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Context – the latest edition

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

ICOMOS 2019 Advisory Committee: Call for Symposium Workshop Proposals

This year, the ICOMOS Advisory Committee, Annual General Assembly and Scientifc Symposium  will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 14 to 18 October 2019, on the generous invitation of ICOMOS Morroco.

On the occasion of the meetings, a one-day Scientific Symposium organised by the Advisory Committee on the theme of “Rural Heritage – Landscapes and beyond” will take place on 17 October in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Download the Call for Workshop proposals (click on the language to download) – English – French.

Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2019.

CALL FOR PAPERS: CMCI Emerging Voices Conference 2019

CMCI Emerging Voices 2019
“Beyond Disciplines”

The PhD student community at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London (KCL) is pleased to open the call for papers for our 6th annual conference.

  • When: Thursday, 6th June 2019 – Friday, 7th June 2019
  • Where: Bush House, King’s College London WC2B 4BG, London
  • Fee: It’s free
  • Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

This year’s conference celebrates new and emerging directions in the research of culture, media and creative industries that challenge how we understand and see technological, environmental, political, institutional and aesthetic developments that are shaping our cultural landscape.

In particular we pose the question: how does your current research contribute to your field? Whether it is challenging how we think about existing structures, shaping how disciplines intersect through research, or revisiting established ideas; the aim of Emerging Voices is to present works that contribute to the research of CMCI in new ways.

We invite researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and with a particular interest in Culture, Media and Creative Industries to present original empirical, as well as theoretical research at this year’s CMCI Emerging Voices conference. We especially encourage submissions by PhD students and early career researchers.

Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Articulations of gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, etc. in media, culture and creative industries
  • Audience engagement and participation
  • Exclusion and inequality in culture and creative industries
  • Collaborative practices across the creative industries
  • Digital culture and everyday life
  • Forming subjectivities through media and culture
  • Cultural and social memory
  • Semiotic and discursive mediations of culture and media
  • Media and culture in a neoliberal age
  • Transformations in the research of Culture, Media and Creative Industries

Please find more details in the attached cfp, or visit our website: http://cmciphd.com/

Call for Papers & Panels

The AHRA is now accepting abstracts for its 16th annual conference in Dundee on 21-23 November 2019. We encourage submissions from architects, urbanists, planners, community activists, and policymakers, alongside scholars and practitioners from related fields including: philosophy, history, law, politics, economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and medicine. We welcome independent scholars, interested individuals and students. Over the course of the three day conference there will be five keynote lectures, 30 paper sessions and a number of round table discussions. We are accepting abstracts for individual paperspaper panels, and round table discussions. Please note that these three formats are to be submitted for the same deadline. Please mark clearly the format of your proposal.

Deadline: Please submit proposals no later than 5pm on 1 February 2019.

Further details here

Monuments In Monuments – A Call for Papers

Are you a conservation professional? We’re inviting contributions for abstracts for our conference next year on the conservation of stone monuments and objects inside traditional buildings.

About the conference
Our Monuments in Monuments Conference is an exciting, three-day international conference that offers the opportunity for conservation practitioners to network and share experiences.

The conference aims to examine the conservation of immobile stone monuments, structures or objects inside traditional buildings, and their conservation challenges.

Bringing together international conservation practitioners from across the world, we’ll explore innovative and traditional approaches to stone conservation inside traditional buildings. We’ll also examine whether a holistic conservation approach is possible.

We’re running the conference at our dedicated conservation centre in Stirling, the Engine Shed, and delegates will also have the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic heritage sites in Scotland to explore these issues first-hand.

Get involved

We’re inviting abstracts from professionals who have an interest or expertise in stone conservation.

Your abstract should be:

  • No more than 300 words
  • Submitted in PDF format

If you’d like to submit an abstract, send all of the above to MiM2019@hes.scot by Thursday 31 January 2019. This is an extended deadline.

If your abstract is successful, you’ll be invited to submit a paper to present at our conference.

Please note our other deadlines:

Friday 22 February 2019: We’ll send notice of all successful abstracts

Tuesday 23 April: Deadline for full papers

Friday 31 May: Papers reviewed and returned to authors for final amendments 

Friday 14 June: Receipt of finalised papers 

Building Material 23: Fields


The 23rd edition of Building Material seeks papers on the idea of the field in architecture.

The notion of fields is used in architecture to connote ambiguity. Whether used spatially or figuratively, it introduces into the discourse a tension in the acknowledgement of boundary. It is like a fabric, a carpet, a pattern with the potential for endlessness (or at least an ill-defined edge), yet the terminology of the field equally embodies concepts of containment and segregation. It slips between roles as an all encompassing terrain while remaining one part perhaps of a greater whole. Within the discourse of architecture, fields can capture a range of concerns, including: the imagery and nature of non-hierarchical space; the extents of professional and disciplinary knowledge; and the possibilities of boundaries, not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones. In all this there may be many fields of shifting centres.

Topics for consideration may include (but would not be limited to) the following:

  • How are the limits of architectural knowledge defined and where does it transition with other disciplines?
  • In what ways does the architectural design process respond to multiple physical, cultural and social conditions?
  • What has been the impact of field-based compositional principles on the history of architecture?
  • How, and in what form, do boundaries manifest themselves in the areas of urbanism, building, and technology?
  • If the extent of a given field may be mapped, what does this tell us of its central focus?

Building Material 23 invites submissions that explore the range of architectural possibilities inherent within the word ‘fields’ in Ireland and elsewhere. Submitted articles must not have been published, nor be under consideration for publication, either online or in print. Written submissions should be a maximum of 4000 words and should be analytical and critical rather than descriptive. While inviting submission of academic papers, it also seeks and encourages interesting essays that fall beyond the academic pale. Shorter articles are welcome, as are graphic works.

Building Material is a peer reviewed journal and selected submissions shall be assessed by two independent reviewers. Submissions not intended for peer-review are also welcome. A distinction will be made between peer-reviewed research articles and other material.

Completed articles should be addressed to the editor(s) by 01 March 2019. To facilitate the process of double-blind peer review, please ensure that all contact details are contained in a covering email and that authors’ identifying details are not included in the article file.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated by 29 March 2019. Articles should be prepared in MS Word, double-spaced at a minimum 11-point font size. Notes should adopt the UWA Oxford Referencing style (footnote format), as outlined in the linked document. Single quotation marks should be used throughout. Image files should be formatted as individual jpg files at 300dpi.

Informal queries regarding submission may be addressed to the editor(s). All submissions and correspondence should be addressed to buildingmaterial@architecturalassociation.ie.

Previous issues of Building Material are now available to view on JSTOR. Hardcopies may be purchased via architecturalassociation.ie.

Building Material is an annual architecture journal, joint published by the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI), the All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG), and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF).


European Architectural History Network Conference 2020

Call for Session and Roundtable Proposals

The European Architectural History Network is delighted to announce its next biannual meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, 10th -13th June 2020.  In accordance with EAHN’s mission, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline of architectural history, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research in the field.  EAHN is a European organisation, but its intellectual scope is global, and the meeting welcomes proposals on any architectural historical topic.  As well as topics on any aspect of the built environment, proposals on landscape and urban history are also very welcome, along with proposals dealing with the theories, methodologies and historiographies of architectural history.

Proposals are sought in two basic formats: (1) a Session, and (2) a Roundtable debate.  A Session should plan for 4-5 paper presentations, with a respondent, and time for dialogue and discussion at the end.  A Roundtable debate should be an organised discussion between panel members, and the format would suit topics of particular urgency, or contemporary relevance.  Roundtables should also aim to activate audience discussion as far as possible. Sessions and Roundtables may be chaired by more than one person. At this stage, only the proposals for Sessions and Roundtables are required. A separate call for papers (CFP) for successful Sessions and Roundtables will be issued in April 2019.

Anyone wishing to chair a Session or a Roundtable debate at EAHN2020 are invited to submit proposals by 31stDecember, 2018. Chairs should make clear whether their proposal is a Session, or a Roundtable. 

Please note that EAHN is self-funding, and chairs are expected to provide all their conference expenses, including travel and accommodation.

Check the Guidelines for Authors:


European Architectural History Network (EAHN2020) Conference

Call for Session and Roundtable Proposals

The European Architectural History Network is delighted to announce its next biannual meeting at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland from 10th – 13th June 2020.

In accordance with EAHN’s mission, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline of architectural history, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research in the field. EAHN is a European organisation, but its intellectual scope is global, and the meeting welcomes proposals on any architectural historical topic. As well as topics on any aspect of the built environment, proposals on landscape and urban history are also very welcome, along with proposals dealing with the theories, methodologies and historiographies of architectural history.

Anyone wishing to chair a Session or a Roundtable debate at EAHN2020 is invited to submit proposals by 31 December 2018.

For further information and submission guidelines: https://eahn2020.eca.ed.ac.uk/call-sessions/

Call for Papers ‘HERITAGE as a BUILDER of PEACE’

Find the Call for Abstract with further details and orientation or apply to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org.


  • 30th November 2018 – Abstract submission to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org
  • 20th December 2018   – Notification of the abstracts acceptance on the conference webpage  
  • 18th February 2019 –  Full paper submission for publishing (for ISBN e-book conference proceedings published by Life Beyond Tourism Editions). Authors are fully responsible for the subject and formal correctness of the paper.

Prioritisation within built heritage – call for ideas

BEFS invites those open to exploring strategies for the prioritisation within built heritage to submit their ideas.

People want built heritage in all its forms, to: receive the care, protection and examination needed; for heritage to be able to facilitate the greatest benefits; and for those benefits to be widely accessible and understood. But what are those benefits – academic, social, economic, cultural? And in a period of continued constraint in public funding can we have it all, for everything? A forthcoming report on the state of heritage funding arising from Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage project will likely reveal the limits.


Call for Papers! Built Heritage Management: Energy & Society

Contemporary challenges in conserving built cultural heritage

The International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation focuses on the
challenges associated with the adaptation of existing buildings in response to rapid
technological developments, a changing climate and developing societal demands.
This of course is in the context of an increasingly global society and a construction
sector where solutions need to be developed that are internationally rigorous and
informed by world class research.

Find out more about topics & deadlines here