The newly-coined term ‘ruin porn’ provokes both obsession and criticism; signalling the eventual decay to which we will all invariably succumb, contemporary ruins inspire fascination and fear, a furious denial of our collective immortality and a wary flirtation with death. Contemporary ruins such as those found in Detroit and Chernobyl attract thousands of ‘ruin tourists’ or ‘ruin photographers’, many of whom attempt to engage on a meaningful level with the existential threat that these sights arouse.
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A 2 day conference re-positioning thinking around the notions of the Smarter City Now, through examination of its many manifestations. The conference will cover issues relating to connectivity, cultural sustainability, society, economics, energy, consumption, public health and technology.
Current thinking on the issues surrounding the Smarter City will be presented by key stakeholders.
Speakers to Include
Double Identity: Anomaly and the Imagination
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM –8:00 PM
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
$35 Friends of the Rare Book Room, $50 general public. To register for this event: http://www.nyam.org/events/event/double-identity-anomaly-and-imagination/
2016 – 2017 AKPIA Lecture Series, A Forum for Islamic Art & Architecture
The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University presents
Thursday, October 6, 2016
“The Nature of Almohad Architectural Ornament”
Jessica Streit, Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History, The College of Charleston
Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Medieval Studies
Museums, like all other social institutions, reflect the tensions and contradictions of their times. The Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) Graduate Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago proposes that these museum problems are deeply seeded in the field and its professions. It's likely that their remedies will require some equally deep--radical--change and reimagining. Responding to the urgencies of the moment and recognizing the need to transform museums and our cultural work within their spaces, MUSE offers this new journal.
Call for Papers
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
38th Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016
The Language of Humor
Jokes – Caricatures– Slapstick
Call for Chapters
Extended submission date
You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a new humor research book (an edited collection), which focuses on the language of humor in three humor categories: jokes, caricatures and slapstick.
The importance of this collection is that it focuses on three areas in the study of humor, each different from the others in its language of humor.
European Court Culture & Greenwich Palace, 1500-1750: Queen’s House Conference 2017
Dates: 20-22 April 2017
Location: National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich