th century. All these perspectives of the various forms and uses of images have in common that they concentrate on modes of projection: as a method of producing pictures, but also going beyond pictures and objects into fields of imaginary and social relations, processes of projection strongly influenced iconic practices of the 20th century.
    • SEMINAR 1 – THE IMAGE AS OBJECT, Simon Baier with Birgit Pelzer
    • SEMINAR 4 – IMAGE THEORY IN FRANCE, Emmanuel Alloa with Michael Mayer
    • Contacts: Sebastian Egenhofer and Johannes Grave, E-mail:, Programme, information:, eikones, NFS Bildkritik, Rheinsprung 11, 4051 Basel
  • Architecture_Culture_Ruhr 1945-1975: Components for a Modern Ruhr District, Dortmund, Germany, Conference Dates: February 25-27, 2010.
    • The postwar development of the Ruhr district was characterized by a process of modernization and accelerated urban development which was rather exceptional for this period in Germany. The reconstruction after 1945 and the subsequent building boom lasting until the 1970s profoundly shaped its appearance and structure. With large building programs – remarkable especially in the educational, cultural and sports-sector – a new prospect for the region was established beyond the then-predominant heavy industry. This development, however, is hardly reflected in the self-description and public relations strategy of the Region. Also, apart from studies focusing on specific architectural and urbanistic questions, it has not yet been subject to research interpreting this postwar development as a contribution to the cultural and political development of the region, its self-perception as a region and its self-image.
    • The conference aims to discuss the interdependency of architectural reconstruction and cultural identity in the region between 1945 and the 1970s. Contributions are called for covering a range of possible questions including building- and planning-related issues, cultural and sociopolitical questions, historical continuities and discontinuities, the concept of modernity in the region as well as a critical review of planning mistakes and the appreciation of lasting qualities.
    • Proposals for papers taking the form of a one-page abstract are requested by the end of April to: Dipl.-Ing. Regina Wittmann, Lehrstuhl Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur, Fakultät Bauwesen, Technische Universität Dortmund, August-Schmidt-Str. 6 44227 Dortmund
    • Abstracts due April 30, 2009.
  • Metropolitan Desires: Cultural Reconfigurations of the European City Space, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, September 8-9, 2009.
    • We invite proposals for papers that address some or any of the above questions, as well as those that challenge these issues and/or terminologies. Though the focus of this conference is Europe and European cities, we encourage submissions that illustrate how alternative urban imaginaries interact with(in) the European city or even the way that European urban imaginaries are themselves disrupted in other contexts. Proposals for individual papers and for panels should be addressed by e-mail, by 01 May 2009 to: (

  • CAA (College Art Association) 98th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 10 – 13, 2010.
    • Proposals for papers to Session Chairs, Due May 8, 2009.
    • SAH at CAA Session, “Painting and the Building Environment.”
    • This panel will explore the relationship between paintings and  buildings. Art and architecture are often closely aligned in the creative mind. American Plains Indians used the surfaces of teepees as canvases upon which to paint, thus fusing the pictorial and the architectural. Wall paintings were used in antiquity, as at Pompeii, to give greater meaning to interior spaces, just as contemporary murals shape the urban environment. From Michelangelo Buonarotti to Thomas Cole, a long train of creative individuals have practiced in both fields. Recent scholarship has employed a variety of methodologies to examine the affinity between art and architecture. The emphasis of this session will be on exploring further methodological strategies, thus  submissions that are theoretical in nature are especially encouraged. Papers may address any aspect of the relationship between art and architecture and can draw from any chronological period or geography.
    • Guidelines for Paper Proposals:
    • Proposals must be received by May 8, 2009 via e-mail or postal mail and  include:  1. Completed session participation proposal form, downloaded from 2. Preliminary abstract of one or two double-spaced, typed pages. 3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status. 4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and contact information valid for the summer months of 2009. 6. A stamped, self-addressed postcard for conformation that proposal has been received (if submitting your proposal by postal mail). Please visit the College Art Association web-site for full proposal submission guidelines and materials:
    • Session chair: Julia A. Sienkewicz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; mail to: Julia Sienkewicz, 307 South New Street, Champaign, IL 61820 [NOTE: e-mail submissions encouraged,]
  • The New Tradition (3), Dresden, Germany, October 9, 2009.

    • Simple housing with a familiar touch, local materials and regional traditional types of construction form the image of an architecture that – in the first half of the 20th century – became the counterpoint to both Historicism and New Building or New Objectivity and later to the International Style. In contrast, its proponents demanded an architecture in the spirit of craft and vernacular traditions, which, however, finally resulted in the creation of a new architectural style that is reduced to plain, basic patterns. Despite the striking reference back to pre-industrial times, the attribute “modern” seems fitting. In Germany, much research has been done over recent years to collect more information about the volume, duration and temporal / local highlights of traditionalist building.
    • This conference, which is being held for the third time on 9 October 2009 by the Chair History of Architecture at the Technische Universität Dresden, wishes to give fresh impetus to a productive concentration of research in this field and continue the series of annual conferences on this subject. Participants are invited to exchange information, discuss questions, coordinate the latest research results and plan further conferences on specific subjects.
    • Organizer: Chair History of Architecture at the Technische Universität Dresden.
    • We invite researchers from relevant disciplines to share their research on the topics “Stuttgart School of Architecture”, “Munich School of Architecture”, “Heimatschutz Architecture” and “National Building Traditions” but also architectural regionalism, vernacular architecture and architectural cultural areas.
    • Please send summaries of your topics in approximately 300 words not later than 15 May 2009 to:
  • INCONGRUITIES, The 44th Annual UCLA Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium, Friday, October 23, 2009  Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    • Keynote Speaker: Helen Molesworth, Respondent: Ali Behdad
    • Graduate students in any discipline are invited to submit abstracts for “Incongruities,” the 44th Annual UCLA Art History Graduate Student Symposium. To be held on October 23, 2009, the symposium will provide a forum for emerging scholars to discuss the roles that incongruity, disjuncture, and dissonance have played in definitions and uses of art throughout history. Contributions on any artistic medium (sculpture, print media, photography, architecture, film, painting, performance, etc.), period, and region are welcome.
    • Papers may address incongruity as a formal device in specific instances of artistic intention, production, and reception; in relation to historiography; or as a methodological concern. How has incongruity been used as a mode of humor, irony, or the grotesque? When is incongruity used as an artistic strategy, and when is it an unintended consequence? How can incongruent elements embedded in an individual object or group of objects affect its own context-bound reception, acculturation, and use? How can incongruity lead to a fragmentation of subjectivity or an ambivalence of identity? As objects move between cultures, how do slippages of meaning occur? How can we understand incongruity as a form of engagement, as a position of mobility or resistance? How can that which is incongruent be understood as a productive failure, one that leads to new possibilities? Questions of methodology may include the following: What role has the concept of incongruity played in the historicizing of art? When does the disjunction between method and object push us to expand the frameworks of art history? Have specific methodologies, such as that of post-colonialism and post-structuralism, thematized the issue of incongruity more so than others? When does incongruity become essential in designating objects as art or non-art? How are incongruities themselves transformed? How and when do incongruities in art embody existing antagonisms, strengthen into paradox, or create new conflict? How can incongruity—by definition that which is incompatible and does not come together—remind us of the established norms of quotidian experience? How do incongruities negotiate experience through disjuncture?
    • Abstracts of 300 words or less and a current curriculum vitae are due by 5 p.m. on May 15, 2009. Submissions may be e-mailed to or sent by mail to: AHGSA Symposium 2009, UCLA Department of Art History, 100 Dodd Hall, P.O. Box 951417, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417
  • Luminous Architecture in the 20th Century (1907-1977) – Applications of Electricity in Lighting Buildings: Research, Design, Development, Reception, Nantes, 10–12 December 2009
    • Electric lighting has a history. Based on a series of experiments carried out during the last decades of the 19th century, electric lighting applications have developed alongside built environments throughout the 20th century. Considered as the outcome of an avant-garde technique that promised a radiant future, electric lighting has profoundly changed our night life. Architecture and cities were rapidly taken over by a plethora of lighting applications designed to embellish and improve the comfort of city dwellers, increase factory output and boost commercial activity. A source of beauty and pleasure, and the expression of a form of modernism combining artistic avant-garde and technical progress, electric lighting is primarily praised for its efficiency.
    • Lighting is effective because it significantly increases what is possible, creating opportunities for new spatial and temporal conquests, and providing unsuspected scope for enhancing buildings. New forms, new entertainment, new atmospheres, new kinds of advertising and new architectural programmes sprang out of the night to transform daily life. Customary behaviour and bearings altered dramatically. This breakthrough signalled the beginning of a new era marked by the advent of an art of lighting.
    • Concomitant with the arrival of a street art that has been developing ever since, the art of lighting is the result of research, invention and more or less well-mastered experiments crowned with success. The symposium sets out to explore the different stages that have punctuated 20th century architecture and urban history. We’re looking to explore all aspects of project organisation and the beneficial effects of artificial lighting on our societies, from research work in laboratories to the reception of these lighting projects, as well as solutions to challenges concerning the penetration of lighting systems production.
    • The dates retained for the topic correspond firstly to the year that the first society of engineers dedicated to electric lighting issues was created (IES – Illuminating Engineering Society) and secondly to the year of the final meeting of Team X, an offshoot of the CIAM. These two events bear witness to the symposium’s ambition to provide a review of global experiences during a period when technology and architecture were going through profound changes. Papers dedicated to the transfer, exchange and adaptation of techniques and experiments between different countries are more than welcome. The following list presents just some of the topics that could be developed by researchers wishing to respond to this call for papers: Theme 1: Technical innovation and the architectural and urban project; theme 2: Job sectors and professional networks; theme 3: The question of diffusion and reception.
    • Abstract submissions should be sent to the symposium secretariat—CERMA, UMR CNRS 1563 L’Architecture Lumineuse, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes 6, quai François Mitterrand, BP 16202 44262 Nantes cedex 2 France—either in French or in English,  before 15 May 2009. The submissions (in .doc or .rtf format) should include: the title of the paper; the name of the author; the author’s title, function and institution; the author’s email address; an abstract of 2000 characters and signs, including spaces; and 5 key words. All abstract proposals will be carefully read by the review committee, and authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by the end of June 2009. For more information on paper themes and technical details, contact
  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA) – Annual Conference Submission, Venice, Italy, April 2010.
  • The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Fourth Annual Student Symposium on the Built Environment, September 26, 2009, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.
    • The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) is pleased to announce our fourth annual student symposium on the built environment. As a part of its mission, MNSAH is pleased to promote the work of undergraduate and graduate students exploring topics in architectural history, landscape history, and the history of the urban environment.
    • PROPOSAL FORMAT: Proposals can address any aspect of the built environment, from the high style to the vernacular, and they can be from any time period and location. Topics on Minnesota’s built environment are particularly welcome. Papers should be analytical and theoretical rather than descriptive in nature, and they should represent an original contribution to the history of the built environment. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length and must include the author’s name, paper title, academic institution and graduate or undergraduate status. On a separate page please include a brief biography or curriculum vitae, as well as your name, address, email, telephone and best way to contact you over the summer months. Proposals are limited to current students and to those who will graduate in the spring of 2009. If your paper is selected you will be asked to give a 20-minute digital presentation at the symposium.
    • DEADLINES: June 1, 2009 for proposals. Authors of papers chosen will be notified by June 15, 2009. Accepted papers must be submitted to the conference chair by August 30, 2009, with a final copy available (digitally) by September 26. Authors shall retain copyright but shall agree that the paper will be deposited in the MNSAH chapter archives for scholarly use.
    • Please send your proposal and biography/CV as two separate Word document attachments electronically as an email. This email should be forwarded to both Dr. Victoria Young at and questions can be directed to Dr. Young at 651-962-5855.
  • Captive Senses and Aesthetic Habits.A joint graduate conference between English Language & Literature and Art History, Fourth Annual Graduate Conference, October 8-9, 2009, The University of Chicago.
    • But what sort of sense is constitutive of the everydayness? Surely this sense includes not sense so much as sensuousness, . . . a knowledge that lies as much in the objects and spaces of observation as in the body and mind of the observer. – Michael Taussig, “Tactility and Distraction”
    • For decades, sensory experience has been a vital area of research in the humanities, yet much of the resulting discourse assumes that the senses operate independently both of each other and of the world. This conference seeks to explore how we might better understand sensation as an immersive bodily experience, one which can arise from both the banal and the exceptional.
    • The conference theme, “Captive Senses and Aesthetic Habits,” seeks to raise questions about the role sensation plays in the visual arts, in literary works, and in day-to-day life. How can we be captivated by the ostensibly typical and everyday? How can we re-conceptualize perception to allow us to move beyond our habituated ways of viewing and thinking about the world? How can we speak of our experience while simultaneously acknowledging our immersion in it? a result, they can direct us to certain codes or conventions, allowing us to note important features of a given artwork and our physical environment; however, assumptions and expectations can also dictate the limits of our experiences. Our senses are shaped by intentional training and unintentional habituation.
    • The scholarship of keynote speaker Michael Taussig offers a fascinating, wide- ranging exploration of these issues. Face painting and camouflage, Marcel Proust and William Burroughs, the photographs of William Eggleston and the films of Georges Méliès, gold and cocaine, all become the subjects of Taussig’s penetrating analyses.
    • The Art History and English Departments at the University of Chicago are pleased to co-sponsor a conference welcoming transdisciplinary inquiries into issues of aesthetic experience and habitual knowledge.
    • Please submit abstracts of 250-350 words as Microsoft Word email attachments to by June 1, 2009.
    • Papers from all disciplines will be considered. Possible topics include: The phenomenology of aesthetic experience, Absorption, distraction, and immersion, Spectacle and spectatorship; Construction: Active and passive perception / questions of agency, Optical devices, prosthetics, and virtual reality, Societies of sentiment; Captivation: The limits of language, Compulsion and addiction, The secular and the sacred, Habituation: Mimesis and representation, Ritual, Mass media; popular culture; mechanical reproduction.
  • International Seminar on the work of Ernesto Nathan Rogers. School of Civil Architecture of the Milan Polytechnic and Casabella. 30 November  30 – December  2, 2009, Milan, Italy.
    • The work of Ernesto Nathan Rogers was very influential in the development of Italian architectural culture from the 1930s to the 1960s. The “craft of the architect” practiced since 1932 in the group BBPR, his lectures at the Milan Polytechnic, his brief tenure at the helm of the magazine “Domus” (1946-47), the longer experience at “Casabella-continuità” (1954-64) and his many writings constitute an important heritage deserving deeper study.
    • The School of Civil Architecture of the Milan Polytechnic, in collaboration with the magazine “Casabella”, invites architectural scholars to participate in the selection of contributions for an international seminar on the work of Ernesto Nathan Rogers, to be held in Milan on 30 November, 1 – 2 December 2009.
    • The objective of the seminar is to explore the main themes of the thought and work of Rogers, shedding light on the complex system of relationships established with international culture.
    • The years of his training, the works of architecture, the teaching, the publishing activities, the role of history and tradition, the relationship with the arts, the participation at the CIAM congresses and the contacts with the masters of modern architecture are the fields of interest on which the seminar will concentrate.
    • During the seminar, the scholars’ presentations, selected by “call for papers” formula, will be introduced by qualified witnesses. Finally, a research team will focus attention on E. N. Rogers’ critical contributions and on published and unpublished writings.
    • Deadline for submission of abstracts and resumés: 15th June 2009. Those interested in participating in the selection of contributions for the international seminar on the work of Ernesto Nathan Rogers are invited to submit a 500-word max. abstract and a 340-word max. résumé, to: Official languages: Italian and English.
  • Call for Proposals: SAH session at CAA in 2011

    • As an affiliated society with the College Art Association (CAA), the Society of Architectural Historians is able to sponsor a session at CAA annual meetings.  The goal is two-fold: to provide a session that will be of particular interest to scholars who belong to both groups and to let other CAA members know about the rich approaches to architectural history they will experience if they join SAH.
    • Over the next few months, the CAA will be accepting session proposals for the 2011 meeting in New York City, to be held February 9-12, 2011.  The proposal for the SAH-sponsored session follows the same process as other proposals (which is outlined here), except that it must be accompanied by an official letter of support from SAH.  The purpose of this message is to ask SAH members who may be interested in chairing the SAH-sponsored session at CAA to submit a preliminary proposal to me by July 15.Please include a description of the session theme (no more than a page in length) and your cv.  If you have questions about the process, please feel free contact Abigail A. Van Slyck (2nd Vice President, Society of Architectural Historians) via email at
  • Architecture, Violence, and Risk, Panel proposal for the 2010 Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 25-28, 2010.
    • From the occupation of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to the militarization of monastic complexes in the south of Thailand, recent political events point to the continuing importance of architecture and the built environment as both theaters and catalysts for political violence. This panel explores the production, representation and use of architecture in their relationships to violence and risk. Does violence break out when regimes of risk-management fail? How is architecture implicated in this political process of management and contestation? This panel considers violence in spatial, aesthetic, symbolic and epistemic terms and questions how notions of risk have both legitimated and produced certain modes and subjects of violence. How do sites of memory commemorate acts of political and personal violence while acting as horizons of a risky future? How have social conflicts, and the threat of possible conflicts, contributed to the development of architectural culture in Asia? Space- and place-specific case studies by historians and anthropologists as well as art and architectural historians are welcome.
    • Please send paper proposals before July 16 via email to Lawrence Chua ( and Lee Kah Wee (
  • Infrastructure’s Domain: Architectural Manifestations of Techno-bureaucratic Systems, Graduate Student Conference: Call for Papers, Conference date: October 23-24, Princeton University School of Architecture.
    • Infrastructure is undeniably political. Recent discussions about infrastructure-such as the widespread recognition of failing roads, bridges, water management, and power grids in the United States-demand a more developed understanding of infrastructure and its embeddedness in landscapes, aesthetic regimes, technologies, and governments. This conference aims to historicize and contextualize the relationship between architecture and infrastructure, as well as the ways that this relationship varies under public or private control. In particular, the conference will probe the relationship between design and sovereignty in the spatial, sometimes architectural, manifestations of large bureaucratic and technological systems. At times, the design and aesthetics of infrastructure have been used to reinforce sovereignty, either forming territories through incompatible, proprietary systems or by easing the practice of governance. Similarly, the need to govern systems of infrastructure has led to new techniques of representation, from large-scale mapping to abstract functional diagrams. This conference will focus on the overlaps between infrastructure and representation, design, and aesthetics.
    • Infrastructure’s Domain will focus on the morphology of infrastructure-the forms and designs of fixed installations including industries, institutions, and distribution capabilities that serve society as a whole. More specifically, Infrastructure’s Domain will examine infrastructure from an architectural and urban perspective, asking: how do infrastructures affect cities? How can we learn to readarchitecture and urbanism within infrastructure’s domain?
    • Participants are invited to submit papers that address the following questions: – How has architecture responded to infrastructure? What has been the place of architecture in infrastructure’s domain and what role might it have in the future? – What techniques of representation have been instrumental in the design of infrastructure, and how has representation been used to manage, manipulate or market urban infrastructure? – In what ways have infrastructures, and the end-points or registers of their services, been aestheticized? How has design been used to domesticate technologies of infrastructure? When have technological infrastructures tried to mimic nature, or otherwise conceal their presence and power through design? – How have private systems functioned as shared-perhaps even public-infrastructure? – How have infrastructure systems made manifest or concealed inequality? – Do complex technological infrastructures imply a technocracy, and are experts necessary for their regulation and planning? When have designers developed this expertise, and when have they been excluded for lack of expertise? What is government’s responsibility for oversight? – How have specific urban environments responded to their transportation, information, or sanitary infrastructures?
    • Papers are cordially invited for the Infrastructure’s Domainconference. Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words with the title and participant’s name clearly identified along with a one-page CV to Please send documents as .doc or .rtf files with abstract and CV in a single file by July 31, 2009.
  • SB 470 and Beyond: Methods and Content in Landscape Histories, Pre-conference colloquium, 21 April 2010, Society of Architectural Historians 63rd Annual Meeting in Chicago, 21-25 April 2010, Thaisa Way and Susan Herrington,  colloquium chairs.
    • The Landscape Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) invites you to submit an abstract for our upcoming pre-conference colloquium, SB 470 and Beyond: Methods and Content in Landscape Histories. This pre-conference colloquium is an outgrowth of our roundtable pedagogy session at the SAH conference in Pasadena. To build upon this lively dialogue, we will explore the ways changes in historical methods and historical content have impacted landscape history scholarship. Special thanks to SAH First Vice-President, Dianne Harris, and Pauline Saliga, SAH Executive Director for accommodating this new event.
    • Schedule:
      • Method             9:00-11:30
      • Speakers examine or compare historical approaches with methodologies from parallel fields such as geography, anthropology, archeology, philosophy theory, and architecture. Are there hybrid approaches? Are various methods competing with each other? To what extent do we enrich or dilute the formation of our own perspective of landscape history when we use other methods?
      • Lunch
      • Content             13:00-15:30
      • Speakers investigate diverse landscapes, and landscapes that address issues of gender and class. In what ways should these histories influence and be incorporated into scholarship? Does this content call for other types of historical methods? How might survey courses integrate marginalized sites, cultures, and/or designers? How do historical texts treat these changes as part of their content?
      • Future Directions     16:00-18:00
      • Panel discussants envision future directions for landscape history. This is wide-open. We are looking for thoughtful and captivating ideas regarding landscape history.
      • SAH reception         18:00
    • Please submit abstracts and a one-page curriculum vita by 15 August 2009 to both and . Abstracts must be approximately 300 words and should be headed with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation [graduate students in brackets], and paper title. Abstracts should be the outcome of original research and should summarize your argument. Decisions will be made by 12 September 2009. Authors of accepted proposals must submit the complete text of their papers to the chairs by 12 January 2010. Symposium chairs will return papers with comments to speakers by 6 February 2010. Speakers must complete any revisions and distribute copies of their paper to the chairs and the other session speakers by 27 February 2010. Symposium chairs reserve the right to withhold a paper from the colloquium if the author has refused to comply with those guidelines. Please Note: Each speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and expenses to Chicago. All speakers must be members of the Society of Architectural Historians by 1 October 2009.
  • Special Session – Northern California Art Historians at the College Art Association 98th Annual Conference, Wednesday, February 10–Saturday, February 13, 2010, the Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
  • ECOART:The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sustainability
    • Panel Chair: Anthony Raynsford, San Jose State University
    • The current wave of interest in the concept of “sustainability” calls for reflection on the specifically aesthetic implications of this wider social movement. This panel seeks to historicize and theorize the intersections between aesthetic practices and such ethical imperatives as environmental responsibility, ecological balance, biological diversity, recycling of waste, and environmental justice. What are the historical precedents for such intersections? How can one begin to discuss the aesthetics of sustainability beyond “content” for art or “function” for design? Is the aesthetic merely a means to an end – raising “awareness” or drawing consumers toward “eco-friendly” design – or can a more structurally necessary connection be established between particular forms of aesthetic experience and particular modalities of sustainable practice? How might one begin to distinguish an aesthetic of sustainability from an aesthetic of consumerism or commodity fetishism? Topics might include: the role of the sublime in 19th century romantic representations of nature; ecological and organic metaphors in early 20th century architecture and design; earth art of the 1970’s; contemporary, site-specific art or design that seeks actively to change environmental behavior; or theoretical reflections on the tensions between aesthetic autonomy and aesthetic interestedness in the values of sustainability.
    • Please send a one page abstract, CV, and letter of interest to: Anthony Raynsford (NCAH Submission), School of Art and Design, College of Humanities and the Arts, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0089
    • Submission deadline: August 31st, 2009
    • Notification of Acceptance: September 30th, 2009
    • Full Draft of Paper Due: December 15th, 2009
    • Note: Presenters must be members of the College Art Association by the time of the conference in February.


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