Monthly Archives: July 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: International conference on the use of gypsum in ancient buildings

The regional delegation Paris-Ile de France is organizing a conference on the use of gypsum in ancient buildings in February 2019.

The call for paper is open until september 28th. Don’t hesitate to make circulate this info among your scientific and professional networks.

There will be working sessions on the following topics so it is expected that communication in english or french will be proposed on :

 Theme 1 – Gypsum as a material

Key words : content, production process, properties, incompabilities, performance;

Theme 2 – Gypsum as part of local Know-hows through history

Key words : crafts, architecture, archeology, history, ethnology, sociology, building practices…

Theme 3 – Gypsum in a Heritage restoration perspective

Key words : diagonis, studies, experiment practices, remarkable restoration on listed or non listed building, volunteer workcamp based on technical skills experimentation based on gypsum,

Theme 4 – Identifying limits and fighting prejudicies on plaster

Keywords : rehabilitation of the material, potentialities, training, legal environment, eco-construction, recycling, materials of the future.

Important dates :

Deadline for submission of conference papers : September 28, 2018

Notification from the committee on the selection of papers : as from October 15, 2018

Conference program sent out : end October 2018

Registration : as from November 2, 2018

You can find some more info here in french

 For further details contact Fabrice Duffaud

CALL FOR PAPERS: What is Unique about Cornish Buildings?

22–23 March 2019: What is Unique about Cornish Buildings? (Cornwall)

The Cornish Buildings Group in association with Historic England will host a two-day conference to celebrate 50 years of the Group, at a venue to be announced. New and challenging paper submissions are invited to explore and discuss the conference question: What is unique about Cornish buildings? The theme will unite aspects of Cornish architectural design with distinctiveness and exclusivity. The Group welcome contributions from any area or discipline relative to the past, present and future of buildings in Cornwall and how they impact and affect the natural environment.

The conference will embrace research looking at Cornish distinctiveness in the widest possible sense. Submissions of 250 words to  Paul Holden FSA  at  by 31 August 2018.  Details online .

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture

9 January 2019: New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture (London)
The ninth conference on this topic, organised by  Claire Gapper FSA  and  Paula Henderson FSA , will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House. Proposals in the form of short abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes long. While the emphasis remains on new developments in architecture, we welcome proposals on related themes, such as decorative arts, gardens, sculpture and monuments.
They should be submitted by 31 August, and the final programme will be announced in September. Please include a short biography with your proposal. For further information contact Claire Gapper at , or Paula Henderson at .

CALL FOR PAPERS: Reading the Country House

16–17 November: Reading the Country House (Manchester)

Country houses were made to be read – as symbols of power, political allegiance, taste and wealth. ­This places emphasis on the legibility of their architecture and decorative schemes, and their paintings, collections and furniture. It also draws our attention to the skills required to decode the signs. ­The messages and processes of reading were carried further by 18th- and 19th-century images: in private sketch books and journals, in engravings and in guidebooks. These allowed the country house to be read in very different ways, as did its appearance in novels as backdrop and social symbol. ­This conference at Manchester Metropolitan University seeks to explore such perspectives on reading the country house, and link them to how the house is read today, by managers, visitors and viewers of period dramas. Keynote speakers  Phillip Lindley FSA  (Loughborough) and Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford). If you would like to present a paper please send title and 200-word abstract with a very brief biography to Jon Stobart at  by 31 August 2018.