Submission deadline:

December 19, 2023

New Voices: ISIE’s 2024 Symposium for Emerging Scholars

March 22, 2024

The Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE: invites abstracts for its online symposium ‘New Voices: ISIE’s 2024 Symposium for Emerging Scholars’ to be held online on 22 March 2024.

ISIE is a global interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in the design, promotion, reception, and consequence of the world’s fairs and expositions held since 1851. Though rooted in the history of architecture, science, diplomacy, art, and technology, our members hail from many disciplines and we welcome all those interested in exploring the many intersecting aspects of international expositions.

The 2024 symposium will bring emerging scholars and established experts together to generate new ideas about the history and legacy of international expositions. The organizers seek to emphasize new and developing strategies for research, curation, and preservation in order to maximize outreach opportunities. The organizers want to facilitate both scholarly and popular understandings of the significance of these global events that serve as mirrors of concurrent (both real and visionary) political cultural, and technological conditions of the times in which they were held. The aim is that participants will leave the symposium with both new understandings and insights into the study of expositions as well as stronger connections to the global community of scholars from a vast range of disciplines involved in the study of expositions.

In addition to paper sessions, the symposium will include a roundtable event focused on the Institute, as well as opportunities to informally socialize and network with others sharing related interests. The organizers also invite those interested in the study of world’s fairs to become involved in the future development of ISIE. Though always happy to hear from early career researchers, but especially enco postgraduate students at any institution, especially PhD candidates interested in presenting their research in a friendly, supportive environment, to apply.

Deadline for paper proposals: 19 December 2023.

Notification of acceptance: 26 January 2024.
Symposium registration deadline: 28 February 2024.
The symposium will be held online via Zoom on Friday, 22 March 2024.

To submit a proposal, please send a 250-300 word abstract that identifies the area in which it should be considered (specify specific session theme, open session, or lightning session) and a CV
to You must be registered for the symposium by 28 February 2024 to be eligible
to present at the event.

Registration for the symposium will open on 29 January 2024. Student/Presenter registration: US$20
Regular registration before 1 March 2024: US$25
Late registration after 1 March 2024: US$50

This symposium has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona and the Centre
for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University, Australia

Contact Information

For further information on either the symposium or the ISIE in general, please visit IS Please also feel free to reach out to either of the directors via their university email address.

James Fortuna, University of St Andrews: Constanza Robles, Boston University:

Contact Email

Contact Email URL

Share this post

News from the field

On the Traces of Misery

“Miserabilia” investigates spaces and spectres of misery in the imagination and reality of the contemporary Italian urban context. The main objective is the definition of tools for the recognition and investigation of the tangible and intangible manifestations of...