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EAHN Sixth International Meeting, Edinburgh

It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone EAHN2020 (the EAHN Biennial conference) to next year (2-5 June 2021) due to the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19. Registration is now closed, all paper deadlines cancelled and refunds will be issued to those who had already registered. Please read the full statement here.

We wish everyone all the best and will continue to provide a virtual public forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of architecture. We look forward to meeting in Edinburgh in 2021!

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Call for Papers – Open Call for Architectural Histories

Architectural Histories is the international, blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the European Architectural History Network that provides an Open Access space for the discussion and publication of historically grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment. The Journal is open to historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical contributions. For the ongoing open issue, the Editorial Board invites original papers from scholars in all stages of their career, particularly welcoming articles that stimulate debate about the place of history and historical research in the study of architecture across disciplines, cultures and regions.

Articles are published online as soon as they have passed peer review and copy-editing.  Thanks to support from the European Architectural History Network and the Open Library of the Humanities, Architectural Histories is able to waive the publication fees for contributions to the Journal.

For more information or to submit an article via the online system, please visit journal.eahn.org

Interest Groups at EAHN2020 in Edinburgh

At each biennial conference, the EAHN interest groups are given the opportunity to hold meetings which can range from brainstorming sessions or business meetings to more planned workshops. They are open to all conference participants and meant to carry forward the EAHN’s mission to be an open, non-hierarchical and welcoming network.

All events will take place on Wednesday 10 June 2020, 13.30-16.00, before the opening keynote lecture by Anne Lacaton. See the conference website for the full programme and more details.

Please note that a number of interest group events operate open calls this year. See here as well as below for details and please contact group coordinators directly with any questions or to submit a proposal.

Architectural Histories, Environmental Theories / Architectural Theories, Environmental Histories

Coordinated by: Dalal Alsayer, Megan Eardley, Sophie Hochhäusl, Torsten Lange

The aim of this group is to (re)consider “environment” as both a central object of enquiry within architectural history and a methodological framework that connects fields such as environmental and landscape history, geography, histories of science and technology, cultural studies, and anthropology. During the meeting, we will discuss a set of precirculated texts, and address new directions in environmental thinking with smaller breakout sessions on extractive architecture, energy use and climate change, smart cities, and as proposed by participants that would like to collaborate on a special journal issue. Through these smaller, pointed conversations, we aim to develop a series of interests, inquires, and questions that explore the relationship between architecture and environment not as primarily dialectic, but as continuous and dynamic; understanding both as densely interwoven with each other, whilst maintaining that, despite these continuities, their relationship is never even and thus remains politically charged.

To help us organize the break-out sessions and pre-circulate the group members’ interests, please send a 200 word statement of interest and one recommendation for the group’s bibliography to dalal.alsayer@ku.edu.kw and meardley@princeon.edu by April 1, 2020.

Architecture, not Building: Actors at the Margins

Coordinated by: Anne Hultzsch, Catalina Mejía Moreno

What were to happen, if we began to research buildings, cities, and sites without thinking about how and by whom they were designed? By focusing on the visual and verbal reception and (re)appropriation of the built, this roundtable of the Building Word Image Group seeks to shed light on groups or individuals acting at and from ‘the margins’, excluded by a variety of norms from the architectural sphere. We thus propose a conceptual shift, from a disciplinary focus on the design process and on the designed object, to approaches that include explorations of word and image as a means of architectural production.

More precisely, this roundtable invites participants to explore the ways in which practices of word and image, as opposed to practices of building, have enabled marginalised actors – defined by geography, gender, race, class, culture, society, etc. ­– to contribute to architectural cultures. Taking a global and cross-period stance, we ask whether one can uncover unknown protagonists (singular or collective) within architecture who – through word and image, or visual and verbal practices – have shaped spatial and built environments in equal measure to those wielding the draftsperson’s or the critic’s pen? How did such marginal actors and practices establish themselves? Did they seek acknowledgement and recognition within architecture, or not? More generally, can we expand architectural history, and the understanding of how buildings, cities, and spaces have been produced and consumed, if we place such marginal practices on a par with the design of these sites? And what would be the consequences of placing the actors behind those practices on a par with the ‘architect’?

We call for short provocations, stimulating the debate on how we can widen, even breach, the borders of architectural production through word and image. We invite object-based presentations of 10 minutes on actors and/or practices that are commonly considered marginal to the architectural field, from letter writing, painting, journalism (not criticism), or sculpture, to political pamphleteering, educational writing, printmaking, or household writing. Contributors will bring outputs of these practices (as originals or copies) and demonstrate how these accessed, extended, or reflected on architectural production at their given moment and place.

Please send short proposals of max. 200 words plus one image / one quote to a.hultzsch@ucl.ac.uk and c.mejiamoreno@sheffield.ac.uk by 1 April 2020.

Experiences in Finding Funding

Coordinated by: Lucía C. Pérez Moreno

In the current European context, raising funds for research is essential to conduct high quality research. As a network, the EAHN interest group on Grant Collaborations wants to create a platform to share experiences with collaborative grants. We welcome presentations of EAHN members that have applied (and won or not) to both European and international grants and would be willing to share this experience with other colleagues. The objectives of this initiative are several:  1) to present ongoing research projects that have an interest to attract new junior researchers; 2) to explain topics of research on which a senior scholar is looking for partners in order to apply for grants; and, 3) to critically analyze the topics of the different European Programs (ERC, Horizon2020-Societal Challenges, EACEA-Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, etc.) and the possibilities of architectural historians to conduct research through them. Proposals for 10-minute presentations are welcome. This interest group is also interested in innovative ideas for dialogues in this topic.

Please send 200-word abstracts and a short bio to lcperez@unizar.es by 31 March 2020.

Leisure/Conflict reflections

Coordinated by: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Petros Phokaides, Panayiota Pyla

The Histories in Conflict Interest Group will initiate a discussion on how to study and teach sites of conflict in collaboration with the GAHTC (Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative). The meeting will include an opening lecture, a few very short presentations and a discussion with GAHTC, commenting and analyzing the presentations of group members. In order to kick off the discussion we ask each interested participant to bring to the meeting one image and present (one minute) how it speaks to the history of conflict(s) in a specific context.

Housing: Keywords for an Architectural Manifesto

Coordinated by: Gaia Caramellino, Filippo De Pieri

Since the 1980s, responsibility for housing provision around the globe has largely been transferred from the state and public actors to the market and dwellers themselves. In the process, “architecture” as cultural product has become framed as distinct from “housing” as a socio-economic need, not only among the general public, but among policy makers, planners, architects, and historians. The workshop aims at recasting architecture as a crucial aspect of housing provision, investigating ways to overcome the conceptual divorce of architecture from social and economic narratives of housing. Toward this aim, workshop participants will critically analyze a set of terms used to discuss the architecture, economics, and politics of housing. The language we use—whether “model,” “unit,” or “housing” itself—embeds normative assumptions related to all three realms. Language frames not only how scholars and professionals evaluate the past and the present, but also how they envision the future. The workshop thus seeks to identify the origins, evolution, and contemporary use of key terms in order to develop a better understanding of how we might reframe the entanglements of design, politics, practices and economics in a historical perspective.

Participants are asked to select a single term through which to present their research. Terms can deal with different scales and can address typologies, policies, methods, actors, practices. In the workshop, 5-minute statements will be followed by a discussion.

Please send brief proposals (a term, a max. 200-word abstract and a brief CV) to gaia.caramellino@gmail.com by 15 March 2020.

Exchanges Europe-Latin America and beyond: debriefing narratives modes

Coordinated by: Ana Esteban Maluenda, Anat Falbel, Horacio Torrent, Ruth Verde Zein

Recent exhibitions, catalogs and books on Latin America modern architecture and cities have revived the region’s presence in contemporary international debates, corroborating its importance and breadth. A hybrid cultural and human landscape, Latin American art, culture and architecture have deep roots branching across the continents, certainly with Europe, and also with America, Asia, Africa and beyond. These connecting ties are being considered by scholars and researchers from all continents, establishing a dynamic corpus of academic debates. However, are these recent studies still framed in old colonial concepts, or are they actually proposing renovated attitudes? Which narratives and positions are being fostered by these works and discourses? What are the challenges that need to be addressed to surpass 20th century’s historiographic conceptions and practices? How to arrive at more inclusive spatial history of the region – are new historiographic methods being developed? The workshop wishes to debate these issues according to three axes: exchange modes; interpretation modes; narration modes.

Reading Room: Postmodern Books and their Role in the Construction of Knowledge

Coordinated by: Veronique PatteeuwLéa-Catherine Szacka

The success of postmodern architecture, one might argue, was closely related to Charles Jencks’ seminal book The Language of Postmodern Architecture (1977). The book, announcing the death of modern architecture and making a plea for a “radical eclecticism”, was published in seven different editions and translated into dozens of languages. It provided a general theory of postmodern architecture as well as a catalogue of references widely and easily accessible. But if the central role of Jencks’s book is incontestable, a series of other equally important volumes shaped the contours  of what is now commonly labelled as postmodern architecture. From Aldo Rossi’s L’architettura della città (1966) to Robert Venturi’s, Complexity and Contradiction (1966) from Venturi, Scott-Brown, Izenour’sLearning from Las Vegas (1972), to Christopher Alexander’s, A Pattern Language and from Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter’s, Collage City (1978) to Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York (1978), postmodern architecture’s theory can be grasped in a set of quintessential books written between 1966 and 1982 These books, all questioning and criticizing parts of Modern Movement’s heritage,  proposed alternative pathways into architectural design, while contributing to new understandings of architecture’s role, purpose and finality. But, if these books are widely known by architects, theorists and students, do we really grasp the ways in which they contributed to shape postmodern architecture’s history and theory? The postmodern interest group proposes a reading seminar on the key books that shaped architecture’s history and theory in the postmodern period. For this seminar we will invite a number of scholars who will each present and discuss one book. After selecting an extract to share with the group, each participant will be invited to make a 30 min contribution, questioning the book’s content, materiality, iconography, and role for the discipline.

Coordinated by: Anat Falbel, Miriam Paeslack, Nancy Stieber

The Urban Representations 2020 workshop will consist of two components.  First, after ten years in existence, we wish to reconsider our group’s mission statement.  We will request brief presentations on possible future orientations of the group, followed by general discussion and creation of a committee to draft a new mission statement.  Second, we are soliciting presentations dedicated to theme On photography, history, and architectural writing as follows:

On Photography, History, and Architectural Writing

Siegfried Kracauer famously stated about photography, “Daguerre’s invention raised issues and demands similar to those which played so large a role in contemporaneous historiography” (1969).  Kracauer’s analogy between the operations of photography and history form the basis of this session.  We wish to address the ways in which photography has been used to inflect time in architectural and urban history.  What are the ways in which historians have used photography in their approaches to historiography and how has photography operated to depict, narrate, represent architectural and urban history?

We welcome proposals dedicated to analyzing the operation of the photographic image in architectural historiography since the 19th century considering the following perspectives:

  1. the use of the photographic image in the work of particular architectural and/or urban historians and theoreticians placing that work in the context of the visual culture and theoretical references of their time.
  2. a particular photographic work dedicated to urban and architectural space, which is analyzed as historical writing or text and which takes into explicit account the analogy between photography and history writing much as Kracauer posited.

Please send proposals of 350 words to anatfalbel@uol.br and paeslack@buffalo.edu by 25 March 2020.

Women’s Display: Female Architects and Designers Planning Exhibitions

Coordinated by: Katia Frey, Mary Pepchinski, Eliana Perotti

In relation to the newly started research project on SAFFA 1958 (Swiss National Science Foundation) – the Swiss Exhibition on Women’s Work initiated, designed and planned by a group of professional women – the workshop intends to examine the conceptual work, as well as the design and plans of women in the production of exhibitions on various scales. The examined examples will range from the master plans of the exhibition area to the architecture of the exhibition buildings and the scenography of the display.

The topicality of women’s exhibition design offers many different perspectives to approach the issue, combining architecture with scenographic display of internal and external space, which requests a comprehensive and creative disciplinary analysis mode. The focus shall not solely be on exhibitions dedicated to women’s work, also women-made exhibitions on housing, interior design, crafts and industrial products, handicrafts etc. – matters traditionally considered to be “feminine” – will give the opportunity to explore new aspects of the employment of materials, such as fabric or paper, or to reflect about the construction of a gendered iconography between ideology and commerce, or to verify the connection between the public display of an exhibition and the private one of a domestic interior. Another topic explores how exhibition designs were intended to support performative acts (from planned events to spontaneous informal activities) as a means of inscribing meaning or producing a particular space. Displaying feminine and sometimes feminist concerns thus made the exhibition a real laboratory for diverse theoretical approaches to architecture inside the “protected” and simultaneously highly visible environment of the exhibition. The workshop will also address established historiographical and methodological issues as the concept of authorship, biographical narratives, and so on. We welcome all contributions enlarging and reframing the topic, as well as expanding our expertise.

We welcome all contributions enlarging and reframing the topic, including papers as well as short films, photographic essays, or any other means of communicating ideas about women’s exhibitionary practices. We will draw upon these contributions to inform our roundtable discussion. We also invite group members who have either experience or special knowledge about exhibition making to submit a short statement about why they would like to participate in the roundtable discussion, and will strive to accommodate such participants as well.

Please send short abstracts/ statements to katia.frey@zhaw.ch, mpepchinski@me.com and eliana.perotti@zhaw.chby 1 April 2020.

Upcoming Vacancies within the EAHN

The EAHN has a number of upcoming vacancies. Please see below for details and deadlines.

Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant of Architectural Histories

Architectural Histories, the international, blind peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is now seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant to start on 1 January 2021, each for a four-year term. The new appointees will start working with the current team from 1 September 2020 and gradually take over their duties.

The positions of Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant are not remunerated and expenses are not covered. The Editor-in-Chief’s average workload is one day per week, and the Editorial Assistant’s is 4 to 8 hours per week; both are subject to fluctuation. See the full description here.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for all aspects of the journal, with the support of the Editorial Assistant, according to their mutual arrangement. The Editor-in-Chief develops the profile and identity of the journal, safeguarding the quality, relevance and scholarly rigour of its content.

The Editor-in-Chief steers the editorial board in all its tasks, including the acquisition and processing of articles. S/he manages the coordination between the different parties involved in the production of the journal (most importantly the copyeditor and publisher) and oversees the processes of management, contract negotiations and payments. The Editor-in-Chief manages the finances of the journal, and actively seeks to broaden and sustain its financial basis by reaching out to the appropriate organizations and institutions. In addition, s/he is the main contact between the journal and its parent organization, the EAHN. S/he chairs the editorial board meeting during the annual EAHN business meetings and at the biennial EAHN conferences.

Qualifications: The Editor-in-Chief should have a Ph.D. in architectural history (whether from an art history department or a school of architecture). The candidate should be an established scholar who is able to bring a broad personal network of international academic contacts. S/he should have an ample understanding of architectural history across periods and geographies, and should demonstrate an interest in academic work from a variety of scholarly, cultural and methodological backgrounds.

The candidate should have an excellent command of the English language, and ideally master several other European languages. The candidate has editorial experience, in particular with periodicals. Since the Editor-in-Chief supervises and coordinates all aspects of the Journal, skills in organization, negotiation and management, and a well-developed sense of responsibility are essential.

Application: Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter (max. 2 pages) specifying the candidate’s motivation, skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to the Editorial Search Committee by 29 May 2020, by care of secretary@eahn.org

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

The Editorial Assistant supports the Editor-in-Chief in the communication with the editorial team, the authors, the publisher, the copyeditor and the proof readers. S/he is responsible for managing and coordinating with the publisher the updating of the journal’s website as well as for the revision of documents, such as the author guidelines, annual financial reports, and minutes of the meetings. The Editorial Assistant broadens the journal’s reach by communicating new articles and calls through mailing-lists and Twitter, actively seeking new communication strategies. The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Assistant work closely together, and convene meetings on a bi-weekly basis.

Qualifications: The Editorial Assistant is a more junior scholar, who has the task of supporting the Editor-in-Chief. The candidate should have the appropriate scholarly, linguistic and organizational skills.

Application: Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter (max. 2 pages) specifying the candidate’s motivation, skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to the Editorial Search Committee by 29 May 2020, by care of secretary@eahn.org

Secretary & Treasurer of the EAHN (note: deadline extended!)

See full description here.

SECRETARY

The European Architectural History Network invites expressions of interest in the post of Secretary of the EAHN.

This is a voluntary post as an elected officer at the heart of the management of the EAHN’s affairs. The Secretary is a member of the executive committee of the EAHN and attends all business meetings of the EAHN Council. The post is for four years. The position needs to be filled in January 2021 due to the term of the current secretary coming to an end. We expect the person to shadow the current secretary during the months up to January 2021.

A description of duties can be found in article VII and section 7.7 of the EAHN Bylaws.

If you are interested in this position please send a two page letter of application (explaining your interest and relevant abilities) and a two page curriculum vitae to the vice-president Jorge Correia by 1 May 2020.

TREASURER

The European Architectural History Network invites expressions of interest in the post of Treasurer of the EAHN.

This is a voluntary post as an elected officer at the heart of the management of the EAHN’s affairs. The Treasurer is a member of the executive committee of the EAHN and attends all business meetings of the EAHN Council. The post is for four years. The position needs to be filled in January 2021 due to the term of the current treasurer coming to an end. We expect the person to shadow the current treasurer during the months up to January 2021. Fluency in French would be desirable.

A description of duties can be found in article VII and section 7.6 of the EAHN Bylaws.

If you are interested in this position please send a two page letter of application (explaining your interest and relevant abilities) and a two page curriculum vitae to the vice-president Jorge Correia by 1 May 2020.

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