AHRA Newsletter:
January / February 2010

This is the latest issue of the newsletter highlighting forthcoming events, conferences, publications and other research activities, including additions to the AHRA website.

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SAH 64thAnnual Meeting, New Orleans
13-17 April 2011
Members of the Society, representatives of affiliated societies, and other scholars who wish to chair a session at the 2011 annual meeting are asked to submit proposals by January 4, 2010, to Prof. Abigail A. Van Slyck, General Chair of the SAH 64th Annual Meeting (Dayton Professor of Art History, Connecticut College, Box 5565, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4196, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

As SAH membership is required to present research at the annual meeting, non-members who wish to chair a session or deliver a paper will be required to join the Society and to pre-register for the meeting in September 2010.  SAH will offer a limited number of travel fellowships (with a value of up to $1000) for speakers participating in the annual meeting; session chairs are not eligible for these awards.  The deadline for applying will be in October 2010.

Since the principal purpose of the annual meeting is to inform the Society’s members of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every period in the history of architecture and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged.  Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist, or documentary in premise and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historiographic terms, and should be substantiated by a distinct body of either established or emerging scholarship.

Proposals of no more than 500 words (including a session title not longer than 62 characters) should summarize the subject and the premise. Include your name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and a current CV. For examples of content, consult the call for papers for the SAH 2010 meeting in Chicago.  The 2010 call for papers is available on the SAH website at http://www.sah.org. To find the call for papers, visit the Publications section of the website, choose Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians-SAH News, select March 2009, and click on Call for Papers.  Proposals and CVs should be submitted, if possible, both by mail and by e-mail. E-mail submissions should include the text of the proposal both in the body of the email and as an attachment.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced program. Proposals for pre-1800 topics and topics exploring the architecture of the New Orleans area are especially encouraged, as are those dealing with related fields of urban and landscape history around the world. Since late proposals 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. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to draft a more concise Call for Papers of not more than 300 words. This will be distributed and published in the March 2010 SAH Newsletter.

Deadline for submission of session abstracts:  4 January 2010
The Modern Interiors Research Centre Conference, Kingston University, London

13-14 May 2010

The annual conference of the Modern Interiors Research Centre has established itself as a leading forum for international, interdisciplinary debate on the history and theory of the modern interior. In 2010 the conference will bring together architectural and design historians, theoreticians and practitioners, to explore the theme of Interior Lives.

Historians and theorists working within a range of disciplinary contexts and historiographical traditions are turning to biography as means of exploring and accounting for social, cultural and material change. The conference will consider the historical insights that ethno/auto/biographical investigations into the lives of individuals, groups and interiors can offer architectural and design historians; the methodological issues that arise from the use of ethno/auto/biographical sources to explore the history of the interior as a site in which everyday life is experienced and performed; and the ways in which contemporary architects and interior designers draw on personal and collective histories in their practice.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute conference papers.  Papers may take the form of historical or contemporary case studies that examine an aspect of the visual, material or spatial culture of the interior with reference to the conference theme of life writing, and might explore:

The Lives of Interiors and Interior Objects: Ethno/auto/biographical investigations into the lifecycle of interiors; the lives of interior objects; the significance of the interior as a site in which memories are produced, represented and invoked.

Interiority/Private Lives: Embodied histories and the use of biographical approaches and sources to historicise socio-spatial practices; examine psychic and spatial dimensions of interiority.

Professional Lives: The use of biographical methods and materials to investigate the professional activities of designers; map professional and client networks; explore, locate and account for aspects of professional practice.

Shared Lives:  The use of life writing to represent and account for shared histories and experiences; histories of public environments and their social use; private lives in public spaces, such as the representation of personal and collective histories in the museum or gallery.

Methodologies and Sources: Biography as a form of historical writing on the interior; auto/biography as an investigative/analytic tool; the use of auto- ethnographic narratives as a means of exploring the interiors of minority groups and cultures; auto-ethnography as an approach to thinking about disciplinary developments.
An abstract of 300 words should be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(subject header: INTERIOR LIVES).  Please include a separate biographical paragraph (maximum 200 words) including your institutional affiliation, position, and the title of your paper.  This will appear in the conference programme if your paper is selected.

Speakers may also submit their papers for consideration to the Journal
Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture jointly edited by Anne Massey (MIRC, Kingston University) and John Turpin (Department of Interior Design, Washington State University). Please see http://www.bergjournals.com/interiors for further details.

The conference organisers also welcome poster submissions.  Posters may address the specific theme of the conference OR explore another aspect of the history and theory of the modern interior. For poster guidelines please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  Friday 8 January 2010


University College Cork, Republic of Ireland

16-18 September 2010

An interdisciplinary conference organized by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) and School of the Human Environment, University College Cork.

This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the often hidden relationship between militarism and the design and construction of architecture and space in the modern period. Historically, military imperatives have been embedded in the way society is organized and, from the Renaissance onwards, the needs of offence and defense played an increasingly
influential role not only in the physical shaping of the city and landscape, but also on the means by which they were represented. Recent events, notably the so-called War on Terror have reinforced these impulses within the city, extending and deepening systems and architectures of surveillance.

Accordingly, we seek proposals for analytical and interpretive papers from architects, historians, geographers, urbanists, designers, sociologists etc. who share an interest in the ways in which space, architecture, knowledge and technology have been deployed, especially in the followings ways:

1. The patterns, forms and processes that underpin the articulation of militarized spaces and architectures across a series of historical and geographical scales and domains.
2. Continuities, where cultures and acts of war have been reconfigured and re-circulated into domestic or civilian spaces and products.
3. The legacies and residues of these architectures, the ways in which militaristic modes of space have been refuted, re-appropriated and reclaimed for social and cultural purposes.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts (350 words) 1 February 2010
Notification of Acceptance 1 March 2010


University of Nottingham

11-12 September 2010
Engagement with the space of the pre-modern city has found particular expression in scholarship concerned with the construction of gender. We seek to expand these discussions by focusing on the ways in which gender is negotiated in urban spaces anywhere in the world that predate or were unaffected by ‘modernity’ via the processes of 18th and 19th century Western industrialisation and globalisation. Our definition of ‘pre-modern’ is deliberately broad so as not to exclude relevant case studies from anywhere in the world, and to avoid implying that our focus of interest is Europe and the Western world. Clearly, our understanding of a ‘city’ varies depending on indigenous cultural contexts, and definitions of a ‘city’ may refer to temporary spaces and structures largely devoid of permanent inhabitants. Notions of gender and the pre-modern city may equally be explored through an emphasis on the social and political stratification and processes that regulate residence, presence, movement, and the expression of power and authority within these spaces.

Cities have long been the focus for research, centring on space in all its manifest forms. Theoretical approaches have taken the lead from Foucault’s and Bourdieu’s discussions on the intersection between time and space, and have applied to space the work of Habermas, as well as theories on the political, cultural and social functions of cities, such as those of Saskia Sassen. Cities play a key role in World Systems Theory (out of which were derived the notions of ‘core and periphery’ and ‘globalization’) and post-colonial historical approaches to cities as centres of political, economic and cultural hegemony. Following these leads, scholars have developed a range of theoretical models concerned with, for example, structuration and social agency. We aim to bring together new scholarship to develop a variety of theoretical approaches and case studies to explore notions of gender and its operation, in the setting of the pre-modern city across temporal and geographical boundaries.

Cities are a key feature of many pre-modern societies, but they may be differently conceptualized, hold a very different place and fulfill quite different roles from those in the modern world. Can context-sensitive studies of gendered behaviours in their many forms highlight what is distinctive about these cities and their wider importance? Pre-modern cities were laboratories for the kaleidoscopic praxis of social structure in many societies. How did gender function distinctively in pre-modern cities? Did urban life enable the elaboration of gendered roles and their interaction with status, wealth, age, occupations etc.? In what ways did gendered ideologies underpin practices of governance, politics, religion, law, military and other urban institutions? How did gender function in economic life and behaviours? How was it expressed in visual, architectural and material cultural forms, as well as in writing? How might ideologies of gender have affected the practice of writing and record keeping itself? How might deep-seated principles of gender have been a key element in the division and use of space and the development of pathways of communication (roads, streets, meeting places, houses and their internal divisions)? In worlds where ‘public’ and ‘private’ might not be fully articulated, or might be conceptualized in ways quite different from those to which we are accustomed, how might gendered behaviours have helped to discriminate between different kinds of spaces, pathways and routes? Would gendered behaviours affect the use of urban space over time, both short and long term – over the course of a day, seasonally, over the longer term?

Proposals for papers are sought from scholars at all levels to be presented at a conference in Nottingham on 11-12 September 2010, organized by Prof. Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester) and Dr Gabriele Neher (University of Nottingham). A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of ‘Gender & History’.

An abstract of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 1 February 2010 to both Lin Foxhall (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Gabriele Neher (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). By the end of February 2010, authors of selected papers will be asked to submit longer abstracts (1000-1500 words) for an April 2010 deadline. Full first drafts of papers will be due in May 2010, and revised drafts will be pre-circulated in August 2010, before the conference.

Proposals for posters are also sought, from advanced postgraduates and very early career
Scholars, for display at the conference. Proposals should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted by 1 February 2010 to Helen Foxhall Forbes (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Contributions, including cross-disciplinary proposals, are welcome from – but not limited to – the following areas:
The concept of the city as an urban conglomeration/centre; indigenous definitions of the city; cities as defined by their context
Temporary ‘cities’ vs. permanent built structures (e.g. military camps)
Political concept of a city; cities without urbanism
Cities without population; ceremonial centres; exchange centres
Models of exchange between pre-modern cities
Attitudes towards the body and its display
Gendered space and spatiality
Pathways through cities
Status and gender/ social and political institutions and gender; inclusion and exclusion according to gender (e.g. religious orders)
Performance of gender/ display of status in gendered ways
Subaltern, gendered roles: prostitution, beggars, camp followers, slaves, servants, dependants and clients etc.
Crime and thieves; gendered crimes
Gender and consumption; fashion; display; material culture
Religion; how is this manifest in an urban setting?
Urbanism; gender and legal structures; gender of interest to legal context
How does agency operate in the matrix of complex institutions; social agency?

Deadline for submission of abstracts for papers and posters:  1 February 2010
Full draft of paper:  May 2010



Association of Art Historians Summer Symposium
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

24 - 25 June 2010

The ‘spatial turn’ in the history of art has had a significant impact on the understanding of artistic practice and the built environment, and the formal and political complexities of space in a broader sense. This symposium explores the role of architectural theory and practice within multiple art histories, working across theoretical and aesthetic categories to redefine notions of space and form. From Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, to the spatial environments of Le Corbusier and Robert Morris, this interrelationship has challenged and reconfigured canonic divisions between architecture, ornament, sculpture and performance. Within a global perspective, the ‘architectural object’ can be traced throughout many histories of cultural production, demonstrated within the sculpted interiors of temples and mosques, the conceptual forms of the stupa or reliquary, or the use of decorative ‘architectura’ within ornamental schemes.
Exploring the ‘architectural object’ as a recurring and ever-changing phenomenon, a two-day symposium will consider a diverse range of papers that discuss this theme across cultural and temporal divides. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

Sculptural practice and architectural ornament
Anthropological and cross-cultural studies of the architectural object
Monumental buildings as public sculpture
Performing architecture; the social production of space
Interior design and sculpture; the structural/decorative divide
The architectural maquette as art object; history of the conceptual model
The church and the miniature; religious contexts

Keynote speakers include former Henry Moore Fellows Dr. Richard Checketts and Dr.
David Hulks. Architectural Objects is hosted in collaboration with the Henry Moore
Institute’s Hermann Obrist exhibition, marking the wide-ranging ‘spatial’ production of
the prolific architect, sculptor and designer.

To submit a proposal for this session please send a paper abstract no longer than 300
words, along with CV to the session convenors:
Lara Eggleton, University of Leeds:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Rosalind McKever, Kingston University: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2010



The 11th Cambridge Heritage Seminar
University of Cambridge, UK

24 April 2010

The 11th Cambridge Heritage conference seeks to examine the Olympics as a global and a local phenomenon affecting heritage by addressing two themes:  (1) the Olympics as heritage and (2) the impact of the Olympics on cultural heritage. Every four years the Olympics goes beyond just being a sporting event, offering a local and a global stage where countries can promote and showcase themselves to the world.  Cultural heritage is intimately entangled in the games, both in terms of the Olympics as historic, but also in how the event impacts the cultural heritage of the host country.

Narratives about nationhood are often constructed for the event, showcasing traditional national history.  The games offer the host nation a chance to re-imagine or repackage its past, or at the very least to create a brand and logo for it. The actual Olympic event and the days leading up to it are a time of ritual, where the heritage of Ancient Greece is connected to a myriad of symbolic representations of the modern day host country.  The games also present an opportunity for ‘staged conflict’ on an international level, where countries battle one other, competing aggressively, yet civilly for titles.  In addition, the games have an enormous impact on the built environment and heritage in the host country.  Winning a bid to host the games goes hand in hand with hopes for investment, regeneration and development, and considerable changes take place to the built environment and economy of the host city.  The games also have an enormous impact on cultural heritage, affecting both existing and newly developed cultural heritage sites and projects.

The 11th Cambridge Heritage Seminar is using the Olympic games as a forum for thinking about how one event can impact and transform local and global cultural heritage.  It will be divided into two sessions.  The first session will explore how the games are themselves heritage, and the second will examine the ‘heritage-impact’ of the games in the nations that host them.  The conference particularly welcomes theoretical contributions and case studies from Athens, Beijing and London.

Some indicative themes and questions of the type we intend to address are:

The symbolism and performance behind the Olympic games.
How does one sporting event manifest as both global and local heritage?
How has the Olympics become a commodified event?  How does Olympic tourism impact cultural heritage?
How do the games affect and transform the existing built environment of a city?
How does new built architecture become cultural heritage in its own right?

Please send 500-word paper abstract or poster proposals to Shadia Taha at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Proposals should be sent as PDF or Word documents and should include full contact information and a brief CV.  General Information and Registration will be available soon at: http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/heritage-seminar

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  28 February 2010



An International Interdisciplinary Conference
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London.
5-6 May 2011

Organised by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, English Heritage and the Open University.

The Georgian became one of the most readily identified and popular historical styles in Britain and America in the twentieth century.  The re-discovery of the Georgian began from around 1890 (although there were individual recreations as early as the 1860s), and sparked significant neo-classical revivals in both countries in the early twentieth century.  In the 1930s the Georgian became the most admired historical style due to its strong formal similarities with modernism, particularly in its architectural neo-Palladian manifestations - the white cube approach.  In the same period it became the default style for public sector architecture.  The destruction wrought by World War Two led to a re-appraisal of the value of the historic environment resulting in the legislation leading to the listing of important buildings.  By the 1960s with the tide turning against modernism and in favour of conservation Georgian towns increasingly became the centres for battles between these two approaches.  Thus the Georgian town house as well as the Georgian country house became identified as symbols of certain national and historical values.  In the postmodern classical revival of the 1980s the Georgian was again widely adopted, particularly by the new ‘townscape’ movement in the US and by British architects such as Quinlan Terry.  Re-interpretations and adaptations of the Georgian have been a constant theme over the past century and constitute a powerful and enduring strand in Anglophile culture across the globe.  Beyond the United Kingdom we would like to attract papers with an international scope from previously British colonies such as South Africa, Australasia and the Caribbean as well as from America.

The conference seeks to address the Georgian as a widespread movement across the arts embracing literature, film and art as well as its better known manifestations in architecture, town planning, landscape and design.  Papers might also investigate the role of museums and curators in constructions of the Georgian and equally the role of interior decorators, such as Colefax and Fowler.  The historiography and public reception of the Georgian is another area of growing scholarship which we would hope to include.  Conceptions of exactly when and what constituted the ‘Georgian’ have varied considerably from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  Different ideologies have been attached to the neo-Georgian at different times and places, particularly notions of home, nation, gender and class.  This can be seen for example in the struggle to assimilate the Georgian legacy within Irish national identity or in the interpretation of the Georgian as a uniquely English form of classicism in the early twentieth century.  The aim of this conference, as the first on the subject to be held in Britain, is to investigate how, where, when and why the neo-Georgian has been represented over the course of the last century and to assess its impact as a broader cultural phenomenon.

Please send abstracts for papers by end February 2010 to the conference convenors Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar at:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Abstracts for papers should be 800-1,000 words in length.
Some financial assistance will be available for speakers without sufficient institutional support.  Please indicate if you are likely to need such support.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  end February 2010



International Conference
University of Plymouth

14-17 July 2010
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This three-day conference will explore issues arising from the relationship between Britain and New England in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the light of recent developments in the reading of transatlantic connections. In the run up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, and in the context of new critical perspectives on transatlantic studies, such as post colonial theory with its emphasis on the whole Atlantic rim, feminism, discussions of displacement and debates about national identity, what does it now mean in the early twenty-first century to revisit with an interdisciplinary perspective the cultural and ideological exchanges between Britain and New England 1600-1900? The conference will include contributions from the fields of literary studies, art history, architecture, design and material culture.

Keynote speaker:  Lawrence Buell, Harvard University

The conference organisers invite submissions of proposals for panels or individual papers. Proposals for entire sessions should include (1) a paragraph describing the session as a whole; (2) a one page abstract of each paper; (3) a one page CV for each participant. The conference prefers four presenters per session, excluding the chair, although submissions for panels of three will be considered.

Proposals for individual papers should include a 300 word abstract and a one page cv. Please include your name, institution, address, telephone number and email.

All submissions should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to Robin Peel .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Daniel Maudlin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for submissions:  1 March 2010



University of Lincoln

24-25 June 2010
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What role can architecture play as a form of cultural expression? What is architecture capable of communicating in its current means of production, and in current economic structures? What can or should architecture communicate beyond its function? How does architecture participate in cultural and individual identity formation, and in cultural transformations? What role can contemporary architecture play in the expression and development of the ideas and values of a culture, and in the intellectual development of the individual? To what extent is architecture becoming increasingly commodified, and increasingly marginalized as a form of cultural expression?

Papers are welcomed on the following themes:
What architecture can communicate or express
What role architecture plays in its culture
Architecture and identity formation
Architecture and mass culture
Architecture and intellectual development
Alberto Pérez-Gómez – McGill University
Marco Frascari – Carleton University
Hasan-Uddin Khan – Roger Williams University
Renée Tobe – University of East London
Conference to include Cathedral Tour and Banquet.

Abstracts should be of 250-300 words and include paper title, contributor’s name, email address, professional or academic affiliation, and a brief CV.  Please send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
For further information visit http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Submission deadline for abstracts:  31 March 2010



Scandic Linköping Vast,
Linköping, Sweden

6-10 August 2010
There has been a recent surge of scholarship from human geography, sociology, history, architecture, and cultural studies that focuses on migration as a social, political, cultural and material process. This area of research on migration examines migrants’ transnational spatial practices, social and political identities and relationships with the state. Central to this research has been a recognition that at the heart of migration lies a fundamental transformation in spaces and places that are linked to the social and cultural meanings of home and belonging.  This conference takes ‘narratives’ – broadly defined as stories, diaries, myths, photographs, music, films, media images and representations of movement – as the analytical starting point for new research on migration. Narratives have several dimensions. Firstly, migrant narratives need to be understood as inherently spatial. As is widely acknowledged, migrants’ stories of movement are often stories of different places at different moments, and thus are essentially ‘spatial stories’. Secondly, this spatiality of migration narratives is multi-scalar; it can relate to belonging on a national, political scale, represent locality dynamics, more small-scale, personal experiences of migration, or even the material narratives of migration, such as stories of significant objects and material culture. Thirdly, the performative element of migrants’ narratives is very strong; not all narratives are textual but instead are enacted through music, theatre, film, food, or dance. Finally, such narratives can also be highly visual, corporeal, and embodied, whether through media representations, artwork, or architecture. Such a broad conceptualisation of migrant narratives demands new interdisciplinary theories and methodologies to understand the interconnected landscapes of home, migration and the city.
This conference thus aims to question and compare such narratives and counter-narratives, in different contexts within Europe and beyond, through interdisciplinary perspectives from the humanities and social sciences. Methodological perspectives will therefore be central to the discussions during this conference, to encourage and disseminate interdisciplinary approaches to researching migration. The following questions will help to shape this conference:  How are narratives of migration used, shared, remembered, materialised, performed and represented in different contexts?  How do narratives shape belonging and attachment, inclusions and exclusions, around ideas of home(s) and the city?  How do we examine these diverse narratives of movement through theoretical and methodological innovation?
The conference invites paper and poster presentations which investigate one more of the three conference themes; narratives of migration; materialities of home and movement; and cities, places, locations. It also invites submissions for a panel discussion with six young researchers working with new cross-cutting methodologies around the following three themes.
Theme 1:  Narratives of Migration
The first theme of the conference will deal with a range of methodological approaches to understanding the narratives of home – textual, aural, performative, and visual, which scrutinise, document and theorise migrants’ perspectives of migration. This may include oral histories, autobiographies, personal photographs, memorabilia, food recipes, artwork, music and films, as well as a range of other non/textual material that attempt to redefine the social, political, cultural and imaginative constructions of migration and movement.
Theme 2:  Materialities of Home and Movement
This theme will consider the varying constructions of home and sites of travel, by inviting a diverse array of approaches and methodologies. The questions we ask are – where do home-spaces end – how far do they extend – and how are the spaces between home, locale, and homeland experienced? How is home narrated, and how can researchers tap into this? How can sites of travel be researched?
Theme 3:  Cities, Places, Locations
Situated within broader debates around place and displacement, location and mobility, settlement and return, this theme will examine the various locations within migrant landscapes and the ways in which they reflect and influence cultures, politics, identities and narratives. The focus will be particularly on the varieties of ways that such landscapes are transformed and negotiated from the scale of the home, to neighbourhoods, to cities and homelands.
Invited speakers include:
Dr. Zuzana Burikova
Slovak, Academy of Sciences, SK
Prof. Iain Chambers, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, IT
Prof. Adrian Favell, Aarhus University, DK
Prof. Tovi Fenster, Tel Aviv University, IL
Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska, Deakin University, AU
Prof. Ulrike Meinhof, University of Southampton, UK
Dr. Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths College, UK
Prof. Zlatko Skrbis, University of Queensland, AU
The conference is chaired by:  Dr. Ayona Datta, Cities Programme, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
co-chair:  Dr. Kathy Burrell, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
For more information, to send abstracts, and to register please see
Young researchers are particularly welcome. The conference has limited funds to fully or partially support expenses of young researchers.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 April 2010




An International Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Liverpool
School of Architecture / School of Politics and Communication Studies

25-26 February 2010

This conference invites a re-evaluation of the role of maps and mapping practices in cultural explorations of urban space and memory. It draws contributions from across a broad interdisciplinary field, drawing together scholars and practitioners working in film and cultural studies, architecture, geography, urban studies, as well as those with interests in social and cultural memory, archival practice and urban heritage. Of special interest are contributions addressing the role of film and film historiography in relation to place, landscape and urban memory.  While the trope of ‘mapping’ has remained a prominent fixture in the lexicon of recent cultural criticism and debate, studies which seek to go beyond exclusively metaphorical applications of maps and mapping, and which engage more actively with cartographic practices and resources (such as, for example, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology) remain comparatively under-developed. This conference will draw on current developments in this and other areas of research and practice.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Iain Sinclair, writer and filmmaker
Professor Robert C. Allen, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor Mark Neumann, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University

For enquiries and further details contact Dr Les Roberts (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Dr Ryan Shand (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).
For information on booking and registration, please see the conference website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/lsa/cityinfilm

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.




Journal of Architectural Education

Theme Editors
Saundra Weddle, Associate Professor, Drury University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Marc J. Neveu, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Although the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) requires that students understand historical traditions and global culture, it does not mandate the method of instruction. Still, many schools offer a suite of architectural history lectures that are often perceived as distinct from studio topics. The relegation of history, theory and criticism to a supporting role is furthered by the outdated notion that history courses serve primarily to provide a buffet of precedent studies focusing on form and technique. Such an approach, born of historical methods and pedagogies that emphasize stylistic and typological diagnosis, fails to recognize the depth of historical inquiry, changes within the discipline of history itself and increasingly diverse design pedagogies. Is it possible to propose more complex relationships between history and design?

Indeed, many architecture faculty – historians and designers alike – are engaged in the project of interrogating and reconceiving history’s significance to design, and vice versa. Historians question the content, role and outcomes of their courses, examining ways in which the discipline can serve as a nexus between theory, criticism and practice, and investigating opportunities for deploying design pedagogies in their classrooms. Design faculty consider ways that historical methods and analysis can inform the design process so that students understand how history’s narratives are literally and figuratively constructed, and that they are not simply a collection of objective truths to react to.  As concerns about representation and fabrication become central, critical engagement with histories of architecture and allied disciplines can situate the design process and architecture itself in broader and deeper contexts.

That the role of history in architecture curricula is a subject of debate is nothing new; and yet, the shape of that debate appears to be shifting. This theme issue of the JAE focuses on neither the discipline of history per se, nor the history of history education in architectural schools. Rather, it takes as its premise the notion that the relationship between history and design should be activated. The journal invites text based (scholarship of design) and design based (design as scholarship) submissions that propose and analyze progressive methods and goals for integrating architectural history in the professional architecture curriculum and in practice. The submission deadline for all manuscripts for this theme issue is August 16, 2010, 5 pm US Eastern Time Zone. Accepted articles will be published in issue 64:2 (March 2011).For author instructions, please consult:




Department of Architecture
4 Tenure-track Faculty Positions

The Department of Architecture offers a 4-year BA/BS undergraduate degree and a 2-year Master of Architecture. The program has candidacy status for professional accreditation with NAAB and the university is committed to adding new faculty to contribute to shaping the pedagogic emphases and research base of the department in the context of
recently remodeled facilities on PSU’s urban campus, in the heart of downtown Portland.

The department promotes creative exploration of architectural possibilities through hands-on engagement with multiple media, coupled with critical investigation of the prevailing realities of the contemporary city and the role of design as a primary means of cultural transformation. The program is dedicated to addressing the social and environmental responsibilities of architecture through idea generation, community engagement, speculation into alternative forms of practice, and inter-disciplinary activities involving the PSU Center for Sustainable Processes and
Practices, supported by the recently awarded $25 million Miller Foundation grant.

The Department of Architecture invites applications for 4 full-time tenure-track positions from candidates bringing a creative, critical attitude to the design and making of architecture as well as pedagogic innovation in the education of architects:
Assistant or Associate Professor in Architectural Design (2 positions)
Assistant or Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Cultural History
Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainable Design

Applicants should provide a focused folio of no more than ten pages [20 sides] representing: a) statement of interest describing teaching philosophy; b) examples of research and/or creative activities; and c) examples of student work completed under the direction of the applicant. The application must also include names, with contact information, of three references to be contacted by the search committee. Applications will be reviewed beginning 31 December 2009 and continue until the positions are filled.

Inquiries and completed applications should be addressed to the Search Committee Chair:
Prof. Jeff Schnabel, Department of Architecture
School of Fine and Performing Arts, Portland State University,
PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207
503-725 8440, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)




The School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham invites applications for 3 PhD studentships (http://jobs.nottingham.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx?cat=345#j6488)
We would like to highlight the opportunity to do research in the area of Reactive Environments, one of a number of areas on offer.

Reactive Environments are those computationally-augmented environments that are driven by data derived from the activity of inhabitants, the environment and objects present. At various scales, they take the form of rooms, buildings and entire urban environments and are designed to be entered and inhabited, while the time scale of such inhabitation can vary widely.

Reactive Environments are a key research area in the disciplines of Architecture, Computer Science, Psychology and the Social Sciences. Whilst there are a large variety of approaches from art installations to eco homes, from learning spaces to adaptive offices there are clear overlaps in the issues being investigated. There are technical, social and ethical challenges, ranging from suitable forms of data acquisition, processing and storage to social acceptability in various contexts. In response, the research proposed here will be concerned with the design, engineering and deployment of Reactive Environments as well as the methodologically sound understanding of the human response to them.

The successful applicant will carry out research at the renowned Mixed Reality Lab (MRL) within the School of Computer Science (http://www.mrl.nott.ac.uk). The MRL is a multi-disciplinary research lab and studio facility, where computer scientists, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, architects and artists collaborate to explore the potential of ubiquitous, mobile and mixed reality technologies to shape everyday life. Our research is grounded in a user-centred approach, in which we build on a deep technical expertise in interaction and distributed systems design to rapidly prototype new interactive technologies, and employ multiple evaluation techniques, ranging from ethnographic studies to simulator experiments, to understand how these are experienced by people in the real world. Our research is therefore highly interdisciplinary, striving to integrate perspectives from Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, and Art and Design.

Within the MRL, the successful applicant will have access to an existing experimental protoype reactive-environment, exploring the application of physiological data within the building fabric. It is expected that this prototype will serve as a starting point for initial work and a spring board for further innovation.

The studentships are for 3 years and include a 13,290 per year maintenance grant and UK/EU tuition fees. The applicants need to apply through the University postgraduate admissions system: http://pgstudy.nottingham.ac.uk/apply-for-postgraduate-courses.aspx. Students should have, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree with a preference for backgrounds in Architecture, Computer Science & Psychology (other areas will be considered as will relevant experience in industry).

Please contact us with any questions:
Holger Schnadelbach (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) & David Kirk (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Deadline for applications:  8 January 2010