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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

When All Roads Led to Paris: Artistic Exchanges between France and Central Europe in the 19th Century

CFP: When All Roads Led to Paris: Artistic Exchanges between France and Central Europe in the 19th Century

  • Dates: 01 – 18 Mar, 2018
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Website: http://www.cefres.cz/en/7840
  • Deadline for applications: 18 March 2018

Organizers: Kristýna Hochmuth (ÚDU FF UK, NG) and Adéla Klinerová (ÚDU FF UK, EPHE, CEFRES)
When & Where: 26-27 June 2018, AV ČR, Národní 1009/3, Prague 1, room 205
Languages: French and English

This workshop, organized by CEFRES, the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚDU AV ČR), the National Gallery in Prague (NG) and the Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University (ÚDU FF UK) is open to PhD students, post doctoral students and young researchers. Our discussions will be initiated by a keynote speech by professor Marek Zgórniak, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków. A complementary program will be open to active participants and public. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered. On the other hand, we will help with hotel bookings in Prague.

Please send both organizers your paper proposal up to 3,600 characters, in French or English, by 18 March 2018, within the fulfilled application form. The selection committee will contact selected candidates by 20 April 2018. Papers should be no longer than 25 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. A publication is planned.

21st IIWC Symposium – New Horizons, York 2018

Call for Papers

On behalf of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and ICOMOS-UK we invite papers to be presented at New Horizons, York 2018.

Papers are invited from both ICOMOS members and non-members. To propose a paper, please submit a concise one A4-page abstract as follows:

  • Language: English
  • Abstract length: Maximum 300 words
  • Author’s biography summary: Maximum 100 words
  • At the top of the abstract indicate: the chosen theme/ topic; the title of the paper; and three to five keywords that reflect the general theme of the paper; then
  • Author’s name(s), any institutional affiliation and contact details (postal address, phone, fax, e-mail)
  • If you are an ICOMOS member, your ICOMOS membership number and National Committee.
  • No more than one abstract will be considered per author (unless for the second abstract you are not the principal author).
  • Abstracts should be emailed to:  IIWCYork@gmail.com

Timetable for submission of abstracts and papers:

  • 2 March 2018: Call for Papers:
  • 15 May 2018: Deadline for submission of Abstracts
  • 12 June 2018: Selected speakers notified of their selection
  • 12 -15 September 2018: ‘New Horizons’ – IIWC Symposium York 2018
  • Abstracts sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Selection and Review Process

The Selection Committee will review the abstracts. It will then select abstracts for papers to be presented at the symposium and for publication on the IIWC website (possibly for both). The selected speakers will be invited to submit fully referenced 2,500-word papers with illustrations after the Symposium for publication on the IIWC website. Guidelines for paper presentations will be emailed to the selected presenters.

To facilitate broader discussion of the themes, a further number of abstracts will be selected (and notified) to present posters for display during the Symposium on stands or electronic screens. Poster Presenters may be invited to personally present if a Speaker Presenter drops out unexpectedly.

Selection Committee: Tina Wik ((ICOMOS Sweden), Mikel Landa (ICOMOS Spain), Doug Evans and Maggie Henderson (ICOMOS UK).

Symposium Organising Committee: Doug Evans, IIWC Vice-President (Europe), Tina Wik IIWC General Secretary, Dana Challinor (ICOMOS UK), Susan Denyer Secretary ICOMOS-UK, and Anthea Longo ICOMOS-UK.


Further information>>

CFP: A World of Architectural History (ARENA)

A World of Architectural History

International Conference to be held at the
Bartlett School of Architecture,
Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment,
University College London, UK

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November 2018

This event is also the 3rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Research in Europe Network Association (ARENA)

Further information about the Conference rationale>>

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of a minimum of 300 words and maximum of 500 words are invited for this major architectural history conference being held at the Bartlett School of Architecture in early-November 2018. Up to three pages of images can also be supplied. However, all of the text/images in each case must be combined together into one single Acrobat PDF file for submission or else will not be accepted.

Applicants should indicate clearly in their abstracts which of the 8 conference themes they wish to be included in (see above for categories). The conference organisers however retain the right to reallocate accepted papers as they see fit.

To ensure equal treatment for all submissions, the organizers will not respond to any individual queries about the content of papers or about the thematic categories.

The selection panel will assess each of the proposed papers on an anonymous basis, and will be comprised of Bartlett Faculty colleagues and members of the International Academic Committee. The deadline for the call for papers is Wednesday 28th March 2018, with decisions being notified by 25th April 2018.

Applicants need to ensure that they have their own sources of funding available to take part in the conference.


General enquiries and the PDF files for the proposed papers should be emailed to:
Professor Murray Fraser, Vice-Dean of Research, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, murray.fraser@ucl.ac.uk

Expression of Interest: A Call for AHRC-Funded Research

AHRC-Funded Principal Investigators invite  to contribute a piece on  research projects as part of the ‘case studies’ section of our website.  The aim of this part of our website is to profile current and recently completed AHRC funded research projects and to show the breadth and range of research currently being undertaken on the Heritage Priority Area. AHRC particularly aim to showcase projects which take innovative and creative approaches to heritage and which engage with areas identified as priorities within the AHRC Heritage Research Strategy.

AHRC will only be able to show a selection of work as we aim to have 1-2 new case studies per month, so it will not be able to host all research on our website. However, AHRC will – where possible – tweet all projects who have responded to this call.

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership team works with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the heritage research community, and heritage partner organisations, to draw together and stimulate the development of a wide range of research across the arts and humanities that makes an important contribution to understanding heritage and key global challenges. AHRC also aim to support the interconnections between research, policy and practice, both in the UK and internationally.

Community Preservation through Adaptive Reuse

Call for Papers

We are excited to announce a call for papers for our cultural and historic preservation conference coming this Fall (October 12-13, 2018). We invite proposals for individual papers as well as complete sessions on the theme “Community Preservation through Adaptive Reuse.” Adaptive reuse is a strategy commonly employed by preservationists, architects, and planners to extend the use-life of historic buildings and sites. Perhaps because it is not as readily measurable as financial benefits, the ability of adaptive reuse to strengthen community relationships and identities is often overlooked. Despite this lack of attention, adaptive reuse has the potential to be a powerful form of place-making that promotes community solidarity.  Taking this perspective, historic buildings and sites are seen as more than fabric. They are also seen as richly layered “texts” that combine material and non-material cultural narratives of a community’s past, present, and even future.  In many cases, the range of narratives associated with a particular building or site is as diverse as the community itself, which has the potential to create a shared sense of history.

The purpose of this conference is to explore adaptive reuse as a form of community preservation.  Potential topics include position papers, conceptualizing adaptive reuse, historical analysis, and case studies. Papers in any field of academic or applied preservation (e.g. architecture, architectural history, archaeology, museum studies, preservation planning/policy) and public history are welcome. Presenters of accepted papers will have conference registration fees waived.

Our keynote speaker will be Jim Lindberg (National Trust for Historic Preservation-Vice President for Research and Policy and former Senior Director of the Preservation Green Lab).

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2018.

Find out more here>>

APT Accepting Abstract Submissions


Submissions for the APT Buffalo Niagara Conference paper presentations and APT Student Scholar abstracts/applications are now being accepted online. Submissions for both are due Monday March 5

Share your insight and cutting-edge ideas
Our audience of industry professionals and craftspeople are committed to maintain, conserve and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The paper sessions are a key component in sharing ideas, insights and expanding the dialogue of this important work.

APT Publication
All papers presented will be considered for publication in post-Conference issue of the APT Bulletin. APT reserves the right to publish all accepted abstracts on its websites and with conference registration materials.

Save on Registration
In addition to all of the intellectual and social benefits of attending the world’s premier preservation technologies gathering, you’ll enjoy a reduced registration rate as a speaker (or a full scholarship for Student Scholars).

The four tracks that will explore this year’s theme are:


1. Decline vs. revival: tempering the impulse to tear down and start over

2. Materials over time: points of change 

3. For power or for passage: re-envisioning historic industrial and transportation infrastructure

4. This new world: preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes


See more information on the tracks by scrolling down on this page.
The journey to Buffalo Niagara starts here!

Architectural History Workshop 2018

  • Dates: 02 – 16 Feb, 2018
  • Location: United Kingdom

Call for Participation

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) invites proposals for the 2018 Architectural History Workshop. This is our annual event for Postgraduate Students and Early Career Scholars to share and develop their ideas; it aims to provide an informal space away from your own institution where you can discuss, debate, practice and enjoy the company of like-minded researchers working within the history of the built environment, broadly conceived.
We invite participation in a number of ‘lightning’ rounds, where contributors are asked to speak for no more than ten minutes in any appropriate format that engagingly explores and presents your research. This research can be at any stage from a research proposal that you wish to talk about, issues arising from your research, final work as you write-up, post-doctoral reflections, or anything in-between. Speakers from previous events are particularly welcome to update us on the progress of their work.
The event is limited to Postgraduate students (full-time or part-time) and Early Career Scholars (those who have completed their PhDs within the last 5 years). We particularly encourage participation from:
  • Masters students considering doctoral study
  • Doctoral students in relevant disciplines
We are interested in all periods and regions of study, and the full range of methodological approaches to architectural history. The society welcomes submissions of work relating to the history of the built environment from all disciplines, including but by no means limited to:
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • History (including urban, social and cultural history)
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Geography

​On as diverse a range of themes as possible, including:

  • Histories of design
  • Histories of planning
  • Histories of construction
  • Histories of buildings in use
  • Histories of interiors and interior design
  • Histories of practice and professionalism

Alongside presentations, the Workshop will feature a session on ‘Careers in Architectural History’ presented by a panel of invited speakers from museums, heritage bodies, architectural practices, and more. Speakers will be announced in the near future. The keynote speaker will be the Chairman of the SAHGB, Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York).

If you are interested in making a contribution, please complete the submission formThe closing date for applications is Friday 16 February 2018. The result of all applications will be communicated by Tuesday 20 February, with confirmation from the speakers requested by Thursday 22 February. The Workshop will take place on Saturday 17 March at The Gallery, 70, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL. No funding is available. A contribution of £10 is requested from all attendees to cover costs (inclusive of all catering).

Visual Heritage 2018, Vienna, Austria – Call for Papers & Posters

Visual Heritage 2018 hosted by CHNT 23 2018
(Vienna, Austria – November 12 – 15, 2018)

The next edition of CHNT (Cultural Heritage and New Technologies – www.chnt.at) will be organized in cooperation with the EG GCH (Eurographics Symposium and Graphics Cultural Heritage) in the City Hall of Vienna Austria.

The aim of this federated event is again to bring different communities in the same venue, to share experiences and discuss methodologies concerning digital visual media and their use in the context of heritage applications, to document digitally on at-risk archaeological sites, historical buildings, museums… and their texts, books, paints, pictures, objects …all records of through collecting original image collection’s source.

The 2018 edition will be a special event, since 2018 has been declared by the European Commission the “European Year of Cultural Heritage”. The event will also take place during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at 2nd half of 2018.
Therefore, Visual Heritage 2018 will be an ideal context for discussing European policies on digital heritage and digital humanities.

We invite everybody to send us your proposals to organize a session, panel, workshop, round table, tutorial or advanced archaeological training.
Content of the proposal
• Title of the session, ….
• Name of chairs / organizer (max. 2)
• Description of the planned session,… (200 – 300 words)
• Target group
• Specifics

For more questions, email at Wolfgang.boerner@stadtarchaeologie.at

Please send your proposal to: kongrarchae@stadtarchaeologie.at


Urbanism at borders

Interdisciplinary Global Workshop for Research Network

Robert Gordon University is proud to be hosting the inaugural Interdisciplinary Global Workshop from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 September 2018. The event will take place at our Garthdee Campus, on the banks of the River Dee.

Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation – demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border.

Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues:

  • Characteristics of social displacement at the borders
  • Transient/temporal settlement
  • Typologies and Form of Settlement
  • Conflict and Cultural hybridity
  • The architecture of weak forms on borderlines
  • Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy
  • A phenomenology of generic places
  • Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation?
  • The occupation of place: between reality and authorities
  • Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media
  • Quick solutions: the printed habitat
  • New Social formation/Social Capital

Borders Research Scopes

  • Collaborative research initiation among partnering countries – Intermediate actions
  • Collaborative thematic conferences – September 2018
  • Publication as monographs – post conference monograph with Springer
  • Filming and documentation – part of conference submission
  • Design charrette – school-level masters design studio projects

The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday 30 January 2018. Send abstract by email or post on or before to:

Helen Aggasild
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Robert Gordon University
Sir Ian Wood Building,
Garthdee Road,
AB10 7GJ,

To find out more click here>>



Place: University of East London

Dates: 14 – 15 June 2018

Abstracts: 01 April 2018

Abstract Submission Form

Early Abstracts reviewed on a rolling basis from 01 Jan 2018. This allows international delegates time to arrange travel plans.


This conference calls upon art and architectural historians, sociologists, cultural theoristsarchitectsplannersurban designers, to critique the urban conditions of the past with a view to informing the present.

Sample of themes: contemporary architecture and modes of production |  emerging forms in city planning  |  social and political history of urbanisation  globally |  representations of ‘the city’ in art  |  historic architecture as social text


In a time when the construction of New Towns is on the agenda in UK; when climate change threatens historic cities and landscapes in Asia; when the cultural industries turn our art and architectural history into economic models of development; when entire cities are being built from scratch across rural China; and socio-economic change is destroying industrial communities leaving people in the West in search for answers from politicians like of Donald Trump, what can we mean by ‘heritage’?

Our built environment of buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures are always, at inception, visions of a future. They also become – very quickly – the markings of the past. Framed as architectural history, these markings tend to be what we think of when discussing heritage. However, heritage is more than this. It is equally a question of artistic and media representations of the present and the past; the social milieus we destroy or reinforce as economies fade or grow; the societies we construct through varying forms of city governance; the artistic and political legacies we use as points of rupture in building the future.

Our buildings, towns, cities and their artistic and media representations then, are all visions of an aesthetic present. They are the realisation through design of what we can and wish to build. They are social constructions defining the way people live, think, develop and desire. They are economic contrivances marking out the interests of capital. They are expressions of knowledge and skills which can inform innovation. They are phenomena mediated equally by the arts, medias and actual experience. They are inevitably political at every level.

This conference suggests we cannot think of heritage in reductive terms, neither as isolated objects or images nor as a purely historic phenomenon. The decisions we take about this ‘heritage’ today are not only based on the past, they will inform the future.



In redefining heritage as a historic, artistic, design, media, social, political, and economic issue, this conference attempts to open up the concept to a reading that is interdisciplinary. In questioning these relationships over time, it seeks to understand the past in light of the present and identify creative ways of operating in a globalised future.

Within this framework, the conference welcomes international specialists who will ask their own questions about history and the present, and thus help redefine the perspective of others: artarchitectural and social historianscultural theorists, architectsplanners and urban designers. Examples of questions we expect to be asked include, but are not limited to:

What role did and will art and design economies have on city development? How do the arts and the media create and distort our vision of built and social urban heritage? How have and can we preserve the architecture of the past while building for the present? What happens to community and social bonds when cities are replanned? How do changing economic conditions alter how we build and live in cities? How has craftmanship and knowledge typically informed contemporary modes of production and work through innovative processes…..



We seek to explore definitions of ‘heritage’ by considering it from various angles: physical form, artistic formulation, political tool, social and media construct, economic reification and digital innovation. As a result, the conference welcomes presentations from specialists from multiple fields whose work overlaps with issues of heritage broadly defined: art historians, conservationists, architects, urban designers, cultural theorists, sociologists, artists, media and press historians, planners and more.

In this regard the event follows the expressly interdisciplinary dialogue set out by AMPS and the research and publication programme PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments).

Find out more here…