Submission deadline:

April 5, 2024

Islands: The 40th Annual SAHANZ Conference

December 2-4, 2024

Hosted by The University of Queensland (UQ) and The Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Call for Proposals

From spaces of isolation and independence, to archipelagos of connection and knowledge exchange, islands occupy a complex and evocative place in our terrestrial and imaginary worlds. At once utopian and dystopian—places of refuge and exile, extravagance and exploitation, paradises and prisons—islands contain contradictions and contested spatial histories. They provide distance from which to look back and reflect on one’s place in the world and the journeys that have brought us there. At the same time, they connote severance from the world as places of ostracization: petri dishes of extremism, claustrophobia, paranoia and self-isolation. More than physical spaces of geographic separation, islands also suggest those contrasts and positions that play out across political, social and cultural spheres. In architecture, such differences produce islands of practice—siloes of discourse and debate—historically visible in certain schools of practice and the work of independent practitioners and scholars. Islands are also shaped by architectural practices, from indigenous and colonial to modern and contemporary, from vernacular and regional to global and digital. Islands, therefore, emerge as both sites and subjects of critical historical research, and a lens or position through which to examine the past.

On the occasion of the 40th Annual SAHANZ Conference, the theme of islands also encourages delegates to challenge and critique the often-siloed nature of architectural history itself, and how the discipline might speak to a wider audience.

The organizers invite proposals (500 words max.) for papers, paper sessions and roundtables that reflect upon the many possible interpretations of islands in architectural history: how islands have influenced the production and reception of architecture, and how architecture has contributed to the formation and transformation of island cultures, identities, and environments.

Please email proposals of no more than 500 words (PDF or word doc) to Proposals will be peer reviewed with acceptances sent in early June.

Conference information
The 40th Annual SAHANZ Conference will be held in-person in Brisbane in early December 2024. At this stage, we intend to host the conference across central CBD venues at UQ and QUT. More details to come.

Dr. Ashley Paine (UQ) and Dr. Kirsty Volz (QUT)


More information can be found in the full call for papers here

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