Author Archives: Carla Pianese

Call for Papers ‘HERITAGE as a BUILDER of PEACE’

Find the Call for Abstract with further details and orientation or apply to


  • 30th November 2018 – Abstract submission to
  • 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


A HOSTILE CLIMATE? MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON CLIMATE CHANGE is a one-day conference that will be held at the University of Leeds on 8th April 2019.

We seek to gather together early career and PGR scholars across all disciplines in climate change research from across the UK . This conference will explore the many different facets of climate change and related environmental catastrophes through the lens of different academic and artistic disciplines, and to hear from PhD and early career researchers producing novel and innovative work on these topics.

Further details about topics and deadline here

Call for Session: The European Architectural History Network

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, 10-13 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 consist of 4-5 paper presentations, with a respondent, and time for dialogue and discussion at the end. A Roundtable debate should be an organised as a 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.

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

Further details here


Call for papers

The conservation of immobile stone monuments, structures or objects within traditional buildings present specific conservation challenges. Monuments in Monuments 2019 will examine the interaction and conflicts raised when conserving stone structures in this context and examines whether a holistic conservation approach is possible. Hosted by Historic Environment Scotland, the conference aims to bring together international conservation practitioners and will blend speaker lectures, posters and industry partner stalls with field trips to view conservation issues in situ. Abstract submissions are welcome now. They should be max. 300 words, submitted by 30th of November in PDF format via email to:

For more information see:



Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

As part of
7th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again
23 – 24 November 2018
Nice, Côte d’Azur, France
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15th of October 2018

Panel Description:

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

Please apply on-line using the electronic form on the conference website or submit by e-mail a titled abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of October 2018 to

If you are interested to apply, please see complete information about the conference and details for applicants at:

Education, Design and Practice – Understanding skills in a Complex World

PLACE: Stevens Institute of Technology, New York / New Jersey

DATES: 17-19 June 2019

ABSTRACTS: 01 Dec 2018 (Round One)


This unique conference is interested in how we prepare the next generation of professionals to manage, design and construct the built environment.  A specific urban design strand has been established.  It seeks papers on:

Education and Pedagogy | Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape |  Construction and Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology and AMPS

Pre-recorded video (via special YouTube Channel) 

Other formats: Skype |  Conference Presentations |  Written Papers

The conference forms part of PARADE, a collaboration between Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Intellect Books, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing.

More details:

Society for the Architectural Historians of Great Britain Symposium: Call for Papers

The Society for the Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) is issuing a call for papers for its 2019 symposium around the theme of ‘architecture and light’. This symposium will coincide with two exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum: one on ‘Soane and Light’ and another – as yet untitled – with a leading contemporary light artist. Thereby the theme of papers should focus on the presence, use and meaning of light in architectural design across all periods and styles. The Symposium is taking place on Saturday 22 June 2019 in London. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and should be illustrated by PowerPoint, with speakers prepared to take questions at the end. Find out more about how to submit here.