European Architectural History Network

Posted in Calls for Papers, opportunities by jfmit18th on July 8, 2010

European Architectural History Network Conference
Brussels, 31 May — 3 June 2012

Proposals due by 19 December 2010

For those interested in architectural history and are based in Europe, do check out the European Architectural History Network, a sister counterpart to the more established Society of Architectural Historians. EAHN recently held its first international conference in Guimaraes, Portugal, and its second international conference will be in Brussels, Belgium on 31 May to 3 June 2012. One of the useful features of their website includes a searchable database of conferences, workshops, and seminars categorized by date, keyword, and country.

EAHN Mission Statement

The European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study. The network seeks to overcome limitations imposed by national boundaries and institutional conventions through pursuit of the following aims:

  • increasing the visibility of the discipline among scholars and the public
  • promoting scholarly excellence and innovation
  • fostering inclusive, transnational, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approaches to the history of the built environment
  • encouraging communication among the disciplines that study space
  • facilitating the open exchange of research results
  • providing a clearinghouse for information related to the discipline


Skin this Summer (exhibition and conference at the Wellcome)

Posted in books, conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on July 8, 2010

The Wellcome Collection in London currently hosts an exhibition on Skin that includes various anatomical images from the eighteenth century (and a fine online component). Next week, there will be a symposium on the topic of Skin Exposed. While the latter is far-ranging in period and approach, it does raise the question of what a conference focused entirely on skin in the eighteenth-century might look like.

Wellcome Collection, London, 10 June — 26 September 2010

A suspended lower arm from which the skin and fatty layer has been removed to reveal the muscles. Next to it is a knife and a surgical instrument case with its lid. Gérard de Lairesse after Govard Bidloo and William Cowper, 1739 (Wellcome Library)

The Skin exhibition invites you to re-evaluate the largest and probably most overlooked human organ. We consider the changing importance of skin, from anatomical thought in the 16th century through to contemporary artistic exploration. Covering four themes (Objects, Marks, Impressions and Afterlives), Skin takes a philosophical approach. It begins by looking at the skin as a frontier between the inside and the outside of the body. Early anatomists saw it as having little value and sought to flay it to reveal the workings of the body beneath.

The exhibition then moves to look at the skin as a living document: with tattoos, scars, wrinkles or various pathologies, our skin tells a story of our life so far. Finally, the skin is considered as a sensory organ of touch and as a delicate threshold between life and death.

Skin Lab, which features artistic responses to cutting-edge research and technological developments in skin science from the mid-20th century onwards, will complement the exhibition.

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Symposium — Skin: Exposed
Wellcome Collection, London, 16-17 July 2010

Nudity is an intimate state, perceived differently across times and cultures. For some it is a taboo, for others something to be celebrated. Join us for this special two-part ‘skin-posium’ to explore nakedness in all its guises.

Friday: Literary reading, 19.00-21.00
Bask in words of literary masterminds Milton, Keats, Tennyson and others. The evening includes a drinks reception so you can get to know your fellow guests.

Philip Carr-Gomm, "A Brief History of Nakedness" (May 2010), $30

Saturday: Talks and discussions, 10.30-17.00
Experts from the worlds of history of art, evolutionary science and more will explore how bare skin is understood in different cultures, how nudity makes us feel and how our ancestors evolved to reveal their bare skin in the first place.

Our multidisciplinary speakers include ‘Skin’ curator Javier Moscoso; fashion historian Rebecca Arnold; geneticist Walter Bodmer; historian of art Jill Burke; author of A Brief History of Nakedness, Philip Carr-Gomm; human geographer Glenn Smith; and anthropologist and film-maker Michael Yorke. Friday evening is curated by Steven Connor, author of The Book of Skin.

Tickets must be booked in advance. £30 full price/£20 concession for both days, including drinks on Friday evening and lunch, tea and coffee on Saturday. Please call 020 7611 2222 to book.

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