Call for papers “Transgression – A New Paradigm?” est prolongé jusqu’au 16 mai 2021

Reconsidering the act of transgression as a rising paradigm, this themed conference is hosted by ENSA Bretagne (Rennes).
Rennes, France – 17-21 November 2021
Website: click here


Carmen Popescu – Professor PhD Hab. ENSA Bretagne – general chair
Gabriel II A-Avava Ndo – PhD student ENSA Bretagne
Julien Bastoen (IPRAUS/AUSser) – Associate Professor PhD ENSA Bretagne
Laetitia Bouvier – in charge of research ENSA Bretagne
Emily Mugel – PhD student ENSA Bretagne
Can Onaner – Professor PhD ENSA Bretagne
Nadia Sbiti – Associate Professor PhD ENSA Toulouse

Carmen Popescu, member of the TRANSGRESSION project – ENSA Bretagne (France)
Gülsüm Baydar, member of the TRANSGRESSION project – Yasar University Izmir (Turkey)
Can Bilsel, member of the TRANSGRESSION project – University of San Diego (USA)
Mark Crinson, former president EAHN – Birkbeck University of London (Great Britain)
Mari Lending, vice-president EAHN – Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway)
Léa-Catherine Szacka, EAHN councillor– University of Manchester (Great Britain)


Access to call : click here

Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words (clearly specifying the theme you want to apply for), accompanied by a two-page curriculum vitae. The resulting file, titled as following FAMILY NAME_THEME, should be uploaded here before 16 may 2021.

Key dates:

  • &- May 2021: deadline for sending proposals
  • 30 May 2021: notification of the selection
  • 29 August 2021: drafts of the papers to be sent to the session chairs
  • 17-21 November 2021: conference


The past few years have witnessed a proliferation of transgressive manifestations in the architectural field, echoing a propensity to dismiss rules and norms in many social and political circumstances unfolding around us. Transgression was, however, always part of our world and of our way of functioning, presenting a centrifugal force opposing the regulating laws of order – a quest of liberty versus the quest of harmony. The very act of inhabiting a given space might be understood as an act of transgression. Why, then, dedicate a conference to this theme? Certainly, the playing and bargaining with normativity is a constant of life as such, but what if the increasing number of diverse transgressive stances is the response to an era threatened by crises and agitated by radical mutations? And what if this troubled climate could be understood as the consequence of modernity’s will to embrace the world in its entirety, an ambitious project that ultimately engendered  control and exclusion?

By formulating these questions, the conference invites us to reflect on transgression – as concept, positioning and posture – as a crucial element at the core of an epistemology in the making.

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