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The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium: call for papers

October 20 2016 - October 21 2016

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The University of Kansas is convening a symposium that assembles internationally recognized thought leaders on the subject of critical engagement. These practitioners and their work are increasingly being highlighted at conferences, through exhibits, and in literature. Our symposium seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of such work and translate these action-based community engagement efforts into interdisciplinary and theoretically-based scholarship. We will convene this group of scholars in order to establish a framework for the critical inquiry and review of the public impact of socially engaged discourse and design. The symposium will gather a group of scholars, practitioners, critics, and historians to discuss different aspects, forms, and features of social engagement that have developed across time and regions.

Abstract due: April 15, 2016

Additional information on the symposium, submission, calendar of events, registration, and organizers can be found at the website below.

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International Conference inter≈ photography and architecture

Call for papers

Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona

November 02 2016

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Call for papers

Modern architecture cannot be altogether understood without the dissemination of its images. The blending between photography and architecture proved to be particularly fruitful in constructing the modern visual discourse. Architects became conscious of the full potential of photography beyond its documentary value, and photographers of architecture —architects themselves occasionally—, shortly became important composers and broadcasters of that narrative.

Simultaneously, the discourse around photography has become more and more complex, expanding its scope and surpassing a more traditional approach. XIXth century photographic documentation gradually gave in its way to new forms of exploration of reality, opening a wide range of possibilities and raising photographic and visual culture to a different level.

Photographers do not develop their work in a documentary sense as much as they seek to build a new reality perceived in subjective terms. They are involved in creating a new way of understanding the world. There is some consensus —as well as a subtler criticism— on the overflowing of their disciplinary boundaries. Those boundaries seem to be blurred bringing photography closer and closer to visual arts, claiming this way that same autonomy and their own place in the construction of contemporary discourse. The question arises as to whether the relationship between photography and architecture provides new creative processes, not just simple combinations, and whether they affect and experience each other in such a way they bring to light new ways of understanding both fields.

This International Conference aims to delve into the essential cogitations associated to the development of both disciplines in a contemporary discourse, particularly on their mutual interactions, interferences, intersections and interpretations. The Conference is structured around the following topics:

Interactions. Mixed profiles: Architectural Photographers vs Photographic Architects / The photographic gaze as an analytical and design tool for architects to create spaces / Architecture and Image / The Visual Discourse of Architecture

Interferences. Photography as a Historical Builder / History of Photography vs. Architectural History / The Documentary Photographs of Architecture.

Intersections. Architecture and Urban Landscape in Photography / Architecture under the artistic view / Photography: Piece of art or Document / Discursive and Iconic Records.

Interpretations. Museums and Galleries: Curating Architecture / Photography and the Dissemination of Architecture / The role of visual media in shaping the modern and contemporary discourse / Digital photography / Image as a virtual construction.

The committee encourages experienced and junior scholars to send abstracts, Spanish and/or English, exploring any of the above-mentioned topics. Selected authors will have the opportunity to present their contributions during the Conference. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings publication that will be indexed in major international databases. Authors could be also awarded and invited to submit an extended version to be published as a chapter in a future publication edited by the organization. Please send a 400-word abstract along with a short CVby the on-line platform at the Conference website. Info by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Abstracts deadline submission: February 25th, 2016.
Notification: March 14th, 2016
Paper submission deadline: September 1st, 2016
Sessions will take place at Museo Universidad de Navarra

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Drawing Futures Conference and Book Launch: Call for Works

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

November 11 2016 - November 12 2016

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Drawing Futures is a new international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture, founded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Chaired by Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Laura Allen and Luke Pearson, the inaugural Drawing Futures Conference will be held on 11-12 November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.  

This 2-day conference will focus on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the conference will discuss how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.  

Far from killing it, technology promises new avenues for the drawn as a speculative method – and its futures are ours to shape.

Keynote speakers
Pablo Bronstein, Neil Spiller and Madelon Vriesendorp.

Tickets
All tickets for the 2-day event include conference registration, lunch and refreshments, opening and closing drinks receptions. Full Price tickets also include a copy of the Drawing Futures book published by UCL Press.

Full Price (Earlybird): £185
Full Price: £250
Students: £50 (Proof of student status will be required at registration)

Register now at http://www.drawingfutures.com

Drawing Futures is part of Bartlett 175, a special programme of events celebrating 175 years of architectural education at UCL. 
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Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies

13th AHRA International Conference

School of Architecture Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm, Sweden

November 17 2016 - November 19 2016

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The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. From radical feminist, to lesbian feminist, to black feminist, to post-colonial feminist, to crip feminist, to queer feminist, to trans feminist, to Sara Ahmed’s feminist killjoy, to feminist men, to posthuman feminist, to the liberal and neoliberal feminist, to material feminist, to marxist feminist, to eco feminist, to Roxane Gay’s popular Bad Feminist and many others, even to post feminist voices, the claim to feminism continues to be tested and contested. And this conference will be no exception. Between architecture and feminisms our specific focus will be upon transversal relations across ecologies, economies and technologies. Specifically, we are concerned with the exploration of ecologies of practice, the drawing out of alternative economies, and experimentation with mixed technologies, from craft to advanced computational technologies.

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Theory’s History 196X-199X

Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

Brussels

February 09 2017 - February 10 2017

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Theory’s history, 196X – 199X
Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

KU Leuven, Belgium

 

CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS
9th-10th of February, 2017.
Submission deadline: 15th of June, 2016

 

In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s.     
It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles.

The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture?

 

Practical information

Please visit our website for up to date information and for the full CFP: architecture.kuleuven.be/theoryshistory

This two-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday 9th - 10th February 2017. The conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Łukasz Stanek.

We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Information on how to submit is provided on our website. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017.

Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students.

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Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns

Call for Contributions

Wellington, NZ

March 01 2017 - March 05 2017

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Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns  imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. What creative, dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?

The symposium seeks to attract contributions from a wide range of creative practices such as architects, designers, performance artists, writers, musicians, dramaturges and dancers. It is structured as four turns playing out across several days of experiences, textures, flavours and modalities linking acts of performing with acts of writing.

A FULL SYMPOSIUM PROPOSAL should include:
A Cover Sheet (sent as a separate word document) listing your name(s), proposal title, affiliation(s), contact details.

A Proposal (sent as a separate word document no more than 2 A4 pages) that presents, describes, imagines and contextualises your contribution to the symposium. Images, drawings and links are encouraged. Avoid revealing your identity in this document. Identify which of the day provocations your proposal links to best and how. List any equipment required. Unlike most conferences and symposiums where presenters are allocated 20 minutes and the mode of delivery defaults to Powerpoint projections in a darkened room, this event challenges us to inhabit time, space and body with a broader spectrum of possibilities. For example, one could occupy 5 minutes of each day at the same time, prompt a participatory exercise, or incite an oration or inscription in relation to the local architecture. The symposium programme will be crafted to support the variety of proposal responses.

Submit proposals to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by end of day 1 July 2016 (NZ time).
Questions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
FAQ will be posted and updated on the website: http://www.performingwriting2017.com

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