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Architecture and Endurance

European Architectural History Network Thematic Conference
Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture
30 September-2 October 2021 

Conference

In recent years, there is a tendency in architectural historiography to go deep into the specific histories of single buildings and sites; to produce biographies of buildings and sites in longue durée, often bridging successive cultural contexts that might have been conventionally perceived as unrelated. This is in line with recent scholarship on eastern Mediterranean and South West Asia, as one example, where instead of sharp breaks and clean starts, the continuities, borrowings and adaptations between Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Islamic cultures are traced which productively shed light on the latter. Increasingly, the entanglements of successive polities and cultures and not only synchronically but also diachronically intertwined nature of their histories is revealed. In this conference, we would like to critically explore “endurance” as an umbrella concept and analytical category vis-à-vis architecture. We are interested in particular historical case studies of “endurance” from any historical, geographical and cultural contexts. Cases that blur the boundaries between what has been conventionally defined as “Europe,” and “European” identities with their “others” are especially welcome. 

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Keynote Speakers

Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, Boğaziçi University
Ian Hodder, Stanford University  


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Call for Papers

Endurance is a state of surviving, remaining alive; the ability to continue a given task; the power of withstanding hardship. Its original meaning implies continued existence and ability to last. As such it has implications not only for how architecture is conceptualized but also for the ways within which architectural historiography is conceived. The recentContinue reading “Call for Papers”


Call for Papers

Architecture and Endurance

Endurance is a state of surviving, remaining alive; the ability to continue a given task; the power of withstanding hardship. Its original meaning implies continued existence and ability to last. As such it has implications not only for how architecture is conceptualized but also for the ways within which architectural historiography is conceived.  

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Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2021
Announcement of accepted papers: 15 March 2021
Registration: 1 June 2021

Venue

Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

METU Faculty of Architecture and Culture and Convention Center are on METU Campus that received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1993-1995 cycle) for its re-forestation and landscape planning. The campus master plan was designed in 1961 in a national competition by the architect couple Altuğ Çinici and Behruz Çinici, who had also designed most of the buildings between 1961 and the  late 1970s. Middle East Technical University is a major example of modern campus planning and an exhibition site of several exquisitely detailed modern buildings in Turkey. The Faculty of Architecture, a masterpiece of brutalist architecture, was granted Getty Foundation’s “Keep it modern” award in 2017. Although the campus and the faculty are part of Turkey’s mid-20th-century modernist legacy the larger territory of the university is dotted with sites from much earlier layers of history starting from the Early Bronze Age, the remains of which are on display at METU Archaeology Museum within the Faculty of Architecture’s building complex. During the conference, a tour of the university grounds, the museum and the faculty building will be organized to assess their accumulated spatial history. 

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Committees

Scientific Committee
  • Catherine Blain, École nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage de Lille
  • Cânâ Bilsel, METU
  • Patricia Blessing, Princeton University 
  • Mark Crinson, Birkbeck University of London
  • Stylianos Giamarelos, The Bartlett School of Architecture 
  • Shirine Hamadeh, Koç University 
  • Mari Lending, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Heleni Porfyriou, Department of Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-DSU)
  • Belgin Turan Özkaya, METU
Organizing Committee
  • Cânâ Bilsel, METU (Conference co-chair)
  • Belgin Turan Özkaya, METU (Conference co-chair)
  • Ela Alanyalı Aral, METU
  • T. Elvan Altan, METU
  • Zeynep Aktüre, IZTECH
  • Çiğdem Atakuman, METU
  • Pınar Aykaç Leidholm, METU
  • Güliz Bilgin Altınöz, METU
  • Burcu Erciyas, METU
  • Erdem Erten, IZTECH
  • Namık Erkal, TEDU
  • Esin Kömez, METU
  • Mari Lending, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Lale Özgenel, METU
  • Pelin Yoncacı Arslan, METU
Organizing Committee Assistants
  • Elif Bilge
  • Nesrin Erdoğan
  • Gizem Güner
  • Egemen Berker Kızılcan
  • Elif Gökçen Tepekaya
  • Orçun Sena Saracoğlu

European Architectural History Network

European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it is open to architectural historians and scholars in allied fields from all countries. The EAHN Office is hosted by institutions on a rotating basis; currently the EAHN Office is based at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. The Network has members from more than 30 countries and working in many different fields and disciplines. It is proud to represent a broad and multidisciplinary constituency with a diverse approach to the built environment. EAHN has a highly acclaimed open access journal, Architectural Histories, alongside a vibrant webpage. It holds biennial international conferences and co-hosts smaller thematic events in various locations in intermediate years.

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