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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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(IN)TANGIBLE HERITAGE(S): A conference on design, culture and technology – past, present, and futu

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June 15 2022 - June 17 2022

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The buildings, towns and cities we inhabit are physical entities created in the past, experienced in the present, and projected to inform the future. The same can be said of the artefacts we use daily: designed furniture in the home, the mobile devices in our hands, the vehicles we see on our streets. However, each of these places, buildings and products had, at their inception, social and cultural roles beyond their ‘object’ status. They continue to have them today. What we understand a designed object to be then, is a complex question of material and social import, and an intricate play of the tangible and intangible identities. Increasingly, it is also a question of hybrid experiences and overlaid histories. This conference addresses the range of issues connected to this scenario.

Strands:

Digital Heritage | Architecture | Conservation | Digital Design | Preservation | Social History | Urban imaginaries  |  Art Practice  |  Art History  |  Technology  |  Society and Culture

Disciplines:

Architecture, History, Heritage, Urban Design, Art, Design, Technology, Sociology, Cultural studies, Archaeology

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The City is [NOT] a Tree: The Urban Ecologies of Divided Cities

Pretoria, South Africa

July 05 2022 - July 07 2022

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THE CITY IS [NOT] A TREE: THE URBAN ECOLOGIES OF DIVIDED CITIES is an international collaboration, with associates principally from Europe and Africa, and open to collaboration with contributors from other parts of the world. We are interested in analyses, remedies and healing in divided cities and societies. Although these often relate to specificities of history, context, place and population, they nonetheless speak to a universal condition, with many commonalities in both cause and effect.

The title of this collaboration, being a wordplay on Christopher Alexander’s 1965 essay title A City is Not a Tree, uses the inference of a city being a tree in a different milieu. Whereas Alexander’s focus in terms of the analogy was to describe the physical composition of a city being either the mathematical structure of a tree or that of a semi-lattice, in this instance it refers to the city as a socio-spatial ecosystem.

The question of divided cities represents a complex and multi-stranded urban ecology – at once both social and spatial; it cannot be limited to a single science or discipline, such as social or spatial fields. This suggests integrated and cross-disciplinary understandings, as well integrated or parallel approaches and solutions.

Urban ecologies of division manifest in multiple forms. One of their most palpable expressions is conflict, with parallels around the world, and often with correlations in the spatial fabric. Violence in such contexts is often a surface expression of deeper socio-economic or ideological differences. Whether as result of intervention by authority or by dissent between groups, a divided city inevitably becomes a place of conflict in various forms and intensity, eroding the joy of living and sense of collective belonging to the detriment of all. In effect, it erodes the collective advantage of being part of a more unified society. In tandem with conflict as a surface expression of such ecologies are the social undercurrents, such as the making of the ‘other’, the unfamiliar and the unknown, where whole swathes of cities and towns could remain ‘other’ for many citizens – a terra nullius – even for long-term residents.

Abstract Submissions Deadline 03 Oct 2021

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Dwelling on the Everyday: Architecture, Ghosts, Ellipses

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July 08 2022 - July 29 2022

This symposium attends to the relationships between everyday architecture where people lived and what is left behind, salvaged, celebrated, or overlooked, but may sometimes be reactivated in powerful and unpredictable ways by those who come later. We are interested (though not exclusively) in the houses of artists and writers and the ways in which they are often treated like relics or holy shrines by subsequent fans and scholars. What, if anything, can we glean about artists (or others) from the places where they dwelled? And to what ends? What effects did their houses and places of residence exert upon them? How were they designed, bought, painted, furnished, divided, fought over, and lost? And in what ways and by whom were the houses lived in? What of children, spouses, extended family, caretakers and cleaners, au pairs and servants? And what of those places which are not celebrated but are quickly forgotten or ignored? Current scholarship on artist-homes and most museum presentations tend to collapse house into biographical facts / artist's work. How might one avoid reducing the artist and their work simply to what is projected onto (what remains of) their home and vice versa?  

We are particularly interested in the ways in which the past resonates in places of dwelling, how it leaves its mark on places and how people leave their mark on their dwellings. What traces are left and how are they celebrated, fetishized, banished or ignored? What do the places inhabited reveal about those who inhabited them? How are these connections assumed or traced or made by visitors or scholars or those who come later? What role does temporality play in these relations?  How might the power of a place to conjure up the apparently vivid presence of its past be traced or accounted for? How is it triggered, enhanced, or suppressed? What role does such haunting have in academic writing, or in autobiographical or biographical pursuits? In what ways is it useful to seek such connections – or is it they which, in some way, rather seek one out? 

We are also interested in places beyond the house, where people actually spent most of their lives: where they grew up, where they died, or where they chose to be -- if, indeed, this was a choice they managed to have. Is a ‘house’ too conventional or restrictive a limit to think through what is at stake here? What of the lodgings, apartments, offices, warehouses, factories, gardens, sheds, huts, workshops, tents, tree houses, or the places where they roamed and spent most time or were most restored? Is it the house where they lived that we should be concerned with, or, for instance, the homes of their friends, their favourite café, local pub, the market, or their mosque? What of those who were not rich and who lived in places where they left few traces? What of working-class homes? And what of people without a home at all: how might refugee camps and migrant houses be considered? How can we take them at least as seriously as rich people who splashed out on bourgeois trappings and property? 

 

Organisers:

Helen Hills, University of York (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Alice Sanger, The Open University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Format:

We are planning two afternoon sessions on Zoom; with a combination of longer papers (20-30 mins) and short contributions (10-15 mins). Collaborative work will be particularly welcome. We will be delighted to receive abstracts of ca.500 words by 1 March 2022.  Please send to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Architecture of the Post-Anthropocene

(Lectures + Symposia + AHRA International conference 2022)

Pratt School of Architecture, NYC

November 17 2022 - November 19 2022

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“Post Anthropocene” means we wrestle with our anthropocentric exploitation of the planet; that we examine and acknowledge the inextricable relationship between racism and environmental degradation; and that we look at the manner in which social inequity is inscribed in the built environment. Queer urbanism, blackspace, planners without manners, social work versus violence work: Our fields are constrained by a lack of representation, a lack of listening, and a lack of diversification that such terms may challenge. This conference decolonizes the spaces of thinking and action asking “where do we stand?” ; it evaluates food security in a precarious climate asking “How do we eat together?’; it brings non-humans into the humanities asking “whose voices are heard?” Inclusive in its global reach, ecological in its low carbon footprint, this conference models ideas of social and environmental justice required in the post-anthropocene period.

 

The Pratt will be hosting the AHRA International Conference in 2022, and will be organising a series of associated events, lectures and symposia in the meantime. Further details will follow.

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PRELIMINARY DATES:

  • Call for Papers: Nov. 2021
  • Conference Dates: Nov. 17, 18, 19, 2022

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