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  • 22 Oct 2017 2:03 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2018 Annual Meeting, A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac, May 2-5, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia.

    DEADLINE – OCTOBER 30, 2017

    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its 37th Annual Conference, A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac, May 2-5, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia.  Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring mid-Atlantic American themes exploring agriculture, maritime activities, industrialization, urbanization, suburbanization, as well as themes such ethnic identity, religious expression, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes.  Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved?  Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc.), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public.

    Students and young professionals may apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference.

    SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT

    Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged.  At least one session will be devoted to Field Notes – shorter papers (five to eight minutes in length) that introduce new techniques, innovations, and discoveries in documenting vernacular buildings and landscapes.  Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words.  Make sure to indicate if it is a regular paper proposal or a shorter fieldwork proposal or intended for the VAF distinctiveness session.  Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, a one-page c.v.  You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2018, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

    THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2017

    The abstracts and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Daves Rossell, at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Potomac conference, please visit the conference website at the http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/event-2580611 or contact Thomas Reinhart at VAFPotomac@vafweb.org.

    PAMELA H. SIMPSON PRESENTER’S FELLOWSHIPS

    VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.

    To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.

  • 22 Oct 2017 2:01 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    I hope this email finds you well.  I am writing as a member of the Program Committee for the Urban History Association (UHA) to invite you to organize a session at our next meeting in Columbia, South Carolina on October 18-21, 2018.  

    While this association began as a historical conference, we have expanded to include scholars in other fields and disciplines.  We seek to demonstrate that urban history, as both discipline and organization, can apply to scholars who study cities, politics, urban culture, and other urban topics in the past.

    Our theme for the 2018 meeting is “City at the Crossroads” to explore the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation over issues such as climate change, immigration, and inequality.

    Our call for papers will go out soon.  At the moment, the UHA Program Committee wishes to assess the interest of your organization and/or your members on organizing a session.  Please feel free to circulate this email to your members.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at rgomez@uark.edu.  

    Thank you and have a great fall semester.

    Warm regards,

    Rocio Gomez


  • 22 Oct 2017 2:00 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum invites proposals for its Annual Meeting on March 24, 2018 in Sturbridge,Massachusetts. This year’s theme is:The Vernacular at Mid Century, 1930- 1970.

    We welcome scholarly papers and presentations on all topics relating to the built environment of the region, landscape, objects, construction technique, and preservation practice. Papers are typically 20 minutes in length and should be analytical rather than descriptive in nature and have a strong visual component.

    To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of 400 words describing your topic, methodology, and relationship to the theme of the meeting. Proposals may include up to two images, and should briefly describe the presenter’s professional affiliation(s).  

    Please submit proposals to VAFnewengland@gmail.com by December 15, 2017.  All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt, with presenters notified by January 31, 2018.

    Students and early career professionals submitting proposals for the VAF-NE Annual Meeting are also encouraged to concurrently apply for the Richard Greenwood Award. Named in honor of a VAF-NE's past president and active member from the inception of the Chapter, the Greenwood Award provides an honorarium for presenting at the conference to a student or early career professional. To be considered for the Greenwood Award, please include a CV, along with the name and contact information of one academic or professional reference.


  • 22 Oct 2017 1:09 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

     The Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce that funding for fieldwork project is still available in the 2017 grant cycle for projects to be commenced in the winter of 2017 and Spring of 2018.  The deadline for applications to the various grant categories has been extended to December 1.

     

    Grants to Field School Directors  

    Grants of up to $1000 are available to field schools organized and directed by VAF members.  These awards may be applied to program costs and/or stipends to participants at the discretion of the field school director.

     

    Application Process 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2017 (FOR FALL OR INTERSESSION FIELD SCHOOL PROGRAMS)

    Completed applications by field school directors should be submitted electronically to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee between January1 and December 1; a decision will be rendered in a timely manner after receipt of the request.  The application should define the scope, methodology, objectives, and expected outcomes of the field school. A final report will be submitted to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school describing the outcomes and impacts of the field school; if the funds were used to provide scholarships to individual participants, a list of the students who received the scholarships and amounts awarded should be included.  In addition, individual field school participants who received scholarship awards from the Field School Director should submit a brief report (up to three written pages, images, video, etc.) directly to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school discussing how the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship enabled them to obtain an understanding of fieldwork and how it will contribute to their future work/career. 


    Grants to students participating in field schools or other training opportunities

    Grants of up to $500 are available to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who will be participating in field schools or other training opportunities.  Prior membership in the VAF is not required. 

    Application Process 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2017 (FOR FALL OR INTERSESSION FIELD SCHOOL PROGRAMS)

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the student applying to or accepted to a field school during 2017 at least one month prior to the start of the field school.  The cut-off date for receiving applications is December 1, 2017.  The application must include a description of the field school/training program to which the applicant has applied (name and location of the program, director, dates); a description of what expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, field school director, or employer; copy of the letter/email of admission to the field school; and a brief essay on what the applicant hopes to learn, why the particular training is important, and how it might influence the applicant’s later academic and professional career.  If the applicant applies to the VAF for support to attend a field school prior to receiving notification of admission, such notification must be submitted before the grant can be awarded.

    The grantee will provide a brief report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school about the field school experience and how it has benefitted the grantee and increased his/her understanding of the importance of fieldwork as a research activity.


    Grants to VAF members to support continuing education and professional training activities.   

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $500 to support continuing education and professional training related to fieldwork.

    Application Process 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2017

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant at least one month prior to the start of the program.  Applications will be accepted between January 1 and December 1, 2017.  The application must include a description of the program to which the applicant has applied (name and location of the program, director, dates); a description of what expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; copy of the letter/email of admission to the program; and a brief essay on what the applicant hopes to learn, why the particular training is important, and how it might influence and/or further the applicant’s career.  If the applicant applies to the VAF for support to attend an educational/training program prior to receiving notification of admission, such notification must be submitted before the grant can be awarded.

    The grantee will provide a brief report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the educational/training program and how it has benefitted the grantee and increased his/her understanding of the importance of fieldwork as a research activity or ability to conduct such work.


    Grants to VAF members for support of fieldwork activities related to the pursuit of academic degrees    

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $500 for support of fieldwork activities that are related to the achievement of an academic degree.

    Application Process

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2017

    (for projects commencing in Fall/Winter 2017 or Spring 2018)

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant between January 1 and December 1, 2017, and at least one month prior to the start of the project.  The application must include a description of the fieldwork project to be undertaken (nature of the resource(s) to be studied, methodology, expected outcomes and impact, project timeline); a description of expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; and a letter of support from a faculty member or academic advisor.

    The grantee will provide a brief report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the project.


    Grants to VAF members for support of fieldwork not related to pursuit of an academic degree  

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $500 for support of non-academic research projects involving fieldwork related to a publication, exhibition, etc., or for preservation-related fieldwork such as documentation of threatened resources. 

    Application Process

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2017  

    (for projects commencing in Fall/Winter 2017 or Spring 2018)

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant between January 1 and December 1, 2017.  The application must include a brief essay describing the resource(s) to be studied, the reasons for undertaking the fieldwork, methodology to be employed, expected outcomes and impacts; the applicant’s CV; if partnering with an organization, please describe the organization and include a letter from the organization describing their involvement and any contributions they might make (financial or otherwise); at least one letter of support for the project.

    The grantee will provide a brief report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the project describing the outcomes and impacts of the project on the resource, community, and/or their own understanding of and ability to conduct fieldwork.

    Reports submitted by grantees to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee maybe submitted at the discretion of the Committee Members for posting on the VAF web page, blog, or newsletter (VAN).


  • 22 Oct 2017 12:58 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)


    Attention Student Architectural Historians!

    2017 fellow V. Camille Westmont at her project site, Eckley Miners' Village in Pennsylvania



    Spend your summer conducting research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site and preparing a history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) a

    nd the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during summer 2018. The Fellow’s research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected for documentation by HABS staff. HABS is a program of the National Park Service and the Fellow is usually stationed at our Washington, DC office. The award consists of a $10,000-$12,000 stipend, and SAH conference registration and travel expenses up to $1,000.

    2017 fellow V. Camille Westmont at her project site, Eckley Miners' Village in Pennsylvania



    Applications accepted Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017.



    For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm


  • 22 Oct 2017 12:43 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    Professor Robert Mellin taught a design/build workshop in August on the vernacular architecture of Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland.  A detailed description is included below.

    ARCH514: Community Design Workshop

    From August 8 to August 30, 2017, nine McGill architecture students participated in this design/build workshop conducted by Professor Robert Mellin in the outport of Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. There were two projects: the repair and enhancement of the interior of "The Slipway" building for use as a small community theatre (new lower wall surfaces, new window and door trim, partial wall painting with the traditional light green colour of the Fishemen's Union Trading Company, and the installation of suspended seating above a large trap skiff so as not to fasten to or change the boat) and a viewing platform at the end of Greene's Point. The centre axis of the platform is aligned with an existing crevice in the rocks on the shore. The design of the platform evolved from the form of extended bridges or flakes leading to the traditional fishing stages in Tilting. These always had centre boards for ease of walking or wheeling heavy loads, as well as "ballast locker" foundations or cribs with wood as a container for heavy stones. In the Greene's Point platform, some of these ballast lockers, necessary for the extremely high winds in this area, were exposed to reveal the construction. The centre boards were painted red and morph into steps that were carefully scribed into a large rock at the entrance to the platform. The cedar boards of the platform, fastened with stainless steel nails, will weather grey. Construction was challenging as on most days there were strong winds. No permanent anchorage or changes to the site were permitted. Mr. Colin Greene, a trained heritage carpenter whose family is from Tilting and generously made this spectacular site available for our use, provided helpful assistance and advice for both projects. Mr. Jim McGrath from TRACS (Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society) provided essential logistical support

    http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/mellin/2017arch514/workshop2017.html


  • 22 Oct 2017 12:39 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    Avery-Quinn, Samuel. “Ocean and Grove: Holiness, Leisure, and Contested Landscapes at Ocean Grove, New Jersey.” American Nineteenth Century History 18, no. 2 (2017): 107–129.

    Baker, Andrew C. “Metropolitan Growth Along the Nation’s River: Power, Waste, and Environmental Politics in a Northern Virginia County, 1943-1971.” Journal of Urban History 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 703–19.

    Beaudoin, Matthew A. “Repairing a Break with the Past: Considering Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Ceramic Repair in Newfoundland and Labrador.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21, no. 3 (September 2017): 755–71.

    Bentz, Linda, and Todd J. Braje. “Sea of Prosperity: Foundations of the California Commercial Abalone Fishery.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21, no. 3 (September 2017): 598–622.

    Carvino, Frank. “The Archaeology of Eighteenth-Century Smuggling in New England.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21, no. 3 (September 2017): 725–54.

    Crinson, Mark. “Singapore’s Moment: Critical Regionalism, Its Colonial Roots and Profound Aftermath.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 4 (May 19, 2017): 689–709.

    De Munck, Bert. “Disassembling the City: A Historical and an Epistemological View on the Agency of Cities.” Journal of Urban History 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 811–29.

    Dennison, Pat. The Evolution of Scotland’s Towns: Creation, Growth and Fragmentation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

    Dyer, Michael. “The River and the Rail: The Industrial Evolution of the Port of New Bedford.” IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 40, no. 1/2 (2014).

    Epstein, Seth. “Urban Governance and Tolerance: The Regulation of Suspect Spaces and the Burden of Surveillance in Post–World War I Asheville, North Carolina.” Journal of Urban History 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 683–702.

    Feniger, Neta, and Rachel Kallus. “Building a ‘new Middle East’: Israeli Architects in Iran in the 1970s.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 4 (May 19, 2017): 765–85.

    Foster, Mark. “New Bedford: Whale Oil Refining Capital.” IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 40, no. 1/2 (2014).

    Golden, Elizabeth M. Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture. New York: Routledge, 2018.

    Gürel, Meltem Ö. “Architectural Mimicry, Spaces of Modernity: The Island Casino, Izmir, Turkey.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 4 (May 19, 2017): 739–64.

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    Jackson, Iain. “Tropical Architecture and the West Indies: From Military Advances and Tropical Medicine, to Robert Gardner-Medwin and the Networks of Tropical Modernism.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 4 (May 19, 2017): 710–38.

    Kargon, Jeremy. “Critique of an ‘Artefactual’ Landscape: Erich Mendelsohn’s Engagement with the Built and Natural Environment, 1919–1931.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 5 (July 4, 2017): 875–98.

    Knoblock, Glenn A., and David W. Wemmer. Weathervanes of New England. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2017.

    Lang, Luciana. “Simulating Fisherfolk and Performing Heritage through Ritual, History, and Nostalgia.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 23, no. 7 (August 9, 2017): 628–42.

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    Luscombe, Desley. “Illustrating Architecture: The Spatio-Temporal Dimension of Gerrit Rietveld’s Representations of the Schröder House.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 5 (July 4, 2017): 899–932.

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    Periton, Diana. “The ‘Coupe Anatomique’: Sections through the Nineteenth Century Parisian Apartment Block.” The Journal of Architecture 22, no. 5 (July 4, 2017): 933–48.

    Pouryan, Ashkan Avali. “History, Space, and Industrialization: An Industrial Archaeology of Labor at Tehran, Iran.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21, no. 3 (September 2017): 708–24.

    Reft, Ryan. “The Metropolitan Military: Homeownership Resistance to Military Family Housing in Southern California, 1979-1990.” Journal of Urban History 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 767–94.

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