Festival and the City

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, 16th – 18th November 2017

Architecture, Festival and the City

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
International Conference 16th – 18th November 2017

Abstracts Submission:
17th of March 2017

The Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is hosting the prestigious Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) annual international conference in November 2017 and the March 17th deadline for submission of abstracts  is fast approaching. Please go to the website ( for further information on themes, strands and submission details. The call for papers is now active and abstract submissions can be uploaded. The abstract should comprise 350 words and 1 image.

Building on the Faculty’s Horizon 2020 Submission Life in the Piazza with the School of Acting, and international collaborators including GIPC Cultural Landscape Research Group of the School of Architecture/Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid UPM, the School of Architecture and Design’s Cultural Context Research Group is interested in developing cross discipline alliances that could lead to further research collaboration. All disciplines are welcome to submit abstracts for the event so please spend some time looking at the website and thinking about possible ideas.

Although the submission needs to refer (in some way) to the spatial conditions of the event/condition being investigated, in your proposal the exact relationship to architecture and the city may not be totally resolved. The conference is designed as a means to explore how people engage with the city through festivals, rituals, or events (whether they be theatrical/political/historical/literary etc) as well as share how different disciplines record, interpret and understand them. During the conference we hope to host some performances etc. so don’t be afraid to submit abstracts that could engage in diverse forms of delivery as we are keen to find ideas that can be nurtured as a part of the event itself.