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Theory’s History 196X-199X

Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge


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


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:

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 Ɓukasz 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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AIARG 2017 Conference

Call for Conference Papers

Waterford Institute of Technology

January 27 2017 - January 28 2017

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Proposals for conference papers are now sought for the 6th annual AIARG conference to be held in Waterford on 27- 28 January 2017. Paper must be submitted under the following thematic sessions.

  • Architectural Education in the Age of Globalization: when East meets West.
  • Centenary Celebration of William H. Whyte, Sage of the City (1917-1999).
  • Concealed or Exposed? Ireland and Concrete.
  • Critical Spatial Practice and Sensibility Formation.
  • Design versus Conservation and the Value of Time. What is the meaning of place?
  • Domesticity at the Crossroads: Irish Housing Design 1955-1980.
  • Evaluating Landscapes.
  • Interim Review- on Architectural Education 2.
  • Intertidal Infrastructural.
  • Reproduction: Architectural Education. Ideology and Capitalist Relations of Production.
  • Streets on the ground: Rediscovering planned and unplanned city streets.
  • The Minor Woods of Ireland.
  • “There are 60 degrees, so why stick to one?” (Zaha Hadid, Feb 2003), Considering the complete life and legacy of Zaha Hadid.
  • Transculturation. Merging and Converging of Architectural Idioms, Energies and Ideals.

Please forward your abstract by email (300 words maximum) to session chair by 24 October. Full papers (2,000-2,500 words) expected in December. Please include with your abstract a 100 word biography and contact details. 

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Data Publics

Public Plurality in an Era of Data Determinacy

Goldsmiths, University of London & Gasworks, London

January 26 2017 - January 28 2017

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International research forum hosted by the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 7pm-9pm, Goldsmiths, London
Friday, 27 January 2017, 11am-7pm, Goldsmiths, London
Saturday, 28 January 2017, 12pm-4pm, Gasworks, London

with keynotes by Lev Manovich and Ravi Sundaram,
and contributions by Luciana Parisi, Ignacio Valero, Stephen Graham, Jennifer Gabrys, Matthew Fuller, Paolo Gerbaudo, Dani Admiss, Cecilia Wee, Lise Autogena, Joshua Portway, Simon Yuill, and others.

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London Book Launch: Architecture and the Unconscious

Room G01 Central House, Upper Woburn Place, The Bartlett, UCL

December 09 2016

An evening of discussion, 5-8:00pm, exploring the discourses between Architecture and Psychoanalysis, chaired by Lorens Holm (Dundee) and Jane Rendell (UCL) including contributors to the book and our guests:

David Bell, Past President British Psychoanalytic Society; and Consultant Psychiatrist  The Tavistock Clinic.

Lesley Caldwell, Psychoanalyst BPA, and Honorary Professor UCL Psychoanalysis Unit

Patrick Lynch, Lynch Architects London, and University of Liverpool

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Cfp: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe

Call for papers

Budapest, Hungary

December 01 2016

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6-7 October 2017, Budapest, Hungary

The second doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2017 is the second in a series of a doctoral / postdoctoral conference, to be organised on a biannual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical - built and natural - environment within Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Please send an abstract of 300 and 500 words and a brief academic biography using the template formats:

send your abstract to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

submission of abstracts: 28 February 2017


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Journal of Biourbanism - Call for Paper

Biophilia and Biophilic Design

November 30 2016 - July 15 2017

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For further details or questions, please contact Dr Antonio Caperna, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Editor in Chief of next issue, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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