Call for Papers: Approaching Research Practice in Architecture. PhD Online Workshop, 8-9 October 2020 

International doctoral candidates with an interest in practice-oriented formats in architecture and adjacent fields, who are either already pursuing or approaching a research project, are invited to participate in a two-day PhD workshop on October 08-09, 2020! The digital event is hosted by TU Munich, TU Delft and KTH Stockholm, and marks the beginning of a cooperative doctoral course on research practices. Abstracts can be submitted until 31 August 2020.

The event takes as its point of departure the growing interest in practice-oriented research in the broadest sense, including expanding modes of work in well-established areas of architectural research such as architectural history and theory or urban and landscape studies. This recent “turn to practice” manifests itself, first and foremost, in the flourishing of empirical and performative approaches. It can also be noted in the shift towards contemporary history, critical heritage studies etc., which employ a host of experimental methods, and forms of dissemination. Finally, the workshop also recognises the emergence of research practices by practitioners. Our goal is to reflect upon the multitude and diversity of current research practices.

Proposals may address processes, performances, outcomes, and/or effects of your research.
This two-day synchronous workshop will take place on ZOOM and focus on dialogue. Sessions will be strictly 45-minutes long, allowing for discussion. Days will begin and conclude with a short introductory address.

To amplify, refresh, and expand discussion on research practices, we welcome two types of contributions:
a) Trajectories, sessions with five 5-minute individual presentations, and b) Orientations, workshop- or roundtable-based group conversations with three to five participants. Please apply with an abstract, either; a) addressing your individual research; or b) as a group addressing a research topic or question you consider crucial. Note: The 5-minute Trajectories presentations will be pre-recorded. The contributions to Orientations will be self-moderated.

The call is free of charge. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Please apply with a short bio (50-100 words) and an abstract that responds to the following five questions (in no particular order):

  • Your research interest: What do I want to know and why?
  • Paths for learning: What do I have to know to pursue my research?
  • Your practical knowledge: What do I know through my practice and experience?
  • Knowledge in your field: What is already known about my topic?
  • Relevance: What would the effects of my intervention be?

Please send an email including your abstract and bio to: research.edu@ar.tum.de
Notification of acceptance and feedback from the scientific committee: 7 September 2020
For Trajectories, send your 5-minute pre-recorded presentation (using ZOOM or the recording function of MS PowerPoint/Apple Keynote) via wetransfer no later than: 28 September 2020.
To enable lively discussions, access to the pre-recorded Trajectories presentations will be granted to three days prior to the event.

The workshop is convened by Meike Schalk (KTH), Torsten Lange (TUM), Andreas Putz (TUM) and Frank van der Hoeven (TUD)
For queries, please contact: research.edu@ar.tum.de

For more information about the event, please visit the workshop webpage.

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