Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

March 20-22, 2015

University of Pennsylvania

Call for Papers

Following on the success of “Masons at Work” (held in spring 2012, and published as http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered – and the solutions they developed – in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer.  Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser.  Deadline: 15 November 2014.  The final program will be announced immediately thereafter.  Submit proposals to ancient@sas.upenn.edu with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout

Source:CFP: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World (Philadelphia, 20-22 Mar 15). In: H-ArtHist, Sep 8, 2014. <http://arthist.net/archive/8317>.

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