IASTE 2018: The Politics of Tradition

16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE)

October 4-7, 2018   |   Coimbra, Portugal



Call for Abstracts Poster

Past IASTE conferences have dealt with themes as diverse as Value, Myth, Utopia, Border and many others. This conference intends to prolong this collective reflection by foregrounding an examination of the ways in which the domain of the political and traditions in and of the built environment are intertwined. While the political in traditions has always been part of the debate at IASTE conferences, at a time of struggles globally around the meaning and the practices of political participation in making the built environment, it is valuable to address how the built environment has been shaped by state apparatuses or by citizens to advance diverse political positions, often deploying imaginaries of tradition, purportedly rejecting emerging spatial practices and political subjectivities.

Consequently, the conference will offer reflections both on the importance of the concept of tradition for the political question in itself and on the ways in which variants of governance structures face the question of tradition in the built environment. Participants are encouraged to question the practice of tradition in the production of space in relation to different regimes of politics. In addition, the conference will examine the systems of politics as a category of tradition, reflecting on how the construction and deconstruction of professional political bodies act on the built environment.

As in past IASTE conferences, scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, political science, urban studies, and related disciplines are invited to submit papers that address one of the following tracks:

Track I: Traditions of Everyday Social Practices and the Shaping of Architecture and Urbanism
Papers in this track will be attentive to how everyday practices of the built environment, or the creation and recreation of the built environment by citizens, continuously produce and reproduce orders of the political, as well as political subjectivities. Emphasis will be given to the contestations between different groups under accelerating neoliberalization; how these dynamics have been reshaping the political landscapes around the world today. How does urban informality interact productively with the state apparatus in the shaping of politics, notably at a time of material struggles around the role of migrants in Europe and elsewhere? How are spaces, both urban and virtual, practiced everyday or through events of insurgence in ways that condition political futures? How do actual practices of housing and urbanity resist and subvert expert imaginations of the political? Papers in this track may confront everyday social practices and their impact on institutional politics.

Track II: Theorizing the Political from the Spaces of Traditional Environments
Contemporary research in political science and related fields rarely consider actual built environments or the implications for understanding the political in relationship to theories of space. This may also include the politics of contestation of traditional environments and their consumption in the process of nation building. Papers in this track will address how contemporary theories of the political or of democracy, in their diversity, can learn from built environment research dealing with tradition, particularly in the cities of the global South where the majority of humans live today under conditions of neoliberalism, mass migration, and a refugee crisis. Papers also addressing the funding conditions of public infrastructure and urban renewal around the world are welcome.

Track III: The Political in Tradition and Place: An Open Track
Papers in this track will explore how tradition is deployed in architecture and in planning to support prospective imaginations of the urban that are integral to situated political-economic regime projects. Papers in this track will also address the traditions of development practices and their impact on the formation of the contemporary state and its apparatus, including in former colonial spaces, for example through the establishment of networks of standardized spaces like parks, schools, and administrative buildings. Papers considering the persistences of a rationality of colonialism in the ways in which traditions are deployed in political projects, through flexible modes of valuation or rejection of tradition, are encouraged. Papers also addressing the impact of movements like “Brexit” and “American first” on the built environment are particularly welcome.

A 500-word abstract and a one-page CV must be submitted to the submission portal by 11:59 PM PST, Monday, November 6, 2018.

Proposals for complete panels/sessions of four to five papers are also welcome. All members of a proposed panel/session must submit their abstracts individually with the online submission form and mention the title of the panel/session in the section of the form titled “Organized Panels/Sessions.” Please also have the organizer send a description of the panel/session and CVs of all proposed speakers via email to iaste@berkeley.edu. IASTE may accept the panel/session as a whole or only accept individual abstracts and place them in appropriate tracks.

Although IASTE is an international organization, all papers must be written and presented in English. Following a blind peer-review process, papers may be accepted for presentation at the conference and/or for publication in the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series. Papers that wish to be considered for publication in the Working Paper Series must follow the paper guidelines.

Contributors whose abstracts have been accepted must register for the conference by May 14, 2018. Full-length papers of 20-25 double-spaced pages must be submitted by June 1, 2018. However, submission of a full-length paper is not a requirement for presenting at the conference. All participants must be IASTE members.

November 6, 2017 – Call for abstracts deadline
January 12, 2018 – Notification of abstract acceptance
April 1, 2018 – Abstract revision deadline (if applicable)
May 14, 2018 – Registration deadline for presenters
May 15, 2018 – Early registration closes – registration rates increase
June 1, 2018 – Deadline for full paper submission (for consideration in the Working Paper Series)
June 15, 2018 – Notification of acceptance in Working Paper Series
September 28, 2018 – Online registration closes
October 4-7, 2018 – Conference program
October 8, 2018 – Post conference one-day tours

We urge you to register as soon as possible. To keep no-shows to a minimum and to guarantee the comprehensiveness of each session, we will not include presenters who fail to register by May 14, 2018. General registration fee is $450 before, and $550, after May 14, 2018. Current students (with proof of student status) and non-presenting spouses of conference presenters qualify for a lower rate of $250 before, and $300, after May 14, 2018. One individual membership with IASTE for 2018-2019, which includes a subscription to Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (TDSR), is included with registration. The registration fee covers the conference program, the registration packet which includes a printed copy of conference proceedings, and access to all conference activities including theme session, plenary keynote talks, receptions, a conference dinner, and a half-day walking tour of Coimbra. Please note that expenses associated with hotel accommodations, travel, and additional post-conference excursions are not covered by the registration fee and must be paid directly to the hotel or designated travel agent.

Early General Registration (Before May 14, 2018): $450
General Registration (After May 14, 2018): $550
Early Student and Non-Presenting Spouse Registration* (Before May 14, 2018): $250
Student and Non-Presenting Spouse Registration* (After May 14, 2018): $300
*Must send proof student status (e.g. student ID, unofficial transcript) to iaste@berkeley.edu

Visa guidelines vary depending on country of origin. Please consult your local consulate and/or refer to the following resources for guidance:
Countries whose citizens are exempted from the visa requirement
Countries whose citizens are required to have a visa
Additional information for researchers

The Jeffrey Cook Award and the IASTE-Berkeley Prize will be given to two presenters at the conference for “best paper by a scholar” and “best paper by a student.” The winners will each receive an award of $500 and their papers may be published, after appropriate review and revision, in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (TDSR). Papers should be concerned with 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. We strongly encourage all interested participants to indicate that they would like the Award Committee to evaluate their papers.

Coimbra Conference Center Coimbra at the Covent of São Francisco

A half-day walking tour of Coimbra is included as part of the conference program.

Following the conference, two optional one-day trips will be offered for an additional fee.

Monday, October 8 – Porto: Delegates will take a bus tour to the city of Porto, one hour north of Coimbra, to visit the São Francisco Church, a downtown housing neighborhood built by the SAAL state housing program during the mid-1970s revolutionary period, the contemporary art museum and gardens at Serralves, and the late modernist seaside swimming pools at the suburb of Leça da Palmeira. Lunch will be held at Serralves. Before returning to Coimbra, the delegates will visit a Port wine cellar in nearby Vila Nova de Gaia.

Monday, October 8 – Coimbra Region: Delegates will take a bus tour to the village of Talasnal, to the newly renovated Lorvão monastery, and then to lunch at the Bussaco Palace Hotel. After lunch, the tour will continue to the remaining chapel of the convent, the Fonte Fria staircase and surrounding gardens for opportunities to see some of the masterpieces of Portuguese religious landscape architecture. Before returning to Coimbra, the delegates will visit a winery in the Bairrada region.

Nezar AlSayyad, IASTE President, University of California, Berkeley
Mark Gillem, IASTE and Conference Director, University of Oregon
Jorge Figueira, Local Conference Director, University of Coimbra
Tiago Castela, Local Conference Coordinator, University of Coimbra
Victoria Duong, IASTE and Conference Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Vanessa Franca, Local Conference Administrator, University of Coimbra

Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Paulo Providência, Rui Lobo, Susana Lobo

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Heba Farouk Ahmed, Howayda Al-Harithy, Ali Alraouf, José António Bandeirinha, Cecilia Chu, Lyndsey Deaton, Somaiyah Falahat, Hesham Khairy Issa, Chee-Kien Lai, Mar Loren, Maria Paula Meneses, Tatjana Mrdenovic, Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Gehan Selim, Manu Sobti, Walter Rossa, Ipek Tureli, Montira Horayangura Unakul, Fernando Varanda

Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra
Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Mailing address:
IASTE 2018 Conference
390 Wurster Hall #1839
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA

Phone: 510.642.6801
Fax: 510.643.5571
E-mail: iaste@berkeley.edu
Website: http://iaste.berkeley.edu/conferences/2018-conference/