AHRA Newsletter:
November / December 2009

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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School of Architecture and the Built Environment / School of Media, Arts and Design
University of Westminster
London, UK

25-27 June 2010

In the space of a few decades, social, political, technological and economic forces have transformed the planet.  The past thirty years have seen an erosion of the boundary between urban and rural, a major restructuring of nation-states, and the disappearance of easy distinctions between human and natural agency.  New media technologies collapse distance, bringing us images of a world of uncertain boundaries.  In an era of digitally-enabled, synchronous histories and shifting geo-political realities, landscape has changed its nature.  No longer straightforwardly linked to nationalism or aesthetics, landscape in the twenty-first century is an emergent form, shaped by globalization, conflict, and environmental change.  Focusing primarily on the synergies between the disciplines of photography and architecture, this international conference will examine and critically reassess the interface between production and representation of contemporary landscape.  

Landscape is posed variously as a discourse that mediates our relations to the land and to others, a dynamic medium, and a cultural practice.  It incorporates ideology – social and political discourse, history, and myth – and phenomenology – lived experience and memory.  It is linked historically, technologically and aesthetically, to ways of seeing.  Informed in large part by changing definitions of landscape in the social sciences, the past few decades have seen profound transformations in the understanding of landscape across a range of disciplines.  

The conference asks practitioners, writers, critics, artists, and others working in the broad fields of the built environment (architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design) and the represented environment (photography, film and the visual arts) to reconsider the idea of landscape by interrogating the relationship between space and image.  We invite participants from these and related disciplines to explore the synergies that exist between landscape representation – the imaginary and symbolic shaping of the human environment – and landscape production – the physical and material changes wrought on the land.  

For further information, including keynote speakers, possible topics for papers, and submission guidelines for abstracts, please see the conference website:
Deadline for submission of abstracts:  15 November 2009
Acceptance notification: January 2010
SAHGB Annual Symposium 2010
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
22 May 2010

Analyses of seventeenth-century British architecture have more often than not focused on the introduction, rise, and interpretation of Classicism; patronage at Court; the impact of the Civil War and Restoration; and the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire. Ironically, these topics have both illuminated and circumscribed our understanding of architecture in Britain during the 1600s: the emphasis on Court patronage, for example, has created a focus on the metropolis of London, and the primacy of Classicism has led to an emphasis on Italy’s influence to the exclusion of other countries with which Britain interacted politically and culturally. Furthermore, the use of ‘Britain’ as a synonym for ‘England’ has paradoxically often served to exclude Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, while the architectures of Britain’s Atlantic and South Asian colonies have traced their own careers in the literature. These tendencies in the historiography of seventeenth-century British architecture misrepresent the complexity of Britain’s geography in the 1600s: a period during which the status of Wales, Scotland and Ireland was constantly at issue; when England established colonies in North America and the Caribbean; when England was ruled by the House of Orange; and the Stuart court went into exile in France. The way in which the geography of seventeenth-century British architecture has been defined is also indicative of agendas and political interpretations of successive generations of architectural historians.

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain invites proposals for twenty-minute papers that interrogate our current understanding of seventeenth-century ‘British’ architecture and explore the geographical horizons of Britain’s architecture in the 1600s. We particularly welcome papers that address the historiography of seventeenth-century British architectural history, and that draw on interdisciplinary methods.

Papers might consider but need not be limited to:

  • The importation of foreign architectural influences into Britain in the seventeenth century.
  • Architectural interactions between continental Europe and Britain in the 1600s.
  • The exportation and appropriation of seventeenth-century British architectural modes beyond Britain.
  • Colonialism and plantation architecture in Ireland and the Americas.
  • Borderland architecture of the 1600s.
  • Representations and interpretations of British national pasts in seventeenth-century architecture.
  • Expanding the ‘geography’ of British seventeenth-century architecture to include neglected architects and neglected building types.
  • The treatment of English architecture within the historiography of Scottish, Welsh or Irish architectural history.  
  • How the architecture of seventeenth-century Britain has been interpreted by later periods as part of the myth and reality of national identity.
  • Revivals of Britain’s seventeenth-century architecture in different periods and different countries.   

The convener for the symposium is Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner. Proposals of no more than 300 words for papers of twenty minutes should be sent to Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by post: Department of the History of Art, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Submissions must be received by 14 December 2009, and notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent out by 15 January 2010. Publication of the proceedings is anticipated.

It is the Society’s expectation that speakers will be able to obtain independent financial support for their travel and accommodation. There are, however, limited support funds for situations where this is not possible. Applications for such support should be made with the proposal.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  14 December 2009
Notification:  15 January 2010  
IMAGINING:  the 27th Annual SAHANZ Conference
University of Newcastle, Australia
30 June—2 July 2010

In C. Wright Mills 1959 work ‘The Sociological Imagination’, Mills argues that historical events are linked, through the “imagination”, with the intimate and personal experience of everyday life. Torn between the global and the personal, architecture can be positioned at the same crossroads, where imagination fuels the human experience of an architectural object, memory or event. The imagination also opens up alternative, implausible and disparate trajectories through which the built environment can be inhabited and understood.

This conference explores the role of the imagination in architecture and architectural history. How are broad narratives distilled through subjective recollection? How does factual history intersect with fiction and the imaginary? How is personal experience embedded in historical narratives or architectural fantasy? How would we describe an “architectural imagination” in the context of C. Wright Mills? How does the act of imagining entwine with the work of history and the historian?
We invite architectural historians to reflect upon the theme of imagining in all of its possible contexts. We welcome papers on a broad range of subjects that engage notions of the imagination in architectural history. The conference hopes to explore the buried traces of imagination, which shape our architectural histories of the past and present.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent via email in DOC format to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before 18th December 2009. Please include in the body of the email your name, affiliation and short (200 word max) bio. Abstracts and accepted papers will be double blind refereed and published in the conference proceedings.
More information is available at the conference website.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  18 December 2009
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

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

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:julian.holder@english-heritage.org.uk 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
6th Annual AHRA International Conference
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 November 2009

Fieldwork has always been integral to the work of architects and landscape architects and the many forms of associated scholarship, from the site visit to the grand tour to the social survey. As the sites of design work and scholarship have become increasingly complex an mediated, the questions as to what and where the field is, how we collect data, how we ensure its reliability, and how it informs design work have renewed theoretical and practical significance.

Design-based disciplines share a wider heritage with empirically-oriented disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, material culture and geography. This conference seeks to examine the question of field/work in its historical, contemporary, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary terms.

The conference aims to address conventions of praxis/action and field/work across media, scales, cultures; to articulate current discourses on the topic, and to identify critical dilemmas and opportunities for future practices of design and research.

For further details, including details of registration, please see the conference website, http://www.architecture.ed.ac.uk/pubprogramme/conferences/AHRA2009.html

The Architecture Foundation, London

10 November 2009, 6.30 p.m.

A debate held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Strange Places:  Urban Landscape Photography’ held at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, http://www.stanleypickergallery.org until 21 November 2009 – see below.     

4th European contact weekend for industrial heritage volunteers and associations
Calais, France

13-15 November 2009

E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage is a platform promoting contacts and co-operation between non profit volunteer associations, the place where those can meet, exchange experiences, learn from each other and support each other’s activities an campaigns.

After succesful meetings in Beringen (2006), Kortrijk (2007) and Barcelona (2008), each attended by representatives from a dozen countries, E-FAITH is now organizing a fourth European contact weekend or volunteers and non profit organisations that are engaged in the research, the preservation, the interpretation and/or the presentation of the industrial and technical heritage.

It will again be an open and stimulating meeting where organisations and individuals can present and compare their ideas, projects and results - and find out where cooperation or common projects can grow, how they can support the aims of colleagues and how colleagues can support their objectives. This will be possible through lectures and oral presentations, leaflets, information stands, posters and small exhibits. Each participant is allowed to use the presentation techniques that to him/her seems to be the most appropriate.

The main themes of the meeting will be:

  • European border-crossing cooperation between industrial and technical heritage associations
  • twinning between associations
  • exchanging experiences from the field
  • discussing the possibilities of launching joint European projects

For further information, please see the website:  http://www.e-faith.org
or send an e-mail request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  
Student-led theory forum 2009, Sheffield School of Architecture
Crookesmoor Building
University of Sheffield
Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL

13-14 November 2009

Theory Forum 09 wants to explore how architecture engages with the concept of ECOLOGY. The forum aims to collate various methodologies and operations conducted by related disciplines, as well as divergent fields of research. The aim for the Theory Forum 09: ECOLOGY will be to become a testing ground through which a common language of ECOLOGY can be formulated.

This year, the annual theory forum at the Sheffield School of Architecture is prepared and organized by a group of M.Arch students. We aim to create a cross-disciplinary platform of events that stimulates activity, encourages discussion and develops theory between a diversity of disciplines.  The event will take the form of a 2-day evolving habitat of adaptable spaces with diverse talks, workshops and interventions. It will be held at the Crookesmoor Building, the temporary home of the Sheffield School of Architecture.

Organisers:  Natalie Lunt, Juliet Sakyi-Ansah, Robert Sharples
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Tel: 0114 222 0399

STRUCTURALISM in Architecture and Urban Planning RELOADED
Department of Architecture
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Karlstrasse 6
80333 München

19-21 November 2009
Since the early 1990s we have been witnessing a revival of structuralist tendencies in architecture. In a parallel development, interest in the utopian aspects of the structuralist currents of the 1960s has also increased. Whereas the Structuralism of the 1970s encountered limits in complexity that were insurmountable at the time, today there is much to suggest that the return to this apparently unfinished project is causally connected to information technology, which has opened up new possibilities for dealing with complexity. There is talk of Neo-Structuralism with a digital imprint.

Today’s digital Structuralism will probably only be able to bring us closer to the solution of the still unresolved issue of housing a mass society while simultaneously respecting man’s individuality if there is also a utopian synthesis of all relevant aspects, including psychological, social and socio-political. The question of the sustainability of the structuralist approach in the future will probably boil down to whether its humanization (its individuation) will be sought within the system (i.e., in the course of perfecting the numerical-technological mastery of the complexities), or whether system-independent, individual or even irrational elements can be drawn upon for solving the problem.

In order to do justice to the broad spectrum and the heterogeneity of the problem, the symposium will be organized into four thematic sections, closing with a plenary discussion:

  • Structuralism and Architecture
  • Heroic Structuralism
  • Structuralism reloaded?
  • Neo-Structuralism with a Digital Character
  • Plenum:  Structuralism – a critical look ahead

The conference is hosted by the Department of Architecture, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Tomás Valena, Tel +49 89 1265 2657, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
In Cooperation with
ARCH +, Institut gta ETH Zürich, Professur CAAD ETH Zürich, TU Delft

For the conference program and further details, please see the conference website:
SCOTLAND, BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE:  Scotland’s Post War Architecture
Bonar Hall
University of Dundee

24 November 2009

In post-war Scotland there was a belief among key decision-makers that the world could be made better by design. New homes, schools and churches – even entire new towns – could be planned, designed and built for the benefit of all.  ‘Scotland: Building for the Future’ is a conference on the post-war architecture of Scotland which aims to promote discussion on the protection of Scotland’s post-war architectural heritage

The conference will be opened by Michael Russell, the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution. The day will be chaired by respected broadcaster Pauline McLean and in addition to speakers from Historic Scotland the program includes Raymond Young of Architecture and Design Scotland; Neil Baxter of RIAS; David Page of Page and Park Architects; Miles Glendinning of Edinburgh College of Art and Janet McBain of the National Library of Scotland.

The conference costs £15 which includes lunch and can be booked online through the website.

Registration for the conference begins at 9.30am and a panel discussion will close the day, ending at 4.30pm.
EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, UK
Hosted by the Faculties of Art, Architecture, and Design, and Business and Law

25 - 27 November 2009

Registration is open.  Please see website for further details.  
Architectural History & Theory Research School: Post-graduate research afternoon
Department of History of Art, University of York
Kings Manor, Room KM/133

Wednesday 2 December 2009, 13.15 – 17.00

An opportunity to observe / review current architectural history and theory research undertaken by PhD candidates at the University of York.
Tea / coffee provided.  All welcome.

For further information please contact Fran Sands:  
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Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
University of Cambridge
17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

8-9 December 2009

URBAN CINEMATICS aims to review the mechanisms by which cinema and the moving image contribute to our understanding of cities while at the same time addressing two key issues: how do filmmakers make use of cities and how do cities make use of cinema? It will bring together the leading scholars in the divergent yet dynamic field between the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, film studies – and related disciplines – and cover five themes:

  • ‘Montaged Urban Cinematic Landscapes’
  • ‘Cinematic Urban Archaeology’
  • ‘Geographies of the Urban Cinematic Landscape’
  • ‘Cinematic Mapping’
  • ‘Cinema as a form of spatial and social practice’

For the event programme and information about registration and fees, please visit the website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/966/


Contributions are invited for a proposed collection of essays exploring the soundscapes of Europe from c.1500 to 1945. The collection seeks to open up new areas of interdisciplinary scholarship from a range of fields including (but not limited to) musicology, urban geography, history, literary studies, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, psychology and anthropology, and will build on existing work in acoustic ecology, the sociology of noise and histories and historiographies of noise, audition and aurality. We will favour contributions that deal with historically-informed topics in the following areas (although this is by no means an exclusive list):

  • The noise-sound-music nexus
  • Urban/rural soundscapes
  • Public/private soundscapes
  • The acoustic ecology of communities
  • Legal histories of noise
  • Noise, music and the body
  • Listening and the erotic
  • Political economies of noise
  • Noise, music and landscape
  • Theories of hearing and listening
  • Historical acousmêtres
  • Historiographies of noise, audition and aurality
  • Technologies of sound reproduction and their histories

Prospective contributors should send a 250-word abstract and a short biography to Ian Biddle (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by no later than 30 November 2009. If your contribution is chosen, we will require your finished chapter by 19 April 2010.

If you have any queries please also contact Ian Biddle at the email address above.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  30 November 2009
Finished chapter:  19 April 2010
FORUM E-Journal


Architecture, planning and landscape research often investigates the form, shape and/or structure of the built environment. Understanding the morphology and character in relation to the built environment and the nature of the wider settings provides important information on how different activities fit within a particular context.

In this call for papers, researchers are kindly asked to present studies which explain dimensions of a past, present or forthcoming physical (e.g. tectonic) or social (i.e. cultural, political, economic) forces influencing the manifestation of places. By asking researchers to engage with forces giving rise to particular forms, shapes and/or structures of our built environments we intend that the following two questions will be addressed:

What impact do these forces have on our spaces and places?

How are these forces effecting the production, consumption and/or meaning of physical and social processes and practices?

Contributions may focus on either past or present practices that have influenced the shape or change of the physical and/or social aspects of a built environment. These may include: urban, rural, formal, informal, private, public, vernacular, professional, or other similar such categories.  The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2009.  

For further information, please see the journal’s website, http://research.ncl.ac.uk/forum
or contact Carolyn Fahey, FORUM Editorial Chair, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Submission deadline:  30 November 2009  

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
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Stanley Picker Gallery
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Kingston University, Knights Park
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

Until 21 November 2009

Strange Places brings together 11 international contemporary artists who propose an alternative mapping of the globalised urban condition.  Whether gazing at ambiguous thresholds on the edges of the city, or tracing liminal spaces in its centre, these photographs explore themes of place, identity, boundaries and the uneasy encounter between land and built environment.  The images do not capture urban life as action, but meditate on the spaces where it unfolds.  What arises from this observation of traces and aftermath is a poetic quality hinting at the potential beauty of the most unlikely places.

The ideas behind Strange Places are drawn from both photographic discourses and emerging ideas of alternative urbanism.  In the realm of recent cultural and urban theory, scholars have argued for a broadening of our intellectual stance and range of media for engaging with the modern urban phenomenon.  Simultaneously, a growing body of photographic land and city-scapes has challenged established definitions and categories, in an attempt to represent the richness and ambiguity of our late modern notion of place.  The artists represented in this show have been attracted to the blurred boundaries and surprising intersections of culture and nature, fact and fiction, private and public, to produce work that reveals complex modes of inhabitation, appropriation, alienation and destruction.

Strange places is curated by Alexandra Stara and features the artists Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber, Ori Gersht, Steffi Klenz, Sze Tsung Leong, Mark Power, Xavier Ribas, Heidi Specker, Thomas Weinberger and Rachel Wilberforce.

Tuesday 10 November 6.30 p.m.:  STRANGE PLACES:  PHOTOGRAPHY AS ALTERNATIVE URBANISM, debate at the Architecture Foundation, London, chaired by the curator and featuring artists, architects and theorists.  For full details, visit http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk
Wednesday 18 November 12.30 – 1.30 p.m:  Artists in conversation with the curator, Stanley Picker Gallery

philosophically investigating architecture, building & related subjects

Kati Blom touches on a pressing issue in architectural discourse in her recent blog post entitled, “Concretism and Critique”. Blom recounts her one of her experiences at a conference this summer as she describes a contemporary polarity between today’s Modernists and their antagonists. Blom offers the word ‘concretism’ in an effort to describe the work and rhetoric of these antagonists. She defines the term as “the materially based, practical approach to architecture.” Yet what exactly this materially based, practical approach to architecture amounts to remains somewhat elusive. The ISPA asks for blog posts which deal with issues of or relating to concretism in architectural discourse and/or practice.  Deadline for submission of posts: 1st December 2009.  

New title from Taylor and Francis:

Why do we assume design is impossible to teach? Based on a radical new definition of perception that has startling consequences for conceptions of language, intelligence, the senses, emotions and subjectivity, this book makes tangible connections between theory and practice, ideas and form, nature and culture. Setting itself apart from the traditions of analytical philosophy, evolutionary psychology and phenomenology that underpin much of current discourse, it moves debate away from the arcane and unknowable realm of metaphysics into the real world informed by knowledge and ideas. This enables discussions to take place about the artistic, conceptual and cultural significance of what we see to inform imaginative, critical designs that shape the experience of place.

Set within landscape architecture, engaging with aesthetics, philosophy and psychology as well as art, architecture and other design fields, it is as relevant to professionals, researchers and students in these fields as it is to anyone curious about the materiality of place.  Appealing to those intrigued by the senses, visual culture and concepts of creativity it is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the nature of artistic practice, become better designers, teach more effectively, or understand how to connect strategic ideas and policies to real places.

Kathryn Moore has lectured and published extensively on design quality, theory, education and practice.  Past President of the Landscape Institute, UK representative of IFLA and design consultant, she has led and taught on programmes of landscape architecture since moving into education from practice in the North West of England.  She is Professor at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University.