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7th Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality
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Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

7th Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, June 18-21, 2015, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA

The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality invites participation in its Seventh Annual Symposium. ACS 7 will take place in the serene setting of the vast and inspiring New Mexico desert in the southwest of the United States. We selected this remarkable place to invite us to contemplate and live the theme of the symposium: “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality.” Although the symposium will focus on landscape and culture in the context of the ‘quotidian,’ we will consider submissions addressing other issues related to ACS and include them in at least one open session during ACS7. These sessions will provide a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality.

As in previous ACS meetings, the symposium will be structured around several subtopics focusing on various aspects of the general theme, and the number of attendees will be kept small on purpose to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be some free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.

Deadline: January 19, 2015. Submission details: 500 to 1000 words long proposals for either the Open or Symposium Topic Sessions will be peer-reviewed by at least three ACS scholars/professionals.

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Journées d’études et Ateliers “Le son pris aux mots“ - Paris
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Le son pris aux mots

Journées d’études et Ateliers, 20 et 21 novembre 2014, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 6, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Organisés par Christine Guillebaud, Rosalia Martinez et Vincent Rioux, avec le soutien de l'Université Paris-Lumières

Le son pris aux mots - Journées d'études et Ateliers

Ces journées d’études visent à explorer les différentes modalités de verbalisation du son dans une perspective interdisciplinaire. Nous aborderons les processus d’imitation verbale, les lexicographies et les catégorisations en usage, ainsi que les expressions attachées aux perceptions sonores. L’enjeu sera de considérer les diverses logiques d’appréciation du son à partir du langage quotidien jusqu’aux savoirs « experts » tels qu’il se sont constitués dans la création musicale, la religion, le bruitage cinématographique, le langage informatique ou encore les concours de chants d’oiseaux. En abordant une pluralité de langues et de formes de « compétence », ces journées tenteront d’accéder à différentes théories du son et de ses effets. Elles articuleront les communications orales de chercheurs en anthropologie, musicologie, histoire et linguistique ; ainsi que des ateliers d’écoute et de pratique animés par des artistes.

Avec : Danièle Dubois, Matt Coler, Makis Solomos, Alexandre Vincent, Vincent Rioux, Rosalia Martinez, Christine Guillebaud, Guillaume Loizillon, Stéphane Rennesson, Andrea-Luz Gutierrez Choquevilca, Anthony Pecqueux.
Information : http://milson.fr

Programme complet : Télécharger le document PDF

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Call for Paper for the AAG Annual Conference
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Researching and Representing Ambient and Atmospheric Geographies

Call for Paper for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, 21-25 April 2015, Chicago

Organized by:
  • Rainer Kazig (CNRS/CRESSON, Grenoble)
  • Damien Masson (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, MRTE, CRESSON)
  • Paul Simpson (Plymouth University)
And under the aegis of the International Ambiances Network

Recent research in human geography has shown sensitivity towards the sensory experience of space. In particular, and in concert with developments around affect, new materialisms, and non-representational theories, attention has been drawn towards the ephemeral and transient atmospheres and ambiances that press upon, and give consistency to, the unfolding of social life. Such ambiances and atmospheres find expression in the talking place of social life itself - from the actions and interactions of bodies, technologies, images, objects, architectures, discourses, and so on - and in turn play a part in the ordering of this taking place. This has been theorized in terms of attunement, captivation, elevation, manipulation, the circumstantial, mood, air, weather, amongst others. Individual and collective moods have been shown to be the target of political intervention (Anderson 2014); technological interfaces have been shown to envelop, captivate, and so retain the attentions of their users (Ash 2012); the functioning of the economy has been shown to be inherently tied to perturbations in collective feelings (McCormack 2013); and felt atmospheres and ambiances have been shown to provide conditions, or a lack there of, for the unfolding of vibrant (or stultified) forms of sociality and public life (Edensor 2014; Adey et al 2013).

While such work is often associated with a particular form of UK-based cultural geography, such geographic delimitations belie a more complex international and interdisciplinary picture of research interested in our emersion in such sensory environments. Anglophone cultural geography has not been along in exploring such collective affectivities and sensibilities. Rather, the sensory in this sense has been explored in Francophone urban and architectural studies and, notably, sensory phenomena, studied in close relationship to social interaction and spatial context, have been researched in pursuit of various theories of ‘ambiance(s)’ (Augoyard 1995, Thibaud, 2002). Such theories have helped in the construction of transdisciplinary methodologies for the sensory understanding of lived spaces, thinking the lived experience of space beyond its visuality and beyond synchrony. Thinking in terms of ambiance, this work has offered insights into to how we perceive and act in lived space and, based on this, how we could improve these space’s qualities by focusing on their sensory, atmospheric dimensions.

Despite the aforementioned developments, a range of issues relating to the sensory geographies of ambiances and atmospheres require further exploration. In particular, issues of how to research and represent ambiances and atmospheres stand out here. Therefore, for this session we welcome papers that pose questions such as:

- If a geography is literally a writing of the world (a geo-graphen), what sort of writing, or modes of expression, or vocabulary, does an attention to the ambient require? What might constitute a sensography of the ‘world’? How might we approach an atmospherography?

- If ambiances and atmospheres present us with a form of ‘collective affect’ (Anderson 2014) how might such an ambiance or atmosphere be shared with audiences of our research outputs?

- What might need to be put into relation to achieve a sharing of atmospheres or ambiances? Is it the knowledge that such experiments allow us to share, or is it the experience itself, or do they contribute to the constitution of a different form of public space or sphere?

- Are the classical tools of the geographer (map, GIS, landscape representation), or the ones of the architect/urbanist (technical drawings, plans etc.) adequate to such a task?  And if not, how might they be re-imagined towards different outcomes or ends?

- What original forms of representations could be found today to (re)present the sensory, the atmospheric, the experiential? And what of forms of representation that propose to go beyond the visual? And how might we weave different senses, or even think through the representation of the atmospheric?

- What role does the context and mediums of exhibition play in such representations and their in the ability to (re)present atmospheres and ambiances. Is it the same thing to read qualitative GIS on a computer screen, to feel models and touchy maps, or to be immersed in art installations?

- What are the goals of these modes of (re)presenting? Do they belong to the classical fields of describing and/or projecting, or do they have another place, as intermediary objects that are in between analysis and project, in between the understanding and the sharing, in between the actors/people?

- If research on ambiances and atmospheres has to be inclusive of different topics, different actors/actants, and operate across different scales in order to make sense in terms of understanding the sensory realm, and its links with space/society, what research methodologies and practices might we employ in engaging with ambiances and atmospheres?

We would like to open this session very widely in order to welcome researchers, practitioners, artists, and students who have interests in the topic of the sensory and such questions about the writing and researching of atmospheres and ambiances. Presentations will be limited to the usual 15 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for questions format. However, the ultimate form the presentations themselves take is very much open to experimentation.

Please send paper titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words to Rainer Kazig (kazig.r@grenoble.archi.fr), Damien Masson (damien.masson@u-cergy.fr), and Paul Simpson (paul.simpson@plymouth.ac.uk) by 15th October 2014.

Please note, if your abstract is accepted you will need to register for the conference and upload your abstract before 5th November 2014.

Subsequent to the conference the organizers intend to pursue a special issue of the journal ‘Ambiances’ (ambiances.revues.org) based on papers included in the session.

For general information on the conference and the procedures for registering accepted abstracts please see: http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting and http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers.

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12th EAEA Conference - Lodz, Poland, 23-26 September 2015
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12th European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference - 1st Announcement and Call for Abstracts

23-26 September 2015, Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Lodz University of Technology (TUL) in Poland will host the 12th European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference in September 2015.

The main topic of the 12th EAEA Conference will be: Image, Perception and Communication of Heritage.

The EAEA12 Conference invites submissions of research papers which will be organised in three tracks, namely:

1. The image of (industrial) heritage
In the light of the campaign for announcing 2015 the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year, and taking into consideration that the host city was one of the most important industrial centres of the 19th-century industrialisation in Europe, the conference will aim at exploring the role of industrial buildings and structures for the image of urban areas. Another related issue is the change or preservation of industrial buildings image in the re-use process. The papers discussing positive and negative connotations related to industrial heritage - such as “dark satanic mills” - are also welcome.

2. Perception of the past
This track covers problems related to the changing meaning of heritage, including contextual, holistic and phenomenological approaches plus historic urban landscape protection. The envisioning of sensorial aspects; visible and invisible elements of a built environment; genius loci; social context; heritage interpretation as well as other associated topics should be discussed in the papers proposed for this theme.

3. Communication of heritage
This track is dedicated to different approaches to envisioning reflecting the specifics and requirements of research, design and education in the heritage domain. This may include issues such as visual impact analysis of new investments in heritage areas; heritage management; imaging as a tool and method in heritage studies for comparative analyses, proportion studies, development phases, state of preservation, etc. The question how to communicate the heritage issues to a society - including professionals and lay persons - would be also welcome.

Subjects may be, but not limited to:
  • Visualisation of the heritage-related knowledge;
  • Support for the analysis and design processes in the course of the heritage renewal;
  • Methods of communicating the heritage issues to the society;
  • Enhancing and stimulating heritage education;
  • Envisioning all aspects of heritage perception.

We are looking forward to extended abstracts of 1000-1200 words in English. Only original papers - not published (or submitted for publishing / in press) before - will be accepted.

Deadline for abstracts submission: 10 November 2014

Contact: Anetta Kepczynska-Walczak, EAEA12 Conference Chair

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“Ces villes-là“ - Journées Hommage à Colette Pétonnet (1929-2012)
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“Ces villes-là“

Journées Hommage à Colette Pétonnet (1929-2012), 29-30 septembre 2014, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense - Espace Reverdy, Bât. L

Un hommage à Colette Pétonnet aura lieu le 29 et 30 septembre 2014 à l’Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense où elle a enseigné dans le cadre du Département d’Ethnologie. Elle fut la fondatrice avec Jacques Gutwirth (1926‑2012), du Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (LAU) au CNRS en 1982. Son œuvre continue d’inspirer recherches et enseignements, en particulier en anthropologie urbaine mais aussi dans d’autres disciplines connexes. Car ses travaux furent pionniers sur les terrains de la ville, de la banlieue et des bidonvilles français.

Au vu de l'influence considérable de ces travaux sur les générations successives d’étudiants et sur les recherches en anthropologie urbaine, et plus généralement en ethnologie du proche, non-exotique, les journées d’hommage visent un double objectif : d’une part, retracer le parcours, remarquablement innovant pour son époque, de cette chercheuse qui a su conserver son indépendance d’esprit et affirmer son autorité auprès des institutions scientifiques ; de l’autre, ouvrir à nouveau des chantiers de recherche dont elle avait tracé les premiers repères et espérait des développements futurs. Ce sont en effet les résonances actuelles de son œuvre que ce colloque entend mettre en avant, avec la participation de chercheurs et chercheurs-enseignants confirmés, hommes et femmes qui ont trouvé inspiration dans son œuvre ou l’ont côtoyée dans son cheminement, aussi bien qu’à des étudiant(e)s, doctorant(e)s et post-doctorant(e)s.

Journée du 29 septembre 2014
Ethnologue en ville : du terrain social à l’anthropologie critique

Cette introduction aura pour objet de restituer l’originalité du regard anthropologique que Colette Pétonnet a su porter sur la réalité urbaine. Formée dans la tradition des études ethnologiques et quoique se destinant à la recherche en terrain exotique, elle a, grâce aux encouragements d’André Leroi-Gourhan, utilisé l’expérience de ses premiers terrains au Maroc pour élaborer une approche hétérodoxe et non-conformiste. Loin de tout courant dogmatique, elle a élevé une voix unique non pour dénoncer mais pour rendre leurs pleins sociaux et culturels à des mondes que la rationalité urbaine ne pouvait que condamner moralement et s’évertuait à éradiquer physiquement. Son style d’écriture est intimement lié à ses propositions qui éclairent sans écraser.C’est aussi à réfléchir sur l’élaboration d’un discours critique prenant appui sur une expérience culturelle distante pour rompre l’évidence du discours d’une société sur elle-même que les contributions s’intéressent ici.

Journée du 30 septembre 2014
Anonymat, pratiques et expériences

Si l’ethnologie urbaine a d’abord été pour Colette Pétonnet une étiquette importée, elle ne s’est pourtant pas dérobée à ce courant de réflexion. Elle a cherché la spécificité anthropologique de la grande ville en choisissant aussi comme terrain d’enquête des espaces publics à Paris ou à New York afin de réfléchir sur les constantes de l’expérience urbaine. L’essence de la ville « … est en partie contenue dans le mouvement perpétuel, la foule, l’anonymat protecteur des individus et la combinaison de ces trois termes recèle des mécanismes d’équilibre dont il me plairait bien de déceler les lois », affirmait-t-elle dans un hommage à André Leroi-Gourhan (Pétonnet 1988). Nous nous interrogerons sur le sens et l’expérience de l’anonymat dans différents contextes, la manière dont les liens faibles se déclinent ici et là. Dans le cadre de ce colloque nous souhaitons poursuivre cette réflexion dans une perspective comparative, et ouvrir ainsi la page d’une recherche collective au-delà de cette journée.

Laboratoires participants :
LAU-IIAC du CNRS/EHESS. LESC, SOPHIAPOL, IDHES, de l’Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense

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