CFP: [International] Architexture 2008: Textual and Architectural Spaces

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Craig McLean
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Architexture 2008: Textual and Architectural Spaces
15-17th April 2008, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

A collaboration between the University of Strathclyde's Departments of
Architecture and English Studies.


This interdisciplinary conference investigates the relationships between
architectural and literary constructions of space. It will explore the
influence of spatial theories within literary texts; consider how writers
evoke and represent a sense of place; and invite new perspectives on the
aesthetic, physical, and social functions of texts in the design,
production and consumption of the built environment. The conference also
aims to discuss these insights within the context of Glasgow. The social
and performance events - to include a champagne reception at the City
Chambers, a walking tour of the Necropolis, a trip down the Clyde, and
visits to the old industrial and residential areas of the city â€" will
encourage participants to reflect on the connections between
their ‘academic’ and other uses of text and space.

We welcome a wide range of disciplinary theorisations of the concepts of
text and space, literature and architecture. This international event
aims to bring together scholars, artists, architects, writers, urban
planners and filmmakers and many other interested individuals and
organisations. We are happy to accept contributions in any media but
proposals for 20-minute presentations and 10-minute A2 poster sessions,
focused around the following Architextural themes are invited.

Abstracts of Papers (300 words max.) should be submitted by 30th January
2008, by email to Final draft of papers
submitted for publication by Monday 13th August 2008. The accompanying
questions are merely suggestive of some of the themes that could be


What are the differences in the way in which novelists, poets,
journalists, and travel writers treat the subject of space in their work?
How do the attempts of architects and planners to construct a narrative
of space differ between urban, suburban and rural contexts? What if any
are the methodological similarities between the ways an architect or
writer works when constructing a spatial narrative?


Movements like classicism, modernism, romanticism, and post-colonialism
are categories that are common to both architectural and literary
history. How do they relate to each other and how are notions of space
dealt with within each movement? What for instance are the connections
between modernism in literature and in architecture? How does nineteenth
century romanticism relate to eclecticism in architecture?


The distinctions between what we understand by private and public space
are often confusing. How do architects, planners and writers tackle
issues like domesticity and the creation of private worlds? How do they
tackle the development of narrative forms in the public realm in places
devoted to retail or tourism? How have designers and writers addressed
issues of memory and identity?


How have the development of new technology and communication systems
blurred the boundaries between different creative disciplines? How are
texts and narratives transcribed from one discipline into another? Are
there parallels between the ways in which writers and architects
experiment with form and meaning?


Jonathan Meades (Broadcaster and Author)
Prof. Thomas Markus (University of Strathclyde)
Prof. Victoria Rosner (Texas A & M University)
Dr Vesna Goldsworthy (Kingston University, London)

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