CFP - Site of Discourse

Thinking architecture through publication

Lisbon, Portugal

September 28 2015 - September 29 2015

The Institute of Art History (FCSH/UNL, Lisbon), in partnership with the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE, Lisbon), is developing the research project The Site of Discurse focused on editorial culture of architectural periodicals during the 20th century, which is supported by the National Foundation for Science and Technology. In the context of the research pproject the group is organising an International Conference entitled  The Site of Discourse. Thinking architecture through publication that will take place in Lisbon (Portugal), at the end of September 2015. 

The Site of Discourse
Thinking architecture through publication

Lisbon, 28–29 September 2015


Currently, there’s a widespread consensus that architectural magazines have played a fundamental role in consecrating identities and giving rise to new orders of thought on the practice and the representation of architecture. Editing and projecting have thus become so closely linked that it seems reasonable to claim that they share a common ground beyond the contingencies of constructive practice, resting upon a web of both conceptual and professional relationships.

Some authors have been taking periodical publications as important research sources; as well as entities able to reconfigure the theoretical, technical, disciplinary and discursive settings in which they are grounded and the identity of their protagonists.

The international congress The site of discourse will places the architectural magazine in the center of the debate, in order to understand the place that such “printed object” occupies in the definition of the contemporary architectural discourse  — in its conceptual, theoretical, graphic, material dimensions. The aim is to reflect on the culture of architectural periodical press in a geographical and chronologically extended context, crossing perspectives from different disciplinary traditions, taken the following topics as starting points:

Panel 1

Architectural periodical press: reception and dissemination of practices and theories 

Panel 2

Autochthonous, tropical and modern: architectural periodicals looking beyond Europe 

Panel 3

Case Studies: Theory and Practice

Panel 4

Discourse and discipline 

Panel 5

Discourse and Ideology 

Panel 6

Social composition of architectural criticism 

Panel 7

Relations between Architecture, Design and Visual Culture 

Panel 8

The housing issue in architectural periodicals


The Site of Discourse 
research project



We invite the submission of 300 words abstracts in the form provided in the Submission page.



Abstract submission 
15 June, 2015
Notification of acceptance of abstract
30 June, 2015
15 July, 2015
Full paper submission
4 September, 2015
28–29, September, 2015


Publication of Proceedings

Conference papers will be published in the conference proceeding with ISBN.

Download of the guidelines for full paper. Only papers formatted according to the guidelines can be accepted for publication. The other condition for publication is that at least one author of the paper is registered for the conference.

Download of the copyright license agreement. A signed copyright license agreement form must be sent at the same time of the paper submission to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Further Publication

After the conference we intend to publish a book. Articles submitted will be subject of a double-blind peer-review process.