[artinfo] CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Tue Nov 18 11:43:30 CET 2014

From: Susan Klaiber <sklaiber at bluewin.ch>
Date: Nov 17, 2014
Subject: CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies (Belgrade, 
14-17 Oct 2015)

Belgrade, October 14 - 17, 2015

Deadline: Jan 31, 2015

The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to 
announce the call for papers for its 2015 regional thematic 
conference, "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies," in Belgrade, 
Serbia, presented in cooperation with the University of Belgrade - 
Faculty of Architecture. Visit the conference website for complete 
information about venue, keynote speakers, and other conference 
details: http://www.eahn2015belgrade.org/

Belgrade, Serbia


The EAHN 2015 Belgrade Conference "Entangled Histories, Multiple 
Geographies" aims to explore how different discourses emerged within 
architectural historiography and have both constructed and reproduced 
multiple identities, histories and perspectives on culture, nature 
and society. It also aims to apprehend the complex hierarchic 
articulation of these discourses, in terms of dominancy and 
peripherality, normativity and transfers.

The principal aim of the conference is to shed light on how different 
interpretations of architecture and the built environment have 
contributed to different readings of history, culture, nature and 
society, either simultaneously or in alternation.

Special attention will be given to addressing conflicting and 
complementary views, explanatory systems and theories that stem from 
understanding and interpreting the past by means of architecture. By 
"entangled histories" we mean architecture as both a prerequisite to 
and an instrument in shaping and understanding different or even 
competing histories of the peoples and places, while "multiple 
geographies" refers to the roles of the built environment in 
constructing and interpreting time frames and spatial scales, as well 
as cultural and political entities in which these histories unfold.

The conference will be structured according to three broad themes.

The first theme is historicity. This includes architectural responses 
to the appropriation and interpretation of the past from antiquity to 
the recent past; the roles of architecture in constructing meaning; 
its roles in conceptualizing or negotiating historical time and time 
frames, as well as how the interpretation of the built environment 
deals with various regimes of historicity and produces conflicting 

The second theme considers tradition/ innovation in architecture, 
which can be traced equally in modern, early modern, and pre-modern 
periods. The theme explores the roles of architectural history in 
addressing questions of center-periphery, globalization, and 
cultural, political, or religious propaganda in the built 
environment. Examples might include transfer of architectural 
traditions and/ or innovations within Europe or beyond; appropriation 
of traditions or imposition of innovations for cultural, political, 
or religious reasons; or hybrid traditional-innovative conditions. It 
also opens the question of architectural history and its role in the 
simultaneity of multiple modernities, ideological restructuring of 
cultural and political discourse and similar topics.

Finally the third theme looks at the role of politics, both in terms 
of the direct interaction of (local) powers with the field of 
architecture and of the intermediate pressure of geopolitics. The 
topics treated here could range from ideological matters - such as 
the instrumentalisation of architectural historiography, etc. - to 
operative policies related to economic and social issues, including 
the role of the State (in early modern and modern times; as a 
specification, during the Cold War, it can treat both the socialist 
regimes and the welfare capitalist State). The geopolitical 
perspective could embrace a larger chronological span and explore, 
aside from the phenomenon of globalization (with all its aspects), 
mechanisms that led previously to shape networks of political 

We invite papers that explore one of the three main themes listed 
above. These themes have been, and could be, addressed from different 
conceptual perspectives central to the topic of "entangled histories" 
and "multiple geographies". These perspectives might include, but are 
not limited to, those of conflict and change; ruptures and 
continuities; global entanglements and segregation; regional 
integration and disintegration; political and cultural 
homogenization, and standardization and heterogeneity.

Proposal due date: 31 January 2015, noon CET (Central European Time)

Conference dates: 14-17 October 2015

Please submit 300 word abstracts through the conference website 
submission portal: http://www.eahn2015belgrade.org/submission/

Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies
EAHN 2015 Regional Thematic Conference
University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture
Belgrade, Serbia
14-17 October 2015

European Architectural History Network (EAHN)

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies (Belgrade, 14-17 Oct 
2015). In: H-ArtHist, Nov 17, 2014. <http://arthist.net/archive/8922>.

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