Call for papers “GOLD: the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand”

sahanz_logowideNEW3Call for papers “GOLD: the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand”

Date limite de propositions : 14 octobre 2015

Lieu : Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning and ACAHUCH (Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage) at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia

Date de la conférence : 6 au 9 juillet 2016

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Extrait du site : GOLD, for millennia, has fascinated humanity and possessed an extraordinary value amongst most civilizations. It was the favoured ultimate currency in many cultures and served as the signal form of capital: both its accumulation and its waste. It was the catalyst of wars, and constituted its spoils. Gold is the adjective to describe mythical lands: for Marco Polo, Japan was ‘Zipangu, the Land of Gold’. There have been venerated building types celebrating religious and cultural beliefs like ‘golden’ temples and ‘golden’ houses like Nero’s Domus Aurea. There have been buildings to protect gold, buildings which openly display it. In art and architectural historiography, there have been ‘golden’ periods and ‘golden ages’. Gold is about luxury, glamour and excess. It also has as its direct opposite objects of no value, things that might be described as worthless.

The 33rd Annual SAHANZ Conference to be held in Melbourne in July 2016 is to be devoted to the exploration of architecture and gold. The public announcement in 1851 that gold had been discovered in the newly created state of Victoria changed the course of Australian history. Melbourne, the state’s capital, grew to be one of the world’s great provincial metropolises and gold was its motor. In 1854, the Victorian Gold Discovery Committee observed that “The discovery of the Victorian Goldfields has converted a remote dependency into a country of world wide fame; it has attracted a population, extraordinary in number, with unprecedented rapidity; it has enhanced the value of property to an enormous extent; it has made this the richest country in the world; and, in less than three years, it has done for this colony the work of an age, and made its impulses felt in the most distant regions of the earth.” Melbourne is thus the ideal conference venue for critically examining gold and the history of the built environment.

Papers are invited that examine and reflect on various aspects and examples of this theme within different cultural contexts. There are many ways that this can be approached as suggested by the following sub-themes:

architecture and capitalism
colonial and neo-liberal transformations in Asia and the circulation of people and commodities
veins of gold: colonisation, imperialism and neo-liberalism
Victorian prosperity: the phenomena of gold rushes in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, South America and elsewhere in the world
towns: their landscapes, foundation and sometime disappearance
gold rushes as triggers for migration and the transfer of ideas, people and technologies
gold diggers: labour migration, mining and casino cultures
golden lands, golden kingdoms and ‘gold’ places like the Gold Coast and the Golden Horn in Istanbul
buildings and gold: treasuries, golden houses, golden temples, even the Smithsons’ Golden Lane housing
gold medals: as accolades in architecture, for architects, expositions as in sport
gold and its connotations of ornament, gilding, and the rise of décor
the meaning of gold in different cultural settings like Japan and Mexico;
Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ and 1980s architecture culture
‘golden days’ and a ‘golden age’: questions of architectural history and historiography
gold and the idea of preciousness in conservation
gold, alchemy, materiality and craft
gold and the interior (picture palaces, James Bond, the ‘solid gold’ disco era and 1970s glamour)
penniless: spaces of abjection in new global economies
“All that glisters is not gold”: reflections on architecture and authenticity

 


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