Call for Papers: The Power of Sources in Architecture Research and Practice
Deadline: 15th October 2021

The call for abstracts for the 8th Forum Architekturwissenschaft happening 9-11th March 2022 in Berlin under the theme “The Power of Sources in Architecture Research and Practice” is open until 15th October 2021. It is organized by Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V. in cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin and Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin.

“Access to sources, knowledge, and information is going through fundamental changes as globalisation and digitalisation evolve. The same changes apply to the process of gaining new academic insights. As the amount of sources increases (as well as their diversity and general distribution), there are still fundamental differences in accessibility, depending on one’s geographic and economic position. What role do economic and social factors play in a researcher’s possibility to visit an archive, or simply to make due with a curated and digitalised selection of sources? In this call for papers, matters of usage, reception, archivisation, and hierarchical structure of sources are questioned. This also applies to architecture as a globalised and digitalised academic discipline and practice – an issue that architecture must address.

The 8th Forum of Architectural Science will examine the power of sources in four thematic aspects:
– Agency and Politics,
– Canon and Episteme,
– Materiality and Mediality,
– Reception and Production

Organizers are looking forward to receive abstracts in German or English (max. 2.500 characters incl. spacing) for lectures (20 min), which comment on the topics outlined on the full call for papers (PDF). Please also send a short CV (max. 500 characters) not later than 15th October 2021 to: forum8@architekturwissenschaft.net

The notification of the acceptance of the contributions will take place beginning of November 2021. Organizers kindly ask you to send a draft paper by March 1, 2022, which can be shared among the fellow presenters in advance. A publication is planned.

More information can be found on the program website.