Annual Mtg of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (Jun 2012, Wisconsin USA)

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Dates: 6-10 June 2012
Contact: Andrew Dolkart
Deadline for proposals: 12 September 2011

The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, June 6-10, 2012.  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 following conference themes:  the relationship between rural landscapes and regional urban centers; placemaking as it pertains to the relationship between work and home; regional trends in modernism (particularly in the Upper Midwest); ethnicity and heritage preservation; and evolution of Midwestern rural buildings and landscapes.  We particularly welcome papers that explore the relationship of environmental history and cultural landscapes around these themes.  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. You may include up to two images with your submission.  Please state clearly the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content.  Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. The deadline for proposals is September 12, 2011.

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 Speakers who do not register for the conference by April 1, 2012 will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday June 9.  There may be limited financial assistance, in the form of Presenter Fellowships, to offset registration costs to students and recent graduates.

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 Madison conference, please contact:

Anna Vemer Andrzejewski
Department of Art History & the Buildings-Landscapes Cultures Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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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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