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ULTRA: Positions and Polarities Beyond Crisis: 38th SAHANZ Annual Conference

Call for Papers

University of Adelaide, School of Architecture and Built Environment

November 10 2021 - November 13 2021

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On the far side or beyond a limit, the term ‘ultra’ invokes an intensity of experience or conviction that falls outside the usual, the ordinary or the moderate; an attitude, stance, or position that may arise as much from emotion as it is informed by reason, particularly in moments of crisis when normality ceases to hold.

In the writing of architectural history extreme positions tend to suspend or stand outside the critical norms of the discipline in which, arguably, the cautious discerning of significance is the default practice.  Positive can become ultra-positive as careful empirical observation and critical argumentation are transcended by the rhetoric of celebration. Commemoration, on the other hand, can evoke comparable rhetorical excess where the end of a golden era, for example, or the loss of a distinctive regional architecture or construction tradition become the focus of ultra-sad lamentation, or ultra-critical claims of abject failure where once dominant narratives no longer appear to sustain belief or explanatory power.  

Operating as both a polemic and a call for insightful new inquiry into the discipline through which we think, Ultra invites participants to reflect upon the polarities of architectural discourse as well as the spectrum of positions between these. What are the implications of crises, past and present, in framing (or re-framing) the critical perspectives that architectural historiography may offer beyond such moments of confusion and/or extraordinary conviction? The conference seeks broad ranging responses to this question and its theme that will reflect on-going work in several established and developing areas of current SAHANZ scholarship. 

What was ‘ultra’, for example, in the design and discursive promotion of Local and Regional Modernisms, and when, if ever, did they become normal? Ultra invites papers in this stream that explore different narratives of modernity in different localities of Australasia, Asia and the Pacific. In the light of a rapidly globalising world and its culture wars, uncritical celebration of regionalisms and their architectures can become problematic, while their disappearance may be lamented. A topical context for such discussion will be a parallel exhibition on the photographs of Adelaide architect John Chappel and his critical advocacy in the 1950s and 60s for the now little-remembered buildings and designers of South Australia’s post-war modernist movement.

In the stream of Construction History Ultra solicits empirically, critically and/or historiographically oriented papers that interpret architectural production as part of the larger political economy and cultural field of construction. Proposals could reflect the theme from a variety of different positions and perspectives ranging, for example, from the celebration of novel construction techniques, to the melancholy that may attend the loss of a building tradition. Aligning with another parallel exhibition event that will explore the integral role of post-war Italian migration on the South Australian concrete industry, proposals to examine other narratives of the impact of global crises on local Australasian construction trades and industries and/or their patronage in new classes of home-buyers,  property developers and design-builders will be particularly welcome.

Reflecting further upon the value and the agency of our intellectual labour and our design discipline in the context of the present pandemic, and concurrent environmental, political and social crises, the conference aspires to bring together academics and practitioners to explore the tensions between opposing positions, emotional states and modes of thought, along with approaches outside these implied polarities. In a third thematic sub-stream focusing broadly on Design Practice and Education Ultra therefore solicits submissions exploring perspectives and positions where Architectural History elides with design research and other sub-fields such as creative practice, sustainable architecture, technology and urban design. Papers may, for example, address the agency of historical research in architectural practice, or focus on questions of authorship or histories of practitioners that challenge established power relationships and hierarchies. Contributions might also re-visit the crisis of Theory a generation ago and its impact on Architectural History with the critical turn away from celebratory modes of teaching; or its parallel impact on developments in architectural conservation theory and practice.

Anticipating a return to a convivial conclave in real space and time, the Adelaide 2021 SAHANZ conference also invites fresh reflection upon the conventions and untapped potentialities of the institution of our annual academic conference itself.  In addition to abstracts directed at the theme and sub-streams outlined above, proposals are also invited for open session papers as well as roundtables, webinars, and other novel modes of engagement that may challenge and enhance the established conference format. 

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Abstracts for Papers 

Abstracts for papers may address any aspect of the Conference theme, or nominate to be included in an open session. ABSTRACTS are to be submitted no later than Monday 15 February 2021 via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please use the email subject PAPER-SURNAME and use this to name your submission file as well. 

Proposals should be submitted as a two-page Word document (.docx) including the following information: 

• Page 1: Cover page listing: 

• ‘Proposal for Paper: Title’ 

• Author Name/s and affiliation/s (including 100-word biographical notes) 

• Page 2: Proposal including: 

• ‘Proposal for Paper: Title’ 

• An abstract of no more than 300 words 

• Please do not include author identification on this page 

Once accepted, authors will be invited to prepare a full paper (no longer than 4,500 words in written form) which will be subject to peer review. 

 

Proposals for Round Table Sessions 

We invite proposals for Round Table discussions responding to the Conference provocation and aimed at facilitating future collaborations and publications. PROPOSALS for ROUND TABLE sessions related to the conference topics are to be submitted no later than Monday 15 February 2021 via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please use the email subject ROUNDTABLE-SURNAME and use this to name your submission file as well. 

Proposals should be submitted as a two-page Word document (.docx) including the following information: 

• Page 1: Cover page listing 

• ‘Proposal for Round Table: Title’ 

• Name/s and affiliation/s of the Round Table Chair/s (including 100-word biographical notes) 

• Names and affiliations of all Round Table panel members. It is expected that a panel will comprise between 3 and 5 members in addition to the Chair/s. 

• Page 2: Proposal including: 

• ‘Proposal for Round Table: Title’ 

• An abstract of no more than 300 words 

• Please do not include author identification on this page. 

 

Abstracts and Round Table proposals will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. Full papers (4500 words including Notes) will be blind peer reviewed and authors will be notified of acceptance. The Proceedings will include papers presented at the conference. Authors may elect to not have their papers included. The Proceedings will contain abstracts of all papers presented at the conference, thereby forming a record of the event.

For inclusion in the Proceedings, a paper must be presented in either physical or virtual mode at the conference. Authors may only present one paper as a sole author, although they may present one additional paper as a co-author. All papers presented are to be accompanied by a unique conference registration - where a sole author of one paper is also the co-author of a second, the other co-author is required to register. 

Work submitted for review and publication in the Conference Proceedings should be original research that has not been previously published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication.

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Region: the 18th Annual International AHRA conference

Call for Papers

LU-Arc, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

November 11 2021 - November 13 2021

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The purpose of the 2021 AHRA conference conference will be to question what the ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architectural cultures past and present, and to speculate on what different forms and formulations they might take in future. Among other sub-themes and topics, we aim to explore the region as a real geographical site of evolving socio-economic activity, as a mythical locus of enduring value, as a gatekeeper of indigenous crafts and vernacular techniques, as a site of architectural and artistic imagination, as a repository of contested and mobile identities, and more.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We invite contributors to engage with the theme or Region from a variety of disciplines including architecture and design, urbanism, literature, the arts and film, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and geography.

We welcome proposals for research papers and interactive workshops, as well as other kinds of contributions across diverse media, such as performance, film, game, poster or exhibit. And we are especially keen to receive and discuss proposals that give us the opportunity engage in creative research collaborations during the conference itself.

If you wish to present a research paper or some other form of individual contribution, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

If you wish to coordinate a workshop or some other form of interactive or creative activity, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words indicating how you propose to set up and manage the session, the number and role of participants, and what the resource implications might be. Please be mindful that this will be a virtual/online conference.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1st May 2021.

Please submit via this link.

The conference team is Falli Palaiologou, Simon Richards, Cagri Sanliturk and Rob Schmidt III. Please feel free to contact us with queries and to discuss your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Built and Thought.  European and Transatlantic Correspondence in the Historiography of Architecture

Call for Papers

Madrid

November 18 2021 - November 19 2021

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… there are, dear reader, two kinds of Histories;
those that have happened, and those that have been thought about
Juan Caramuel, Architectura civil recta y obliqua (1678), II, V, 29

All histories of architecture are products of an intellectual construct. As such, they are circumstantial discourses, developed from particular provisional points of view, chosen from a range of possibilities. From Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects to Manfredo Tafuri’s historiographic project, every generation has read on the past from the angle of the problems specific to its period. // In the time that has elapsed from Renaissance humanism to our days, from what perspectives, and with what reach, has architecture history been formulated? One of the main challenges of this encounter is to trace the construction of the history of architecture. // What is the purpose of architecture history? Since the Renaissance and into our days, architecture history—often written by architects—has been at the service of a professional practice seeking legitimation. This course of action, however, has become useless, and more so in a changing world like ours, where historians, in their eagerness to break with univocal interpretations, do not wish to judge the past nor impose irrefutable truths, but to question them. // From what positions can the history of architecture be constructed nowadays? Meanwhile, the historiography of architecture is seen as an incomplete, unfinished project where there is an unavoidable need, on one hand, to preserve the objectivity required of all scientific procedures, and on the other hand to incorporate the new paradigms of our times. Simultaneously, it is necessary—more now than ever before—to orient the work of architectural historians around its potential to lay down problems, rather than around achievements and successes, and in the spirit of formulating a body of knowledge that will benefit society, in our case mainly through research and teaching, but also through dissemination, so that the knowledge does not stay within its traditional closed circles. // The congress endeavors to be an opportunity to reflect on the historiographic construction of architecture from inside and outside at the same time; that is, to meditate on the discipline itself, but in terms of the challenges and currents of thought that characterize the contemporary world and today’s culture, ultimately with a view to constructing a new history.

DATES
15 February 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS/ABSTRACTS
15 March 2021: Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of presentation proposals/abstracts
1 July 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERS
15 July 2021: Papers returned to authors with observations
15 September 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING FINAL TEXTS FOR PUBLICATION
30 September 2021: Last day for early registration with discounted fee
30 September 2021: Last registration day for those wanting their papers published in Proceedings
18–19 November 2021: 3rd AhAU International Congress

Should the evolution of the pandemic render it necessary, the Association of Historians of Architecture and Urban Design (AhAU) reserves the right to modify the above calendar.

REGISTRATION
Authors selected to present their papers orally or publish them in the Proceedings, and who are not entitled to a discount, should pay a registration fee of 160€.
The registration fee for members of the Madrid College of Architects (COAM) and for professors and researchers is 80€; and for students, 40€.
All three fees will be reduced by 20% if paid by 30 September 2021.

ORGANIZER
AhAU, Association of Historians of Architecture and Urban Design

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EAHN 7th International Meeting

Madrid

June 15 2022 - June 19 2022

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The EAHN is already organising a Seventh pan-European meeting in Madrid for 2022. In accordance with the EAHN mission statement, this meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Though the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to Europe’s geographical framework, but also to its transcontinental aspects.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define, and outline the current discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies. 

Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or a round table debate at Madrid 2022 are invited to submit proposals by the CFSR form up to December 30, 2020: https://eventos.upm.es/53558/upload/eahn-seventh-international-meeting.html

Membership will be required to chair or present research at the meeting. To join EAHN, go to https://eahn.org or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Each session or round table chair is expected to fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. 

Proposals in English of no more than 400 words should summarize the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and a current CV. Proposals and one-page CVs should be submitted by the form. Since late submissions 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.

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