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  • Call for papers - Urban studies

    Dominion of the Sacred

    Image, Cartography, Knowledge of the City after the Council of Trent ("In_bo" vol. 12, no. 16)

    Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Italian political geography was polarized by a number of cities of different sizes and traditions: Rome and Florence, Milan and Naples, Genoa and Venice, Turin and Modena, either ancient republics or new dynastic capitals, satellites of the great European monarchies or small Signorias. The conjunction — less frequently the conflict — between the mandates of the Council of Trent and the interests of the ruling élites of those cities set the foundation for novel forms of social, cultural and spiritual control, fostering new urban structures and policies, deeply conditioned by the presence and government of the sacred.

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  • Rome

    Call for papers - History

    Rebuilding / Restoring Rome

    The Renewal of Buildings and Spaces as Urban Policy, from Antiquity to the Present

    Everywhere in Rome, monuments are covered with ancient or modern inscriptions that not only contain the name of the original builder but also commemorate their restoration. Popes from the Quattrocento and Cinquecento who acted as urban planners, such as Sixtus IV, presented themselves as ‘restorers’, even when they were actually modernising the City. This phenomenon is not restricted to the Renaissance period: many Roman emperors already claimed to be rebuilders, such as Augustus who repaired all the damaged temples of Rome according to the Res Gestae, or Septimius Severus who was called Restitutor Vrbis on his coinage. Rome thus seems to be a city that constantly needs to be restored, rebuilt, born again. This conference aims to investigate how the notions of restoration and rebuilding were a driving force of Rome’s urban transformation throughout its history, from Antiquity to the 21st century, as well as a political program put forward by the authorities and an ideal more or less shared by the different key actors of the city.

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  • Call for papers - America

    « América Crítica » – Varia

    Issue 2(1) – 2018

    The editors are looking for articles, translations, interviews as well as book or performance reviews. América Crítica is a peer reviewed, biannual journal published by CISAP (Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sull’America Pluriversale) at the University of Cagliari, Italy. It publishes unsolicited articles related to any area of American Studies, Latin American Studies and Hemispheric American Studies (literature, history, linguistics, arts, cultural studies, film studies, politics, social sciences and anthropology). It especially welcomes contributions focusing on a comparative approach, native and/or minority cultures in the Americas, American urban cultures, and marginal and contested cultures and identities in the Americas.

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  • Tours

    Call for papers - History

    The commission (XIIIth-XVIIth centuries): actors, contracts and productions

    Every piece can be studied through its commission. The conditions of pieces commission in late Middle Ages and early modern period started a long series of studies in the domain of the History of Arts. The multidisciplinary approach led by our PhD meetings brings us to enlarge the field of the study focusing on the different types of artistic production, be they painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, literature or philosophy. Contributions will focus on every kind of production, material or immaterial, lasting or not, preserved or not.

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  • Tallinn

    Call for papers - Urban studies

    Modernism and Rurality: Mapping the State of Research (EAHN 2018 - Tallin)

    5th European Architectural History Network International Meeting, in Tallinn, June 2018

    This session aims to address, from a historical perspective, the relation between, on one side, architecture and the related disciplines, and on the other side, agriculture and rurality at large. We welcome proposals specifically mapping case studies concerned with large-scale agricultural development and/or colonization schemes conceived and (but not necessarily) implemented in Europe and beyond during modern times (late 18th-20th century), strongly connected to nation- and State-building processes, and to the modernization of the countryside. We are particularly interested in those examples which aimed to “make the difference” in both scale and numbers, entailing radical reshaping of previously uninhabited or sparsely populated areas into new, planned, “total” rural landscapes.

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  • Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Languages of urbanization and visions of the city

    This section will focus on the representations of urban spaces and urban lives in the Americas, with special regard to the languages and the social practices that convey – or that have conveyed in the past – the idea of “making the city”. We are especially interested both in grassroots movements of urban resistance and in counter-hegemonic representations of the urban space. We welcome contributions on practices of re-appropriation of the city, on the strategies of resistance to the processes of gentrification, on the relationship between urban space and subaltern groups (minorities and/or subcultures) and on the ways in which the urban space has been represented, reimagined or invented in literature, cinema, comics, music, photography, television, visual arts.

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  • Venice

    Study days - Urban studies

    Study day in honor of Bernardo Secchi

    First edition – Utopia and the project for the city and territory

    For today and in the future Bernardo Secchi’s work and intuitions nourish the reflections and debate on city, architecture and society. The Study Day sponsored by the Doctorate School in Architecture, City and Design and of the Università IUAV of Venice is dedicated to Bernardo Secchi, in the school where he taught for many years becoming a reference for many student generations. The aim is not only to remember his work, but also to deepen and to elaborate, case by case, his hypothesis, themes and questions by constructing new occasions for debate and intellectual expansion.

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  • Genoa

    Call for papers - Representation

    Banlieues : quelles représentations contemporaines des quartiers « sensibles » ?

    Depuis les trente dernières années, le mot banlieue désigne l’inscription territoriale d’une question sociale, comme le souligne l’historienne experte de la banlieue parisienne Annie Fourcaut. Très en vogue dans les débats médiatiques et politiques, notamment depuis les premières émeutes urbaines médiatisées des années 1990 jusqu’à arriver aux plus violentes en 2005, les banlieues entendues comme quartiers « sensibles », semblent rassembler autour d’elles et de leur jeunesse surtout, les connotations les plus disparates et péjoratives : paupérisation socio / économique, ségrégation résidentielle, dégradation du bâtiment, violence et délinquance. Le projet de ce colloque s’inscrit dans ce contexte d’actualité et vise à réfléchir sur les représentations sociales et artistiques contemporaines de ces lieux, incluant la littérature et les arts visuels tels que le cinéma, la photographie et les arts urbains.

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  • Palermo

    Conference, symposium - Thought

    Spaces in action, actions in space

    De quelle manière peut-on définir l'espace ? De quelle manière peut-on définir l'action ? Plutôt que de les envisager séparément, nous voudrions, lors de ce colloque, considérer l'espace et l'action de manière conjointe à partir des limites et des apports que l'un parait offrir à l'autre. L'idée est d'associer les réflexions qui dérivent du spatial turn avec celles des spécialistes qui travaillent plus spécifiquement sur la définition d'agency. Les participants sont toutefois invités à laisser librement interagir ces différentes dimensions avec les perspectives et les instruments qu'ils pensent être les plus adéquats à leur propos. En plus de l'anthropologie (de l'espace, du quotidien, du langage, etc.), nous comptons recevoir des propositions qui s’appuient sur les modèles d'analyse provenant de la linguistique, de la géographie, des études culturelles, de la sémiotique textuelle et de la sémiotique culturelle. Sont encouragées aussi bien des études à caractère théorique que des études de cas.

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  • Bologna

    Call for papers - Urban studies

    Architecture and liturgy: design autonomy and standards

    The second International Seminar offers a new stage of critical reflection on the relationship between the liturgical and ecclesiastical guidelines offered by the Second Vatican Council and church architecture, and propose a reflection on what the terms of dialogue and the interdependence between architecture and liturgy are. The dogmatic constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium is a fundamentally important document in the Church's struggle for renewal with immediate and obvious repercussions on the architectural questions concerning the construction and organization of the celebratory space. Therefore, this Seminar is intended as an occasion to compare and propose various ways of seeing and experiencing the relationship between autonomy and the standard applied to the architectural design, in reference to conciliar liturgical instances.

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  • Tours

    Conference, symposium - Geography

    Thinking the fabric of the city in times of crisis

    Le colloque franco-italien intitulé « Penser la fabrique de la ville en temps de crises » initié par l’UMR CITERES, s’inscrit dans la continuité d’une série de manifestations scientifiques annuelles, regroupant depuis 2008 des chercheurs italiens et français qui confrontent leurs regards autour des débats scientifiques dans le champ de la géographie sociale. La thématique proposée pour l’édition 2014 est issue des questionnements de chercheurs du laboratoire et de leurs partenaires italiens sur la fabrique de la ville dans un contexte où la question de la crise paraît omniprésente dans les discours dominants. Ces journées permettront de saisir comment en Italie et en France les géographes travaillant sur la production et sur les pratiques des espaces urbains intègrent la notion de crise dans leurs travaux. Notre objectif sera donc de mettre en discussion les effets de l’interprétation des contextes et des devenirs des villes en termes de crise urbaine, environnementale, politique ou économique.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Europe

    Between Earth and sea

    Via Aurelia and the topography of the Latium and Tuscany coastline

    For the last decades, the studies carried out along the Italian coasts have been a favoured field of research, concerning some specific aspects of the antique and mediaeval society, its links with the sea, and with other men beyond the sea. Within that context, the coasts of Lazio and Tuscany reveal themselves to be particularly interesting: they are the witnesses of a wealthy business network, along the coast lines, centred on the via Aurelia, and the numerous harbours and mooring areas, used since ancient days. This colloquium is dedicated to reopening a debate among experts, thanks to the contributions of various research approaches, and with a particular attention to the Tuscia area.

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