Call for Abstracts: “Field as Archive / Archive as Field, special issue of International Journal of Islamic Architecture

Call for Abstracts on “Field as Archive / Archive as Field,” a special journal issue on the theme of the contingencies and errancies affecting fieldwork and archival work in spatially focused research. Please find further details below and feel free to share widely.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA)
Special Issue: Field as Archive / Archive as Field
Thematic volume planned for July 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 30 July 2018

This special issue of IJIA focuses on the experience of carrying out archival work or fieldwork in architectural research, including research-led practice. How might this experience, with all its contingencies and errancies, be made into the very stuff of the architectural histories, theories, criticisms and/or practices resulting from it? This question is rendered all the timelier due to recent and ongoing developments across the globe, not least in the geographies relevant to IJIA’s remit. The fallout from the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has escalated social, political, and economic crises and, in certain cases like Libya and Syria, has taken an overtly violent turn. Major countries with a predominantly Muslim population, such as Turkey, Egypt and Indonesia, have witnessed restrictions on civil liberties. Moreover, the word ‘Islam’ has become embroiled in various restrictive measures introduced in countries whose successive administrations have otherwise laid claim to being bastions of democracy and freedom, such as emergency rule in France and travel bans in the US. Others with significant Muslim populations, such as India and Russia, have seen nationalist and/or populist surges, often with significant implications for their minorities. Such developments have engendered numerous issues of a markedly architectural and urban character, including migration, refuge, and warfare, protest and surveillance, as well as heightening the risk of contingencies and errancies affecting archival work and fieldwork. Whereas this risk and its materializations are typically considered unfortunate predicaments and written out of research outputs, how might a focus on architecture at this juncture help write them back into history, theory, criticism, and practice? What might this mean for the ways in which architectural research is conceived and carried out under seemingly ‘ordinary’ circumstances – those that appear free from the risk of contingencies and errancies affecting archival work and field work?

For the full CfA and guidelines, see https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=204/view,page=2/

Call for Associate Editors: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

Note: applicants must be members of the New England Archivists in good standing.

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, sponsored by New England Archivists and Yale University Library, seeks applications for Associate Editors. Three positions are available (term starting March 2019).

The Associate Editor works in collaboration with the Managing Editor and other members of the Editorial Board to solicit, select, and develop content for the journal. Primary duties include selection of peer reviewers for assigned submissions and supervising the peer review process in consultation with the Managing Editor, evaluating peer review reports, and making recommendations to the Managing Editor on the suitability of submissions for publication.

Additional duties include participation in programming at events, soliciting submissions, assisting in the development of content, and actively participating in the management of the journal. Terms of service are three years with the opportunity for a second term for a total of six years of service.

JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that furthers awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, librarians, and historians. It serves as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. The journal publishes on an article-by-article basis.

Applicants must submit a résumé/CV and a brief statement of interes​t​​ ​to email.jcas@gmail.com by Tuesday, September 4.

Call for Chapters: Digital Technologies and Indigenous and Marginalized Communities

Call for book chapters on the preservation and advancement of indigenous and marginalized communities through the creative use of digital technologies: book to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2019.

This is a call for book chapters that focus on the preservation and advancement of indigenous and marginalized communities through the creative use of digital technologies. While it is expected contributing authors will come primarily from memory institutions (archives, museums and libraries), contributors from academic and non-profit organizations are also welcome.  Essay may address theoretical issues, scholarly research or case studies at the authors’ institutions.

Please send a one-page abstract to Marta Deyrup  (Marta.Deyrup@shu.edu) by September 17th.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like more information or would like to discuss your ideas in advance.

Dr. Marta Deyrup
University Libraries
Seton Hall University
Marta.deyrup@shu.edu
Web: https://works.bepress.com/marta_deyrup/

CFP: Critical Librarianship and Library Management

This call does not specifically mention archives, but the topics are applicable.

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Call for proposals

Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Critical Librarianship and Library Management
Publication due 2020

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: David Ketchum, University of Oregon

The critical librarianship movement has shone light on many aspects of our profession and encouraged us to question why we do things the way we do them. One area underexplored in this moment, however, is library management: Are there management practices that need to be questioned or interrogated? Are there progressive practices that have not received the recognition they deserve?

ALAO seeks submissions for the “Critical Librarianship and Library Management” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to critically examine library management.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
Implicit bias and library management/operations
Retention and hiring for diversity and inclusion
Social justice in library leadership and management
This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020.

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series:

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

How to submit:

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2019 volume on Critical Librarianship and Library Management. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including a draft abstract of 500 words or less, author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at shines@pencol.edu by August 31, 2018.

Submission deadlines:

Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance sent by: October 31, 2018
Submission deadline for full chapters: February 28, 2019
Comments returned to authors: April 30, 2019
Submission deadline for chapter revisions: June 15, 2019

CFP: Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, special issue “A Heritage of War, Conflict, and Commemoration”

This call does not specifically mention archives, but definitely has potential for archivists to participate.

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Call for Abstracts

The journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built
Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, invites submissions for the Fall 2019 issue.

A HERITAGE OF WAR, CONFLICT, AND COMMEMORATION

Guest Editor: William Chapman

Sites of war and conflict that symbolize collective loss or that served as pivotal moments in national or global history are sometimes elevated to the status of “heritage.” Battlefields, sites of bombings, or places of terrorist attacks are all marked by human tragedy and acts of violence and their interpretation is inherently conflictual. This issue of Change Over Time examines heritage produced by violent acts of destruction and our efforts to commemorate the complex narratives these sites embody.

To support the interpretation of sites characterized by absence, we have often erected commemorative memorials of various forms from plaques and commissioned statuary to the presentation of charred and damaged remnants of what stood before. Examples featuring the vestiges of physical destruction include: the hull of the USS Arizona, sunk during Japan’s 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor; the skeleton of the domed administrative building that marked the zero point of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945; the stabilized walls of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, a victim of the German Luftwaffe’s November 1940 blitz; and the “Survivors’ Stairs,” the last remaining element of the World Trade Center following its destruction on 11 September 2001. In this issue, we invite contributors to interrogate the types and nature of heritage produced out of war and conflict, the forms of its commemoration, and the challenges associated with its conservation. We encourage contributors to consider the influence of class, politics, and culture in commemorative expressions; the technical and conceptual challenges of conserving objects or places of destruction; inclusive or conflicting (re)interpretation; and evolving perceptions of places over time.

We welcome contributions representing a broad array of geographic, cultural, temporal, and historical contexts that may or may not include vestiges of destruction but that do address the complex attributes of collective place based tragedy. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, case studies, theoretical explorations, and evaluations of current practices or policies as they pertain to the conservation and commemoration of heritage of war and conflict.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 1 August 2018. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by 1 September 2018. Final manuscript submissions will be due late November 2018.

Submission

Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See Author Guidelines for full details at cotjournal.com, or email Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong at cot@design.upenn.edu for further information.

Contact Info:
Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong

Contact Email: cot@design.upenn.edu

URL: http://cotjournal.com/call-for-papers/

 

CFP: Historical Geography, GIScience and Text: Mapping Landscapes of Time and Place

This call connects the topic briefly to archives, and may be of interest to those who incorporate GIS into archival work.

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Charles Travis (UT, Arlington) Alexander von Lunen (Huddersfield University) and Francis Ludlow (Trinity College Dublin)

History is not the past, but a map of the past drawn from a particular point of view to be useful to the modern traveler. Henry Glassie

In the West, geography as a discipline emerged from the twin pursuits of Strabo’s poetic impressions of place, and Herodotus’ chronicles of events and culture. Eratosthenes, who calculated the spherical nature of the Earth while keeper of the Great Library at Alexandria, and Ptolemy brought to the methods of measurement, scale and geometry to the discipline. Thus literature, history and geographical analysis (discursive, cartographical, phenomenological and statistical) have long been interrelated pursuits. Contemporarily, historical geography possesses tributaries which fountain from the robust humanistic academic traditions of many countries: England, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, and lesser so in North, Central and South America. The practice of historical geography complements approaches in cultural geography through a triangulation of discursive, cartographic and visual narrative styles, and primary, textual and archival data explorations, with both calibrated by the development of qualitative and quantitative methods, models and theories.

[1] Such approaches intersect with geographical history’s focus on physical landscapes, climate and topography, -interests commensurate with the geosciences. By focusing on scales of agency, interaction, scientific inquiry and causation, geographical history maps the multiple variables that have shaped human and natural history, in the longue durée-a scale of time traditionally neglected in history, geography and cognate disciplines.[2] As W. Gordon East, in The Geography Behind Historyobserves:

The familiar analogy between geography and history as the stage and the drama is in several respects misleading, for whereas a play can be acted on any stage regardless of its particular features, the course of history can never be entirely unaffected by the varieties and changes of its settings. History, again, unlike drama, is not rehearsed before enactment, and so different and so changeful are its manifestations that it certainly lacks all unity of place, time and action.[3]

Although many historians, geographers and geoscientists regard geographical information science (GIS), as a mapping practice, its platforms have evolved into new types of visual database technology, and interactive media. As a database technology, GIS spatially parses and itemizes attribute data (as a row of statistics, a string of text, an image, a movie) linking coordinates to representations of the locations to which the data refers.[4]As a form of media, GIS holds the possibility to “transcend the instrumental rationality currently rampant among both GIS developers and GIS practitioners and cultivate a more holistic approach to the non-linear relationships between GIS and society.”[5]With the advent of the digital and coding revolutions “the idea of nature is becoming very hard to separate from the digital tools and media we use to observe, interpret, and manage it.”[6]In this light, historical geography methods can help address “the underlying complexities in the human organization of space that present methodological problems for GIS in linking empirical research questions with alternative theoretical frameworks.”[7]It has been recognized that if “we seek a rich and humanistic [digital humanities] capable of meeting more than the technical challenges of our massive geo-temporal datasets, we must develop design approaches that address recent theoretical merging’s of background and foreground, space, and time”.[8]

In this regard, GIScience has broadened its domain, and is entering into the fields of gaming, journalism, movies and broadcasting. These new GIScience fields, paired with historical geography methods, can appropriate (post) and modernist narratives by incorporating avant-garde artistic and filmic techniques that employ flashback, jump cut and ensemble storylines to represent time-spaces as contingent, rendered fluid montages. Dynamically animated three-dimensional historical geography GIScience models, anchored by the coordinate grids of latitude and longitude, now allow us to synchronize phenomenological impressions with Cartesian perspectives. John Lewis Gaddis, in The Landscape of History (2002), asks, “What if we were to think of history as a kind of mapping?”[9]Gaddis then links the ancient practice of mapmaking within the archetypal three-part conception of time (past, present, and future). Mapping and narrative are both practices that attempt to manage infinitely complex subjects by imposing abstract grids—in forms such as longitude and latitude or hours and days to frame landscapes and timescapes. If the past is a landscape and historical narrative the way we represent it, then pattern recognition constitutes the primary form of human perception, and can thus be parsed empirically, statistically and phenomenologically.[10]

The aim of this collection is therefore to re-explore relations between historical geography, GIS and text. The collection will revisit, discuss and illustrate current case studies, trends and discourses in European, American and non-Western spheres, in which historical geography is being practiced in concert with human and physical applications of GIS (qualitative, quantitative, critical, proprietary, open-source, ‘neogeographic’ public-participation, geoscientific, human-centric) and text- broadly conceived as archival, literary, historical, cultural, climatic, scientific, digital, cinematic and media. The concept of time (again, broadly conceived) is the pivot around which the contributions to this volume will revolve. By focusing on research engagements between historical geography, GIS and literary and textual studies, this volume aims to chart a course into uncharted interdisciplinary waters where the Hun-Lenox Globe, built in 1510 warned sailors of Hic sunt dracones (Here be dragons). Our aim is to explore new patterns of historical, geographical and textual perception that exist beyond the mists of our current ontological and epistemological shores of knowledge.

This edited volume will consist of three sections that focus on the relations between historical geography, GIS and text (broadly conceived)

  • The first section’s chapters will trace and re-evaluate historical geography, geographical history, cartography, textual practices over the past one hundred years or so. In addition, chapters will also focus on the emergence of GIS and the geospatial humanities / digital geo-humanities.
  • The second section will feature standard case study chapters (as well as works in progress, in addition to alternative approaches- such as counterfactual studies, digital environmental humanities, etc.)
  • The third section will feature chapters featuring emerging theoretical and state of the art projects, It will also include chapters that consider prospective ways in which historical, GIScience and textual studies could create further bridges between the arts, humanities and sciences.

Possible topics (suggested topics also welcomed):

  • Re-evaluating Historical Geography in light of GIScience and Text (and vice-versa).
  • Braudelianlongue durée, histoire conjucturelle, histoire événmentielle,
  • Literature, natural history and GIScience.
  • Travel writing, history, landscape, mapping.
  • Art history, photography, cinematography.
  • Cliometrics, Critical GIS and GIScience.
  • Palaeography, prosopography, GIScience, place, landscape, environment, climate.
  • Imaginaryexperiments: counterfactual historical GIScience modelling / counterfactual design / contrasting factual and counterfactualHistorical GIScience models.
  • Three-dimensional, immersive, gaming virtual reality GIScience environmental models which allow the influence of human agency to operate within physical, climatic and historical landscapes projected upon the walls, floor and ceiling of an enclosed space.
  • History,climate and landscape.
  • Physical geographies & cultural palimpsests.
  • Historicalclimatology / climate history.
  • Historicalcartography and global warming.
  • Spatialhistory & geography.
  • Medicalcartography, culture, epidemiology.
  • Militarycampaigns, and human and physical landscapes.
  • Historical geographies of space exploration.
  • Planetary mapping, Sci-Fi and historical GIScience.
  • Representations of GIS in fiction, movies, museums, amusement parks, zoos, eco-tourism.
  • Geosophy, GIScience, text.
  • GIScience chronology vs. GIScience chronometry.
  • Topois of past, present future.
  • Deep Mapping & Deep Charting
  • Digital and environmental humanities.
  • Nautical and maritime history, records and GIScience.
  • Geography as historical document & GIScience.
  • Genography, GIScience, history, culture.
  • Geology, natural history, GIScience and text.

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

I. 1 September 2018: (Early submissions encouraged) 250-500 word chapter abstracts (and curriculum vita) submitted to Charles Travis (charles.travis@uta.edu), Alexander von Lunen (A.F.VonLuene@hud.ac.uk) and Francis Ludlow (ludlowf@tcd.ie)

II. 15 September 2018: Notification of Abstract Acceptance.

III. 1 December 2018: Contributor chapters due (5000 – 6000 words max).

IV. 15 December 2018: Edited chapters sent back to contributors for revisions.

V. 15 January 2019: Contributor revisions due.

VI. 15 February 2019: Book submitted to publisher.

Notes


[1]Phil Birge-Liberman, “Historical Geography” in Encyclopedia of Geography, Ed. Barney Warf, Vol. 3. Sage Reference, 2010, pp. 1428-1432.

[2] R. J. Mayhew, 2011. “Historical geography, 2009-2010: Geohistoriography, the forgotten Braudel and the place of nominalism.” Progress in Human Geography, 35(3), 2011, pp. 409-421. (pg. 410)

[3]W. Gordon East. 1965. The Geography Behind History. New York: Norton & Company, Inc., pg. 2

[4]Ian N. Gregory, and R.G. Healey, “Historical GIS: structuring, mapping and analysing geographies of the past.” Progress in Human Geography, 31(5), 2007, pp.638-653

[5]D.Z. Sui, and M.F. Goodchild, “GIS as media?” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 15(5), 2001, pp. 387-390.

[6]Finn Arne Jørgensen, “The Armchair Traveler’s Guide to Digital Environmental Humanities.” Environmental Humanities4, 2014, pp. 95-112.

[7]D.G. Janelle, “Time-space. In Geography” in: N.J. Smelser and P.B. Baltes, eds. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Pergamon-Elsevier Science, 2001, pp. 15746-15749.

[8]Bethany Nowviskie, “Digital Humanities in the Anthropocene.” Nowviskie.org(blog), July 10, 2014 <http://nowviskie.org/2014/anthropocene/>

[9]J. L. Gaddis, The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past(Oxford: Oxford University Press,2002), 32.

[10]J. L. Gaddis, The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past(Oxford: Oxford University Press,2002), 32.

Contact Info:Dr. Charles Travis, Department of History, University of Texas, Arlington, U.S.A. (charles.travis@uta.edu), ; Dr. Alexander Von Lunen, History, University of Huddersfield, U.K. (A.F.VonLuene@hud.ac.uk) and Dr. Francis Ludlow, Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland (ludlowf@tcd.ie)

Contact Email: charles.travis@uta.edu

 

Call for Papers: Histoire sociale/Social History

Lana Dee Povitz and I are eager to make oral history central to this special themed issue – so send us your proposals in English or French!  The deadline is coming up at the end of the month. Best, Steven

Articles Accepted in English or French

Activist Lives

This special issue seeks to bring together articles that contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to the subject of activist lives. By taking seriously the role of emotion and affect, and by focusing on individual and collective biographies, the co-editors hope to move beyond institutional or issue-based histories to show how movements for social change have flowed into one another through the medium of relationships. The aim is to show that social movements-from gender justice to workers’ rights to radical environmentalism and far beyond-are constituted by consecutive or overlapping scenes, subcultures, and often highly conflicted movement currents.

Submissions may address entirely local topics, or reach across great geographic and social distances. In addition to investigations of individual activist trajectories, we are interested in activist lives in their collective sense: generations of a family, affinity groups, radical friendships, intentional communities, political rivals, and romantic relationships between activists. The editors welcome proposals rooted in different historical moments and geographic scales, unbounded by national containers; they are concerned with movements that have been celebrated as successful as well as those that have failed or been obscured. Methodologically, they welcome inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the past, and encourage the use of experimental writing techniques and sources that express personal narrative, such as oral histories, diaries, eulogies, letters, family albums, home movies, and travelogues.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Politicization and disaffection: how people moved into or away from social movement participation
  • The uses of anger, love, and other strong emotions in social movements
  • How participants understood the significance and biographical consequences of their activism
  • How movements are remembered –in public memory, private memory, and the tension between the two
  • Activist genealogies, including those characterized by biology, affinity, friendship, mentorship, or antagonism
  • How recent generations of activists relate to prior social movements, especially when there is seen to be a “golden age” of a particular struggle

Reunions, retrospective writing, and the role of radical nostalgia

The guest editors intend to submit selected articles for inclusion in a special issue of Histoire sociale / Social History provisionally titled “Activist Lives”.

Individuals who are interested in contributing to the special issue should send a 300-400 word abstract and a short 2-page CV by July 1, 2018 to Lana Dee Povitz and Steven High at steven.high@concordia.ca .

Completed articles will be expected January 15, 2019.

The journal Histoire Sociale / Social Historypublishes articles in both English and French.