CFP: The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design (SECAC, Sarasota FL – October 2014)

Venue: Southeastern College Art Conference

Dates: October 8-11, 2014
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Deadline for submissions: April 20, 2014

The story is familiar: modernism’s post-World War I fascination with machines and technology – in architecture, industrial design, the decorative arts, and fashion – dissipated in the 1930s, replaced by a valorization of handicraft and a reemergence of the human subject. Where the machine aesthetic dominated design in the early 1920s, artists grew disenchanted with the signs of industry in the 1930s, focusing instead on the human subject, and crafting work to show the “hand” of the maker.  But is this tale of a “return to the hand” universally true? Are there certain mediums or national traditions that trouble the story?  This session solicits papers that examine the precarious dynamics of industry and the hand-made in the applied arts between the wars. We encourage a variety of perspectives within or beyond the powerhouse industrial economies of the West, and we hope, through the breadth of papers, to reassess the standard narrative of interwar design.

Session Co-Chairs: Toby Norris, Assumption College and Rachael Barron-Duncan, Central Michigan University.


call for paper Volume 05, Int|AR, Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse

Resilience and Adaptability

Economic decline, natural and manmade disasters, war and destruction, acts of devastating violence, the 21st century has witnessed a climate of crisis, most often immediate and unpredictable but, at times, foreseen, impending and even expected. Such events and the ability for continuity, recovery and change, require strength borne from adaptability. Drawing upon a concept originally introduced by C. S.Holling regarding equilibrium in the ecological system, Volume 05 of the Int|ARjournal explores the idea of resilience. From anticipatory strategies to shock absorption, from the reduction of material needs to the widening of the array of resources, from the liberation of traditional constraints to new forms of collaborations, from built-in redundancies to risk mitigation, from transformability to incrementality, this strategy is broad and equally applicable in science, economy, urban planning and design. For Volume 05, we focus on such ideas, theories and explorations in the design of the built environment and welcome submissions on adaptive reuse and the adaptive process as a means and demonstration of resilience.

We seek proposals of no more than 250 words and welcome all interpretations and investigations of this topic.

Editors in chief:

  • Markus Berger, Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Architecture, RISD
  • Liliane Wong, Professor, Head of Department of Interior Architecture, RISD

Special Editor:

  • Damian White, Associate Professor, History-Philosophy+ the Social Sciences, RISD


Paper proposals (250 words)  due by June 15, 2013 (first round)
– Notification of acceptances by July 02, 2013
-Full paper (1000-3000 words)  due by Sept. 01 2013

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Established in 2009 as the first American academic publication focusing on Design and Adaptive Reuse, the Int|AR Journal explores this inherently sustainable practice through multi-faceted investigations and paradigmatic examples. Int|AR is a peer reviewed journal, published annually and reviewed worldwide. It is available online at EBSCO host, on Amazon and distributed in Europe and North America by BIRKHÄUSER.

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