Calls for papers
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The themes for forthcoming editions of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Context, are regularly published on the Context page of the IHBC web site.

The theme of each issue takes the form of three or four main articles and allows us to look in detail at a conservation issue or building type

Themed issues of Context also include more general conservation articles as well as news, book reviews and reports from IHBC’s officers.

If you have any suggestions for articles or other material contact Fiona Newton at: editorial@ihbc.org.uk

Exploring the agency of landscape: a multi-disciplinary symposium

In recent archaeological thinking, it is widely accepted that objects and artefacts are invested with agency, but this understanding is not commonly extended to landscapes; rather any notion of ‘agency of landscape’ is often regarded as synonymous with environmental determinism. This symposium seeks to redress the balance and investigate how landscape can be invested with agency without being environmentally deterministic.

While this one-day symposium is organised in the context of the English Landscapes and Identities (EngLaId) project, which investigates the development of English landscapes from the middle of the Bronze Age, when the first extensive field systems were laid out, to the Domesday period, when the foundations of the modern agricultural landscape were in place, contributions are encouraged from any archaeological, geographical or other relevant disciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions that consider different parts of the world and different time periods.

Abstracts for 20 min papers and poster presentations are invited that address this tension between cultural choices and the structuring influence of the landscape itself.
For more information or to register interest, please contact Dr Laura Morley: laura.morley@arch.ox.ac.uk (Wednesday to Friday).

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 3 MAY 2013.

For more information about the EngLaId project, see:
http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/englishlandscapes-introduction.html
http://englaid.wordpress.com
http://visualenglaid.wordpress.com

Europe and its Worlds

The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen jointly welcome abstracts for an international conference on their common research theme ‘Europe and its Worlds'. At the core of this theme is the question of how Europe has always consisted of different worlds, how it differs from the rest of the world, and how it interacts with other worlds. This conference specifically addresses the many ways in which cultural mobility impacts on European culture, past and present. Scholars of various universities and scholarly backgrounds are invited to submit an abstract for one of the twelve panels listed on the conference site.

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Science Slam on "Sustainable Cities"

You are young, interested in questions of urban sustainability and studying or working in a related field? You are interested in getting to know people from the same field in an intellectually challenging atmosphere, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Austrian mountain village Alpbach? You dare to step up in front of them and tell them about your own ideas and projects?

We invite you to take part in a Science Slam on “Sustainable Cities” at the Built Environment Symposium during this year’s European Forum Alpbach, from 29 to 30 August, 2013!

You get the chance to present your ideas on urban sustainability in Alpbach according to the Science Slam rules: You have 8 minutes for the presentation (a max. of 3 power point slides with only visual presentations is allowed, if needed) – be creative and give an interesting, entertaining and still substantial presentation! What counts is not only the topic but also the way you present it. The winner will be identified by the audience and be awarded by the European Forum Alpbach.

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THE ART OF URBAN DESIGN
Invitation to contribute to this themed issue, planned for 2014, of Urban Design and Planning, a journal published by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Urban Design and Planning publishes refereed papers and short articles addressing the design and planning of the built environment, emphasizing the interfaces between urban policy, design, construction and management.

Topics covered: social, economic and environmental aspects of topics such as sustainable settlements, community regeneration, urban infrastructure and transport systems.

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Re-industrialisation and progressive urbanism
One day conference, 13th of June 2013
School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University
Call for Abstracts


Could urban re-industrialisation be seen as a method of increasing business effectiveness in the context of a politically stimulated 'green economy'? Could it be seen as a nostalgic mutation of a creative-class concept, focused on 3D printing, 'boutique manufacturing' and crafts? These two notions place urban re-industrialisation within the context of the current neoliberal economic regime and urban development based on property and land speculation. The key question for this conference is could urban re-industrialisation be imagined as a progressive socio-political and economical project, aiming to create an inclusive and democratic society based on cooperation and symbiosis that goes way beyond the current model of a neoliberal city?

We invite abstracts (max. 300 words) for papers from researchers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to architecture, urban design, planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography, and environmental science. We welcome submissions based on empirical research as well as theoretical and visionary investigations.

Abstracts will be selected for further development as papers to be presented at the conference. Papers shall be 2000 words maximum. Further submission requirements will be distributed to the authors of selected abstracts.

Abstracts should arrive no later than Monday 1 April 2013. Please send them in .doc or .pdf format to: krzysztof.nawratek@plymouth.ac.uk

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International congress:
Lost Luster. Innovative interdisciplinary research on archaeological window glass in North Western Europe (10th - 18th c.)
Int. Congress Abbey Museum Ten Duinen - Oct 02-04, 2013

Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in one of the two poster sessions at the ‘Lost Luster’ congress of the Abbey museum Ten Duinen 1138? This is an ideal opportunity to present your work in an international conference and to be exposed to the most recent developments in the research on archaeological window glass.

The deadline for the proposals for the poster sessions is August 1st, 2013.

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Between dream and reality: Debating the impact of World Heritage Listing
Oslo 14-15 November 2013

Since the 1990s World Heritage has been portrayed as a marker of transformation, from economic growth, increased tourism, regeneration to more intangible aspects of local pride and global recognition. In the last five years research on the effects of World Heritage inscription has shown that World Heritage status is not synonymous with tangible benefits such as increased funding and tourism. Yet it has proved much more difficult to pin down the more intangible consequences of World Heritage listing. Thus this conference invites speakers to explore a series of specific questions related to the tangible and intangible transformations of World Heritage inscription:
  • What impact does World Heritage status have?
  • To what extent does the World Heritage transform places?
  • More empirically, how does the World Heritage status impact and possibly transform places?
  • How is World Heritage status used and does it really generate change?

Titles and abstracts (max 300 words) are to be sent to Beate Trandem - beatet@ilos.uio.no - with copy to Herdis Hølleland - herdis.holleland@ilos.uio.no - by 1 September 2013.

Please use one of the following file formats: .doc(x), .odt or .rtf.

The conference is organised and funded by the interfaculty research program Kultrans (Cultural Transformations in the Age of Globalisation), University of Oslo.

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Fortune Favours the Brave
Organiser: Museum Galleries Scotland
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
12th September 2013

“Fortune Favours the Brave” will centre around the theme of organisational sustainability. It will focus on the following specific areas:
  • up-skilling museums’ staff and leaders
  • putting into place business-like practices
  • attracting investment
  • engaging audiences
  • forming effective partnerships.

Innovation and skills building will underpin all sessions at the conference. The conference will create opportunities for knowledge exchange between museums and galleries and other sectors.

Purpose: To offer a cost effective platform through which Scotland’s museums and galleries can network and engage with practical and relevant content, helping the sector to develop and work towards delivering against the National Strategy aims and objectives.

Programme: The day will consist of a mix of presentations, keynote and parallel sessions. We would welcome submissions from people outside the museum sector, keen to share knowledge relevant to the conference themes, as well as from those within the sector.

There will be a ‘marketplace’ for organisations that can support the museums sector in areas relevant to organisational sustainability.

Deadline for offers of papers:
Proposals should submitted by 5pm on Monday 15 April. All contributions will be acknowledged and then evaluated by a panel.

If you would like to discuss anything prior to submission please contact Heather Doherty, Research and Evaluation Manager by e-mail or on +44(0)131 550 4127.

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Re-industrialisation and progressive urbanism
One day conference, 13th of June 2013
School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University

Call for Abstracts


Could urban re-industrialisation be seen as a method of increasing business effectiveness in the context of a politically stimulated 'green economy'? Could it be seen as a nostalgic mutation of a creative-class concept, focused on 3D printing, 'boutique manufacturing' and crafts? These two notions place urban re-industrialisation within the context of the current neoliberal economic regime and urban development based on property and land speculation. The key question for this conference is could urban re-industrialisation be imagined as a progressive socio-political and economical project, aiming to create an inclusive and democratic society based on cooperation and symbiosis that goes way beyond the current model of a neoliberal city?

We invite abstracts (max. 300 words) for papers from researchers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to architecture, urban design, planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography, and environmental science. We welcome submissions based on empirical research as well as theoretical and visionary investigations.

Abstracts will be selected for further development as papers to be presented at the conference. Papers shall be 2000 words maximum. Further submission requirements will be distributed to the authors of selected abstracts. Abstracts should arrive no later than Monday 1 April 2013. Please send them in .doc or .pdf format to: krzysztof.nawratek@plymouth.ac.uk Keynote presentations and selected conference papers will be considered for publication following the symposium in an edited volume.

SAHGB first student forum
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The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) is pleased to announce that on 3 May 2013, it will run its first ever Graduate Student Forum, a student-led event, hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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