Calls for papers

30:1 Vernacular Transformations: Modernisation and Vernacular House Architecture in Australasia and Oceania

                        Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for a special guest issue (Vol. 30, No. 1) on “Vernacular Transformations: Modernisation and Vernacular House Architecture in Australasia and Oceania,” edited by Paul Memmott.  Papers are due by 20 June 2019. Paul Oliver’s 1997 ‘Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World’ was the first comprehensive compilation of Australasia and Oceania’s vernacular houses, and work on the second edition has been under way since 2015. It continues the outstanding scholarship on the region’s rich and diverse vernacular house architecture highlighting its distinctiveness and relationships with social and cultural structures. However, conservative architectural historiographies on Australasia and Oceania often frame vernacular architecture in opposition to modern architecture. Vernacular architecture is not considered dynamic, multi-faceted and progressive, but relatively static, resistant to change and lacking modern relevance. The many theoretical advances in the global field of vernacular architecture studies is not reflected in regional scholarship. Postcolonial methodologies dispel the myth that of the processes of modernisation as singular trajectory and argue that contemporary and historical relationships between vernacular and modern result from complex social, cultural and political negotiations between disparate fields and interests. Rapid political, economic, technological, social and environmental changes have transformed vernacular house architectures in Australasia and Oceania, initially brought on by the twentieth century formation of independent ex-colonial nations. Increasing globalization, characterised by increasingly permeable national boundaries, exchanges of people, finances and material culture items, information flows and digital technologies, impact and transform architectural expressions in the region. This Fabrications issue seeks to expand the Encyclopedia’s discourse with higher-level reflection and regional theorisation of these transformations. It seeks to understand the cultural change tensions brought about by mobility, modernisation and politicisation, and how these tensions impact on vernacular house architectures. How have vernacular architecture and construction approaches been appropriated in the development of ubiquitous Southeast Asian typologies like shophouses? What is the effect of Australian and New Zealand’s seasonal employment schemes on vernacular house developments in employees’ home countries? Can ethnographic research methodologies establish distinctive cross-cultural approaches to indigenous social housing? How have vernacular house forms been used to argue for postcolonial modernisation and nation-building? What is sustainability’s role in the context of the use of increasingly-scarce vernacular architecture materials for the middle-class, tourism and the state typologies in archipelagic Southeast Asia? What is the relationship between modern aspirational vernacular architecture and cultural heritage traditions such as the Malay house? We call for papers to reflect and explore one or several of these questions through the Encyclopedia’s vernacular house types in Australasia and Oceania, across the precolonial, colonial and/or postcolonial periods, with the aim of expanding and broadening conventional understandings of vernacular architecture in the region. Professor Paul Memmott, Director, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre and Indigenous Design Place, School of Architecture, University of Queensland:

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 Melbourne Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA Mirjana Lozanovska (2018-21) School of Architecture & Built Environment Deakin University Geelong Victoria 3125 AUSTRALIA