Events, Calls for Papers, and such

Society of Architectural Historians Landscape History Chapter Essay Prize 2020

Have you read or authored a peer-review journal article published during the past three years that you think has made an important contribution to landscape architectural history? Please consider submitting it for the biannual Landscape History Chapter Essay Prize. Details here.


What is an Islamic Garden in the 21st Century?
September 13, 2019

Open to the university and the public

With new Islamic gardens and landscapes being designed around the world, the question of identity has become more complex, and tradition and modernity increasingly entangled. The symposium asks what defines an Islamic garden or landscape today. Because research on Islamic landscape and gardens has mostly been written by and for historians, little attention has been paid to the modern and contemporary world. However, the symposium brings the historical focus closer to the present, and explores not only the various ways that contemporary designers have used the rich archive of historical precedents for inspiration in their work, but also how they have in turn contributed to the ongoing tradition of Islamic gardens. The symposium engages with contemporary issues related to identity, representation, modernity, nationalism, globalization and tradition, and it considers the impact and meaning of these themes for the history and design of Islamic gardens and landscape.

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Debra L. Mitchell Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amir Habibullah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shiraz Allibhai, Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Abdelmohsen Farahat, King Abdulaziz University

Laila ElMasry-Stino, Sites International

Ratish Nanda, Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Abdallah Tabet, OLIN

Thomas Woltz, Nelson Byrd Woltz

Kamelia Zaal, Kamelia Landscape

Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Department of Landscape Architecture
611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

Department of Landscape Architecture, Debra L. Mitchell Chair Endowment

LACES 5 credits. Register at:
Fellowships available for graduate student attendees

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Call for Abstracts and Papers

Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies
2020 GLS Spring Symposium: Spatial Inequalities and Segregation in the Urban Landscape
May 1-2, 2020
Abstract due:  June 1, 2019

…within the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and cultural geography, there is an emerging body of theoretical, historical, and design research which recognizes the capacity of the built environment to serve as a repository of our collective and individual cultural history and memory. Yet contemporary methodologies of design often ignore the power of the landscape to evoke the history and memory of place, homogenizing the diverse cultural forces resident in the landscape, and thus reinforcing a peculiar sense of collective amnesia. — Craig Barton, Sites of Memory, xiv

The legacies of segregation, apartheid, and colonialism as they construct inequitable land use in cities are essential domains of study for landscape historians. Building on investigations of sites of memory, trauma, and racialized experience, this symposium invites scholars to engage with the urban landscape and / or environment through interrogating the means by which inequities, displacement, and spatial violence have affected the creation, development, and use of various spaces and sites in the urban public realm. We also seek scholarship into the everyday spatial practices through which marginalized communities resisted these oppressions and constructed alternative or counter narratives and spaces. This project furthers the efforts of Dumbarton Oaks’ Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies over the past four years, including the symposia and publications Food and the City, River Cities/City Rivers and Landscapes of Pre-Industrial Urbanism as well as a recent graduate workshop focused on the legacies of slavery and segregation in the Virginia landscape. The “urban landscape” is understood here as the whole socially- and physically-produced urban fabric and geography of land use distribution, alongside the more familiar public realm of parks, plazas, streets, alleys and infrastructure.

We seek papers that consider how social policies intersect with landscape and environmental realities to shape the intention and implementation of land use policies (redlining is just one example) that segregate communities in specific parts of the urban landscape. We wish to identify shared legacies that remain evident today—as between those of apartheid in the United States and South Africa for instance—and to compare past, present, and potential future conditions. In considering the role of racial topographies and segregated landscapes, scholars might consider the relegation of low income people to bottom lands, flood prone areas, and steep slopes, in both historical settlements and migrant communities. Access to natural resources including clean air and water will also be a part of the narrative, as will unequal access to economic, employment, and recreational opportunities. Further, scholars might identify parallels in the disproportionate impact that climate change and coastal inundation are sure to have on the economically disadvantaged around the world.

We welcome paper proposals that address past inequities as well as those that offer responses or alternative narratives regarding sites of memory and trauma, sites of territorial injustice and conflict, sites of protest and of reconciliation.  We are interested in projects addressing the scale of bounded sites and spaces as well as the broader networks and frameworks within which cities are conceived and lived in. These, and other related investigations, may be spatial, material and human, in addition to social, political, and historical.

As is customary for the Garden and Landscape Studies program, we welcome the participation of both scholars and designers.  We invite landscape, planning, and urban historians, as well as geographers, political ecologists, anthropologists, and sociologists, among others, to share their scholarship on the legacies of spatial inequality and segregation in urban landscapes and the public realm.

To submit:  send a 500 word abstract by June 1, 2019 to with a copy to

CfP: Austrian Association for American Studies Annual Conference “Mediating Mountains” – Innsbruck, Austria 2019
November 22–24, 2019
Due Date: May 19, 2019

Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Geography, Humanities

46th International Conference of the AAAS (Austrian Association for American Studies) organized by the Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria


Mountains confront us in many guises. They visualize space and provide geopolitical orientations that address questions of historical, cultural, social, national, and individual identity. Mountains are subjects of philosophical reflections, environmental meditations, and ecocritical ontologies. They serve as means of spiritual invigoration, scientific experimentation, medical therapy, and recreation. They are also the sources and resources of technological and artistic innovations, of human and non-human exploitations. Mountain spaces are often borderlands and contested zones of war and migration. They are sites of tourism and industrialization, deposits of waste, and repositories of cultural memory. This polymorphous and fluid nature turns mountains into a “dynamic medium” (W.J.T. Mitchell) that both reflects and grounds subjectivities. Mountains are not only objects of reflection that mirror, archive, and project human and cultural investments, but they can also be conceived of as “hyperobjects” (Timothy Morton) that affect the ways we come to think about existence, earth, and society.

The conference “Mediating Mountains” sets out to explore mountains as objects and agents of mediation in all artforms and media, including painting, literature, theater, music, film, television, performance and video art, video gaming, photography, and architecture.


Possible areas for contributions may include but are not limited to

mountain imaginaries that analyze the ramifications of viewing mountains as romantic wilderness, national parks, sporting sites, material resources, etc.;

mappings that locate and translate mountains in national, imperial, post-colonial, and global discourses as well as in theories of gender, media, and mobility;

landscape research and the material, perceptual, emotional, and social ecologies of mountain images;

the temporality of mountains in historiographic, media-archeological, and eco-critical theories.

While the focus of this conference is on American cultures, we also invite contributions from transnational and global perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches in comparative mountain studies.


The conference is organized by the Austrian Association for American Studies (represented by Christian Quendler and Cornelia Klecker, University of Innsbruck) in cooperation with Appalachian State University, North Carolina. It will take place at the University of Innsbruck in the heart of the Austrian Alps.


Proposals for entire panels are more than welcome. The deadline for submissions of complete panels as well as individual paper proposals is May 19, 2019. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions:

Contact Info:
Associate Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian Quendler, Vice Head of Department, Department of American Studies at University of Innsbruck,

Mag. Mag. Dr. Cornelia Klecker, Department of American Studies at University of Innsbruck,

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2nd International Meeting Histories of Nature and Environments: Shaping Landscapes – Portugal
November 21, 2019 to November 22, 2019
Due Date: May 15, 2019

Subject Fields:
Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences

Over the centuries, different aspects of the human / natural world relationship have shaped a wide range of landscapes. In the broad sense, landscapes mirror the synthesis of interactions between peoples and places, reflects circulation of knowledge and technology and materialise the development and adaptation of human’s societies across time and space. They are geographic realities, but also cultural ones. From these complex and multifaceted interconnections results the recognition of landscapes as a structural component of natural, historical, cultural and scientific heritage and a vital element in the creation of each community’s identity.

Following the first meeting in 2017 and the discussion on the interaction between humans and the natural world, this second reunion aims to address this relationship by bringing the broad concept of landscape into the discussion, considering that landscape also serves as a historical testimony and a fundamental source for the study of the past. A knowledge that can shed a light in the long-term relationship between humans and nature, essential in the current challenging contexts of environmental changes.

Suggested but not exclusive main topics:

Animals and landscapes

Environmental and Climate change and Human impacts

Landscape as a living archive

Literary landscapes and soundscapes

Natural and Cultural Landscapes

Natural History and Science

Society and Environment

Waterscapes and Littoral changes

Submission of abstracts
The conference is open to submissions from any discipline with interests in these fields. Potential participants should submit a proposal filling out the online form available at
by May 15, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2019.

The abstracts accepted will be published on-line. Maximum allotted time for presentations is 15 minutes.

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