AHRA Newsletter:
July-August 2010

This is the latest issue of the newsletter highlighting forthcoming events, conferences, publications and other research activities.

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New Events

New Light on Vernacular Architecture: Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man

The Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

June 22 2011 - June 25 2011

From 22nd to 25th June 2011, the University of Liverpool's Centre for Manx Studies and Manx National Heritage will be hosting a vernacular architecture conference on the Isle of Man.  Entitled New Light on Vernacular Architecture: Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man, the conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of different disciplines to identify and encourage new directions, new approaches, and new interpretations in the study of vernacular architecture in Britain, Ireland, and the Isle of Man.  The conference will be held at the Manx Museum in Douglas.  

The Call for Papers has now been announced on the conference website:


More details about the conference will be added there in due course. 

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Wed 22 June 2011



Art Gallery of South Australia

December 01 2010 - December 03 2010

Call for papers:

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand - Annual Conference

1-3 December 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia

Proposals for papers are now being called for. Please email in a 250 word abstract and a brief biography to the session convenor(s) below by Friday 13 August 2010.

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Wed 1 December 2010


7th AHRA International Conference

University of Kent

November 19 2010 - November 20 2010

Scale is a word which underlies much of architectural and urban design practice, its history and theory, and its technology. Its connotations have traditionally been linked with the humanities, in the sense of relating to human societies and to human form. To build in scale goes virtually without saying in the world of ‘polite’ architecture, but this is a precept observed more often in the breach when it comes to vast swathes of commercial and institutional design. The older, more particular, meaning in the humanities, pertaining to classical western culture, is where the sense of scale often resides in cultural production. Scale may be traced back, ultimately, to the discovery of musical harmonies, or it may reside in the arithmetic proportional relationship of the building to its parts. One might question the continued relevance of this understanding of scale in the global world of today. What, in other words, is culturally specific about scale? And what does scale mean in a world where an intuitive, visual understanding is often undermined or superseded by other senses, or by hyper-reality?

Invited keynote speakers:

  • Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV)
  • Hannah Higgins (University of Illinois)
  • Brett Steele (Architectural Association)
  • Robert Tavernor (LSE)

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Fri 19 November 2010

7th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

October 22 2010

The Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium provides an international platform for current graduate students in the architectural humanities to meet, present and discuss their work.

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Fri 22 October 2010

Architectural History Conference - Turkey I

Ankara, METU Cultural and Convention Center

October 20 2010 - October 22 2010

Deadline: April 23, 2010

Graduate Program in Architectural History
Middle East Technical University

Architectural History Conference/Turkey is organized to form an academic platform that aims to share new and original research on the history of architecture, cities and the built environment in Anatolia and its neighboring regions. The conference is open to researchers from different disciplines working on architectural history.

Abstracts of maximum 350 words should be sent to the Organization Committee by April 23, 2010. The name, affiliation and personal information of the applicant and the title of the paper should be given on a separate sheet. Conference fee is 100 $ / 75 Euro.

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Wed 20 October 2010

16th International Symposium on Electronic Art

Ruhr, Germany

August 20 2010 - August 29 2010

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference


At several venues in the cities of Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg, more than two hundred speakers will present recent developments in contemporary art and digital culture and exchange ideas with local creatives. All conference panels will be held in English only.

All conference contributions have been selected in a peer-reviewing process by an international jury from over thousand proposals. The discussed themes vary from aesthetic discourses to questions of art and engineering. Among others, the conference includes panels on art and media in Latin America, on preservation of historical media art, on the phenomenon of materialisation and dematerialisation, and on the role of the user in digital art.

Here is a first outline of the ISEA2010 RUHR Conference panels in Essen, Dortmund and Duisburg, including dates, conference participants and their topics.
Please note that this programme outline might still be subject to minor changes. All venues and exact time slots of the individual presentations will be updated regularly.

All conference panels will be held in English only.

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Fri 20 August 2010

CFP: Architecture & Gastronomy

Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 64th Annual Meeting

New Orleans, Louisiana, April 13-17, 2011

August 14 2010 - August 14 2010

Call for Papers
Society of Architectural Historians
64th Annual Meeting
April 13-17, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

ABSTRACTS DUE: August 14, 2010

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Sat 14 August 2010

The Urban Environment - Mirror and Mediator of Radicalisation?

Manchester Architecture Research Centre

June 24 2010 - July 30 2010

This Exhibition presents the results of a research project about the complicated but fascinating relationship between the urban environment and socio-political conditions in cities with different types of conflict: Belfast, Beirut, Berlin and Amsterdam. Manchester is the fourth stop of this touring exhibition. The underlying research project by Dr. Ralf Brand at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) pursues the question how polarisation becomes materially imprinted in a city and how material aspects of a city might actually influence (accentuate or alleviate) polarisation processes. It compares the situation in four cities and speculates about ways in which architecture and urban design might contribute to reconciliation processes by tackling some of the spatial and material conditions of stereotypisation , mutual fear, lack of safe spaces for friendly encounters etc.

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Thu 24 June 2010

New Publications

Architecture and Field/Work

Identifying and critically discussing the key terms, techniques, methodologies and habits that comprise our understanding of fieldwork in architectural education, research and practice, this book collates contributions by established and emerging international scholars. It will be of interest to critical practitioners, researchers, scholars and students of architecture.

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Mon 28 June 2010