Submission deadline:

October 1, 2022

The Architecture Exhibition Operating as a Cross-Cultural Contact Zone

Special Issue Editors, Architecture and Culture Vol. 12, Issue 1
Dr Cathelijne Nuijsink, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich
Prof Dr Tom Avermaete, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich

In this thematic issue, editors ask authors to conceptualise the architecture exhibition not as a mere cultural event but as a productive encounter between different architecture cultures that produces friction and resistance as well as ‘exhilarating moments of
wonder, revelation, mutual understanding and new wisdom’ (Pratt, 1991: 39). Editors particularly seek scholarly contributions from non-Western contexts that stimulate new insights in architectural knowledge production in ‘South-South’ relations. In their analysis of a specific exhibition case study, authors should trace how designers, curators, audiences and exhibits from different cultures encountered one another ‘on display’, and reveal how architectural concepts are constituted in and by their relationships with one another. Instead of relying on individual geniuses and their individual ideas, this issue argues for just the opposite. Looking at the discipline of architecture through the lens of exhibitions operating as contact zones,  the issue focuses on the way in which architectural knowledge is predominantly produced by way of the co-presence, interaction and interlocking of people, theories and practices.

For questions, please contact Dr. Cathelijne Nuijsink,

This call is open to scholarly articles of varying lengths (maximum 7000 words or equivalent visual content, inclusive of tables, references and endnotes) and visual essays that offer new insights into the architectural exhibition operating as a contact zone. Full articles will be reviewed by the guest editors on thematic relevance, innovation and evidence of an explorative academic level. After the initial review, full papers will go through a rigorous double-blind peer-review process.

Please select ‘Special Issue: The Architecture Exhibition Operating as a Cross- Cultural Contact Zone’ when submitting your paper to the online platform.

Submission deadline for full papers is 1 October 2022

More information can be found in the full call.

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