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Knowing the Vernacular: Critical Reflections and Future Directions

  • Start date: 26th Oct 2024
  • End date: 27th Oct 2024
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Organiser: British Academy Conferences
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British Academy Conferences bring together scholars and specialists from around the world to consider and evaluate new research in the humanities and social sciences.

Vernacular architecture refers to locally specific forms of architecture, which are rooted in community, place and tradition, and that have been made without the involvement of architects. The international and interdisciplinary field of vernacular architecture studies aims to document, safeguard, apply or advocate for the knowledge embodied in the vernacular traditions of the world. This conference reflects on the current state of play: to critically question what we think we know about the subject, how we got where we are, and the methods and concepts we use; to identify shortcomings, gaps and biases in our studies, and to identify new areas of research and new ways of engaging with vernacular architecture; and to explore ways to make the knowledge embodied in vernacular traditions more widely available beyond academia.

Conference convenor:

Professor Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University

Speakers across the two-day conference include:

Professor Simon J. Bronner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr Marwa Dabaieh, Malmö University
Edoardo Ferrari, Oxford Brookes University
Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiu Talei, University of Auckland
Professor Tim Ingold FBA, University of Aberdeen
Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan Heritage Foundation
Elizabeth Lee, CyARK
Dr Hossam Mahdy, ICOMOS-CIAV
Professor Trevor Marchand, SOAS
Professor Daniel Maudlin, University of Plymouth
Professor Paul Memmott, University of Queensland
Clare Nash, Clare Nash Architects
Professor Aylin Orbasli, Oxford Brookes University
Dr Barry O’Reilly, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Ireland
Dr Jorge Tomasi, CONICET, Argentina
Conference ticket prices:

Admission: £20 per day (£40 for both days).
Concessions: £10 per day (£20 for both days).
A programme for the event will be released soon.

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