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Architecture & Collective Life

16th Annual AHRA International Conference

University of Dundee

November 21 2019 - November 23 2019

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What does society look like?

If you want to know what society looks like, look at our cities: look at their distribution of spaces and artefacts; look at their scales, intensities, and densities. Look at how they curate events. Architecture & Collective Life will explore the relations that bind people and environments into settlements, and settlements into civilisations. In The Politics Aristotle argued that the city has a particular form because public life has a particular form. Vitruvius’ account of the primitive hut is as much about the emergence of society as it is about the emergence of architecture. Today, new media and digital technologies are creating new forms of association, which are shifting the locus of political life; and it is now no longer possible for Hannah Arendt, reading Aristotle, to so neatly equate the city with politics. This discourse is urgent. The post-war public realm is under pressure from market-led ideologies and development practices. The damage we are doing to the environment, and the way identity politics has shifted the tenor of public debate, raise questions from seemingly opposite corners about our capacities to organise for thoughtful collective action.

We are interested in how the individual and the collective are constructed and reproduced in public and private life, at different scales, in different disciplines, with the intention of keeping these categories as open as possible to different areas of thought and action. We would like to know how collectives are constructed around labour, power, authority, authorship, events, times, places, non-places, otherness, ecology, technology, media, the zeitgeist, ideologies, consciousness, origins, histories, beauty, housing, and campfires. As a vehicle of the AHRA, we are particularly keen to explore the contributions of architecture to this process. We also are interested in the roles of research, the humanities, and the University – the institution with a social mandate for intellectual culture and education – in building forms of collective intelligence and collective life.

Architecture & Collective Life will constitute an inclusive and critical discourse with a broad interdisciplinary base in the liberal arts and sciences, with a programme of debates and round table discussions and exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and paper sessions. We invite theorists, practitioners, and community activists within and outwith academe, in charities, public agencies and institutions, to present proposals for individual papers and paper sessions. We intend to use this conference as a forum for thinking out loud and in public, with the openness, commitment, and criticality that we expect to find in the University.

The AHRA is now accepting abstracts for its 16thannual conference in Dundee on 21-23 November 2019. We encourage submissions from architects, urbanists, planners, community activists, and policymakers, alongside scholars and practitioners from related fields including: philosophy, history, law, politics, economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and medicine. We welcome independent scholars, interested individuals and students. Over the course of the three day conference there will be five keynote lectures, 30 paper sessions and a number of round table discussions.

More information here: https://ahra2019.com/call-for-papers/

 

Contact Lorens Holm and Penny Lewis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Keynote speakers, confirmed:

Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Reinier De Graaf, OMA and Cambridge University
Indris Kagis McEwan, Concordia University, Montreal
Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Martino Tattara, Dogma and Catholic University Leuven

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The Earth as Client

AIARG All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Ninth Annual Conference

Limerick, Ireland

January 23 2020 - January 24 2020

“We see the earth as Client. This brings with it long-lasting responsibilities.” Few have expressed the urgency of a collective and collaborative effort on a global scale as succinctly as curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in their FREESPACE MANIFESTO for the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The AIARG annual conference promotes innovative academic research as well as the practice, pedagogy and progress of architecture in the widest sense. We invite contributions from researchers, practitioners, theoreticians and pedagogues of architecture, and from those of other disciplines working within and around the interests of architecture. We welcome papers that consider the impact, contribution and responsibilities of architecture.

Please submit abstracts (300 words or less) along with your contact details and a short biography (100 words) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 21 October 2019 latest.

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Divergence in Architectural Research: international doctorate symposium

Call for papers

Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Atlanta, USA

March 05 2020 - March 06 2020

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Divergence in Architectural Research is an international doctorate symposium organized by the ConCave Ph.D. Student Group in the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. The Ph.D. Symposium seeks to create a platform for sharing current research in architecture, with invited scholars and other doctoral students from architecture and allied fields. The symposium will engage the divergent aspects of architectural research as it is taking place today across epistemological frameworks, highlighting the emerging intersections in the below- mentioned topics:

  1. Architectural History, Theory, and Society

  2. Architecture, Culture, and Behavior

  3. Design Methods, Computing, and Production

  4. Design Technologies, Data and Performance

  5. Urban studies, Systems and Ecologies

We invite papers by doctoral students to present their ongoing research and hope to expand the conversation around the state of agency in architecture research today.

Please submit your paper abstract (500 words max.) with a short biographical note (150 words max.) on the symposium website.

Submission Opens: May 27, 2019
Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 7, 2019

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Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India

Call for papers

Avani Institute of Design, Calicut

March 21 2020 - March 22 2020

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The research symposium on Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India will examine the engagement of women and persons of minoritized genders and sexualities in the construction of the academy, architectural knowledge, professional identity, and academic practice. While the academy in India is often viewed as a softer, more flexible, an almost feminized alternative to practicing professionally for women (who have the culturally pre-ordained role of being the primary carer for the family), or a possible safe space for queer persons (whose bodies and knowledges are otherwise invisibilized or violently erased), academic leadership roles have not been always accessible. Whilst this is now changing, a vast majority of these positions are still being held either by men, or by privileged savarna academics and those with access to intergenerational wealth and social networks. 

The symposium is interested in feminist forms of leadership. Even though we will be looking for alternatives to patriarchal conventions of leadership, we will not ignore the positions of power sanctified by institutional designations. The intent of the symposium is to bring recognition to teaching and research as practice; highlight and discuss structural changes needed to empower co-faculty and students to be in preparation for the next generation of academic leaders; and add focus to the importance of mentoring and reflective praxis. 

We invite 300-word abstracts that are critical, honest, fearless inquiries and/or disclosures of your anti-patriarchal experiences in architecture academia. Submissions should take the form of a polemical piece, a poem, a professional and personal story, or an academic paper and each modality of inquiry should be developed as a form of scholarship. Presentations can be 20 min papers, or 10 min lighting talks. The evaluation criteria will be 1) relevance to the symposium premise; 2) positioning in contemporary, global scholarship on the topic; and 3) originality, criticality and integrity of the account/story/argument/position.

 

Symposium: March 21-22, 2020

Abstract Deadline: Monday, 16 December, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Announcement of Abstract Acceptance: 13 January, 2020

 

Abstract Length: 300 words

Bio Length: 100 words

 

Please submit the abstract as a Word Document to Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with cc to Prof Madhavi Desai at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Dr. Kush Patel (they/he) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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CFP - DRAMATIC ARCHITECTURES

Theatre and Performing Arts in Motion

ESAP Auditorium, Porto, Portugal

April 22 2020 - April 24 2020

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Six years after the Dramatic Architectures. Places of Drama – Drama for Spaces International Conference, which brought together about fifty researchers from different countries, we believe that it is time to reopen the debate, looking at how this field of studies has evolved and which are its current main concerns and more recent developments.

Call for Papers deadline: November 12, 2019

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Research Encounters via Architecture’s Methods

16th AHRA PhD Student Symposium

Newcastle University, UK

April 22 2020 - April 23 2020

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The Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) 16th AHRA PhD Student Symposium 2020, to be hosted by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, takes as its departure point the tendency for architectural research to be dissected into distinct disciplinary categories, including ‘architectural history’, ‘architectural theory’ and ‘architectural design’. This categorisation implies that architectural research requires methods to be applied from outside of its discipline, rather than conceiving of architectural research as a discipline with its own research methods. How then might we consider our encounters with architectural research in a way that links to our own ways of working and conception of the wider world?

Encountering architectural research in this way means acknowledging that architecture is not only inherently interdisciplinary, but that it is also a field offering its own distinct practices and ways of relating to society and culture. It is such re-thinking that, as this symposium proposes, opens the possibility for architectural research to be situated as a core research discipline. This re-consideration of architectural research is part of an ongoing project conceived by the Architectural Research Collaborative (ARC) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University.

Some suggested themes that may relate to research encounters via architecture’s methods:

  • Encounters between the interrelated scales of architectural research: from macro to micro; from infrastructures, assemblages, ecologies, buildings to construction details.
  • Encounters within iterative approaches to architectural research that may consider: conversations, specifications, experimentations, prototypes and risk-taking.
  • Encounters between architecture and its relations to social, economic, geographic, cultural, historical, conceptual and material forces and practices.
  • Encounters of projective thinking, that may include: creative practice research methods, processes of translation between drawings and buildings, the imagining of better worlds and speculative futures

Submissions of proposals (one proposal per applicant) are invited from registered PhD candidates in Architecture and its related disciplines. The call is open to students from institutions world-wide and registration for the symposium is free of charge.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is Friday 20th December 2019.

Please email paper abstracts/workshop proposals to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 24th January 2020.

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