Setting Out: Annual PhD Student Research Symposium, 2014

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Architectural Humanities Research Association (symposium organized by School of Architecture, University College, Dublin)

The AHRA invites proposals from PhD candidates in architecture for contributions to its 11th Annual Student Research Symposium, which will be hosted by the School of Architecture, Landscape and the Built Environment, University College, Dublin, on May 19th 2014. The symposium will include a keynote presentation by Professor Anthony Vidler, Brown University.

The theme of the symposium is Setting Out. Irrespective of topic and stage of advancement, every PhD candidate has to 'set out' in several senses, and will do so many times. Right at the very beginning, a journey is begun despite (or perhaps because of) an uncertainty about where one will end up. The seedlings of ideas are planted out to prosper or fail. Then, there is a territory to scope out for construction. Later, and repeatedly until the project's end, things must be consciously placed in appropriate adjacencies, wares displayed. We are forever setting out.

Setting Out is an opportunity for PhD candidates in architecture at all stages of progress to engage in critical and constructive discussion on the processes according to which their work is evolving. These 'processes' would cover methodologies, theoretical frameworks, experiments, interdisciplinary investigations, as well as other markers set out by researchers; their terms of engagement. The discussion will address the structures and systems adopted by research candidates to allow them map out their territory, set out their plan of work.

Proposals will be welcomed from PhD candidates in the areas of theory and history of architecture and designed landscapes, conservation and heritage, sustainable building design and performance and urban design, as well as relevant adjacent fields and interdisciplinary research. Papers will be arranged in parallel sessions, with feedback and discussion after each.

Abstracts should be sent by email headed "Abstract_AHRA_PhD_2014_YOUR NAME" to or Abstracts should:
• define the subject and summarise the argument to be presented in the proposed paper,
• refer to your field of research, methodology, and research aims,
• include a short biographical description (50 words), as well as the name of your institution and supervisor,
• be approximately 300 words long.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday, January 10th, 2014, and it is hoped that we will be able to advise successful candidates by early February 2014. Final drafts of successful papers will be required one month in advance of the symposium.