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POSTCARDS FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE

Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation; Call for papers [***EXTENDED DEADLINE***]

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

June 22 2017 - June 24 2017

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If the emergence of the Anthropocene implies an epistemological shift, how might this transform the way we think about representation and, more specifically, its geopolitics?  What kinds of representations carry significant material, metaphorical and methodological implications for this question, and can help us to 'situate' ourselves – if that is a still viable term – in our new conditions of groundlessness and scalelessness?
 
This symposium proposes to explore this through the motif of 'Postcards from the Anthropocene'.  The postcards that we imagine are documentary space-time snapshots, which convey complex assemblages of dynamic, non-linear, unpredictable, ad-hoc networks between interdependent and trans-scalar actants. They may raise questions about the ethical and political challenges of the dominant modes of technoscientific production in the Anthropocene, modes that are constituted through existing power relationships, subject positions, differences and inequalities. On the other hand, they might open up new streams of speculative and creative geopolitical imaginaries and forms of collective subjectivities that recalibrate existing value systems and indicate alternatives.
 
For this symposium we are seeking presentations that deploy different formats to reflect upon new kinds of reciprocity between geopolitics and representation through a found, described, designed or imagined postcard from the Anthropocene.  We anticipate that this proliferation of anthropocenic representations will reveal and encourage transformations in practices of scrutinizing, strategizing, mediating and assembling, which are in turn animated in complex ways by operations that range from positioning, scaling, scripting, and weathering to fabricating, mining, reframing and recalibrating.
 
Two kinds of submissions are invited. Intending participants should submit either: 1) a 300-word abstract of a proposed conference presentation; or 2) a single image together with a 300-word commentary on it. Invitations to speak at the symposium will be extended on the basis of the abstracts. The image/text submissions will be reviewed, and selected submissions presented in a parallel format in the symposium.


Submissions
Proposals should be sent by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, March 17th 2017.
Proposals should also include a short biographical note (maximum 150 words), together with the author’s institutional address and full contact details.

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CFP: JID special issue: Interior design creative scholarship

Registration of interest: 1 July 2016

Journal of Interior Design

July 01 2017

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A special journal issue dedicated to creative scholarship in interior design and its allied disciplines and practices to be published early 2018.

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Territories of Faith

Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 – 1975

Leuven, Belgium

July 03 2017 - July 04 2017

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The research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (ARP) of KU Leuven and KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of KU Leuven, are organizing an international workshop on religion, urban planning and demographic change in post-war Europe as a prelude to an edited volume on this topic, to be published by an international academic press.

 

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Re-City 2017: “(Im)Possible Cities”

2nd International City Regeneration Congress

Tampere, Finland

August 24 2017 - August 25 2017

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Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere in Finland welcome you to Re-City 2017, the 2nd International City Regeneration Congress, under the theme "(Im)Possible Cities". The congress will be arranged in Tampere, Finland, on 24 – 25 August 2017. It provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of urban planning, architecture, traffic planning and logistics, ecology, urban history, informatics, health sciences, economics and business, political sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The deadline for the call for abstracts is 15 April 2017. 

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The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

September 09 2017

During The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific, we want to resume the civic debate started during the first Open Hand symposium in 2014, about collaborative action in architecture, space, art and society, this time specifically in connection with community, geography, identity, displacement, migration, and history in the Pacific. Central to the symposium are the following questions: What are the opportunities, boundaries, and tensions experienced in diasporas here in the Pacific? Do we still view these phenomena through the lenses of the ‘Other,' or as exotic spaces of in-betweenness, or are we engaging with them differently now?

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Building Beauty. Ecologic Design and Construction Process

Naples, Italy

October 16 2017

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The program is practice-based, offering an immersive experience of hands-on construction that links together self development, ecological thinking and building skills: students learn low-tech construction and decoration techniques over an intensive, fully human, feeling-based building process. Learning is organized in three axis: 1. Construction and Cultivation; 2. Seminars: leading international scholars from a wide range of scientific fields explore with students the potential of a truly interdisciplinary approach to design and construction where complexity and uncertainty are the positive condition of beauty generation; speakers tackle important challenges in the current international agenda of sustainable architecture and resilient communities. 3. Self, Community and Space: practical movement/art/dance/therapy workshops aimed at recognizing and trust our feelings in relation to space. Feelings are referred to space, the body-mind, and the way they interact in hands-on physical work of making.

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