Calls for papers


Call for papers – FABRICATIONS 28:3
an open issue
(Papers due 31 March 2018)

Papers should be submitted online by 31 March 2018.

Papers must conform with the Instructions for Authors.


Call for papers – FABRICATIONS 29:1
a themed issue, ‘Haunting’
Guest edited by Rebecca McLaughlan and Katti Williams.
(Papers due 7 June 2018)

‘To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize “how it really was.” It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger.’

Walter Benjamin, On the Concept of History (1940).

This special issue of Fabrications seeks to explore the trope of “haunting” to open new scholarly ways of thinking about the reconfiguring of the histories of past places and their representations. Despite the recognition of memory studies in the 1990s as a discrete field of academic inquiry which built on a rich tradition of scholarship and theory, there has been a more hesitant uptake in challenging how we might re-think the persistence and fallibility of memory in connection to architectural history.

This special issue therefore invites papers that explore how the architectural past reverberates – in sometimes troubled ways – in our present consciousness. How can complex concepts of the traumatic (as in Maria Tumarkin’s Traumascapes (2005), the uncanny, and the haunted, be reconsidered in architectural history today? How might we productively review historical places as memory theatres for moments of dangerous recall?In particular, we seek new explorations on:

How the life and death of architects and their creations may haunt archival scholarship or present experience? Why particular architectural typologies or spaces are often perceived as haunted by confluences of fiction, memory, and acts of commemoration or desecration? Or how can architectural history and heritage engage more productively with the disconcerting affects of decay and ruination? For example, Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs’ Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture (2014), and Caitlin deSilvey’s Curated Decay (2017), point to new ways of interrogating the materiality and functionality of buildings and places over time.

In this issue we also welcome scholarly challenges to historiographical conventions and authorial voices in capturing the reverberations and atmospheres of historical sites and their representations.

Papers should be submitted online by 7 June 2018. Papers must conform with the Instructions for Authors.

Guest editors:


Call for papers – FABRICATIONS 29:2
a themed issue, ‘Industry + Architecture: national narratives/international forces’
(Papers due 10 October 2018)

Complex and mechanised, industrial architecture altered the aesthetic and cultural landscape of places. It also contested the normative divisions between structure, form and ornament.

This issue of Fabrications seeks to explore the nexus between industry and architecture by raising a broad range of questions regarding the aesthetic, social and political impact of industrial processes, construction practices, labour and materials on built environments directly linked to industry. It asks how industrialisation has modified our experience of urban and rural spaces and seeks knowledge of its continuing and residual affects.

This issue is interested in the role of industry in constructing and contesting the differential map of modernisation across the geopolitical world; in the colonial and transnational dimensions of industrial architecture including the cultures that it produced, and other unprivileged social environments that have evolved due to industry. It is interested in the legacy of industrial architecture, and its place in heritage discourse.

This issue anticipates papers on the architectural histories of colonial industrial spaces and landscapes with their asymmetrical labour relations, postwar nation-building, including immigrant networks associated with industry, and postcolonial national developments.

It is particularly interested in the interface of histories of modernisation and histories of industry, including export architecture during Cold War political contestation, and its impact on the developing world and newly formed nations. It is also interested in the soft industrial environments of neo-liberal economic expansion.

We seek examples from a broad range of industrial sectors including agriculture, mining, transportation, military, and heavy industry that engage architectural expertise in complex and unorthodox ways. We are interested in historically specific well-researched case studies as well as comparative and theoretical framings of industry and architecture.

We encourage contributions that include peripheral, rural and remote environments, urban environments, non-elite practices and populations, and gritty ephemeral spaces that are typically excluded from architectural histories. We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, contributions on the histories of industrial architecture in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Asia Pacific region. Studies of industrial complexes, worker housing, high tech and offshore manufacturing environments are also welcome.

Papers should be submitted online by 10 October 2018. Papers must conform with the Instructions for Authors.

Reports and Reviews

Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the Reviews Editor, Farzaneh Haghighi

Author Guidelines

Papers should be submitted online by the due dates identified above.

The Editors consider essays of 7000 to 9000 words (including foot notes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents. Authors should use the footnote function of Word, but no automatic footing programs such as Endnote. Papers should be submitted with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper and a brief author biography (80 words), images and image captions. Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

Papers must conform with the Instructions for Authors.

Image Specifications

For the refereeing process, please submit low-resolution images of illustrations as separate files {or embedded in a separate pdf file with captions} (72dpi jpeg files). Once a paper is accepted for publication, high-resolution images should be submitted as 300 dpi tiff files, at a minimum of 100mm wide with a separate list of captions indicating permissions.

Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and paying all fees to reproduce images in Fabrications. Authors must meet the publisher’s requirements.

The Editors

Anoma Pieris (2016-19)
Melbourne School of Design
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

Mirjana Lozanovska (2018-21)
School of Architecture & Built Environment
Deakin University
Victoria 3125