The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper and poster proposals for its 43rd Annual Conference, May 18 to May 21, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. The paper and poster sessions will be on Saturday, May 21. Papers may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. We also welcome papers that explore new methodologies for researching vernacular architecture, or new pedagogies for engaging students in the analysis of everyday buildings and cultural landscapes. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome. We encourage papers focusing on issues of migration, displacement, de/colonialism, segregation, resistance, gender, sexuality, identity, heritage, equity, and/or justice in the everyday built environment. Those focusing on the vernacular landscapes of Texas, including treatments of its cultural borderlands and its regional relationship to Latin America are also encouraged.
Students and young professionals may apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 for presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference.
Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, and a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Proposals for complete sessions are welcome; if you are submitting your proposal as part of a complete session, be sure to indicate this in your submission. As delivered at the conference, each paper should be no more than twenty minutes in length.
Please note that all presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers must register by March 1, 2022, or their paper will be withdrawn. Please do not submit a proposal if you are not committed to attending the entire conference and delivering your paper on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
THE DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2021
The proposals and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the papers committee. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your paper within one week of its submission, please contact Papers Committee chair Alec Stewart.
VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who received a degree in 2021, is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.
To apply, submit with your paper proposal a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
VAF 2022 San Antonio also will host the annual poster session to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit. The poster proposal may address any topic relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide as described in the first paragraph of this document.
Proposals should include a title, proposal (no more than 200 words), and a one-page c.v. Accepted presenters will be expected to follow general guidelines regarding poster dimensions but must design, print, and present their posters at the conference. If you have any questions about the posters session, please contact Posters Committee chair PJ Carlino.
THE DEADLINE FOR POSTER PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2021
The proposals and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the posters committee. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your poster within one week of its submission, please contact Posters Committee chair PJ Carlino.
COVID-19: We recognize that COVID-19 makes all plans uncertain. Should circumstances arise that require a shift of plans, we will be in touch with presenters regarding alternate conference plans.
General information about the San Antonio conference will be posted on November 1, 2021.
For more information, please visit: https://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/2022-Call-For-Papers
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