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This interest group focuses on the history of cities in conflict, examining how eruptions of strife shape architectural histories, and reciprocally, how architectural history intervenes in the predicament of conflict. We interrogate the inextricable ties between the history of cities and urban conflict through several complimentary questions. First, we examine how situations of socio-political conflict affect research. How does the temporality of spatial conditions stirred by conflict influence concepts of history, heritage, preservation and urban renewal? Bitter national, ethnic or class conflicts often inspire dichotomized readings of history, or conversely, generate pleas for “symmetry” that put the rigors of research at risk. What are the implications for architectural praxis in either case?
A second set of questions focus on the architect/ historian/preservationist operating from a particular “side” of conflict, facing palpable restrictions in the form of inaccessible national, physical and moral boundaries that may put them at physical risk. Can one set claims on a “legitimate” practice from any particular perspective? Reciprocally, should architectural history actively assume a civic responsibility towards conflict? Can history become a platform of negotiation? Moreover, conflict has lingering effects. How does conflict inspire the post-traumatic histories of places defined by the conflict? The issue of agency becomes particularly pertinent at the seam between the historian and the activist, where architecture/history/heritage are negotiated, contested and pulled apart on the one hand by scholars, and on the other hand by the state/ the market/ human rights activists—with all of them claiming a stake in the “public good”. Who is posing the rules of the game, according to which the historian as activist works?
By focusing on history and urban conflict, this interest group questions the impact of conflict on the larger disciplinary discourse, and particularly on our understanding of urban citizenship.
Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus
Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Petros Phokaides, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
EAHN 2017 in JERUSALEM | HISTORIES IN CONFLICT | CALL FOR PAPERS (UPDATED)
The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the EAHN’s third thematic conference Urban Histories in Conflict, to be held at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on June 13-15 2017. On the 50-year anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the contentious unification it legislated, the conference aims to open up questions about the purpose of writing histories of urban conflicts. We ask how historians can account for the predicaments of violence and uneven distributions of power in the built environment, particularly in the face of current worldwide geo-political crises.
abstract submission by 3 December 2016 (Extended 3 January 2017)
full papers due by 1 May 2017.