الثلاثاء، 8 مايو، 2012

Call of Paper: CONVERGENCE IN DIVERGENCE: CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN EAST ASIAN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

CONVERGENCE IN DIVERGENCE:
CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN EAST ASIAN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES
 
EAAC 2012 International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture
10-12 DECEMBER 2012
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Organizers
School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Architectural Heritage Research (CAHR), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 International Conference on East Asia Architectural

Culture, 10-12Dec, CUHK, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, December 10 - 12, 2012
Deadline: May 15, 2012

Deadline of Abstract submission: 15 May 2012

EAAC 2012 International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

CONVERGENCE IN DIVERGENCE:
Contemporary Challenges in East Asian Architectural Studies
10-12 December 2012


For further inquiries, please contact us at eaac2012@cuhk.edu.hk

CONVERGENCE IN DIVERGENCE:
Contemporary Challenges in East Asian Architectural Studies

Modern study of East Asian architectural tradition began slightly more
than a century ago, pioneered by Japanese scholars with ground-breaking
research and publications of It? Ch?ta (1868-1954) in 1893, and
followed by Chinese architects in the early 20th century such as Liang
Si-cheng (1901-1972), Liu Dun-zhen (1897-1968) and others. Since then,
the field has expanded tremendously both in scope and methodology. What
can we learn from the research achievement and experience from this
important period of development? The 2012 International Conference on
East Asian Architectural Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
is organized not only to grasp the current state of the field, but also
to project issues into the future. Encompassing a common root in
architectural tradition, similar trajectory of development, and much
cross-fertilization in the past century, how can we collaborate further
in the realm of East Asian architectural studies? Following the four
thematic areas as outlined below, this Conference will explore further
integration of our knowledge in the field with deepening exchanges
while addressing the academic concerns of today. With the overriding
premise "Convergence in Divergence: Contemporary Challenges in East
Asian Architectural Studies", the 2012 EAAC International Conference
aims to provide the opportunity for academia in this vast field of
research to face the challenges and look beyond.

There will be four themes:

Theme 1.  Architecture of Interpretation:
Historiography of East Asian Architecture
The writing of architectural history has been continually exerting a
powerful influence on the built environment. With only around a
century's establishment on the study of architectural history in this
region, the continuous shift of paradigm caused by social changes has
been influencing the selection on what and how to write. In this theme,
the writing of history, the interpretation on the construction of
architectural history and how such readings inform our current practice
on the study of architectural history shall be discussed.

Theme 2. Architecture of Negotiation:
Monumental versus the Vernacular
Studies in the monumental and the vernacular architecture have been the
two major concerns architectural history across East-Asian regions.
Buildings specifically designed for specific and the higher sectors in
the society contrasts with the natural evolution of the built
environment and have produced two distinctive approaches in
architectural discourse. Underlying social forces that shape them may
share similar issues such as identity, culture and power. This theme
aims to draw papers that bring together the concerns between the
monumental and the vernacular, the formal and informal, the physical
and spatial, and between the single structure and the settlement.

Theme 3. Architectural Conservation in Practice:
From Ideal to Pragmatic
The practices and philosophy of conservation have been continuously
evolving. Depending on social and cultural contexts, each case for
architectural conservation generates new discussions. Particularly in
East-Asia, the fast-paced economic growth results in new developments
that confront daily with conservation of historical buildings. Issues
regarding conservation ideals in determining the values that lead to
actual practices will be the focus of this theme. The continuing
negotiation between the ideal and the pragmatic, and the shifting
definition of the two, shall be emphasized.

Theme 4.  Architecture in Projection:
Twentieth Century Architecture and Beyond
Our understanding of the built environment since the early twentieth
century should not only align with but also respond to evolving
discourse and research in the field. We are at a time where we can
reflect on works of the past century and the power of architecture in
binding together levels of meaning, identity and culture, with the
stakeholders ranging from foreign powers to local persons. In this
theme, studies related to the transformation of the society through the
physicality of architecture and the construction of images and ideals
will be welcomed.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Deadline for receiving abstract submission and CVs
May 15

Notification of accepted abstracts for presentation
June 30

Deadline for pre-registration and full paper submissions for conference
proceeding
August 30

Conference program
December 10 -12

Organizers
School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Architectural Heritage Research (CAHR), The Chinese
University of Hong Kong



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