We live today in a world of rapid change. These changes take form in technological innovations, socio-economic shifts, political uncertainties, cultural developments, and climatic and ecological divergence. The resulting storms of excitement, fear and anxiety have stimulated the development of new constructs in the social and applied sciences, notably the concept of resilience. Developed first in relation to biological and ecological systems, resilience is generally understood as the ability of something or someone to return to a stable state from an anomalous one. On a more subtle level, “resilience” implies processes of negotiation, absorption, and adaptation in response to significant change. Within architectural history, recent research on resilience has focused on the ecological and environmental issues, with specific attention to the development of building in response to present and future changes. Less has been written about the social and cultural dimensions of the change in respect to architectural production – how constructions have adapted to change in the past, and the ways in which these changes have been theorized and presented in history. The EAHN journal Architectural Histories seeks to expand the discourse on resilience in architecture, and the correlative idea of recovery. Within the context of architecture, both terms refer to processes of emergence and transformation. The journal solicits abstracts for articles that examine moments of resilience and recovery in architectural history, theory, and historiography, and welcomes contributions that challenge or expand the limits of these conceptual categories in architecture.
Within architecture, the concepts of resilience and recovery highlight a dichotomy at the core of the discipline – between innovation and tradition. This tension is reflected in the scholarship, and the historiography it has given way to. Throughout the modern history of architecture, scholars have typically sought to aggrandize their subjects, glorifying individual personalities, highlighting technological accomplishments and the conditions to which they respond, and celebrating the revolutionary. Implicitly or explicitly, such histories might be understood as commentaries on resilience: the extent to which new forms transform and even inundate old structures. Within the modern era, the idea of revolutionary change in architecture may also be examined in the context of political and social movements, whose ideologies materialize in the production of new forms. In this context, traditional models are rejected as suspect, evidence of revanchism, and the notion of retaining or restoring old structures is seen as yielding to the forces of reaction.
At the same time, the history of architecture may be told as a continuum, the key developments of which are born out of existing traditions, ideas and practices, and advanced in time, according to the specifications and demands of a given moment. Following from this, one might consider resilience in terms of the longue durée, whereby elements of architectural design push back against (or just “resist”) social changes or even chaos. Correspondingly, we might associate resilience with fundamental conditions in the built-environment, as evidenced in forms and practices that remain constant across time and place. Resilience might also be correlated with recovery in a more active sense, as a conscious revival or reinterpretation of the past.
The fluid and open definitions of resilience and recovery in architecture present new lenses through which to consider the discipline’s history. The application of these concepts in contemporary architectural discourse also invites reflection on the utility of these terms. If resilience is considered as an active and transformative design principle, how do we assess “resilient architecture” over a prolonged period? Can resilience become an enduring attribute of architecture? Moreover, how do the concepts of resilience and recovery allow us to re-evaluate or revise established relationships between architectural history and theory? To what extent are these concepts adaptable across broad temporal and geographical spectrums?
Architectural Histories invites abstracts for articles that explore these ideas and concepts in relation to any period, epoch or region of architecture. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
Article proposals should be submitted in English, between 800-1000 words. Submission should include a brief cover letter, contact information and author C.V.
Submission deadline: 15 June 2017
Authors will receive notification by 25 June 2017
Deadline for final articles: 1 January 2018
All material should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 21 Apr 2017
Since its establishment in 2011, Architectural Histories has worked with an in-house proofreader to help ensure the quality of its output.
The proofreader checks the page proofs of all articles on typos and consistency with the journal’s style guide after the final stage of copy-editing. The proofread is the last step in the journal’s system of quality control. The proofreader collates his/her own corrections with those of the author, sends them back to the typesetter, and signals to the editor-in-chief whether the article is ready for publication or requires further proofing.
The ideal proofreader combines an eagle’s eye for detail with a capacity to read several languages besides English. He or she is proactive when it comes to verifying the consistency, accuracy and completeness of the text, references and captions provided by the author and copy-editor, this on the basis of a deep familiarity with the journal’s style guide.
The proofreader will gather an intimate knowledge of the content of the journal, participate in the network of scholars that shape the journal as authors or editors, and become part of the scholarly community of EAHN. Like the other editorial positions, the work of the proofreader is not remunerated.
Applications should consist of a letter of application and a CV (max. 3 pages), to be emailed to Petra Brouwer, the editor-in-chief (email@example.com), and received no later than 31st March 2017. The appointment will start on 1 May.
Posted on 23 Feb 2017
The Editorial Board of Architectural Histories seeks to appoint a book reviews editor for publications covering the history of architecture and the built environment after 1800. Architectural Histories is the online open access journal of the EAHN, published by Ubiquity Press.
The Editor is responsible for commissioning, developing and editing book reviews for the journal. Architectural Histories publishes review essays that typically combine reviews of two or more books, exhibitions, conferences, … pertaining to a topic that is relevant to the field. In close concertation with the Editor-in-chief, the Editor selects the publications or themes for review essays, and invites reviewers. After commission, the Editor follows up on the writing and editing of the review, up to the point where it is ready for final copy-editing. The Editor is expected to deliver 2 to 3 essays per year.
The ideal Editor is very well networked with scholars working on all aspects of post 1800 architecture, and closely monitors the state of the field, with an eye on helping create reviews that will stand out as lasting contributions to the historical and historiographical debate. The Editor is well aware of good practice in the commissioning and editing of reviews.
This call is open to all scholars working on topics related to post 1800 architectural history regardless of background, discipline or seniority. Applications from scholars working outside the traditional centers of scholarship are strongly encouraged. Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter specifying the candidate’s appropriate skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to Petra Brouwer, editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org), and received no later than 31st March 2017. The new Editor will be appointed on 1st May 2017 for a four-year term.
Posted on 23 Feb 2017
Architectural Histories is the international, blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the EAHN that creates a space where historically grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment can be made public, consulted, and discussed. The journal is open to historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical contributions that engage with architecture and the built environment from a historical perspective. We invite original contributions of the highest quality from scholars and critics in all stages of their career. The journal especially welcomes contributions that stimulate reflection and dialogue about the place of history and historical research within the varied and multifaceted ways in which architecture and the built environment are studied and debated today, across disciplines, cultures and regions. The journal publishes on a continual basis, with new articles coming online as soon as they have passed peer review and copy-editing, in one open issue (running from Jan 1 to Dec 31) as well as one or more special collections per year.
Thanks to support from the European Architectural History Network, and membership of the Open Library of the Humanities, Architectural Histories is able to waive the APC for contributions to the journal.
Articles can be submitted via the online system on journal.eahn.org.
Posted on 06 Feb 2017
Posted on 07 Nov 2016
In 2011 the first Editorial Board of Architectural Histories was formed. In order to initiate the periodical renewal of the Board, applications for three new members are invited.
The Editorial Board is responsible for the content of Architectural Histories. Board members work with the editor-in-chief to guide potential contributions from submission through peer review up to the copy-editing stage. Members thus carry considerable responsibility for the content and quality of the journal. They are expected to seek out and solicit contributions from their various academic networks.
The Board develops the strategy, content, and vision of the journal, guarantees its disciplinary, thematic, and geographic diversity and outreach as well as its scholarly excellence and integrity, in close concert with the EAHN.
Members should be available and committed, and willing to devote considerable time to the journal. Each should be well connected in their field(s) of expertise.
The call for application is open to all EAHN members regardless of background, discipline or seniority. Applications from scholars working outside the traditional centers of scholarship are strongly encouraged, as well as from scholars working in any aspect of the history of architecture and the built environment before 1900. Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter specifying the candidate’s skills and qualities.
Applications should be emailed to Maarten Delbeke, editor-in-chief (email@example.com), and received no later than 15 November 2016. The new members will be appointed on 1 January 2017 for a three-year term.
Posted on 05 Oct 2016
We are pleased to announce that the Architectural Histories will no longer charge APCs to authors, thanks to a new partnership with Open Library of Humanities (OLH). OLH will provide funding for a proportion of articles published over the coming year, with EAHN continuing to support the remaining publications.
The new funding model will apply to journal submissions received after October 1st 2016.
Posted on 21 Sep 2016
During its recent conference in Dublin, the EAHN announced its first Publication Award for the best article published thus far in Architectural Histories. The first award goes to Mari Lending, for an article published in 2015, "Promenade Among Words and Things: The Gallery as Catalogue, the Catalogue as Gallery". From now onwards, EAHN will bi-annually grant this award for the best article in Architectural Histories during the two previous years.
Read the full announcement from EAHN here.
Posted on 04 Jul 2016
Architectural Histories is now indexed in the Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
Inclusion in ESCI provides greater discoverability which leads to measurable citations and more transparency in the selection process.
Posted on 11 Apr 2016
Submissions are invited for the Fourth International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, to be held in Dublin in June 2016.
The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2015.
For more information, and to submit your proposal, visit eahn2016conference.wordpress.com/
Posted on 02 Jun 2015
Authors submitting to Architectural Histories should be aware that, from 2015, the journal will charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) of €500 for the publication of research articles. Authors who are and remain members of the EAHN can benefit from a reduced rate of €350 for subsequent articles.
The introduction of APCs will ensure the ongoing sustainability of the journal and the continuation of the open access publication model on which the journal was founded. For the first two years of publication (2013–2014), these costs have been paid entirely by the EAHN through a generous grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). Please note that the publication of invited content (position papers and book reviews) will continue to be free to authors, as these fees are covered by the journal.
APCs will be applied to articles submitted from 1st January 2015. Articles submitted before this deadline are not affected, regardless of publication date.
Please contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions about the APC or about the availability of waivers. Editorial decisions are entirely independent from the ability of authors to pay the APC. Click here to read the full announcement of the new funding structure.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014