CFP: College Architecture and Public Space (4/7/03; collection)

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Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: April 7, 2003

Bad Campus, Good Campus: the Present and Future of College
Architecture and Public Space

We are seeking articles for a collection that articulates the role of
space and place in our experiences of American college and university
campuses. The work will survey the current landscape of college and
university architecture/public space with the idea of providing a
perspective that is engaging, scholarly, and insightful. It will
include essays that interrogate both the metaphoric and literal
public spaces of American colleges and universities: their ideals;
their intersections with race, class, and gender; their interactions
with commercial sites; and their options for the future. While we are
not yet under contract, several publishers have expressed their
interest in this project.

We are currently accepting proposals (350-500 words) on any related
topic, but, as we have already amassed a number of submissions, we
are particularly interested in abstracts that develop the following

=85 Racialized Spaces: racial inequality, postcolonial readings of
campus space, bridging ethnic divides through a reconceptualization
of place
=85 Gendered Spaces: architecture of women's colleges, women's
gathering spaces, female dorms, washrooms, athletic facilities,
locker rooms
=85 Spaces of Consumption: cafeterias, on-campus shopping, coffee shops
=85 Cyber Spaces: the special prerogatives of wired classrooms,
metaphors or illusions of physicality in the virtual classroom
=85 Secret Spaces: the spaces of ritual or campus legends,
fraternity/sorority housing
=85 Spaces of Protest: sites of collision or collusion, including
descriptions of sit-in spaces, or public areas (such as student
unions) where confrontation occurs
=85 Broadcast Spaces: the university as depicted in the media,
particularly in television and film

We are looking for articles (and hence abstracts) that are
appropriate for both academic and non-academic audiences and which
are infused with elements of the personal. We are not adverse to
pieces that (where appropriate) indicate an ironic sensibility.

Final manuscripts will be 8-20 pages in length, depending on the
topic and the nature of the piece.

Please submit all inquiries and abstracts to Meghan Sweeney or Jonathan Silverman,

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