The purpose of the 2021 AHRA conference will be to question what the ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architectural cultures past and present, and to speculate on what different forms and formulations they might take in future. Among other sub-themes and topics, we aim to explore the region as a real geographical site of evolving socio-economic activity, as a mythical locus of enduring value, as a gatekeeper of indigenous crafts and vernacular techniques, as a site of architectural and artistic imagination, as a repository of contested and mobile identities, and more.
The conference organisers invite contributors to engage with the theme of Region from a variety of disciplines including architecture and design, urbanism, literature, the arts and film, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and geography.
The conference welcomes proposals for research papers and interactive workshops, as well as other kinds of contributions across diverse media, such as performance, film, game, poster or exhibit. And the conference organisers are especially keen to receive and discuss proposals that give the opportunity to engage in creative research collaborations during the conference itself.
If you wish to present a research paper or some other form of individual contribution, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.
If you wish to coordinate a workshop or some other form of interactive or creative activity, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words indicating how you propose to set up and manage the session, the number and role of participants, and what the resource implications might be. Please be mindful that this will be a virtual/online conference.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 May 2021. For accessing the submission link, please visit the call for papers webpage.
The conference team is Falli Palaiologou, Simon Richards, Cagri Sanliturk and Rob Schmidt III. Please feel free to contact the organisers with queries and to discuss your ideas at Ahra2021.Region@lboro.ac.uk