VAF 2011: Vernacular Architecture Forum (May/June 2011, Jamaica)

The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Falmouth Jamaica May 31 – June 4, 2011.  Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, but we encourage papers that explore topics related to the conference themes of heritage tourism as the new colonialism; climate and vernacular design; creolization, hybridity, acculturation and other models for cultural engagement; and race, slavery, and place.  Papers should be twenty-minutes in length, although proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions, or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are also welcome.

Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include paper title, author’s name, and email address. Please state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature, rather than descriptive. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. The deadline for proposals is September 13, 2010.

Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by April 1, 2010 will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on June 4.  Presenter Fellowships to offset registration costs are available to students and recent graduates. For more information on Presenter Fellowships see

Electronic submissions of proposals and CVs in Word format are preferred. Please send email proposals to Andrew Dolkart at  <> or hard copies to:
Andrew Dolkart:
Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
413 Avery Hall
New York, NY 10027

For general information about the Jamaica meeting contact Louis Nelson at <>

A word about the cost of the Jamaica conference.  The cost of this conference will be similar to that of recent VAF conferences.  Registration will be $150, with the Friday tour and an optional Sunday tour costing $125 each.  The conference will be held at a resort costing approximately $450.00 for five nights, including all meals, drinks, and resort activities.  Check for airfares flying into Montego Bay (do NOT fly into Kingston).


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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