What if? What next? Speculations on History’s Futures

37th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

Hosted by the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, School of Design, the University of Western Australia
27-30 September 2020 and convened by Kate Hislop.

 

Challenges to the transmission of historical knowledge in architectural education today highlight a potential shift in expertise that may ultimately impact upon the production of architecture, as well as broader understanding of the built environment, which warrants interrogating. At the same time, increasing appetite for the preservation and repurposing of built fabric feeds a growing heritage sector (and associated tourism industry) that offers opportunity for architectural history’s contribution insofar as its basis in inquiry informs knowledge, interpretation and evaluation of buildings and places. The 2020 SAHANZ Conference calls for broad consideration of the prospects for architectural history in relation to the endurance and/or transformation of architecture as a discipline and profession.

 

Under the banner of ‘history’s futures’ we encourage speculation upon impending modes of application of critical scholarship and historical knowledge: what might be the nature, purpose or outcomes of historical inquiry? What might be the intersections with or influences upon architectural production? Upon the reception of architecture? Or what kinds of projections about the future can be discovered in the past? Questions around pedagogy, transmission, content and method all bring focus upon architectural history’s role to investigate and locate architecture within the contexts, frameworks and processes informing its production and use.

 

Across the breadth of cultural, environmental and material concerns we invite examination of the intersections of architectural history with heritage scholarship and practice. Complex relationships exist between history and heritage, and also memory and narrative, with regard to notions of identity and authenticity as they are bound up with the past, present and future. This is nowhere more evident than in the context of global phenomena such as Brexit, or by contrast in the powerful Uluru Statement from the Heart. David Lowenthal’s declaration that history may be usurped by memory and nostalgia because of the personal dimension and immediacy that they bring to matters of the past highlights an opportunity for architectural history. Buildings, landscapes and the artefacts associated with them provide tangible material historical record through which stories are found and told. Moreover, history has benefitted from the myriad more ways of accessing, understanding and disseminating knowledge of past times, places, artefacts and cultures.

 

We pose the counterfactual ‘what if’ questions about how architectural histories – of the past or in future – might sound or look if recast from marginal points of view (indigenous, migrant, gender, class and so on); or if editorial choices responded to different criteria (what to include and what to leave out). Conjecturing ‘what if’ through a hypothetical recasting or negating of an event enables appraisal of its relative historical and future importance. In turn, we ask, might the ‘what if’ or ‘what next’ questions equip architectural history with additional evaluative tools to support its (future) disciplinary inquiry?

 

We invite original papers by individual or joint authors and/or Round Table sessions considering or expanding upon topics such as:

 

+ Modes of architectural history

Ecologies of history: histories of ecology

Architectural history through technology and material culture

Architectural history in the digital, virtual and gaming age/space

+ Routes to the Past

Critical, cultural or commercial: intersections between architectural history and heritage

Authentic? History, heritage and matters of veracity and experience

Legacy: presenting the value of the past through constructed and cultural landscapes

Pedagogy, policy and practice: education, governance and the institutions of history and/or heritage

+ Countering the canon/s

Living cultures: recovering Indigenous narratives in architectural history

Activism and agency in architectural history: migrancy, gender diversity, class

Advocacy through heritage: promoting built environment quality, conservation and sustainability

+ The counterfactual

What if? What next? So what? Exploring the historical consequences of choices

Feedback loops: architectural history’s impact on architecture

+ Papers addressing topics outside of the theme may be submitted to an Open Session.

 

FORMATS

The conference theme will be explored across a range of formats: interactive thematic Round Tables will enable development of cross-institutional, multidisciplinary partnerships, collaborations and linkages; parallel Paper presentations will be streamed thematically, and the papers published in full in the Proceedings after the conference; Poster sessions will provide a means of making presentations visible and offer informal opportunities for presenters to engage with small groups, supporting a ‘work-in-progress’ forum.

 

Accompanying the conference will be supplementary part- and full-day tours to urban and regional sites around Perth, highlighting important opportunities and applications relating to history’s futures and its intersections with architectural and/or heritage practice. Examples include visits to historic/heritage/repurposing projects in Perth and surrounds, to towns such as New Norcia and Katanning, and Rottnest Island. Heritage architects/consultants may be invited to co-chair Round Tables, make presentations and conduct tours.

 

SUBMISSION DATES AND INFORMATION

+ Proposals for Round Table sessions – due 18 December 2019

We invite proposals for Chairs (or co-chairs) of Round Table discussions responding to the Conference provocation and who will facilitate discussion by panellists and audience members. Proposals should include details of the Chair/s, a title, and 300 word abstract. Names and affiliations of panellists should be provided if applicable.

 

+ Abstracts for papers – due 14 February 2020

Abstracts may address conference themes, or be included in an open session. Submissions should include the author name/s, a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words.

 

+ Proposals for poster sessions – due 14 February 2020

Poster presentations will form an exhibition of responses to the Conference themes and provide a format for interactive small group discussion, scheduled within the Conference program. Poster proposals will be submitted at the same time as abstracts for papers and will be subject to review. Submissions should include the author name/s, a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words.

 

 

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Abstracts, Poster and Round Table proposals will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. Full papers (4500 words including Notes) will be blind peer reviewed and those accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in the Proceedings that will become available through the SAHANZ website after the conference.

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For inclusion in the Proceedings, a paper must be presented at the conference. In exceptional circumstances, (due to health, mobility etc.), a live video presentation by the paper’s author may be accepted. Authors may only present one paper as a sole author, although they may present one additional paper as a co-author. All papers presented are to be accompanied by a conference registration.

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Work submitted for review and publication in the Conference Proceedings should be original research that has not been previously published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication.

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The 2020 SAHANZ Conference will take place just prior to the International 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS (with the theme ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’) in Sydney 1-10 October.

 

DATES

Call for papers opens: 31 October 2019

Proposals to chair Round Tables due: 18 December 2019

Paper abstracts/Poster session proposals due: 14 February 2020

Round Table acceptances sent out: 7 February 2020

Abstract/Poster session acceptances sent out: 20 March 2020

Full papers due for review: 25 May 2020

Referee reports forwarded to authors: 29 June 2020

Final papers/Poster presentations due: 17 August 2020

Conference Dates: 27-30 September 2020

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

Kate Hislop (UWA, Convener)

Philip Goldswain (UWA)

Hannah Lewi (U.Melb)

Sarah McGann (Notre Dame, WA)

Bill Taylor (UWA)

John Ting (UC)

Peter Scriver (U.Adelaide)

Lee Stickells (U.Syd)

Nicole Sully (UQ)

Christopher Vernon (UWA)

Nigel Westbrook (UWA)

 

For further information about the conference please email: sahanz2020-sdes@uwa.edu.au

 

Image courtesy of Hannah Lewi

SAHANZ Call for SAH 2021 Session Proposals

The SAHANZ Committee calls for session proposals for the 2021 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual International Conference to be held in Montréal, Québec, 14-18 April.

As part of our partnership agreement with SAH, SAHANZ is able to put forward a session proposal for the 2021 conference. We invite submissions from interested SAHANZ members for consideration by the SAHANZ Committee. Submissions should be based on topics of mutual interest between SAHANZ and SAH.

This offer does not preclude members making their own direct submissions but is intended to take advantage of the opportunity provided by our partnership

Session proposals (of no more than 500 words, titles of no more than 65 characters including spaces and punctuation) should be sent by 2 December 2019 to the SAHANZ Secretary (secretary@sahanz.net) .

For more information, please consult the SAH 2021 conference website.

Image courtesy of Tourisme Montréal

Call for Proposals: Guest-Edited, Special Issue of Fabrications

Fabrications is the refereed journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). Established in 1989, it is devoted to scholarly publication in the field of architectural history. The journal’s contents reflect the wide interests of the Society’s diverse membership. It publishes papers on a wide range of themes, but especially on the architectural, urban and landscape history of Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asia. The journal is published for the Society by Taylor & Francis, with each annual volume containing three issues. Special issues may be referred to the publisher’s Special Issues as Books programme following publication.

The Society invites proposals for a special, guest-edited issue of its journal, Fabrications, to be published in January 2021 (volume 31, no. 1). The guest editor(s) will work to realise the special issue in collaboration with the journal’s appointed editors, Mirjana Lozanovska and Cameron Logan, and in consultation with the Society’s Editorial Board.

For further information on Fabrications and to review past issues, see the Taylor and Francis website.

Timelines for the issue will be as follows:

  • Invitation to edit the special issue – November 2019
  • Call for papers advertised –  January 2020
  • Papers due – 1st  June 2020
  • Reviews concluded – 10th August 2020
  • Guest Editors to hand over final papers for editing and production – 10th September 2020

Proposals should include:

  • Theme title and editor(s)
  • Brief CV of the editor(s)
  • Draft call for papers (maximum 400 words)
  • If relevant, information about any event around which the proposal may be organised
  • If relevant, the names and/or themes of any specific contributions the editor(s) anticipate(s) including in the issue

Deadline for submissions is 10th December 2019. Proposals will be considered by the SAHANZ Editorial Board.

Please direct submissions and enquiries to Paul Walker, walkp@unimelb.edu.au.

PhD Colloquium 2020

Abstracts are invited for participation in the SAHANZ PhD Colloquium for 2020, to be held on 6 July 2020 and to be hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and ACAHUCH, at the University of Melbourne.

This one day event is being held in collaboration with the SAUH Asia Built Environments stream at the Asian Studies Association of Australia biennial conference and participants will have the option to attend that conference at student rates.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their research with fellow postgraduates, and will gain critical feedback from mid-career and senior academics who are experts in a broad range of national and international historical and heritage fields.

*Participants must be currently enrolled in a PhD, in the fields of architecture, landscape or urban history / heritage or related field of inquiry. We welcome a wide range of contexts and historical / theoretical approaches.

**Participants must be confirmed in their PhD degree (i.e. topic and candidacy accepted by host institution – usually at some point within the first year of study).

Abstracts of 500 words outlining a 15 minute presentation on one of the following aspects of PhD research work:

• The research methodology being pursued and how it relates to the research question and topic of inquiry;
• A key theoretical / historical framework or context that is being forged for the research;
• A particular case study / aspect of fieldwork program and how it is exploring the research question and topic of inquiry.

The format of the day will include generous time for formal and informal discussion and sessions on research methods. Therefore the number of abstracts accepted will be limited and assessed on their quality, and on achieving a balance of topics and approaches.

There are no financial bursaries available for assistance in travel costs so this should be sought with candidates’ own universities. However, there will be no registration fee, catering will be provided and free entry to the SAUH-Asia/ASAA keynote on July 7th.

Due Thursday 21st November, 2019:

1. A 500 word abstract addressing one of the above options which relate to the PhD research thesis;
2. A brief biography of 200 words including university affiliation and supervisors and any related publications.
3. A brief statement outlining what stage of progress the PhD is at – i.e post-confirmation year one; year two fieldwork; year three full draft etc.

Send abstracts to Lizzie Nicholson 

Send queries to Hannah Lew

Colloquium committee:

Professor Hannah Lewi, Professor Julie Willis, Professor Paul Walker, Dr Stuart King and Dr James Lesh.

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2020 SAHANZ Conference

The next annual conference will be held in Perth and hosted by the University of Western Australia. It will be held in late September prior to the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney. The Call for Papers and other conference information will be released later this month in conjunction with the monthly SAHANZ newsletter.

Call for EoI for Fabrications’ reviews editor

The Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand calls for Expressions of Interest for the ongoing role of Reviews Editor of the Society’s refereed journal, Fabrications: JSAHANZ published in three issues each year by Taylor & Francis.

The Reviews Editor will work with the journal’s two Editors and support, as needed, those Guest Editors appointed to direct special issues.

The Reviews Editor will be appointed for a period of two years (corresponding to two volumes), commencing with the issues that will be prepared in late 2019 to go to press in 2020. They will solicit and edit reviews of books, exhibitions and other works.

The Reviews Editor of Fabrications is expected to be a financial member of SAHANZ, and to operate under SAHANZ’s Editorial Board policies, which can be found at https://www.sahanz.net/society_business/society.html. Prospective candidates should have an emerging publication record and be an active researcher in the field of architectural history. 

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on Friday 20 September. Those interested should send a short CV and covering statement, detailing any editorial and publishing experience to Paul Walker, Chair of the Editorial Board, <walkp@unimelb.edu.au > using the header “EoI Fabrications Reviews Editor.”

Macarena de la Vega awarded the David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019

The David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019 has been awarded to Macarena de la Vega for her project “The Mental Life of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.”

De la Vega is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland and member of the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH). Her project is proposed to be an oral history of the past fifteen years in the life of SAHANZ, since the publication of Julia Gatley’s historical account, “SAHANZ: The First 20 Years, 1984-2004” (2004). She proposes to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand, interviewing selected longstanding members of the Society, and present her findings at the 2020 SAHANZ conference, and hopefully also as a SAHANZ book.

ABE Journal CfP: Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort

Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone

Section guest-edited by:
Jiat-Hwee Chang, National University of Singapore (Singapore) and
Daniel Ryan, University of Sydney (Australia).

The dominant discourse on comfort in architecture today is one that is seen as both universal—with slight variations across different geographies, climates, cultures, and societies—and ahistorical—timeless in that comfort is premised on supposedly immutable human biological responses to the environment. The universalist claims—in both space and time, across geographies and histories—of the discourse on comfort are typical of any technoscientific constructions in which technological and scientific developments are deeply intertwined and mutually constitutive. However, as Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway, among other Science Technology Studies scholars, have pointed out, technoscientific knowledge is situated knowledge. In the case of comfort, the recent discourse was primarily produced by researchers based in or originating from Europe and North America, and was wittingly or unwittingly shaped by their temperate norms and assumptions. Taught in architectural curricula and codified into building standards, the Euro-American-centric discourse on comfort was widely disseminated in the building industry and translated into urban and architectural culture with implications on interior furnishing, space planning, building services, facades and envelopes, urban design and planning, and even settlement patterns globally. Today, dominant narratives on comfort underpin the ubiquitous adoption of energy-profligate air-conditioning as a typical means of comfort provision, which is in turn widely regarded as one of the main factors contributing to the current planetary climate crisis.

It is time that we construct counter- and alternative-histories to interrogate this dominant and hugely-influential discourse on comfort. For this guest-edited section of ABE Journal, we would like to go beyond the Euro-American temperate zone to understand how comfort has been historically constructed in other geo-climatic zones and socio-cultural contexts around the world. To be sure, the boundaries and limits of this Euro-American temperate zone are themselves sociotechnical constructions contingent upon specific historical circumstances. While we welcome contributions that problematize this geographical delimitation, we would like to use it as a prerequisite in this guest-edited section of ABE journal as a means to seek and uncover other histories of comfort that existed before and/or in parallel to the dominant discourse that emerged in the mid-twentieth century. Indeed, comfort has a much longer material cultural history, as John E. Crowley, among others, has compellingly argued. We are interested in other socio-cultural or technoscientific constructions of comfort from the mid-twentieth century on, and before, that have been marginalised by the dominant discourse. How do these other histories of comfort challenge the Euro-American dominant discourse, its underlying assumptions, its means of comfort provision, and its built environmental implications?

By going beyond the temperate zone to uncover other histories, we are also inevitably engaging with the processes of colonialism and postcolonial (inter)nationalism that shaped the modern world in the past few hundred years. How did Europeans (and later Americans) produce comfort both discursively and through practices in response to the unfamiliar geographies, ecologies, climates, cultures and societies that they encountered beyond the temperate world? To what extent did these responses incorporate non-European indigenous knowledge? Conversely, how did indigenous societies respond to Euro-American norms of comfort? What were the different responses, how have these responses changed through time and under what historical circumstances, and how did they affect architectural production? Or, for that matter: were there encounters and interactions between different non-Euro-American societies—what we call South-South exchanges today – that might have shaped understandings of comfort and configurations of the built environment historically, whether in conjunction with or oblivious to the processes of colonialism and postcolonialism?

We are keen to understand the social, cultural, and political entanglements of comfort so as to have a better grasp of the situatedness of technoscientific knowledge on comfort and the intrinsic complexity of the concept. Various scholars from different disciplines have shown us that comfort was—and still is—deeply entangled with a whole array of ideas linked (but not limited) to racial identities, climatic determinism, (post)colonial biopolitics, human productivity, and socio-economic development. Were the entanglements of comfort beyond the temperate world similar? What were the architectural repercussions of these entanglements of comfort historically, particularly beyond the temperate world? In what ways were the spatiality and materiality of architecture implicated in such entanglements of comfort in the past?
We welcome submissions that engage with these and other questions on architecture and comfort beyond the temperate world. In this guest-edited section of ABE Journal, we will be using architecture as a shorthand for the material culture of enclosure and surrounding across different scales—from clothing to furniture, from interior design to individual buildings, and from clusters of buildings to whole cities.

Submission deadline:
31 October 2019.

Please send your submissions to abe[at]inha.fr.

SAHANZ 2019 AGM

The SAHANZ Annual General Meeting will be held in Sydney at lunchtime on Friday 12th July 2019, during the ‘Distance Looks Back’ conference. The precise time and location will be announced in the conference programme. Please download the AGM documents here.