Symposium: ‘Publish or Perish’? Disseminating Research in Architecture

Symposium, University of Technology Sydney

Tuesday March 22 2016, 9am – 6.00pm.  Organised by Jennifer Ferng and Charles Rice.

Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, Building 6, Room 638, 702-730 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007
The old adage ‘publish or perish’ remains highly contested in the humanities. In light of increasing pressures from universities and institutions, academics are required to research more intensively and publish more frequently to be deemed successful. There is now greater accountability for performance in the face of the increasing costs of higher education and dwindling resources. Academic journals have proliferated under these mounting pressures. Commercial publishers in particular have capitalised on these demands with enhanced tools to measure citations and impact. At the same time, traditional models of publishing are being challenged by new platforms which encourage collective scholarship and public engagement.
In this context, the symposium seeks to revise our contemporary understanding of the relation between research and publishing. Through six keywords, we will discuss and debate how significant developments have impacted architectural scholarship, and how academics today are negotiating these challenges. The event format will encourage a critical approach to these issues, and allow for a range of perspectives to plot the future of publishing and research.
Opening remarks 9.00-9.15
Peer Review 9.15-10.15
Jonathan Massey, California College of the Arts
Jennifer Ferng, University of Sydney
Moderator: Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne
Access 10.15-11.15
Daniel Barber, University of Pennsylvania
Charles Rice, UTS
Moderator: Judith O’Callaghan, UNSW
Break 11.15-11.30
Discourse 11.30-12.30
Nancy Levinson, Places Journal
Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, University of Queensland
Moderator: Sam Spurr, UNSW
Roundtable 1 12.30-1.00
Lunch 1.00-2.00
Design Research 2.00-3.00
Tijana Vujosevic, University of Western Australia
Urtzi Grau, UTS
Moderator: Miguel Rodriguez Casellas, Ordinal
Promotion 3.00-4.00
Andrew Leach, Griffith University
Anthony Burke, UTS
Moderator: Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University
Break 4.00-4.30
Impact 4.30-5.30
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Victoria University of Wellington
Lee Stickells, University of Sydney
Moderator: Mathew Aitchison, University of Sydney
Roundtable 2  5.30-6.00
Places are limited. To register your attendance, please email:
Supported by
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington

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