​Call for Papers - 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium

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Call for Papers! 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium

posted May 11, 2017, 1:46 PM by Bill Marzella   [ updated May 11, 2017, 2:57 PM ]

October 28, 2017
The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning. The 12th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.
City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol 

The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating from Capitol Hill to the myriad federal agency compounds that radiate well into Virginia, Maryland, and beyond, the presence of the U.S. government is unmistakable. 

The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians welcomes paper proposals for a symposium that examines the interplay between Washington the capital and Washington the city. 

Papers might explore: 
  • the federal regulation of the area’s built environment and how it has enhanced or impeded the development of a vibrant local architecture; 
  • the influence of embassies and other international architectural statements, as well as headquarters buildings for U.S. companies and organizations, attracted by the capital; 
  • model government-built communities such as Greenbelt or Langston Terrace as manifestations of the federal government’s effect on local lives; 
  • explicit comparisons with other capital cities, considering to what degree Washington is unique; or 
  • considerations of planning, landscape, and/or architecture, with an eye toward the juxtaposition of the monumentality of the capital with the ordinary life around it. 
The purpose of the symposium is to feature recent research in a format that encourages comment and discussion. Papers must be analytical rather than descriptive in nature and should place the subject in a comparative context of political, social, economic, technological, or cultural forces, as appropriate. 

All paper sessions will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. 

Please send a one-page, 350-word abstract of a 20-minute paper and an abbreviated curriculum vitae by July 1, 2017, to Lauren McHale at loswalt25@aol.com. All applicants will be notified of the selection by July 15, 2017. September 15 is the deadline for final text to be sent to session moderators, who will work with presenters to develop themes for discussion. For further information, contact Lauren McHale at loswalt25@aol.com or 317-459-8973.

Image credit: Mural "An Incident in Contemporary American Life," by Mitchell Jamieson at the Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., 1943. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.