Call for Papers and Projects: Dialectic VII: Architecture and Citizenship – Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogy

Dialectic is a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah

Dialectic VII invites reflection on the challenges of training architects for global citizenship. In recent decades, design programs in affluent and globally dominant cultures, from Japan to United States, Belgium to Dubai have developed traveling studios that place students face to face with global others. Some of these efforts reproduce the priorities of professional practice for innovation, efficiency and market viability. Others, including design-build programs in poor communities, emphasize affective experience and tactical approaches. Still others are represented as simple cultural exposure by which design students collect experiences towards open-ended results. Some of these educational forays aim to educate future designers as global citizens rather than mere passive corporate cogs[owf1]  within the international marketplace. However, the idea of global citizenship is complicated by the fact that the globe is a profoundly anti-democratic space, one in which international architects are some of the few granted mobility and voice. Is the very idea of “global citizenship” then an oxymoron?

Dialectic VII seeks submissions that address both global citizenship training and the types of architectural practices it might ultimately promote, to better understand what happens when design practitioners and students are thrust from the comfortable realm of expertise into a space of compromise, accountability and ethics.

The full call for papers and projects is available here.

Dialectic VII invites articles, field notes, reports, maps, and image essays on architectural citizenship and its entanglement with the decolonization of architectural pedagogy and practice. The editors value critical statements and model practices. Instructive case studies and exciting examples of professional practice will be included. Possible contributions may also include mapping of ongoing debates across the world, and reviews of books, journals, exhibitions and new media.

Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to Shundana Yusaf shundana@arch.utah.edu, Anna Goodman good7@pdx.edu, Ole W. Fischer fischer@arch.utah.edu and B.D. Wortham-Galvin bdworth@clemson.edu by 1 June 2018.

Accepted authors will be notified by 15 June 2018. Photo essays with 6-8 images and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by 15 August 2018, (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by Fall 2019.

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