[spectre] CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies (Belgrade, 14-17 Oct 2015)

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Mon Nov 17 20:26:48 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: 

Belgrade, Serbia

Conference dates: 14-17 October 2015
Paper proposal deadline: 31 January 2015


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 identities.

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)

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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