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2008 CONFERENCE: Oxford, UK


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Epistemologies, Fundamentalisms, Regeneration and Practices




The Eleventh IASTE Conference Program is now available!  For a PDF version, please click here.


As indicated on the posted schedule, this is still tentative, as some adjustments and changes are unavoidable in the next few months. We will do everything we can to keep this schedule up-to-date and to communicate directly with all affected presenters in the event that the schedule changes.


DECEMBER 12 – 15, 2008

20th Anniversary Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments

This conference will explore the role of tradition in modern global practices with its meanings inextricably bound today with the issues it seeks to explain. As tradition is a keyword, the exercise of interrogation becomes essential in understanding the social and political contexts in which it is mobilized. The paradoxes of this global moment necessitate a recalibration of our operative epistemological frameworks in the study of traditional environments. Examining the intersecting discourses of tradition and the politics of its organization moreover become critical in identifying how socio-political identities and differences are pursued. We use the term “interrogate” then to refer to the epistemic exercise of framing the rationalities of tradition in relation to their construction and their implications for practice. Such avenues of inquiry provide ways to examine how traditional knowledge is formulated and deployed in the political sphere, including the post-conflict reconstruction of society and space, the use of tradition by the “state” as a means of co-optation or governance, or the manner in which fundamentalism is “framed” and used by different interest and social groups. Interrogation also allows for a re-engagement with the ways in which tradition is mobilized and deployed in revival and regeneration practices as well as the critical pedagogies on such practices. Scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, urban studies, and related disciplines will present papers related to the following three themes: Epistemologies of Tradition; Fundamentalism and Tradition; Regeneration and the Practices of Tradition.


registration requirements
Contributors whose abstracts are accepted must pre-register for the conference and prepare a presentation of no more than 20 minutes. Registration fees are $400 (which includes the IASTE annual membership fee for individuals). Students are eligible for reduced fees of $200 with proof of current student status (e.g., current transcript, copy of student ID). All conference presenters must pre-register as IASTE members in order to participate in the conference and be included in the final program.

Pre-registration must be completed no later than July 15, 2008. After July 15, late registration fees will increase to
$450 and $225 for students. Online registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to register online. Our online system will close on July 15. If you would like to mail your registration form and payment by check, we must receive your documents no later than July 15, 2008. Please mail your paperwork 2 to 4 weeks in advance to ensure timely receipt. The PDF version of the Registration Form can be downloaded here.

Expenses associated with hotel accommodations and travel visas are not covered by the registration fees and have to be paid directly to your travel agent. Registration fees cover the conference program, conference materials, and access to all conference activities including receptions, keynote panels, and optional tours to Oxford (December 13) and the Cotswolds or London (December 16).

Presentation requirements
Conference poster: The 2008 IASTE Conference Poster is viewable in PDF form and lists all accepted paper presentations and preliminary sessions.

Presentation requirements
All papers must be written and presented in English. The conference will not offer simultaneous translation. Once we finalize the various conference sessions and session chairs, we will assign your paper to an appropriate session and notify you of this selection at that time. You will be allotted only 20 minutes for your presentation. For reference, please keep the text for the presentation to an average of 8 double-spaced pages or approximately 2000-2500 words.

As a general recommendation, and because of the nature of the subject and audience, we encourage you to use visuals in your presentation. Each of the conference rooms will be A/V ready with a PC laptop and digital projector. Slide projectors are discouraged. If you plan to use PowerPoint, please bring the presentation on a memory stick as well as on your own laptop computer (as backup). To facilitate smooth and quick transitions between speakers, all PowerPoint presentations must be pre-loaded onto the conference laptops on the day before your presentation. Setup time for electronic presentations will be included in your presentation time.

Abstract revisions: All reviewed abstracts will be published in a special conference issue of the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. If you would like to modify your abstract, please do so no later than July 15, 2008 through our Submissions system. We cannot make changes to the Abstract Issue after this date.

Paper submissions: The deadline for receipt of completed conference papers for publication in the
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Working Paper Series is July 15, 2008. All papers must conform to paper submission guidelines here. Papers will be evaluated in a blind peer-review before they are accepted for publication. Acceptance of an abstract does not automatically guarantee the publication of your paper in the series. You must upload your paper through our Submissions system. Full papers submitted by July 15 may be accepted for publication in the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Working Paper Series. For the full call with information on each theme, please click here: Call for Abstracts.

travel information

The conference will be held at the University of Oxford Examination Schools with accommodation options available at nearby venues.

Malmaison Hotel is the designated hotel for the 2008 IASTE conference. To make reservations at the Malmaison or one of the nearby accommodations, please visit https://www.conferencebookings.co.uk/delegate/OXFIASTE. Participants will receive a special rate if you book by October 26th.


UPDATE (Nov. 14): If you wish to make a booking at one of the designated conference hotels, please contact Ms. Charlotte Do directly via email: charlotte@destination-oxford.com or by phone at  +44 (0) 1608 731802.

Go to
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ for information on visa application procedures to the UK. Conference participants who are nationals of European Union member-states, Australia, US, and Canada do not need visas for short visits to the UK. Please make visa arrangements as soon as possible if you require one to enter the UK. If you need an official letter of invitation, please contact Lily Cooc, IASTE Conference Coordinator, at iaste@berkeley.edu.

Travel to/from London to Oxford


From London Heathrow:

By Train: Please visit National Express. Return Ticket £24.50 (1hr 40min)

By Bus: Please visit The Oxford Bus Company. Return Ticket £20 (1hr 30min)


Gatwick Airport is also served by the The Oxford Bus Company. Return Ticket £22  (2hr 30min)


From Central London (Victoria Station):

Direct coaches from Victoria Station to Oxford are available on The Oxford Bus Company or the Mega Bus.



IASTE is delighted to announce complimentary conference tours as part of the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.


Sign-ups for the Oxford Walking Tours and Post-Conference Tours is now closed. We do have limited spots available. Please contact Lily Cooc, IASTE Conference Coordinator, if you wish to participate in the tour(s).



9:00 AM – 12:00 PM



Tour assignments will be on a first-come, first serve basis as there is a limit on the size of each tour. Tours will leave promptly at 9:00 AM from the University of Oxford Examination Schools.


Historic Oxford Tour: Participants will visit some of Oxford’s famous historic colleges, churches and libraries and get an insightful glimpse of the distinctive traditional fabric of the city


Modern Oxford Tour: This tour will focus on the landmark contemporary architecture in the city and will reveal the dynamic and forward-looking nature of a city known for its traditions.


Cowley Regeneration Tour: Participants will visit the regeneration of a formerly deprived area in East Oxford, which now a vibrant multi-cultural neighborhood.




8:30 AM – 6:00 PM



Coaches will leave promptly at 8:30 AM from the University of Oxford Examination Schools.



King's Cross Regeneration: A guided tour, including a lecture, on the King’s Cross development, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, developed on a traditional urban format. The tour includes a chance to see the highly praised renovation of St. Pancras station, which recently re-opened as the London terminus of the Cross-Channel Rail Link.



The Cotswolds: A guided tour visiting the gentle hillsides, villages and vernacular architecture of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The tour will take in some of the towns and villages that through the years have inspired artists, architects and musicians (like William Morris and other Arts and Crafts movement members), including Woodstock, Burford, Minster Lovell and Filkins.


Jeffrey Cook Award
The Jeffrey Cook award is given to two presenters at the IASTE conference: the author of the best paper by a scholar and the author of the best paper written by a student. The winners will each receive $1,200 award and, after appropriate review and possible revision, possible publication in the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. Papers should address the subject of traditional dwellings and settlements in a manner that challenges traditional scholarship on the subject and engages spatial analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective. In order to be considered for this award, interested conference participants must submit full papers by July 15 in order to be evaluated by the award committee. Announcements will be made during the conference.

Conference Sponsors
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom
College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley



Argent Group PLC, London, United Kingdom

Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, United Kingdom

The British Academy, London, United Kingdom

Destination Oxford, Kingham, United Kingdom

English Heritage, London, United Kingdom

English Partnerships, London, United Kingdom

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, Bath and London, United Kingdom

Informa, London, United Kingdom

Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford, United Kingdom

Pye Homes Group, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
South East Excellence, Guildford, United Kingdom

The Trevor Osborne Property Group Ltd., London, United Kingdom

organizing committee
Nezar AlSayyad, Conference Director, University of California, Berkeley
Marcel Vellinga, Conference Local Director, Oxford Brookes University
Sylvia Nam, IASTE Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Lily Cooc, IASTE Conference Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Karen Hughes, Local Conference Coordinator & Administrator, Oxford Brookes University
Vicky Garcia, IASTE Conference Administrator, University of California, Berkeley
Mark Gillem, Conference Advisor, University of Oregon


local advisory committee

Mike Breakell, John Glasson, Rajat Gupta, Trevor Marchand, Paul Oliver, Aylin Orbasli,

Trevor Osborne, Mark Swenarton, Steve Ward


sessions advisory committee

Hesham Khairy Abdellfattah, Heba Farouk Ahmed, Howayda Al-Harithy, Howayda Al-Harithy, Greig Crysler, Dalila El Kerdany, Yasser Elsheshtawy, Mia Fuller, Mark Gillem, Joy Hendry, Chye Kiang Heng, Mui Ho, Gareth Jones, Hasan-Uddin Khan, Morna Livingston, Duanfang Lu, Mejgan Massoumi, Chris McDonaugh, Maria Moreno-Carranco, Stacey Murphy, Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Mike Robinson, Anna Rubbo, David Sanderson, Dell Upton, Donald Watts

2008 conference schedule

May 1
E-mail notification of accepted abstracts for presentation

July 15                 
Deadline for pre-registration and full paper submissions for consideration for TDSR Working Paper Series and Jeff Cook Award

October 1
Notification of accepted papers for the Working Paper Series

December 12-15                 

December 16

Participants will have the option to attend one of the following tours:

King's Cross Regeneration: A guided tour, including a lecture, on the King’s Cross development, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.

The Cotswolds: A guided tour visiting gentle hillsides, villages, and vernacular architecture of this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Please use the following information when making inquiries regarding the conference.

Mailing address:

IASTE 2008

Center for Environmental Design Research

390 Wurster Hall #1839

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720-1839


Phone: 510.642.6801

Fax: 510.643.5571

E-mail: iaste@berkeley.edu

Website: www.arch.ced.berkeley.edu/research/iaste