Call for Papers: Looking to the East, 7th International Conference on Contemporary Religious Architecture. Online, 21-23 October 2021

The 7th International Conference on Contemporary Religious Architecture is already underway, to be held 21-23 October 2021 on the subject “Looking to the East”. Given the current world epidemiological situation, this edition of the CIARC will be held online.

Human beings have always prayed looking to the East, the place where light comes from. The rising sun has given name to very ancient
civilizations, which if in a not too distant time were named as exotic, today they make up the new vital center of the planet, both by
population and by global influence. A vast region that would span from India to Taiwan, from Mongolia to Indonesia. We may know the recent architecture of countries like Korea, China or Japan, but there are many others of which we hardly know.

In addition, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines and the beginning of the evangelization of
Asia. The enormous construction and urban development activity that has taken place in this part of the world in recent decades forces us to turn our gaze to the Far East. What Christian architecture has been made there in the last hundred years?

The 7 CIARC will be a good occasion to discover those architectures and exchange points of view on the questions that arise in them.
On the conference website you will find all the information about the event and the call for papers.

Those interested in participating in the Conference with a paper should send an abstract (300 words) and a brief curriculum vitae (150 words), both in Spanish and English, to the Conference Secretariat (efcobian@udc.es) before 1 April 2021.

They should also be referred to one of the following thematic areas:

  • TA1. Religious architecture of a single country, architect, or eastern work.
  • TA2. Relationship between architecture, religion and society: colonization and decolonization.
  • TA3. Western architects who have worked in the Far East and oriental ones who have worked outside the region.
  • TA4. Latest architectures, latest trends: the presence of oriental religious architecture on the media.

Once accepted, papers must have an extension between 4000 and 5000 words and will be written in Word format (doc or rtf). Languages supported will be Spanish and English. In addition to architecture, the call is also open to other related disciplines, such as history, art, theology or anthropology, that can help to better understand the object of study.

The Scientific Committee will select the communications to be read during the event (15 min.).

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