Call for Papers: Shifting Values – Processes, Strategies and Conflicts in the Built Environment
Deadline for abstracts: 15th May 2019
DATE: 15/5/2019
Valuating the built environment is always part of a process of valuation influenced by political, economic and social circumstances. With the fifth interdisciplinary colloquium at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, 25th –29th September 2019, in Cottbus, the Research Training Group 1913 Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings will focus specifically on the changing valuation of the built environment.

At the interdisciplinary colloquium, processes of value appropriation, value internalisation and the (individual) formation of values will be discussed using specific examples from construction and planning history. These processes can range from antiquity to the present time and should be discussed using an interdisciplinary approach. The colloquium would like to specifically engage disciplines such as archeology, architecture, construction history, architectural conservation, engineering, art history, sociology of space, urban and regional planning.

The research interest of the conference regarding PHENOMENA, PROCESSES, STRATEGIES, and CONFLICTS in value shift in the built environment are outlined by the following cross-disciplinary questions:

– Is it values that are shifting or rather value attributions?
– Which historic, social, political, and economical influences or scientific findings change the societal consensus about what is valuable?
– What are the processes and dynamics evident in value shifts?
– How can the tension between individual and societal shifts in values be described?
– What are the roles taken on by different agents (subjects and objects) and mediating instruments in the process of shifting values?
– How do interest and opinion groups use strategies and instruments to affect a change in values?
– How are conflicting values being dealt with?
– Do compromises in value attributions always mean a de-valuation on the one side and an up-valuation on the other or is there scope for a win-win value?

The colloquium organizers welcome abstracts in German or English for presentations (max. 20 minutes long), commenting on the issues described. Please submit your abstract (max. 2500 characters) with a short CV (max. 500 characters) by 15 May 2019.

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