Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences and History

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Call for Papers
July 10, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Urban History / Studies

“Chicago Schools” is an international peer-reviewed graduate student symposium that explores the interplay between the individual and collective in the process of making history. The symposium, hosted by the IIT College of Architecture PhD Program in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will engage with and enhance the dialogue around the Biennial theme, “Make New History,” by highlighting graduate student contributions in architecture, design, humanities, and architectural and urban history. Papers may revisit past and present Chicago Schools - from Henry van Brunt’s "School" and William James’ "Chicago School of Thought" to Sigfried Giedion’s "Chicago School of Architecture,” and beyond - as well as the emergence of new historiographic and architectural traditions within a global context.


Please email a 300 word abstract to by July 10, 2017. Speakers will be invited to present their papers (approximately 20 minutes) for a post-conference publication.


Graduate students (Doctorate or Master) in any field of architecture, design, humanities, social sciences, from all countries. 


Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: July 10, 2017 
Speakers informed of abstract acceptance: July 17, 2017 
Complete paper draft submission: August 28, 2017 
Speakers receive feedback: September 11, 2017 
Final paper submission: November 10, 2017


Opening event: November 17, 2017 
All-day paper sessions: November 18, 2017 
Chicago architecture tour for symposium participants: November 19, 2017


Steering Committee

Prof. Michelangelo Sabatino (PhD) 
Dan Costa Baciu (PhD cand.) 
Daniel Whittaker (PhD cand.) 

Peer Review Committee & Respondents 

Prof. Robert Bruegmann (PhD) 
Asst. Prof. Alexander Eisenschmidt (PhD) 
Alison Fisher (PhD) 
Prof. Michael Golec (PhD) 
Prof. Kevin Harrington (PhD) 
Bradford Hunt (PhD) 
Prof. Sean Keller (PhD) 
Prof. Thomas Leslie 
Asst. Prof. Jonathan Mekinda (PhD) 
Prof. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (PhD) 
Prof. Eric Mumford (PhD) 
Prof. David Van Zanten (PhD) 
Prof. Christopher Vernon (PhD) 
Prof. Claire Zimmerman (PhD) 
John Zukowsky (PhD)


The Illinois Institute of Technology

The Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. With a heritage of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy, IIT Architecture is the only university in Chicago offering a PhD in Architecture.




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Dan Costa Baciu

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