December 10, 2021

Para-colonial – Colonial – Post-colonial: Influences and Transactions in the Architecture of Oceania (1840–1990)

Joint symposium by Unitec Institute of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand) and Technical University Munich (Germany), held at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland/New Zealand, 29 June–1 July, 2022

Connecting existing knowledge with new research:

Knowledge on colonial architecture in the South Pacific is still sparse. Connections with pre-colonial settings and the post-colonial afterlife of this built legacy are often missing. In this sense, this call for papers particularly welcomes contributions within the targeted time span c. 1840–1990, embedded in the larger South Pacific region. These contributions would attempt to link their concrete architectural case studies of buildings, ensembles and urbanist projects with reflections on the influences of and transactions between locals and foreigners, colonials and colonised, and their changing allegiances, even across changing political powers.

The symposium is intended to comprise of five thematic sessions

  • Session 1: Para-colonial forms of architecture in Oceania
  • Session 2: Architecture and urbanism during German colonisation (1884–1914)
  • Session 3: Zones of inter-colonial encounter, competition, cooperation and knowledge transfer (preferably in relation to the German-colonial contact zone)
  • Session 4: Mandated territories, protected states and independence – post-colonial building practices
  • Session 5: Today: Origins and heritage reconsidered – colonial architecture and indigenous legacies today

Call for abstracts:
The contributions will be published in form of conference proceedings or as a peer-reviewed themed volume. We expect all invited speakers at the conference to agree to contribute their paper for publication. Please submit your abstracts no later than 10 December 2021 via email to conference email: colonialoceania.ltg@ed.tum.de

For more information about this Call for Papers, please download the PDF here.

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